Branson Restaurant Review: No matter how you spell it, BBQ or Barbeque, it’s great at Danna’s Bar-B-Que & Burger Shop

In Branson, Missouri, where there’s a restaurant for every taste, including good Barbeque, or is it BBQ, “Danna’s Bar-B-Que & Burger Shop” stands out. Danna’s specialty is smoked meats, sausage, pulled pork, pullet beef, ribs, and chicken. When Danna’s, and yes there is a Danna, marinade and secret rub is combined with their slow smoke cooking the result is a taste sensation that is tender and just about falls off the bone.

Obviously, with a build like the Ole Seagull has he doesn’t miss many meals and one of his favorite meals is BBQ pulled pork. As each new BBQ establishment opens up he dutifully tries them and goes back to Danna’s. Now BBQ is an extremely personal thing but for pulled pork with just the right amount of moisture that melts in your mouth Danna’s is hard to beat. Top it with a tad of their mild sauce and it’ about as good a taste as an Ole Seagull’s mouth could hope for.

Strange at it might seem, the Catfish Sandwich is another favorite. A big catfish filet is deep fried to a light golden brown and put on a bun which it dwarfs. It’s served piping hot with an order of fries and will leave you wondering why they don’t change the name of the place to “Danna’s Bar-B-Que & Burger & Catfish Shop.”

Danna’s burgers are not just a sideline, they are a specialty. They are big, about six ounces, juicy, tasty, and right up there with the best burgers in Branson. Danna’s has a couple of “specialty burgers” for the more adventurous, The “Garbage Burger” and the “Danna Burger.” Your imagination will have to handle the “Garbage Burger” but the “Dana Burger” is a 6 ounce patty served on a toasted bun topped with a generous portion of pulled pork with lettuce, tomato pickle, and BBQ sauce.

Danna’s has a kids menu for those 12 and under. It includes a choice of chicken strips, grilled cheese, or a corn dog with French fries and a drink for about $3.99.

Danna’s is located on State Highway 165 just north of its junction with Fall Creek Road on the west side of the street and is open 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 Mon-Thurs and until 9:00 pm on Fri-Sat. The telephone number of the main shop is 417-337-5527.

Danna’s also has a shop at the State Park Marina called the “Boat House” which is open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Smaller menu with the same great taste and quality. Pick it up by car or boat or eat it at the picnic tables provided right on the covered dock out on Table Rock Lake. It’s kind of a neat and unique experience. To get to the Boat House just follow the State Park Marina signs on State Highway 165 south of the Table Rock Dam. The Boat House telephone number is 417-337-5701.

Originally Published In the Branson Courier on Aug. 8, 2005.

About Gary Groman aka The Ole Seagull

Editor of The Branson Courier
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