Dining out is always a delicious adventure in Joplin with plenty of one-of-a-kind restaurants for groups to pick from

When you’re the hub of where four states (Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri) come together, Joplin, or JOMO as locals lovingly call it, offers more than its fair share of fun things to do. And that goes for its dining scene too. With some 200 restaurants to choose from — ranging from casual downtown breakfast spots and upscale steakhouses to international eateries serving authentic flavors — Joplin aims to satisfy all the culinary cravings diners are searching for in this southwest Missouri city.

Or as Kerstin Landwer of Visit Joplin says, “Joplin has a variety of unique culinary experiences for every type of group.”

Keltoi Winery offers an extensive selection of wines.

Keltoi Winery offers an extensive selection of wines.

Excellent wineries in Joplin

Grape nuts would be wise to check out one of Joplin’s scenic wineries. Surrounded by a vineyard, mature trees and a tranquil pond, Christine’s Vineyard, just 15 minutes north of downtown Joplin, offers a lovely setting to enjoy a glass of wine. Not far away and located in an equally stunning setting, Keltoi Winery offers an extensive selection of its wines. When the temps drop, head inside to The Cottage, which features a fireplace that pairs perfectly with their gluhwein (warm spiced wine). Part of the Ozark Mountain Wine Trail, both wineries are popular with roving food trucks.

Prefer to pair your food with a cultural experience? Head to the Joplin History & Mineral Museum, two mining industry-centric museums with historical exhibits on town life and mineral collections, or the new, state-of-the-art Cornell Complex, home to Spiva Center for the Arts. Visit Joplin can assist with coordinating delicious catering options, including sophisticated yet affordable fare from Red Onion Café and Mythos Greek Kuzina, for both spaces,

Or maybe classic comfort food is more your jam. On Route 66, Granny Shaffer’s has earned plenty of loyal fans who can’t get enough of this casual restaurant’s old-fashioned, homemade American cooking. Book one of Granny’s four private dining rooms for your group (for parties from 10 to 150) and get ready to feast on dishes such as fried chicken, meat loaf and homemade chili, served with freshly baked breads. Be sure to save room for dessert. Granny Shaffer’s made-from-scratch pies — think caramel pecan, banana cream, chocolate meringue and a variety of fruit-filled options — are legendary.


Kerstin Landwer (800) 657-2534



Main photo: Downtown Joplin