Anastasia Adelman, The Silly Goose

Long before Anastasia Adelman and her mother opened The Silly Goose in Augusta, Missouri, she was learning to cook in her grandmother’s kitchen. After her parents, both in the military, were deployed during the Gulf War, Adelman stayed with her grandmother for more than a year, using fresh ingredients to whip up classic Southern fare like grits and chicken and waffles. She went on to study culinary arts in St. Louis and gained experience at beloved local spots like Pint Size Bakery in the city’s Lindenwood Park neighborhood. This past December marked the two-year anniversary of The Silly Goose’s opening. The small, family-focused serves high-quality dishes very near the area’s many wineries. At The Silly Goose, you’ll find traditional Southern dishes such as okra and corn fritters, country fried steak and fried green tomatoes. From December to March, the restaurant hosts theme nights on Fridays and Saturdays, featuring menus inspired by different countries, from Morocco to Italy. The Silly Goose team will also soon open a neighboring bakery offering bagels, donuts, scones, pies, tarts and coffee and hot chocolate. Adelman says The Silly Goose will soon expand its catering business and the family will turn a nearby building into a smokehouse and distillery. (Photo by Natalie Hinds)

Silly Goose, 5501 Locust St., Augusta, Missouri, 636.482.4667, sillygoosemo.com