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This summer, make a promise to yourself to slow down, take in the surroundings and have a leisurely and incredible meal at one of the true dining treasures in our region. Haven 55, nestled among the trees on a bend in Little Sugar Creek in the southwest corner of Missouri, is truly a haven from the bustling world around us. And while each season here offers its own enchantment, summer afternoons and evenings hold special magic. Relax as you watch Little Sugar Creek roll by. Take in the river wildlife, including Mortimer, a great blue heron who is a regular visitor. Unwind and slow it down. Come early and grab a drink from the Tavern while you wait for your reservation on Friday or Saturday.
The sublime setting is perfectly matched by the inspired, made-to-order menu. Pam Bone, mother of head chef Alan Bone, explains, “Everything that comes out of this kitchen is prepared to order. Sauces are sauteed while your chicken is cooking, and everything is timed perfectly. It might take a little longer, but all Alan’s dishes are prepared fresh.”
Chef Bone has had a seasoned culinary career: starting early, cooking as a teenager; then graduating with top honors from Le Cordon Bleu chef school in Orlando; he worked and studied under several local chefs before ultimately opening his own restaurant in his hometown of Pineville.
With their close-knit family management team that takes each customer’s opinion to heart, it’s no surprise that the experience improves with every visit. “We’ve been here for nearly nine years,” says Pam, “and it’s taken a lot of trial and error to get it right.”
That trial and error has led to a different kind of dining experience than most people are used to. A comfortable pace that’s conducive to culinary delights allows you to slow down yourself and savor the sights, sounds and company surrounding you. Every table in the dining room offers gorgeous views of nature.
And the food is its own kind of gorgeous. There are creative chicken and pork dishes with complementary rubs and sauces, a wide variety of fresh seafood offerings, unique and delicious sandwich creations and certified Angus burgers and steaks. Haven 55 offers non-traditional American fare that is miles above average.
“The New York Strip with blue cheese sauce is our best seller, and we have a big following for Prime Rib night,” says Pam, “But my personal favorite is the 8-ounce sirloin prepared the way Alan does it.”
Get your reservations in by noon on Tuesday to partake in Haven 55’s Wednesday Prime Rib night—a mid-week tradition worth planning ahead for.
Haven 55 is open for lunch and dinner, and either one is a great chance to try their fantastic fried green bean appetizer served with a creamy horseradish dip.
The Tavern is open on Friday and Saturday nights and serves house crafted pizzas and other tavern fare. It stays open later than the restaurant to extend your night out, and they have regular live performances by local artists, as well as karaoke every Saturday night. Visit haven55.com and keep an eye on the Haven 55 Facebook page for changing specials, a more detailed schedule of upcoming events, or to view their menu.
A meal at this hidden gem is more than just lunch or dinner; it’s fine dining in its natural state. Be sure to call ahead for reservations. Plus, Tuesday night is customer appreciation night. Random numbers will be drawn. Come in for your chance to have dinner on them!