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Branson Has International Options for Dining? You Bet It Does!

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Branson Has International Options for Dining?  You Bet It Does!

For folks who last visited Branson in the 90s, they fondly remember a lot of buffet dining, but maybe wished they could have found a couple of options for good food of the international variety.  Fast forward to 2018 - nearly 2019 - and those great buffets are still here, but you’ll also find a nice selection of restaurants serving the delightful cuisine of multiple countries! Favorite dining spots for locals serve up Thai food and Indian cuisine...visitors to Branson’s Indian Point on Table Rock Lake can enjoy delicious German eats...tasty Italian food is readily available, as is Greek fare, and the delicious list goes on!

While in Branson, make sure you spend some time perusing the expansive buffet at only-in-Branson spots like the Grand Country Buffet, or the Great American Steak & Chicken House, or a familiar eatery like Golden Corral - but even that is unique to Branson because guests tell us that this Golden Corral is a notch above the others!  You’ll also want to get your fill of all the great barbecue there is to enjoy in Branson, including at the multi-award-winning Gettin’ Basted or Big D’s BBQ, or the brand name tasty meats at Famous Dave’s. We sure don’t want you to miss all the expected fare, but definitely save a few meals to enjoy at one or more of Branson’s restaurants specializing in international dishes.  

This list doesn’t include all the great international cuisine offered in Branson, of course, but we’ve tried to keep the list manageable.  Check back for an update sometime in 2019 where we’ll feature a comprehensive list of restaurants serving Mexican and Tex-Mex fare, as well as additional restaurants serving Italian and Greek cuisine, and more.

Our recommendations for international cuisine, in no particular order, are:

INDIAN

India Clay Oven:  Easily one of Branson’s best reviewed restaurants of any cuisine type, this little treasure of a restaurant is tucked into a plaza on Branson’s Strip (Highway 76) across the street from Walmart (the Vista Plaza also houses Save On Branson’s Welcome Center.)  Regardless of what entree they order, guests can’t get enough of the Naan - for those new to Indian food, it’s an oven-baked flatbread, and India Clay Oven serves it a variety of ways. They offer a wonderful buffet, as well as menu service, and you can get wine and imported or domestic beer to go with your meal.  Favorite dishes include the Paneer Pakora, Lamb Korma, Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Karahi, and pretty much everything else on their menu! The service is exceptional, too.

Location:  Vista Plaza - 1615 West Highway 76

Schedule:  Open Year Round

Hours:  Sunday - Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 GERMAN

Altenhof Inn:  This charming little spot on the lake isn’t fancy, and it’s not big - heck, most of the time, the only dining space available is on the wood deck, but that means you’ll get to enjoy the amazing lake view!  (The inside dining room is usually reserved for parties and other events.) Specializing in authentic German dishes, the Altenhof also serves Gourmet and Specialty Pizza. You'll Find Knackwurst with Red Cabbage & German Potato Salad, as well as Jagerschnitzel, Wiener Schnitzel, and more hearty favorites.  They offer wine by the glass, as well as domestic and imported beers. Reservations are recommended for groups of eight (8) or more.

Location:  680 Jakes Creek Trail, Indian Point - just a few minutes west of Branson (Indian Point is where Branson’s award-winning theme park, Silver Dollar City, is located.)

Schedule:  Seasonal - late March through mid to late December

Hours:  Wednesday - Sunday:  4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

THAI

Thai Thai Cuisine:  This is one of those special places guests often seek out by asking “where do Branson locals eat?”  A popular answer is Thai Thai! During the week, it’s not uncommon to see business lunches taking place, and the incredible wait staff seems to know just how every regular likes their food - especially the level of heat.  Appetizers include Spring Rolls, Deep-Fried Calamari, and Pot Stickers. Soup and Salad options are limited, but they’re all scrumptious, including the Tom Yum Kung and Fisherman Soups. The menu features plenty of Phad options, including Broccoli, Ka Praw, Ka Tiem, and Woonsen.  Curry comes Red or Yellow, and there are several options of Fried Rice. Other favorites include Tilapia with Ginger and Spicy Noodles. And you might try the Mango Sticky Rice or Fried Ice Cream for dessert.

Location:  1615 West Highway 76 - Suite H-1 (It’s tucked into a small plaza next to Dolly Parton’s Stampede.)

Schedule:  Open Year Round

Hours:  Monday - Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

GREEK

Dimitris’ Greek Gyros & Deli:  Long-time area restaurateur, Dimitri Tsahiridis, owns and serves as the primary chef for this cozy little spot in the Historic Downtown Branson District.  Long-time loyal Branson fans will remember his floating Greek restaurant on Lake Taneycomo; Dimitri’s was famous for prime rib before the building was moved and redeveloped as a seafood place when the Branson Landing was created.  Hopefully, these same fans have rediscovered Dimitri at his new place, because he’s still prepares that fabulous prime rib on Fridays and Saturdays! Locals also love the Gyros here, including the Beef and Vegetarian Gyros, as well as the traditional style.  You’ll also find Spanakopita, Dolmades, Hummus, Moussaka, Falafel, Lamb Shank, a nice variety of sandwiches, including Corned Beef, Reuben, Pastrami, and so much more.

Location:  111 East Main Street in Historic Downtown Branson

Schedule:  Open Year Round

Hours:  Monday - Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Friday & Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Greek n Greek:  Another one of those fabulous finds unexpectedly tucked into a strip plaza, this is a treasure locals love to frequent.  Authentic Greek fare options abound, including Greek Salad, Hummus, Dolmades, Classic Gyro, Chicken Kabobs, and Falafel. Popular appetizers you might find anywhere are extra special at Greek n Greek, like the Fried Mushrooms, Zucchini Sticks, and Mozzarella Sticks, and regulars love the Krazy Chicken entree that’s marinated for 48 hours before being slow cooked and flame broiled. And, if you like the sound of Krazy, there’s also a Krazy Green Salad that’s topped with the incredible Krazy Chicken.  

Location:  3705 West Highway 76 (It’s in a small, 2-story plaza next door to the Hampton Inn.)

Schedule:  Open Year Round

Hours:  Monday - Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Friday & Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.   Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

ITALIAN

Florentina’s Ristorante Italiano:  Owned and operated by the wonderful folks from the IMAX Entertainment Complex, this location has seen its share of Italian-style eateries over the years - we think Florentina’s might just be the most popular!  It’s adorned with lovely Tuscan decor that gives it an upscale look, yet it maintains a casual and welcoming atmosphere. Favorite dishes include Seafood Ravioli, Pollo Limoni, Salmon Trattoria, and the expected Parmigiana dishes that everyone loves - diners can choose from Chicken, Veal, and Eggplant. They’re also known for really tasty Brick Oven Pizza, as well as incredible appetizers like Toasted Ravioli and Mozzarella Fritti, and great salads, especially the Florentina’s Antipasto.

Location:  2690 Green Mountain Drive (Near Thousand Hills Golf Course)

Schedule:  Open Year Round

Hours:  Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Friday & Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

IRISH

Waxy O’Shea’s Irish Pub:  Sure, it’s a great Friday night hangout for locals and Branson guests alike, but it’s also one of those increasingly rare bars that has an extensive menu packed with incredible sandwiches, entrees, and more.  Appetizer options include Scotch Eggs and Cheese Curds - the list of Sandwiches includes a Donegal Club Sandwich, Irish BLT, and Waxy’s Famous Fish Sandwich. Bet you’re feelin’ a bit like you’re headed to the Emerald Isle right about now - well, you kind of are, it’s just by way of Branson Landing!  Hearty soups include Irish Stew, Beer Cheese, and Dublin Coddle, and entrees include Classic Corned Beef & Cabbage, Bangers & Mash, and Shepherd’s Pie. There’s even Boxty - choose from Steak, Seafood, Fresh Vegetable, and Corned Beef & Cabbage. And don’t forget to indulge in the fully stocked bar!

Location:  235 Branson Landing Boulevard (In Branson Landing, straight across from Branson Scenic Railway - can’t miss it!)

Schedule:  Open Year Round

Hours:  Monday - Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.   Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

JAPANESE

Japanese Kitchen:  This tiny little treasure is found in Hollister, just a couple minutes across Lake Taneycomo from Branson’s Historic Downtown District, and it’s another of those best-kept-secret of local diners.  And, when we say tiny, we mean it - it’s housed in its own separate building, but it barely manages to fit in four tables! We recommend getting their early for lunch or dinner, or opting for take-out.  Regardless of your entree choice, make sure you start with their tangy and tasty Cabbage Salad! Menu options include Fried Rice, Yakisoba dishes, Katsu, and Teriyaki, as well as a nice selection of Sushi.

Location:  1965 US Business 65, Hollister (Take either of the bridges from Downtown across the narrow Lake Taneycomo, then head in the direction of Hollister - it’ll be on your right in town - can’t miss it!)

Schedule:  Open Year Round (But always a good idea to check in advance of your visit.)

Hours:  Monday - Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.   Saturday: 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. Sunday: Closed

As we mentioned earlier, this isn’t a complete list of all the incredible international cuisine Branson has to offer - it’s not even everything in the categories we’ve included!  We’ll return to this delicious subject in a later post - for now, you’ll find more information on a variety of great places to eat in our recent Thanksgiving post - obviously, yummy holiday meals aren’t the only goodies offered by this long list of restaurants:  “Thanksgiving in Branson - 29 Places to Find a Delicious Holiday Meal!” And here’s a really good list of places to try - eateries we think just might end up on your list of favorites: “Branson - We’re Finding Your 13 Favorite RESTAURANTS Before Your Next Visit!