Don’t let this restaurant’s unlikely location in the Imax Entertainment Complex put you off. McFarlain’s Family Restaurant is famous (even among locals) for its old-fashioned, home-cooked meals, including traditional Ozark favorites made from family recipes that have been passed down for generations.
With many dishes named after characters from the film Ozarks Legacy and Legend, which plays almost daily at the adjacent IMAX, and decorated with antiques and paintings depicting scenes from the movie, it offers a wide variety of regional comfort foods, including green-fried tomatoes, chicken pot pie, meatloaf, slow-roasted pot roast, ribeye steak and deep-fried shrimp and catfish, served with honey cornbread. Be sure to save room for its legendary pies and cobblers, made from scratch, like the Branson Traffic Jam Pie made with cherries, strawberries, cranberries and rhubarb.
Lunch adds burgers, sandwiches and other items, while breakfast ranges from eggs Benedict to the hearty Ozark Mountain Skillet with hashbrowns, country sausage gravy, and eggs scrambled with ham, bacon, sausage and cheese. There’s also a children’s menu.
What makes dining here particularly fun is that a couple of tables on hydraulics rise almost imperceptibly to chin height during the meal, with everyone except those seated at the trick tables in on the joke (you can reserve one of these to play a joke on your unsuspecting dining companions).