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Ninth Street Eats

Take a culinary adventure down Ninth Street, one of the best thoroughfares in town for a day’s worth of great food. Let us be your guide through this delectable district — and if you’re not hungry by our tour’s end, we did something wrong.

L.G. Patterson

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Bookmark Café
Ellis Library, MU campus
1020 Lowry St.
(corner of Ninth Street and Conley Avenue)
Number of years in current location: 9
Must-have food: Hope’s triple chocolate cookie ($1)
Average entrée price: $5
Great for: A quiet, relaxing spot to recharge your laptop
Not so great for: A group get-together
Tasty trivia: The Bookmark Café is the only place in MU’s Ellis Library where food may be consumed. Eat here, or risk getting caught by the security personnel who walk around the library on food patrol.

The Bookmark Café is one of the secret nooks on the University of Missouri campus where overachievers and procrastinators hunker down when they need to accomplish something. Serving Kaldi’s coffee, pastries and light sandwich fare, this little coffee shop on the ground floor of Ellis Library is the ideal place for students to grab a quick lunch on campus.

Mizzou Hot Dogs
Outside of Middlebush Hall, MU campus
(southeast corner of University Avenue and Ninth Street)
Facebook: Mizzou Hot Dogs
Twitter: @MizzouHotDogs
Number of years in current location: 4
Must-have food: The student lunch combo: a hot dog, a bag of chips and a drink ($3)
Average entrée price: $4
Great for: A post-class, pre-nap lunch
Not so great for: Your swanky, out-of-town metropolitan friends
Tasty trivia: Sure, it’s a food cart, but Mizzou Hot Dogs accepts all major credit and debit cards.

Mizzou Hot Dogs isn’t, well, just hot dogs. At night, owner Tim Mallory sets up shop outside of Fieldhouse or Quinton’s around 9 o’clock and serves brats or hot dogs until the bar crowd heads home.

Domino’s Pizza
416 S. Ninth St.
Number of years in current location: 32
Must-have food: Carry-out medium pepperoni pizza ($5)
Average entrée price: $10
Great for: Carry-out for a downtown office party
Not so great for: A sit-down lunch
Tasty trivia: This former gas station became the first Domino’s franchise in central Missouri, opened in 1980 by Pizza Inc. owner and founder Greg Neichter. A few pizzas and 32 years later, the company now manages 35 Domino’s franchises throughout Missouri and Kentucky, and employs more than 600 people.

In the heart of downtown, with its awkwardly shaped parking lot, Domino’s may seem out of place, but the location is perfect for hungry folks who want pizza to go. It’s consistently good and consistently fast.

The Heidelberg
410 S. Ninth St.
Number of years in current location: 49
Must-have food: Bacon and cheddar skins ($7.50)
Average entrée price: $10
Great for: A nostalgic lunch for out-of-town alumni
Not so great for: A quiet, romantic dinner on game day
Tasty trivia: The ’Berg gives away about $28,000 a year in free appetizers because of its buy-one-get-one nightly happy hour special. Two weekday happy hours — one from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and another starting at 10 p.m. — feature drink specials on Long Islands, draft beer and buy-one-get-one appetizers.

For the happiest hour, join the revelry at The Heidelberg on Jan. 3, 2013, as it celebrates 50 years of serving cold drinks and hot food to a thriving campus and downtown community. We’ll drink to that.

Noodles & Co.
406 S. Ninth St.
Number of years in current location: 5
Must-have food: Penne Rosa ($7)
Average entrée price: $8
Great for: A very casual first date
Not so great for: A very formal first date
Tasty trivia: Get ‘em while they’re hot! Noodles can be delivered anywhere on the MU campus and to parts of downtown for an additional $2. Your meal will arrive via bicycle.

You can travel around the world at this fast, casual spot. Featuring American, Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, Noodles & Co. hits the spot if you like spaghetti but he likes pad Thai. A blend of casual and comforting, this eatery caters to any mood — from quiet business lunch to quick dinner before heading downtown or filling break between classes, it’s all served here.

J Café
First floor of the Reynolds Journalism Institute, MU campus
401 S. Ninth St.
Number of years in current location: 4
Must-have food: Barbecue chicken salad ($6.25)
Average entrée price: $6
Great for: An afternoon snack
Not so great for: A sit-down business lunch
Tasty trivia: In homage to the journalism school, sandwiches are wrapped in faux newspaper. For the caffeine-addicted crowd, the J Café also serves specialty drinks featuring Kaldi’s coffee.

Big screen televisions airing CNN and Fox News flash the day’s headlines as customers wait for their coffee at the J Café in the Reynolds Journalism Institute. Fresh fruit, soft cookies and crunchy salads are quickly served to students, professors and the occasional non-Tiger. The café’s red seats are often full, and students don’t give up tables easily; this café always seems to be on deadline.

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