When it's too hot to cook...
It's summer, and let's be honest, no matter how much we all love the reward of our time tending the BBQ grill, sometimes it's just TOO hot to endure! We have put together a list of some of our favorite area restaurants to lighten your summertime cooking load!
Close to Home | Omaha & Ridgedale
Arnie's Barn is one of our favorite spots to dine at Big Cedar. It’s just a few minutes down the road in Ridgedale, MO and the NEXT nearest to The Bungalows! The restaurant, which is situated overlooking the Top of the Rock golf course, offers contemporary Mexican cuisine. Lunch is served daily & you can plan for dinner on Friday or Saturday nights. Check out their menu for more information!
Buzzard Bar is another Big Cedar property. Enjoy bar food and live music pretty much any evening! View their hours and more here.
A more traditional Mexican restaurant, Casa Fuentes, is one of our all-time favorites! Located just off Hwy 65 at the beginning of the 76 Strip you can slip in for a quick bite or easily grab takeout. They also offer online ordering!
Branson's Center Stage Grille & Kaffee Haus is a local restaurant with chef-inspired dishes. They serve breakfast and have amazing specials. We highly recommend the Smoked Prime Rib! Check out their extensive menu here.
If you're craving something more exotic, find your way to Mo Mo Sushi & Grill located across from The Landing in downtown Branson. Their Box Combos are our favorite! Call ahead & bring your order back to the cabin for a nice evening in. 1-417-320-6125
Tallgrass is our TOP Harrison pick! This little restaurant/bar/coffee shop adjoins a health food store and is definitely a hidden gem! Their organically and locally-sourced ingredients make this option stand out amongst dozens of fast-food chains. Find them on Facebook for more info on daily specials, etc.
Jamie's Local Flavor is another great locally-owned and operated restaurant in Harrison. If you're into pork, try the Deep Fried Bacon appetizer or the famed Bigger Than the Bun Pork Tenderloin Sandwich. The menu is extensive and the portions will leave you begging for a box. Find them on Facebook!
Enjoying the lake while in the Ozarks
Table Rock Lake is right in our backyard here in the Ozarks! With 800 miles of shoreline, the lake is over 43,000 acres and the deepest lake in Missouri. The lake is mainly situated in Missouri, but just so happens to dip down into northwest Arkansas (south of Branson) for our convenience! As you can imagine, there are endless options for lake-enjoyment. Here are a few of our best recommendations!
Cricket Creek Marina is our trusty destination for all things Table Rock Lake. The marina is located within a few minutes of our bungalow community here in Omaha, Arkansas.
This full-service marina has a brand new Ship's Store (with oodles of cute apparel & souvenirs), grocery staples, ice, beer, fuel, lake accessories and a full spectrum of hard-to-find fishing gear!
They launched their food shack this season and now serve up hot pizza & wings (available all day... they even have a mean breakfast pizza)! Feel free to call ahead or order in store.
Cricket Creek Marina has a focus on affordable Table Rock Lake boat rentals. Their fleet includes fishing boats, deck boats, pontoons, tritoons (yes, they offer water slide boats) and runabouts! There is a large assortment of fun add-ons to choose from such at tubes, trampolines and the NEW Paradise Pads!
If you have your own boat and would like to station it on the water during your stay they can generally accommodate. Ask about their nightly/weekly rates. They also offer year-round slips.
The scene & sites
There is an abundance of beauty to take in once you get out on the lake. The hills of the Ozarks surround you completely and provide endless opportunities for picturesque views of bluffs. You'll be sure to spot wildlife including eagles, fish, turtles, and deer as well.
The infamous cliffs on Table Rock Lake make for great spectating. If you are seeking adventure you can even make the plunge!
A big draw to Table Rock is the year-round fishing including largemouth, smallmouth, Kentucky bass, crappie, white bass, walleye & catfish.
We recommend taking in the sunset out front of Table Rock Dam at least once! You may also venture further on the lake to Indian Point, Kimberling City and beyond!
An up and coming bungalow project just south of Branson, Missouri in Omaha, Arkansas will house two, unique vacation rental units. Nestled in the woods bordering a Corps. property line of Table Rock Lake, there is something very special in store for future vacationers to the Ozarks!
The site first required some major TLC including the demolition of an existing trailer home. Once the unusable structure was removed, excavation work began. By the end of April, the foundations were laid!