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4B---April 3, 2003 The Cuba Free Press I Rural Missouri announces 2003 Reader's Choice Awards Rural people know what = they like. And they aren't ; afraid to drive long distances to get it. That's just one conclu- :sion the editors of Rural I Missouri magazine reached  after checking the results of the publication's 2003 Readers' Choice Awards. "Our readers do get around," says Jim McCarty, editor of the monthly publication published by Missouri's electric coopera- tives. "They seem to know the state extremely well. We learned a lot about Missouri just by reading their entries." Based in Jefferson City, Rural Missouri has been the voice of' Missouri's electric cooperatives since 1948. It has a circulation of more than 448,000, making it the largest paid-circulation monthly in Missouri. This is the second year for the contest Based on sugges- tions from readers last year, several new categories were added, including Best Catfish, Best Winery and Best Pie. "Actually the catfish idea came from our editors," McCarty says. "We just really like the ' 'tuff. Pie too." "' Rural Missouri's editors had : he daunting task of tabulating 'the entries from readers who '6ffered their pick in 34 cate- gories, ranging from Best "Restaurant to Best Place to i,Take the Kids. The results ,,were in some cases surprising !hnd in others pretty obvious. Ii Lambert's, home of the ',!'Throwed Roll", took the presti- ',gious "Dining Worth The !Drive" award. With locations in iBikeston and Ozark and a inational following, Lambert's 'Was an easy guess. But a close :econd went to Bevier's Pear !Tree, an elegant place to eat 'located a bit off the beaten ipath. " "We changed the name from Best Restaurant to better reflect what we were looking for. But the results were essen- tially the same. The only change was in third place :W l here The Caveman had one i more vote than-last year's third. place, Benton House in Warsaw," McCarty said. For the state's best burger .Rural Missouri readers chose 63 Diner in Columbia, which just edged Beaches, also in Columbia and last year's Best Burger winner. Third place went to the unusual "Gooberburger" (peanut butter covered hamburger) that is a staple at Sedalia's Wheel-in Drive In restaurant. ":A big upset came in the cov- eted Best Barbecue contet. :!'We expected Kansas City to score high on this one," McCarty says. "But this year J'ew votes were cast for Kansas Uity establishments." When all the votes were tallied Johnny's Smoke Stak in Rolla was again the winner by a wide margin. Second place was a newcomer, Sedalia's Kehde's, which offers diners the option of eating in old railroad coaches. In third was The Warehouse, one of two Farmington restaurants that made the contest winner's list. Catfish was a new category for the 2003 contest. The big winner was Moreland's in Vienna, with LeMaire's in Sedalia and Farmington's Catfish Kettle close behind. Also new to the contest was Best Pie, won by Rolla's A Slice of Pie followed by The Blue Owl in Kimmswick and Cooky's in Golden City. Another hotly contested cat- egory was Best State Park. Ha Ha Tonka at Lake of the Ozarks was again reader's choice While the cities didn't fare well in the barbecue category, they weren't completely shut out proving Rural Missouri readers know their way around the cities too. St. Louis and Kansas City fought it out in a number of categories. B e s t Art Gallery saw Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Fine Art edge the St. Louis Art Museum for the honor. The Cardinals again topped the Chiefs in voting for Best Sporting Event while Soulard Market in St. Louis wad the pick for Best Farmer's Market over Kansas City's City Market. Last year the roles were reversed. The St. Louis Zoo was the top pick for Best Day Trip and second for Best Place to Take the Kids. Of course Branson garnered its share of honors. Branson was the reader's choice for Best Romantic Getaway, Best Weekend Getaway and Best Summer Getaway. It was sec- ond in Best Christmas Event, but first place went to Silver Dollar City which just happens to be in Branson. Silver Dollar City was voted Best Place to Take the Kids for the second year in a row. In the Best Old- Store category it was Dick's 5 & 10. Columbia once again topped Springfield in close voting for Best Town to Live In while Rolla knocked the state capital out of third place. In another new category, Hermann was named Most Beautiful Town with Carthage and Springfield rounding out the top three. Hermann had the state's Best Festival with their Oktoberfest and the Best Winery, Stone Hill. Jeff City's Central Dairy was the overwhelming choice for Best Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop, with Ruby's in St. James taking second again. Readers liked Lake of the Ozarks for Best Lake while Bennett Spring took top honors for Beat Pevely, 3. Johnston's Rutledge Fishing Spot. Current River Flea Market, Rutledge was voted Best Float Stream Best Farmer's Market again with the Niangua and 1. Soulard Market, St. Louis, Meramec coming in second and 2. City Market, Kansas City, 3. third. -:_. Cumbia Farmer's iarket Other winners includetf'. Best OldStore Meramec Caverns, Stanton, Best Cave; Highland Springs, Springfield, Best Golf Course; Katy Trail, Best Outdoor Adventure; Schoolhouse, Rocheport, Best Bed & Breakfast; Carthage, Best Town Square; Bennett Spring, Best Camping Spot; Ozark, Best Antique Hunting Spot; Wilson's Creek, Republic, Best Historic Site; and Wentzville Community Club Flea Market, Best Flea Market. A complete list of the Reader's Choice Award fol- lows: Dining Worth the Drive 1. Lamberts, Sikeston and Ozark, 2. Pear Tree, Bevier, 3. Caveman, Richland. Best Catfish 1." Moreland's, Vienna, 2. LeMaire's, Sedalia, 3. Catfish Kettle, Farmington Best Barbecue 1. Johnny's Smoke Stak, Rolla, 2. Kehde's Barbecue, Sedalia, 3. The Warehouse, Farmington Best Hamburger 1. 63 Diner, Columbia, 2. Booches, Columbia, 3. Wheel- In, Sedalia Best Pie 1. A Slice of Pie, Rolla, 2. Blue Owl, Kimmswick, 3. Cooky's, Golden City Best Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop 1. Central Dairy, Jefferson City, 2. Ruby's, St. James, 3. Sara's, Ste. Genevieve Best Winery 1. Stone Hill, Hermann, 2. St. James Winery, St. James, 3. Les Bourgeois, Rocheport Best Art Gallery 1. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, 2. St. Louis Art Museum, 3. Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia. .- Best State Park 1. Ha Ha Tonka, Camdenton, 2. Roaring River, Cassville, 3. Bennett Spring, Lebanon Best Historic Site " 1. Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Republic, 2. Ha Ha Tonka, Camdenton, 3. (tie) Arrow Rock and Mark Twain Home, Florida Best Festival 1. Oktoberfest, Hermann, 2. Festival of the Little Hills, St. Charles, 3. Olde Tyme Apple Festival, Versailles Best Antique Hunting Spot 1. Ozark, 2. St. Charles, 3. Jamesport Best Flea Market 1. Wentzville Community Club Flea Market, Wentzville, 2. The Big Pevely Flea Market, 1. Dick's 5&10, Branson, 2. Crane's, Williamsburg , 3. Arrow Rock Country Store, Arrow Rock Best Christmas Event 1. Silver Dollar City, Branson, 2. Branson, 3. Country Club Plaza, Kansas City Best Town to Live In 1. Columbia, 2. Springfield, 3. Rolla Most Beautiful Town 1. Hermann, 2. Carthage, 3. Springfield Best Bed & Breakfast 1. School House, Rocheport, 2. Painted Lady, St. James, 3. Garth-Woodside Mansion, Hannibal Best Sporting Event 1. St. Louis Cardinals, 2. Kansas City Chiefs, 3. University of Missouri Football Best Town Square 1. Carthage, 2. Clinton, 3. Fayette Best Weekend Getaway 1. Branson, 2. St. Louis, 3. Lake of the Ozarks Best Romantic Getaway 1. Branson, 2. Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale, 3. Tan-Tar-A Resort, Lake of the Ozarks Best Summer Getaway 1. Branson, 2. Lake of the Ozarks, 3. St. Louis Best Lake 1. Lake of the Ozarks, 2. Table Rock, 3. Truman Best Fishing Spot 1. Bennett Spring, Lebanon, 2. Truman Lake, 3. Table Rock Lake Best Float Stream 1. Current River, 2. Niangua River, 3. Meramec River Best Outdoor Adventure 1. Katy Trail, 2. Canoeing, 3. Deer hunting Best Cave 1. Meramec Caverns, Stanton, 2. Marvel Cave, Silver Dollar City, 3. Onondaga, Leasburg Best Place to Take the Kids 1. Silver Dollar City, 2. St. Louis oo, 3. Worlds of Fun, Kansas City Best Summer Camp 1. Kanakuk, Branson, 2. Camp Wonderland, Lake of the Ozarks, 3. Clover Point, Lake of the Ozarks Best Day Trip 1. St. Louis Zoo, 2. Hermann, 3. Branson Best Camping Spot 1. Bennett Spring State Park, Lebanon, 2. Roaring River State Park, Cassville, 3. Mark Twain State Park, Stoutsville Rural Missouri can be found on-line at www.ruralmissouri.coop Coming April 24 This Spring Outdoor Guide is a special section with articles devoted to outdoor activities ranging from Turkey Hunting, Fishing and Camping. 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