These can’t-miss spots are pushing boundaries and defining local flavor – but most importantly, they’re the restaurants we want to return to again and again. Here, we share our picks for this year’s best new restaurants that have opened in Columbia, Missouri, from November 2018 to October 2019.

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."