My family loves a good breakfast, but we rarely go out to eat in the mornings (morning is kind of, uhhh…difficult…for me). It’s always a special occasion that gets me motivated for some early morning dining, and when we were in Branson, that special occasion was VACATION! Woohoo!
We were able to experience a fabulous breakfast at a unique place, and what’s not to love about that?
Brunch at The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks is high on my list of activities I would revisit if we went back to Branson. Here’s why!
The Keeter Center at the College of the Ozarks is staffed by students. In fact, students work on campus in exchange for tuition. This means that students are able to graduate without debt, which I think is pretty amazing. The Keeter Center provides fine dining (using fresh, local ingredients whenever possible) and lodging. They are famous for their Sunday Brunch, and based on the breakfast we had, I am guessing it’s fantastic.
The food was delicious (my bacon was cooked exactly how I like it…and perfect bacon is worth celebrating). The service was great (friendly students served us and made sure we were taken care of). The location…A+.
After breakfast, we walked around and checked out the rest of the facilities. Truly, The Keeter Center is an experience. It’s about the food, but it’s not *just* about the food. It’s a gorgeous location with the kind of surroundings you just want to walk around and enjoy.
But before exploring…dance party! Because the big wooden floors were just begging to be danced upon!
I feel like I would be doing the entire universe a disservice if I failed to mention the Butter Cake. The Keeter Center has a Gourmet Bakery that sells fresh pastries, desserts, and drinks. As I was walking by, I noticed something that looked like it needed me to eat it, and so I bought it. It was called Butter Cake (I believe), and it was dusted in powder sugar. You should know that butter and powder sugar, combined, make one of my favorite things ever. EVER. And this cake? You know when you have pancakes and cover them in butter and powdered sugar and cut them all up and are left with a gob of deliciousness on your fork? Well. That’s what the WHOLE CAKE TASTED LIKE.
We went outside after breakfast and let the kids run around to burn off some steam. And also, we wanted to check out the grounds and the beautiful view from the back porch (where you can also dine). One of the highlights of this trip, in general, was seeing all of the pretty scenery and green hills surrounding us everywhere we went. I loved the idea of dining outside with the Ozarks as my backdrop.
When we return to Branson, as I’m sure we someday will, this will be high on my list of things to repeat. Great food, fabulous service, and the Ozarks. Yes, please!
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