Burger: Booches

Booches serves its much-loved burgers on wax paper.

The True/False Film Festival, Columbia’s much-loved, ever-growing documentary fest, is a whirlwind of activity from Thursday afternoon to the wee hours of Monday morning. Films, parties, music, activities – there’s often so much going on that food takes a backseat. But just because you’re on the move doesn’t mean you have to settle for PowerBars and bottled water. Downtown Columbia is full of interesting bites – here’s how to find them.

Food on the Move

Trying to see six films in 12 hours is a daunting task leaving little time for lunch, but these places will have you in and out in a hurry. If you really need to grab and go, try a slice from Pizza Tree, the avant-garde pizza artist of downtown. Pies such as the Banh Mi, Truffled Crimini and Charredachoke Island are in regular rotation and they will be flinging out by-the-slice versions of their creations from 11am to 2am (10pm on Sunday). Several downtown restaurants plan to offer special menus catering to those in a hurry. Sycamore will offer boxed sandwich lunches to go and will also have a select number of their locally-sourced menu items that can be prepared quickly. Sycamore will also open 11am to 2pm for lunch on Sunday to accommodate festival attendees. Glenn’s Cafe, adjacent to the Tiger Hotel, will offer a special 15-minute guaranteed menu with many of their regular specialties along with a few extras, including vegetarian and vegan options. Local grocer Root Cellar, known for its fresh local produce and Missouri-made products, is creating a pop-up deli for the weekend. Stop by for eat-in or take-out wraps, salads and “hand pies” – flavorful fillings baked inside a buttery housemade pie crust. The pop-up location will also feature Missouri wines and beers.

Pizza Tree, 909 Cherry St., Columbia, Missouri, 573.874.9925, pizzatreepizza.com

Sycamore, 800 E. Broadway, Columbia, Missouri, 573.874.8090, sycamorerestaurant.com

Glenn's Cafe, 29 S. 8th St., Columbia, Missouri, 573.447.7100, glennscafe.com

The Root Cellar, 1023 E. Walnut St., Columbia, Missouri, 573.443.5055, rootcellarmo.com

Pizza Tree Banh Mi Pizza

At Pizza Tree, the banh mi pizza's inspiration was a sandwich. Pizza Tree goes through 40 pounds of kimchi a week to make this popular pie.

Dietary Considerations

Nearly all of Columbia’s downtown restaurants have vegetarian options on their regular menus. International cuisine is always a good bet for vegetarian dishes: think tofu Pad Thai at Bangkok Gardens, falafel and hummus from Coffee Zone, or the lunch buffet at India’s House. For the widest selection, try Main Squeeze, Columbia’s only vegetarian kitchen and organic juice bar, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dietary restrictions are always in mind at the newly opened Range Free, an allergen-free bakery and cafe. The bakery will have an entree special along with True/False logo sugar cookies during the fest and will also extend its regular hours until 9pm on Friday.

Bangkok Gardens 811 Cherry St., Columbia, Missouri, 573.874.3284, bangkokgardens.com (closed Sunday)

Coffee Zone, 11 N. 9th St., Columbia, Missouri, 573.449.8215, columbiacoffeezone.mobi

India’s House, 1101 E. Broadway, Columbia, Missouri, 573.817.2009, facebook.com/indiashousefinedinning

Main Squeeze, 28 S. 9th St., Downtown, Columbia, Missouri, 573.817.5616, main-squeeze.com

Range Free, 110 Orr Street, Ste. 101, Columbia, Missouri, 573.777.9980, range-free.com (closed Sunday)

Vegetarian-Only: Main Squeeze

Main Squeeze is the only vegetarian restaurant within 100 miles of Columbia.

Morning Fuel

Reveled a bit too much the night before? No worries! There are plenty of places to grab that first hit of joe and a bite to eat. Harold’s Doughnuts will be baking up their creations from morning to late night with a variety of options and True/False-inspired specials. Kaldi’s Coffee offers a variety of breakfast sandwiches, burritos and quiche to start the day, along with a wide selection of handcrafted coffee drinks and Firepot teas. Cafe Berlin, which will host some of the fest’s evening music shows, will be serving up its made-from-scratch weekend brunch menu Friday through Monday from 8am to 2pm. Sharing space with film venue Ragtag Cinema, Uprise Bakery is at the heart of the festival and will always be busy. Don’t let the line discourage you from trying the cafe's hearty and delicious breakfast (and lunch!) offerings, including fresh-baked pastries and breads.

Harold’s Doughnuts, 114 S. 9th St., Columbia, Missouri, 573.397.6322, haroldsdoughnuts.com

Kaldi’s Coffee, 29 S. 9th St., Columbia, Missouri, 573.874.2566, kaldiscoffee.com/pages/location-columbia

Cafe Berlin, 220 N. 10th St., Columbia, Missouri, 573.441.0400, cafeberlincomo.com

Uprise Bakery, 10 Hitt St., Columbia, Missouri, 573.256.2265, uprisebakery.com

Brunch: Cafe Berlin

The Butch Jones at Cafe Berlin features a small pancake burrito topped with a half order of apples and sausage.

A Change of Pace

When the pace of schedule and press of crowds feels overwhelming, it may be time to take a longer break to recharge. Walking just a few blocks from the main festival happenings can provide a calmer meal experience when you need to take a pause. In addition to a local and organic seasonal dinner menu, The Wine Cellar & Bistro offers happy hour seven days a week with half-priced wines, local beer and menu items. From 9 to 10pm, slip in for sweet hour: half-priced desserts, dessert drinks and dessert wines. Coley’s American Bistro offers a weekday happy hour from 4 to 6pm, as well as $3 Bloody Marys and mimosas on Saturdays from 11am to noon. The restaurant will be serving its full menu throughout the weekend. For a great burger and a few games of pool, head west to Billiards on Broadway. Just a few blocks north of Broadway, you’ll find The Wolf’s Head Tavern, delivering a creative take on both Irish and pub food. The new pub is certain to have some True/False specials on its rotating menu.

The Wine Cellar & Bistro, 505 Cherry St., Columbia, Missouri, 573.442.7281, winecellarbistro.com

Coley’s American Bistro, 15 S. 6th St., Columbia, Missouri, 573.442.8887, coleysamericanbistro.com

Billiards on Broadway, 514 E. Broadway, Columbia, Missouri, 573.449.0116, billiardsonbroadway.com

The Wolf’s Head Tavern, 201 N. 10th St., Columbia, Missouri, 573.777.8654, thewolfshead.com

The Wolf's Head Tavern Fish and Chips

Fish and chips will also be on the menu.

Stay Up Late

Just because the films are over for the day doesn’t mean you have to call it a night. Addison’s will be running its popular late-night happy hour, which always includes $5 nachos, $3 wines and $2 off all draft beers, from 10pm to midnight. Seoul Taco, with its Asian-fusion fast-casual menu, keeps the kitchen open until 2am Thursday through Saturday. Just down the street, mainstay El Rancho continues to satisfy late-night customers with its authentic Mexican menu. And keep an eye out for local food trucks setting up shop around town. Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co. will have various locations throughout the weekend. Thursday and Friday night from 9pm to 1:30am, you’ll find them outside Cafe Berlin, which converts from kitchen to concert venue during the evenings.

Addison’s, 709 Cherry St., Columbia, Missouri, 573.256.1995, addisonsgrill.com

Seoul Taco, 1020 E. Broadway, Columbia, Missouri, 573.441.8226, seoultaco.com

El Rancho, 1014 E. Broadway, Columbia, Missouri, 573.875.2121, facebook.com/elranchocomo

Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co., various locations, Columbia, Missouri, 573.999.9323, ozarkmountainbiscuits.com

Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co. Catfish

Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co. serves Southern-inspired eats, including a fried catfish biscuit.

Classic Columbia

If it’s your first – or tenth – time in Columbia, perhaps you want to hit up one of this college town’s iconic eateries. Downtown legend Shakespeare’s Pizza is still open, but in a temporary location this year. The restaurant is still serving up its famous pizzas, handing out much-loved souvenir cups and wiping everything down with pink dishtowel napkins. Booches Billiard Hall grills up unique burgers served on wax paper with a side of chips in its no-frills location on 9th Street. It’s a popular place, often busy, but seating turns over fast – just don't forget to bring cash. If you’re in the mood for some early morning or late night classic diner food, head over to the Broadway Diner and order the infamous Stretch: hash-brown potatoes topped with scrambled eggs, chili, green peppers, onions and Cheddar cheese. You won’t leave hungry.

Shakespeare’s Pizza, 220 S. 8th St., Columbia, Missouri, 573.449.2454, shakespeares.com

Booches Billiard Hall, 110 S. 9th St., Downtown, Columbia, Missouri, 573.874.9519 (closed Sunday)

Broadway Diner, 22 S. 4th St., Downtown, Columbia, Missouri; 573.875.1173, facebook.com/BroadwayDiner.Como

Pizza: Shakespeare's

Shakespeare's has been a Columbia favorite since the 1970s.

During True/False, be sure to check out #TFeats on Twitter for live reports, recommendations and food truck updates during the fest!

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