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Branson Landing Becomes Great Place to Eat

Branson Landing offers three things tourists come to Branson for — shopping, entertainment and food. And since it opened two years ago, the Landing has attracted several popular restaurants and all sorts of specialty food stores.

While the Landing is a shopping mecca, it has also become a restaurant destination for Branson residents and visitors.

The Landing restaurants offer everything from seafood to sandwiches to steaks.

Where else but the Landing could one find a Mexican restaurant within a stone’s throw of an Irish pub?

“What do people come to Branson for? They come to see shows, they come to shop and they come to eat,” said Texas Land & Cattle Steak House General Manager David Bearce.

While the restaurant has only been open since April, Bearce said it has had a good response, particularly with the dinner crowd, and attributes it to the “built in crowd” that comes with the Landing.

“People are going to ride the trolley, they’re going to window shop and after awhile they’re going to go, ‘We’re hungry,’” Bearce said.

Chris Lemons, general manager of Cantina Laredo, said the authentic Mexican restaurant stays “continually busy” and he has “a lot of regular guests” who keep coming back.

One restaurant offers entertainment and food all in one place. Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar and Grill serves its menu of specialty pizzas, pastas, burgers and more from 11 a.m.-p.m. through the week but stays open into the wee hours of the morning.

“The nightlife is our target market,” said manager Travis Fields, adding the 8 p.m. crowd is the busiest time for the restaurant because that is when the dueling pianos begin.

The spirited pianists can keep the tunes going until after 1 a.m., performing an eclectic array of jukebox favorites and Top 40 hits to entertain the crowd long after the kitchen has closed.

Visitors will soon have three more restaurants to choose from when they come to the Landing. Shorty Smalls will open at Gage’s Branson Landing Marina and Shops later this month and following later this summer will be a Romano’s Macaroni Grill and Mama Milano’s Italian Restaurant.

Not to be forgotten are the specialty food stores at the Landing. Those in search of a quick bite rather than a sit down meal can get a pretzel from Auntie Anne’s, a slice of pizza from Chicago Gyro’s & Pizza or a sandwich from Charley’s Grilled Subs.

“The options are abundant,” said Tammy Scholten, director of marketing for the Landing. “Whatever your palate prefers the Branson Landing restaurants are certain to satisfy your appetite.”

Information courtesy of Branson Daily News

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