- Published on Thursday, October 31 2013 2:37 PM
Written by Jessica Covert
Posted by Mark Ruda
Branson Lunch Spots
When you take a break for lunch while visiting Branson, check out one of these restaurants for fare that’s perfect for your midday meal. From sandwiches to soup to sushi, each of these restaurants has something to offer every palate.
One of Branson’s favorite places for lunch is Vasken’s Deli. Vasken and Staci Haroutounian opened in Branson in 1997, serving a variety of Mediterranean cuisine. With over 26 years of experience in food service, the Haroutounians have made Vasken’s into a favorite for lunch.
Vasken’s menu features seven varieties of pizza, including Vasken’s Mediterranean Chicken, Bavarian German, and Vegetarian. Each pizza is 7 inches, the perfect size for one. In addition to pizza, Vasken’s serves a variety of hot and cold cut sandwiches. A favorite is the Firehouse Gyro, which features generous portions of lamb and beef served on pita bread with tahini sauce, green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and spicy giardiniera vegetables. Other sandwiches include Italian Beef, reubens, muffaletta, and Mediterranean Turkey. For events, Vasken’s also caters party trays to meet your needs. For the more adventurous, Mitsu Neko is another great place to get lunch. This Asian fusion restaurant combines surf and turf for a delightful dining experience. You can order from their sushi menu to find some of the freshest, most flavorful fish in the area, or from the regular menu for a steak that beats them all. The Blizzard sushi roll features white tuna, cucumber, avocado, and cream cheese wrapped up in seaweed and rice. Another favorite is Heads and Tails, and is chock-full of lobster tail and crab. If you’re not into fish, steak, duck and chicken entrees are available as well.
One of the most quaint and quiet lunches in Branson lives at Sugar Leaf Bakery. Located amid unique shops in the Grand Village, Sugar Leaf serves a variety of sandwiches, soups, quiches and sweet treats. All of their sandwiches are served on fresh, homemade breads like tomato basil or marbled rye. Each sandwich comes with your choice of kettle cooked chips – regular, barbeque, jalapeño, or salt and vinegar. You can even combine your sandwich with a cup of soup, a side salad of mixed greens, or fresh fruit. In addition to lunch, Sugar Leaf also serves a variety of delectable cookies and cakes for an after-lunch treat.
A final place to try for a Branson lunch is Hook and Ladder Pizza Company. This firehouse themed restaurant has some of the best pizza in the Branson area. The ingredients are fresh and flavorful, and served by members of Hollister’s Fire Protection District. Specialty pizzas at Hook and Ladder include alfredo, taco, veggie, and chicken bacon ranch. You can also build your pizza your way, with your choice of toppings. Hamburger, sausage, Italian sausage, pepperoni, bacon, ham, mushrooms, black olives, green olives, green peppers, jalapeños, pineapples, and red onions are some of the options you can use to make your favorite pizza.
In addition to pizza, Hook and Ladder also serves sub sandwiches. A roast beef sub, supreme pizza sub and ham and cheddar sub are on the menu. All sandwiches are served with a bag of chips and a pickle. Soups are also on the menu seasonally, so ask about cheesy potato veggie soup or a hearty bowl of chili.
Whatever your tastebuds crave, there is a place to find a fabulous lunch in Branson that caters to exactly what you want. From sushi to sandwiches, from pizza to soup, Branson has it all.