Courtesy of J. Huston Tavern
J. Huston Tavern
In Arrow Rock, J. Huston Tavern, the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi River is part of the Missouri state parks system.
Built in 1834 by Joseph Huston, Sr., the building functioned as the Huston family home. Using the outdoor summer kitchen, Huston began offering meals and overnight lodging to westward-traveling immigrants. By the mid-1800s, the tavern had added a store, ballroom, dining room, and indoor kitchen.
Today, visitors can enjoy drinks in the old mercantile and eat in any of the three dining rooms: the Sappington Parlor, Huston Room, or Bingham Room.
Lunch features sandwiches, salads, and seasonal specials. On nights when the Lyceum Theatre has a performance, the tavern offers family-style dining, with fried chicken, glazed ham, and country sides. The regular dinner menu includes steaks, seafood, and pasta.
This story has been updated since it originally ran in the June 2011 issue of Missouri Life. For more stories like this, subscribe to Missouri Life.