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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

On The Rise With Prison Brews

The day after our Tan-Tar-A hoo-ha brought some welcoming comfort food after a night of revelry. The first came as a suggestion from one of K's Missouri Travel Council compatriots: On The Rise Bakery and Bistro at Osage beach at the Lake Of The Ozarks. The second joint, inspired by The Joint, was Prison Brews, our lunch-spot in Jefferson City.

On The Rise was clearly a popular spot as there was already a line at the door when we arrived. Still, we were seated quickly and soon realized this was their last weekend before closing for the winter season....bummer for the locals. The decor at On The Rise is warm and cozy with a full coffee bar and bakery. They also offer adult beverages such as mimosas, Bloody Marys, a wine and beer selection and something listed as "house barrel aged vanilla". I ordered a Midnight Mocha, a brain-clearing blend of espresso, steamed milk and two different kinds of chocolate. I had a difficult time not kicking off with the beignets but what we did get was more than worthy. K got the Baked Vanilla Bean French Toast; rich, authentic French toast with cinnamon and vanilla bean. My wonderful meal was the Country Style Basque Omelette; fluffy eggs filled with a flavorful blend of chicken and apple sausage, caramelized onions, chives, cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Truly, this was one of the best omelettes I've ever had. Ever. I also loved the complimentary streusel pastry that came with the omelette. This quite fabulous breakfast and lunch spot is tucked in among the strip malls and kitschy color of the Osage Beach area and should be experienced by anyone visiting the lake area. The owner is Mike Castle; a CIA grad with lake roots and he and his wife, who co-owns, have much to be proud of.

We later met K's Mom at Prison Brews in Jefferson City for lunch. Prison Brews is a brewpub located two blocks from the old Missouri State Penitentiary and its decor reflects that connection with its bar-behind-bars and faux-barbed wire atop the booths. Housed in the building that was the original Landwehr Dairy. Prison Brews features a large selection of hand-crafted ales with many of the regular brews sporting monikers that continue the theme: Hard Time IPA, Reformatory Rye Stout, Pretty Boy Floyd Peach Stout and one of their most popular, the I Ain't Your Honey Wheat. Alas, my beverage needs were more of the caffeinated variety, so I will have to sample those wares at another time. We did, however, have another of their specialties..their wood-fried pizzas. We went with their Vegetarian Pizza; a tasty pie topped with black olives, mushrooms, green peppers and red onions. Prison Brews also has a sizable outdoor patio and bocce ball court, in fact, they host a very popular Bocce League in partnership with the local Kiwanis Club. This is a fun spot with fine food and brews, for sure, and we must also give props to their home-brewed root beer, which we bought a jug of to take with us. One side note: we, of course, had to drive by the old penitentiary and it's still pretty damn creepy to see the towers with barbed wire. Apparently, they host very popular tours.


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