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Branson Excels at “Dinner and a Show” - 13 Options for Mealtime Entertainment!

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Branson Excels at “Dinner and a Show” - 13 Options for Mealtime Entertainment!

Isn’t that the perfect definition of “killing two birds with one stone” - enjoying an incredible show and getting a meal to boot?  Well, maybe we should find a kindler, gentler way of describing it - how about “having your cake and eating it, too?” Branson has scores of great opportunities for providing a breakfast, lunch, or dinner - something you were planning to get anyway - with the entertainment that brought you to Branson.  We’re going to tell you about 13 fabulous shows that come with a delicious meal - combining two huge things that Branson does really well - entertain you and feed you! (Since you’ll obviously need a few more meals that won’t come with a show, here are some posts about great things to eat in Branson: “Pizza in Branson - 25 Unique Options & Familiar Brands!” - “Branson MO - Finding Your Best Burger in Your Favorite Place!” - “Branson Loves Barbecue - These 8 Places Prove It!” - “Branson Dining - Delicious Mexican Cuisine in the Music City!”)

1. Dolly Parton’s Stampede:  It’s likely the first example of entertainment with food that comes to mind for most loyal Branson guests!  With all those beautiful horses, a phenomenal cast, fun events and competitions, and a fabulous feast, the Stampede delivers an energy-packed show you won’t soon forget!

Where?  1525 West Highway 76

When?  March through December - show times vary, but you can find 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, and 8:00 p.m. showtimes depending upon the month, day of the week, and time of the year.

What will I eat?  The standard meal includes rotisserie chicken, barbecued pork loin, creamy vegetable soup, a biscuit, and dessert.  The vegetarian meal includes vegetable pasta, creamy vegetable soup, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, a biscuit, and dessert. (Note:  The soup is made with chicken broth.)  The gluten-free meal includes the chicken, pork loin, corn on the cob, potato, and a gluten-free cookie.

I should save some time to…? ...see some of the horses in their stables - you’ll find these stunning creatures housed where you can easily view them from the sidewalk that leads to the Stampede entrance.

2.  Absolutely Country, Definitely Gospel:  Offering both a lunch and dinner show, the talented Faith’s Journey & Friends deliver a concert-style show that puts the spotlight on country and gospel, and features songs like “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days.)”

Where?  Jackie B. Goode’s Uptown Cafe & Theater - 285 Missouri Highway 165 - less than a block from Highway 76 - The Strip.

When?  Dinner show:  Tuesday, March 12, 19, and 26 - every Wednesday in April - Tuesday through Wednesday, December 10, 11, and 12 - dinner at 6:00 p.m. and show at 7:00 p.m.  Lunch show: March through December at 1:00 p.m. on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

What will I eat?  Choose from three dinner entrees: steakburger or pork tenderloin sandwich, served with homemade French fries or chips, or soup of the day served with grilled cheese or a side salad, as well as dessert and iced tea or coffee.

I should save some time to…? the stars after the show!  Jonathan and Deana Edwards and Josh Adams love to meet everyone in the audience.

3.  Branson Comedy Hypnosis Dinner Show:  Trust us, you won’t need to be hypnotized to absolutely love this show!  A skilled hypnotist with a laugh-out-loud sense or humor, and family-friendly entertainment that's great fun as a participant or observer, topped off with a yummy dinner, you can’t beat it!

Where?  The Majestic Theatre - 2849 Gretna Road - about a minute or two off The Strip.

When? June through October on most Thursdays. There are also performances scheduled for November 28 and December 24 - dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and the show is at 7:30 p.m.

What will I eat?   Hot dinner buffet:  baked chicken, real mashed potatoes. southern-style pepper gravy, cut corn & country-style green beans, southern-style mac ‘n cheese, dinner rolls, and apple cobbler.

I should save some time to…?  ...get your nerve up (if needed) to participate - if you get the opportunity - it will be highly entertaining for your loved ones!

4.  Showboat Branson Belle Dinner Cruise:  Easily the most entertaining way to spend a relaxing time on Table Rock Lake!  Featuring such an incredible variety show, one that’s filled with music that includes a live band, comedy, dancing, and magic, the delicious meal on the Showboat almost seems like a bonus!

Where?  Table Rock Lake at White River Landing - 4800 Missouri Highway 165

When?  March through December - for lunch at 12:00 noon with the most dates available from July through November - for a 4:00 p.m. dinner from March through December, or an 8:00 p.m. Cruise for dinner, with the most dates during the months of June and July.

What will I eat?  Slow-cooked pot roast & honey-citrus chicken, salad, sides, and lemon berry ice-cream pie.

I should save some time to…?  ...board, it begins one hour before cruise time - don’t be late!  And save time to stroll around on the decks and enjoy the lake view.

5.  Branson Murder Mystery Dinner Show:  The new “Murder at the Town Vote” is just as much fun, and features many of the things that audiences loved about their last production, “Murder on the Square.”  Immersive, interactive, and a whole barrel full of fun is just waitin’ for ya, and great eats to boot!

Where?  Majestic Theatre - 2849 Gretna Road

When?  February through December on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Dinner is available when the doors open at 4:00 p.m., and the show begins at 5:00 p.m.

What will I eat?  Hot dinner buffet:  salad bar, homemade meatloaf, baked chicken, real mashed potatoes with southern pepper gravy, cut corn, mac ‘n cheese, green beans, yeast rolls & butter, apple cobbler, and iced tea, water, or lemonade. (A vegetarian meal is available with 24-hour advance notice.)

I should save some time to…? and exchange numbers with all the new buddies you’ll make in the audience - interactive shows can become a real good time for discovering new friends!

6.  Tribute to George Strait Dinner Show:  Few country artists are as beloved as George Strait; Gordy Wensel and Debbie Kaye deliver his best songs in excellent fashion, as well as the hits of iconic female artists.  Strait’s #1 hits include “Love Without End Amen,” “Ocean Front Property,” and “All My Ex’s Live in Texas.”

Where?  Jackie B. Goode’s Uptown Cafe & Theater - 285 Missouri Highway 165 - less than a block from Highway 76 - The Strip.

When?  May through August on most Tuesdays through Fridays, and September through December on most Mondays through Fridays, with dinner served at 7:00 p.m.  The show starts at 8:00 p.m.

What will I eat?  Choose from prime rib, shrimp, country fried steak, or Hawaiian chicken. Served with a tossed salad, ice cream sundae for dessert, and choice of beverage.

I should save some time to…? the cast after the show - they love to talk to guests and do autographs!

7.  Area 51 ¾ Dinner Show:  This one takes the prize for the show with the most unusual moniker - a totally audience-immersive experience made that much sweeter by adding a scrumptious dinner!  Guests are recruited to join survivors battling zombies and aliens to survive the Apocalypse - there’s no way you can’t have fun!

Where?  White House Theatre - 2255 Gretna Road

When?  March 12 through December 28 on most Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in March - most Tuesdays and Saturdays in April and May - most Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from June through August, and most Tuesdays and Saturdays from October through December - plus on Friday, December 27.

What will I eat?  Lemon pepper chicken and Swiss steak, garden salad, yeast rolls, green beans, roasted potatoes, beverage choice, and “Glowing Radioactive Powdered Sugar Brownies” (powdered sugar that glows under a blacklight - nobody would serve real radioactive brownies...right?)

I should save some time to…?  …ponder how much fun it will be if you’re chosen to join the cast - you’ve always wanted to show off your acting skills!

8.  Breakfast with Sedaka:  This tribute to Neal Sedaka & Friends honors Sedaka, Captain & Tennille, and the Carpenters by sharing hits like  "Breaking Up is Hard To Do," "Calendar Girl," "Close To You," "Sweet Sweet Smile,” "Love Will Keep Us Together,” and "Never Done It Like That."  And you get breakfast!

Where?  Jackie B. Goode’s Uptown Cafe & Theater - 285 Missouri Highway 165 - less than a block from Highway 76 - The Strip.

When?  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. - breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m.

What will I eat?  Breakfast buffet: fresh fruit, waffle bar, homemade biscuits, scrambled eggs, hash browns, grits, sausage gravy, bacon, bone-in ham, sausage, homemade cinnamon rolls with coffee, milk or juice.

I should save some time to…? with all shows at the Cafe, stick around and you just might meet the performers and get an autograph!  (Some artists may do meet ‘n greets prior to the show, so arrive early.)

9.  Branson Comedy Company Murders Dinner Show Presents “Dead Men Don’t Speak Easy:”  A fabulously immersive mystery offering an excellent opportunity to become part of the action, and even develop your own character!  The show centers around solving a murder in the glamous and gangster-filled 1920s.

Where?  White House Theatre - 2255 Gretna Road

When?  Wednesday and Thursday in April and May, on Wednesday and Friday from June through September, and then back to Wednesday and Thursday from October through December.

What will I eat?  Garden salad, yeast rolls, lemon pepper chicken, pot roast, green beans, roasted potatoes, caramel & white icing bread pudding, and beverage: water, tea, or lemonade.

I should save some time to…?  ...the same thing we suggest whenever you have this rare opportunity - take time to realize how much more fun you’ll have if you join the cast on stage!

There are more than nine shows with a meal in Branson...the Showboat also offers Princess & Pirate and Santa’s Pancakes & Pjs cruises - both come with a breakfast meal, so there’s #10 and #11 for you.  When the holidays roll around, Shepherd of the Hills offers a Santa & Pancakes breakfast show for the kids, and A Shepherd’s Christmas Carol Dinner Show for the whole family - rounding out #12 and #13, the last two on our list.  

As you can see, getting your meal and eating it, too - with a show, is a great way to get a whole lot more out of your visit to Branson, Missouri!