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Restaurant Review: Float Stream Restaurant

Updated on September 24, 2011

Traveling down a long stretch of U.S. Highway 60, searching for a place to eat....ANY place to eat, and finding a wonderfully delicious meal is the absolute best part of the day! That is what we found in the charming Float Stream Restaurant located along the Current River in Van Buren, Missouri.

Float Stream Restaurant located in Van Buren, MO along the Highway 60 stretch in southeastern Missouri.
Float Stream Restaurant located in Van Buren, MO along the Highway 60 stretch in southeastern Missouri. | Source

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A marker102 Main St Van Buren, MO -
Main St, Van Buren, MO 63965, USA
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As we were on our way home from visiting family in Tennessee, we found ourselves traveling a long stretch of highway in southeastern Missouri with few towns and places to eat. The typical fast food joints were available in several of the wide spot in the road towns, but for dinner we prefer something a bit more substantial in a restaurant which will provide us with the opportunity to get out and stretch our legs during our travels. Finally, we decided that food was food and it was time to eat...regardless of the type of food available. We saw a sign for a small town, Van Buren and decided to see what was available.

This small resort type town had clean looking motels, a deli, convenience stores, gas stations, grocery stores, an ice cream shop and the Float Stream Restaurant. We chose the restaurant and had the best and biggest meal of our lives! Located at 102 Main St in Van Buren was a quaint mom and pop diner. We were met by a pleasant waitress who showed us to a non-smoking room separated from the smoking area. The only smells in there were those of fried chicken. It was decorated with outdoors photos of excellent quality and fishing poles. As it was across the street from the Current River Resort, it was most appropriate.

We ordered the pork chop dinner, expecting average-sized pork chops and the average ice cream scoop size of sides and a roll. We were amazed to receive portions that would satisfy the largest appetite. Each pork chop was 1 inch thick and the size of a 4 x 6 photo. There were 2 of them on each plate. Our sides were individually dished heapingly and were excellent. We had not only cottage cheese, but macaroni salad, breaded tomatoes, navy beans and fried squash. The rolls were each the size of a saucer and homemade. Everything, by the way, was homemade. It was like eating at my grandmother's house. Large portions of good home style cooking! Of course we had so much we took home two take-out boxes! The prices were more than reasonable considering we had dinner the next night from the leftovers!

We were treated like family and ate like long lost relatives! It was pleasant and relaxing! We got back in the car and decided right then that, next time, we would plan to stop here along the way and we would definitely eat pie first!! It looked delicious, but there was no possible way we had room to eat any!! On an added note, they do serve breakfast and lunch as well as dinner. Check out the map and make sure that you plan a visit to the Float Stream Restaurant in the lovely wooded area along Current River. In this Restaurant Review: Float Stream Restaurant is a thumbs up, especially for those with large appetites.

Photo and Text Copyright 2011 Deborah M. Carey

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      Debbie Carey 6 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA


      I love to try new roads and towns! It is a delightful reward to find a treat like the your little cafe! Thanks for sharing your experience! Thanks! God Bless!

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      Annie Fenn 6 years ago from Australia

      What a lovely suprise when you least expect it you stumble across an awesome place to eat. I love it when this happens. We came across a little cafe in a small town some way from here (in Australia) a few years ago. At first we went to the pub for lunch but as it was new years day the cook had taken the day off, so no meals. They told us to try the cafe across the road (as there wasn't much more to the town) and discovered the friendliest and most awesome little cafe I have ever come across. They do a fresh fruit pancake stack that has to be exprienced to be believed. We go back often!!!

      A great story and the discovery of somewhere that you know you will go back again and again. Voted up and more!!!

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      Debbie Carey 6 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA


      Thanks for the great comment! It was delicious!

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Wow, you made my stomach churn just be describing your eating experience. If ever I'm in the area I'll definitely check this out, thanks for sharing, you get a vote-up, useful and awesome from me.