Best Dining Destination

Columbia

If your memories of dining in Columbia are hazy and tinted the hay-bale shade of cheap beer, then you already know that a tour of this college town's eateries must begin (or end) with visits to Booches Billiards Hall (110 South Ninth Street, Columbia; 573-874-9519) and Shakespeare's Pizza (225 South Ninth Street, Columbia; 573-449-2454 or www.shakespeares.com). But good eats in Columbia don't stop at tasty, cheap burgers and pizza so delicious that you'll swear off Provel and cracker crusts forever. From coffee and casual fare at Cherry Street Artisan to the market-inspired cuisine at Sycamore, from brunch at unpretentious Cucina Sorella (22 North Ninth Street, Columbia; 573-443-5280) to dinner from the Wine Cellar & Bistro's (505 Cherry Street, Columbia; 573-442-7281 or www.winecellarbistro.com) creative, exotic menu, Columbia offers something for every palate and budget. And if you get hungry for a late-night snack, don't worry: Shakespeare's is still open way past your bedtime.
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