One of the great highlights in a city’s dining scene is Restaurant Week. The city of Joplin, Missouri recently held its second Restaurant Week for 2015 following the success of the first event held in January of this year. For those who have not heard of Restaurant Week, it is a week where restaurants get together to raise money for a local charity by offering discounts and specials to those who donate items or money to a local charity. Aside from the altruistic version, Restaurant Week offers participating restaurants the chance to attract customers that may normally dine elsewhere.
The restaurants that participated in the second JOMO Restaurant Week offered customers who brought in a canned good item a discount or special dish as well as the chance to enter a drawing to win $20 gift cards to the 20 participating restaurants. This examiner managed to catch the tail end of JOMO Restaurant Week and enjoyed the chance to see some of Joplin’s best restaurants.
Big R’s Bar-B-Cue Restaurant
This was the first restaurant that this examiner visited in Joplin. Big R’s is considered by locals to be the city’s best barbecue restaurant. Located at 1220 East 15th St, Big R’s lived up to its name by offering some of the best BBQ that this examiner has had in a long time. This examiner had the Rib End Sandwich. This is a sandwich that is not always available due to the high cost of beef, so if the Rib End is available go for it. The Rib End came with Big R’s secret sauce which puts other BBQ restaurants to shame and a brick of fries that could serve as its own entrée. Anyone traveling to or through Joplin needs to check out Big R’s.
Mojo Burger Company
Every city has a signature burger joint that offers unique burger creations. For 30+ years Fort Smith had Harry’s Hamburger Barn and Joplin has the Mojo Burger Company. Mojo is located at 702 S. Maiden Lane which is close to Downtown Joplin, so this restaurant has the luxury of attracting a diverse crowd. This examiner decided to take a walk on the wild side by sampling their Caribbean Jerk Burger. Surprisingly this burger was not as hot as one would normally expect out of Caribbean Jerk seasoning. The burger had a bite but did not overpower the senses. What did this examiner in were the Cajun Fries. Having sampled Cajun Fries at other restaurants, this examiner found that they were overly seasoned and were difficult to eat. Mojo may want to consider a less-is-more approach to their Cajun fries.
This examiner had not planned on visiting this particular restaurant, but found it to be a unique establishment with a lot to offer. Eagle Drive-In is a new age hipster joint disguised as a hole-in-the-wall. Located at 4224 Hearnes Blvd, Eagle Drive-In looks like any other greasy spoon in the remote part of town from the outside. However the inside is a completely different thing altogether. Customer are treated to new age music and posters of the Beatles and various 90’s grunge bands. The menu contains dishes that are appropriate for the theme that it broadcasts. This examiner had the Black and Bleu All Over Burger. This burger comes with all of the fixings and is topped with a mix of Bleu Cheese dressing and garlic aioli. This combination created a tangy flavor that left this examiner wanting more. The only issue that this examiner had with Eagle Drive In was that the menu items carried a hefty price tag. While the food was delicious, the same dishes could be found at other restaurants in more populated areas for less money.