What should you eat in Missouri?

Missouri is the Show Me State with nearly 200 years of German, French, and Italian influence. The state is know for toasted ravioli, barbecue and much more.

Toasted Ravioli are exactly what they sound like: crispy, breaded ravioli. They’re typically filled with seasoned ground meat and served with marinara sauce.

Burnt Ends are golden nuggets of brisket that are a Kansas City rite of passage. Typically, the fattier part of the brisket point takes longer, so is returned to the smoker once the rest of the meat is done, which allows it to cook into a caramelized, extra-smoky hunk of meat. The resulting burnt ends are then chopped into cubes and served over buttered toast or plain white bread.

Gooey Butter Cake is a popular tradition with a flakey-yet-cakey crust with a rich, slightly chewy cream cheese and vanilla topping.

St. Louis-Style Pizza is like the opposite of Neapolitan pizza with cracker-thin, unleavened crust and it’s topped with Provel, a processed cheese. The pizza is almost always cut into squares, rather than slices.

The St. Paul Sandwich, which can only be found in St. Louis, allegedly came from local Chinese restaurants looking to appeal to their American diners back in the 1940s. The sandwich tops a fried egg foo young patty with lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayo, all sandwiched between two pieces of white bread.

A Slinger is not for the weak. This breakfast mountain typically consists of hash browns topped with a hamburger patty then topped with eggs that are topped with chili, cheese and onions.

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