Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Osceola Cheese - Disappointment on Highway 13

When traveling through Missouri, there are lots of fascinating spots to visit for a quick break. Those brown Missouri Department of Conservation signs point to dozens of small parks, and the flea markets and antique shops hold treasures.

But the Osceola Cheese Shop is not one of them.

Always crowded with slow-moving sample-takers, the store is harshly lit, poorly laid out and filled with cheese that mostly tastes like American with artificial flavorings. On top of that, you get "gifts" offered by an attached Christian bookstore and Precious Moments figurines next to dew rags festooned with the flag of the Confederate Losers.

It manages the difficult feat of being completely tacky without even offering visitors an opportunity to be ironically amused by kitsch. It's a cheese shop that can't even be engagingly cheesy.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Keith Sader said...

What a senseless waste of human life.

10/13/2009 9:30 AM  
Anonymous Krissy said...

Awesome review - love it. I have a new blog, Dan.

10/14/2009 5:46 PM  
Blogger bigsmithdude said...

but, but, but...free cheese!!!!

10/15/2009 6:58 AM  
Anonymous Ellen said...

We love it stop there everytime we come that way ! May not not be for cheese snobs, must not be too bad been there for years !!! Love it !!!

10/17/2009 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy going there. I have to admit the place seems less special once I found out that their cheese is made by someone else out of state.

10/28/2009 2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We stop their every time we go to Branson. Not for the samples, but to buy cheese. We enjoy it very much and always share some with family around our area.

11/28/2009 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uuh, excuse me, but the cheese is made locally and they support the local dairy farmers. I live there. Don't bad mouth Osceola!!
Idiots!!

12/17/2009 10:56 AM  

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