Lesia’s Cafe

221 E Douglas Plz
Clinton, 64735
Reviews:
Awesome service! Good, simple home cooked food/recipes. Lots of food and cheap prices. Very military friendly! Great local people to support if you find yourself in Clinton.
If you're looking for a hearty meal at a great price then you MUST check this place out. Food is hot, good, and plenty of it.

(660) 885-0215

Breakfast & Brunch, Cafes

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Hardee’s Restaurant

1616 E Ohio St
Clinton, 64735
Reviews:
Best burger in town! Great pleasant service. Everything fresh and delicious!

(660) 885-5439

Fast Food

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Pizza Glen

205 E Rives Rd
Clinton, 64735
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(660) 885-8021

Pizza

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Courtyard

101-153 W Jefferson St
Clinton, 64735
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Comfort Food

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Subway

1712 E Ohio St
Clinton, 64735
Reviews:
Just like every Subway-maybe not as friendly on the service end but for a cold cut sandwich I'd give it five stars. Service will only get a three. What's wrong with a smile and a pleasant attitude? Overall I guess that brings it down to a four, too bad

(660) 885-4500

Fast Food, Sandwiches

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El Camino Real

417 Kansas Ave
Clinton, 64735
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Yes. Si. Yes. As a native Clintonian, it's always nice to go back and see a newish restaurant seeing success. El Camino is great! The food is mostly authentic, although I'd love it even more if they added mole or cactus to the menu. But I will stop complaining and get to the good stuff. They love their cheese here, which can be really good, and really bad. Good for my tastebuds, bad for my waistline. If I'm really feeling like I need a heartburn, I go for the pollo michoacano, which is a thin chicken breast topped with chorizo and cheese. I'm not saying to avoid it - in fact, it's probably the thing I get most consistently when visiting here - but it's not for the weak of stomach. I've also had the fajitas quite a few times - the chicken is soft, the steak is medium rare with a little pink inside, and the veggies are crispy and not soggy. Exactly what you want in fajitas. Tip: Order the queso dip before your meal comes. It's worth the extra calories, and to me, tastes like mac and cheese. Deeeeelish. El Camino is always clean. Service is usually quick and always friendly; things can slow down a bit during really busy times. In all likliehood, you'll miss a "busy time" though, because they're typically short. Great service, TOP NOTCH drinks (especially the 'ritas) and easy parking ensure that El Camino is the only place in Clinton where I satisfy my craving for Mexican food. Ole!
Place was very popular.
Six of us dined on a Sunday at noon. PRICES: quite modest, an excellent value. Most meals are $8-9. Our bill was $42 plus tip. FRESHNESS/ QUALITY: Excellent overall. Light, fluffy Mexican rice, fresh tortilla chips, 5 of the 6 in our party loved every bite, but our young man was deeply unhappy with his chicken strip meal. (Will discuss menu items below.) SERVICE: Tolerable, considering the excellent food, but needs better planning for busy meal periods. Not enough wait staff for a Sunday noon meal, waiters were stretched too thin to properly stop by their tables more than a couple of times through the entire 45 minutes we were there. Some of our meals came out of the kitchen 15 minutes after ordering; the vegetarian fajitas took 25 minutes. One of our group ordered a Burrito Gordo, which finally arrived some 35 minutes into the meal, by which time everyone else had mostly finished eating. None of this was intentional I'm sure, but the service is probably better when the place is less crowded. MEALS ORDERED: vegetarian fajitas, burrito gordo, enchiladas suiza w hamburger, combination #10, Quesadilla, chicken strips. All Mexican entrees were superb. The kids chicken dinner was processed pieces/parts; according to our 7th grader, worse than McDonalds. (They need to tell whoever orders from the Sysco truck to spend an extra .75 cents per portion and get real breaded chicken strips instead. The kids DO get to vote on the restaurant choices in most families.) The menu could be improved by the addition of a couple of Pesco (fish) dishes. Vegetarian/ Pescetarian choices here are limited to refried beans (no whole), cheese enchiladas or vegetarian fajitas, none of which are low fat, heart healthy meals. Having said that, the vegetarian fajitas were one of the best I've had. (Yes, I am that oddball who searches for healthy entrees at family owned Mexican restaurants!) All in all we were impressed with the food, but our young man will probably vote no to stopping here next time we come through Clinton, at least until he grows out of chicken strip meals.

(660) 885-9992

Mexican

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Smiths Restaurant Express

1719 E Ohio St
Clinton, 64735
Reviews:
Food was decent and I would rate it higher, but based on the experience I have to give it 1 star. Our total bill was 29.03 and we used our checking debit card to pay. The server ran the card for 2,903.00. That evening we got fraud alerts from our bank, I realized what happened and contacted the restaurant. The owner called me back, it was resolved in a couple of days, never got an apology, only complaints about having to take credit cards. You would think an apology would be given for locking up almost $3,000 in my banking account... No, He even ran the original 29.03 charge after everything was settled. I won't be going back.
Pork tenderloin sandwich and curly fries awesome. Also their chicken salad on top of field greens. Pork sliced thin, deep fried. Nothing greasy about the sandwich or curly fries. Homemade chicken salad flavorful, served with garlic bread. Rich selection of homemade pies and cobblers. Yum. Homemade raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing.
Maybe I'm a little spoiled with all the great restaurants we have in KC.... This experience was about as 'meh' as it gets. The place was dirty, and I'm pretty sure most of the ingredients served here come from a can. I got some of the 'featured' pie, and the filling was like grape jelly. I really wanted to like this place, but didn't. at all. Sorry, Smiths family...!

(660) 885-9975

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Brown’s Barbeque

805 E Ohio St
Clinton, 64735
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Great food! Like the others said it's an old Sonic and fairly small but it was pouring rain and probably the only place in town we could have eaten without getting drenched from the car to the table. Young waitresses were all very friendly, cheerful and provided great service. Cinnamon roll was delicious and so was the plate of beef BBQ, sweet brown beans, slaw and yummy fries. Very, very good. We were the youngsters in the after-church crowd with the exception of a few the grandchildren (and we're pushing on 60).
We were in the area and felt like BBQ so gave this place a try. It's located in an old sonic. The servers were incredibly friendly. Everyone gets a free cinnamon roll to start (kind of a strange start for lunch having something that was more of a dessert). The cinnamon roll was a little dry as well. I got the Southern Style sandwich which was pretty much a sloppy Joe but had three meats ground up in it. The sandwich was pretty tasty but nothing earth shattering. The potato chips with it were all small pieces and a little stale. The pickles on the side were standard dill slices but half of mine were all brown. The meal was about $8 with a tea. It was good BBQ, a solid three stars. Service was 4 stars so this place gets 3 1/2
Love Brown's. Always good. It is in an old sonic so the inside is very small. Not somewhere to go if you want to have a serious conversation as everyone can hear everything. My favorite is to just get meat to go. It is always perfect and usually feeds us five times out of a pound of meat. The best part of eating there is they bring you a yeast cinnamon roll while your food is cooking. So delicious! Overall a great place to have in town!

(660) 885-0210

Barbeque

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McDonald’s

1607 E Ohio St
Clinton, 64735
Reviews:
Stopped in on a trip back from Branson just to get a chocolate soft serve cone; it was the first McD on our trip that got it right; the cone was filled (not hollow), the portion was fair, the coating was thick enough the ice cream was not showing thru and the ice cream was not melting out from under the chocolate (issues we had at other McD during our trip). The place was clean, the service was fast and friendly.
Hands-down the worst experience I've had in a drive-through. This drive-through consists of two lanes that say you can go at any time. I sat there for 10 minutes in one lane while the other lane kept moving. No one would take my order. I finally drove around to the window to place an order and they said that I would have to wait. I left and went across the street to a very cheerful greeting at Hardee's. I will never visit this McDonald's again. And FYI, I do not normally eat at Hardee's.
McDonald's is usually McDonalds... it's an occasional nostalgic treat for me and I depend on their never changing taste and appeal. It's hard to go wrong as they're usually well maintained and steady. So what's wrong with this location, other than the ice cream machine was down... how about the Fox News programming that they force you to watch if you dine in their dining room. The program was super offensive... almost made me lose my appetite. I almost got up and turned it off but by the time the disgust wore off, I was almost done eating. After more than a dozen years of stopping here every time I drive from Springfield to KC, I will not come again, even to drive-thru. There are too many other options around... The only reason it gets 2 stars is because the girl at the counter was nice. Won't see ya here.

(660) 885-4525

Burgers, Fast Food

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Arby’s: Slicing Up Freshness

514 Pawnee Dr
Clinton, 64735
Reviews:
I've never had a bad experience at Arby's even during a rush. Though I normally go thru drive-thru the food has always been fresh hot and fast. I'd rather wait a few extra minutes for those super hot fries then be out of there in a second. Oh wait...I did have tea that wasn't the freshest one time, I told them and they fixed it. Most fast food places you have to check your order or get home to find that you are missing half your order but that hasn't happened to me here. I've also never had any rude service which is so hard to find nowadays. So yes I'd recommend our hometown Arby's.
Standing in line and waiting for 20 minutes to get a single, lonely sandwich gave me time to reflect; On the meaning of life, the direction our Great Nation is headed, and especially..... What's up with Arby's? Several things occurred to me. First, judging by the amount of lunch traffic, (including me) Arby's has something people really want. The varieties of food and ways you can get it have expanded from the usual plain roast beef to include a myriad of turkey, smoked brisket, salads and wraps, as well as an almost overwhelming array of deep fried sides. So that explains the lunch crowd, but more importantly, I realized as I stood watching the crowd of anxious faces turn from anticipation to bewilderment, that this is a "one at a time" operation; no "hot n ready", no half-finished sandwiches waiting to be assembled and bagged, not even a pile of pre-sliced meat. It's Subway without the logical line and glass counters, staffed by a group of limited-range tortoises. This may make sense if you line up the customers outside the door and call them in one at a time, but in the middle of "lunch crunch" you need to have some kind of system to get the masses served and out of the way in about 7 minutes. A sophisticated electronic ordering system does you absolutely no good without a means of filling the orders, and judging by the mayhem behind the counter, there was not a multitasker to be found. The second revelation I had while I watched nothing happen for 20 minutes is that the "dine in" client is at a severe disadvantage. The effort, emphasis, and attention goes to the faceless "drive-thru" customer, who from my observation, was the top priority and received service in half the time. Why? Because the guy behind the wheel doesn't pay until he gets his food, and can choose to bolt the line at any time before. As opposed to me, the guy standing right in front of you and wondering where the heck his food is. I watched several others in the room as they contemplated asking for a refund, since their lunch hour was about up anyway. No one did; likely because the refund process would certainly have added yet another 20 minutes to the ordeal. Cut your losses and hold out for Brisket and Gouda....eventually. So where does this leave us? I wasn't able to solve any of the world's problems during my tenure at Arby's, but I did come to the conclusion that if I ever walk in and see 3 people in line and 3 people waiting for food that the restaurant is already at maximum capacity and minimum efficiency, so I should find another place to buy food. And I will keep all of my comments and suggestions about making it more efficient to myself, since this is apparently the way the owners choose to run (or not) their business. Oh-and I suppose I should comment on the sandwich, which was supposed to be a hot sandwich; OK, I can compromise, maybe warm? But it was cold, and old and dried, not "freshly prepared" as the wait would have suggested. But that was probably my fault, because if I had ordered fries the hot grease in the bag might have heated the sandwich.

(660) 885-3921

Fast Food

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