When I write these Food Friday blogs, my goal is to give you a brief peek into something new so that next time you’re in Branson and you want to try something other than your usual, you can be like “Hey, remember that Food Friday blog about INSERT RESTAURANT? Let’s try that!”
So with that in mind, when I look for a new restaurant to review I don’t always go for the most packed restaurant on the block. Sometimes I look for the hole-in-the-wall places that often offer some of the best customer service and fantastic, homemade menu items.
This week I decided to stop in Main Street Alley Grill & Local Market which is packed into the historic downtown area alongside Dick’s 5 & 10 and Farmhouse Restaurant. It’s a great place to stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner while shopping around downtown Branson.
This locally owned grill is housed inside a rather small and unassuming building but it’s humble appearance is misleading. The decor is simple and inviting with a large dining area and a back entrance with a covered porch for additional outdoor seating. Main Street Alley boasts a thorough breakfast, lunch and dinner menu offering crowd pleasers like biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos for a breakfast on the go, a variety of wraps and sandwiches, burgers and delicious sides like fried okra, deep fried corn on the cob, onion rings and homemade chips.
The menu also offers several dessert options including cobbler, funnel cake, deep fried oreos and twinkies, ice cream, shakes and Grandma Ruth’s Cinnamon rolls! You can imagine how excited I was to see that on the menu after my delicious experience at Grandma’s last week. Can you tell I’m obsessed yet?
I spent a long time trying to decided if I should order dessert or not and finally I opted for the chicken salad wrap and homemade chips which turned out to be an excellent choice. The wrap was perfectly made and the chips were baked to a crisp with a savory, locally made rub that the owners actually sell in the restaurant.
Which brings me to my next point. Main Street Alley isn’t just a grill — it also serves the community as a local market. One of the owners told me that they just recently got the gift shop and website going so customers can either come into the shop and pick up their goods or order them online at http://mainstreetalley.com/.
Main Street Alley sells some of the fresh ingredients actually used in their menu items in addition to locally produced products like White River Salt Scrub, Branson Bean Coffee, Bekemeier’s Jams and Jellies, Thompson Farms Soup and so much more.
Next time you’re in downtown Branson, stop by Main Street Alley Grill for a delicious meal and products made right here in the Ozarks. I highly recommend this restaurant, as do many others on TripAdvisor. Rated one of the top restaurants of the Branson foodie scene, Main Street Alley Grill is a gem!
Main Street Alley Grill is at 113 W. Main Street between Farmhouse Restaurant and Dick’s 5 & 10 in downtown Branson.