Restaurants in Columbia, Missouri, have borrowed great sandwiches from St. Louis and barbecue from Kansas while putting their own unique spin on both. Many favorite local eateries have been highly successful in the community since the 1980s or earlier. These restaurants feature soul food, steak specialties and French cuisine while some of the city’s most famous restaurants have a British atmosphere. All put their unique spins on favorites like hamburgers, tapas and pierogies. The presence of the University of Missouri makes this a great town to eat on a budget, but there is also an abundance of upscale establishments for great date nights and special places to dine when parents come to town. Diners can enjoy their favorite local cuisines at diners, bistros, canteens and patios in Columbia.