More Than a Good Meal


During our trip tip Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri we stopped for lunch at College of the Ozarks (aka Hard Work U) because the rental car guy insisted it is the best place to eat in the area. Our initial reaction was a college, really?! Turns out he was right! ALL the ingredients they use are super fresh — raised and grown directly on the property. Each of our meals were delicious. All of the staff from the chefs in the back to the greeters in the front are current students. The concept of this distinct college is very cool – every student must attend classes full time and work 15 hours per week on campus instead of paying tuition. They even have a 15-room hotel above the restaurant where students interested in hospitality can work. Students can try different jobs each semester throughout their four years to get an idea of what type of work they want to do once they graduate. It was a great place to eat and a fun place to visit.

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