417 Magazine | June 2021

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Visit the best local summer selfie spots

Explore the region’s less-known waterways

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[ EDITORIAL ] KATIE POLLOCK ESTES Editorial Director editor@417mag.com JAMIE THOMAS Digital Editor jthomas@417mag.com MEGAN DOLLAR Engagement Editor mdollar@417mag.com EDITORIAL INTERNS Lucy Caile, Jo Everhart SARAH PATTON Art Director sarah@417mag.com BRANDON ALMS Senior Photographer & Designer brandon@417mag.com DANIELLE GIARRATANO Editorial Designer dgiarratano@417mag.com LEAH STIEFERMANN Editorial Photography Assistant lstiefermann@417mag.com ART & STYLE INTERNS Hannah Brown, Sammy Baker CONTRIBUTORS Brandon Alms, Gayle Babcock / Architectural Imageworks, Joshua Beecher, Rhiannon Brown, Kyle Davis, Colin Shea Denniston, Natalie Derks, Mark Harrell, Crista and Marlon Hilmes, Sherri Holloway, Brandi Keltner, Bonjwing Lee, Krysten Muench, Kevin O’Riley, Jeff Rose, Savvy Moots Photography, Zach Schermer / Open House Media, Leah Stiefermann, TGC Photography, Chuck Travers, Vivian Wheeler, Brad Zweerink

[ AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT ] LAUREN SILVA Audience Development Director lsilva@417mag.com MEGAN BALLAY Brand Designer mballay@417mag.com AMBER IVEY Marketing and Communications Coordinator amber@417mag.com AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT INTERNS Alex Osredker, Chelsey Traylor



[ BUSINESS ] LOGAN AGUIRRE Publisher logan@417mag.com MEGAN JOHNSON Vice President of Operations and Custom Publications mjohnson@417mag.com AMMIE SCOTT Vice President of Strategy and Senior Account Executive ascott@417mag.com LANDRA BUNGE Finance Director accounting@417mag.com COLIN SHEA DENNISTON Style and Operations Coordinator colin@417mag.com JAMI WIGHTMAN Senior Account Executive jami@417mag.com JANELLE HAIK Account Executive janelle@417mag.com ELISABETH ANDERSON Account Services Director elisabeth@417mag.com BRITTNI CASADY Account Coordinator brittni@417mag.com KATHY GRIEVE Account Coordinator kathy@417mag.com

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Are you ready to go all in this summer? To illustrate the issue’s adventure-packed feature, we shot the ultimate lake jump.




Test your wheels at Two Rivers Mountain Bike Park in Highlandville.



Pizza is everybody’s favorite indulgence, and 417-land is packed with restaurants that serve some seriously delicious pies. For our August issue, we’ve rounded up some of the very best. To get the issue delivered to your mailbox, head online to 417mag.com/subscribe.

Photo by Brandi Keltner, Cover photo by Joshua Beecher

From rough terrain trails to quiet streams and buzzing theme parks, 417-land has no shortage of outdoor spaces to be enjoyed. Get out and make the most of your summer by exploring the hills and waterways of the Ozarks with the help of our guide to outdoor adventures.

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Learn the story of a Springfield artist who has taken her work abroad, and discover your new podcast binge.

Pool openings and farm to table dinners you don’t want to miss.


The co-hosts on KY3’s The Place are discovering what the Ozarks has to offer alongside their audience.


Strike a pose at any of these five photo ops to show off some of the best attractions and outdoor amusements.


If you’re looking for some time on or near the water but don’t want to drive far, check out these local spots.

Discover which flowers and vegetables will add color to your garden this time of year.





There’s a new lake to visit! Just 3 hours from Springfield, you’ll find Lake Wappapello and a whole lot of fun, camping and hiking.


A sampling of this month’s fests, concerts and outdoor events.




Keep the sun at bay and yourself looking and feeling cool with these stylish sunhats.

SBC’s newest creation—The Cellar—is all about live music, appetizers and cocktails you’ll want seconds of.



To celebrate 10 years in business, 5 Pound Apparel gave its downtown location a facelift.




Hot, cold, cheesy or meaty, sandwiches are the perfect grub for your summer cravings. See what’s on our list of favs.



After a serious health scare, Emily Laurie found a new passion and a new creative outlet.

Take a sip of this light, summery spritz from RISE to update your summer cocktail rotation.



Meet this Parkview senior who is rocking the fashion world.

It’s rich, it’s sweet, and it’s available all around 417-land. Time for some fudge.

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Photos by Savvi Moots Photography, courtesy Shutterstock, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Pack your weekender and head to Overland Park, Kansas for outdoor adventures, local brews and good food.





Aging Well

As we move through life’s seasons, there will be changes. These local professionals help guide us so we can thrive.


Branson Guide

Grab the family for a Branson getaway filled with top-notch entertainment, dining and more.

COMING SOON Medical Spotlights

July 2021 For information on advertising, call Logan Aguirre at 417-883-7417








MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME  Did you stop by Finley Farms in April for our first-ever 417 Home Market presented by Holt Homes Group? If not, you missed out! Hundreds of home decor and gardening enthusiasts dressed in their best spring outfits for a Sunday of Insta-worthy moments, DIY work-


shops, charcuterie boxes, cocktails and more. Not to worry though, while it might not be quite the same, you can see some of the stunning photos over at facebook.com/417home. You can also check out the 417 Home Market recap video at youtube.com/417mag.




On the Blog Find these stories and get the scoop on what’s happening in 417-land at 417mag.com/blog.

FIND MORE SELFIE SPOTS IN OUR SUMMER BUCKET LIST If you find yourself still looking for inspo for summer selfies after reading our 5 Best list on p.31, we’ve got you. Read “How to Summer Like a Kid” over on 417mag.com for even more things to do.

WHERE TO SIT AND SIP Eager to get out and enjoy the summer sun? Head to our blog to see our updated list of the best places for sitting on a patio and sipping on a drink, from coffee to cocktails to local craft beer and wine.

Photo by Brandi Keltner


AVAILABLE across the OZARKS and AT OUR FARM BREWERY tasting room

in every fresh, local can







Photos by Chasing Horizons Photography, Taylor Rae Photography courtesy Koda James, SnoNut



Show us how you’re living your best life in 417-land! Tag @417mag to be featured.

1. Chasing Horizons Photography (@chasinghorizonsphotography_) snapped an irresistible shot of this iced latte from Kingdom Coffee. 2. Koda James (@kodadadood) celebrated a birthday with a cake from Fetch Pet Supply and a day out at the Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene Park. 3. SnoNut (@sno_nut_springfield_mo) captured some of the fun they had at 417 Home Market at Finley Farms.




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can help spice up a couple’s relationship when it falls into a dull routine. So this issue of 417 Magazine is more than just our annual summer fun edition with tips on how to engage in some of the region’s hot weather adventures. You could also use it as a guide to engaging in a little low-level danger to help you bond with your offspring or improve the romantic part of your life. The reason why is that novel activities, taking risks, confronting fear (like hot air ballooning), and trying and learning new things all release dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is one of the same chemicals that’s released in the brain during the beginning stages of a relationship. A lot of the butterflies you feel during that time period can actually be attributed to dopamine. Have you ever noticed you feel “more in love” with your partner when traveling or trying new things? That’s because dopamine is being released. Whether you’re just getting into a new relationship or you’ve been in one for what seems like forever, take advantage of the love boosting aspects of the adventures and excursions we recommend starting on p. 70. Right after you check your life insurance.

Gary Whitaker Founder | garywhitaker@417mag.com

Photo by Brandon Alms


kay, now just lean back, straighten your legs and let the ropes do the work.” Those were the words I heard come from the Over the Edge urban rappelling coach as I stood facing backwards with my feet on the ledge of the roof of the Sky Eleven Building high above Park Central East. Why was I in that spot? Two reasons. First, to participate in a fundraiser for the Child Advocacy Center and second, because my daughter, Logan, asked me to join her. Together we raised more than $7,000 from sponsors—friends who wanted to see us rappel together down the face of an 11-story high-rise apartment building. Logan and I already have a strong bond. She’s not just my daughter. She followed a media career path, graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism like me, to eventually become the owner and publisher of this magazine. But nothing cements a relationship like facing a little danger together. And now we have that shared father-daughter experience. It apparently works for couples too. My wife, Joan, and I still talk fondly about the near-death white water rafting experience we shared on the Class IV rapids of the Chattooga River in north Georgia shortly after we were married. It’s where the movie Deliverance was filmed. When I got thrown out and under the raft in a whirlpool, Joan sat in the swirling raft hoping I would surface and says she briefly thought about how little life insurance she would have as a young widow. But 45 years later, we’re still afloat. I’ve also heard local clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Baker say a little derring-do on a date




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start date to the school year and I panicked over what the heck I was going to do about child care during that extra week. In the end, as things tend to go, the child care element worked out just fine—and I enjoyed the extended season with my kiddos. In 2021, that same later start date is still in effect, and I’m choosing to view it as one more week to soak up the summertime and the beauty of the Ozarks. And all those things on my list up there? I want to make sure we do them. This month’s cover story, “Outdoor Adventures,” is our intrepid, exploration-minded take on our annual Summer Fun issue, and it is full of ways my family (and yours!) can make those summertime dreams come true.

Katie Pollock Estes Editorial Director | editor@417mag.com

My Favorite Page, 81 Every time we drive to see my husband’s parents in Poplar Bluff, I see the signs by the highway for several southeast Missouri springs and say, “We need to visit those.” That recurring sentiment inspired this page, and this year my family is finally taking the trip to visit some of them! 18


Photo by Kevin O’Riley

y youngest child starts kindergarten in August. Other parents reading this will understand the emotions this type of thing can bring: Relief that those daycare bills will soon go away. Pride that you did enough things right as a parent to prepare your child for this milestone. (Parenting is hard, y’all.) Abject horror at your own age. But more than anything, a strange sort of melancholy. Eloise, my soon-to-be-kindergartener, is racing forward through time, just like her big brother before her. Wasn’t she a baby just moments ago? Knowing that my kiddo will soon be schoolage and therefore basically a teenager, I feel a strong urge to hold onto her tininess this season: To make this summer amazing, to celebrate her upcoming milestone and to have some serious fun before my kiddo joins the daily grind of elementary school. Silver Dollar City? Yes! Renting a boat on the lake? Heck yeah! Canoeing? We must! Fishing? Okay! White Water? Nothing sounds worse to me, an adult who hates swimsuits. But sure! I remember last summer, when Springfield Public Schools implemented a one-week-later




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CELEBRATING YOU 417-land is an amazing place to live and work, and I’m grateful for the people at 417 Magazine and Biz 417 for reminding and informing us. Now to find a good spot for this Missouri Department of Conservation tree! Happy #417day! Rob Blevins via Facebook On April 17 (a.k.a. 417 Day), our staff traveled around 417-land sharing Springfield Brewing Co’s 417 Lager and little baby blackgum tree saplings with friends of the magazine. Rob Blevins, executive director for Discovery Center of Springfield, was one of the recipients. We also shared 417 saplings with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and worked with them to hand some out to community members at Farmers Market of the Ozarks. We’re proud to be homegrown in 417land and had so much fun sharing the love around town that day.—Editor

THE SWEET STUFF Mama, I made it. To say I feel honored to be featured in this month’s @417mag is an understatement! Thank you so much @417mag. Everything about this journey has been so beautiful and life giving and through it all the goal remains to spread joy one ooey gooey cookie at a time. Ab’s Cookie Co. via Instagram

Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Rob Blevins

In the April issue of 417, we featured Ab’s Cookie Co.’s cookie butter gooey in our “7 Good Things” story, which highlights some of the tastiest things we’ve had to eat or drink in 417-land. What can we say; we have a sweet spot for ooey gooey goodness.—Editor

Rob Blevins posted this photo on Facebook for 417 Day of the beer and sapling the magazine shared.

WE LOVE 417-LAND 417 Magazine is a proud member of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the Ozark Chamber of Commerce, the Branson Chamber and Convention & Visitors Bureau, the City and Regional Magazine Association and the Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce.






Bring 417 Magazine along for the ride on your next adventure— whether you’re traveling or exploring close to home. Take a snapshot with the magazine, and send us a high-resolution copy with caption information about where the photo was taken and who is in the photo to art@417mag.com. Don’t forget to share your travels on social media with #wheres417.






Senait Ward, Dylan Pearson, Angie and Mark Harrell, Joel and Jessica Pearson, Cyrus Pearson, and Brody Rowell headed to Bennett Springs Natural Tunnel Trail with the January 2021 issue of 417 Magazine.

Robert Woody joined his son Andy and his family Danna, Leah and Lily to visit Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation. They brought along the December 2020 and January 2021 issues of the magazine.

Mason, Josh and Emma Staas grabbed some food at the Rain Forest Cafe and made sure to bring the 2021 Best Of 417 Issue with them for some light reading.







Mike Hoag and Denise Gibbs soaked in all the sun and summer vibes at the beautiful Intercontinental Le Moana Resort with their Best New Eats issue.

Don and Andi Bowen McDowell took in the beautiful view of the deserts and scenery of McDowell Mountain with their January 2021 issue of the magazine.

Chris, Lauren, Cora, Elise and Bradley Knudsen and Kyle, Shannon and Nora Brashear enjoyed cruising around on four wheelers and remembered to bring their Golf issue along for the ride.




Bring 417 Magazine along for the ride on your next adventure— whether you’re traveling or exploring close to home. Take a snapshot with the magazine, and send us a high-resolution copy with caption information about where the photo was taken and who is in the photo to art@417mag.com. Don’t forget to share your travels on social media with #wheres417.

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While on vacation to Costa Rice, Mike Hughes caught up on his reading with the January 2021 issue of the magazine, which, as it happens, is all about relaxation.

Linda Meeks, Chad, Beth, Cody and Cole Astle brought along their copy of the 2021 Best Of issue to their Super Bowl watch party in Jamaica.

While in Palm Beach, Peggy Siler and John Russwurm read the 2021 Best Of 417 issue.







Mindy Scroeder, Pam Dobson, Marty Schmitt and Kathy Grieve read their copy of the Heroes issue while planting 300 sunflower seeds for the Sunflower Project.

Kyle and Morgan Friedman relaxed in the Colorado mountains with their copy of the January 2021 issue—full of ways to stay sane and relax.

Ron Coverdell read through an issue of 17 Ways to Relax and Stay Sane while on vacation with his wife.




Photos courtesy Shutterstock, by Brandon Alms

Reap the benefits of 417-land’s bountiful harvest by enjoying a fresh, farm-to-table dinner, like pizza night at Millsap Farms. Turn to p. 30 for details.




the buzz

Can’t-miss events, new podcasts and our favorite odds and ends from this month. BY THE EDITORS


Springfield artist Susie Sharpe (who is also an internal medicine physician based at Mercy Springfield) is about to see her work displayed at a prestigious art fair. Originally planned for this month, International Contemporary Art Fair in Paris has been postponed until September 10–12. It’s not the only place this doctor—who has had lifelong dreams of becoming an artist—is showing her work. She also has plans for exhibitions in Luxembourg and Brussels. In March, her work was featured in Milan. To see Sharpe’s work and learn how you can contract a painting, visit susiesharpe.net.


HOT LIST seven things we can’t stop talking about this month

1. Hot Excuse for a Barbecue All the extra daylight during the longest day: Sunday, June 20.

2. Hot Way to Cool Down A fresh glass of kombucha from Culture Counter

A new podcast about The Springfield Three is available now, and anybody obsessed with true crime and this notorious local story will want to tune in.


riter and Springfield native Anne Roderique-Jones has spent the past year delving into the history and mystery of The Springfield Three to produce a new true-crime podcast, and now the show is available. The Springfield Three refers to three local 26


3. Hot New Hot Wings Chicago-style mild Caribbean jerk chicken wings from newly opened Chicago Smerqs

4. Hot Way to Spruce Up Your Home The June 17 Vase Arrangements Workshop at Fleur Floral Studio

5. Hot Summertime Stroll Busiek State Forest, where you can wade in the stream to cool off

6. Hot Art-on-the-Go An art-filled walk to view the works on Sculpture Walk Springfield

Find The Springfield Three on platforms like Apple and Spotify.

7. Hot Hopping Brunch Spot RISE, which opens via a wide doorway onto a patio with great views of Park Central Square

Photos courtesy Susie Sharpe, Shutterstock, Audible

Your New Binge

women who disappeared on June 7, 1992— and any local who has been around a while knows how much the mystery of their disappearance has stumped the city. The personal belongings of Suzanne Streeter, Stacy McCall and Streeter’s mom Sherrill Levitt were all found at Levitt’s home, but the women were missing and were never seen again. While theories about their whereabouts have been floated over the years, the truth remains unknown. The Springfield Three: A Small Town Disappearance, produced by editaudio, features Roderique-Jones’s research and interviews with law enforcement, people close to the victims and other locals who remember the case. The result is a deep dive into prevailing theories and the true story of Streeter, McCall and Levitt.

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“I like to pack an Askinosie chocolate bar with a homemade trail mix. I’m obsessed with Askinosie chocolate!”

“A can of Springfield Brewing Company’s 417 Lager to toast a great day outside!”

“I would probably just throw in a big bottle of water with lemon and some energy bites from Architect Coffee Co.”

LAUREN SILVA Audience Development Director

MEGAN DOLLAR Engagement Editor


“If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with sugar. So naturally, caramel fudge brownie truffles from Bon Bon’s Candy House are a must.”

“Spring Branch Lavender Kombucha, some type of pasta or chicken salad from MaMa Jean’s Natural Market grab-and-go and a cookie from Prairie Pie!”

“Dried mango from Culture Counter. It travels well and gives you a chewy little burst of energy without any added sugar or preservatives. Nature’s fruit snacks!”

Photos by Colin Shea Denniston, Brandon Alms, Natalie Derks

Discover 417-land

Our studio was taken over by a rainbow assortment of hats for this issue’s style feature on pg 62.

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LEARNED “I learned that you can make your dreams come true at any age and use what you learned when you were young to achieve your goals. Mabel Johnson is amazing, and it’s so encouraging to think about all she has accomplished while in high school.” —Editorial Intern Jo Everhart (read “Sustain Your Style” on p. 69) “Brina Thomas, co-owner of 5 Pound Apparel, jokes with her husband that they should try to get the mayor to dedicate their store as the Springfield gift shop, and I couldn’t agree with her more!” —Editorial contributor Krysten Muench (read “Savvy Shopper” on p. 64) “I learned that the Springfield Cardinals mascot’s name is Louie. Give me a break, I barely understand any sports, let alone baseball.”—Digital Editor Jamie Thomas (read “5 Best Summer Selfie Spots” on p. 32)

Photo by Brandon Alms

“Turns out nori isn’t always bad. I am not usually a nori fan, but I was intrigued enough to try the Nori Black Sesame Chocolate cookie at Prairie Pie and was pleasantly surprised.” —Engagement Editor Megan Dollar (read “BiteSize Review” on p. 96)


In discovering that this year is the 20th anniversary of the first Dreamworks’ animated Shrek, movie we also discovered that a 417 staff member (Colin Shea Denniston) once made it all the way to final callbacks for the part of Pinocchio in Shrek the Musical. That’s pretty impressive whether you like the movies or think they’re ogre-rated.

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SUNNY SELFIE SPOTS IN 417-LAND You need the perfect summer selfie. We know where to pose for the pic.

Snap a selfie in front of one of Springfield’s many public murals.



Photo by Leah Stiefermann




The Aurora Sunset Drive-In Theater (1601 E. Church St., Aurora, 417-6786609, sunsetdriveinaurora.com) has been operating for 70 years this year. When it opened in 1951, no one could have predicted having a super-high definition camera in your pocket at all times would be possible, but here we are. Snap a selfie at the drive-in, but please turn your phone off during the movie.



We’ve talked about Andrea Ehrhardt’s public art before, but the Greetings from Springfield, Missouri, mural outside the Discovery Center (438 E. St. Louis St., Springfield) in downtown Springfield is the perfect place for a 417-land-centric selfie. Not that it’s the only mural in town—there are plenty of other outdoor displays to choose from.



For a more nature-focused photo op, you can head to the perfectly picturesque Grand Falls in Joplin (5685 Riverside Dr., Joplin, 573751-4133, visitmo.com). The distinctive destination is a popular one for those of us who live in 417-land and anyone visiting from elsewhere. Take a snap and show off just how spoiled we are when it comes to the outdoors.



Have you stopped at the 417BetheOne sculpture yet? The sculpture was installed by the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District last year when things were a little… different, to foster some community spirit. It remains a great place to pause and take a photo. Take a look at 417mag.com/blog/417betheone for some of last year’s photos (and send us some more!)



A Springfield Cardinals home game isn’t just your chance to see the team play on their own turf at Hammons Field (955 E. Trafficway St., Springfield)—it’s also a chance to take a selfie with team mascot Louie in the background. Take a look at mlb.com/springfield for the full 2021 game schedule and updates on appearances. 417MAG.COM • 417 MAGAZINE



agenda Take a dip and cool off, eat a farm-to-table fresh meal and celebrate an important part of United States history this month. BY JAMIE THOMAS



Public pools around 417-land are opening up, so here are some picks to help you get your feet wet.

Grant Beach Park 1401 N. Grant Ave., Springfield, 417-864-1049, parkboard.org With a pool, fifteen acres of outdoor space, playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball court and even a railroad museum built around a decommissioned Frisco Railroad steam engine, Grant Beach Park is a perfect place to spend a sunny day.

Fassnight Park and Pool 1300 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-864-1049, parkboard.org The pool at picturesque and historic Fassnight Park is the largest public pool in Springfield. Plus there’s a kiddie pool making it perfect for a family day out. Private swim lessons are also available in the mornings before the pool opens to the public. Jordan Valley Park Fountains  635 E. Trafficway St., Springfield, 417-866-7444, parkboard.org For those who’d rather not do a full dip but still want to cool off, head to Jordan Valley Park for its refreshing fountains and beautiful surroundings.

Looking Back to Move Forward Remember a milestone in the history of the United States with the annual Juneteenth celebration. This year, the NAACP Springfield holds its Juneteenth celebration at Silver Springs Park (100 N. Hampton Ave., Springfield, 417-864-1000, naacpspringfieldmo.org). The celebration is held every year, commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in 1865, and it includes local vendors along with live music and fresh food. Take a look at naacpspringfieldmo.org/juneteenth-celebration for details and updates about this year’s event. To get involved directly, call 417-873-6386 for opportunities. 32


JUNETEENTH This annual celebration happens June 19.

 PIZZA NIGHT AT MILLSAP FARMS 6593 N. Emu Lane, Springfield, 417-839-0847, millsapfarms.wordpress.com The ever-popular pizza nights at Millsap Farms returns this year and will once again run through October. Enjoy handmade pizzas made with fresh ingredients and cooked in a New Mexico-style Horno wood-fired earthen oven. Plus, there’s live music and entertainment. Be sure to make a reservation, these events sell out. TERRELL CREEK FARM 508 Fordland Hills Dr., Fordland, 417-209-0021, terrellcreekfarm.com Cheese nights on Terrell Creek Farm are a must for lovers of not only cheese, but farm-to-table produce in general. Don’t get us wrong, the cheese is the highlight, but also included are seasonal fruits and vegetables, bread, desserts, live music and more. URBAN ROOTS FARM 831 W. State Street, Springfield, 417-597-4858, urbanrootsfarm.com Every year, Urban Roots Farm hosts two multicourse farm-to-table dinners as a way to celebrate real, locally grown food with an evening of eating and live music. This event brings together growers and producers, chefs and those of us who just love eating all of it. Check urbanrootsfarm.com/farm-to-table-dinner for full info and ticket availability.

Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Shutterstock


One of the best parts of summer in 417-land is the food, especially when it comes to the freshly grown produce you can find throughout our region. Here a few picks for top farm-to-table dinners where you can enjoy locally sourced ingredients.


Melanie Steen and Michael Gibson are co-hosts of The Place on KY3.

THE HOSTS WITH THE MOST Hosts of The Place bring different perspectives to a lifestyle show focused on discovering hidden gems across the Ozarks. BY JO EVERHART

Photos courtesy KY3


t’s no secret that the Ozarks is full of good food and unique activities. KY3’s lifestyle program, The Place, sets out to uncover everything 417-land has to offer, from the best dessert spots to hidden caves off the beaten path. “I find out so much from the segments we do, and I hope I never stop learning about the Ozarks,” says host and executive producer Melanie Steen. Steen moved to Springfield in April of 2020 after being hired to help launch The Place in October. She’s worked on similar lifestyle shows in the past and has a long list of experiences in the field. She started her career in St. Louis when she

applied for a sales job with WFUN, a children’s radio station, and was put on the air as Melanie Mouse. “It was my very first broadcast job and even though it happened by accident, I loved it so much.” Steen worked in radio for a few years before transitioning into television as a general assignment and weather reporter. She’s had jobs all over the country from California to Illinois, before settling in Missouri. As executive producer, she spends time each day filming and is largely focused on scripting and producing the show. Her favorite aspect of the job is coaching her young team. “I like talking with them and sharing my experiences in oneon-one sessions where we go over stories and can strategize together,” Steen says. Lifestyle host Michael Gibson appreciates Steen’s ability to teach. “Melanie is a legend in the business,” Gibson says. “She worked in some incredible markets, and I love working with her and being able to have her guiding our team.” Gibson started his own career in Santa Barbara at Westmont College and then moved to Hollywood where his friends were launching a national TV program. “I got to be in the center of where it all happens and really got a masterclass that set me up for success upon transferring to Evangel University where I learned how to sharpen those tools,” says Gibson. “It’s always fun to be able to dream, and seeing other people in Hollywood achieve their dreams gave me con-

fidence in mine, and now I’m able to say working at the station is truly a dream come true.” Gibson was born and raised in Branson, where he grew up watching KY3 and had a fascination with the news from an early age. “KY3 has always been a big part of my life, so being able to actually be here and walk the halls and see these people that I grew up watching has been amazing,” he says. He began his journey working with KY3 during his junior year at Evangel University as an intern where he had the idea for Ozark’s Big Bites, a segment that now runs on The Place. About half of the team is from the area, and the other half have relocated here. That brings balance to the show as they all discover what the Ozarks has to offer. “I work with a really talented team,” Steen says. “Those who are from here can dig up stories I didn’t even know existed and bring a local perspective while I try to bring the perspective of people outside of the area. It makes for an interesting show.” Despite their different backgrounds, both hosts learn about the area from the stories they tell. “I’ve gotten to see so much more of the Ozarks than I ever imagined,” Gibson says. “I grew up here, but I feel like I’m learning right alongside the audience.”

Tune in every weekday at 11:30 a.m. on KY3 and 5:30 p.m. on the Ozarks CW to watch The Place. See 417 Magazine Publisher Logan Aguirre share our top suggestions for the area as a sneak peek into each new monthly issue.



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Art Walk’s list of monthly gallery showings and live performances changes each month.



MUST LIST Street fairs, summer concerts and great stage performances fill your calendar this month. BY LUCY CAILE



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The first Friday of each month brings hundreds of people to historic downtown Springfield for First Friday Art Walk, a Springfield cultural event. Art lovers can “Walk the Walk” throughout the Downtown Arts District and enjoy original art, music, demonstrations and performances in 28 gallery venues. Free; Various locations around downtown, Springfield, 417-862-2787 ext. 25, ffaw.org


Don’t miss the Missouri premiere of this legendary and groundbreaking collaboration between the great Louis Armstrong and jazz master Dave Brubeck! Set against the backdrop of the Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement, SRO’s concert performance of the jazz musical The Real Ambassadors at The Gillioz Theatre is a rare treat. $35–45; 325 Park Central E. Springfield, 417-863-9491, gillioztheatre.com



Get outside and find some local art and creations. Street Fair at Pickwick Place provides an outlet for local hobbyists, makers and performers to come together and share their talents with the community. Host a stand for your creations or go to see what the rest of the community has to offer! Free; 604 S. Pickwick Ave., Springfield, facebook.com/streetfairatpickwickplace


JUNE 5–6

Need to get some spring cleaning done before summer? Buy, sell and trade antiques, collectibles and any junk you might have sorted out during the pandemic at the festival. Enjoy food trucks and beer gardens on site, too! $25 Vendor fee, Free admission; Northwest Arkansas District Fairgrounds, 14oo Fairgrounds Rd., Harrison, Arkansas, 870-741-1789


Get a team together and participate in the Springfield Celebrity Golf Classic. Play with a group of four friends or three golfers and a celebrity. Each golfer receives a Hall of Famelogoed gift package as well as a fun opportunity to play golf with celebs and the opportunity for a team photo. Drinks and snacks are also provided. The Sunday morning round includes tee times from 7:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. A party for the Shrimp Social and Blackout Bingo party begins at 5 p.m. Registration for the Monday morning round begins at 6 a.m. and includes a continental breakfast, with tee times from 7:30 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. $1,250 per team; 5400 Highland Springs Blvd., Springfield, 417-889-3100, 417MAG.COM • 417 MAGAZINE





Celebrate some COVID safe family fun at Silver Dollar City this summer. The park features more than 40 rides and attractions, including new addtiions like the Time Traveler and Mystic River Falls. $74; 399 Silver Dollar City Parkway, Branson, visit silverdollarcity.com or call 417-336-7100 for tickets.




The Springfield Little Theatre presents Matilda! It’s the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a sharp mind and vivid imagination, dares to take a stand and change her destiny. She is a genius born into a less brilliant family. Things only get worse for Matilda when her parents send her to school at Crunchem Hall where she meets the

tyrannical headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Faced with these rotten circumstances, Matilda decides to take action with the help of her friends and her kind-hearted teacher, Miss Honey, proving that everyone can change their story. Tickets start at $30 for adults, $28 for seniors, students and military, $20 for children; 311 East Walnut Street, Springfield; call 417-869-1334 or visit springfieldlittletheatre.org for tickets.

Tent Theatre at Missouri State University kicks off an eclectic season of performances on June 16 with Beehive: The ’60s Musical. Through July 3 you can also see The 39 Steps and The Secret Garden performed live on an outdoor stage. Tent Theatre, Missouri State University, 1147 E. Grand St., Springfield. Call 417-836-46441 for tickets.

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The Glass Menagerie is a memory play, and its action is drawn from the memories of the narrator, Tom Wingfield. Tom is a character in the play, which is set in St. Louis in 1937. He is an aspiring poet who toils in a shoe warehouse to support his mother, Amanda, and sister, Laura. Mr. Wingfield, Tom and Laura’s father, ran off years ago and, except for one postcard, has not been heard from since.

sounds, from country to top 40 hits and indie folk. The two will have you up and dancing by the end of the night. Free; 100 Branson Landing Boulevard, Branson; Call 417-239-3002 for more info.

Free; Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial St., Branson; Call 417-336-4255 for tickets.



There will be two concerts at the Branson Landing this June. On June 11th, Mile Zero & The Rosy Hips will perform. Mile Zero will open and The Rosy Hips will follow. Both bands have a Rock’n Soul sound with an indie pop flair, which makes them great entertainment for long summer nights. On June 19th, 96 miles & Eastern Heights will perform. Both bands have a variety of



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OVERLAND PARK Just 3 hours north of Springfield, Overland Park, Kansas, is packed with museums, galleries, green spaces and places to eat and drink. Check out these stops when you hit the road. BY JAMIE THOMAS



13800 Switzer Rd., Overland Park, Kansas, 913-897-2360, opkansas.org If you’ve got kids in tow, the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is a must. This petting zoo opened in the late 1970s and now includes show gardens, butterflies, nature trails, Native American exhibitions and more. Plus there are more than 250 animals.



5801 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kansas, 913-333-3500, visitthemap.org Combining history and technology, the Museum at Prairiefire offers an augmented reality exhibition, where you can step into a virtual version of the ancient world. For kids, the Discovery Room offers high-tech interactive exhibits. This looks cool whatever age you are.


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REASON TO GO Farmsteads, green spaces and food

Photos courtesy Overland Park, by Bonjwing Lee

Stroll through the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens for a nature escape hidden among the hustle and bustle.

TRIP LENGTH A weekend, so you can take it all in WHO TO BRING The kids so you have an excuse to use the Discovery Room



8909 W. 179th St., Bucyrus, Kansas, 913-685-3604, opkansas.org Stroll through the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens’ 300 acres. This is a perfect place to absorb some natural ambience and learn about the wildlife native to Kansas. There are hiking trails, sculptures and much more.



10551 Mission Rd., Leawood, Kansas, 913642-5800, ryekc.com Rye Leawood is owned by Megan and Colby Garrelts, and is focused on farm-to-table dining in an eclectic and energetic urban setting. The menu varies, and dishes include items like whipped goat cheese, smoked pulled pork sandwiches, housemade ice cream and more.




4000 Indian Creek Pkwy, Overland Park, Kansas, 913-387-4344, martincitybrewingcompany.com Martin City Brewing has made itself a staple of the Kansas City metro area. since 2014. Along with a year-round line-up of brews that include IPAs, a Belgian-style ale and a gluten-free ale, the brewery offers an array of seasonal options too.


Hy-Vee carries all of your favorite bottles of wine. Whether you’re celebrating, romancing or relaxing, we have the ones you’re looking for.

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Life is good. As we move through life’s seasons, there will be changes. But there are local professionals to help guide us through those

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Greenlawn Funeral Home

Part of living well is planning ahead. With Greenlawn Funeral Home’s Advanced Planning program, preplanning your own arrangements has never been easier. Without it, decision-making is turned over to your loved ones, leaving them with the pressure of making important choices during an extremely emotional time. Once a death occurs, it is difficult to make the right selections quickly under emotional duress. Preplanning allows you to put your wishes in writing, so you can have confidence that every detail will be carried out according to your preferences. You also have the option to pre-pay, allowing you to control the costs of the funeral and ensure that you don’t exceed your budget. Take control of your arrangements while relieving your family of stress by preplanning with Greenlawn. They have multiple locations across 417-land for your convenience. You can visit greenlawnfuneralhome. com to see their planning checklist and learn about everything you will need to get started on your prearrangements. You can find answers to some of the most common funeral-related questions. And you can schedule a time to meet with a compassionate, professional team member who is available to your family whenever you need them. Greenlawn invites you to start the planning process with them today.




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Northwestern Mutual

Celestine Copeland loves that her clients with Northwestern Mutual care deeply about their families, their businesses, their present and future impact in the community. Their mindset is what draws her in. They are big thinkers who are never satisfied with their level of knowledge and are always learning and growing. Whether you’re just starting out, well on your way to living your dream or eagerly approaching retirement, Celestine and her team of specialists work to make sure you’re financially prepared to achieve a lifetime of goals. They can help you reach them with a personalized financial plan. As a mutual company, providing the best long-term value for clients is Northwestern Mutual’s top priority, and it’s an important part of why they are able to help clients build a lifetime of financial security. They are known for their financial strength and have the highest financial strength ratings awarded to any life insurer by all four of the major rating agencies. Celestine’s business is about helping people succeed. She’s passionate about building brighter futures and believes the best way to do that is by building strong, long-term relationships; finding out what matters most to people; and providing the financial guidance, tools and solutions they need to succeed.

services Comprehensive Financial Planning • Disability Income Planning • Retirement Planning • Life Insurance Planning • Long-Term Care Planning • Estate Planning • Special Needs Planning Comprehensive Business Planning • Employee & Executive Benefits • Business Risk Management • Business Continuation Planning • Business Succession Planning





Bottom left: Leslie A. Marshall, DO, MS Leslie Marshall; Top right: Lindsay Pankey, LPN; Kathy Stone, LPN; Amy Vonallmen, LPN; Kayla Perry, Office Assistant

services • Personalized, Expert Skin Care • Allergy Testing • Chemical Peels • Laser Therapy • Phototherapy For Psoriasis • Skin Cancer Screening • Surgical Removal Of Skin Lesions And Skin Cancer


Ozarks Healthcare Dermatology Dr. Leslie Marshall and the clinical staff at Ozarks Healthcare (OZH) Dermatology are able to serve patients of all ages in West Plains and the rural community, offering a sophisticated level of services to rival those of any major metropolitan area. These services can relieve patients of the inconvenience of traveling to larger cities— saving money and time away from work, as well as providing peace of mind. OZH Dermatology offers comprehensive dermatology treatment, led by board-certified dermatologist Leslie A. Marshall, DO. Dr. Marshall appreciates how a patient’s skin can affect their selfconfidence and quality of life. Many of her patients are farmers who have experienced a lifetime of sun exposure, who might otherwise not have the opportunity to see a dermatologist because of their rural location. OZH Dermatology provides diagnostic testing, including skin biopsies and patch testing, and performs Mohs Surgery to remove non-malignant and malignant skin growths. The great advantage of Mohs surgery is that less tissue is needed to be removed, resulting in less scarring in visible areas. It can be performed in the clinic with little downtime. Additionally, their dermatology team treats a wide range of conditions, like acne, eczema, rosacea and much more. They also offer cosmetic dermatology services, including Botox and fillers. No referral is needed to make an appointment.




The Walnut Lawn Team

Walnut Lawn Funeral Home, Ltd. - DeGraffenreid-Wood-Crematory is a third generation local family-owned business in Springfield, whose mission is to provide the community with the highest quality of service with Tender Care during Tender Moments™. Walnut Lawn is much more than just a traditional full-service funeral home. They offer several community outreach programs. Live Well Silver and Gold Club of SW MO is just one example. This program provides those who are 55 and older with an amazing platform that focuses on stimulating one’s emotional, physical and intellectual health. They accomplish this by providing a wide variety of social interactions and exciting events that help build meaningful relationships and overall improve their quality of life. Walnut Lawn also has a lifesaving technology program with Vital ICE. Vital ICE is a free mobile app that contains your vital medical information, such as blood type, allergies, current medications, medical history, emergency contact information and much more, including automatic notification of emergency services with the push of a button. With the Vital ICE app from Walnut Lawn, this information will be available to EMS and other First Responders in any emergency situation. Contact Walnut Lawn Funeral Home, Ltd. - DeGraffenreid-Wood-Crematory today, and let their family help your family live well. 48


services • Full Service Funeral Home • Live Well Silver and Gold Club of SW MO • Vital ICE Medical and Emergency APP • Host of Heroes Outreach Program (HOPe) • Annual Candlelight Memorial Service • Caregiver Excellence Award Recognition Program • Veteran Honor Guard Breakfast • AfterCare Support Program • Much More


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Americare Senior Living Older adults and families in Springfield looking for exceptional independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation benefit from one of the most experienced names in senior living: Americare. For 40 years, they’ve used their knowledge, resources and innovations to deliver extraordinary options for seniors who want to continue living a happy and healthy life. You will find a smaller, more intimate style of care and service in each of the six Americare communities in the Springfield area. Comfortable residences, personalized care and a focus on healthy aging—Americare offers experience that matters. Visit to see what that can mean for you.

services Bradford Court • Assisted Living

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Cedarhurst Senior Living Cedarhurst Senior Living communities provide truly person-directed care, working hard to know each resident as an individual and providing them care that’s as unique as they are. Their experienced and dedicated staff, welcoming environment and supportive atmosphere make Cedarhurst a secure, enriching place to live. Cedarhurst is so confident they can take care of your loved one to your and their satisfaction, that they back their promise with a money back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied and decide to move out within your first 60 days, they’ll give you a complete refund. That’s the Cedarhurst Promise.

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Birchpointe Health & Rehabilitation


Birchpointe Health & Rehabilitation is a skilled nursing facility offering shortterm rehab, long-term care and dementia care services. All three services have dedicated communities to help serve the specific needs of their guests. Birchpointe’s short-term rehabilitation program offers skilled nursing services along with physical, speech and occupational therapies to help guests recover from a hospitalization and return home. Their long-term care community is designed to provide a comfortable home-like environment for individuals who can no longer safely live independently. Their dementia care program provides specialized programming and a comfortable environment to care for individuals with dementia and related conditions. Open for visitation. Stop by for a personal tour!

amenities • State-of-the-art Therapy Gym • Individual Dining Spaces • Outdoor Courtyards • Bistro With Drinks & Fresh Baked Pastries • Private & Semi-Private Suites 3705 S. JEFFERSON AVE. | SPRINGFIELD | 417-889-0773 | BIRCHPOINTEHEALTH.COM

James River Nursing & Rehabilitation James River Nursing and Rehabilitation is a skilled nursing facility that provides short-term rehabilitation and long-term care services. James River specializes in providing short-term transitional care that helps individuals recover from a hospitalization and return home quickly and safely. This program offers high quality skilled nursing care along with physical, speech and occupational therapies. James River also offers long-term care services for those individuals that can no longer live safely independently. Their long-term care services include appetizing menus designed by a registered dietician, a diverse activity schedule, social services and nursing care all in a warm home like environment. Now open for visitation!

amenities • Private & Semi-Private Suites • Two Spacious Dining Rooms • Therapy Gym • Comfortable Day Spaces & Visiting Areas




Magnolia Square Nursing & Rehab Magnolia Square Nursing and Rehab is a skilled nursing facility located in Springfield, Missouri, that offers short-term rehabilitation and long-term care services. Their short-term rehabilitation program is designed to help guests recover quickly and safely from a hospitalization and return home, by providing skilled nursing services along with physical, speech and occupational therapies. If you or a loved one can no longer live safely at home, then come visit Magnolia Square. Their long-term care services include appetizing menus designed by a registered dietician, a diverse activity schedule, social services and nursing care, all in a warm home-like environment. Magnolia Square is now open for visitation!

amenities • Outdoor courtyards • Therapy gym • Beauty salon • Spacious private and semi-private suites • Comfortable day spaces 1502 W. EDGEWOOD ST. | SPRINGFIELD | 417-877-7545 | MAGNOLIASQUARENURSINGANDREHAB.COM

The Maples Health & Rehabilitation

Whether you are in need of long-term care or short-term rehabilitation, The Maples Health and Rehabilitation has everything you or your loved one is looking for. The Maples short-term rehabilitation program offers the highest level of comfort and convenience for individuals recovering from a hospitalization. With tailored programs to fit specific individuals’ needs and assistance with transitioning back home, The Maples makes recovery as simple and easy as possible. Long-term care at The Maples focuses on making each resident feel right at home. Their long-term care services include appetizing menus designed by a registered dietician, a diverse activity schedule, social services and nursing care, all in a warm home like environment. Now open for visitation!

amenities • State-of-the-art Therapy Gym • Private & Semi-Private Suites • Comfortable Day Spaces & Visiting Areas • Appetizing Meals in a Spacious Dining Room




Transitions Hospice Transitions Hospice provides extraordinary care when it is needed the most. Clients can count on them to provide expert service that is focused on improving quality of life. Their extra layer of support reduces the burden of illness, allowing a daughter to be a daughter again or a spouse to be a spouse. Transitions Hospice anticipates needs and exceeds expectations every time. They are privately and locally owned by Bobby Robertson and Angela Sipe, M.J., CHPCA. Every decision is made locally, by the people you know and trust. They are the only hospice agency in Southwest Missouri led by a Nurse Practitioner, and they are available to admit patients to service within one hour.

services • 24/7 Symptom Management • Medication Coverage • Bathing • Grooming • Light Housekeeping • Caregiver Support, Education And Resources

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Care is paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance providers.


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Photo courtesy Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Beautiful cockscomb flowers grow at Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company and do well in Missouri’s climate. Learn more about these and other colorful blooms to plant this summer on p. 58.





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The Lake Springfield Boathouse offers kayak rentals, so you can easily paddle the James River.

Love the Little Lakes

Lakeside fun doesn’t have to mean a full day trip or a weekend away. Inside Springfield City Limits, we have a few small lakes that offer their own brand of summer fun.

Photo courtesy Springfield-Greene County Park Board






For days when: Your rod and reel are calling your name. This lake was built by damming part of the Little Sac River and is known for some great, low-key fishing opportunities. (Read more about fishing in our cover story on p. 70, where you’ll see that muskellunge, or muskie, is the fish that gets the most attention at Fellows Lake.) Bonus: Fellows is also known for bass, crappie, walleye and other critters. In the past year, the lake has gotten a brand new marina, and it will soon have easy access to the new and nearby Dirt 66 trail. That means you can definitely make a day of it if you want to. Find it: 4208 E. Farm Road 66, Springfield

For days when: You want to paddle but don’t want to travel. Lake Springfield Park and Boathouse is a great spot to start a day on the water because they rent out canoes, kayaks and even stand-up paddleboards (plus gear like life jackets) all summer long. That means you can take a float trip without giving up the whole weekend and driving to a farther-away Ozarks river. Bonus: Aside from paddling, this little lake is a nice spot for a walk too thanks to the nearby Lake Springfield Park Trail, James River Greenway Trail and Greater Ozarks Audubon Trail. Find it: 5324 S. Kissick Ave., Springfield

For days when: You’re in the mood for a stroll. Considering the fact that Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park can be such a bustling place sometimes, we’re always taken by just how peaceful it feels when we’re strolling around Lake Drummond. Bonus: The flat, paved walkway offers loads of great views around the small lake and a handful of comfy places to sit and watch the ducks and geese. When we walk the trail, we especially love passing by the weeping willow trees that are along the water’s edge. Find it: 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield

For days when: You feel like learning a little something. You can fish on the piers at Valley Water Mill Lake, located at Valley Water Mill Park, and you’ll certainly enjoy strolling along the path that surrounds the quiet, scenic body of water. But what stands out here is the Watershed Center, which is the home base for the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks. Bonus: The Watershed Committee’s educational mission means the site is peppered with signage that teaches about the region’s ecology, water treatment (because the lake feeds Springfield’s water supply) and flood control. Find it: 2400 E. Valley Water Mill Road, Springfield 417MAG.COM • 417 MAGAZINE



Sunflowers come in all colors and sizes, so you can plant smaller varieties if needed.

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Take advantage of southwest Missouri’s long planting season, and choose colorful plants that will spruce up your flowerbeds all summer long. BY LUCY CAILE


e reached out to local flower shops and gardening centers to find out what the best flowers are to plant now so gardens stay bright and beautiful as summer rolls along.

Build up those Flower Beds Flowers like SunPatiens, petunias and verbena thrive in bedding areas, if baskets aren’t your thing. But for shadier spots, opt for a bed of hostas. According to Mansfield-based Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, zinnias are great in the flower beds too. They are easy to grow and make perfect blooms to attract pollinators—plus, they hold up well in cut arrangements. They come in a variety of colors ranging from pinks and purples to brighter hues like yellow and lime green. The ever-popular marigold should be in every garden, too. One advantage is their wide range of sizes. They can be small and petite or large and showy, so they can be used in borders, beds and more. They also work well as a pest repellent when planted in the vegetable garden. Cockscomb is a very popular variety reminiscent of the decades past when every flower garden included them. They can be so regal looking. 58


Go Big or Go Home Sunflowers are spectacular show pieces if you have the room to grow these tall flowers, and they do well in the Ozarks climate. At Baker Creek, varieties aren’t all massive, though. The Teddy Bear sunflower is a smaller option. If you like them enormous, try the Mammoth Grey. They are striking as a single flower or planted in multiples.

 Zinnias do great in the summer and add a ton of color and texture to a garden bed.

Find Flowers in the Veggie Garden If a vegetable garden is more your speed, you can still enjoy some fragrant and attractive blooms on those veggie plants. Okra plants sprout beautiful lotus-type flowers, while runner beans produce lovely itty bitty flowers. The meaty blooms that grow on zucchini plants look nice and are edible. (Try them battered and fried.)  Marigolds are not only beautiful, but also work well as pest repellents in a vegetable garden.

GET STARTED Find seeds, plants and resources at local greenhouses and seed stores.

Schaffitzel’s Greenhouse 1771 E. Atlantic St., Springfield

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Order online at rareseeds.com.

Photos courtesy Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Start on the Porch According to Schaffitzel’s Greenhouse in Springfield, it’s a great time to plant annuals that last through the spring and summer season, as well as perennials that offer the big payoff of returning every year. Start small by dressing up your deck and porch spaces with a hanging fern. Its foliage does well in Missouri’s climate. Other recommendations: prolific and multicolored Million Bells, bright purple scaevola and fiery-hued lantana—all of which work great in hanging baskets that give pops of color in sunny spots around your yard.


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NEW TAKE ON AN OLD LAKE Lake Wappapello is the perfect day trip destination for fishing and boating with unique educational opportunities. BY JO EVERHART

Photos courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Wappapello Lake)


hree developed campgrounds, 180 miles of shoreline, 26 boat ramps, four marinas, three beaches and approximately 44,000 acres of lake and land all come together to make up Lake Wappapello in southeast Missouri, about 3 hours from Springfield. Full of rich history and endless opportunities for adventure, Lake Wappapello is located in Wayne and Butler Counties, with water flowing in from the Saint Francis River. Lake Wappapello is owned by the St. Louis District of the US Army Corps of Engineers who lease part of the land to the Lake Wappapello State Park, which further expands the lake’s reach. Lake Wappapello’s size encourages high activity throughout the entire summer season due to many people wanting to explore the lake’s beaches and enjoy all of the potential water activities. Outside of boating, Lake Wappapello has many other outdoor activities, with trails for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and bicycling. These trails also allow visitors to further explore the history of the area. The Memory Lane trail walks guests through interpretive wayside exhibits where the town of Granville used to stand until the federal government relocated residents because of frequent flooding. The trail includes the Union Cemetery where several Civil War soldiers

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are buried. Both Memory Lane and the Union Cemetery are on the National Registry of Historic Places. “We have a jewel here at Lake Wappapello with amazing opportunities for everyone in the family,” says Andrew Jefferson Sr., natural resources specialist park ranger. Jefferson is the lead ranger in charge of their interpretive program, which conducts many educational programs and invites special guests like The Dickerson Park Zoo and Watkins Wildlife Rehab to bring in live animals for presentations. The Beale-Emerson Visitors Center houses these events and offers exhibits on the history and wildlife in the area. Lake Wappapello hosts a variety of events throughout the summer, including fishing tournaments and a fireworks display on July 3. Plan your trip to experience one of these events or one of the most popular events, Ranger Willy’s Wet and Wild Water Festival on June 26 with unique events like cardboard boat races, sandcastle sculpture contests, innertube racing and a personal flotation device fashion show.

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SPONSORED BY TRIP INFO HOW TO GET THERE Lake Wappapello State Park is located 3 hours and 15 minutes east of Springfield via US-60 east (175 miles), US-67 north (8.5 miles) and MO-172 east (8 miles).






Photos by Brandon Alms, courtesy Emily Laurie

Take on the harsh summer sun with one of these eye-catching hats from 417-land boutiques. Turn to page 62 for our picks to keep you feeling made in the shade.

From top: Olive & Pique El Salvador rancher, $108 at Modern Society; Olive & Pique Nat Pinched Crown fedora, $88 at STAXX; Lack of Color Stardust rancher, $130 at Modern Society; Olive & Pique Making Some Bold Moves hat, $74 and The Christa Gambler hat, $98 both at Uptown Boutique; Olive & Pique Tess fedora, $88 at STAXX





It’s perhaps the most quintessential summer accessory—you just can’t beat a woven sun hat. It pairs perfectly with breezy sundresses and casual separates. Feeling a little dressier? Try a wool rancher or fedora for a stylish look with some extra pizazz. No matter the style, a brimmed beauty is sure to deliver the perfect dose of hattitude. WRITTEN AND STYLED BY COLIN SHEA DENNISTON | PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRANDON ALMS

Model Geraldine Thomas is wearing the summer straw rancher, $54 at Modern Society; Nation Odessa Balloon Sleeve Resort top, $165 and mini gold studs, $8 both at STAXX



Maui straw rancher, $38 and Billa Bong X The Salty Blonde Sun Glow top, $78 both at STAXX 417MAG.COM • 417 MAGAZINE



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DOWNTOWN Do yourself (and the community) some good when you shop at this newly remodeled downtown location. BY KRYSTEN MUENCH




5 Pound gave its downtown location a makeover and reopened the store in February 2021. Brina Thomas and her husband, Ben, own 5 Pound.

be the city of Springfield, the state of Missouri or the Ozarks region in general. The Thomases take supporting local to heart and do their best to amplify other small businesses whenever possible. “We want to make sure that other local businesses are thriving, because if [they] thrive, we thrive.” Rest assured that when you support 5 Pound Apparel, you’re doing good for the 417-land community and beyond.

5 POUND APPAREL 412 South Avenue, Springfield Mon.–Thurs., 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 417-368-6401 5poundapparel.com

Five Pound Apparel pup bowl, $8


 Check out the wall of shirts at Five Pound Apparel to see what Missouri- or Ozark-themed shirts are out now.

Follow 5 Pound Apparel on Instagram (@5poundapparel) and Facebook (facebook.com/ 5PoundApparel) for their latest T-shirt designs or shop online 24/7 at 5poundapparel.com.

Photos by Brandon Alms

Pound Apparel is strengthening its roots in downtown Springfield after consolidating with its second location in Farmers Park. “We pretty much knew a couple years in [to owning the business] that for the longevity of our store and our brand, we would need to scale back and focus more on the one store and online sales, seeing the retail trend toward online,” says Brina Thomas, co-owner of 5 Pound Apparel. Thomas and her husband, Ben, purchased 5 Pound Apparel in 2017 and are celebrating the store’s 10th year in business. To kick off the anniversary celebration, the Thomases gave the downtown location a refresh in January of 2021. “With closing the Farmers Park location, we knew we would have fixtures and all kinds of things that we would want to incorporate into the downtown store,” Thomas says. “All of the material from Farmers Park was a little more updated and modern looking, and we wanted to bring that feel downtown.” After a fresh coat of paint, refinishing the original hardwood floors and building a custom cash wrap counter for checkout, 5 Pound Apparel reopened its doors in February feeling renewed. The original mission of 5 Pound Apparel is as strong today as it was when the store first opened its doors. For every purchase of the 5 Pound Apparel brand (which has grown to include much more than just T-shirts), the store donates five pounds of food to Ozarks Food Harvest. For every purchase of the pet line, 5 Pound Pup, up to five pounds of food are donated to the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri. Ultimately, all brands that are sold within the store give back locally, nationally or globally in some way. While the store carries a variety of clothing, jewelry, gifts and accessories, the thing it’s most known for is the hyper-focus on local, whether it




Giving Back

James Tillman, Co-owner of seven First Watch locations Paul Williams, Chief of Police, Springfield








Watching Out for 417-land In October 2017, Springfield commercial developer James Tillman and business partner Joseph Hulston introduced First Watch to 417-land. Today, Tillman is the proud owner of seven First Watch restaurants. The company offers more than fresh brunch selections and a hip atmosphere, as community involvement and charitable efforts are at the core of their values. During the nationwide lockdown, First Watch delivered muffins to nurses and doctors at Cox and Mercy hospitals, and also distributed over 4,000 free meals to children in 417-land. At Christmas, they hosted a food drive and asked customers to bring in five non-perishables for a $10 coupon. All items were donated to the Venues church. The company has also donated to multiple local charities over the past year, including Nova Center of the Ozarks, Lost and Found Grief Center,

Hope Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks. Throughout the month of May, First Watch donated ten percent of the Monday through Friday sales from both Springfield locations to the Springfield Police Foundation, which raises money to provide education, training and equipment to the Springfield Police Department. Similar to how Tillman invests in the communities that have shaped him into the successful businessman he is today, First Watch’s philanthropic work attests to their passion for helping the people they employ and the communities they serve.

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Many of the bracelets in this line are stackable. Also pictured below is the Prayer Warrior Necklace, featuring a gold-plated charm.

Photos by Savvy Moots Photography, courtesy Emily Laurie


FOR A CAUSE Onie + Sky offers trendy and customizable jewelry sets, and a portion of the proceeds go toward funding Melanoma Research.

“My inspiration comes from my family and my customers,” Laurie says. “Each piece of jewelry I customize tells a story, and I want others to share theirs with me as well. My hope is that each person who orders feels inspired!” The bracelets range from customizable designs to ones for every occasion such as seasonal holidays. Laurie worked tirelessly on practicing bracelet making and designing before launching. With every purchase of a bracelet, a portion of the proceeds go to The Melanoma Research Foundation to support research and awareness in hopes of changing and saving lives. There are bracelets fashioned with multi-colored beads, and mini bar bracelets that include a gold bar across the middle beaded sides. There are also opportunities for customers to build their own jewelry with the “build-acharm” bracelets and necklaces. Prices range from $8–25 for bracelets, and Laurie also offers necklaces, rings, anklets and more.



n May of 2020, Emily Laurie received a malignant melanoma diagnosis and learned she needed to undergo surgery on her back. After the scare and procedure, Laurie knew she wanted to do something creative, challenging and meaningful, and it wasn’t long before she founded and created Onie + Sky, a jewelry company that

designs customizable bracelets, necklaces, anklets and more. The name Onie + Sky was inspired by Laurie’s two daughters, Sloane and Skyler—their nicknames are Onie-belle and Sky. The brand launched on Laurie’s son Jackson’s first birthday, which made it very family oriented and focused.

BUY IT Bracelets are available to purchase online at Emily Laurie’s website onieandsky.com as well as at many stores located throughout Missouri. The shops are listed at onieandsky.com.




Serenity Now This nature-inspired kitchen is based on a design philosophy guaranteed to lower your stress. BY LUCIE AMBERG 68



ave you been spending a little more time at home lately? Maybe for the past year? If so, you might have been dreaming of ways to make your indoor space an oasis. Nancy Dahlberg of Dahlberg Design Studio suggests biophilic design, which leverages natural elements to increase a space’s connectivity to the outside world. Dahlberg used these principles in the Garden Kitchen, which she created with clients Angela McNeal and Adam Carver, who prize sustain-

ability and the great outdoors. The result is a culinary conservatory with a showstopping plant wall, perched over the stovetop like a May Day flower crown. This plant wall was constructed in four sections of wood frame. After considering all the ramifications of using living plants, such as watering, leakage and maintenance, Dahlberg and her clients worked with The Thicket to select the ideal silk flowers. The result is a canopy worthy of the Amazon, complete with happy greenhouse vibes.

Photo by Gayle Babcock / Architectural Imageworks

Natural tones and hues mix with plants and silk flowers to create a zen atmosphere. The greenery gives the impression that nature has been invited into the kitchen.


“Because of the pandemic, the whole trend is to bring as much nature in our homes as we can,” Dahlberg says. “It adds a sense of calm and joy.”

COOKING AND CALMING Three techniques to turn your kitchen into your retreat.

1 Tackle Kitchen Storage

Photos by Gayle Babcock / Architectural Imageworks, Brandon Alms

The Garden Kitchen boasts impressive organization, which Dahlberg says is the result of “copious lists.” She spent weeks tracking her clients’ needs, identifying what items were used regularly enough to warrant easy access and which items could be stored further from reach. This process can feel intimidating, but, Dahlberg says, “You start somewhere, and you just keep working and analyzing.”

Mabel Johnson first learned to sew when she was 6. Now she’s designing and making her own clothing line.



Parkview High School senior Mabel Johnson designs, makes and sells her own clothing line in an effort toward sustainability—with the aspiration to one day change the fashion industry.

Dial Up the Contrast


Dahlberg’s clients knew they wanted to use natural wood for their custom cabinetry. They tried out several samples before settling on sleek, dark walnut, which was further customized with a double stain. This choice created an elegant color contrast with the light wood floors. Dahlberg then added a textural contrast by using natural rock drawer pulls.

3 Illuminate Your Space Ron’s Electric helped Dahlberg come up with a dramatic lighting scheme that maximizes the kitchen’s usability. “The cabinets are all lit from within and underneath,” Dahlberg says. “At night, it’s absolutely stunning.”


hen she was 6 years old, Mabel Johnson (now a Parkview High School Senior) learned how to sew with her mom. They would use bits and pieces of their old clothing to make new purses, pillows and blankets for her dolls. That 6-year-old never could have imagined how far her sewing skills would take her. “The idea of creating something out of nothing, and taking things that might have lost purpose and making them into something new is what inspired me to design,” Johnson says. She has continued to develop her skills and eventually learned how to make clothing. She even started her own clothing line, Mabel Made, and was awarded the 2021 Design Arts Finalist for the National YoungArts Foundation. The National YoungArts Foundation recognizes the most proficient young artists and provides them with opportunities for creative and professional development. She is one of four students from

Missouri to receive an award and the only regional student to do so. Johnson attended YoungArts Week master classes, workshops and interviews with working artists around the country. “It helped me have confidence in my work and encouraged me,” Johnson says. “I didn’t expect to win. I just thought I’d give it a shot. It was motivating to hear from experienced artists and fashion designers, and it’s really pushed me further into design.” Johnson draws inspiration from other fashion role models including Molly Goddard, pieces like the Basiaga baby doll dress and clothing in movies such as The Sound of Music. Moving forward, Johnson hopes to attend art school and become a fashion designer. “I want to continue what I’m doing now but on a bigger scale and show others the importance of sustainability in the fashion industry,” she says. Follow Mabel Made on Instagram to see Johnson’s designs. 417MAG.COM • 417 MAGAZINE


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azy summers have their appeal, but 2021 calls for something bolder. It calls for adventure. This is your year for throwing caution to the wind and trying something you’ve never done before. Maybe something a little daring. Maybe something a little exciting. Because it’s time to get out there and experience the Ozarks—whether your idea of adventure is a lazy day on a boat in your favorite cove, or shoring up the courage to try wake surfing for the first time. Whatever your level of daring, we’ve got you covered.



PIC T URED : Two Rivers Mountain Bike Park



PIC T URED : Crystal Bridges Trail



Photo by Brandi Keltner, Visit Bentonville

The Katy Trail might be the most famous place to ride your bike in the state of Missouri, but it’s far from our only option. We have a growing singletrack mountain biking scene in the Springfield area and a stellar system of greenways that are ever-expanding, plus we are just a short drive from northwest Arkansas, which is home to some famously interconnected trail systems and renowned mountain biking spots. Let’s start here at home: Springfield’s Sac River Mountain Bike Trails and the Frisco Highline Trail are both Ozark Greenways projects (ozarkgreenways.org) that each offer a different cycling experience At Sac River, 14 miles of interconnected trails span a 300-acre park with options for every skill level. But for those intimidated by mountain biking, the rail-to-trail Frisco offers a leisurely option—flat, scenic and mostly shaded. We recommend Mile 18 to Mile 35 to see railroad bridges and a wildflower-filled prairie. Just south of us is Two Rivers Mountain Bike Park (trailspring. org), also offering singletrack options with Ozarks views. Farther south in Bentonville are copious interconnected trails, including the North Forest Trail on the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (crystalbridges.org), and the massive Slaughter Pen trail system (nwatrails.org/ trails). And once you’ve explored a bit, head north to give the famous Katy Trail a try too. It’s earned its reputation and is not to be missed.








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Located 40 minutes south of Springfield in Highlandville The Scenery Flying By Rugged hillsides through oldgrowth Ozarks woods.


Located in northwest Springfield near Ritter Springs Park The Scenery Flying By Little Sac River, shaded woods and two historic cemeteries.


Located 2 hours southwest of Springfield in Bentonville The Scenery Flying By Woods dotted with outdoor sculptures and gorgeous dogwood trees.


Starts in northwest Springfield and continues to Bolivar


The Scenery Flying By La Petite Gemme Prairie and 16 railroad bridges.

Located 2 hours southwest of Springfield in Bentonville

Photo by Brandi Keltner

The Scenery Flying By City and forest views, plus a glimpse of the architecture at Crystal Bridges Museum.


PI C T U RE D : Runs west to east across Missouri from Clinton to Machens

Two Rivers Mountain Bike Park

The Scenery Flying By Shady woods, open fields and so many Missouri River views.




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1WO RK T H AT C O RE Stand-up Paddleboarding Kayak Branson, kayakbranson.com At Kayak Branson, in addition to seated vessels like kayaks and canoes, you can rent a stand-up paddleboard to take out onto the Table Rock Lake or Lake Taneycomo. It’s a great way to see the lake from a different perspective—while you work those abs keeping your balance.


HE I GH T S Parasailing American Parasail, americanparasail.com Considering you’ll be flying 300 feet above the water while dangling from a parachute, parasailing might seem scary to those afraid of heights. But thanks to secure harnesses and gorgeous views, it’s actually pretty relaxing!




Intrigued? Even if you don’t have the equipment and special type of boat needed for wake surfing, you can give the sport a try. Branson-based The Wake Camp (thewakecamp.com) offers hourly coaching, half-day and full-day excursions where you can take to the lake to learn how to wake board or wake surf from coach Jaysin Smith. If you want a more all-in experience, their all-inclusive wake camp packages offer coaching, lodging, meals and activities. If you’re sold on the sport and know you want to purchase equipment of your own, try Williams Bros. Ski and Sports (williamsskiandsports.com) where they offer lessons and sell boards and other gear.

Water Skiing and Tubing State Park Marina, stateparkmarina.com This is just one of many local marinas that will let you rent inner tubes, water skis and ropes. And both of these activities are pretty simple to dive into on your own, even if you aren’t a super-skilled skier. Just find a quiet corner of the lake, and give it a whirl!

4 GO DEEP SCUBA Diving DiVentures, diventures.com Even beginners can muster the courage to explore the depths. They can start with SCUBA lessons and certification. DiVentures also has the Landlocked SCUBA Clubs, so you can hone your skills alongside other local SCUBA enthusiasts.

Photo by Sheri Holloway

Wake boarding has long been an Ozarks lake favorite for folks who want to try something a little more athletic than being pulled behind a boat on an inner tube. You can rent equipment from local marinas, and getting started is pretty easy. In fact, Ski Shack (theskishack. com), even has a dedicated Cable Park where you can practice your wakeboarding skills. But wake surfing—a similar and perhaps more challenging activity—has been gaining popularity as well. With wake boarding, you are attached to the board with boots similar to those on a snowboard. With wake surfing, though, there are no attached boots. Instead, you are on your own, balancing atop the board like you’re... well... actually surfing!


Photos courtesy Branson/Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Shutterstock


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Maybe your idea of a worthwhile adrenaline rush isn’t so much a day of sustained excitement, but rather a few minutes of thrill as you wrestle with the writhing fish on the end of your line. If that’s the case, and if you’d like the rest of your day to be peaceful and serene, then spending a few hours fishing on one of our waterways is probably right up your alley. One of the coolest things about fishing in the Ozarks is that you don’t have to be good at it to enjoy it—a huge part of the appeal is the stretch of quiet calm between each catch while you wait for a bite and take in the scenery. If you don’t reel anything in, well, you still had a good day, right? But if you do want to try and be good at it—or at least learn how to get started—there

are businesses that can help you. At Dogwood Canyon Nature Park (dogwoodcanyon.org) you can go trout fishing with a guide who teaches you casting and tying. The four-hour excursion costs $250 for two people. Not too far away on Lake Taneycomo, Chartered Waters Guide Service (charteredwaters.com) will take you out on a boat to the very best rainbow trout fishing spots for $195 to $1,195 depending on what option you choose. About two hours east is a different experience: Rockbridge Trout & Game Ranch (rockbridgemo.com). The resort is situated on Spring Creek and stocked with rainbow trout. You can fish with a view of the red 1800’s-era grist mill (which has been converted into a bar) and then hop over to the restaurant to eat super-fresh

trout caught on-site. The resort also has lodging, stables and a gun club, so you can make a weekend of it. For a well-stocked hatchery a little closer to Springfield that’s a great day trip with the kids, there’s Mountain Springs Trout Park (mountainspringstroutpark.com) in Highlandville. You have to keep what you catch, but they’ll clean it for you—so you can take it home and try your hand cooking the super-fresh fish.



Fish caught from Lake Taneycomo

Lake Taneycomo


R AINB OW TR O U T Find it at: Lake Taneycomo, North Fork of the White River



BASS Find it at: Table Rock Lake, Bull Shoals Lake

M U SK E LLU N GE Find it at: Lake Pomme de Terre, Fellows Lake

WALLE YE Find it at: Stockton Lake



You can thank the region’s numerous streams for the Ozarks landscape we all love so dearly. Over time (lots of it!), those flowing waterways cut through bedrock and eventually created the towering bluffs that provide the backdrop of all the best Ozarks float trips. It’s an awe-inspiring thing to think about next time you’re dipping your oar into the clear water of a nearby stream. If you’re new to paddling and haven’t even set foot in a canoe or kayak yet, don’t let that deter you from enjoying this quintessential Ozarks activity! Springfield-Greene County Park Board offers Intro to Kayaking classes at Lake Springfield Boathouse that teach safety tips, paddle strokes and more. Lessons are $20, and you can register at parkboard.org/lakespringfield.


I’M H ERE F OR TH E RI V ER SIDE S CENER Y Buffalo National River


Travel time: 1 hour 45 minutes south of Springfield to Buffalo Outdoor Center Suggested route: Ponca to Kyle’s Landing What you’ll see: Big Bluff, the tallest bluff face between the Rockies and the Appalachians. Why it’s perfect: The scenic beauty of the Upper Buffalo simply can’t be beaten. After June, this part of the river becomes too low to float, so make sure you visit early in the season for the best experience.

Travel time: 35 minutes south of Springfield to Hootentown Canoe Rental Suggested route: the shorter Jamesville trip option What you’ll see: The gorgeous Ozarks and lots of other floaters on this often-busy river. Why it’s perfect: With a 4-mile float option, this is ideal for families with kids who aren’t experienced floaters yet. It’s long enough to get a feel for the river, but short enough to hopefully avoid tired-kid meltdowns.



Beyond some basic paddling skills, sunscreen and sustenance for the trip, the only other thing you really need is a good pair of water shoes. Our rivers have rocky bottoms, which keep the water more clear and pristine than a siltier muddy bottom would—but those little bits of rock just love getting stuck in your shoes. Once you’ve practiced on Lake Springfield, invested in some comfy river shoes and mustered up some paddling confidence, it’s time to hit the river. There are so many to choose from in the region (110,000 miles of river in Missouri alone!), but we’ve rounded up details and suggested floats on four favorites—each with its own personality and appeal.


I’M LO O K I N G F O R WI LD, WI LD WI LD E RN E S S Eleven Point National Scenic River Travel time: 2.5 hours east of Springfield to Richard’s Canoe Rental Suggested route: Greer Crossing to Whitten What you’ll see: Tall dolomite bluffs, thick forests and clear swimming holes. Why it’s perfect: This is a getaway-from-it-all river, with light crowds and very little riverside development—so you feel like the river is all for you and the critters that call it home.

I’M ON A G R OWN-UPSO N LY WEEK END TRIP North Fork of the White River Travel time: 2 hours southeast of Springfield to Dawt Mill Resort Suggested route: Blair Bridge to Dawt Mill What you’ll see: Althea Spring, Ozarks woods, and rainbow trout for the luckiest anglers. Why it’s perfect: Your float will end at Dawt Mill, the perfect place to sit down for a chef’s table dinner and spend the night in cozy cabins. That makes this river a great option for a weekend away with another couple or two.

Photo courtesy Big Cedar Lodge

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Photos by Chuck Travers, Vivian Wheeler, courtesy Shutterstock



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GI V E ME HOTE L- Q UALI T Y AMENI TIE S Camp Long Creek, camplongcreek.com With easy access to a marina for boat rentals and Canteen at Long Creek for tasty eats, this stay will feel more like a camping-vibe hotel than roughing it in a tent. Stay in a two-person glamping unit overlooking Table Rock Lake.

I WAN T SOME THING WI TH AR TISTIC V IBE S AND C O OL HISTOR Y Forest Garden Yurts, forestgardenyurts.com Designed by renowned yurt-builder William Copperthwaite and used as a home and pottery studio for artist Tom Hess, this spot in Reeds Spring is packed with artistic details that make simply observing it a worthwhile experience.

PIC T URED : Camp Long Creek



Photo courtesy Big Cedar Lodge

WHEN YOU THINK OF A CAMPING ADVENTURE, WHAT’S THE APPEAL? IT’S PROBABLY THE NEARBY HIKES AND OUTDOORS EXCURSIONS RATHER THAN THE ACT OF PITCHING A TENT. AND IF THAT’S THE CASE, YOU MIGHT BE A GLAMPER. Let’s get straight to the point: Camping is work. There’s the packing and lugging, the set-up and lugging, and finally the tear-down and lugging. Throw in humidity, mosquitos and cooking over an open flame that you have to light yourself like some sort of wizard—and the outdoor fun hardly seems worth it anymore. If all of that sounds appealing, then this page might not be for you. But if it elicits instant anxiety, I have good news: Glamping is a growing trend in the region, and you have options for embarking on a wilderness adventure that doesn’t involve any wilderness at all during those times when you’re trying to sleep and eat. I’m talking about yurts, my friend.

These cute little permanent structures are like camping light. You get the scenic setting and fresh air, but you don’t have to set anything up. They have varying levels of amenities depending on where you go (some have outdoor showers, others have A/C and hot tubs), but they all provide the delightful illusion of being in nature, when really you’re comfortably separated from it. It’s all the fun and none of the work. It’s all the comfort and none of the waking up at 7 a.m. inside a damp canvas oven and then eating a hot dog for breakfast. You get the idea, right? Read on to learn about some of the nearby glamping opportunities.

I’M WILLIN G TO R OAD TRIP TO AR K ANS A S StoneWind Retreat, stonewindretreat.com Seclusion and scenic views are the draws at StoneWind Retreat, about 45 minutes south of Fayetteville. The spacious yurts have skylights for watching the stars, decks for enjoying the view and hot tubs for relaxing.

I WAN T PR OX IM I T Y TO A BIG CI T Y Hawley Farm Glamping, hawleyfarmglamping.com Located in Hamilton (near Kansas City), this 210-acre farm houses three yurts and countryside views—perfect for getting your outdoors fix before a weekend in KC.

I LIK E A CA SUAL STATE PARK AT MOSPHE RE Table Rock Lake State Park, mostateparks.com The Premium Yurt at Table Rock Lake State Park is great if you want state park fun (trails and a low-key vibe) without pitching a tent. Bring the kids; it has two bedrooms.





GU N N E R P O O L Here you’ll find a quiet swimming spot beside the charming and unique architecture of a Civilian Conservation Corps dam that almost looks like some sort of ancient ruins. The water is shallow and still, perfect for the laziest of lazy days on the water. To find this swimming hole, take the North Sylamore hiking trail at Gunner Pool Recreation area. It’s located in FiftySix, Arkansas, about three hours from Springfield.

Not far from Houston, Missouri, on the Piney River is a sweet little riverbend that offers both cool water for swimming and towering bluffs for a bit of lovely scenery. You can access this spot from Highway 17, meaning you don’t have to commit to a float trip to take advantage of this location. After working up an appetite during your dip, head to the BARn Taproom at Piney River Brewing Co. (pineyriverbrewing.com) for soft pretzels, hot pizza and locally brewed beer.



Photos by Chuck Travers, Jeff Rose


FALLI N G WAT E R FALL S If this spot near Sand Gap, Arkansas, doesn’t elicit some serious feelings of nostalgia, we don’t know what will. It has all the trappings of a perfect childhood swimming spot: pristine water, rope swings, wooded planks nailed to a tree so you can climb up to the top of a waterfall. The setting is surrounded by woods, giving it the feeling of something super-secret and secluded—when in fact it’s really easy to get to. It’s just perfect.

GR AN D FALL S You can’t talk about Ozarks swimming holes without mentioning Grand Falls, where the waterfall tumbles over a chert ledge that spans the entire width of Shoal Creek—more than 160 feet across! Below the falls, the swimming hole is a delight. There are numerous spots to hunker down for the day— picnicking in the shade along a gravel bar or smooth rocky bank before spending the afternoon swimming in the sunshine.

Photos by Zach Schermer Open House Media, Jeff Rose

+ SAFET Y TIP + Please remember that when you plunge into these gorgeous and remote swimming holes, you’re on your own. There are no lifeguards here! So be safe. Do not jump off cliffs or rocks unless you’re positive the water is deep enough (or... maybe skip that part altogether), and reschedule your swim if the water is especially high or fast. And keep these beautiful places looking great for the next visitors by taking your trash with you when you leave.

Visit 417mag.com/ swimmingholes to find gps coordinates for these and more great places to wade.



PIC T URED : Branson Jet Boats


wild side Is there anything better than coving out on a hot day? When your summer adventuring calls for a little time relaxing on the water, there are a few ways you can go about it. If you have a boat of your own, well, you don’t need any help from us; get out there and have fun! But if you don’t, you’ll need to either rent a vessel to drive for the day or embark on a cruise. Luckily for us, Lake Taneycomo and Table Rock Lake are rich with options.

YO U BE THE CAP TAIN F OR A DAY What’s Up Dock? This marina at Port of Kimberling offers full and partial day rental of whatever suits you: ski boats, waverunners, tritoons (one even has a slide!) and more. 80

Main Street Lake Cruises (mainstreetlakecruises. com ) and Showboat Branson Belle (silverdollarcity.com/showboat-branson) offer ticketed lake adventures where you can experience on-thewater thrills, a scenic dinnertime tour or a rollicking stage performance, respectively. Before you hit the water, pack some snack boxes from Springfield Charcuterie and some lake-friendly cans from Springfield Brewing Co. to sustain you on your lake adventure.


LE T S OME ONE EL SE D O TH E WOR K Table Rock Lake Yacht Charter Hop on a 40-foot luxury yacht with a captain who will pick you up at about any dock— so you can focus on coving out.


There are numerous marinas on the lake— such as What’s Up Dock? (portofkimberling.com) —where you can rent everything from a zippy little jet ski to a pontoon-style party boat. But our lakes are also home to the Spirit of the Lake Catamaran Tour (stateparkmarina.com) and Table Rock Lake Yacht Charter (tablerocklakeyachtcharter.com), which both let you get some lake time in without having to drive the boat. Branson Jet Boats (bransonjetboats.com),

SI T B ACK F O R A LE ISU RE LY TO U R Spirit of the Lake Catamaran Tours This tour leaves from State Park Marina and is stocked with a water slide, kayak and other water accessories for a lake day.

E NJ OY A SHOW O N T HE WAT E R Showboat Branson Belle This cruise aboard a huge paddleboat is perfect if you want to be on the water, but not in the water—and you’re in the mood for dinner and a show.

I N D U LGE YO U R AD RE N ALI N E JUNKIE Branson Jet Boats Not for the faint-hearted, these thrilling tours on Lake Taneycomo are all about speed. They’ll have you spinning and sliding across the water.

T URN YO UR CRUISE IN TO A DINNER DATE Main Street Lake Cruises The 100-foot Landing Princess yacht offers Taneycomo dinner tours that focus on relaxing views of the scenery and good eats.

Photo by TGC Photography




weekend WHE RE TO STAY Echo Bluff State Park echobluffstatepark.com There’s a nice lodge, cabin and camping options and an amazing riverside bluff view, making this a great home base as you visit the nearby springs. WHE RE TO E AT Dairy Shack 18603 Main St., Eminence Take a detour into town to get a treat at this cute walk-up ice cream shop. It serves savory items like burgers, too. Echo Bluff Pizzas at Echo Bluff State Park If you’d rather stick to the state park, the on-site pizza parlor offers dine-in and take-out pies.

PIC T URED : Alley Spring



BIG SPRI N G Creativity wasn’t really on the checklist when this spring was named. Big Spring is... well... quite big. It’s the largest in the state and one of the three biggest in the country, putting out around 280 million gallons of water each day that feeds into the Current River. Take a peek at the Civilian Conservation Corps lodge that’s on-site when you’re there too.

ALLE Y SPRING This spring on the Jack’s Fork River that churns out 81 million gallons of water a day is oh-so-photographable. The Spring Branch Trail takes visitors past a pretty old red mill—a great photo op—before you get to the main event. The spring itself is a dark jade color, and a worn path around its perimeter gives you plenty of angles to view it and the surrounding bluffs.

WE LCH SPRI N G Welch Spring pours from a cave at the base of a bluff, and it’s home to interesting history. Near it, you can see the ruins of Welch Hospital, built in 1913 for patients with ailments like tuberculosis. The theory was that the pristine air pouring from the cave and cooled by the pure spring water had healing properties. Prehospital, the location was originally settled as a homestead and grist mill in 1855.

BLU E SPRI N G As you might be able to tell from the name, this spring near the Current River is known for its vibrant turquoise blue color. Its huge depth of more than 300 feet is what gives it that gorgeous hue. And finding it is a cinch. A super-easy half-mile trail takes you directly to a boardwalk overlooking the spring, which is situated under tall bluffs. CAV E SPRI N G If you’re feeling brave, you can paddle your canoe off the Current River and right into the bluffside cave opening that Cave Spring pours from. To find it, keep an eye out between miles 20 and 21 on the river during your float. You can also reach the spring via a strenuous 4.5mile hike. But we recommend the water route. R O U N D SPRI N G Another super green-blue spring that’s a part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Round Spring forms a pristine circular pool before feeding into the Current River. It’s easy to access via a paved trail and is surrounded by rugged wilderness, and you can also tour Round Spring Cave while you’re in the area. 417MAG.COM • 417 MAGAZINE


July 29 to August 7 OZ A R K E M P I R E FA I R $3–10 admission plus ticket prices, 3001 N. Grant Ave., Springfield, ozarkempirefair.com Thrill is the name of the game with this particular adventurous outing. The thrill of a carnival ride. The thrill of winning a midway game. And the thrill of challenging your body to consume all the fried things served on sticks. This annual fair is great for blazing hot daytime fun and the twinkling lights of a summer night.




$47 kids, $74 adults; 9:10 a.m.–10 p.m.; 399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy., Branson, silverdollarcity.com Imagine experiencing your favorite thrill ride in the dark as you ride under the moonlight. Take our word for it; it’s extra thrilling! We love that Silver Dollar City stays open late during this stretch of summer because less sun means cooler weather and a summer nights vibe that we just can’t get enough of.

1601 Church St., Aurora, sunsetdriveinaurora.com Step into the past at one of the handful of drive-in movie theaters left in the state. Open only during the warm months, Sunset Drive-In shows double features every weekend, starting with a more kid-friendly option and followed by something for the older among us. A recent rivalry-themed lineup included Tom and Jerry and then Godzilla vs. Kong.

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various locations, Branson, bigcedar.com/golf Just one of several scenic and challenging golf courses that have sprung up in Branson in recent years, Ozarks National at Big Cedar Lodge offers sprawling views across 18 holes. You’ll see rolling hills, dense woods, a 400-foot bridge and the rippling water of a nearby creek. The appeal is as much in the scenery as the golf.

$10–16; 935 State Highway 165, Branson, bransonalpinemountaincoaster.com This hillside Alpine-style roller coaster uses gravity to propel you along a tree-lined track at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. You control how fast you go, though, using hand brakes inside the car. There’s a small four-track zipline on site as well, in case you need more thrills.

Photos courtesy Silver Dollar City, Branson/Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Wolfe Mountain, by Rhiannon Brown, Brandon Alms, Mark Harrell


July 24 to August 8 MOONLIGHT M A D N E S S AT S I LV E R D O L L A R CIT Y

Photos courtesy Silver Dollar City, Big Cedar Lodge, Branson Mountain Adventure, by Brad Zweerink

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Photos courtesy Silver Dollar City, Branson/Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Wolfe Mountain, by Rhiannon Brown, Brandon Alms, Mark Harrell

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$28 kids, $47 adults; 3505 State Highway 76, Branson; silverdollarcity. com/white-water This annual event keeps White Water open later than the usual park hours, which means you can zip over waterslides, bob around in the wave pool and fall down the KaPau Plummet plunge well into the night. It provides a cooler experience both in terms of temperature and the overall vibe. Plus, you can use less sunscreen.

$69.99, 501 N. Wildwood Dr., Branson, adventureziplinesofbranson.com With close proximity to Highway 76, it’s easy to find a thrill here during a day in Branson. There are seven zipline tracks to soar down and three rope bridges to teeter across while you’re there. While the lines are definitely fun for daring adults, small kids as young as 3 can join the adventure too when they ride tandem with their grown-up.

$29.99 kids, $34.99 adults; 2339 Highway 65, Walnut Shade; wolfemountainbranson.com The Snowflex synthetic snow tubing run looks innocuous enough—until you’re flying down it at a much faster clip than you expect, heart pumping and shrieking with glee. This is seriously fun! And it’s great for both kids and adults. While you’re there, don’t miss Branson Zipline, also located at Wolfe Mountain.




$83; start at Farmers Park, 2144 E. Republic Road, Springfield, 37northexpeditions.com This popular trip takes place a few times a month and includes a twopart adventure. Guests start by embarking on a trail ride on horseback that’s suitable for all skill levels. Then, the group visits Bear Creek Winery to wind down with red and white wine tasting and great eats like freshly made pizza.

$6.95 kids, $10.95 adults; The Track Family Fun Parks, Track 4, 3345 Highway 76, Branson, bransontracks.com Tamp down that niggling fear of heights because you won’t want to miss this view. The historic (it used to reside at Chicago’s Navy Pier) 150-foot-tall Branson Ferris Wheel overlooks the city and its surrounding hills and is lit spectacularly at night with 16,000 choreographed LED lights.

$9–55, Hammons Field, 955 E. Trafficway St., Springfield, springfieldcardinals.com Instead of heading forth on your own adventure, grab a stadium hot dog and watch the Springfield Cardinals take on their own challenge. Watch your favorite minor league team face off at home all summer long. You can find game days and times as well as promotions and specific ticket prices on the team’s website.



The Summer You Deserve Slow mornings. Luxury accommodations. Spending the day on the water. Spending the evening counting the stars. The living is easy at Table Rock Shore Resort. Book the summer and the stay that you deserve.

“Our cabin had an amazing sunset view of the lake and hills. The pools were equally awesome. We are already planning to come back with an even larger group!” –Valerie

TABLE ROCK SHORE R ESORT your share of the shore On Table Rock Lake in Kimberling City Reser ve your cabin: tablerockshore.com | 417.501.0077


Photo courtesy of The Track Family Fun Parks


GUIDE When you think “Summer Vacation” think Branson! It’s the perfect time to check out all of the attractions, shows, adventures and fun Branson has to offer. See everything that’s going on in this guide.






Know before you go: Branson Landing features a scenic boardwalk along the 1.5-mile Taneycomo Lakefront. Must see: At the heart of the Landing is a vibrant Town Square terracing down to the $7.5 million spectacular water attraction that features the first-ever merging of water, fire, lights and music. The entire show is choreographed to light and music for a true one-of-a-kind experience. Must shop: Discover waterfront shopping at over 100 shops, live entertainment and exciting adventures!

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Must eat: Dine at one of 16 restaurants, like Jimmy Buffets Landshark Bar & Grill, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, Mellow Mushroom Pizza and Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar. Kids will love: All of the attractions, including the zipline across the lake, balloon ride and arcade! Grown-ups will love: Lake cruises and a convenient, luxury stay on-site at the Hilton Promenade Hotel. Best selfie spot: In front of the water fountains that shoot off 120-foot geysers with blasting fire cannons!


Come for the thrill. Leave with a heart to help. nationaltigersanctuary.org 518 State Highway BB, Saddlebrook | 417-587-3633



Know before you go: This exciting summer adventure brings more than just tigers before your eyes! Enjoy the thrill of lions, wolves, leopards, arctic foxes, mountain lions, lemurs and more.



Experience the Sanctuary: The National Tiger Sanctuary offers multiple options for exciting tours. The Feeding Tour provides a fun, interactive experience while getting to see the big cats up close! Or choose the Behind the Scenes Tour and see twice as many animals and get to feed them yourself ! Both riding and walking tours are available for your convenience. Snap a pic: Catch one of the animals in action or even grab a selfie with one of the furry friends! The purpose: Visiting the National Tiger Sanctuary is much more than just an exciting experience—every time you visit, you are helping support something much bigger. This amazing non-profit rescue organization is dedicated to education, environmental preservation, exemplary animal care and providing a permanent home for exotic domestic animals.


The history of the hills: They started in 1907 and helped pioneer the amazing history of Branson tourism! Shepherd of the Hills includes the longestrunning show in Branson and the number one aerial adventure park in America, making this a true Branson experience. For the kids: The park’s farm and play area includes a petting zoo, mini golf, treehouse, slides and kids’ ninja course. A ropes course and zipline canopy tours are also offered. Adults will enjoy: Experience the interactive dinner shows and the historic outdoor drama. Or thrill your wild side with the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider, which launches you from 140 feet! New this year: The new Copperhead Mountain Coaster is the longest downhill coaster ride in Branson. This exciting attraction takes you on a thrilling journey through the beautiful Ozark Mountains.


Know before you go: The Track Family Fun Parks features three locations in Branson, where creating

unforgettable moments for families has been the mission since 1981. These three locations feature 12 go-kart tracks, bumper boats/ cars, laser tag, mini golf, arcade games, kids’ rides, Skycoaster & Skyscraper thrill rides and the Branson Ferris Wheel. It’s fun for the whole family! Families will love: Get the best value by purchasing an unlimited park pass, with options for unlimited rides for two hours, one day or all year. Purchase passes online at bransontracks.com to receive this online-only discount. Celebrate together: The Track Family Fun Parks is excited to be celebrating an unforgettable 40 years in business! Follow along on Facebook and Instagram (@bransontracks) to stay updated on specials and events in celebration of this milestone.




Gotta get away: Everyone needs a getaway place! With stunning waterfront views, 88 boat slips and luxury accommodations, Jax Creek at Table Rock Resorts is the perfect escape for families looking for a weekend stay, lake home or investment property. Know before you go: At Jax Creek, you can stay for a night or buy for a lifetime! You’ll be just steps from the water’s edge and minutes from Silver Dollar City.


Know before you go: Book early for your time at Table Rock Shore Resort, because this new, luxury lakeside getaway fills up far in advance! And, yes! You can bring your boat or rent from the nearby marina! Must do: Enjoy everything the Ozarks has to offer, just outside of your cabin door. Take in the incredible views of the lake, cast your rod to catch the big one, or jump in! They have a swim deck, splash pad, launch ramp and covered boat dock for guests. Grown-ups will love: After a day on the lake, lounge or play in their tiered, crystal clear saltwater pools. Relax and enjoy the sounds of the waterfall cascading into the pools. Wind down in one of two heated whirlpools and watch the little ones frolicking in the splash pad. Kids will love: The splash pad and zero entry pool. Stretch out: Enjoy super spacious, luxury accommodations for the entire crew. Table Rock Shore Resort’s cabins are fully stocked with modern, farmhouse charm and incredible scenic views. All of their cabins include plenty of space and fully appointed kitchens, ready to cook up your favorite foods and drinks. Must eat: The s’mores gift basket in every cabin.

New this year: Waterfront lots available for sale! Kids will love: The new zero-entry saltwater pool, free kayak rentals and swimming platforms. Best selfie spot: On the lake! Jax Creek has five boat docks with fishing and swimming platforms to take in the picturesque sunset and snap that priceless shot.

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Must see: The view of Table Rock Lake from the resort.


Best selfie spot: Sunbathing on the swim deck. New this year: New bluff side and poolside cabins, in addition to their lakeside accommodations. This new resort has so much to enjoy, just down the road. It’s time for you to reserve your share of the shore.




Know before you go: There’s complimentary valet parking, which is a huge plus for any Branson destination! Grown-ups will love: Level 2 Steakhouse offers 5 distinctive steak knives to choose from while dining there. Join the Kut Klub and have an engraved steak knife all your own.


Must eat: Clearly, you must try their delicious Wagyu from local Show Me Wagyu Cattle Company. They also pride themselves on having responsibly harvested seafood, heritage Missouri pork, locally grown produce and signature house-made desserts. Must see: Their 1600° Infrared Oven quickly sears the outside of their steaks, producing very tender and juicy steaks. Don’t forget: They also offer amazing chicken, seafood and pasta dishes like Wasabi Sesame Seed Encrusted Ahi Tuna, Seafood Arrabbiata and Southern Fried Airline Chicken Breast. Save your table: For reservations call 417-243-3433 between 4pm and 9pm or visit Level2Steakhouse.com. Join Level 2 Steakhouse in the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel and dine a level above the rest.




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The The Warhammer Sliders are one of the most creative takes on the sweet-plus-salty combination we’ve ever seen. Beef smash patties sandwiched between funnel cake buns and lots of other goodies.


hen was the last time you felt like a real person? For me, it was probably early March 2020, right before the world went wacko. Then, I grabbed drinks with friends without a second thought and let myself be annoyed by live music so loud it made conversation difficult. But, for more than a year now, casual bar-sitting felt like a relic of the past. So, when I walked into The Cellar this spring and saw live musicians doing their thing, it almost felt like magic. The Cellar is a warm, inviting bar and music hall where you’ll want to spend time with the people you care about. Whether it’s at a table near or far from the stage or curled up on the cute, yellow couch by the window, this is a place you’ll want to stay. And now, you can. While I wouldn’t classify The Cellar as a dinner spot, you can definitely curate a smorgasbord large enough to fill you up. That’s what I decided to do on my visit earlier this spring. In total, I ordered just under 50% of the menu. My mom and I agreed that our favorite item was Zea Mays Everta, a black truffle oil-tossed popcorn topped with thin sheets of Parmesan

cheese and portobello jerky. The chips, which were a Jamaican jerk flavor that day, came in close second followed by the puff pastry-enclosed chicken nugget-like creations. We also ordered the Tacony Taconi Taconé, a kind of taco-like creation, and the Tso What? shrimp crackers topped with tso chicken. I finished off my order with the Sage Advice cocktail: a blend of blue agave spirits (think tequila), grapefruit nectar and toasted sage. It was like a margarita wearing a pink dress. Overall, the food was just alright, but I was okay with that because my drink was ah-ma-zing, and so was the welcoming atmosphere. Thursday evening at The Cellar is jazz night. When we arrived at the open, warehouse-like space adjacent to Springfield Brewing Company, a pianist, guitarist and saxophone player were singing a tune toward the entrance. We couldn’t believe three real, live musicians were playing right in front of us. It had been so long! With a drink in hand and a vaccine card in my wallet, I really felt like I was able to relax and enjoy myself in public for the first time in a very long time. And that was reason to celebrate.

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The Cellar hosts live music regularly and has a jazz night on Thursdays.


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From Mundo’s Latin Kitchen, 5493 N. 17th St., Ozark, facebook.com/mundoslatinkitchen


House-made chipotle sauce will set your mouth on fire.


Coconutbreaded chicken or shrimp adds a tropical twist.


Swap a traditional tortilla for this shell made from jicama.




Start the summer off right with refreshing local brews.

Photos by Leah Stiefermann, courtesy Derby Deli, Tie & Timber Beer Company

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BY MEGAN DOLLAR Lost Signal Brewing lostsignalbrewing.com Beach Party IPA: A pineapple coconut IPA Under the Tower Sour #12: A key lime pie sour available through summer

We’re here to help you celebrate summer: the season of the sandwich.


here’s something about sandwiches that just say summer to me. Is it their portability? The fact that they’re the best picnic main course? I’m not sure, but I do know I crave sandwiches more than ever in the summertime, and that’s why I scoped out a few of the best summer sammies for you to eat this season. I suggest you start at J. Parrino’s Queen City Deli (1647 E. Sunshine St., Springfield) with the South Side Sicilian Po-Boy. The only kind of meat I want to eat on an intensely sunny, 90-degree day is that of the (Italian) processed variety. That’s why this Genoa salami, capicola and pepperoni stack is my go-to on the most blazing of days. Of course, there’s always turkey to fall back on

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if you prefer a milder meat. The Turkeynation from The Sub Shop (456 McDaniel St. and 1721 E. Seminole St., Springfield) is a classic turkey sandwich—turkey, cheese, lettuce—made special with sub sauce and mild peppers. On the cooler days, when you can stomach something a little more, head to Derby Deli (2023 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield) to get a bite of their iconic and delicious Tarragon Chicken Salad sandwich. Stacked onto toasted wheatberry with bacon, lettuce and tomato, it’s a show-stopper for sure.—Megan Dollar

4 by 4 Brewing Company 4by4brewingcompany.com Simple Batch Seltzers: TK Summer Crush: A Session IPA. Tie & Timber Beer Company tieandtimberbeerco.com Aloha, Buddy!: A coconut Hefeweizen.  Boo Boo’s Pik-a-nik: A blueberry-flavored sour. Midnight Lovemaker: A pina colada milkshake IPA.





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GET FUDGY WITH IT Take a bite into the richest, creamiest fudge in town. BY MEGAN DOLLAR


’m not a pie person—sorry! But that’s what I like about Prairie Pie (307 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield) so much. It’s a pie shop for pie lovers and haters alike. I should clarify: I like savory pies, I don’t like sweet pies. I can’t explain why. So when I first attended a Prairie Pie pot pie pop up I was beyond excited. Now, I can enjoy the pie shop aesthetic and its food as much as I want. When I first visited Prairie Pie’s storefront, I took a beef and mushroom pot pie, a chocolate chip cookie and a nori cookie to-go. I’m a huge fan of the veggie pot pie they make (filled with bechamel, yes please) but wanted to give something new a try. I scraped every last piece of flaky crust and creamy mashed potatoes out of that to-go box like my life depended on it. I’m not the biggest nori fan, but those inky black cookies were too



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visually compelling not to try and, even for a non-nori fan, they were pretty stinkin’ good— sweet, savory and something different for your taste buds. But my favorite thing about Prairie Pie’s new storefront is the store itself. Ever so thoughtfully decorated by Pickwick House, it’s the kind of shop you just want to stay in. It’s warm and cozy and will make you feel right at home.—Megan Dollar

SILVER DOLLAR CITY silverdollarcity.com What to get: Classic chocolate fudge at Brown’s Candy Factory OZARKLAND ozarklandgeneralstore.com What to get: Chocolate fudge loaded with M&M candies

Photos by Leah Stiefermann, courtesy Prairie Pie, Shutterstock

he Francophile in me falls hard for any wine-based drink. I also happen to have a strong attraction to Lillet in part because it is French, but also because I just love the label design. It matters! So, anyway, I was excited to see that RISE (105 Park Central Square, Springfield) had decided to bring Lillet to Springfield by introducing it on their new cocktail menu. The Lillet Spritz blends Lillet blanc, a wine-based aperitif, with vermouth, sparkling water and fresh orange, pear and strawberry slices. It’s almost like a sweet Pimm’s Cup and bitter Aperol Spritz blended together to create a wonderfully balanced, fruity, summery, French treat. J’adore.—Megan Dollar






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The 417 Magazine Dining Guide is a select list of restaurants in southwest Missouri. Implicitly, the magazine’s editors recommend all these restaurants. The Dining Guide is not related to advertising, and 417 Magazine doesn’t accept freebies in exchange for reviews or listings. Listings are updated often; they appear based on space availability. Restaurants that are written about in Dining Guide items such as restaurant reviews, restaurant update stories and “7 Good Things” are chosen by editors as a service to readers.

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AVANZARE ITALIAN DINING 1908 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-567-3463, avanzareitaliandining. com. Northern Italian. Pasta is always a hit at Avanzare, a longtime Springfield favorite. Veal dishes are top-notch at this Italian eatery, but you’ll have to pick the right night, as they’re only served once or twice a week. Customers love the Bistecca Rosemarino steak and the pasta with seafood in a spicy tomato-based sauce. Indulge in the luscious chocolate torte for dessert. Open Mon.–Fri., 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; Mon.–Thu., 5–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 5–11 p.m.; Sun., 5–9 p.m. $$$    • • ☎ • WIFI K

BRUNO’S IL RISTORANTE 416 South Ave., Springfield, 417-866-0007, brunos-restaurant.net. Sicilian. Everything we’ve tasted from Bruno’s has been well-done and supremely craveable. All of the pizzas here are baked in a brick oven for a stellar crust, and the toppings are top notch. The lobster, shrimp and scallop ravioli is to die for. They fly in fresh fish every week, so don’t hesitate to order the catch of the day. Get it with the arufula saladThere’s a wine bar upstairs. Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m. $$   • • • K  ☎ WIFI

CHAR STEAKHOUSE & OYSTER BAR 1620 E. Republic Road, Springfield, 417823-8383. Steak and seafood. The former Touch Restaurant & Oyster Bar retains some standby dishes like bacon-wrapped dates and chicken Bijan in its new iteration as Char Steakhouse & Oyster Bar (owned by the same people), but offerings of Waygu steaks, lamb shank and fish dishes up the ante. Indulgent lobster potato puree and crispy flash-fried Brussels sprouts round out the side dishes, and raw oysters, ceviche and bone marrow pique the appetite as starters. Be sure to sample Char’s cocktails, or something off the extensive wine list. The upscale atmosphere is perfect for a romantic night out. Open Mon.–Thu., 4–11 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 4 p.m.–midnight; Sun., 4–9 p.m. $$$  WIFI


CHATEAU GRILLE 415 N. State Highway 265, Branson, 417-243-1777, chateauonthelake.com. Contemporary American. Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa & Convention Center, Chateau Grille offers gorgeous views of Table Rock Lake. And you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu here. The restaurant focuses on upscale, seasonal cuisine, flying in fresh seafood and sourcing local ingredients for the award-winning menu. Open daily during the regular season; weekends only during the off-season. $$$    •  • • ☎ • WIFI K

CRABBY’S SEAFOOD BAR AN GRILL 815 W. Seventh St., Joplin, 417-2063474, crabbysjoplin.com. Contemporary American. This Joplin hot-spot serves some fantastic seafood, and we’ve enjoyed everything we’ve tried there. The Chilean sea bass is a specialty. Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m. $$–$$$    • • ☎ • WIFI K

THE FINLEY 206 E. Elm St., Ozark, 417-582-1912, facebook.com/thefinleyozark. Contemporary American. The Finley is housed inside a renovated church just off the Ozark square, the flavors here are a religious experience. Known for its steak and seafood offerings, The Finley also has a speakeasy bar in its basement. The brunch is super-delish too, especially if you can take it out on the patio. Lunch Weds.–Fri. 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.; Dinner Weds.–Sat. 5–9 p.m.; Brunch Sat.–Sun. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $$$   WIFI • • •  K ☎

FLAME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR 314 W. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-8624444, flamesteakhouse.com. American steakhouse. The restaurant specializes in dry-aged steaks that are truly delicious. Don’t miss the lobster macaroni and cheese (we’re serious; you have to try this stuff). The desserts are always divine, and we can’t get enough of the appetizer menu. Head to Red Room downstairs for killer happy hour food and drink specials (don’t miss the burgers!). Open for dinner Mon.–Thu., 5–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat., 5–11 p.m. Red Room open 4 p.m. to bar hours. $$$  WIFI • • • K  ☎

GILARDI’S 820 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-8626400, gilardisonwalnut.com. Northern Italian. Owner James Martin focuses on handmade pasta and fresh ingredients at this charming little Italian restaurant. Don’t miss the amazing meatballs in red wine rosemary cream sauce served over goat cheese polenta. Open Mon.–Sat., 5–10 p.m. $$$  WIFI • • •  ☎ •

HARUNO JAPANESE SUSHI BAR 3044 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield, 417887-0077, harunosushi.com. Japanese. The Oh My God roll and the Sex and the City roll are trademarks here. If simple nigiri is your style, you’ll love the tuna sampler. Be sure to venture off the sushi menu and try some of the delectable entrees as well. Don’t miss the bibimbapor the fresh mango-jalapeño ahi tuna entree. If you love a spicy bite, make sure you try the seafood soup. Pair it with a little bit of nigiri or one of the spot’s tasty maki rolls. Mon.–Fri., 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–midnight; Sat., 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–midnight; Sun., 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. $$–$$$   • • •  K ☎ V



8011 E. State Highway AD, Rogersville. Contemporary American. 417-830-3656. Dining at Harvest Restaurant is an experience like none other in 417-land. The owners, Craig and Tamara Von Foerster, have created a restaurant focused on hyper-seasonal, local cuisine. Although the menu is constantly in flux, Craig is known for his mushroom risotto and scallop trio. If either of these dishes is on the menu when you visit Harvest, order them immediately. You know you’re in for a good meal. Open Thu.–Sat., 5:30– 9:30 p.m.; Open Sunday for brunch, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. $$$  • • •  ☎ •

2931 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-8894951, metropolitan-grill.com. Eclectic fine dining. Known for its delectable flash-fried spinach, this restaurant specializes in steaks and seafood. The salads are always fresh and delicious. And we love that the menu is always changing, giving us something new and delicious to be excited about—served in a familiar space. The cocktails are delicious, the wine menu is wonderful and the service is always top-notch. Open Mon.–Thu., 3–10 p.m.; Fri., 3–11 p.m.; Sat., 4–11 p.m. $$$  •  • • ☎ • WIFI K


3631 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-886-3700, nicolasspringfield.com. Italian. This restaurant serves a delicious sea bass. Try the lumache: fresh snails sauteed in garlic butter and baked with Parmesan cheese. Gluten-free pasta and pizza are available. The chicken parmigiano is a highlight definitely worth ordering. The Nicola’s pizza here is also super tasty, and the dessert menu is impressive. Enjoy the spacious outdoor patio when the weather permits, or belly up to the bar for happy hour with friends. Open Mon.–Sat., 4:30 p.m.–close. $$–$$$  WIFI • • •  ☎ •

1935 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-886-5466, jimmssteakhouseandpub.com. American steakhouse. We love the tasty steaks here. The stuffed Peppadew peppers are a must-try appetizer; trust us, you need to taste those things! And if you love a good salad bar, Jimm’s has one. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the off-menu smothered rib-eye for a little decadence. Desserts are always a treat here as well. Open Sunday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Mon.– Thu., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. $$–$$$    • • ☎ • WIFI K




306 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-832-0077, kaiafterdark.com. Contemporary Japanese and Korean. This lounge-like restaurant in downtown Springfield has fantastic sushi. It has the same owners as Haruno, which is famous for their incredible rolls—so you know it’ll be delicious! Don’t miss the black cod or sea bass entrees with delicious wasabi risotto. There are some great cocktail and appetizer options here as well. Also be sure to stop in for happy hour. Lunch Mon.–Fri., 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; Dinner Mon.–Thu., 5 p.m.–midnight; Fri.–Sat., 5 p.m.–1:30 a.m. $$–$$$   

4117 S. National Ave., Springfield, 417-889-9596, eatoceanzen.com. Asian fusion. Try Chilean sea bass or the macadamia nut chicken. We particularly love ordering the Hawaii Five-O sushi roll; with seared rare tuna and a pineapple salsa, it’s a tasty combination of savory, sweet, spicy and refreshing. Don’t miss the delicious top-notch steaks that are on the menu here, too. Open Sun.– Thu., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; bar closes at 11 p.m.; happy hour 3–6 p.m. and last two hours of operation. $$–$$$   •  • • ☎ • WIFI K •


LA GALETTE BERRICHONNE 143 E. Main St., Fordland, 417-738-2112, rolandparny.com. Find fine French food in Fordland at La Galette Berrichonne, known for multi-course dinners events. Be sure to check for upcoming meals and make a reservation before you go. The food is stellar! And so are the pastries. Stop by the adjoining (and quaint) bakery and cafe. The desserts alone are worth the trip, including the cream puffs. For lunch we recommend the beef Burgundy. Reservations recommended for dinner. Open Fri.–Sat., 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; Sat., open for dinner. $–$$    • • ☎


THE ORDER at the Hotel Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-832-1515, theordersgf.com. New American. Step inside the Vandivort Hotel and turn left for a downtown-Springfield dining experience not to be missed. The atmosphere is trendy but relaxed while the food is an elevated take on locally inspired dishes. Try the Springfield-style cashew chicken bites, the Hurts Donut bread pudding or any of the elevated, excellent entrees. Open for dinner Mon.–Sat. 5–10 p.m., Sun. 5–9 p.m.; bar open daily 5 p.m.–close. $$–$$$   V • • ☎ K • WIFI


The Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel, 200 E. Main St., Branson, 417-243-3443, level2steakhouse.com. Steakhouse. This Branson restaurant specializes in steaks, but its gooey butter cake is gaining a following. Try the Kansas City strip steak and the egg noodles with cheese. Also, don’t miss the fresh Hawaiian ahi tuna served on a Himalayan salt block: delightful! Don’t sleep on the prime rib dip sandwich, either. . Open daily, 6:30 a.m.–2 p.m., 5–10 p.m. $$$    WIFI • •

at Top of the Rock, 150 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale, 1-800-225-6343, topoftherock.com. American. Take in beautiful views from the dining room here, and enjoy fine dining that includes steaks and roasted chicken. The fried chicken is stellar. Downstairs is the End of the Trail wine cellar with a wine tasting bar and whiskey room. Reservations recommended. Collared shirts recommended after 5 p.m. Open Tue.–Sat., 5–9:30 p.m. Wine cellar and Buffalo Bar open later. Brunch served Sun., 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. $$$   •






PROGRESS 2144 E. Republic Road, B101, 417-799-9388, springfieldprogress.com. New American. Roasted cauliflower, seafood, dry-aged steaks and lots of beautifull prepared and veggie-forward dishes lead the way at Progress where they encourage you to come as you are. Don’t miss out on a tasty brunch every weekend, too. The menu changes with the seasons, and it always includes a new carrot dish that creates flavors you never knew you could experience with that humble orange vegetable. Progress also has a lovely patio if outdoor dining is your thing. Lunch Tues.–Fri. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. (to-go only), dinner Tues.–Sat. 5–10 p.m., brunch Sat.–Sun. 9 a.m.–2 p.m.$–$$   WIFI


RETRO METRO 2150 W. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-720-1708. Metropolitan Grill owner Pat Duran has a treat for long-time fans: a throw-back concept that brings back decades of old Metropolitan Grill favorites. The aptly named Retro Metro serves some of Metropolitan’s greatest hits, including flash-fried spinach, Coco Pasta and Metro Steak. For those who choose to dine-in, the space is decked out in old Metropolitan Grill decor designed to make you feel like you’re stepping back in time. The throw-back dishes are available via drive-thru, too. Open Tues.–Sat. 3–10 p.m. $$$  WIFI • • •


ANDY B’S ENTERTAINMENT CENTER 1127 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-8831234; 405 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson, 417213-8631; bowlandybs.com. American fare. The restaurant at Andy B’s offers lane-side service and a menu full of burgers, pizzas, pasta and more. Bonus: There’s a full-service bar, too. If you’re planning a big event, you can even rent out the whole place and get in-house catering. Yum! Springfield open Sun.–Thu., 10 a.m.–midnight; Fri.–Sat., 10–1:30 a.m. Branson open Mon.–Thu., noon–8 p.m.; Fri., noon–10 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. $    • • • K

AVIARY BY LAVENDER FALLS 400 E. Walnut St., Suite 100, Springfield, 417866-6378; 2144 E. Republic Road, Suite E120, Springfield, 417-881-9736; aviarycafe.com. Crepes and bistro fare. This spot offers much more than just crepes—which you can find there in both savory and sweet varieties. There are also beautiful salads, delicious non-crepe entrees that have a little bit of French flair. Be sure to try dishes infused with Lavender Falls flavors, like the lavender honey and goat cheese served with crisp crostini. Both locations open Mon.–Sat., 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.–8 p.m. $–$$    • • • ☎ • K •

BAIR’S SPORTS GRILL 3821 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-368-5919; 631 S. Kimbrough Ave., Springfield, 417-866-2700; 1644 Highway 60 East, Republic, 417-732-5077; 701 N. McCroskey St., Suite 1, Nixa, 417-725-3777; bairsburgers.com. American. There are 22 appetizers and 50 burgers on the menu at Bair’s, plus 100


plenty of sandwiches and salads. We love the burger that is topped with ranch dressing and fried pickles. So indulgent and delicious! Hours vary by location. $   • • • K •

ommend the Purple Haze shake with blackberry moonshine in it. Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–midnight; Sun., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $ •••



313-B S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield; 417-522-9009; bestofluckbeerhall.com. American. This downtown beer hall combines backyard charm with killer food and more beers than you can count. If suds aren’t your thing, try a seasonal cocktail or one of the draft alcoholic punches. The extensive food menu includes flavor spins on cookout favorites, like juicy cheddarwurst brats, salty shoestring fries with dipping sauces, and kimchi-spiked fried chicken sandwiches. The beer hall also has a faux turf lawn available for rent for games of bocce, bags and more. Open Tue.–Thu., 11 a.m.–midnight; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–1:30 a.m.; Brunch Sat.–Sun., 11 a.m.–3 p.m. $$    • • • •

1521 E. Broadway St., Joplin, 417-553-0665. Gastropub. Damien Tiregol of Crabby’s Seafood Bar & Grill now has another Joplin eatery. Blackstone Gastropub features hand-crafted cocktails and 16 beers on tap alongside some great-looking eats like the crispy fried chicken, grilled salmon on a bed of gnocchi. Open Weds.– Sat. 11 a.m.– 10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Mon. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. $ $   • • •

BIG WHISKEY’S Several 417-land locations, bigwhiskeys.com. American. Springfield’s go-to for buffalo chicken dip, burgers and the staple pub foods has locations spreading throughout the Midwest. Fans rave about the spin dip too—a cheesy concoction with spinach and a little bit of heat. Don’t miss the ever-popular burgers, including the pretzel burger with horseradish aioli, bacon and cheddar. Hours vary by location. Ask about brunch service. $$    • • •

BISTRO 58 15038 Business Highway 13, Branson West, 417773-1985, vcellars.com. Bistro fare. This restaurant is off the beaten path and offers a stellar selection of wine, a tasty lunch menu and a seasonal monthly dinner menu. Yummy sandwiches fill the lunch menu, like the super-tasty Steph sandwich. It features ciabatta roll that is topped with roasted chicken, Gorgonzola cheese, fig jam and bacon for a wonderful salty-and-sweet flavor profile. Also be sure to check out the Friday night dinners. Open Tue.–Sat., 11 a.m–2 p.m.; Fri., 5–8 p.m. $   • WIFI • •

BLACK OAK GRILL 601 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson, 417-2390063, blackoakgrill.com. American. Visit this tasty, casual spot while you’re spending the day shopping and strolling around at Branson Landing. On the menu here are classically pleasing flavors, like the bacon cheeseburger (topped with a fried egg and served on a brioche bun) and meatloaf. We also love the seared ahi tuna salad. Open Sun.– Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m. $$ •••K•

BLACK SHEEP BURGERS & SHAKES 209 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-319-5905; 2160 W. Chesterfield Blvd., Springfield, 417-3680227. Burgers. This swanky but comfortable burger joint is located in downtown Springfield, with an outpost in Chesterfield Village. Chow down on the Good Yogi; two grass-fed patties are topped with white cheddar, lettuce, onion, pickle and baaad sauce—house-made Thousand Island dressing. Vegetarian? Black Sheep has you covered with its Hippy Jen. For the adults, we rec-

CAFE CUSCO 234 E. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-868-8088, cafecusco.com. Peruvian. This menu is packed with fun and unexpected dishes that are inspired by the cuisine of Peru and the Andes Mountains. A few standouts: the black bean quinoa burger with avocado spread, the Lomo Saltado, and a host of delicious-looking entrees. Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. $$   • • •  • WIFI

CHERRY PICKER PACKAGE + FARE 601 S. Pickwick Ave., Springfield, 417-986-5800. Cafe fare. What do you get when you combine a coffee shop, bar, cafe and liquor store? Cherry Picker Package + Fare. A small selection of sandwiches, soups and salads is served daily. We’re excited to try the To Brie or Not to Brie—an Artisan Oven baguette topped with salted butter spread, thinly sliced ham, apricot preserves and a slice of brie. After your meal, order an adult beverage at the bar or pick up a bottle of wine to enjoy at home. Open Mon.–Thu., 7 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 7 a.m.–midnight. $    • • • •

CIVIL KITCHEN & TAP 107 and 222 Park Central Square, Springfield, 417-501-8456, civilkitchenandtap.com. Bar fare. With 28 beers on tap and chicken and waffles on the menu, it is easy to see the appeal of this rustic-but-comfortable restaurant and bar. Specializing in upscale comfort food, Civil Kitchen and Tap draws inspo from Southern and Midwestern staples. Open Tue.–Sat., 11 a.m.–1:30 a.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.–midnight $    • • •  ☎ •

CLUB 609 609 S. Main St., Joplin, 417-623-6090. Casual fine dining. The menu is large at this Joplin mainstay, and it offers everything from sandwiches to delicious steaks. There is a wide variety of entree salads, and soups are made fresh every day. They also have a killer happy hour. The kitchen is open Sun.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; bar is open till close. $$   • • K ☎

THE COLLECTIVE 1528 N. Main St., Nixa, 417-494-4078, thecollective417.com. American. Aside from a big menu and plans for live music, The Collective also features themed decor in each room. For example, the outdoor bar is called The Silo and features a silo brought down from northwest Missouri and seating made from water troughs. The menu features

The Fresh Squeezed Aperol cocktail from Progress is available on the brunch menu.

These seven dishes or drinks have passed our taste buds this month and made us rave. They are ranked by level of yumminess.

The curried cauliflower soup from MaMa Jean’s Natural Market (3530 E. Sunshine St., Springfield) has lots of big chunky veggies, and the broth is both comforting and flavorful. It’s packed with spice without being spicy and is so satisfying.







The Fresh Squeezed Aperol from Progress (2144 E. Republic Rd., Springfield) pairs the neon-orange liqueur with actual fresh-squeezed orange juice. It’s the perfect summer brunch cocktail. The shrimp tacos from Brothers Tacos food truck (facebook.com/BrothersTacosSGF) are some to be remembered. Loaded with grilled shrimp and all the necessary toppings, they’re a must-try.

Photo by Leah Stiefermann


You just can’t go wrong with the sausage and leek quiche from European Café (207 Park Central E., Springfield). It’s perfect for lunch or breakfast on the go.

Why is the French onion dip from Farmer’s Gastropub (234 E. Commercial St., Springfield) so good? What do they put in it? Is it the dip itself or the combination of the dip and the pub chips? It’s deliciously unclear. The Brussels Sprouts Crispers from Aviary by Lavender Falls (2144 E. Republic Rd., Springfield) are the perfect post-farmers market treat. Tossed in olive oil, garlic and lemon and topped with pickled onions, these veggies are perfectly satisfying. The Savory Rice Pudding from RISE (105 Park Central Square) is one that we just can’t seem to get enough of. It’s a warm, comforting delight.

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DINING GUIDE hearty, rib-sticking options like loaded French fries, fried chicken sandwiches, Philly cheesesteaks, pulled pork and a whole fried catfish to name a just a few. Open Weds.–Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.. $ $   • • •

DERBY DELI 2023 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-8834066. Cafe fare. Located inside Brown Derby International Wine Center, this eatery features sandwiches, salads, a variety of cheese plates and salami plates, a hummus board and more. We love the Martin’s salad, topped with oven-roasted chicken, or the Local Goat salad topped with a scoop of chicken salad. Don’t miss the Parisian sandwich with rosemary ham, President’s butter and gruyere on a baguette. We love it all, and even the iced tea is somehow extra-refreshing here. Open Tue.–Fri., 11 a.m.–3 p.m. for lunch, Tue.–Fri., 11 a.m.–7 p.m. for small plates; Sat., 11 a.m.–7 p.m. $   • • •

DEVIL’S POOL RESTAURANT at Big Cedar, 612 Devil’s Pool Road, Ridgedale, 417335-2777, bigcedar.com. American. Here you can enjoy a tasty meal while watching a gorgeous view of Table Rock Lake. The smoked trout is fantastic, and so are the smoked chicken wings. Customers love the buttermilk fried chicken livers and barbecue nachoes. Brunch on Sundays. Open daily for breakfast, 7–11 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; dinner, 5–9:30 p.m. $$–$$$    WIFI • • • K  ☎ (high season) •

DOBYNS DINING ROOM 1 Opportunity Ave., Point Lookout, 417-690-2146, keetercenter.edu. American. he smoked tomato soup is knock-your-socks-off delicious. College of the Ozarks students grow produce and raise meat to use in the restaurant, so the menu has a very farm-to-table quality. Try the hickory smoked prime rib Thursday through Saturday. Don’t miss the chocolate cobbler for dessert. The Keeter Center also has a creamery that offers up some delightful homemade ice creams and sorbets. Brunch on Sundays. Open Mon.–Sat., 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $$    WIFI • • K ☎•

DOGWOOD CANYON RESTAURANT 2038 W. State Highway 86, Lampe, 800-2256343, dogwoodcanyon.org. American. Located on the grounds of the sprawling, spectacular Dogwood Canyon nature preserve, the Canyon Grill Restaurant oozes rustic elegance and boasts a menu inspired by its earthy surroundings. Try the BLT made with delicate seared trout cakes and plenty of thick-cut bacon. We also loved the margarita made with tequila infused with spicy peppers. Open daily, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $–$$   • •••

DOWNING STREET POUR HOUSE 24 Downing St, Hollister, 417-320-6106; 1724 Battlefield, Springfield, 417-427-7171; dspourhouse.com. Serving elevated bar food and creative, hearty entrees, Downing Street Pour House is the brainchild of the award-winning barbecue slingers who own Gettin’ Basted. Don’t miss the burgers. Open in Hollister Mon.–Thu. 11 a.m.–9 102


p.m., Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Open in Springfield Sun.–Thu. 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. $– $ $   • • • WIFI K

EBBETS FIELD 1027 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-865-5050. The pizzas, burgers and wings are tops here, especially the Duke burger. We love the pizza that comes topped with hot sauce. The hand-cut French fries here are always delicious. Kitchen open daily 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Pub open daily 11 a.m.–1 a.m. $  


FARMERS GASTROPUB 2620 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-864-6994, farmersgastropub.com. Contemporary British and American. The menu here features locally sourced ingredients wherever possible and changes regularly. The entrees are well priced and satisfying, like the Scotch eggs and the chicken chop salad (arugula, kale, cabbage, blue cheese, boiled egg, pumpkin seeds, buttermilk dressing). There’s also a great selection of beer, and the burgers and fish and chips are always delicious. On a nice day, sit outside on the patio. Brunch Saturdays and Sundays. Open Mon.–Thu., 7 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri., 7 a.m.–10 p.m.; Breakfast served Mon.–Fri., 7–11 a.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $$    •  • • ☎ • WIFI K

FIRE & ICE 2546 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-866-5253, oasisfireandice.com. Global cuisine. This spot (located inside Ramada Oasis Hotel & Convention Center) specializes in dry-aged steaks and certified Angus beef and has a delicious menu that changes with the seasons. Sit at the bar for a unique experience: You can watch cooks in the open kitchen while resting your drink on the ice bar. Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $$   •  • • ☎ • WIFI K

desserts and daily specials. Don’t miss the bacon ranch burger, a tall and luscious burger topped with a fat fried onion ring. Open Mon., 6:30 a.m.–2 p.m.; Tue.–Fri., 6:30 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. $   

HOT CLUCKERS 1450 E. Sunshine St., Springfield; 417-882-5825, facebook.com/hotcluckers. Southern. For kickin chicken that’ll make your nose run and your brow sweat, head to Hot Cluckers. Serving Nashvillestyle hot chicken, this counter-service joint brings flavors of Tennessee to Springfield. Cheeky spice levels allow you to customize your mouth-burning experience—we’re partial to Hot Motherclucker. Open daily 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $–$$   • • • K •

HOULIHAN’S 2431 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-8627777; 2110 E. Republic Road, Springfield, 417883-3434; houlihans.com. American. The fish tacos and burgers are fantastic, and we love the enormous nachos appetizer along with the vast salad selection. Grab some friends and share a few of the small plates. When the weather is nice, be sure to grab a table on the patio, where you can gather around a fire pit while you enjoy your meal. Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–midnight; Sun., 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. $–$$   •  • • • WIFI K

HY-VEE MARKET GRILLE 1720 Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-881-8224, marketgrille.hy-vee.com. American. Don’t sleep on this restaurant serving American fare adjacent to the grocery store of the same name. They run constant specials, from half-price sushi and wine on Wednesdays to $2 off bar drinks and $5 appetizers on Mondays. For the kiddos, meals are free every week on Tuesday, too. Open daily, 6 a.m.–9 p.m., bar opens at 10:30 a.m. $–$$ B    • • • WIFI K •



105 Sherman Way, Nixa, eatfns.com. American. Hot dog lovers, rejoice! This gourmet hot dog joint has a lively atmosphere and delicious allbeef or chicken dogs and brats. Devour The Big Grubowski, a concoction made of an all-beef hot dog smothered in chili, cheddar cheese, onions and jalapeños. Order a side of fried taters or onion rings. Open daily, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $   • V•

4224 S. Main St., Joplin, 417-623-2228. American. The creative menu here features incredible gourmet burgers, hand-cut fries and more. The Eagle Burger is a customer favorite. It features an all-Angus patty topped with cheddar and Swiss cheese, two fried quail eggs, all the fixings and Eagle Sauce. Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $   • • • •


2708 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-883-3403, nearlyfamous.net. Deli and Italian. Regulars love the weekly specials: egg salad on Fridays, pear sandwiches on Thursdays and more. The tomato soup is fantastic, and it goes well with just about any sandwich at this friendly spot. It’s hopping at lunchtime. They’re a good stop for a weekend brunch as well. Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $$


520 S. Main St., Joplin, 417-625-1333, hacketthotwings.com. American. Sometimes the only thing that will satisfy your cravings is a big plate of some seriously good chicken wings. The wings at Hackett Hot Wings are fantastic and we’ve heard rave reviews from readers and staffers alike. There are 13 hot wing flavors, but we’re partial to the delicious hot and honey sauce and the tasty house dry rub. Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sun., 11 a.m.–10 p.m. $   • K •

HICKORY GROVE CAFE 206 Main St., Crane, 417-723-0213. Homestyle American. This little spot located in Crane specializes in homestyle cooking, fresh homemade



RED ONION CAFÉ 204 E. Fourth St., Joplin, 417-623-1004, redonioncafe.com. American/Italian. The Tuxedo Chicken is a customer favorite. Diners also love the bacon-wrapped shrimp, the blackened tuna sandwich or Dave’s fried chicken salad. Try the BLT&A.

(The A stands for avocado... yum!) Live entertainment every third Thursday. Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $$   WIFI • • • K

ROSIE JO’S CAFE 1711 S. 15th St., Ozark, 417-581-6047. American. This place is a very popular hangout at breakfast time with great daily specials, and it also has great homemade pies, including surprising ones like gooseberry. The fried chicken is delicious at this eatery, and so are the fried dill pickles and the onion rings. Basically, if it’s fried at Rosie Jo’s, you know it’s going to be delicious. Open Mon.– Sat., 7 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun., 7 a.m.–2:30 p.m. $   ••K

SPLIT SOCIAL KITCHEN 3027 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-755-7155, splitspringfield.com. American. Come for creative and beautifully prepared shareables, like burrata with truffle pesto, that are served a teeny restaurant space that packs a lot of good vibes. We love the amazing macaroni and cheese (get fried chicken with it as your optional protein). And the Chiliville hot chicken sandwich is seriously spicy. Come on the weekend to try the tasty brunch menu. Open Tues.–Fri. 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $$    • •

ST. MICHAEL’S SPORTS BAR & GRILLE 301 South Ave., Springfield, 417-865-2315. American. The burgers are top-notch, and the huge salads topped with deliciously seasoned grilled chicken breast are a favorite (try the one with spicy Cajun chicken—yum!). Come hungry enough to order dessert because the cakes are stellar. Our favorite is the dreamy banana cake, but the lemon-blueberry is quite good too. Open Mon.–Wed., 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–11 p.m. $–$$   • • • K ☎

THAT LEBANESE PLACE 338 E. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-536-6677. Lebanese. The kibbeh is fantastic if you like herbaceous eats, and any of the delicious and meaty kebabs is a great choice. There are plenty of options for diners with vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free diets. For a super-delicious dessert, don’t miss the baklava made with Lebanese rose water. Open Tue.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $–$$   • • •

UNDERCLIFF GRILL & BAR 6375 Old Highway 71, Tipton Ford, 417-6292869, theundercliffgrill.com. American. This restaurant is built into a cave. Come for hearty sandwiches and entrees, like the Miner’s Burger or the Boomtown Fried Chicken. Open Wed.–Fri. 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $    • • •

VAN GOGH’S EETERIE 334 E. Commercial St., 417-344-0085, vangoghseeterie.com. Indo-Dutch.Dutch pancakes, chicken witlof and other Indo-Dutch and Dutch-inspired cuisine populate the menu at this Commercial Street hotspot from Joe Gidman of Cafe Cusco. We love the pancakes! Open Tue.–Thu., 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.–2 p.m. $$ •••☎






305 E. Chestnut St., Suite C, Strafford, 417-7360004, eatwildseed.com. American and Indian. Meatloaf and a variety of curry options are the big ticket items at this Strafford restaurant. We really do love the variety that on the menu, and the pizzas are so tasty! Our favorite appetizer is the Wildseed Wontons. They are filled with a creamy and spicy mixture of jalapenos, green onions, pork sausage and sour cream. Be sure to pop in for some great morning deals; breakfast plates go for just $5 each! Open Tue.–Sat., 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.–3 p.m. $–$$   WIFI V

3242 S. Stewart Ave., Springfield; 2845 W. Highway 76, Branson; 606 W. Mount Vernon St., Nixa; gettinbasted.com. Come here for award-winning barbecue in all your favorite varieties: brisket, ribs, pulled pork and more. The seven wagyu burgers on the menu are fully loaded, and the apps game is strong with homemade pimento cheese, barbecue nachos and more. Open Sun.–Thurs. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.– 10 p.m.. $–$$   • • K

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BLACK MARKET SMOKEHOUSE 603 S. Kimbrough Ave., Springfield, 417-831-5300, facebook.com/BlackMarketSmoke. They smoke just about anything you can think of at Black Market, from more traditional offerings to rabbit and beef cheek. The Cuban is a favorite. Open Tue.–Sat., 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Thu.–Sat., midnight–3 a.m. $–$$  


BUCKINGHAM’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ 2002 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-886-9979, buckinghambbq.com. Diners love the ribs and the burnt ends at this classic barbecue eatery. We can’t get enough of the killer smoked salmon topped with horseradish sauce. And don’t miss the jalapeño bottle caps. If you’re extra hungry, get the baked potato that’s covered with just about everything.Open daily, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $   • • • WIFI K •

CITY BUTCHER & BARBECUE 3650 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-7201113, citybutchersgf.com. Come early because this Texas-style barbecue spot, where the meat is smoked in small batches for optimal freshness, is known to sell out. Killer brisket, pulled pork and other favorites are sold first-come, first-served with a few simple but delicious side dish options. Open daily 11 a.m. until sold out. $–$$   • •••

CROSSTOWN BBQ 1331 E. Division St., Springfield, 417-862-4646. Try the ribs or the brisket. The Big Pappa Dinner is a signature dish, and it features tons of meat including ribs, brisket and hot links. Another customer favorite (even though it’s not barbecue) is the always-tasty and oh-so-crispy fried catfishOpen Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $–$$   • ☎ • K •

DANNA’S BBQ AND BURGER SHOP 963 Missouri 165, Branson, 417-337-5527; 15 Hope Way, Branson West, 417-272-1945; 7930 E. Highway 76, Kirbyville, 417-334-9541; dannasbbq. com. If you want to share a meal with a friend, the Smoked Pit Plate comes with plenty of food for two people and features tender pulled beef, half a chicken, pulled pork, sausage and ribs. Hours vary by season and location. $   • • K •



HARD KNOX BBQ 2931 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-7204811, hardknoxbbq.com. Crispy pork belly, fiery jalapeño sausage, burnt ends and addicting potato salad are some of the menu highlights at Hard Knox BBQ. The eatery was opened by Pat Duran, owner of Metropolitan Grill, and he turned his champion barbecue team into a brickand-mortar restaurant. As an added bonus, if you love your meal, you can buy jars of their signature sauces and dry rubs at the restaurant for a flavor-packed meal at home. Open Tue.–Sat., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. $–$$   • • • •

HEADY BAR-B-QUE CO. 573 E. Elm St., Republic, 417-732-4227, headybbq. com. This spot specializes in Kansas City–style barbecue. Among stellar ribs, brisket and more perfectly prepared meats, you can find unexpected dishes with a barbecue spin: nachos, salads, a burrito. Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. $–$$    • • • K •

PAPPY’S PLACE 943 N. Main Ave., Springfield, 417-866-8744. Be sure not to miss the pork spare ribs with Pappy’s barbecue sauce or the barbecue nachos at this long-running Springfield institution. (Extra perk: We’ve heard people say that Pappy’s sells the very coldest beer in town.) The restaurant’s daily specials are delicious, too. Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m. $   • • •

WHOLE HOG CAFÉ 224 W. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-868-0042; 2731 N. Glenstone Ave, Springfield, 417-720-4759 wholehogsgf.com. Customers love the pulled pork sandwich. There’s a delicious sauce for every taste bud at this eatery (we like the spicy ones, but the mustard base is delicious, too), and we love the extra-indulgent potato salad (it is among the best we’ve ever tried). Don’t miss the barbecue nachos or super-juicy chicken. Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. $   •  • • ☎ • WIFI K •


BILLY GAIL’S CAFE 5291 State Highway 265, Branson, 417-338-8883; 1882 James River Road, Ozark, 417-582-2600; billygailsrestaurant.com. Billy Gail’s in Branson has been a beloved breakfast hotspot for ages. The newer Ozark spot and has become just as popular. Come for massive pancakes and other breakfast fare. The Ozark location serves dinner on

the weekends. Branson open daily 7 a.m.–3 p.m.; Ozark open daily 7 a.m.–3 p.m. and Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $    • • •

THE BRUNCHEONETTE 424 N. Main St., Joplin, 417-781-3447, thebruncheonette.net. We love the creative takes on eggs Benedict that we’ve found at The Bruncheonette, whose menu changes weekly but is always interesting. Don’t miss your chance to order a plate of poutine, hand-cut fries topped with gravy, shredded cheese and a poached egg. The carrot fries are wonderful too. This restaurant is small but mighty, and it’s worth the wait for a table to open up. Open Wed.–Fri., 6:30 a.m.–2 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., 9 a.m. until supplies run out. $   • • •

EARLY BIRD BREAKFAST PUB 1717 E. Cherokee St., Springfield, 417-885-8088. This spot serves up creative breakfast fare and has a full-service bar churning out breakfast margaritas and the ilk. Bonus: Those breakfast margs are made with orange marmalade for a nod to the day’s first meal. Don’t miss the tacos, burritos, traditional breakfast fare, sandwiches and more. There’s even a chicken and waffles sandwich. Open Mon.–Fri., 7 a.m.–3 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $   • • •

EUROPEAN CAFÉ 207 Park Central East, Springfield, 417-569-6702, 417europeancafe.com. Along with coffee drinks, this little bakery serves up lovely croissants, cream puffs, desserts, pastries and more. You can even find some savory pastries, like the bacon, egg and goat cheese tart. Their macarons are to die for, and the pretty little mousse cakes are almost too lovely to eat. Open Mon.–Thurs., 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri., 7 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.–9 p.m. $ WIFI • •

FIRST WATCH 2946 S. National Ave., Springfield, 417-889-0601; 3103 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-633-7094; firstwatch.com. Go traditional with a plate piled with crispy bacon, eggs and toast. Or order something more creative. At First Watch you can find breakfast power bowls (like the one filled with quinoa, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, kale and eggs), lemon-ricotta pancakes, avocado toast, a superfood bowl with chia pudding and fruit and lots more. Don’t miss the lunch treats, too. Open daily, 7 a.m.–2:30 p.m. $   • • K

GAILEY’S BREAKFAST CAFÉ 220 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-866-5500. The sweet potato hash browns are super-delish here, and we highly recommend ordering them in place of the traditional hash browns. We also love The Bear Hug: biscuits and gravy, choice of meat, two eggs and either hash browns or sweet browns. If you’re feeling a little British, try The Full Monty. Gailey’s is known for breakfast, but the restaurant also has a tasty lunch menu. Breakfast and lunch are served all day. Open Sun.–Tues., 7 a.m.–3 p.m., Wed.–Sat., 7 a.m.–10 p.m. $   WIFI • • K

MORNING DAY CAFE 101 S. Main St., Nixa; 417-494-5055. facebook. com/MDCNixa. Downtown Nixa gets its morning

DINING GUIDE jolt thanks to Morning Day Cafe, a cozy, eclectic space right on the main drag. There’s plenty to love on the extensive menu. For the sweet tooth, try the muffin platter with a tender, sweet muffin trio. Classic breakfast fare fills the menu, but fun surprises include dishes the #Bacon, with an insanely addictive carmelized Gouda potato cake and a hashtag of bacon. If breakfast fare isn’t your jam, check out the lunch entrees. Open 6 a.m.–4 p.m. daily. $$   WIFI • • • K •

RISE 105 Park Central Square, Springfield, 417-6916088, 417rise.com. This spot is the brainchild of the same people who own European Cafe. The large and varied menu is inventive and superbly executed, with clever dishes like pavlova-inspired French toast, baklava-inspired Belgian wafflees, both sweet and savory rice pudding meals, nourishing grain bowls, breakfast sandwiches from classic to creative and so much more. Treat yourself to a breakfast cocktail and a plate of creamed eggs topped with smoked salmon. It’s an awesome way to brunch. Open Mon..–Fri. 7 a.m.–3 p.m.; Sat.–Sun. 8 a.m.–4 p.m.. $   WIFI • •

VILLAGE INN FAMILY RESTAURANT Multiple 417-land locations, villageinn.com. Try the breakfast skillets, eggs Benedict and, of course, the super-tasty pies. (Three cheers for the French silk!) We love the crepes and other sweet breakfast offerings, too. At breakfast, you can build your own meal by picking four items from a long list of classic breakfast favorites. (We like pairing eggs with bacon, fruit and half of a sweet Belgian waffle). Hours vary by location. $    WIFI • • K ☎


THE GROTTO 301 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-886-9600 gogrotto.com. The menu is accessible to meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. The super-indulgent warm blue cheese chips are a favorite appetizer. Customers like the pizzas and the burgers (especially the burger topped with lots of tangy blue cheese). One of our favorites is the grilled salmon sandwich with a side of the sweet-and-yummy sweet potato fries. The steak salad is delish, too. Also try the black bean burger with sweet potato fries. Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. $   • • • K •

MARKET HOUSE CAFE & BAKE SHOP 113 N. Second St., Ozark, 417-551-4370. Find homemade breads and pies and plenty of luscious breakfast and lunch options here. We can’t wait to try The Spinachoke omelet with spinach, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, kalamata olives, mozzarella cheese and homemade Greek seasoning. The Nassau Grits sound incredible too. Lunch offers sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads. Open Tue.–Sat., 7 a.m.–2 p.m. $   • •

NEIGHBOR’S MILL CAFÉ & BAKERY 1435 E. Independence St., Suite 110, Springfield, 417-720-4162; 1301 E. Sunshine St., Springfield,

417-886-2535; neighborsmill.com. This full time bakery offers a hearty menu packed with sandwiches, soups and salads. Don’t miss the honey pecan chicken salad, which comes on Bronze honey wheat bread, or the Reuben, which comes on pumpernickel rye bread. They have two soups of the day, one of which is vegetarian. Open Mon.– Sat., 7 a.m.–8 p.m. $    K• •

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TEA BAR & BITES 621 S. Pickwick Ave., 417-866-7500, teabarandbites.com. Everything we’ve tasted at Tea Bar & Bites has been fantastic. Try the curry chicken salad or the yummy quiche with beautiful, flaky crust. We love any of the menu items that have a Mediterranean flair. The menu features plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. There are tasty baked goods too, like giant caramel rolls or sweet coconut cream cupcakes. Occasional theme dinners. Open Mon.–Thu., 8:30 a.m.–8 p.m.; Fri., 8:30 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sat., 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. $    •• •  ☎ • V


BIG EASY GRILL 3641 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-832-0040, bigeasyspringfield.com. The jambalaya is fantastic at Big Easy Grill, and we like to order it extraspicy. The oyster po’boys are customer favorites. Try mix-and-match dishes to create a meal full of your favorite Cajun flavors (you can order a side of red beans and rice with a po’boy, for example). Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $   • • • K

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BOURBON & BEALE 2639 S Glenstone Ave, Springfield, 417-268-7266. Cajun, Creole and Memphis barbecue. Meals are hearty and comforting at this casual spot that serves a mix of Cajun and Creole favorites (like crawfish etouffee) and Memphis barbecue (like some seriously good brisket) along with typical American fare with a Cajun twist. Open daily 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $$   • • • • WIFI

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5 SPICE CHINA GRILL 2058 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-799-0215. A modern take on Chinese food. Diners love the General chicken, the sweet-and-crunchy crab Rangoon and the mango chicken. We really love the jalapeno basil dishes too. Make sure you try some of the more authentic Chinese dishes that have been added to the menu here. Open Mon.– Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $–$$  •••K ☎

BAO BAO CHINESE BISTRO 2101 W. Chesterfield Blvd., Suite A104, Springfield, 417-877-7505. Chinese food fans, this is a must-try spot for you. We just keep hearing rave reviews about Bao Bao Chinese Bistro. This little spot in Chesterfield Village has a chef who used to own a restaurant in Shanghai, so there are several authentic items on the menu. Try the salt417MAG.COM • 417 MAGAZINE





and a small selection of quality liquors. The front windows are a great spot to sit in the early morning when downtown Springfield is waking up. The people-watching is top-notch. Open Mon.–Sat., 7 a.m.–3 p.m. $ • • • • WIFI

3029 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-8834770, facebook.com/chinesechefcampbell; 1731 S. Enterprise Ave., Springfield, 417-889-2433. Classic Springfield-style Chinese food is on the vast and very affordable menu at Chinese Chef. Owner Joe Fong has been serving Springfield for over 40 years, and some of his customers’ favorite dishes include Kung Pao chicken, made-from-scratch cashew chicken, crab rangoon and egg rolls. The Campbell location offers a Sunday buffet, and both locations offer a drive-thru daily. Hours vary by location. $   WIFI • • K

1604 E. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-771-5030, architectcoffeeco.com. This Instagram-chic coffee shop on Springfield’s south side offers a bright and cozy atmosphere with warm drinks and hearty food, to boot. The breakfast burritos are stellar and so filling. We love the seasonal drinks that change every so often, especially when they offer some version of a refreshing espresso tonic. So good! Don’t skip the sandwiches or salads for lunch (served all night). Open Mon.–Fri., 7 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.–8 p.m. $    • • WIFI

2353 State Highway 248, Branson, 417-676-0803, vintagepariscoffeeshop.com/collective. Collective Coffee Shop is the second location of Vintage Paris Coffee shop. This outpost offers specialty lattes, loose leaf teas and unique coffee drinks. Although Collective Coffee Shop is located within a church, it is open to the public opposite of church hours. Open Mon.–Fri., 7 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sat.– Sun., 8 a.m.–8 p.m. $ • • WIFI




2804 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-8835748, go2b2.com. This spot serves up delicious coffee drinks along with fresh smoothies and juices plus a small menu of healthy fare. In the morning, try homemade granola. For lunch, choose from quiche, soups, salads and more. Open Mon.– Fri., 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $   • • • WIFI

3650 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-887-7777, facebook.com/countrygirlsespresso. Aside from all of the delicious coffee drinks, the real musttry item here is the authentic Cuban sandwich, served pressed on Cuban bread. Country Girls’ signature is its Cafe Con Leche with scalded milk. We also love the guava pastry, a huge treat that costs less than $2 and is filled with delectable, tropical sweetness. Open Mon.–Sat., 6 a.m.–7 p.m. $    • • WIFI K

and-pepper pork or the jiaozi dumplings. Open Sun.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. $••

1369 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-766-6630, corner21us.com. This restaurant offers a large variety of authentic Chinese dishes, including several Sichuan-style meals. You’ll even find dishes that aren’t common on local Chinese restaurant menus, such as braised pork belly with rice noodles, ribeye and enoki mushrooms in a curry broth, crispy fried pumpkin, spicy Sichuan fish and so much more. We loved everything we tried on a recent visit. Open Tues.–Thurs. 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $ ••

HONG KONG INN RESTAURANT 1632 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-881-1113; 1645 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-8663382; 1520 W. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417881-8008; 761 N. 17th St., Ozark, 417-581-2539. This spot serves typical Chinese favorites and tasty egg rolls. The Szechuan chicken is a favorite and packs quite a spicy punch. The cashew chicken is a longtime customer favorite. Hours vary by store; lunch and dinner daily at all locations. $   • • K

LEONG’S ASIAN DINER 1540 W. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-8877500. The Leong family serves its original cashew chicken at this tasty eatery, among lots of other yummy stuff. The crab Rangoon are especially delicious here, and we like to dip them in the bold and spicy mustard sauce. The egg rolls are a classic, made with peanut butter. The General Tso’s chicken has a rich and spicy sauce and lots of veggies. The signature dishes are great, but keep an eye out for new items, as they change up their menu a couple times a year. Open Mon.–Thu. 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. $–$$   WIFI • • • K

LUCY’S CHINESE FOOD Several 417-land locations, lucyschinesefood.com. Don’t miss the cashew chicken combo special that gets you an entree, a side and fried rice for an incredible price. We like the sweet and sour chicken here. But if you’d rather eat something mega-spicy than something fried, order the hot chicken. It’ll have you reaching for your water glass with every bite. Hours vary by location and season. $   • •




BIG MOMMA’S COFFEE & ESPRESSO BAR 217 E. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-865-9911; bigmommascoffee.com. This spot offers coffee, espresso and blended frappes. But there is more on the menu than just drinks. Be sure to try the super-delicious sandwiches that are served here, too. The Juliette is one of our favorite sammies here, and we also adore the sweets selection. Open Mon.–Fri., 7 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., 8 a.m.– 10 p.m. $    •  • • WIFI •

THE BLACK LAB COFFEE CO. 545 E. Elm St., Republic; 417-647-5125; facebook.com/theblacklabllc. This casually canine-inspired coffee stop is Republic’s place to be for a piping hot labbuccino or other coffee concoction with pup-inspired names like the Black Lab, which includes toffee nut and chocolate, or the Goldendoodle, a signature combination of caramel and brown sugar. Sips aren’t the only draw here, either. The shop serves full lunch and breakfast menus which include sandwiches, toasts, croissants and breakfast burritos. Open Mon.–Sat., 6 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.–2 p.m. $   V • • WIFI •



DANCING MULE COFFEE COMPANY 1945 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-883-5114, dancingmulecoffee.com. The mochas are great here—chocolatey but not too sweet. Dancing Mule also does a really good authentic cappuccino that’s made just right. Try the Peanut Butter Fandango Frappe if you’re in the mood for something a little more funky, and if you’re on the run, swing through the drive-thru. Open Mon.–Fri., 6 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun., 7 a.m.–4 p.m. $  • • WIFI

EURASIA COFFEE & TEA CULTURE CAFE 445 E. Commercial St., 417-720-1949, culturecstreet.com. This coffee roaster with a mission also serves some tasty fare in its Culture Cafe. In addition to carefully crafted cups of coffee (and Turkish coffee!), there’s a Veggie Naan’wich made with chickpea mash, carrots and pickled onions. it’s one of our favorite lunches. Open Mon.–Sat., 7 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.–8 p.m. $    •  • • WIFI •



211 S. Market Ave., Suite 100, Springfield, 417350-1234, kingdomsgf.com. Offering an unexpected combination of products, this spot located in downtown Springfield on Market Avenue sells both coffee (of course) and bikes (yup, really). The coffee menu features all your favorite classic espresso drinks, like cappuccinos, macchiattos, mochas and more. For a more substantial bite, try the Union Biscuit: smoked bacon, two eggs, sharp cheddar cheese and herb preserves on a buttermilk biscuit. Open daily, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. $    • • • WIFI

124 Park Central Square, Springfield, 417-8666645, thecoffeeethic.com. Try the single-origin coffee, brewed one cup at a time. The cappuccino is fantastic (truly one of the best we’ve ever had), and the shop also serves wine, craft beers on draft

323 South Ave. Suite B, Springfield, 417-832-1720, mudhousecoffee.com. The coffee is always fantastic here, and Mudhouse also offers a wide variety

1900 W. Sunset St., Springfield, 417-8817625, classicrockcoffee.com; 535 W. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-771-5143, classicrockcoffeedowntown.com. This coffee shop offers espresso drinks with rock ‘n’ roll–inspired names. Open Mon.–Wed., 6 a.m.–8:30 p.m.; Thu., 6 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri., 6 a.m.–midnight; Sat., 7 a.m.–midnight.; Sun., 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m. $    • V  • • WIFI •


DINING GUIDE of loose-leaf teas. The muffins here are huge and delicious (make sure you try the one with berries). You can also order daily fresh soups, create-yourown sandwiches or opt for something healthier in the Buddha bowls, which are gluten-free. Open Mon.–Sat., 7 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.–11 p.m. $    •• WIFI •

THE PRESS COFFEE & JUICE BAR 2710 S Glenstone Ave, Springfield, 417-771-5950.. This whole-foods cafe offers organic dishes with ingredients from local market vendors. Juices are organic and cold-pressed. The real draw here is the Mexican-Korean fusion menu, featuring gogi nachos, kimchi fried rice and street tacos. The gogi quesadilla with kimchi is our favorite; we like to order it with tofu and extra goji sauce on the side for dipping every single crispy bite of our quesadilla. Open Mon.–Sat., 8 a.m.–7 p.m. $    • • • • WIFI •

ROOTS COFFEE BAR 1645 W. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-8776889, facebook.com/rootscoffeebar. Grab a cup of joe on the go or stay awhile and order a breakfast sandwich at this versatile coffee shop. Be sure not to miss the Smash Brown: a fried egg, cheese and hash brown sandwich topped with sausage, house-made brisket or pecan smoked shoulder bacon and served on a potato bun. Other popular menu items include breakfast burritos and the BLT. Open Tue.–Fri., 7 a.m.–3 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., 8 a.m.–3 p.m. $    • • • • WIFI

SPRINGTOWN COFFEE CO. 3541 S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield, 417-576-3748, springtowncoffeeco.com. This coffee shop in the Galloway neighborhood serves all your favorite classic brews and teas, but it sets itself apart with friendly service and a fun rotating menu of seasonal drinks and occasional mocktails. We love its location directly across Lone Pine Avenue from Sequiota Park—it makes for a great caffeine stop during a day out with the family. Open Mon.–Fri., 7 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., 7 a.m.–7 p.m. $ WIFI • •

THE WORKSHOP AT FINLEY FARMS 840 Finley Farms Lane, Ozark, 417-210-6690, finleyfarmsmo.com. The Workshop is a coffee shop and gathering space. The menu includes classic coffee and tea offerings plus super-sized suped up toasts (the avocado toast is fully loaded and fully delicious). Look for hand-crafted cocktails, beer and wine as well, and come to the space for frequent hands-on workshop classes. Open Tues.– Weds. 7 a.m.–3 p.m., Thu. 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 7 a.m.–3 p.m.. $   WIFI • • •


J. PARRINO’S QUEEN CITY DELI 1647 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-887-1148, queencitydeli.com. This spot serves up pasta, soups, salads and some super-delicious sandwiches. Don’t miss The Burnes (beef tenderloin on garlic bread) or the Italian beef sandwiches (order them wet to get plenty of luscious jus). You can’t go wrong with the pastrami sandwich that’s

incredibly meaty—piled high just like they do it in New York City delis. Open Mon.–Sat., 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. $   • • •

MO’ BEEF 405 W. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-771-5111. The hot Italian beef sandwich is the main star at this tiny downtown Springfield sandwich shop, but there are lots of other tasty items on the menu. The Hangover sandwich is a favorite. Open Mon.– Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sun., 11 a.m.–2 a.m. $   WIFI • •

SECRET SANDWICH SHOP 208 W. McDaniel St., Springfield, 417-685-9682, secretsandwichsgf.com. This little spot started out inside Sweet Boy’s Neighborhood Bar and has now found a home of its own on McDaniel Street. This spot slings some seriously good sammies. Don’t miss the Eurbano, made with mojo pork, house-made terrine, ham, swiss and spicy giardiniera. The Meatball sub is crazy good too, and you should keep an eye out for get-them-while-youcan specials that are always creative and delish. $••

THE SUB SHOP 1721 E. Seminole St., Springfield, 417-887-3804; 456 W. McDaniel St., Springfield, 417-831-8077. The Fighter Pilot sandwich comes fully loaded with salami, pepperoni, cheese, banana peppers, lettuce and sub sauce. Hit an ATM on the way there, because The Sub Shop is cash only. Seminole Street location open Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.; West McDaniel Street location open Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $  • •

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFÉ 3811 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-887-6600; 3645 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-719-4486; 1971 E. Independence St., Springfield, 417-3501273; tropicalsmoothiecafe.com. Lunches are light and pretty guilt-free. Grab a turkey-bacon-ranch sandwich or a wrap. Sides incldue a tasty street corn and some sweet-yet-healthful maple roasted sweet potatoes. And of course, don’t miss those tasty smoothies. They come in just about every flavor you can think of, but we’re partial to the one with berries and oats. Kids eat free on weekends. Open Mon.–Fri., 7 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., 9 a.m.–6 p.m. $    WIFI • • K •


ANDY’S FROZEN CUSTARD Multiple 417-land locations, eatandys.com. Don’t miss the rotating seasonal toppings (our staffers love the key lime pie and blackberry in the summer, and the apple pie and pumpkin pie in the fall). Try the Ozarks Turtle sundae (a classic concoction with caramel, hot fudge and toasty pecans). Or order your own creation. Open Sun.– Thu., 11 a.m.–11:30 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–midnight. $ • • •

HURTS DONUT 320 Park Central West, Springfield, 417-719-4119; 1111 E. Republic Road, Suite 164, Springfield, 417-



DINING GUIDE 755-7574; wannahurts.com. Outside-the-box toppings cover these super-delicious doughnuts, and they are available 24 hours a day in downtown Springfield. A customer favorite is the maple-bacon bar, a huge, salty-sweet concoction that is oh-so-delish. Open 24 hours. $    • • WIFI •

LA BOBA CAFE 1601 W. Sunshine St., Suite D, Springfield, 417720-1328 facebook.com/labobacafe. Here you can get boba tea in a huge variety of flavors and formats, from regular tea to milk tea and smoothies. Toppings include black boba, crystal boba and several flavors of jelly and popping boba. Our favorite: Tiger milk tea (a combination of Thai tea and jasmine tea) with lychee jellies and crystal boba. You can also get rolled ice cream sundaes here, and they are made right in front of you. Open Mon.–Weds. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Thurs.–Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. noon–8 p.m. $   WIFI • •

PRAIRIE PIE 307 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield, prairiepie.com. Prairie Pie makes stellar all-butter-crust pies in flavors that range from classic to inventive. The Earl Grey cream pie is our favorite, with its chocolate ganache–coated bottom crust and pistachio garnish. But the caramel apple pie is an elevated take on a classic and is quite popular too. When rhubarb is in season, order it! Any of owner Eleanor Taylor’s pies made with rhubarb (some with cherry, some with strawberry) are superb. Stop by the storefront for other offerings as well, such as savory pot pies, beautiful cookies and some crazy-good mashed potatoes. Open Thurs.– Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $–$$  WIFI • •

CASPER’S 601 W. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-866-9750. This local favorite serves overflowing bowls of great chili and a few other yummy diner options (like burgers and hot dogs). Don’t forget to order some luscious chili cheese fries while you’re there. Another yummy favorite: ham, beans and cornbread when you can get it on special. Open Mon.– Thu., 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m. $••K•

DRUFF’S 331 Park Central East, Springfield; 417-719-1719, yumdruffs.com. Druff’s brings glorious cheesiness to diner fare with a menu of grilled cheeses, soups and creative sides. For a little heat, try the Good Doctor, made with cheddar, cream cheese, bacon and jalapeño, or satisfy your sweet tooth with a nutella and strawberry grilled sando—it’s nuts. Druff’s also offers a robust brunch and breakfast menu. Open Tue.–Wed., 7 a.m.–4 p.m.; Thu.–Sat., 7 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.–4 p.m. $   • •

RED’S GIANT HAMBURG 2301 W. Sunshine St., Springfield. A revival of the Route 66 staple (the original Red’s is rumored to be the country’s first drive-through restaurant), this diner serves up as much nostalgia as it does classic burgers. Opt for the stacked high griddle burgers served with fries or onion rings, slurp on a malt or milkshake, or try out some of the newer gluten-free options. Check out the breakfast menu if you’re up early. Open daily, 6 a.m.–10 p.m. $••K


404 RB Road, Stockton, 417-276-6302. Head up SOCIETEA to Stockton to try one of the yummiest and most 1653 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-720-4094, unusual burgers in 417-land. Order the Squeeze facebook.com/societea. Bubble tea is the name of with Cheese, a ⅓-pound griddle-cooked burger the game at this authentic spot where the matcha that’s smothered in so much shredded cheddar milk tea and the matcha roll cake are both must- cheese that it overflows the patty and creates a try offerings. Whether you’re a bubble tea veteran “cheese skirt” of crunchy cheddar. It’s huge and or looking to try something new, this is your place. so delicious! We really like the French fries here, Open Mon.–Thu., 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 10 a.m.– too. Cash or checks only.Open Mon. and Wed., 11 9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.–8 p.m. $ WIFI • • a.m.–2 p.m.; Tue. and Thu., 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m.; Fri.– Sat., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. $   • • •


3628 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-881-7515; 3012 S. National Ave., Springfield, 417-882-1718; 1415 W. State Highway J, Ozark, 417-425-7885; stgeorgesdonuts.net. Lots of luscious doughnuts are made fresh daily here. We love the glazed blueberry and the oh-so-fresh chocolate cake donuts. Open daily, 3 a.m.–2 p.m.; National Avenue location closed Sunday; Ozark location closed Monday. $  • • •


BILLY BOB’S DAIRYLAND 1901 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson, 417-337-9291. illy Bob’s is a greasy-spoon institution that serves delicious sweets and tasty American food. There are 24 flavors of fried pies here. Cheeseburgers (pro tip: top them with grilled onions) and footlong hot dogs with chili and cheese are popular. Open daily, 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. $   • • 108



INDIA CLAY OVEN & GRILL 2005 W. Highway 76 Country Blvd., Suite 209, Branson, 417-973-0044, indiaclayovenandgrill. com. ome to this yummy little spot on the Branson strip to indulge in some tasty Indian fare. We loved the karahi lamb (tender lamb, bell peppers and onion in a spicy sauce) and the mushroom aloo matar­­ (mushrooms, potatoes and peas swimming in a creamy sauce). Stop by for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays to take advantage of the tasty buffet. Open daily, 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., 5–10 p.m. $$   • •

TAJ MAHAL INDIAN RESTAURANT 1250 E. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-719-4573. You can find all your Indian favorites here on the large menu. There is a variety of naan bread, many types of curry and rice dishes and fun desserts

like rice pudding and gulab jamun (donuts soaked in syrup). Open for lunch and dinner daily. $$  •••

ZAYKA 311 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield, 417-351-4400, zaykaspringfield.com. There’s a lot to love about this downtown Springfield Indian restaurant. The vegetable korma, chicken tikka masala and lamb rogan josh are just a few of our favorite curry dishes. If you’re new to Indian food, try a thali, which lets you sample a little bit of a lot of things. The lunch buffet is also killer. Open for lunch Tue.– Sun., 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; open for dinner Tue.–Thu., 5–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 5–10 p.m.; Sun., 5–9 p.m. $–$$ ••••


ARCHIE’S ITALIAN EATERY 1410 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-720-1763, archiesitalian.com. There are 10 different types of fettuchini on the menu (plus a build-your-own option), along with classic Italian dishes. Don’t miss the homemade cheesey toasted ravioli. Come at lunchtime to get freshly baked pizza. Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $$   • • • K

AVANZARE, please see listing p. 98 BAMBINO’S CAFÉ 1141 E. Delmar St., Springfield, 417-862-9999; 2810-D E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-8814442; bambinoscafe.com. This little Italian eatery serves hearty helpings of tasty Italian fare that won’t break the bank, available at two 417-land locations. The Poppa is a popular pasta dish: It comes with penne pasta, Italian sausage, mushrooms and a spicy tomato-cream sauce. But our very favorite is The Ziti, with mouthwatering braised beef in a creamy tomoato sauce. The Delmar location is great for a meal alfresco. Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., noon–9 p.m. $   WIFI • • K •

BELLACINO’S PIZZA & GRINDERS 4560 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-720-4414, bellacinos.com. Bellacino’s is known for its grinders––Yankee speak for sub sandwiches––but pizza, pastas and salads also make an appearance on the menu. We can’t wait to try the house special, which is the Italian grinder: They bake bread and pizza dough from scratch every day. Our favorite pasta is the mushroom ravioli, which is so indulgent and so delish. Open Mon.–Tues., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Wed.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. $   • • • K

BRUNO’S IL RISTORANTE, please see listing p. 98

DIGIACINTO ITALIAN RESTAURANT 2259 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-8825166. Regulars say you have to try the chicken Alfredo and the spaghetti and meatballs, both signature dishes. Also try the beef canneloni. All pasta dishes come with salad and fresh-baked bread, and the Philly cheesesteak sandwiches are incredible here too. Open Tue.–Sat., 5–9 p.m.; $$ •••K☎




2690 Green Mountain Drive, Branson, 417-3379882, florentinasristoranteitaliano.com. When you’re hungry for Italian fare during your vacation in Branson, this Italian eatery is the place to go. It serves delicious brick-oven pizzas and pastas on a big menu that has a little something for everyone. Customers enjoy the rigatoni Florentina and lobster mac. Open Sun.–Thu., 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Extended summer hours. $$   • • K  ☎ •

107 West Aldersgate Drive, Suites 1 and 2, Nixa, 417-374-7291, eatpiccolo.com. When you’re craving indulgent Italian fare, Piccolo delivers with a range of piled-high pastas, pizzas, steak and chicken entrees. Start things off with the Italian Nachos (fried wonton chips, homemade alfredo sauce and toppings), or the Balboa balls, juicy meatballs stuffed with mozzarella and finished with goat cheese and marinara. Open Tue.–Thu., 4–9 p.m.; Fri., 4–10 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $–$$   • WIFI • • • ☎ 

GILARDI’S, please see listing p. 98 THE HILL 600 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-920-8850, thehilldining.com. Come hungry to The Hill, chef Angel Kim’s all-you-can-eat destination offering a wide variety of Italian fare in a fine-dining atmosphere. Fill up on plenty of pastas, brick-oven pizzas, soups, salads, crepes and specialty desserts at stations dedicated to those and other mouthwatering items. Open for lunch Mon.–Fri., 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Open for dinner Mon.–Thu., 4:30–9 p.m.; Fri., 4:30–9:30 p.m.; Sat., 2–9:30 p.m.; Sun., 2–8 p.m. Brunch served Sat.–Sun., 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $–$$   • • •  WIFI ☎ (for groups of 7 or more).

NICOLA’S RISTORANTE, please see listing p. 99

KAI, please see listing p. 99

SALVATORES FRESH RISTORANTE ITALIANO 1932 W. Retail Lane, Ozark, 417-485-3838, salvatoresfresh.com. The menu here is packed with handmade pastas that are freshly crafted every day. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of them making the fresh pasta. The menu also boasts everything from fried artichokes to a Tuscan T-bone steak, plus burgers, pizza and sandwiches. Open Tue.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. $–$$   • • • •




251 E. Sunshine St., Suite 116, Springfield, 417319-5887, facebook.com/craftsushi. At Craft Sushi, you’re in control of your meal as you customize your own sushi and poke bowls. And the best part: It won’t break the bank. Try a salad bowl topped with marinated tofu, asparagus, mushrooms, jalapenos, edamame and spicy wasabi sauce. It’s our favorite! Customer’s love the spicy pork option as well. There is also a menu of some pre-designed poke bowls and sushi rolls. The spicy tuna and California rolls are fan favorites, but you really can’t go wrong with your choice. Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. $$   • •


HARUNO, please see listing p. 98

NONNA’S ITALIAN CAFÉ 306 South Ave., Springfield, 417-831-1222, nonnascafe.net. Italian. The seafood lasagna is a musttry dish, and the spicy arrabbiata lasagna is crazy-good. Anything with Italian sausage is a sure bet. We particularly love the delectable chocolate torte and the rich and delicious tiramisu. Plus, the homemade cheesecakes are always top-notch. Nonna’s also does a Sunday brunch with regular menu items from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Open Sun.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m–10 p.m. $$  

3129 W. 76th Country Blvd., Branson, 417-3350690, bransonsbestrestaurant.com. Head to Pasgehtti’s in Branson for a family-friendly atmosphere and all your favorite classic ItalianAmerican staples. We’ve also heard the alfredo sauce is divine. Try the lemony chicken piccata for dinner, and follow it up with a plate of sweetand-fluffy tiramisu for dessert; it’s big enough to share. Customer favorites include the Pasghetti and Meatball, the sausage rigatoni and the chicken parmesan. This place is huge and boasts two trolley cars, a game room and even a working ferris wheel. Open daily, 11 a.m.–9 p m. $–$$  



PASTA EXPRESS Multiple 417-land locations, pastaexpress.com.The baked mostaccioli is a favorite, and it’s smothered in gooey melted cheese. The house salad is also delish here; make sure you ask for it with cheese and tomatoes. Don’t miss the tasty and indulgent hot Pasta Express sandwich topped with lots of salami and some of the tasty salad. Open Mon.– Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. $   WIFI • • • K 

HINODE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 4301 S. National Ave., Springfield, 417-877-1777. Come to see the show at the hibachi grills. Hinode is known for wonderful hibachi meals with perfectly cooked proteins and all the extras: rice, stir fry noodles, veggies and that luscious seafood sauce. And don’t forget to try something from the sushi menu. Open daily, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; Sun.–Thu., 4:30–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 4:30–10 p.m. $$   • • •


IZUMI HATAKE 302 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-865-0366, izumihatake.com. Izumi Hatake is a downtown Springfield original, located at it’s longtime Walnut Street home. The Spiral Ecstasy roll, the Crazy roll and the Lobster Crunch roll are all favorites among the customers at this yummy and low-key spot. The gyoza and the lobster grilled roll are also delicious. Best part? It’s within walking distance of some great downtown hotspots. Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m. $–$$   WIFI • • • K ☎

 640 W. Republic Road, Suite 100, Springfield, 417-319-5225. With Karai, owner Young Jun, of Haruno, Kai and Koriya, takes ramen seriously, and it shows in her food. The naked ramen with seseame noodle spinach, wood ear mushrooms, bean sprout, seaweed and sprinkled with lime is a highlight. The Tonkatsu is a house special, a pork cutlet with Japanese mustard barbeque sauce, shredded cabbage and miso soup. Open Mon.–Fri., 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; Mon.–Thu., 4:30–10 p.m.; Sat. 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 4:30–11 p.m. $   • • • MIJURI SUSHI & GRILL 2710 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-889-9593. All of the sushi is top-notch, and the prices are always reasonable. The variety includes something for every sushi tastebud. Customers love the spicy Dynamite roll. One of our favorites is the simiply delicious yellowtail roll. Open Mon.– Fri., 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; Mon.–Thu., 5–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 5–10 p.m. $$   • • •  ☎

MITSU NEKO FUSION CUISINE AND SUSHI BAR 1819 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson 417-336-1819. Mitsu Neko has a wide menu variety, but it specializes in two things: sushi rolls and salmon. The seared salmon is a customer favorite. . Lunch Tue.– Thu., 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.; Dinner Tue.–Sat., 4:30–9 p.m.; $$   • • WIFI •  ☎

NAKATO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 2615 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-881-7171, nakato.com. Performance-style hibachi dining is what Nakato is known for. And they are supergood at it! A little entertainment + a great meal. All of the sushi is top-notch here as well. Don’t miss the Jenny Roll, a customer favorite. Open Mon.–Fri., 4:30–10 p.m.; Sat., 4–10 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., 4:30–9 p.m. $$   • • •


NIJI SUSHI 3938 S. Lone Pine Ave., Suite 100-B, Springfield, 417-851-1707. In addition to a large variety of sushi rolls, this menu also boasts rainbow-bright cocktails and seven types of ramen soups. Come with friends so you can share and sample lots of rolls. Open Sun.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. $$   • • •

SAKURA 3230 S. National Ave., Springfield, 417-882-8000. There’s a solid sushi menu, and you can order a sushi donburi box to really get some bang for your buck. The bento boxes are packed with your choice of entree, California roll, rice, salad, miso soup, fruit, spring rolls, veggie tempura and ice cream. Open Tue.–Sun., 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. $$   WIFI • • •  ☎

SUSHI VILLAGE 1440 W. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-8901016, facebook.com/springfieldsushivillage. This cozy sushi spot has a warm date-night atmosphere with cherry blossoms and plants around every corner. All the sushi is fresh and flavorful, 417MAG.COM • 417 MAGAZINE


DINING GUIDE but some custom creations pack fun ingredient combos. Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., 4–9 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., 4–10 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m. $$   WIFI • • •

here. Make sure you get them with traditional gyro meat, and don’t skip the tzatziki sauce! We are nuts for the chicken shawerma. Open Mon.– Sat., 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Extended summer hours. $   WIFI • • K



BAWI KOREAN BBQ 4121 S. National Ave., Springfield, 417-886-2777, bawikbbq.com. Bawi Korean BBQ brings an authentic Korean dining experience to Springfield, where you’ll pay a flat fee of $25 for an all-you-can-eat meal. You cook the meat yourself on tabletop grills. Be sure to try their to-go lunch options too, including bowls filled with rice, noodles, veggies and the protein and sauce of your choice. Open Mon.–Thu., 4–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat, 4–10 p.m.; Sun., 4–9 p.m. $$  • • •

GOLDEN KOREAN RESTAURANT 1406 W. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-832-1093. This spot serves up delicious and authentic Korean food. The beef bulgogi and dolsot bibimbap are best sellers here. We also love the fried dumplings and kimbop. Try the tasty kimchi fried rice or spicy octopus stir fry. If you’re in the mood for something really comforting on a cold day, opt for the kimchi chigae. Open Wed.–Mon., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $   WIFI • ☎ •


CANTINA LAREDO 1001 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson, 417-3346052, cantinalaredo.com. Cantina Laredo is a great option if you’re exploring Branson and have a hankering for Mexican food. Located on Branson Landing, it has a great view of the choreographed fountain and Lake Taneycomo. Look for the camaron poblano asada on the menu, and don’t miss the great margaritas and extra-delicious salsa options. Open Sun.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m. $$   • • •

CATRINA’S MEXICAN KITCHEN & CANTINA 2925 Battlefield Road, Suite 105, Springfield, 417350-1006, catrinascantina.com. Serving authentic Mexican cuisine in shareable dishes and full entrees. Look for hand-crushed guacamole that can be loaded up with chicharron. And the grilled plaintains are a treat! Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun., noon–9 p.m. $$   • • •



4121 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield, 417-882-0077. This spot serves create-your-own bibimbap dishes, and you can choose between chicken, beef bulgogi, tofu and shrimp for your protein. Don’t miss the zaru soba if you’re in the mood for something a little lighter. Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $   • • •

2627 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-881-8252. Indulge in authentic Mexican food at incredibly reasonable prices. We love the birria taco, which is filled with succulent shredded beef. The carnitas torta is also excellent. It’s huge and is stuffed with savory carnitas, topped with melted cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and mayo and then sandwiched between a pillowy bun. Need we say more? Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m. $   • • •


GREEK BELLY 320 E. Walnut St., 417-597-3382, greekbelly.com. We love everything we’ve tasted here! Try a tasty pork or chicken gyro topped with creamy tzatziki, tomatoes, onions and French fries on soft pita. Our favorite, though, is the loukaniko. It’s an orange-spiced pork sausage served with spicy feta dip. Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Brunch served the second Sunday of each month, 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. $   • • ☎ • WIFI K •

RIAD 400 South Ave., Springfield, 417-720-1018. The menu features some long-lost Mediterranean favorites from Riad Matar’s previous restaurants, like the amazing baba ghanoush. Also look for fun tastes, like the Riad Signature Chicken Pasta. Plus, you just can’t go wrong if you order a gyro. Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. $–$$   • • •

VASKEN’S DELI 3200 Gretna Road, Suite D, Branson, 417-3349182, vaskensdeli.com. The gyros are fantastic 110


Battered and fried fish is topped with fresh pic de gallo, cabbage and a creamy chipotle sauce and then served with Mexican white rice. Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m. $–$$   • • • •

GREAT AMERICAN TACO COMPANY 2915 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-3158745; 2150 W. Republic Road, Springfield, 417720-1708, greatamericantaco.com. This spot offers outside-the-box tacos in a huge range of combinations. A must-try is the Hawaiian taco with chicken, feta cheese, grilled pineapple, hominy salsa, cilantro sour cream and chili sauce in a crunchy blue corn tortilla. Open Sun.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m. $   • • •

IGUANA ROJA 107 W. Church St., Ozark, 417-485-8585; 12051 MO-13, Kimberling City, iguanaroja.net. There are delicious margaritas at this little eatery (don’t miss the one made with jalapeños; it has a kick that’s so much fun to drink). Open Tue.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. $–$$  •••K

LA PALOMA 3014 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-7194484, dinelapaloma.com; 1425 W. Battlefield St., Springfield, 417-889-2985, thelapaloma. com. This spot offers a huge range of Mexican dishes including fish tacos, which are excellent.

4109 S. National Ave., Springfield, 417-823-9114, facebook.com/loscabosspringfield. The fried avocados and Mexico City tacos (pico de gallo, onions, sour cream, pepperjack cheese and your meat of choice) are crowd favorites. We also love the veggie fajitas and the mango chicken salad. The salsa here is stellar. Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $–$$   • • K • •V

MARIA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT 406 South Ave., Springfield, 417-831-9339; 4610 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-771-5031; mariasmexican.restaurant. Don’t miss the fried tacos. Try the queso de cabra, which is a goat cheese sauce topped with chorizo. Open Mon.– Thu., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sun., noon–8 p.m. $$   WIFI • • • K

MEXICAN VILLA Multiple 417-land locations, mexicanvilla.net. This spot is a favorite among longtime Springfield locals, and it is known for its sweet sauce served with tortilla chips. Also popular is the Sancho Enchilada Style—a huge burrito that is completely swimming in red enchilada sauce. Kids love the chicken fingers. Hours vary by location. $•••K•

PRIMA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT 2101 W. Chesterfield Blvd., Springfield, 417-8237180; 3662 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417890-1212; 5557 N. 21st St., Ozark, 417-582-2776; primasmexicangrill.com. Diners love the pollo abovado, an 8-ounce chicken breast that’s grilled and topped with homemade chorizo, white queso and tomatoes. Try the super-popular asada tacos: three soft corn tortillas filled with steak, cilantro and onions and served with rice, beans and fresh avocado. Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. $–$$   WIFI • • • K  ☎

PURPLE BURRITO EXPRESS Multiple 417-land locations; purpleburritocorp. com. We love the street-style tacos. The pastor taco with onions and cilantro is great. And the fish tacos are some of our favorite fish tacos anywhere. A dinner favorite is the carne asada burrito. For something a little different and a lot indulgent, try the super-cheesy chili relleno burrito. Hours vary by location. $    WIFI • • K 

TACO HABITAT 3325 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-582-8226. Taco Habitat is housed in a cute little building with an inviting second-floor patio space for dining outside. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in the form of tacos, burritos, tortas and more every day of the week. You can dine in or pick up a meal through the drive through. There’s also a pretty spacious outdoor seating area. Open daily 7 a.m.–10 p.m. $    • • • •


TEAM TACO 1454 E. Cherry St., Springfield, teamtacosgf.com. Let the ruby-red building be your guiding beacon to flavor-packed tacos, nachos and rice bowls. This tiny cafe serves major flavors in its set taco menu and tequila-focused cocktails. We’re fans of the Globetrotter pork belly taco, and we always have to taste test the Ringer, the shop’s weekly special taco. Open Mon.–Sun., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $  ••••

TINGA TACOS 308 W. McDaniel St., Springfield, 417-831-8007, tingatacossgf.com. This downtown taco shop is open late slinging shells of its wildly creative combinations. We are partial to the Fu Yu made with super-flavorful marinated tofu or the Fruity Piggles with juicy pork and fig jam for a saltysweet combination. Open Tue.–Wed., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Thu.–Sat., 11 a.m.–2 a.m. $   • • •

TORTILLERIA PERCHES 1601 W. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-864-8195. This tiny little authentic Mexican restaurant makes its own tortillas and chips fresh every day. Try a Mexican soda, a traditional Mexican soup or a tamale when you visit. Don’t miss Taco Tuesdays and Tamale Thursdays, where the respective dishes are only a dollar. Open Tue.–Fri., 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $  ••

buy a whole pie if you prefer, but either way make sure to try to the chicken bacon ranch pizza. OWe love the creamy spinach pizza too, when we’re in the mood for a white pie. The gigantic pepperonis are a wonderful topping too. Indulge in the pepperoni pinwheels, and dunk them in zippy marinara sauce. Open daily, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. $–$$

tasty supreme that’s loaded up with lots of toppings. There are also sub sandwiches, and you can get pizza by the slice at lunchtime. Open Mon.– Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m. $   WIFI • • •  ☎

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202 N. Commercial St., Branson, 417-335-8156, mrgschicagopizza.com. There’s a lot to like about this Branson pizza joint: a family-friendly atmosphere, hearty Italian food and excellent Chicagostyle pizza. They make all of the pizza dough from scratch. For a hearty taste, dig in to the supreme pizza, with homemade sausage, pepperoni and lots of veggies. Open Mon.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $$   WIFI • • •

GARBO’S PIZZERIA 2101 W. Chesterfield Blvd., Suite C101, Springfield, 417-883-9010, garbospizzeria.com. If you love a loaded St. Louis–style pizza, try the Grandiose. Or try the Bavarian pizza for something a little different; it is topped with Canadian bacon and sauerkraut. Open Sun.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m. $–$$   • • •  •

GODFATHER’S PIZZA 1026 W. Main St., Branson, 417-332-1001, godfatherspizza.com. This locally owned outpost serves an unbeatable pizza bar, salad bar, dessert bar and chicken bar serving the hard-to-find Broasted chicken—chicken which is pressure-fried to juicy perfection served with all the classic sides. Of course, if pizza is on the mind, this spot has every flavor and topping imaginable—and if you don’t see what you like, just ask! They’ll make pizza to order, too. Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m. $  ••K


OCEAN ZEN, please see listing on p. 99 TASIA 4728 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-890-6789. Pan-Asian. Four Asian cuisines are represented on this restaurant’s menu: Japanese, Thai, Korean and Chinese. The fresh spring rolls are great here, especially with peanut sauce. The curry dishes are always a good bet if you want to try something new. Kids get free frozen yogurt with kid’s meal. Open daily 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.; Mon.–Sat., 4–9 p.m. $•••K☎


26 Downing St., Hollister, 417-336-4665, hookandladderpizza.com. If you find yourself in Hollister and craving some pizza, stop at Hook & Ladder Pizza Co. This spot serves all your pizzeria favorites, from toasted ravioli to sub sandwiches. The specialty pizzas look great, like the alfredo or the chicken bacon ranch. Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. $$   • • ☎

IMO’S PIZZA 600 S. Pickwick Ave., Springfield, 417-862-1222; 636 W. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-886-4667; imospizza.com. A true St. Louis–style original, Imo’s serves pizza on cracker-thin crust with lots of provel cheese. We like the tasty Deluxe pizza. But our favorite is the simple combo of mushrooms and Italian sausage. The cheesy bread is ridiculously indulgent and covered in a thick layer of melted provel cheese. Both locations open daily, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $–$$   • • • • •



1332 E. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-881-7260, arrispizzaonline.com. Thin-crust pizzas have a Greek flair at Arris’ Pizza. Be sure to order the Athena (a pizza made with feta, pepperoni, olives, mushrooms and green peppers) if you want to try one that bursts with flavor. The bruschetta is a great appetizer, and it’s unlike bruschetta we’ve had other places. Open Tue.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 5–9 p.m. $–$$   • • • 

3653 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-720-1047. Maso Pizza Bar is owned by Nicola Gilardi and located just a few door down from his other restaurant, Nicola’s Ristorante. And just like at Nicola’s, everything on the menu is delish. We can’t wait to try options like the Nic Rise and Shine, Italian Stallion and vegetarian-friendly Monica Healthy pies. The menu also spans salads, panini, pasta, soups and more. Open Mon.–Sat., 3 p.m.–close. $$  WIFI • • • •



1450 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-720-1928; 4126 S. Kansas Expy., Springfield, 417-720-4108; thebigslicespringfield.com. You can get big New York–style brick oven pizza by the slice here. Or

1550 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-8834324. A mainstay in Springfield, McSalty’s serves delicious pizza and has been part of the Springfield landscape forever. The Bear Pie is a


PAPPO’S PIZZERIA 221 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-866-1111; 900 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-306-9091; pappospizzeria.com. Try the spicy chicken Cholula pie topped with a mixture of red sauce and olive oil, grilled chicken marinated in Cholula sauce, garlic, mozzarella cheese, red onions, cilantro. Also, be sure you try the meatballs. We really like the salads here as well; there are a few great options for just about any preference. Open Mon.– Wed., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Thu.–Sat., 11 a.m.–2 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $–$$   • • •

THE PITCH PIZZA & PUB 2924 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-368-0277. With a menu full of pizza, pastas, salads, sandwiches and pub fare and a killer beer selection, there’s something to please everyone. We love to build our own pizza with alfredo sauce and a ton of mushrooms. Restaurant open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; pub open later. $ $    WIFI • • • K

PIZANO’S PIZZA 106 E. Jackson St., Willard, 417-742-5115, pizanoandsauce.com. You can get a little bit of New York up in Willard at this pizzeria. This spot serves New York–style pizza in addition to calzones, sub sandwiches and pasta. The Big Pig pizza is topped with barbecue sauce, pulled pork and bacon. Dough is made fresh daily, and there’s even a gluten-free option. Tue.–Fri., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sat., 4–9 p.m. $–$$   • •

PIZZA HOUSE 312 E. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-881-4073. This restaurant has been a tradition in Springfield for more than 50 years, and the pizza they serve is super-thin and cut into super-tiny pieces. It’s a classic that’s not to be missed and is a favorite of lifelong locals. Our favorite thing there: any pizza that includes breakfast bacon. Open Tue.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m. $   WIFI ••

ROCCO’S PIZZA & SUBS Multiple 417-land locations; roccospizzaandsubs. com. This Italian eatery specializes in New York– style pizza that has anybody who’s been to the east coast swooning. It’s legit. Also on the menu are hot subs, like meatball or eggplant Parmesan, plus salads, calzones and a handful of pasta entrees. $–$$   • • 417MAG.COM • 417 MAGAZINE




ANDY B’S TIKI BAR 433 Promenade Way, Branson, 417-213-8631, bransontikibar.com. Big news for lovers of island-style bevs and casual hangout spots: Andy B’s Tiki Bar has opened on Branson Landing, and it’s an extension of Springfield’s Andy B’s Bowl Social. Andy B’s Tiki Bar has a view of Lake Taneycomo, where guests can order tiki drinks, beer and other drinks. We’re eying the “Pin Killer,” the bar’s take on a classic painkiller. It has pineapple and lime juices, coconut cream and a rum float. Open Mon.–Sat. noon–8 p.m., Sun. 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m. $ • • •

BRICKTOWN BREWERY 2040 E. Independence St., 417-887-0100. This brewpub has its own beer plus local beer that can be hard to find elsewhere. Here the menu is vast and the food is tasty. We enjoyed the burgers, and the apps menu included some super tasty options. If you want to watch a game, there are tons of TVs. Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.–midnight; Sun., 11 a.m.–11 p.m. $$ WIFI  •••

THE CELLAR 601 S. Pickwick Ave., Springfield, 417-986-5800. Cafe fare. Created by the team behind Springfield Brewing Company (and located just around the corner from it), The Cellar is a casual setting for small bites and creative cocktails. Munch on popcorn garnished with fresh Parmesan and housemade portobello jerky while you sip on a craft cocktail and enjoy a rotation of live music.Open Weds.–Sun. 4–11 p.m. $  • • •

CELLAR + PLATE 2916 S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield, 417-8942003, cellarandplate.com. Start your meal with the Romesco Gouda Dip, which is made with tomatoes, garlic, red peppers, paprika, almonds and smoked Gouda. Or try the Spanish meatballs. And as you might guess from the name, the wine selection is wonderful here. Open Tue.–Thu., 4–8 p.m.; Fri., 4–11 p.m.; Sat., noon–11 p.m. $   • • • WIFI •  V

CLEAR LOUNGE At Hilton Branson Convention Center, 200 E. Main St., Branson, 417-243-3433. Just across the street from Branson Landing at the Hilton Branson Convention Center is Clear Lounge, a great place to grab a cocktail with friends. This spot is home to tasty food, good music and fun drinks. Hours vary; open 6–10 p.m. at press time.  • • •

COYOTE’S ADOBE CAFÉ & BAR 1742 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-8897120; 807 N. Main St., Nixa, 417-725-6803, coyotes4wings.com. This spot is known for its chicken wings; there are 40 flavors. If you’re a sweet potato fry fan, Open Mon.–Thu., 10 a.m.–midnight, kitchen until 11 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.–1 a.m., kitchen until 11 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.–1 a.m., kitchen until 11 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.–10 p.m., kitchen until 9 p.m. $    WIFI • • • K • 112




505 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson, 417-2393670, erniebiggs.com This piano bar serves up more than great tunes. The Branson Landing location has a small but yummy menu of gourmet pub grub filled with apps, sandwiches and pizza. Pizzas are thin crust and popular. Open Mon.–Sat., 6 p.m.–12:30 a.m.; Sun., 6 p.m.–midnight.  WIFI

1924 W. Highway 76, Branson, 417-334-7003, outbackbranson.com. This Australian–inspired spot located along the strip in Branson boasts two bars, an outdoor party deck and extensive beer list. There is live music most evenings. What should you order to eat? We recommend you try the cornmeal-breaded catfish. Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–1 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–midnight $   WIFI •


GALLOWAY STATION 1281 E. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-881-9730. We love the Rajun Cajun burger; it’s big, hearty and always delicious. Plus, we can’t get enough of the fries and freshly made potato chip. Order them with a side of the spicy ranch dressing for dipping. The chicken wraps are another longtime customer favorite at Galloway Station, and there’s a reason for it. It’s a classic. Kitchen open Mon.– Thu., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–11 p.m $ •••K•

THE GOLDEN GIRL RUM CLUB 137 Park Central Square, Springfield, 417-4255162, thegoldengirl.com. This tiki bar located rigth on a corner of Park Central Square (with a great people-watching patio space) serves up handcrafted cocktails and a made-from-scratch, eclectic, internationally inspired menu. Try the Thai sticky wings for an unusual twist on a bar staple. Be sure to try the tacos, ramen and artisan pizzas. The pizza specials always come topped with creative ingredients for a serioulsy delicious and shareable pie. Open Tue.–Sat., 5 p.m.–1 a.m. $   WIFI • • • •

HARBELL’S GRILL & SPORTS BAR 315 Park Central West, Springfield, 417-862-0477. Lots of items on the menu here have a barbecue twist and feature sweet and smoky barbecue sauce. Don’t miss the super-smoky chicken wings or one of the great burgers. Open Tue.–Sun., 11 a.m.–midnight, kitchen open until 10 p.m.; Fri.– Sat., 11 a.m.–1:30 a.m., kitchen open until 10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–midnight, kitchen open until 9 p.m. $••••

J.O.B. PUBLIC HOUSE 319 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-831-1158. Currently at J.O.B., you can find a small menu filled with favorites from both the Grad School and J.O.B. menus. The two spots have the same owner and combined in the J.O.B. space during the pandemic. What does that mean for the menu? Well, you can look for items like the famously craveable pizza balls and the juicy Full Ride burger. Enjoy them on the patio. Open Mon.–Fri., 11 a.m.–1 a.m.; Sat., noon–1 a.m. $   • • •

LINDBERG’S TAVERN 318 W. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-868-8900, lindbergsbar.com. Forget about basic bar food. This storied watering hole goes above and beyond with creative takes on hearty comfort food classics. The burgers are delicious, but honestly everything we’ve tried has been impressive. Don’t miss Sunday brunch. It’s one of the best around. Open Tue.–Sat., 11 a.m.–1:30 a.m.; Sun., 12 p.m.– midnight. $    WIFI • • • • V


PATTON ALLEY PUB 313 S. Patton Ave., Springfield, 417-865-1188. The beer-cheese fondue is a longtime favorite here. Order it as an ooey-gooey topping on your French fries. There are 42 beers on tap, and 110 bottles. Trivia is Thursday and Sunday nights. Open Mon.– Sun., 11 a.m.–1:30 a.m., kitchen open Mon.–Thu. until 10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. until 11 p.m.; Sun. until 10 p.m. $   WIFI • • • V•

THE ROYAL 1427 E. Cherry St., Suite B, Springfield, 417-3513029, theroyalmusichall.com. This tiny and downright beautiful spot serves bottled cocktails and finger foods like warm olives or rosemary and bitters glazed nuts. Later on when COVID-19 restrictions lift, expect to see tons of live music too. Open Tues.–Thurs. 4–11 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 4 p.m.– midnight. $ • • •

SPRINGFIELD BREWING COMPANY 305 S. Market Ave., Springfield, 417-832-8277, springfieldbrewingco.com. Try the fish and chips paired with the beers that are brewed on-site. Also delicious are the burgers and the mac and cheese. Live music. Tue.–Sun.; kitchen open Sun., 9 a.m.–10:30 p.m; Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–10:30 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.–10:30 p.m.; bar close daily at 11:30 p.m. $$    WIFI • • • K  • V

SWEET BOY’S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR 310 South Ave., Springfield, 417-719-4224, sweetboysbar.com. Come for pinball, a laid-back atmosphere and a small but very well done cocktail list. For something more like dessert, try the HellBoy, a frozen Irish coffee with a Fat Boy’s ice cream sandwich. Open Weds.–Sat. 4 p.m.–close; Sun. noon–close. $ • • •

VINO CELLARS WINE SHOP & LOUNGE 2137 W. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-7731985; 15038 Business Highway 13, Branson West, 417-773-1985, vcellars.com. Small plates, snacks and tapas make up the menu at this comfortable spot. Springfield open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. or later; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. or later; Branson West open Tue.–Thu., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. or later; Fri.– Sat., 10 a.m.–8 p.m. or later $   • WIFI • •

W.F. CODY’S 3138 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-887-8083. The cheeseburgers are a specialty at this restaurant, and they are enormous. Don’t miss the ham and cheese sandwiches, another customer favorite. Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–1:30 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–midnight; kitchen open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–10 p.m. $   WIFI • • • K 


CRABBY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILL, please see listing p. 98

ROCKBRIDGE RESTAURANT Call for directions to the ranch in Rockbridge; 4297 County Road 142, Rockbridge, rockbridgemo.com. This fishing lodge is home to a restaurant that specializes in all things trout. The super-fresh fish dishes are made with trout that are caught on the property. We love the trio appetizer, which comes with trout salad, smoked trout and a trout dip that is so craveable! For an entree, try the blackened trout dish. There’s also an on-site bar, The Grist Mill located in a historic former riverside mill. Open daily 8 a.m.–8 p.m. $    WIFI • • K  ☎

WHITE RIVER FISH HOUSE 5 Bass Pro Drive, Branson, 417-243-5100, whiteriverfishhouse.com. The freshwater fish is great, especially the almond-crusted trout or cornmeal-fried catfish. Try the smoked wahoo dip. Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. $$   • • • K  •


CHAR STEAKHOUSE & OYSTER BAR, please see listing p. 98

DOE’S EAT PLACE 935 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-833-7818, doesspringfield.com. You can’t go wrong with a steak here, especially the bone-in ribeye. Or dine family-style and share a perfectly cooked 3-pound porterhouse. Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 5– 9 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 5–10 p.m.; Sat., 5–10 p.m. $$–$$$   • K • • 

FLAME STEAKHOUSE, please see listing p. 98 JIMM’S STEAKHOUSE, please see listing p.99 LEVEL 2 STEAKHOUSE, please see listing p. 99 OUTBACK STEAK & OYSTER BAR 1914 W. Highway 76, Branson, 417-334-6306, outbackbranson.com. There are plenty of standout dishes at this Australian-themed steakhouse and oyster bar. Outback serves hand-cut, aged steaks using Certified Hereford Beef raised locally. Open daily at 11 a.m. Closing time varies seasonally. $$   WIFI • • K •

RED OAK STEAKHOUSE Downstream Casino Resort, 69300 E. Nee Road, Quapaw, Oklahoma, 1-888-396-7876, downstreamcasino.com. Dry-aged prime steaks are served in this restaurant’s fine-dining atmosphere. The sides are all delicious here too. After your top-notch steakhouse dinner, hop over to the casino for some gaming fun. Open Sun.–Thu., 5–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 5–10 p.m. $$  • • • ☎

RERICO BRAZILIAN GRILL 3371 E. Montclair St., Springfield, 417-881-8882, rericogrill.com. Are you a huge fan of all things

meaty? Try 18 kinds of meat for dinner, all sliced tableside. Dinner comes with beef soup, soft rolls and unlimited trips to the cold bar with things like fresh cheese, pasta salads and more. Open daily at 11 a.m. Closing time varies seasonally $   WIFI • • • K  ☎ •

WILDER’S STEAKHOUSE 1216 S. Main St., Joplin, 417-623-7230, wilderssteakhouse.com. Come to Joplin’s Wilder’s Steakhouse to find steaks in all sizes and varieties, all of which are certified black Angus beef and free of hormones and antibiotics. The restaurant’s menu also has a variety of other items like seafood and chicken. Open Mon.–Thu., 5–9:30 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 5–10 p.m. $$$  • • • ☎


BETH’S BAKE SHOPPE & TEA ROOM 1645-D W. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-8665533, bethsbakeshoppe.com. Try a chicken salad sandwich—served on cinnamon raisin bread. And we love the spinach salad served with warm bacon vinaigrette, and the gigantic couscous salad loaded with fresh veggies and Feta. Tea room is open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; bakery open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $  • • K 



RAMA THAI CAFÉ 1129 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-865-3204. The restaurant features a menu full of delicious Thai tastes in a cozy atmosphere with a shady patio out back. Start your meal with the avocado spring rolls. Then dig into the entrees. Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., 4–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., 4–9:30 p.m.; Sun., noon–2:30 p.m., 4–9 p.m. $–$$   • K •

THAI THAI CUISINE 1615 W. Highway 76, Branson, 417-334-9070, thaithaibranson.com. Thai Thai Cuisine offers really great Thai food and a sweet staff. The panang curry is delicious, and it’s served on a little bed of fresh spinach. Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–3 p.m., 4:30–9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., 4:30–8:30 p.m. $–$$   • • K

THAI EXPRESS 948 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-865-0101. When you visit this friendly spot, don’t miss the Magic Noodle, mango curry chicken and volcano shrimp dishes. They are all tasty. The green curry is delicious, with a sauce so divine you might just want to drink it. (We admit: We’ve been tempted!) Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. $   • •


201 Helena Ave., Rogersville, 417-753-4777, This tasty little tea room is tucked away behind a furniture store in Rogersville. The crustless quiches change daily, and they are a different take on this tea room classic. Be sure and try the chicken salad sandwich on a croissant. It has tasty bits of dried apricot inside. Yum! Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–2 p.m $  • •

3454 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-889-5280. This spot serves up a menu packed with tasty Thai flavors, and the Esarn lettuce wraps are a longtime customer favorite. Don’t forget about the Thairito, a dish that’s unique to Tong’s. Full bar. Open Mon.– Fri., 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.; Mon.–Sat., 5–10 p.m. $–$$   WIFI • • • ☎


1845 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-430-0400, wheelhousefood.com. The pineapple fried rice is a fan favorite at this Thai-Mexican fusion spot, but you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Open Mon.–Thu., 6 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 6 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun, 6 a.m.–9 p.m. $    • • • V

211 E. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-886-7000, robinsvintagesuitcase.com. The daily specials and desserts are the star of this tearoom and pastry shop on Commercial Street. There is always a quiche and soup of the day, plus great desserts. Open Mon.­­–Fri., 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Bakery is open Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $  WIFI • • 





2015 W. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-8850013. Favorites at this tea room include the puff pastry quiche and chicken Waldorf salad. For your drink, this spot serves great tea. Try the scones with Devonshire cream and jam. Open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; Sun., noon–3 p.m. $  • • K 

1338 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-8819881. The pho is a specialty here. You can add spice, herbs, jalapeños and sprouts to customize it. (Our favorite: Use all of the herbs, a couple of jalapeños and a squirt of Sriracha.) Don’t miss the bun bowls too! Open Mon.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. $   WIFI • • • K ☎ •

SPRING CREEK TEA ROOM 107 S. Third St., Ozark, 417-582-1331. The homemade desserts are to die for. Be sure to order them quickly before they run out—like you might want to order them before you order entrees! Don’t miss the veggie sandwich, the strawberry soup or the chicken salad. This place is hopping at lunchtime. Leave time to peruse the booths at the attached antiques shop. Open Tue.–Sat., 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. $  • • K

PHO KIM 3433-C S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-8839999, phokimspringfield.com. Here you can fill up on Vietnamese staples like pho, spring rolls, bahn mi sandwiches and more at Pho Kim. We love the fresh spring rolls too. Open Mon. and Wed.–Sat., 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. $   WIFI • •= 417MAG.COM • 417 MAGAZINE



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Thanks to everyone who supported the Springfield Symphony in its 2020–2021 season! Special thanks to our concert sponsors who support us all season long: 2020-2021 PRESENTING SPONSOR

Stephen and Linda Paganini Brite Judith Enyeart Reynolds

Carla L. Calvin William T. White

Stay tuned for information on our upcoming 2021–2022 season! 417.864.6683 | springfieldmosymphony.org 417MAG.COM • 417 MAGAZINE



TEACHER OF THE YEAR APPRECIATION BANQUET On April 15, guests gathered with the Foundation of Springfield Public Schools for the annual Teacher Appreciation Banquet. From 5 to 6 p.m. at the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center, outstanding teachers were celebrated for their work. The 2021 Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Amanda Evans, lead teacher at the Health Sciences Academy at Mercy.

Laura Hopper, Mary Rowland, Aubrey Ausler

Diana Walden, Veronica Smith

Melanie Donnell, Vivian Donnell, Mark Donnell

Camille Kelly, Melanie Donnell, Yvonne Kelly

Terri Schaffitzel, Ashlee Diers, Shantai Pohlsander

Kristi Olson, Lizzie Lalonde

Deanna Ballard, Gary Turner

Cindy Faust, Shannon Holt

Date April 15 Location Oasis Hotel and Convention Center

Sponsors Bass Pro Shops, Commerce Bank, Kum & Go, Nabholz Corporation, Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center, Penmac Education Staffing, UMB Bank



Photos by Hannah Brown

Attire Casual


OVER THE EDGE Logan Aguirre, Gary Whitaker, Cruz Aguirre

Matt Hein, Janelle Cobb

Chelsey Bode, Kraig Bode

Nicole Gier, Savanna Gier

April 23 and 24 saw brave fundraisers rappelling down the side of the Sky Eleven Building in downtown Springfield, all to raise money for the Child Advocacy Center. Bold rappellers included 417 Magazine Publisher Logan Aguirre, and co-founder Gary Whitaker. The event raised $82,000 to help children navigate life after abuse. Find out more at childadvocacycenter.org. Date April 23 & 24 Location Sky Eleven Building, downtown Springfield Attire Casual and comfortable enough to rappell down a building

Photos by Hannah Brown

Sponsors Coors Light, BRS CPAs and Advisors, Elliott Robinson and Co., Heart of America Brewing Company, Penmac, Pioneer Advertising, The Ferguson Family Mike Kelly, Denise Kelly

Judy Bilyeu, Lori Miller

Tom Prater

Nicole Gier 417MAG.COM • 417 MAGAZINE



BOOTS N’ ROOTS May 1st saw 60 diners enjoy a candlelit dinner at Dogwood Ranch, raising money to make a difference to children in the 417-land community. The event was held at the main hall of the ranch’s rustic barn along with 40 additional semi-private seats in the surrounding stalls. All proceeds raised went to supporting a mission to provide The Road Home for foster youth. Date May 1

Eric & Kimberley Gaisford

Jan & John George, Mark & Angie Pyatt

Eden & Hector Cruz

Emily Boulger, Sylvia Davis

Brenda Sessary, Jennifer Creed, Mike House

Patty & Jeremy Freeman

Sharon Ashley, Faith Cardwell, Karen Cardwell, Gracie Cardwell

Jim Herschend, Yeny Herschend, Jack Herschend, Sherry Herschend, Tiffany Kuehn

Location Dogwood Ranch Attire Casual



Photos by Ryan Kowlaski

Sponsors ATS, Celine Marie Photography, Farmers Insurance, InFocus Financial Solutions, Los Cabos Mexican Grill & Cantina, Phoenix Home Care & Hospice, Rice Renovations


Summer Fun on Wheels PHOTO BY CRISTA AND MARLON HILMES | @PENELOPETHEAIRSTREAM Crista and Marlon Hilmes love finding secluded spots to park their renovated Argosy Airstream. They look for quiet spots that are still close to plenty of activities, whether it’s floating or boating. Pictured here is their Argosy parked at the Indian Point Campground at Table Rock Lake for a much-needed getaway.