Between all the splashing and watching Fido take the gold, you’re probably going to get hungry! If you’re in town for this year’s Dog Days Canine Cannonball, here are some restaurants to try. Never pretentious, but always delicious, these five are worth checking out after a long day at the lake:
Olive Branch Restaurant: May your time at the Olive Branch be a new beginning for you. Look around you at the friends and family enjoying the good food and fellowship of this place. Many a new beginning got its start over a good meal, and many a person has felt at peace and in harmony with the world after a time of fellowship and dining. It was for this purpose that the Olive Branch came in being. It is more than a restaurant; it is a gathering place once again just as it was when it was a church.
The Duck: This distinctive lakefront dining experience features both traditional favorites and innovative creations prepared with the freshest ingredients by our culinary staff. Whether on our covered deck, screened porch or inside dining rooms, you’ll find great dining in a great lakefront setting.
Baxter’s Lakeside Grille: Our classic American restaurant builds on the rich history that the Lake Area is known for. All of the restaurants we brought to the Midwest share a common commitment: use only the finest, freshest ingredients, coupled with personal service and warm, inviting surroundings.
The Blue Heron Restaurant: Tuesday through Saturday, your host Joseph H. Boer invites you to a dining experience at the Lake of the Ozarks. When it comes to win, The Blue Heron is second to none: 3 Consecutive Years at the Potted Steer Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of One of the 100 Best in the World. Cheers!
JB Hooks: JB Hooks’ dining room overlooks a panoramic view of the main channel of the Lake, and offers a relaxing atmosphere to add to your dining experience.
In the Lake area, autumn means the Turkey and Apple festivals. First up is the Turkey Festival held in downtown Eldon Saturday, Sept. 24. The Olde Tyme Apple Festival in downtown Versailles is the following weekend, with the main event being Saturday, Oct. 1.
Let’s talk turkey. Admission Free When 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 What to expect Turkey legs are a treat at this fest that also includes music, vendors and kids activities Parade The festival parade features a wide variety of floats and walk-alongs. Don’t miss the action that starts at 10 a.m. Phone 573-392-3752
Turkey Trot & Gobble Wobble 5K With a $15 entry fee, this walk/run starts at 7 a.m. from 111 S. Oak Phone 573-392-2291
Apple Jammin’ is the theme of this year’s fest. Expect some great music to be playing around the downtown square on Saturday where a multitude of craft and food vendors will also be set up. Admission Free When Friday, Sept. 30-Sunday, Oct. 2
Friday Includes a car cruise, kid contests, sock hop and more
Saturday Includes a parade at 10 a.m., booths, food, live entertainment, games for children and a car show
Sunday Golf tournament at Rolling Hills Country Club
Online www.versailleschamber.org Tip Parking can be a bear at this popular fest, but a shuttle service is available to take visitors downtown from the Morgan County Fairgrounds off Highway 52.