No one’s going to dispute that Argentina knows how to make a mighty fine steak, so you shouldn’t feel guilty opting for the Argentinian steakhouse over a North American one in Springfield. Serving hearty hunks of the highest quality meats, the Argentina Steakhouse has been named the premier steakhouse in the city. A fine array of both South American and Californian wines accompany the dishes and a selection of non-steak-themed meals are also available to order. Choose between grilled chicken, pork tenderloin medallions or pan-seared striped bass for a less iron-fuelled dinner; or order what the restaurant’s there for – a proper steak.
The Argentina Steakhouse, 1410 E Republic Road, Springfield, MO, USA, +1 417 886 8010
Aviary Café and Creperie
Located in downtown Springfield, the Aviary Café and Creperie specialises in hearty, made-from scratch dishes ideal for warming diners up on chilly days. Stop by for a delicious breakfast of the aptly named crepes Benedict or a delicious plate of scrambled eggs, applewood smoked bacon and caramelised onions. This cute little soul food café is also open for lunch and dinner when the black and blue steak, coco curry crepe and poulet chasseur menu options tempt hungry patrons through the door. The Aviary prides itself on sourcing all of its ingredients locally and bakes all of its bread and pastries on site for that extra special fresh taste.
Aviary Café and Creperie, 2144 E Republic Road, Springfield, MO, USA, +1 417 881 9736
The first Thai restaurant to ever have opened in Springfield, Bangkok City serves a mixture of authentic Thai dishes and speciality Laotian cuisine. Located along a historic street in downtown Springfield, it’s ideally located for a weekday lunch or delicious Saturday night supper. The menu features an abundance of noodle and rice-based dishes as well as both regular and unique entrées. In this type of restaurant it’s always a good idea to order a few different dishes to share with dinner companions. The pad Thai with shrimp, sweet and sour sautéed beef, stir-fried pork with string beans, Thai Muslim curry, Bangkok City chicken salad and the pork nam are all delectable choices.
Bangkok City, 1129 E Walnut Street, Springfield, MO, USA, +1 417 799 1221
For a taste of Peru in the heart of Springfield, a trip to Café Cusco is in order. Serving a wide variety of delicious, healthy, vegetarian, gluten-free and meaty dishes inspired by the wholesome cuisine of the Andes, this cute little café makes for a perfect lunch spot. The menu is a medley of tempting appetisers, tapas, soups, sandwiches, salads and full plates. Keep it authentic with a bowl of ceviche with spring-fed tilapia cured in lime juice, garlic, red onions and yellow peppers. Or for a proper health kick order the jungle fruit and nut salad (with or without strips of steak) or the black bean quinoa burger. For something slightly heartier, the lomo saltado served with a zesty stir-fry and a side of rice is a traditional favourite.
Café Cusco, 234 E Commercial Street, Springfield, MO, USA, +1 417 868 8088
As the name suggests Crosstown Barbecue is Springfield’s go-to restaurant for succulent, flame-grilled meats and tasty sides. Boldly referring to itself as the best barbecue joint in the city, Crosstown is open for both lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday. Make sure you have your appetite in tow to make the most of the delicious flavour and meat combinations on the menu. The big papa dinner plate is a must-try for true barbecue fanatics – consisting of sliced hickory smoked beef brisket, hot link sausage and a rack of ribs, this meal goes perfectly with a side of BBQ-pit beans and Crosstown fries. Lighter options are also available such as the chef’s salad of crisp garden leaves, smoked ham, turkey, burnt ends and shredded cheese.
Crosstown Barbecue, 1331 E Division Street, Springfield, MO, USA, +1 417 862 4646
A gastropub that puts as much focus on the food as it does the drinks, Farmer’s Gastropub features a monthly changing fixed price menu of completely unpretentious pub grub. With a choice of two starters, two main courses and two desserts, diners can opt for the decadent three-course menu or pick just one or two courses to suit their appetite. The dishes are all rich and flavoursome and perfectly suited to each season. This October the menu boasts gorgonzola and bacon-stuffed portobello mushrooms, a double-cut pork chop with a Dijon mustard glaze and a delicious butternut squash cheesecake.
Farmer’s Gastropub, 2620 S Glenstone Avenue, Springfield, MO, USA, +1 417 864 6994
Fire & Ice Restaurant
Boasting the novelty factor, Fire & Ice Restaurant is home to Springfield’s only curved counter-top ice bar complete with poolside seating and water fountains. Guests are invited to watch the chefs play with fire in the open kitchen, luxuriate in the hotel’s surroundings and indulge in some delectable cuisine. Whether you’re in the mood for pasta, seafood, poultry, steak or some spicy Asian fare, there’s a dish on the menu for you. The Fire & Ice whiskey burger is always a great choice – a half-pound Angus beef patty grilled to order, glazed with a signature whiskey sauce and topped with Viennese fried onions and a slab of cheddar cheese. The smoked sea scallops in a blood orange reduction, the spice-rubbed salmon and the pineapple mahi are all excellent choices too.
Fire & Ice Restaurant, 2546 N Glenstone Avenue, Springfield, MO, USA, +1 417 522 7711
Honey Heaven & The Bee-Stro Café
Likely to be one of the most unusual eateries you will stumble upon in Springfield, The Bee-Stro Café is situated within Honey Heaven – the destination of choice for fans of those little black and yellow furry creatures that make our honey for us. The café serves simple, home-cooked fare with a dash of raw honey thrown in for good measure wherever possible. A real treat for a bit of lunchtime fun, visitors can stop by this café for a wholesome lunch before taking a tour around the beehives and learning about the work Honey Heaven does. Be sure to try either the chicken salad with honey-mayo or the Asian salad with a honey-mustard dressing.
London Calling Pasty Company
You don’t have to go all the way to London to sit in a big red bus – you can do it right in the heart of Springfield courtesy of the London Calling Pasty Company. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the novelty of munching on a deliciously warm pasty from the top deck of a London bus whilst looking out over the city of Springfield. Pasty flavours vary from the truly English bangers and mash filling to the American chicken pot pie and the Mexican enchilada. For those that aren’t great fans of pastry, hearty portions of another British classic, shepherd’s pie, are also on offer with plenty of gravy for extra flavour. There’s even an apple pie pasty for pudding – perfect.
The brainchild of a pair of foodie brothers, Ocean Zen is a fusion restaurant focusing on Asian flavours and Pacific Rim specialities. One of the top fine-dining options in town, Ocean Zen is an indulgent, luxurious venue perfect for celebratory dinners and fancy lunches. Think seven-spiced breaded calamari, Mongolian lamb chops, wok-seared filet mignon and juicy crab wontons for an idea of the succulent array of dishes on offer. The beginning of a restaurant empire for the cheffing duo, Ocean Zen is an unmissable eatery for anyone with an appetite for the finer things in life.
Ocean Zen Pacific Rim, 1908 S Glenstone Ave, Springfield, MO, USA, +1 417 567 3463