It was quite the cast, yet Sue and Matt Banholzer caught a big one when they opened NaCl + H2O (aka Saltwater) last March in Rolla, Missouri. The fact that it was the only seafood restaurant in town didn’t scare them: Instead, the couple dove full-force into their menu. Items like crab cakes, shrimp po’ boys, fish and chips, and shrimp served over Cheddar grits peppered with bacon and mushrooms are all worth a try at the nautical-themed eatery. Matt developed the from-scratch menu, including hand-ground burgers, house dressings and rubs made from a family recipe. The Banholzers have stocked the menu with plenty of meat dishes, too, like rib eye and lamb chops.
NaCl + H2O, 817 Pine St., Rolla, Missouri, 573.426.6699, naclh2orolla.com