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Posted: 11/26/2018 5:16:23 AM EST
Heading there for a class in the second week of January.

Tell me what I should know.
Link Posted: 11/26/2018 8:07:04 PM EST
Not sure what you are looking for. Rolla is close to the National forest that has numerous hiking trails. Food: for Chinese, I would go to the Lucky House on Kingshighway, Alex's Pizza downtown is good and close to the University. Colton's has been good since they got new owners. For Rolla upper-tier food Matt's steakhouse between Rolla and St. James is hard to beat for steak but all their food is very good. Sybil's in St. James, and Salt Water downtown on Pine St. is good. Salt Water is only open for lunch on Wednesday. There is also a bar on Pine that has exceptional bar food, Sydney's, I think. Penelope's is good for breakfast but nothing else. For heaven's sake stay away from Burger King and KFC. The other fast foods are ok. Lee's chicken is good.

Well, that turned into a food tour of Rolla. PM me if you have questions.
Link Posted: 11/26/2018 8:29:51 PM EST
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Originally Posted By ahorseman:
Not sure what you are looking for. Rolla is close to the National forest that has numerous hiking trails. Food: for Chinese, I would go to the Lucky House on Kingshighway, Alex's Pizza downtown is good and close to the University. Colton's has been good since they got new owners. For Rolla upper-tier food Matt's steakhouse between Rolla and St. James is hard to beat for steak but all their food is very good. Sybil's in St. James, and Salt Water downtown on Pine St. is good. Salt Water is only open for lunch on Wednesday. There is also a bar on Pine that has exceptional bar food, Sydney's, I think. Penelope's is good for breakfast but nothing else. For heaven's sake stay away from Burger King and KFC. The other fast foods are ok. Lee's chicken is good.

Well, that turned into a food tour of Rolla. PM me if you have questions.
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Thanks, just the kind of info I'm looking for. Any good night life or local attractions?
Link Posted: 11/26/2018 8:35:08 PM EST
Alex's and Matt's both suck
Link Posted: 11/26/2018 9:28:58 PM EST
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Alex's and Matt's both suck
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Not really. Matt's is quite excellent but pricey. Alex's has good pizza and one of the few places that has a gluten free crust.

On another note, if you're bringing freedom pill flingers, you can shoot down in the national forest. There's a range about 12 miles south of town off 63 highway about 1.5 miles south of the Piney bridge. Make a left on 6020 and then go past the residence on the right and turn right at the next gravel road. Follow it down until you find the shooting areas. There are three places to shoot and you'll see them.

If you want funshops, there's PCA guns on the north side of Bishop/63 hwy kind of by Dominos, Academy and if you go out east on 10th St/BB hwy about 8 miles or so, you'll come to Smokey Acres Trading Company. Small shop but Ralphi's a good guy. He's only open W-Saturday though. W-F 1500-2000 and Saturday 0900-1500.
Link Posted: 11/26/2018 10:46:44 PM EST
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Originally Posted By redleg13a:

Not really. Matt's is quite excellent but pricey. Alex's has good pizza and one of the few places that has a gluten free crust.

On another note, if you're bringing freedom pill flingers, you can shoot down in the national forest. There's a range about 12 miles south of town off 63 highway about 1.5 miles south of the Piney bridge. Make a left on 6020 and then go past the residence on the right and turn right at the next gravel road. Follow it down until you find the shooting areas. There are three places to shoot and you'll see them.

If you want funshops, there's PCA guns on the north side of Bishop/63 hwy kind of by Dominos, Academy and if you go out east on 10th St/BB hwy about 8 miles or so, you'll come to Smokey Acres Trading Company. Small shop but Ralphi's a good guy. He's only open W-Saturday though. W-F 1500-2000 and Saturday 0900-1500.
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Yeah, only there for a couple of days so I'm flying with carry-on only.

Any recommendations on BBQ joints and honky tonks?
Link Posted: 11/27/2018 12:09:51 AM EST
Night life in rolla.

It’s a small town in middle of podunk with engineering school. There is a term Rolla 7 for a reason. The ratio of available men to women in town is not favorable to men.

But you can drink a lot.
Link Posted: 11/27/2018 12:34:44 AM EST
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Night life in rolla.

It’s a small town in middle of podunk with engineering school. There is a term Rolla 7 for a reason. The ratio of available men to women in town is not favorable to men.

But you can drink a lot.
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That's the impression I'm getting.

I'm not looking to get laid, just have some place to hang out in the evenings other than my hotel room.
Link Posted: 11/27/2018 10:23:02 AM EST
The public house brewing company on Rolla street seems popular. Also, I had lunch a few times at Sydney's on Pine street and it kind of reminds me of a small town cheers. The bartender seems to know everyone's first name. No personal experience with either in regards to nightlife.
Link Posted: 11/27/2018 12:12:31 PM EST
About 23 miles t the southwest is fort lost in the woods with an assortment of oriental and german food, the obligatory strip clubs,. And a tourist trap, the Uranus Fudge Factory.
Link Posted: 11/27/2018 7:57:25 PM EST
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About 23 miles t the southwest is fort lost in the woods with an assortment of oriental and german food, the obligatory strip clubs,. And a tourist trap, the Uranus Fudge Factory.
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Last I knew the strip clubs there are gone
Link Posted: 11/27/2018 8:01:18 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Brundoggie:

Thanks, just the kind of info I'm looking for. Any good night life or local attractions?
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Night life?



Tater Patch is decent, as is Locker Room. Other than that, when we lived there my fiancee and I mainly stayed in, alone or with friends, shot a ridiculous amount of 12ga and cast bullets, bummed around the woods, and explored old mines. You make your own fun in Rolla.

For food, I'll second Alex's and Colton's.

Pawn Center on 72 is great for used guns. Could always buy something up there and ship it to your home address, might be cheaper than Gunbroker. Bow & Barrel in St. Robert is an indoor range with some rental guns.

If we still lived there, I'd invite you to come shooting on USFS land.
Link Posted: 11/28/2018 4:40:16 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Brundoggie:

Yeah, only there for a couple of days so I'm flying with carry-on only.

Any recommendations on BBQ joints and honky tonks?
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For BBQ, I'd recommend Missouri Hick BBQ over in Cuba. It's about 20 minutes up I44 towards STL.

Honky Tonks? Couldn't tell you. I'm married with three kids so I don't get out much.

Watcha coming to Rolla for anyway if you're only going to be here a couple days? Are you part of the conferences/meetings on campus or something?
Link Posted: 11/28/2018 5:39:43 PM EST
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Originally Posted By redleg13a:

For BBQ, I'd recommend Missouri Hick BBQ over in Cuba. It's about 20 minutes up I44 towards STL.

Honky Tonks? Couldn't tell you. I'm married with three kids so I don't get out much.

Watcha coming to Rolla for anyway if you're only going to be here a couple days? Are you part of the conferences/meetings on campus or something?
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Sweetwater in St Robert makes Missouri Hick BBQ their bitch
Link Posted: 11/28/2018 8:35:09 PM EST
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Originally Posted By redleg13a:

For BBQ, I'd recommend Missouri Hick BBQ over in Cuba. It's about 20 minutes up I44 towards STL.

Honky Tonks? Couldn't tell you. I'm married with three kids so I don't get out much.

Watcha coming to Rolla for anyway if you're only going to be here a couple days? Are you part of the conferences/meetings on campus or something?
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Blaster's refresher training, something I have to do every three years to keep my license.
Link Posted: 11/29/2018 12:00:55 PM EST
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Blaster's refresher training, something I have to do every three years to keep my license.
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Ah, got it. Boom stuff. Cool!

Sweetwater BBQ over in St. Robert was mentioned but I didn't care for it as much as I do Missouri Hick. It's alright but I prefer the Hick. Same driving time whichever way you go and both are on old Route 66.
Link Posted: 11/29/2018 11:20:29 PM EST
For bbq Mo hick in cuba or sweetwater in st Robert. Mo pizza in st james is good for pizza wings and beer. If you want a bar with good wings,pizza and pool, east office in cuba. Someone mentioned stripers in ft leanordwood,they are gone. Someone mentioned smokey acres, I was there last night. Ralph is a great guy but right now the shelves are about bare. I was there for a transfer but not worth driving out there.
Link Posted: 11/30/2018 5:33:22 AM EST
If you make it to Cuba hit me up. Haven’t seen an arfcommer in a while.

Rolla food and night life.

Tater Patch is your typical bar with above average food. Used to have the best prime rib in the area on Saturday nights. Usually a decent mid-Mo crowd on the weekends. Pool, dancing etc.

Alex’s Pizza is better than average pizza, their meat lovers equivalent is awesome.

Public House is described to me as better than Applebee’s with craft beer selections. Bar fare for food, burgers and such.

Sydneys has a rather cheap steak on Fridays, usually have to call for reservations so I haven’t had it, but it’s popular.

Locker Room is typical sports bar.

Plenty of Chinese. I prefer the dirty old Lucky House for carryout.

Los Cazadores by the old Howard Johnson is my favorite Mexican place.

If you like Arby’s I can vouch for the cleanliness there. I know the GM and he would never run a dirty restaurant.

In St James:

Missouri Pizza Co is good. Down by the tracks.

Sybil’s and Matt’s are pricey upper tier places. You’ll be under dressed.

Cuba/Steelville:

Mo Hick is decent BBQ in Cuba

Friscos In Cuba has great food and a good drink selection. Their wings are the bomb.

Riches Burgers in Steelville is good. Have the potential to be the best burgers in a couple county radius, a bit inconsistent which is why I say potential.
Link Posted: 11/30/2018 4:47:26 PM EST
Say hi to Paul Worsey from ARFCOM (small world)

Sweetwater it the tits. Meramac Springs State park is nice if you want to go somewhere n walk. Youre hitting Missouri in the ugly season though.
Link Posted: 11/30/2018 7:47:38 PM EST
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Originally Posted By danos660r:
Say hi to Paul Worsey from ARFCOM (small world)

Sweetwater it the tits. Meramac Springs State park is nice if you want to go somewhere n walk. Youre hitting Missouri in the ugly season though.
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I'll be easy to recognize. I'll be the guy with the tan wearing the eskimo parka and snowboots.
Link Posted: 12/1/2018 9:23:21 AM EST
Originally Posted By Brundoggie:

Blaster's refresher training, something I have to do every three years to keep my license.
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Oh, you're there for the same type of stuff I was! Tell Worsey (and Jimmy and DeWayne, presuming the training is being held at the mine) hello.
Link Posted: 12/1/2018 10:32:09 AM EST
They have a jack in the box, and some rock quarry swimming hole with dyed blue water.
Link Posted: 12/1/2018 11:38:09 AM EST
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Originally Posted By FrankW134:
They have a jack in the box, and some rock quarry swimming hole with dyed blue water.
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It's not dyed, stagnant water in limestone naturally takes on that color. Our tailings/fines pond is blue and I can promise you that we do not dye it
Link Posted: 12/1/2018 12:53:45 PM EST
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Oh, you're there for the same type of stuff I was! Tell Worsey (and Jimmy and DeWayne, presuming the training is being held at the mine) hello.
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Originally Posted By Brundoggie:

Blaster's refresher training, something I have to do every three years to keep my license.
Oh, you're there for the same type of stuff I was! Tell Worsey (and Jimmy and DeWayne, presuming the training is being held at the mine) hello.
I've already been emailing back and forth to Dr. Worsey, seems like a nice guy. Since it is a refresher class for me, I'm only there the last day of the three day course.
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Originally Posted By SouthernPhantom:
It's not dyed, stagnant water in limestone naturally takes on that color. Our tailings/fines pond is blue and I can promise you that we do not dye it
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Originally Posted By FrankW134:
They have a jack in the box, and some rock quarry swimming hole with dyed blue water.
It's not dyed, stagnant water in limestone naturally takes on that color. Our tailings/fines pond is blue and I can promise you that we do not dye it
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I always had a female friend the entire time I lived there, and could have had more. My wife is a graduate of UMR, too.

It's too bad one of the best bbq places on the planet closed, it was located on 72 just three blocks or so east of H. 63. The last time I was there the son in law or similar had bought the restaurant and run it down so badly the original owners that built it up from a closed A&W took it back over. But they wanted to retire.

Alex's is an institution. Bandana's out on the south service road wouldn't be the worst bbq you've had and it's a lot closer than St. Robert or Cuba.
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By the time I got to Rolla, 2003-2009, Johnny Smokestacks was awful. Went there twice and didn’t like it either time.

There’s a BBQ place out on E which is out past Troop I HQ, or at least there used to be. We had a HTF get together there once.

Used to be really good. Wasn’t a huge fan the last time we went.
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Link Posted: 12/7/2018 12:19:47 AM EST
Johnnies smokestack=burnt ends. My parents took me there plenty in the late 80s. The gypsy queen is buried in the cemetery across the street.
Link Posted: 12/7/2018 11:11:22 PM EST
What's the gypsy queen?

The one in the old Howard Johnson's is Los Cazedores and it's a messican place. My wife says it's the best one in town. I don't care for messican food that much but I prefer their food over the others in town. I like the chips and salsa best at Los Arcos though.

The BBQ place out on E hwy is Randy's Roadkill. He's not open much at all so we haven't been out there in a long time. Food was good when we went. I was there at the MO Hometown meet along with 4-5 other guys. Good time.

Johnnies Smokestack was pretty gross in their final years after the kids started running it. We used to go there from time to time but after the kids took over, we ate there maybe twice and then didn't go back. It wasn't worth it. Too bad too because it was a pretty good place to eat.

There's Dickies BBQ on Kings Highway too. It's not bad.

Oh yeah, there's Chick Fil A at the Havener Center at S&T.
Link Posted: Yesterday 8:21:36 PM EST
There is a woman buried in the cemetery next to JS that was considered the queen to gypsies. I think she was buried in the 60s. They still decorate it on Memorial Day. A bit off topic from the food thread.
Link Posted: Today 11:05:29 AM EST
I'll agree that Los Cazadores, Lucky (Rucky, lol) House, and Alex's are all really good. Kyoto is excellent if you like Japanese food. Slice of Pie has awesome pie too.

Several of my friends like Public House, but I haven't been there myself. I graduated UMR in 2007 I haven't been down there much in the past few years. I think the bars that I liked (The Grotto and the Locker Room) have shut down.
Link Posted: Today 7:49:39 PM EST
Groto is gone but the Locker Room is still open if the one you're thinking of is on Rolla Street.
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