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‘Cozy dogs’ were launched in 1946, but it was not until 1949 that the Cozy Dog Drive In was established on the historic Route 66. The original site is now an historic landmark — the present location is right next door. Famous for the hot dog on a stick or corn dog, which was perfected by Ed Waldmire Jr. and his friend Don Strand, this American casual eatery also features an array of other tasty edibles, from breakfast sandwiches to hamburgers to a host of side dishes. In addition to the famous ‘cozy dogs’, diners can sample the bacon and egg sandwich; the chilli cheese hot dog; and the BBQ sandwich, to name but a few options.
Cozy Dog, 2935 S. 6th St., Springfield, IL, USA, +1 217 525 1992
Diners wishing to savour the flavours of Springfield head to American Harvest Eatery, as its goal is to showcase local ingredients in its innovative American cuisine. This chef-driven dining spot procures only the freshest quality products by reaching out to local family-operated farms, especially those that do not use pesticides. In a friendly environment, guests can delight in seasonal items, including salmon with curried cauliflower, chickpeas, and Marcona almonds; charred tomato romesco and goat cheese ravioli with fairy tale eggplant; and tomato ragu with Tuscan kale, pine nuts, and parmigiano. A selection of tempting desserts, craft beers, and wines are also available.
Café Moxo is a locally owned café located downtown, specialising in delicious espresso drinks as well as savoury and sweet treats. The made-from-scratch edibles and the relaxed atmosphere of this delightful café keep customers coming back again and again. Delectable highlights of the savoury kind include cheddar bacon biscuits with gravy; the four eleven sandwich with Portobello mushrooms, tomato, roasted onion, and artichoke spread on marbled rye; and chicken pot pie. As for sweet bites, diners’ taste buds will be tickled by a host of baked goods, from scones to muffins to colourful cupcakes – such as the banana chocolate chip cupcakes topped with peanut buttercream, banana chips, and chocolate drizzle.
Café Moxo, 411 E. Adams St., Springfield, IL, USA, +1 217 788 8084
Locally owned and loved by locals, D’Arcy’s Pint opened in 1998, creating a great place for tourists to have a local experience while savouring American and Irish fare. A cosy and friendly Irish pub, this eatery features a warm interior, with decorations that pay homage to Springfield’s history, and an outdoor beer garden. American dishes include everything from Black Angus burgers to pizza, while tasty Irish delights include traditional corned beef and cabbage served with parsley buttered Irish taters and marble rye and horseradish sauce. A variety of boxtys boxtys are available as well, which are potato pancakes stuffed with savoury items, such as steak, mushrooms, and caramelised onions.
D’Arcy’s Pint, 661 W. Stanford Ave., Springfield, IL, USA, +1 217 492 8800
A new addition to the Springfield culinary scene that has quickly built up quite a following, Julia’s Kitchen and Lounge opened in early 2014 and specialises in Southern cuisine. Located in the historic Vinegar Hill Mall — constructed in the early 1900s — this eatery features a rustic chic interior with chandelier lighting and wooden touches, creating a charming atmosphere that will appeal to many. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday plus a Sunday brunch, foodies can savour flavourful dishes, such as fried chicken with Yukon mashed potatoes and shiitake cream sauce, and the fried green tomato tower, which is layers of goat cheese, tomato chutney, and a balsamic reduction.
Located high in the sky on the 30th floor of the Hilton, Nick and Nino’s Penthouse Steakhouse offers up stunning views of the Springfield skyline. In an environment that exudes casual elegance, those celebrating a special occasion or a fun night out on the town will feel at home. Discerning diners can feast upon a selection of mouth-watering steaks, chops, and other entrées, with highlights being the filet mignon, either 8 oz. or 10 oz., with the diner’s choice of crust and sauce, and the chipotle-marinated sea bass with spinach, grilled tomato salsa, smoked pepper cream sauce, and sweet potato curls. Be sure to visit the cosmopolitan Pinnacle Club Lounge across the hall for more beautiful views and a pre- or post-dinner cocktail.