I have nothing against Missouri's big cities. Have been to St. Louis and Kansas City a million times in my life and that's only a slight exaggeration. But, if you crave the best 'classic' diner in the state, you don't need to deal with the massive traffic jams in Missouri's metros based on a brand new ranking.

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How does one determine what a classic diner is? I would argue that the red stools and checkerboard floor are mandatory. Having epic milkshakes and burgers are also a must. It appears my priorities are shared by Love Food who just dropped their "America's Best Classic Diners" list. Their choice for Missouri ticks all of the boxes I mentioned above about what makes a diner 'classic'.

For Missouri, they chose this one that you won't find in the big cities of St. Louis or Kansas City.

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They chose the Broadway Diner in Columbia, Missouri as the best 'classic' diner in the state. They describe themselves on Google as "Snug, old-school spot with a vintage vibe & hearty American bites for breakfast & lunch." Vintage vibe is awesome and the shakes rock, too.

The official Broadway Diner website mentions they've been doing the diner lifestyle in Columbia for 60 years. Pro Tip: their old-fashioned floats are your friend. 

I will admit that if I had my way, we'd get that DeLorean up to 88mph and travel back to when all diners were classic. Give me diners like the one on Happy Days anytime.

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