High Street in Jefferson City, Missouri, is in the nucleus of the river city’s downtown district. A stone’s throw from the Missouri State Capitol, the lively strip beckons politicians, tourists and residents alike with the promise of a hearty lunch platter or a post-press conference cocktail. During the holiday season, strings of white lights brighten the historic brick storefronts, ribbons wrap the streetlamps and wreaths decorate each front door, encouraging you to linger out in the cold a little longer before ducking into one of these eateries to warm up.

Jessica is a freelance writer based in Columbia, Missouri. She lives by the words of M.F.K. Fisher: "First we eat, then we do everything else."