Joplin is delicious


I’ve mentioned my work as photographer for the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau (henceforth to be referred to as the CVB) here and there over the last year. Now it’s time to celebrate a specific focus, and my favorite thing to shoot for the CVB…


    While I know there are areas where culture could stand to grow just an eensy bit in Joplin, our town is becoming more diverse in its’ offerings each year. And if there’s one thing we have here… it’s some damn good food.   It’s been so fun to expand my portfolio and photography expertise, to include more edible subjects.

It’s always good to learn to photograph something completely different. It’s true that I never have to spray down a human subject with water or slather them with oil for a shoot to keep them looking fresh (YET), but I also don’t have to worry about a slab of ribs tilting its’ chin up and smiling with its’ eyes, w/out looking awkward.

Ribs never look awkward.

Over the past few weeks, the CVB has been posting ‘foodie friday’ shots to highlight some of the best we have to offer in the way of culinary goodness in our fair city. There are a million more pictures I can’t show at the moment, but here’s a few of those images that I CAN show… prepare to slobber.

Also, for your convenience… if you’re from the Joplin area and want to TRY any of these places and haven’t already, I’ve added links to sites/facebook pages for each of these restaurants.

Table Mesa (downtown Joplin, gryphon building)

CVB food photography post: table mesa food and drink shot from joplin restaurant

Andersons’ homemade ice cream: Reddings Mill, Joplin.  (that’s the piggytailed head of my own little girl, by the way…)

CVB food photography post: andersons ice cream- reddings mill ice cream shop

Sawmill BBQ: downtown Joplin (located next to city hall)

CVB food photography post: ribs, salad and sides from joplin restaurant 'sawmill BBQ'.

Red Onion: one of the best known (and longest running) fine dining spots in Joplin.

CVB food photography post:  wine and lunch from long standing joplin restaurant Red Onion

Pizza from Blackthorn, an amazing local pub that also boasts a legendary ‘beer wall’…

CVB food photography post: pizza from Joplin pub and pizza spot, 'the blackthorn.'

this is a vegetarian offering from downtown’s ‘Instant Karma‘, opened by our own local culinary genius, Jason Miller.


food photography post: vegetarian dinner from joplin restaurant 'instant karma'.

Fresh baked bread and outstanding sandwiches can be found at Mohaksa Farmhouse, an organic minded bakery and restaurant near 20th & main.

CVB food photography post: fresh homeade bread and sandwiches from joplin restaurant, 'mohaska farmhouse'

the legendary ‘Eagle Burger’, which is, of course, topped with a quail egg. the ‘Eagle Drive In‘ is the 2nd restaurant installment for mr. Jason Miller…

CVB food photography post: the famed 'eagle burger' from joplin restaurant, 'the Eagle drive in'

Mythos‘ is one of our better known fine dining establishments, serving greek cuisine and cheese served on fire. You really can’t go wrong with cheese on fire, in my books.

CVB food photography post: fine greek cuisine from joplin restaurant, 'Mythos'

I also HAVE to re-post this shot of George, the owner of Mythos, who patiently flipped vegetables in a pan for 30 minutes for me to get this shot…

George, owner of 'mythos', known for fine greek dining in joplin mo

And last but not least, some fantastic seafood from ‘Crabby’s… a mysterious restaurant that sits in the save-a-lot parking lot, inconspicuously, so that when you enter the surprisingly super-classy establishment it sort of feels like you walked through the wardrobe and into narnia…
food narnia.



CVB food photography post: delicious fish & asparagus from joplin restaurant, 'Crabby's'

I’m hungry now. how about you?

More from my CVB shoots, coming soon….



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