JEFFERSON CITY - For the second year in a row, readers of Rural Missouri magazine picked Lambert's as the state's best place to eat.
The editors of Rural Missouri faced the daunting task of counting thousands of entries in the second annual Best of Rural Missouri Reader's choice contest. Readers were asked to pick the state's best in 34 categories. The results were announced in the April issue.
Lambert's was an easy winner in the Dining Worth a Drive category. "We changed the name of the category from Best Restaurant this year to more accurately reflect what we were looking for," said Rural Missouri Editor Jim McCarty. "The results were the same. Lambert's showed up on just about every ballot."
Second in the category was The Pear Tree, a repeat runner-up located in the north central Missouri town of Bevier. In third place was The Caveman Restaurant in Richland.
A complete list of the 2003 winners can be found on the publication's Web site at www.ruralmissouri.coop.
Rural Missouri is the official publication of Missouri's electric cooperatives, including SEMO Electric Cooperative in Sikeston. Based in Jefferson City, it is the state's largest monthly with a circulation of 448,000.