Branson: Where to Dine after the Shows

Barbecued brisket sandwichIt used to be if you didn’t eat dinner before going to an evening show in Branson, you were out of luck. The sidewalks pretty much rolled up just before or as the shows ended. Not so anymore. More restaurants are staying open until at least 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. Here are three of our favorites located right on the strip, Highway 76, near most of the theaters:

We were happy when Shorty Small’s, one of our long-time favorites, moved from across town to the more convenient strip. They offer casual fare like sandwiches, salads, fish, chicken and barbecue, their specialty. The menu, with its quirky tales of Shorty Small, makes fun reading.
2600 W. Hwy 76
Sunday-Thursday until 10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday until 11 p.m.

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Each time we’ve eaten at Gilley’s Texas Cafe, right next door to the Mickey Gilley Theater, we’ve been serenaded by karaoke singers. Many are quite good and likely looking to become Branson performers. The menu includes sandwiches, salads, Southwest dishes and barbecue.
3457 W. Hwy 76
Open until 11 p.m. on show days.

We’ve eaten at the Outback Steak and Oyster Bar restaurant (not to be confused with the Outback Steakhouse chain), many times, although usually for lunch. The authentic Australian cuisine includes steaks, seafood and alligator tail. Lighter sandwich fare is available, too. The adjacent Outback Pub, with nightly entertainment, serves appetizers and sandwiches.
Outback Steak and Oyster Bar:
1914 W. Hwy 76
Sunday-Thursday until 10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday until 11 p.m.

Outback Pub:
1922 W. Hwy 76
Sunday until midnight
Monday-Saturday until 1 a.m.

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