Small Plate Dining with a Midwestern Flare
When it comes to the Midwest, many people think of our food culture as ranch-obsessed, casserole-eating, and deep fry everything not glued down. The Midwest isn’t typically what comes to mind when you think of fine dining. After all, isn’t it just a flyover zone, anyway?
Flyover Restaurant in Columbia, Missouri is proving one day at a time that the Midwest is anything but boring. With a rich history of small game hunting, pork and cattle, the Midwest has a lot to offer the culinary world.
Owners and Columbia locals Adam Wells-Morgan and Dan Dethrow have thrown out the old misconceptions about Midwestern dining and are serving up seasonal small-plates with a distinctive Missouri twist.
The small plates are wood fired and made with regional ingredients from local farms. Take a seat at the bar for a drink that’ll knock your socks off. Flyover’s bar highlights Midwest beers, wines and liquors; and a craft cocktails menu truly infused with the taste of home.
Community-focused Drinking and Dining
Since the dawn of time, food has brought people together. When we eat, we take a break from fast-paced life to sit down and really get to know each other. We talk about our day, crack jokes and bond over food and drinks. With this in mind, Flyover’s entire atmosphere is designed to foster connection and community through home-style food and drink. The intimate setting, including family-style small plates and small group seating, invite guests to put their phones away and make new memories.
The social aspect of restaurants and bars is what Wells-Morgan and Dethrow value most. They designed the kitchen and wood oven to be as open as the bar so that their guests can visit with the cooks just as much as they do the bartenders and servers. They aim to know all regulars by name, and to cultivate a space that imbues a sense of community.
Flyover’s Commitment to the Columbia Community
It’s easy to talk a big game about valuing a sense of community, but Flyover makes their commitment known by actively participating in Columbia’s schools, nonprofits and organizations. Flyover is part of many farm-to-table events, and purchases from regional and local suppliers whenever possible. Flyover donates to KBIA, Missouri Heart Ball, Columbia Art League, Columbia’s local high schools, the Food Bank and more. Fostering a community both inside our restaurant and outside our restaurant is one of Flyover’s key values.