Trust us. If you make it to Branson for this summer’s vacation, take the time to go on the Showboat Branson Belle. It’s an experience that has it all: food, scenery, good conversation and a brand new music show. But here’s the best tip: go for the Captain’s Table. Tickets are a little more, but the meal upgrade is worth it. Of course, the regular meal is consistently good banquet food, with both beef and chicken served as part of a three-course meal. At the loft level, however, you have a menu with choices that include prime rib, chicken breast, a prime cut pork chop, mahi mahi or pecan encrusted trout.
The prime rib–offered in either an 18-oz or a 9-oz cut, comes with potatoes au gratin, as do some of the other dishes. The pork chop, however, is perhaps the most representative of the Ozarks, served with Ozarks apple rosemary compote that is as flavorful as anything found in a high end, white tablecloth establishment.
Kudos to host Christopher James, who somehow keeps his act energized and refreshed in spite of multiple shows a day, and to the band, who aren’t just calling it in but play to the crowd and are some of the most talented and experienced musicians you’ll find anywhere. Be sure to take time to walk the ship and explore the view from the outer decks before the show starts.
This year the show features a dance troupe, Rhythm, along with singer Cassandre Faimon-Haygood and a nice magic bit by James. And, if you enjoy the interactive elements, take your selfie and submit it to the address provided during the show. You could be a star!