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Best Breakfasts in Branson

By: Michael Ayo

Vacations are great for a number of different things. You can relax, spend time with family, and maybe even catch a few extra hours of sleep in the morning. However, if you’re more of an early riser or love taking in a beautiful Ozark sunrise, it may be beneficial to know where in Branson you can start the day off right with a delicious breakfast.

Sugar Leaf Bakery and Café

Mainly known for their bakery and desserts, Sugar Leaf Bakery and Café has an excellent selection for breakfast as well. Sugar Leaf varies from day to day on what is served on their breakfast menu, but they always have their quiche to order each day. An open-faced pastry crust with an egg-based custard filling, their quiche features a variety of breakfast fillings to go along with sides such as bacon, eggs and toast.

Branson Café

As one of Branson’s oldest restaurants, the Branson Café offers a delicious menu of breakfast items served all day. Established in 1910, this café in historic downtown Branson has been featured on a number of different television programs such as “60 Minutes” and Fox News Channel’s “Across America.” Their homemade pies have also been featured on the “Today Show.” For breakfast, they offer just about any classic breakfast option you can imagine. From skillets and Eggs Benedict to oatmeal and cornmeal mush, Branson Café has a comprehensive menu you are sure to enjoy.

Billy Gail’s

If you enjoy large proportions, you’ll be hard-pressed to find bigger pancakes than the ones located at Billy Gail’s. This staple of the community is most known for their hubcap-sized pancakes that are guaranteed to satisfy even the hungriest of appetites. Billy Gail’s is also known for their French cakes, which are pancakes dipped in egg batter and cooked like French toast (though not quite the size of a hubcap). Other menu items include regular French toast, breakfast burritos, grits and French cakes stuffed with pecans. Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., this place gets busy in a hurry so be sure to get there early. It is also a cash-only restaurant so hit the ATM before you leave.

Grandma Ruth’s

When you’re on vacation, something as quick and easy as doughnuts may be the go-to option for breakfast. But what about cinnamon rolls? They’re quick and easy, and you still get the sugar-induced pickup you’re looking for in the morning. Grandma Ruth’s in the Victorian Village has some of the freshest and most delicious cinnamon rolls you will find in the Ozarks. Conveniently located off Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Grandma Ruth’s is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and offers sweet, cinnamon, caramel and toffee rolls as tasty breakfast treats.

Clockers Café

Another breakfast served all day, Clockers Café offers a rather large menu to choose from. If you enjoy pancakes or French toast, get them before 11 a.m. because they’re the only breakfast items not served after that time. If you’re not a big fan of pancakes or French toast, worry not because there are several other delicious items such as Belgian waffles, omelets, and biscuits and gravy. There is also a number of classic a la carte options such as bacon and sausage as well as four different egg platters to feast on.

Dobyns Dining Room at the Keeter Center

Not technically breakfast, but close enough, the Sunday Brunch at Dobyns Dining Room inside the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks is a must during your vacation to Branson. This brunch gets so popular, it is highly suggested you make reservations at least 48 hours in advance. With the freshest of foods coming from the campus’ own farm, menu options include carved meat, made-to-order waffles and omelets, and various other typical breakfast items. The brunch is Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and provides beautiful views of the college campus.

With so much to see and do in Branson, it’s impossible to get through it all without getting an early start to the day. If you’re trying to jam as much fun as possible into one day, a hearty breakfast is a must and each one the places listed above provide just that. The next time you’re in town, be sure to give a few or all of these breakfast spots a try.

Article courtesy of ChooseBranson.com.

Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash a Huge Success

Article By: Michael Ayo

Video By: Bethany Shaw

The first ever Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash took place just over a week ago and we’re still reeling from its success. Despite the hot temperatures, the Branson Landing was more than accommodating when it came to setting up for the event. When 5 p.m. rolled around, comedian Terry Sanders took the stage and kicked it off with some hilarious antics the Branson area has come to know and love from him.

After warming the crowd up for a few minutes, Terry proceeded to introduce the Lip Sync Clash’s inaugural act, Mayor Karen Best going by the pseudonym “Politically Incorrect.” Mayor Best and her backup dancers put on an entertaining rendition of “Dance Pants” by the beloved Branson entertainers Prince Ivan that would make the musical trio proud. Once Politically Incorrect finished their performance, Terry introduced a group from the Branson Convention Center going by the name “The Flashbacks” as the next act. This group of five, dressed in clothes that will make you think you’ve been transported back in time to the 1980’s, rocked the stage to the tune of the classic Journey song “Don’t Stop Believing.”

After the Flashbacks finished their rock and roll performance, Choose Branson’s own Michael Ayo introduced the Lip Sync Clash’s next act. Singing their version of Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” was the event’s host, Terry Sanders, with his “Patsy Cline and Friends” colleague, CJ Newsom. Following them were the winners of Branson’s Best New Show award, Forever Young. These five gentlemen morphed into a temporary boy band to perform One Direction’s “Live While We’re Young.” After some mid-song costume changes and back flips, Forever Young looked like the team to beat in the competition.

That was until the event’s final act, the Titanic Museum, took the stage. The crew members from Titanic started their performance out slow, lip syncing to “My Heart Will Go On,” the classic Titanic song by Celine Dion. After a few verses, the Titanic shocked everyone by switching songs to a mash up of popular hits by Beyoncé. They added a mid-performance costume change of their own and some interesting dance moves that had the crowd falling out of their seats laughing by the conclusion of the song.

In the end, the Titanic Museum’s unexpected performance was enough to sway the crowd and they took home the championship belt for the first ever Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash. If you weren’t able to make it out to the Branson Landing that evening, check out the video of the entire event below. Also, be sure to keep up with Choose Branson on social media to find out when the Titanic Museum will defend their title next year in the second annual Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash!

Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash 2016 from Choose Branson on Vimeo.

Article and video courtesy of ChooseBranson.com.

Branson Landing to Host First Ever Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash

The following is a press release received from ChooseBranson.com regarding their upcoming event at the Branson Landing.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (August 3, 2016)

Michael Ayo

Choose Branson 

Branson Landing to Host First Ever Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash

The Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash will be held at the Branson Landing Fountain and feature Mayor Best along with several local entertainers.

Branson, MO (August 3, 2016) – The first ever Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash will be held on Friday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. in front of the Branson Landing Fountain. This unique event will be hosted by Terry Wayne Sanders, a Branson entertainer/comedian most known for his roles as a crazy German inventor by the name of Doc Harris and prison warden at Silver Dollar City. He also stars in the show “Classic Country’s Patsy Cline and Friends” at the Americana Theatre.

The Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash will feature five groups made up of Branson entertainers and public officials battling it out to see who reigns supreme at the art of lip syncing. These groups will mouth the words to some of the most popular songs throughout the last 20 years of music along with some original songs by Branson artists.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this event that is completely new to the Branson area,” said Kerry Pearson, social media specialist for Choose Branson and event coordinator for the Lip Sync Clash. “We have some big names participating and they have all promised to put on a spectacular show that everyone is sure to enjoy.”

“Dublin’s Irish Tenors and the Celtic Ladies” at King’s Castle Theatre have split into two separate teams to compete against one another. The men who make up the five Irish Tenors have a team of their own while the four Celtic Ladies make up another to add a friendly rivalry to the event.

One of Branson’s newest and most exciting shows will also be featured in the Lip Sync Clash. Currently performing at the Hughes Brothers Theatre, the five men from “Forever Young” will lip sync together to try to compete with the rest of the field. The Titanic Museum will round out the groups of local entertainers and attractions competing in the event. The Titanic will include three of their most energetic crew members to try to add the Lip Sync Clash trophy to their impressive collection of artifacts and exhibits.

The final group performing in the Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash will be headed by the mayor of Branson, Karen Best. Mayor Best will have two friends at her side as she lip syncs a song that is yet to be revealed.

The Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash will take place before an 8 p.m. concert by The Adam Capps Band. It is a free event open to the public, and the winner will be chosen based on crowd applause. To see some exciting and comedic lip syncing by popular Branson entertainers and public officials, be sure to come out to the first ever Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash on Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. in front of the Branson Landing Fountain.

“We are excited to welcome our local Branson talent and community members to Branson Landing’s stage, as they battle it out in the new and exciting Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash,” said Branson Landing Director of Marketing and Entertainment Tammy Scholten. “Following what is sure to include some hilarious and very entertaining performances, our guests are invited to stay and enjoy The Adam Capps Band as they rock Branson Landing in a LIVE concert from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.”

About Choose Branson

Choose Branson is a leading travel resource company in the Branson area. Founded in 2005, Choose Branson has spent the last 10-plus years providing the highest quality of up-to-date information and unsurpassed deals on shows, attractions and vacation packages. The easy to navigate website offers information on everything from shows and attractions to hotels and lodging, as well as news, discounts, maps, free vacation guides and more. To find out more information or to purchase tickets, visit ChooseBranson.com.

About Branson Landing

Branson Landing is a $435 million – 95 acre public/private project spanning 1.5 miles of waterfront on the beautiful Lake Taneycomo, adjacent to historic downtown Branson, managed by Bayer Properties.  Branson Landing is home to over 100 shops and restaurants, as well as the Hilton Promenade Hotel and a $7.5 million water and fire spectacular, anchored by Bass Pro Shops and BELK.

For additional information about the Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash, contact Kerry Pearson at (417) 243-8017 or by email at kpearson@choosebranson.com.

Sweet Treats for Summer

By: Michael Ayo

Cold, sweet treats go together with summer like Branson and music. It is almost unheard of to have one without the other. A vacation to Branson isn’t complete without seeing a show and it’s near impossible to make it through summer without enjoying ice cream or snow cones on a regular basis. Whenever the sun gets a little too hot, it’s important to know where some of the best sweet treats in the Branson area are in order to cool off.

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A favorite among Branson locals, Yeti’s Shaved Ice and Ice Cream is one of the best options around for beating the heat with a sweet treat. Residing in the parking lot of the Sun Fest Market on Cross Creek Boulevard, Yeti’s serves the usual summer snacks: shaved ice, ice cream, soda and bottled water. However, they are most known for their Yetis. This treat features ice cream on the bottom and shaved ice on top. There are a number of different flavors offered, with the most popular perhaps being the Shark Attack. This Yeti, located on their “Specials” menu, includes blue raspberry, cherry and sourshot flavors along with a gummy shark and Sour Patch Kids. Yeti’s is usually open through the first of August, so be sure to stop by and see them while you’re in town.

Cakes n Cream Dessert Parlor

With “dessert parlor” being in the name, you know for certain you’re in for some tasty treats when you visit this place. Cakes n Cream is a 50’s-style diner that has an incredible menu filled with various types of ice cream, including malts, shakes and waffle cones. There are also cakes, pies, funnel cakes and plenty of sugar free options to satisfy every kind of sweet tooth. If you’re wanting to enjoy dessert after a meal, there’s a lunch and dinner menu featuring burgers, brisket and pizza available as well. With it being conveniently located on Highway 76, any vacation is made better by stopping here.

SnoAngelsSno-Angels Sno-Balls

Another great option for snow cone-type treats is Sno-Angels Sno-Balls. Normally located on Mall Road in nearby Hollister, Sno-Angels also travels around Branson for events and sets up shop every Tuesday for the Farmers Market at the Branson Landing. This source for sweet treats brings New Orleans-type sno-balls to the Ozarks. Several different flavors are offered, including French vanilla, tropical punch and watermelon, and most flavors are available sugar free.

Mr. B’s Ice Cream

Branson’s oldest ice cream shop, Mr. B’s Ice Cream Parlor is one of downtown’s most popular places to visit during the summer. Mr. B’s serves all your favorite flavors of shakes, malts and ice cream along with cobbler, old-fashioned sodas, and homemade lemonade and limeade. You can also stop by for lunch or dinner and enjoy hot dogs, sandwiches and pretzels. This small parlor on 2nd Street is a little slice of Branson history, and serves up some great summer treats.

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One of the newest setups at the Branson Landing for the summer, Maui Wowi Aloha is a vendor stand near the fountains serving some of the most delicious smoothies you will find at the waterfront shopping mall. Maui Wowi will operate under the same business hours as the Landing, and will remain open through Aug. 31. All smoothies are gluten free and made with real fruit, and six different smoothies are generally offered on their menu. Strawberry, mango orange and pina colada are the basic flavors on the menu, along with mixed flavors such as the popular Wistful Waikiki. This smoothie combines strawberry and pina colada into one delicious drink.

Vacations are meant for fun and trying new things. There are plenty of new and unique things to try at each of these locations. Don’t let the summer heat get you down, cool off and relax while sampling a sweet treat from one of these great spots around town.

 

Article courtesy of ChooseBranson.com.

Branson Back Roads

By: Michael Ayo

Videos By: Bethany Shaw

The summer months bring a wide variety of things to the Branson area. New shows, open attractions, warmer weather; just about anything you can imagine in order to have a great vacation. However, this also means the town gets busier. Much busier, in fact. At any point during the peak season there can be up to 100,000 visitors in Branson. That is nearly 10 times the number of residents Branson normally has. Those residents know how to maneuver around town when traffic gets bad, and it’s about time you did too.

Throughout many parts of the day, especially around the time shows let out, Highway 76 can get backed up for miles. From downtown Branson all the way to Silver Dollar City, the stop and go, bumper to bumper traffic can be unbearable. To avoid chaos, accidents and the occasional road rage incident, Branson has three separate routes to diverge traffic from the Strip while still taking tourists to their desired location. The Blue, Red and Yellow routes are designed to relieve traffic congestion and any Branson local must know them and various other back roads well in order to get anywhere in a timely manner during the summer. Locals aren’t exactly lining up to chauffeur visitors around all day during their vacation so it’s essential for you to know these routes as well. Check out the videos below so you can drive like a local on your next Branson vacation.

Blue Route

The shortest of the routes, the Blue Route begins and ends where Highway 76 intersects with Gretna Road and again with Roark Valley Road. The route takes travelers behind popular theaters and attractions along the north side of the Strip. Some of the more notable sights you will see are the future sights of Fritz’s Adventure and Ballparks of America along with Tanger Outlets and the Titanic Museum. See the video below to find out more about the Blue Route.

Red Route

Where Highway 76 intersects with Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and West Main Street runs into Branson Landing Boulevard begins and ends Branson’s longest alternate route, the Red Route. Like the Blue Route, the Red Route also resides on the north side of Highway 76. It runs through downtown and crosses over Highway 65, passing by the Choose Branson Discount Ticket Center and popular attractions such as the Yakov Smirnoff Theater, Sight and Sound Theatre andBranson Landing. For exact details of the Red Route, see the video below.

Yellow Route

The Yellow Route is the only route in town that runs on the south side of Highway 76. It begins and ends where Fall Creek Road intersects with the east side of the Strip and Highway 376 meets the west end of 76. This route takes you by a few mini golf places such as Dinosaur Canyon, along with the back side of theaters such as the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center,Dutton Family Theater and Caravelle Theater. See where else the Yellow Route will lead you by watching the following video.

Don’t let your next Branson vacation be hindered by wasting time in traffic. You need to know exactly where the town’s alternate routes are and be able to breeze past all the backed up cars. Once you’ve watched these videos, you’re officially ready to drive like a local.

 

Videos from Choose Branson on Vimeo.

Article courtesy of ChooseBranson.com.

Branson’s Hidden Food Gems

By: Michael Ayo

From steakhouses and barbecue to pizza and Mexican food, there’s no shortage of dining establishments to go along with the variety of live entertainment in Branson. Several places in town are popular among tourists, especially the unique ones likeMel’s Hard Luck Diner or the ones associated with shows such as the Grand Country Buffet and the Baldknobbers Country Restaurant. However, these places can get pretty crowded at the height of show season, so check out these hidden gems that offer some of the best food in Branson.

East Coast SubsEast Coast Subs

A definitive favorite among locals in Branson, East Coast Subs is a great place to find some of the best sandwiches in town. Located on Highway 248, roughly a mile away from the Branson RecPlex, East Coast Subs is open until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is perfect for a Reuben or baked Italian sub lunch date. Since this place is popular among Branson residents, it can get fairly busy from time to time. We highly recommend stopping by to pick up a menu and calling ahead to place your order.

Billy Bob’s Dairyland

There are several places in Branson to get a burger and fries, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one better than what is served up at Billy Bob’s Dairyland on Highway 76. You can order a normal hamburger, or if you’re feeling adventurous you can add a few more patties and some cheese to that order. Billy Bob’s also serves hot dogs, corn dogs, salads and other delicious options. After you’ve enjoyed your meal, be sure to stick around to try one of their tasty desserts. A favorite among visitors tends to be the peanut butter milkshake.

NOTE: Billy Bob’s only accepts cash as payment, so be sure to stop by the ATM before you go.

Mr. Gilberti’s Place

Mr. GIt’s almost a custom that one vacation meal involve pizza. If you’re looking for a friendly and unique atmosphere paired with delicious Chicago-style pizza, make the short trip to Hollister for Mr. Gilberti’s Place. Here you can find pizza unlike anything you’ve tried before along with salads, sandwiches and pasta. Located a few minutes from the College of the Ozarks campus, Mr. Gilberti’s is great after a day of fishing on Lake Taneycomo or if you’re just wanting to escape the city for a little while.

Mitsu Neko Fusion Cuisine and Sushi Bar

Everyone should strive to try something new while on vacation. Mitsu Neko Fusion Cuisine and Sushi Bar on Highway 76 near the Apple Tree Mall can be that “something new” on your trip to Branson. With its modern look and city-like atmosphere, Mitsu Neko is great for a dining experience you’re sure to remember. All their ingredients are healthy, fresh and natural, and you can order anything from steak and duck to smoked salmon and tuna sushi.

Grandma Ruth’s

Whether you want breakfast or just trying to satisfy your sweet tooth, Grandma Ruth’s has exactly what you need. Located in the Victorian Village off Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Grandma Ruth’s has some of the best cinnamon rolls around and delicious sugar cookies made from scratch. They’re open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday, so be sure to stop in while you’re in town.

Scoops

Popular dessert places in Branson such as Andy’s Frozen Custard can get extremely busy during peak season. When that happens, you’ll want to make the trip to Scoopsin nearby Hollister. You can enjoy your choice of ice cream cones, shakes, sundaes, banana splits and various other sugary treats along with a scenic overlook of the Ozarks. Located on Highway 165, a few miles southwest of the College of the Ozarks campus, Scoops is a great way to beat the heat during the summer months.

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Another great place to go to cool off during the summer months is Yeti’s Shaved Ice and Ice Cream. This place takes shaved ice to the next level with their unique flavors and ways of preparing them. Enjoy flavors such as banana split, blueberry cobbler and cherry cheesecake, or expand your taste buds with flavors such as the Iron Man and Lu’s Luau. Located in the parking lot of Sunfest Market on the east side of Lake Taneycomo, passed Mount Branson and near Ozarks Memorial Park, the family is sure to love digging into one of these sweet treats.

Whether you just got out of a show and looking for a good place to eat or in the mood to try something different, this list of hidden gems will certainly provide you with a few great meals. From sandwiches and burgers to sushi and ice cream, anything you order from these places will leave you wanting more after you return home.

 

Article courtesy of ChooseBranson.com.