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The gorgeous scene on this month’s cover is Mirror Falls, located at Blanchard Springs Recreation Area in Northwest Arkansas.



Twin Falls in Devil’s Den State Park has two falls to explore. Read more about them on p. 60.




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Photo by Joshua Beecher, Cover photo by Joshua Beecher

The Ozarks’ true hidden gems are the beautiful, owing waterfalls peppered throughout the region. March is the perfect time to catch them at their best due to the heavy rainfall. Our guide tells you everything you need to know on where, when and how to find them. WR TTEN BY KAT E POLLOCK ESTES

MARCH 2022






Laugh your winter blues away at these five fun-filled venues.

Plan a slumber party unlike any other with these local planners.


Plan a trip to Ste. Genevieve for a weekend of indulging in the finest wine, cheese and honey you can find.






Learn about interesting local caves you can visit, rain or shine.

Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is back open and the perfect place to plan a day in the park.


Fishers with all levels of e perience will love these low-key fishing spots to spend the day unwinding.


Draw inspiration from Meg Wagler’s latest eye-catching mural.


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Get Out There How I Spring Break While most families head south for warm weather on spring break, our family loads up the car and heads west to the mountains. This is our sixth year skiing in Colorado. We go with another family, and with five kids between us we’ve lived through concussions, strep throat, meltdowns on the mountain (well that was really more on the adults) and car sickness. Each year we wonder whose turn it is to have an ailment, and last year, I was the lucky one! Altitude sickness led to me schlepping an oxygen tank across the resort while sporting a nasal cannula. The photos are great blackmail. The memories and laughs make it all worth it.

Chasing Waterfalls

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The one year we didn’t go over spring break was March of . We opted to ski over Christmas that year. So for spring break I booked a cozy little cabin in Ponca, Arkansas for the weekend. We were all set to leave that morning when decided needed to first call an all-team meeting where I explained that we had to shut down the o ce and everyone needed to go home

for what we hoped would be just a couple of weeks. It was with a sense of dread, doom and fear that our family drove to our little cabin that ended up having no cell service. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise that we were completely out of touch with reality. We spent the weekend hiking and exploring waterfalls including Eden Falls, the one featured on p. 71. Getting outside and face-to-face with these beautiful natural resources was grounding and reassuring in a time of such uncertainty.

Must Do It We loved Eden Falls, and if you go, you have to do the crazy climb behind the waterfall into the cave. Bring a ashlight and ust trust me. We were lucky to run into a group of people who had maneuvered it before and helped guide us in. You feel like you should definitely not be attempting it, but I promise, attempt it!

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n the days leading up to me writing this note, two things have happened simultaneously. 1. I’ve been wrapping up writing this month’s cover story, “Guide to Waterfalls.” 2. I’ve been planning a couple of family trips that will ultimately take us through four national parks. We bought the America the Beautiful pass and plan to see more purple mountain’s majesty and amber waves of grain than I ever thought I’d absorb in one year. It’s an understatement to say that my mind is currently filled to the brim with images of natural beauty that have, at times, literally taken my breath away (and I’m just looking at pictures on the computer at this point!). Thinking about bringing my kids to places so grand and beautiful is a physically heart-wrenching feeling —in a good way, of course. And planning to make it happen is really time-consuming. When I took the StrengthsFinder quiz, one of my strengths was Input. This means I have a natural craving to know more, and more, and more. To collect, organize and save information. The quiz results suggested that I look for jobs that require me to acquire new information every day—such as journalism. Lucky for me, I was well into my journalism career when I learned this about myself. Practically, this means I have trouble stopping once I start to dig into a subject. That’s the point where the strength becomes a weakness. I found a whole lot more than the 10 waterfalls featured in this issue, and narrowing it down was hard, like raising a plant just to throw it in the trash.

But everything’s better when it’s edited, right? It also means that almost every second of my time not spent working and parenting lately has been spent studying National Park maps and curating extensive, deeply researched and embarrassingly thorough trip plans and itineraries. And I can’t stop. Do you want to know the coolest thing I found while researching our National Parks vacation? At one point, I was debating whether to plan some time to putz around on a mountain lake. But I looked at pictures of that particular lake and thought, “Actually, Table Rock is prettier.” And it’s right in my backyard. In your backyard. So as I was singing the praises of America’s natural wonders, I was reminded of how much beauty we have right here in the Ozarks. This month’s cover story has the same effect.

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Piccolo was voted Best Italian Food in the Readers’ Choice awards

THE CREAM OF THE CROP We loved seeing so many of our Best of 417 winners share excitement about their awards on social media. Read some of our favorites below, and then check out the full 2022 Best of 417 Readers’ Choice Award lists and Editor’s Picks online at 417mag. com/bestof.—Editor Our green tomato cake has earned its first crown. This sassy slice was just named Best Veggie Surprise by the editors of 417 Magazine, and we couldn’t be more tickled. Make sure to snag a piece during your ne t visit to The Ozark Mill Restaurant. Finley Farms Holy cannoli t happened. Piccolo is o cially the No. 1 talian restaurant in 417-land. And No. 3 for vegetarian options. Grazie, from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who took the time to vote for us. For all the hard days, and constant challenges, a recognition like this really feels good right now! Piccolo Aww, you guys. Thanks for those that have supported us since we opened this tiny place. Somehow we won people’s choice for Best New Restaurant, second place for Best Sandwiches and

a really sweet editors’ pick for Best Glow Up. We feel incredibly lucky and look forward to kicking out even more fun sandwiches for you. Thanks to those that voted for us. Thanks to 417 Magazine. The Sandwich Scene The 1920s Worman House sits at the center of Big Cedar’s property, serving the same beautiful view and now, a newly imaged, MissouriFrench menu. Recently named Best Restaurant Reimagined by the editors at 417 Magazine, our French bistro is one worth fine-dining in. Big Cedar Lodge Thank you to 417 Magazine readers for voting Mother’s Brewing the Best Local Brewery E perience in 417-land Stop by for Yoga in the Barrel House, the music of Kendall James, or simply en oy the tap room with a ight of fun beers. Come see what makes us the best brewery e perience in the Ozarks Mother’s Brewing Co. Thank you for voting us one of the Best Places for Lunch in the 417 We’re honored to win this designation again, and we love serving you guys lunch. Thanks, 417 Magazine. Neighbor’s Mill




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the buzz A growing town, migrating bluebirds and all the hottest stuff to know about in 417-land. BY THE EDITORS

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It’s time for residents of Republic (and anybody within day trip distance) to get excited. A new $65 million mixeduse development called the Iron Grain District is in the works. This development from Magers Construction and H Design Group will be home to more than 200 apartments, dining, shopping, entertainment, a dog park and walking trails—all within walking distance of one another. It will be situated at one of Republic’s most hopping new areas, near the new Amazon warehouse and Convoy of Hope. The first phase of the development will include 24,000 square feet of shopping center space.


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

1. Hot Two-Wheel Trend Mountain biking, gaining steam thanks to the new Dirt 66 trails near Fellows Lake

2. Hot New Eats Super-tasty yellow curry from recently opened Thailand Station

3. Hot Symbol

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4. Hot New Art Hub Mike Stevens and Kate Baird’s new studio space for local artists, which they’re building in the former Doling Elementary space

5. Hot Road Trip Echo Bluff State Park ust make sure to reserve a campsite way in advance!

6. Hot Hair News Inviktus Salon was named to the Salon Today Top 200 list

7. Hot Transition to Spring Non-snow tubing at Wolf Mountain

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Here Come the Birds

petite, bright blue feathered, orange breasted beauty is a symbol for the Show Me State, and it’s also a bird feeder visitor who’s a lot of fun to spot. They are looking for new nesting spots in early March so they can settle down to spend the summer with us, and that means this is the perfect time to start attracting these little critters to your yard. There are a few things you can do to make your space appealing. First, keep the right food on hand. They love to eat insects and fruit, and they don’t care at all about the seeds you might be putting put. So add some mealworms to your rotation. Suet blocks that have fruit and insects in them are great for satisfying bluebird appetites too. Secondly, make or buy a bird house that’s specially designed for bluebirds. It needs to have a small entrance hole (about an inch and a half) that’s at least six inches above the box oor. A sloped roof is handy to keep predators away. Mount it high on a pole in a sunny and open space, so the birds can perch and look for insects to hunt. Happy birding, 417-land!



OUR FAVORITE LIVESTREAM Local photographer Joshua Beecher scouted and photographed many of the waterfalls in this month’s issue, including Devil’s Den State Park dam pictured here and on p. 66.



LUCIE AMBERG Biz 417 Editor

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SABRINA MERRILL Administrative Assistant

“March is the month I start bundling up to en oy my morning coffee on the screened porch. It’s chilly, but watching the sunrise while listening to the birds is worth a few shivers.

“My favorite thing to do when the sun is shining is to go grab lunch at the Truman Cafe at Big Cedar Lodge. The view of the lake is unbeatable

“I’m really excited to get back to gardening! There’s not much space in my apartment but I rented a plot of land from Rutledge-Wilson and grew all kinds of vegetables

KATHY GRIEVE Account Coordinator

MOLLY DAVIS Advertising Designer

KATIE BATLINER Editorial Design Assistant

“I am so excited to get back to the great hiking trails that the Ozarks have to offer, from the great scenic trails in Springfield to Missouri’s awesome state parks and my personal favorite, the beautiful trails along the Buffalo River in Arkansas.

“Spring is one of the best times of the year owers are blooming, the temperature is rising, the grass is greener and the sunshine begins to last longer. I’m eager to get outside and en oy all the beauty 417-land has to offer.

“The spring time is when our beautiful city becomes alive! I’m excited to sit at some of my favorite patios listening to live music, en oying good company and meeting some furry friends along the way.

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LEARNED “Over 16 years of editing 417 Magazine, and especially this month, I’ve learned that if there’s some cool outdoorsy thing you want to know about, all you have to do is dig a little and you’ll realize the Ozarks has it in spades. That was the case with our ‘Guide to Waterfalls’ feature. I found so many gorgeous waterfalls I never knew existed, and way too many to fit in this one issue of the magazine. —Editorial Director Katie Pollock Estes (read “Guide to Waterfalls” on p. 60) learned there are a lot of e otic sights to see at Dickerson Park Zoo throughout the winter months. During my interview with PR manager Joey Powell, she described how animals like zebras and lions like to venture out whenever snow covers the ground. ’m crossing my fingers for a couple inches —Editorial Intern Katie McWilliams (read “Go Wild” on p. 25) “I’ve always been a big fan of public art and the way it can transform a city, but through my interview with local artist Meg Wagler, I gained a new perspective on public art and the impact it can have on economic development and talent retention. —Engagement & Style Editor Colin Shea Denniston (read “Q&A” on p. 29)

Photo by Leah Stiefermann

“I leaned that you can take etiquette classes at The Polite Company that help with manners but also goes far beyond that into your personal and professional relationships too. Assistant Editor Jo Jolliff (read “Mind Your Manners” on p. 25)


The art and history nerds in our o ce can’t stop talking about an interactive landscape of Springfield from the 1800’s. It includes a painting of Springfield’s third courthouse by J.G. Hulett. Find it online at art.sgfm.yourcultureconnect.com.


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GO FOR A LAUGH If laughter is the best medicine, the last couple of years have earned us all a lifetime’s prescription. Check out these five local spots uniquely designed to help you get your chuckle on. BY COLIN SHEA DENNISTON

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Tim Northern performs at Blue Room Comedy Club.





420 W. College St., Springfield, 417-228-8430, blueroomcomedyclub.com The Blue Room Comedy club brings some of the biggest names in comedy to 417-land. Some recent performers have included Saturday Night Live alums Tim Meadows and Jay Pharoah, with Kevin Nealon coming this month. With food and drink available and multiple shows each weekend, The Blue Room is the perfect spot for an evening with pals or for a fun twist on date night.



325 Park Central East, Springfield, 417-863-9491, gillioztheatre.com From stand up to live music, the smorgasbord level of variety offered at the Gillioz Theatre means that something on their schedule is sure to tickle your funny bone. Your next chances to catch a laugh at The Gillioz are the Steve-o show on March 18, Dave Landau in early May and Weird Al Yankovik in late August.



326 South Ave., Springfield, 417-771-5702, facebook.com/outland.bar 417-land is full of hilariously talented comedians who make creating spur-of-the-moment sketch scenes look easy (even though they are anything but). Laugh Laugh Laugh Improv is the newest 417-land improv troupe and features some of the best performers from the local comedy scene. You can catch Laugh Laugh Laugh on the first Friday of every month at Hour House in downtown Springfield.



525 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy., Springfield, 417-836-6776, hammonshall.com A wide variety of shows, concerts and individual performers come through Hammons Hall every year. Their Broadway series features national tours of musical comedy favorites from Broadway’s golden age to contemporary hits—like Hairspray coming early this month. Next month, Rodney Carrington takes the stage.



218 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, springfieldlittletheatre.org If you’re more interested in laughing at local performers (we mean that in a good way), then Springfield Little Theatre’s SLT Late Night Springvegas Sketch Shows are for you. Come to see Second City alum Mo Holloman MC some laughs, and en oy the bar while you’re there because this event if for ages 21 and older. Springvegas Sketch Shows are scheduled for the first Friday of the month through June. 417MAG.COM • 417 MAGAZINE



agenda There’s so much family fun in 417-land this month! Entertain the whole crew with local activities. BY THE EDITORS

TRENDY TENT CO. 417-818-1329, trendytentco.com Simply choose your sleepover theme, date and time, then let Trendy Tent Co. do the rest. They set up and tear down a variety of unique themes for all of your kiddo’s favorite interests including unicorns, Mickey Mouse, Super Mario Bros, western and soccer.

BEAUTIFUL & BOLD SLEEPOVER PARTIES 417-234-4290, beautifulandboldsleepoverparties.com With more than themes available, and the option to customize your own theme, you’re sure to have a party your kiddo will love. Each package includes tents, twin air mattresses, sheets and bedding, trays and lanterns for each kid.

Photos courtesy Trendy Tent Co., A uarium at the Boardwalk, Springfield Art Museum, Shutterstock

SIESTA FIESTAS Wow your kids’ little guests with help from local businesses that set up fun, themed slumber parties in your home.

417 NITE OWLS 417-619-2978, facebook.com/417niteowls Owner Hillary Tranbarger started 417 Nite Owls with a monthly unique theme and is now branching out to create more themes for slumber parties. She helps with all party rentals to ensure parents, grandparents and anyone hosting a slumber party is able to do so with ease.


One of the best gifts you can give your child is the advantage of polite manners. The Polite Company (417-439-6010, thepolitecompany@gmail.com) offers courses for individuals or groups to teach proper etiquette. While their coaching is often geared towards adults and businesses, they also teach young tweens and teens the principles of etiquette to boost their confidence and create meaningful relationships personally and professionally.

All School Exhibition The Springfield Art Museum will host student artwork at the Weisel and Kelly galleries March 5 to April 24 to support the importance of art education. n celebration of Youth Art Month, every March since 1 3 the Springfield Art Museum has hosted outstanding artwork from students kindergarten through twelfth grade. Springfield Art Museum places an emphasis on the importance of art education in schools. They showcase young artists’ work in order to show the community the innovation, collaboration and self-e pression that is taught through art. It honors not only the accomplishments of young artists, but also the work of the talented teachers in the community.


Inspire the animal lovers in your family with some seriously fun wildlife encounters. Plan a visit to one of these fun-filled and animal-centric sites. AQUARIUM AT THE BOARDWALK 2700 W 76 Country Boulevard, Unit A, Branson; 417-335-3474; aquariumattheboardwalk.com This a uarium offers a wide variety of e hibits you won’t find anywhere else including a elly infinity room, mermaid palace, kelp forest and touch pools. THE BUTTERFLY PALACE 4106 76 Country Boulevard, Branson; 417-332-2231; thebutterflypalace.com Walk among thousands of butter ies from rainforests all over the world and watch them y around right before your eyes. WONDERS OF WILDLIFE NATIONAL MUSEUM & AQUARIUM 500 W Sunshine St, Springfield; 888-222-6060; wondersofwildlife.org The largest immersive wildlife attraction in the world offers both an a uarium and a museum for children to discover all sorts of new species from both the water and land in immersive habitats to entertain and educate. RUTLE E ILSON FAR 3825 W Farm Road 146, Springfield; 417-837-5949; parkboard.org/farmpark Enjoy life on the farm and interact with wildlife at Rutledge-Wilson. You can go fishing in the pond, see what animals live in the big red barn and view fields of crops and a large butter y garden.





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Need a couple’s weekend away or a girlfriend trip out of town? Take a food-and-wine centered weekend trip to Ste. Genevieve, a town almost four hours east of Springfield that’s filled with charm and great flavors. BY KATIE POLLOCK ESTES



Wineries are one of the things Ste. Gen is known for, and there are some great options for wine tasting, such as Chaumette Vineyard & Winery, Crown Valley, Charleville Vineyards and Cave Vineyard & Distillery. Draw straws for the designated driver, and go try some Missouri wines in beautiful settings.

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At Baet e Farms (baetjefarms.com), the owners raise the cutest goats and make some seriously tasty award-winning goat cheese. Availability varies, but the farm makes everything from classic goat cheese to bolder options like the bloomy rind Miette or the super-soft Bloomsdale.

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To eat and drink!

Photos courtesy Harold’s Famous Bee Co., Audubon’s Hotel


A long weekend. Ste. Genevieve has our taste buds going. Head to Baet e Farms and try their award-winning goat cheese, then hit up Harold’s Famous Bee Co. to satisfy your sweet tooth. After indulging on the goods Ste. Genevieve has to offer, en oy a stay at Audubon’s Hotel.



Located in a historic building downtown Harold’s Famous Bee Co. (haroldsfamous.com) features a honey bar where you can sample the beekeeping owners’ best work. There are tons of samples and other locally made honey products for sale as well, like honey candy and body balm.


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Oof! That was a lot of sampling. You can work off all that wine, cheese and honey by cycling around the city and along the Mississippi River. You don’t even have to bring your own bike because you can rent one from Rollin on the River Bike Rental & Mercantile (291 Merchant St., 573-330-4105).




Sleep away the busy day you ust had by spending a night or two at Audubon’s Hotel (theaudubons.com). This tiny seven-room bouti ue hotel was first opened in 1 4 and was most recently remolded in 2018. It’s located in the town’s cute historic district and has a tasty restaurant on-site.

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Local artist Meg Wagler made the mural bold and vibrant, using more than 30 colors.


We sat down with local artist Meg Wagler to learn about her latest eye-catching mural, dive into her creative process and discuss the future of public art in 417-land. BY COLIN SHEA DENNISTON


eg Wagler describes herself as a solopreneur. “It’s way more accurate I feel like than entrepreneur,” says Wagler, “because I’m not working with a brick and mortar shop and hiring a lot of employees and things like that, so it’s a little bit different of a landscape.” Expanding public art has been one of Wagler’s primary focuses, and last year she was approached by the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center and Revel Advertising to take on her biggest project yet. In conjunction with their site-wide renovations, Wagler was hired to create a towering poolside mural where color takes center stage. A A INE • 417MAG.COM

417 Magazine: Ho man di erent co ors ere used on that mural? MW: think it was around 3 different colors. This was actually the first pro ect did that was all spray, like spray cans. A lot of times I’ll mix or use different materials, but this whole piece was cans. 417 Magazine: What were some of the ways that you went about tackling such a large-scale project? MW: Since this was my largest project to date, I just broke it up into chunks basically. I use a technique called the doodle grid, which takes a little bit longer than using a projector. It looks like gra ti scribble all over the wall with little shapes and Xs and hearts and Os and then I take a photo of that and overlay it with my design so then I can sketch it in as I go. 417 Magazine: What were some of the challenges that you faced with this project? MW: Because it was a pool area, the surface is not even. So it was actually really di cult to get the right size lift in there that we needed. I had to be very careful and very alert so I didn’t fall into the pool and make sure the lift didn’t dip into the grates or holes for drainage or anything like that.

417 Magazine: How do you feel public art like t is enefits t e comm nit MW: As far as talent acquisition or talent retention, from an economic standpoint, it’s economically beneficial to have e periences like this so that people want to stay and feel excited and safe and be able to walk around the downtown area for example. From an artistic standpoint, the more that we build up the presence of public art, the more momentum that we gain as an arts community for grant funding and recruiting different ideas and folks who really have an innovative thumb and want to utilize the landscape 417 has, to build some of these ideas and opportunities. 417 Magazine: So obviously you’ve been hard at work on this mural and then there is your project MIDxMIDWST, which is coming later this year. What are your thoughts on public art specifica in and MW: Ultimately the goal is more quality, public art and doing it in a way that excites and involves the community... All of those things add up to people just loving the 417 area and staying here and being proud of showing it off to other people.

To learn about Meg Wagler’s upcoming M D M DWST event that will showcase and celebrate public art in 417-land, visit midxmidwst.com.


Photos by Leah Stiefermann, courtesy Meg Wagler


417 Magazine: If you could describe your aesthetic in three words, what would you say? MW: Bold, colorful and vibrant.



TEXTURES One of the things I love about fashion is that it is ever evolving. What we wear each day has a way of enhancing our senses far beyond just the visual. Fuzzy sherpas, rich velvets and smooth and studded leathers are taking over wardrobes with their luxurious textures and “gotta touch it” appeal. Next time you’re out shopping in 417-land, take a moment to think beyond what you see, and enjoy the tactile evolution of fashion. Trust me, you’ll love the way it feels. —Colin Shea Denniston, Style Editor

Photos by Brandon Alms

Steve Madden Maxima tennis shoes, $109 at The Harem Rebecca Minkoff ett moto studded leather acket, 7 at The Harem Alice and Olivia kitty lime punch bow sweater, $496 at The Harem; Turner leather pants, $46 at Modern Society; Schultz Lizah rhinestone heels, 1 at The Harem Nadia leather pillow, 3 at Obelisk Home Bedford Collection Delray blanket, 1 at The Market

“Textural designs are moving beyond just clothing and are finding their way into our home décor as well. A cream bouclé pillow on a camel leather sofa is just my kind of refined cozy style.” —Colin Shea Denniston 417MAG.COM




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STRESSING THE LITTLE THINGS Springfield mom Sarah Williams reflects on the things that have made her worry over the years—and how they have turned out in the end. BY SARAH WILLIAMS


y friend from high school called me, frantic about a discipline issue he was having with his kindergartner. I talked him off the ledge, knowing how difficult some stages of parenting are.


In a follow-up conversation a few months later, that sweet little girl was doing just fine. And my friend told me, “I feel bad that I even stressed about it.” To which I replied, “That will be the title of my parenting memoir.” The amount of things I’ve worried about that I did not need to worry about is immeasurable. Especially with my first-born child, when every stage is new and terrifying. My oldest son once got his front tooth knocked out, thanks to his younger brother head butting him. I lost sleep over that snaggle tooth, and one day, the new tooth grew in perfectly fine. He was the shyest little kid and would hide behind me at every social function. Convinced other moms were silently judging me for this, I tried every form of bribery to make him bolder. A decade later, with more confidence than I will ever have, he asked the sweetest girl to homecoming and had the best time. Awkward stages. Weird habits. Sleep deprivation. Potty training woes. Hygiene. Friendships. Lack thereof. Sports teams. Birthday parties. School choices. If it’s

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not talking about it isn't the only option

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possible to stress about it, I’ve stressed about it. And then some. Yet life has a funny way of working out just fine. And usually it’s even better than expected even when it’s unexpected. Hygiene issues are miraculously cured when a cute girl captures his attention. Friends come and go, and some stay a long time. It’s all part of life. All kids eventually sleep. And discover what they love. And pee in the toilet. (Well, near-ish the toilet in my house.) I tell myself that, if all of those years ago, I had a glimpse of the people my children would become, I would have relaxed and enjoyed the ride a lot more. But now I am worried about college and future careers and if I’ve adequately prepared my offspring to be contributing members of society. I lose sleep wondering if there’s any correlation between barely passing algebra and career success later in life. So in a decade or two, I am sure I will find myself saying, “I feel bad that I even stressed about it,” when my children are amazing adults with good jobs, and their own kids to worry about—and they call me frantically asking for advice on how to calm a colicky baby. At that point, I will worry about whether or not my children are getting enough sleep (again) and making enough money and investing in their marriages. And anything else I can think of, I’m sure. They will always be my children. It will always be my job to stress. Even though I know I shouldn’t. Because life has a funny way of turning out just fine. It seems as if that parenting memoir is going to write itself.





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TO DO This month is packed with live performances, outdoor events and interactive activities for the whole family. BY KATE DUBY


Welcome to the s This production of one of the most beloved contemporary American musicals is a must-see. Tickets start at $37; 7:30 p.m., March 1–3; Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, 525 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy, Springfield. For tickets and more information, visit hammonshall. com/showlisting or call 417-836-7678.




Enjoy the downtown atmosphere and support 417-land creatives as you peruse art galleries and exhibits sponsored by local businesses. Free to the public; 6 10 p.m., March 4; Downtown Springfield. For more information, visit https://ffaw.org.


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Enjoy a live production of this heartwarming tale set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chin uapin, Louisiana. If you’re like us and wept over the movie, then you’ll want to see Springfield Little Theatre’s live performance for sure. $24–30; 7:30 p.m. evenings, 2 p.m. matinee; The Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut St., Springfield. For tickets and more information, visit springfieldlittletheatre.org or call 417-869-1334.





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Listen to the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and en oy a night of catchy rhythms and toe-tapping melodies. $10–45; 7:30–9 p.m., March 5; Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, 525 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy, Springfield. For tickets and more information, call 417-836-7678 or visit springfieldmosymphony.org.


Laugh out loud with actor, comedian and writer Tom Segura at the Gillioz on his ’m Coming Everywhere world tour. 7 p.m., March 11; Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, Springfield. For tickets and more information, visit gillioztheatre.com or call the box o ce at 417-863-9491.


Join 37 North E peditions and e plore the Ozarks Highland Trail with a beginner-friendly backpacking adventure in scenic Northwest Arkansas. Price includes e pert guides, transportation, camping e uipment and all meals. Meet for pickup at Farmers Park in Springfield. 269 for one adventurer, 469 for two; 6 a.m. Saturday, March 12, to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 13; 2144 E. Republic Rd., Springfield; visit 37northexpeditions.com for more information.


En oy CMA-awarded country star Carly Pearce at the Gillioz on her tour of The . Tickets start at 25; 8 p.m., March 4; Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, Springfield. For tickets and more information, visit gillioztheatre. com or call the box o ce at 417-863-9491.

SPRING RIDE DAYS Photos courtesy Shutterstock, Silver Dollar City

MARCH 16–20, 23–27 Silver Dollar City is open for the year this month Bring your kids during spring break to take advantage of the park’s rides and attractions and kick off the season. 69 kids, 79 adults; Silver Dollar City, 399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy., Branson. Get tickets at silverdollarcity.com.

electric bluegrass for years. The Molly Healey String Pro ect opens each concert. 70; 7 p.m., March 16 18, The Landers Theater, 311 E. Walnut St., Springfield. Get tickets at springfieldlittletheatre.org.



Come see one of 417-land’s most iconic bands perform for three nights straight at Time Warp Celebrating Years of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. The genre bending band has been performing everything from country-rock to

Drink, l’chaim, to life You won’t want to miss this fresh take on a classic musical, brought to you by Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher. 7:30 p.m. evenings, 2 p.m. matinee; Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, 525 S. John

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Q. Hammons Pkwy, Springfield. For tickets and more information, visit hammonshall.com/showlisting or call 417-836-7678.


This Springfield Ballet workshop engages boys and girls ages 3– in an afternoon of dance, storytelling, crafts and games. $20; 3–5 p.m. March 27; The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield. For more information, visit springfieldmo.org. 417MAG.COM






When you think “Spring Break,” 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.




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Make your spring break unforgettable with a trip to the best vacation destination in the Midwest. The rolling hills, gorgeous forests and sprawling lakes of Branson are perfect for exploring as a family, and there’s something here that everyone will enjoy! Kids will love: They’ll go wild feeling the wind in their hair on a roller coaster at Silver Dollar City, an 1880s-themed amusement park, or cooling off at White Water, a water park for all ages. And what kid wouldn’t love a spin on the go-kart tracks at The Track Family Fun Parks, and exploring the Titanic Museum, Hollywood Wax Museum and so much more! Grown-ups will love: Love the lake? Enjoy time on the water at Lake Taneycomo, Table Rock Lake or Bull Shoals Lake with boat rentals and fishing off the dock! Must see: Round out your full days of exploring Branson with an exciting show. Branson offers live shows that appeal to every type of audience, sure to bring entertainment the whole family will love. Start planning at ExploreBranson. com.


The Keeter Center® at College of the Ozarks® invites you for a visit this spring season. Experience unique shopping, fine dining and special accommodations at this award-winning lodge. Reservations are highly recommended; reserve at keetercenter.edu. Must see: Put some spring in your step by visiting the gift shop, located in The Keeter Center Lobby.





Must eat: After a day of choosing the perfect gifts that will brighten your day, enjoy farm-to-table cuisine at Dobyns Dining Room, The Keeter Center’s award-winning restaurant. Kids will love: When you stay overnight in one of the suites at the Lodge, the bell staff delivers freshly baked cookies and milk to your room during the renowned turn-down service. Grown-ups will love: Waking up refreshed while enjoying your in-room breakfast and the scenic views of the campus from your own private balcony. Gift cards available: Visit keetercenter.edu or call 417-239-1900.


Visiting the National Tiger Sanctuary is more than a thrill… your visit helps to support their mission. They are a non-profit rescue organization that is dedicated to education, environmental preservation and exemplary animal care, providing a permanent home for exotic and domestic animals. Both riding and walking tours are available. Know before you go: They house more than tigers! See lions, wolves, leopards, Arctic foxes, mountain lions, lemurs and more! Kids will love: The Feeding Tour, seeing big cats up close and crunching through bones. Grown-ups will love: The Behind the Scenes Tour, seeing twice as many animals and actually feeding them yourself !

Best selfie spot: With a tiger standing up, stretched tall on the fence behind you.


Silver Dollar City’s biggest entertainment year kicks off with spring festivals. With adventure-loving thrill seekers looking for entertainment close to home, Silver Dollar City’s 2022 season delivers just that, with 40+ themed rides and attractions, 10 festivals, and thousands of performances during its Biggest Entertainment Year To Date. With record-breaking rides and attractions, award-winning homestyle food, and 60 unique shops alongside a demonstrating, 100-strong crafts colony, there’s something for everyone each season! Know before you go: Notable dates on the spring festival calendar! The fun kicks off with Spring Ride Days, March 16-27, followed by

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Street Fest, April 14-May 1 and the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, May 4-30. Kids will love: The incredible rides, including “The Fastest, Steepest & Tallest Spinning Coaster,” Time Traveler, “The Steepest Drop on a Wood Coaster,” Outlaw Run, and raft ride thrill, Mystic River Falls (featuring the “Tallest Drop in the Western Hemisphere” at 4.5 stories tall). Bonus non-ride entertainment: The Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience (only during Spring Ride Days).

gorgeous bluegrass music filling the park while you indulge, from rising stars and legends alike. Best selfie spot: The park is yours for the choosing, but there’s something timeless about the dazed awe and crazy-haired look that can only come fresh off a coaster ride. For tickets and information SilverDollarCity.com.



Grown-ups will love: Feeling like a kid again at Street Fest. This eclectic festival with Ozarkian carnival flair highlights unique performers such as precision knife throwers, stilt walkers, living statues, steel drums and more, plus an array of mouthwatering foods for culinary grazing.

The outside is just the tip of the iceberg! The Titanic Museum is a permanent interactive family experience dedicated to preservation and education about the ship. As spectacular as it is to see from the outside, the inside of the museum offers a wealth of experiences and education.

Must eat: Any of the slow-smoked BBQ flavors during the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival. Bonus:

New for 2022: In March of 2022, the museum pays tribute to the 187 Irish passengers who

were on board with a special, first-time exhibit of Irish fairy cottages. Must see: Touch an iceberg, dip your hands into 28 degree water and even try standing on the sloping deck as you get a first-hand experience of what it was like on that fateful night in 1912. Know before you go: Tours of the Titanic Museum and its over-$4.5 million collection are selfguided, so you can take in the history at your own pace—from learning how to send an S.O.S. signal to shovelling coal in the boiler room. Everyone’s talking about: Walking the halls, parlors, cabins and the iconic Grand Staircase of the ship all offer the perfect opportunity for unforgettable experience. Plus, you’ll be surrounded by more than 400 real artifacts from the ship and its passengers. Book your passage so you don’t miss all this and more the Titanic Museum in Branson.





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Branson Hills Golf Club originated in 2009 as a tribute to a Missouri Golf Legend. This masterpiece of a golf course is now approaching a legendary status of its own.

Enjoy the beauty of Table Rock Lake Breathtaking Views • Hot Tubs • Fire Pits The Overlook Cabins | 417-883-3001 | theoverlookcabins.com 8000 State Hwy 13, Lampe, MO 65618

Know before you go: Among the many accolades Branson Hills Golf Club has received since opening, it is currently ranked #1 Best Course You Can Play in Missouri and #36 in the Nation by Golf Advisor. Everyone’s talking about: Branson Hills Golf Club was designed by Chuck Smith with design consulting by PGA Professional Bobby Clampett. It is a masterful design that is literally carved through the Ozark Mountains. Natural rock outcroppings, waterfalls, creeks and an abundance of wildlife will add to your experience. Must see: The six sloped and rated teeing options vary from 7,324 to 5,323 yards. The bent grass greens are fast and true and are guarded by pure white sand bunkers. The Zoysia fairways and tees always offer an ideal platform for executing your next most memorable shot. Each hole could qualify as “The Signature Hole” and offers a unique challenge to all skill levels. Best selfie spot: The 130-foot drop from tee to green on the very first hole gives you a stunning preview of what to expect during your thrilling game. Must eat: The Magnolia Grille, located inside the clubhouse, is open to the public and is gaining notoriety for



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“We just got back from our stay, and it was heaven on Earth. The cabin was amazing, fully stocked, and easily accommodated our large group. We had an amazing sunset view of the lake and hills, and the pools were equally awesome. We are already planning to come back!” —Valerie

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its luxurious ambience and amazing food. After your meal you can enjoy a cocktail and take in the view on the beautiful veranda overlooking the 18th hole. For tee times and information visit bransonhillsgolfclub.com.


The Track Family Fun Parks features multiple locations in Branson where creating unforgettable moments for families has been the mission for over 40 years. Everyone’s talking about: Their multiple 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, with new experiences coming in 2022! There’s something fun here for the whole family. Know before you go: You will get the best value by purchasing an unlimited park pass with options for unlimited rides all day to all year long. Looking for a discount?

Purchase on their website to save with an online only deal. You’ll love: There’s no gate admission—anyone can join in on the fun or watch from the sidelines. Best selfie spot: The Branson Ferris Wheel is one of the most iconic selfie spots in Branson. Day or night it provides the perfect backdrop to strike a pose worthy of a spot on your feed.


Branson’s multi-award-winning hotel company features six branded locations, provides friendly, fantastic service and great amenities, including beautiful indoor pools and concierge service. Know before you go: The locally owned Myer Hotels have won over 100 national awards, more than any hospitality and lodging company in Branson.

Kids will love: The indoor pools and game rooms (select hotels), free hot breakfast! Grown-ups will love: Besides the high quality and service, the in-house concierge staff can book guest shows and attractions, making vacation planning easier. Best selfie spot: Best Western Music Capital Inn’s Drum Chandelier, Comfort Inn & Suites’ Stuffed Bear and Moose. Book today at myerhospitality.com.


The Overlook Cabins are for couples and families who want to get away from it all and spend time surrounded by nature. Located between Dogwood Canyon, Kimberling City and Silver Dollar City, The Overlook Cabins are a great place to unwind and unplug! Grown-ups will love: The peace and quiet this romantic setting provides, experiencing relaxed luxury combined with gorgeous scenery. Enjoy nature’s beauty while experiencing

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modern-amenity comforts, such as the property’s newly added hot tubs. Kids will love: The variety of indoor and outdoor games and activities. Must see: Breathtaking views of Table Rock Lake and a unique cabin stay. Best photo op: The lofts offer a cozy spot to snap a pic with twinkling lights. OMG moment: Their cabins are literally pristine. You can instantly tell how important cleanliness is to this family-owned business.


Table Rock Shore Resort encompasses everything the Ozarks has to offer. Take in the incredible views, cast your line to catch a big one, or grab the crew for a

day on the water. This new resort has so much to enjoy. Join us this year and reserve your share of the shore!

the shoreline. Kids and adults alike will love the beach entrance, 2 level salt water pool with waterfalls and splash pad.

New this year: Table Rock Shore Resort’s new Heights Cabins are booking now for 2022! These new additions feature five beautifully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms with all the same amenities and comforts as the resorts other cabins.

Grown-ups will love: Spacious cabins complete with fully appointed kitchens, a washer and dryer and wood-stocked fire pits! Ultrarelaxation moment: listening to the soothing sounds of the lake on the large cabin decks.

Know before you go: Yes! You can bring your boat— ramp and dock slips are availible on site at the resort (additonal rental slips are a $25 fee). You can also rent one of the new G3Tritoons for half day or full day of fun. They’re equipped with Yamaha 150hp motors. Each tritoon offers seating for 10 and sun tops for shade. Boat rental includes slip fees and life jackets.

Must eat: Choose from all the local spots listed in the restaurant guide provided in every cabin. Must see: The breathtaking views and gorgeous sunsets from the resort.

Kids will love: Ping-pong, cornhole, paved bike paths and shell hunting and fishing off

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Mountain Springs Trout Park is the perfect spot for first-time fishers and beginners. Read about more of their fun activities on p. 50.





COVER March weather is unpredictable. Is it cold? Is it warm? Will it rain? Could it snow? Make plans that are a sure bet, no matter the weather, and go cave hopping around 417-land with your kids this month. BY KATIE POLLOCK ESTES

TALKING ROCKS CAVERN 423 Fairy Cave Lane, Branson West, 417-2723366, talkingrockscavern.com It takes about an hour to trek all the way through Talking Rocks Cavern on this guided tour across wooden boardwalks and concrete stairs, and it’s worth every step. Tour guides focus on educating visitors on the history and geology of the cave as you walk through and spy a variety of incredible formations. While You’re There: You can make a day of it here. Let the kids pan for gemstones, play a round of Cave Country Mini Golf, hike a nearby nature trail, crawl through a maze or climb to the top of a lookout tower.

Talking Rocks Cavern takes you on a guided one-hour tour through the cavern.

Photo courtesy Talking Rocks Cavern

MARVEL CAVE at Silver Dollar City, 399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy., Branson, silverdollarcity.com A tour of Marvel Cave, which sits underneath Silver Dollar City, takes visitors down about 500 feet below the surface on a one-hour guided trek. You’ll see a massive cathedral room and lots of cool formations in this wet limestone cave. As you learn about the colorful history of the cave and the park, you’ll get a thigh workout because there are a ton of stairs here! While You’re There: You need to buy a ticket to Silver Dollar City to get into this cave. Make good use of it and spend the rest of the day in the park, riding roller coasters, shopping and eating a steaming hot bowl of succotash.



3575 N. Smallin Road, Ozark, 417-551-4545, smallincave.com With its super-wide mouth, Smallin Civil War Cave has one of the prettiest entrances around. Make sure you visit after a rain, so you can see a stream trickling over the rocks and out of the mouth of the cave. A guided tour filled with information about the area’s indigenous people and the cave’s history takes visitors along a boardwalk for an easy and at trek. While You’re There: Spend some time shopping the rocks and fossils in the on-site shop. Let the kids buy a bag of sluice so they can pan for fossils or gems.

4872 N. Farm Road 125, Springfield, 417-8332010, fantasticcaverns.com This is the only cave on our list where you ride through on a Jeep-pulled tram instead of walking through. That means it’s great for visitors who might struggle on an hour-long and sometimes steep walk. You’ll hear fun history (like how the cave was discovered by a local farmer’s dog) as you travel through wide spaces filled with stunning formations. While You’re There: There’s a huge shop filled with gemstones, rocks, fossils and souvenirs, plus you can spend some time on the walking trails that surround the cave. 417MAG.COM • 417 MAGAZINE



Mountain Springs Trout Park is a perfect spot for beginners or those looking to come home ith sh dinner


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STROLL Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden opens for the season next month, and it’s the perfect place to unwind and look for signs of the budding season. BY KATIE POLLOCK ESTES

The Tea House This darling building is a cool respite from the warm sun. Sit inside for a bit and listen to the wind rustling the plants and the water rippling outside.

The Moon Bridge Is this the cutest spot to have your kids pose for a little picture? It might be! The bridge itself is beautiful, but it’s the plants around that we love so much. So picturesque.

The Amphitheater We love the stone amphitheater and the wide expanse of grass around it. It’s a great place to stop for a little snack or a sip of water before you continue down the trail, and there’s lots of room for your kids to run.

The Koi Lake Walking around this lake feels like meditation. It’s just so calming. Peep into the water to look for fish, and keep an eye out for other critters hanging around nearby. 50


Cast a Line Spend a day of super-low-key fishing with your family. These three spots are great for fishing beginners—but more experienced anglers will love them too. BY KATIE POLLOCK ESTES

For a Quick Outing Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 3825 W. Farm Road 146, Springfield, parkboard.org/ farmpark You can catch-and-release at the scenic little fishing pond at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park. This is a great option if you only have a little bit of time to spare, but your kiddos really need to scratch that fishing itch. If you do have all day, though, you can extend the fun by exploring the park’s barn-themed playground, visiting the animals and walking nearby Wilson’s Creek Greenway. For Half a Day of Fishing Mountain Springs Trout Park 2549 State Highway O, Highlandville, mountainspringstroutpark.com You better have some trout recipes handy

because you can keep what you catch at Mountain Springs Trout Park—and the fishing is always fruitful at this stocked pond. The park even offers fish-cleaning services, so you don’t have to do the dirty work. Fishing is $6.95 per pound live weight for fish you keep, or $35 per hour if you choose to catch-and-release. For a Weekend Away Rockbridge Rainbow Trout & Game Ranch 4297 County Road 142, Rockbridge, rockbridgemo.com With an expansive and scenic setting, cabins you can rent and a restaurant on-site for the post-fishing munchies, Rockbridge Rainbow Trout &. Game Ranch is perfect for spending a fishing-focused weekend away. You can cast your line in Spring Creek with a historic red mill right beside you in this peaceful, trout-filled place.

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ew places in 417-land feel more serene and peaceful than Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, and that’s especially true in the springtime when the trees and owers start to bloom and there are bright green buds and fresh grass everywhere. In addition to the gorgeous and beautifully maintained Japanese landscaping throughout, here are a few of our favorite little corners of the park




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This spring, trek across the Ozarks to visit some of our region’s beautiful waterfalls. Whether they are wet-weather falls or continually flowing, all natural or part of a man-made dam, every single one is worth the trip. BY KATIE POLLOCK ESTES




he wide, tiered cascades of Mirror Lake Falls are breathtaking as they fall over mossy rock ledges to a still and shallow pool below. (Hint: “Still and shallow” means this is a great place to wade.) The site is home to a 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps stone dam, and if you trek to the









top you’ll see a quiet green pool that tumbles over the edge to form the falls. Believe us when we say this waterfall and its lush setting give serious Fern Gully vibes. And the 1-mile paved path to get there is super-easy to navigate.


Yes, on a leash.


See Blanchard Spring in the same recreation area as Mirror Lake Falls.

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3 hours south of Springfield in Blanchard Springs Recreation Area in Mountain View, Arkansas

BALANCED ROCK FALLS 2 hours south of Springfield near Ponca, Arkansas


he 1-mile out-and-back trail that leads to Balanced Rock Falls starts at the Ponca Low Water Bridge that crosses Buffalo National River. But it’s unmarked and can be tricky to find. Look for the sign that indicates the Buffalo River Trailhead—but instead of setting off on that trail, take the smaller path in between it and the sign. Once you’re on the path, you’ll follow along scenic and rocky Leatherwood Creek with its numerous small falls. Don’t miss the spur on the left side that leads up to Balanced Rock Falls. The namesake boulder is a sight to see, but don’t stop there. Scramble up above it to see even more falls as they tumble down the hillside over stair-stepped rocks.





Be sure to keep an eye out for elk grazing in nearby Boxley Valley.





Photo by Brennen Nicole Photography




1.5 hours west of Springfield in Joplin


t only 12 feet tall, Grand Falls might not sound particularly grand, but it is. That’s because it’s the widest continuously flowing waterfall in the state of Missouri—163 feet wide, in fact. The falls are just below a man-made dam on Shoal Creek, but that doesn’t make their lazy-afternoon, scenic river vibe any less wonderful. Stake out a spot under the trees to wade when you need a bit of shade, and venture out onto the rocks closer to the falls and the chert ledge they pour over when you’re ready to scramble around and explore. This is an easy-to-access (just steps from the parking area), picnic-perfect spot that makes a great no-stress day trip. DIFFICULTY









Yes, on a leash


Stop for a float at Pineapple Bliss on the way home.

Photos by Brennen Nicole Photography, Zach Schermer of Open House Media


TWIN FALLS 2.75 hours south of Springfield near Sand Gap, Arkansas


he 2.8-mile trek to Twin Falls can be a little bit tough, but the payoff is worth it. Here, you get two waterfalls for the price of one, as Big Devil’s Fork and Long Devil’s Fork both cascade into the same pool of turquoise water that’s perfect for wading. Plus, big boulders in the water below Twin Falls add to the unique look of this scenic spot. It’s a great place to relax and listen to the rippling water of the falls while you enjoy the canopy of the woods around you. Just make sure you save some energy for the walk back to your car!


Moderate to strenuous






Yes, on a leash


The trail to Twin Falls also takes you past Hamilton Falls.




here are a couple of waterfalls you can see at Devil’s Den State Park, but Natural Falls Dam takes the cake. This man-made native stone dam was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and stretches across Lee Creek. You can scramble up the rocks (just don’t slip!) to sit and









enjoy the peaceful view, or you can kick around in the water down below the falls. Either way, this historic spot is beautifully serene. And if you’re a CCC architecture nerd, be sure to check out the park’s scenic overlook too. It’s a pretty spot with an even prettier view.


Yes, on a leash.


Visit the park’s Twin Falls too, featuring a charming footbridge.

Photo by Joshua Beecher

2.75 hours southwest of Springfield at Devil’s Den State Park near Winslow, Arkansas

HEMMED IN HOLLOW 1 hour and 45 minutes south of Springfield on Hemmed In Hollow Trail near Compton, Arkansas


et’s not bury the headline: This popular Ozarks waterfall is notably the tallest one between the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachian Mountains. At 210 feet tall, it pours down a sheer sandstone bluff to a pool below. Make sure you visit during the wet season or after a good, heavy rain for the best effect. (Otherwise, you might see a trickle.) Find this fall at the end of a 5.7-mile out-and-back trail starting from Compton Trailhead that can be steep and challenging—but is totally worth it!








Photo by Jeff Rose



On the hike in, you’ll pass gorgeous views of the Buffalo National River as it weaves through Ozark Mountain forest. Hot tip: If the challenging Compton Trail access intimidates you, you can access the falls via the less-strenuous Centerpoint Trailhead.



3.5 hours east of Springfield in Taum Sauk State Park in Arcadia Valley


ina Sauk Falls might not have the wide, crashing flow of some waterfalls, but it is a record-setter. It holds the title as the tallest natural waterfall in the state of Missouri, tumbling down a rocky hillside









inside Taum Sauk State Park—which happens to be home to the highest point in the state as well. The trail in is not too long, just 2.8 miles, but it’s rocky in spots and can get a little crowded on busy weekends. Be sure to visit after a good, hard rain to see the waterfall at its best.


Yes, on a leash


Johnson Shut-Ins and Elephant Rocks are both just a skip down the road.

Photo by Joshua Beecher


GLORY HOLE FALLS Photo by Brandon Alms

1.25 hours south of Springfield at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park


here are several waterfalls at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park that you’ll see as you explore the box canyon, but Glory Hole Falls is always impressive. You can get closest to the spring-fed falls via a boardwalk to see







how it pours down through the bluffside into the serene blue pool below that’s teeming with trout. And because the 6.5-mile paved trail through Dogwood Canyon is pretty flat, it’s easy to explore on two wheels. You can rent a bike or bring your own.


Yes, on a leash


Splurge on Dogwood Canyon’s tram ride to see some cool wildlife. 417MAG.COM • 417 MAGAZINE


3 hours south of Springfield near Sand Gap, Arkansas


t only takes a one-tenth-of-a-mile walk to get from the parking area to the water when you visit Six Finger Falls in Richland Creek Wilderness Area. Although they aren’t tall, this cluster of waterfalls is









impressive, stretching across Falling Water Creek and pouring over the edge of a 6-foot ledge. If the water is too high, you might not be able to see the falls (and it might not be safe to swim). So plan your visit to avoid the time after a heavy rainfall (unlike the wet-weather falls on this list).


Yes, on a leash. Be careful if the water is high.


The Falling Water Falls swimming hole is nearby, so make it a day!

Photo by Shay Arnold with West Photography


EDEN FALLS 2 hours south of Springfield on Lost Valley Trail near Ponca, Arkansas


ost Valley is a 2.3-mile out-and-back trail that’s fairly flat most of the way, ending in a bit of a climb for the last leg. Toward the end, you’ll come across the reason you came here: Eden Falls. The 53-foot waterfall ranges from a trickle on dry days to a full (albeit narrow) fall during wet weather. You can take in the falls from below then head back, or you can continue up that steeper path to the mouth of a cave. There you can pull out a flashlight and venture in to see the falls from a new view.








Photo by Jeff Rose



There’s plenty to see on Lost Valley Trail besides the falls. See a 50-foot-long natural bridge tunnel, climb into the 200-foot Cobb Cave bluff shelter and explore Clark Creek in Lost Valley Trail’s box valley.




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Photos by Brandon Alms

We tried Missouri Mike’s award-winning wings and more indulgent eats. Read about it all on p. 74.




HOW HUNGRY ARE YOU? You better be ready to eat. Missouri Mike’s BBQ doesn’t mess around. WRITTEN BY LEAH STIEFERMANN | PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRANDON ALMS

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The bar at Missouri Mike’s has a casual atmosphere with a sophisticated spin.


hen someone mentions the word barbecue, the last thing that comes to my mind would be wings. Not that they are bad, but they just wouldn’t be first in my mental list. To be honest, I don’t normally order wings from barbecue restaurants because they just seem inferior to a tender pulled pork sandwich. After my visit to Missouri Mike’s, that opinion just isn’t the case anymore. Their 2021 Wingapalooza People’s Choice Winner wings are the perfect appetizer to start your meal. With four sauces to choose from, I made sure to try three of them, with the teriyaki being my favorite. It has the perfect heat without making you sweat. Not to mention they have the most satisfying crispy skin and tender smoked meat. Looking at the menu to order the entree, I was a little overwhelmed because I wasn’t sure what I was hungry for. I just knew that I could count on Greg and Jeremy, our servers, to help me land on something mouthwatering. When it was time to decide between The Kelsey (a quarter pound beef patty topped with fire-roasted hatch green chile cheese, caramelized onions and chorizo) and That Effing Burrito Thing, I went with the latter. Mainly because I wanted to see how the dish got its name. This 14-inch tortilla-wrapped burrito was stuffed with their house-smoked

brisket and mac and cheese. It definitely held up to its name and was surprisingly easy to devour. Although the burrito was tasty alone, I added their sweet barbecue sauce to make it even better. If you want leftovers for days or you have a massive appetite, this is the dish for you. I am a sucker for side dishes, so I also made sure to order both slaw and beans. I can honestly say that Missouri Mike’s pit beans have a unique flavor unlike any that I have had before. They had a hint of cinnamon-making them taste more on the lighter side while maintaining that punch of flavor. With eyes bigger than my belly, I ordered dessert—all of which are made fresh by a now local baker who is a former New Yorker. If I could have ordered one of everything, I would have. With a rotating menu of sweets, their cannoli creamcake is one to get your hands on! If they are all sold out, you can’t go wrong with a slice of their blueberry cheesecake. It was the perfect way to end such a filling meal. Missouri Mike’s has a really nice variety to choose from on their menu. From crispy fried tofu to The Lyndsey smash burger, you will leave well-fed and planning your next visit. You really can’t go wrong when at this friendly restaurant, and I will definitely be back to get more of those wings.

Cannoli Creamcake

Owner Mike Hickman


33 W. Chestnut E pressway, Springfield 17 4 E. Battlefield Rd, Springfield momikesbbq.com Open Monday–Saturday 11 a.m.–8 p.m. 417MAG.COM • 417 MAGAZINE




MOCHICKEN SANDWICH from MOchicken Truck, 1730 E. Republic Road, facebook.com/eatMOchx



A huge chicken breast fried to perfection


Simply dressed with mayo and crisp pickles


No Crabbing Here


here are two kinds of diners: The ones who gravitate toward a restaurant’s signature dishes because if it’s a diner fave it must be good. And there are those who ignore them in favor of finding that one, weird, perfect, fun surprise on the menu. I’m the latter most of the time, but I might throw that tendency out the window at The Finley (206 E. Elm St., Ozark, 417-582-1912) because their Signature Crab Bisque has all the makings of a mouthwatering meal. It features blue crab meat in a thick soup that’s topped with cream and madeira wine. Cream, wine and crab are three words that I like very much. And here, I think it might be smart to follow the crowd. —Katie Pollock Estes 76


Crab Bisque from The Finley features blue crab meat in a creamy soup

Photos by Leah Stiefermann, Brandon Alms

Soft and uffy, but with a little bite

Photos by Leah Stiefermann, Brandon Alms

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he Moscow mule is a great cocktail on its own (vodka, ginger beer, lime juice), but the real fun comes when bars and restaurants put their own spins on the drink. A base as simple as a mule’s leaves lots of room for having fun, and Farmers Gastropub (2620 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield) is great at it. We’ve seen lots of mule iterations on their menu,

All Ages Welcome but our favorite has been the Rosé Mule for its beautiful balance of mood-lifting fizz, sharp ginger and not-too-sweet sparkling rosé. It tasted beautiful on its own but also complemented my meal perfectly. It was the kind of drink you could sip on all night without ever getting tired of it. But two rosé mules plus a salmon-topped salad was perfect for me.—Katie Pollock Estes

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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. Customers love the Bistecca Rosemarino steak and the pasta with seafood in a spicy tomato-based sauce. Open Mon. Fri., 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Mon. Thu., 1 p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 p.m. Sun., p.m. $$$ L D M ☎ WIFI K

BRUNO’S IL RISTORANTE 416 South Ave., Springfield, 417-866-0007, brunos-restaurant.net. Sicilian. 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. Open Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 3 p.m. $$ L D K M ☎ WIFI


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1620 E. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-8238383. Steak and seafood. Offerings of Waygu steaks, lamb shank and fish dishes are faves here. Oysters, ceviche and bone marrow pi ue the appetite as starters. Open Mon. Thu., 4 11 p.m. Fri. Sat., 4 p.m. midnight Sun., 4 p.m. $$$ D WIFI M ☎


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WIFI free wifi K offers kids menu

The 417 Magazine Dining Guide is a select list of restaurants in southwest Missouri. mplicitly, the magazine’s editors recommend all these restaurants. The Dining Guide is not related to advertising, and 417 Magazine doesn’t accept freebies in e change 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.

Restaurant owners: If you have news about your restaurant or a correction to our listing about your restaurant, we’re all ears. Send an e-mail to Food Editor Jorge Cespedes at yum@417mag.com.




415 N. State Highway 265, Branson, 417-2431777, chateauonthelake.com. Contemporary American. 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. Open daily during the regular season weekends only during the off-season. $$$ B L D M ☎ WIFI K

CRABBY’S SEAFOOD BAR AN GRILL 815 W. Seventh St., Joplin, 417-206-3474, crabbysjoplin.com. Contemporary American. This Joplin hot-spot serves fantastic seafood. The Chilean sea bass is a specialty. Try the small plates, like portobello fries, steamed mussels or a charcuterie board. Open Mon. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. $$–$$$ L D 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 ust off the Ozark town s uare, and the avors here are a religious e perience. Known for its steak and seafood offerings, The Finley also has a speakeasy bar in its basement. Lunch Weds. Fri. 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Dinner Weds. Sat. p.m. Brunch Sat. Sun. 1 a.m. p.m. $$$ L D WIFI M K ☎

FLAME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR 314 W. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-862-4444, flamesteakhouse.com. American steakhouse. The restaurant specializes in dry-aged steaks that are truly delicious. Don’t miss the lobster macaroni and cheese. The desserts are always

divine, and we can’t get enough of the appetizer menu. Open for dinner Mon. Thu., 1 p.m., Fri. Sat., 11 p.m. Red Room open 4 p.m. to bar hours. $$$ D WIFI K M ☎

GILARDI’S 820 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-862-6400, gilardisonwalnut.com. Northern Italian. Owner James Martin focuses on handmade pasta and fresh ingredients at this charming little talian restaurant that makes a wonderful date-night spot. Don’t miss the amazing meatballs in red wine rosemary cream sauce served over goat cheese polenta. Open Mon. Sat., 1 p.m. $$$ D WIFI M ☎

HARUNO JAPANESE SUSHI BAR 3044 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield, 417-8870077, harunosushi.com. Japanese. The Oh My God roll and the Se and the City roll are trademarks here. Be sure to venture off the sushi menu and try some of the entrees, like the mango- alape o ahi tuna. Mon. Fri., 11 a.m. p.m., 4 3 p.m. midnight Sat., 11 3 a.m. 3 p.m., 4 3 p.m. midnight Sun., 11 3 a.m. p.m. $$–$$$ L D M K ☎ V

HARVEST RESTAURANT 8011 E. State Highway AD, Rogersville. Contemporary American. 417-830-3656. Owners, Craig and Tamara Von Foerster, have created a restaurant focused on hyper-seasonal, local cuisine. Although the menu is constantly in u , Craig is known for his mushroom risotto and scallop trio. Open Thu. Sat., 3 3 p.m. Open Sunday for brunch, 11 a.m. p.m. $$$ D M ☎

JIMM’S STEAKHOUSE & PUB 1935 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-8865466, jimmssteakhouseandpub.com. American steakhouse. We love the tasty steaks here. They are always prepared perfectly. 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 of the best. Open Sunday, 11 a.m. p.m. Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Fri. Sat. 11 a.m. 11 p.m. $$–$$$ L D M ☎ WIFI K

KAI 306 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-8320077, kaiafterdark.com. Contemporary Japanese and Korean. This lounge-like restaurant in downtown Springfield has fantastic sushi. Try the black cod or sea bass entrees with delicious wasabi risotto. Lunch Mon. Fri., 11 a.m. p.m. Dinner Mon. Thu., p.m. midnight Fri. Sat., p.m. 1 3 a.m. $$–$$$ L D M ☎

LA GALETTE BERRICHONNE 143 E. Main St., Fordland, 417-738-2112, rolandparny.com. Find fine French cuisine ust minutes from Springfield in Fordland at La Galette Berrichonne, known for multi-course dinner events. The food is stellar Reservations re uired. Open Fri. Sat., a.m. 3 p.m. Sat., open for dinner. $–$$ B L D ☎




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 dessert is gaining a following. Try the Kansas City strip steak with the incredible Caesar salad that’s topped with fried anchovies. Open daily, 3 a.m. p.m., 1 p.m. $$$ B L D WIFI M K

2144 E. Republic Road, B101, 417-799-9388, springfieldprogress.com. New American. Beautifully prepared seafood, dry-aged steaks and lots of and veggie-forward dishes lead the way at Progress. The menu changes with the seasons, and it always includes a new creative carrot dish. Lunch Tues. Fri. 11 a.m. p.m. (to-go only), dinner Tues. Sat. 1 p.m., brunch Sat. Sun. a.m. p.m.$–$$ L D WIFI M



2931 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-889-4951, metropolitan-grill.com. Eclectic fine dining. This restaurant specializes in steaks and seafood, and we love that the menu is always changing, giving us something new and delicious to be e cited about served in a familiar space. Open Mon. Thu., 3 1 p.m. Fri., 3 11 p.m. Sat., 4 11 p.m. $$$ D M ☎ WIFI K

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 Metropolitan Grill favorites. The aptly named Retro Metro serves some of Metropolitan’s greatest hits, including ash-fried spinach, Coco Pasta and Metro Steak. Open Tues. Sat. 3 1 p.m. $$$ D WIFI

NICOLA’S RISTORANTE 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. En oy the spacious outdoor patio. Open Mon. Sat., 4 3 p.m. close. $$–$$$ D WIFI M ☎




THE OZARK MILL RESTAURANT at Finley Farms, 802 Finley Farms Lane, Ozark, 417210-6644, finleyfarmsmo.com. Farm-to-table. nside the beautifually restored Ozark Mill, you can order upscale farm-to-table meals that are made with ingredients grown right at Finley Farms or produced in their on-site apiary. Don’t miss the incredible risotto fritters appetizer served over a pickled pepper aioli. Open Wed. Fri. 4 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. 4 p.m. $$–$$$ L D M K


OSAGE RESTAURANT 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 at Osage Restaurant, located at Top of the Rock, and en oy fine dining that includes steaks and roasted chicken. Reservations are recommended. Collared shirts are recommended after p.m. Open Tue. Sat., 3 p.m. Wine cellar and Buffalo Bar open later. Brunch served Sun., 3 a.m. p.m. $$$ B D K M ☎

AVIARY BY LAVENDER FALLS 2144 E. Republic Road, Suite E120, Springfield, 417881-9736; aviarycafe.com. Crepes and bistro fare. This spot has long been known for being one of the few places in the area to get freshly prepared crepes but there are also beautiful salads and delicious entrees that have a bit of French air. Open Mon. Thu. a.m. 3 p.m. and p.m., Fri. Sat. a.m. 3 p.m. and p.m. Sun. a.m. 3 p.m. $–$$ B L D ☎ K


THE ORDER at the Hotel Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-832-1515, theordersgf.com. New American. The atmosphere is trendy but rela ed while the food is an elevated take on locally inspired ingredients. Try the Springfield-style cashew chicken bites, the Hurts Donut bread pudding or any of the e cellent entrees. Open for dinner Mon. Sat. 1 p.m., Sun. p.m. brunch Sat. Sun. a.m. p.m. bar open daily p.m. close. $$–$$$ B D M V ☎ K WIFI

ANDY B’S ENTERTAINMENT CENTER 1127 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-883-1234; 405 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson, 417-213-8631; bowlandybs.com. American fare. The restaurant at Andy B’s Entertainment Center offers lane-side food service and a menu full of hearty, tasty fare like burgers, pizzas, pasta and more. Springfield open Sun. Thu., 1 a.m. midnight Fri. Sat., 1 1 3 a.m. Branson open Mon. Thu., noon p.m. Fri., noon 1 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m. 11 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. p.m. $ L D M K


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 and the topnotch steaks, too. Open Sun. Thu., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 11 p.m. bar closes at 11 p.m. happy hour 3 p.m. and last two hours of operation. $$–$$$ L D M ☎ WIFI 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 appetizers and burgers on the menu at Bair’s. We love the burger that is topped with ranch dressing and fried pickles. Hours vary by location. $ L D K

BEST OF LUCK BEER HALL 313-B S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield; 417-522-9009; bestofluckbeerhall.com. American. This downtown beer hall ofrers more beers than you can count. f suds aren’t your thing, try a seasonal cocktail or one of the draft alcoholic punches. The food menu includes avor spins on cookout favorites, like uicy cheddarwurst brats. Open Tue. Thu., 11 a.m. midnight Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 3 a.m. Brunch Sat. Sun., 11 a.m. 3 p.m. $$ B LD

BIG WHISKEY’S Several 417-land locations, bigwhiskeys.com. American. Springfield’s go-to for buffalo chicken dip, burgers and the staple pub foods. Fans rave about the spin dip too. Hours vary by location. Ask about brunch service. $$ BLD








15038 Business Highway 13, Branson West, 417-7731985, vcellars.com. Bistro fare. This restaurant is off the beaten path and offers a stellar selection of wine, and tasty sandwiches at lunch. Also be sure to check out the Friday night dinners. Open Tue. Sat., 11 a.m p.m. Fri., p.m. $ L D WIFI

2023 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-883-4066. Cafe fare. Located inside Brown Derby nternational Wine Center, this eatery features sandwiches, salads, a variety of cheese plates and salami plates, a hummus board and more. We love the Local Goat salad topped with a scoop of chicken salad. 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. $ L D

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 Nashville-style hot chicken, this counter-service oint brings avors of Tennessee to Springfield. Spice levels allow you to customize your mouth-burning e perience. Open daily 11 a.m. p.m. $–$$ L D K

BLACK SHEEP BURGERS & SHAKES 209 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-319-5905; 2160 W. Chesterfield Blvd., Springfield, 417-368-0227; 2420 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-351-3595; blaaacksheep. com. Burgers. Chow down on the Good Yogi two patties topped with white cheddar, lettuce, onion, pickle and baaad sauce house-made Thousand sland dressing. Open Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. midnight Sun., 11 a.m. p.m. $ L D M

BLACKSTONE GASTROPUB 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 1 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. 1 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. p.m. Mon. 11 a.m. 1 p.m. $ $ L D

CAFE CUSCO 234 E. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-868-8088, cafecusco.com. Peruvian. This menu is packed with une pected dishes that are inspired by the cuisine of Peru and the Andes Mountains. A few standouts the Lomo Saltado, or anything that includes the ceviche. Open Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. p.m. $$ L D 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 li uor store Cherry Picker Package Fare. A small selection of sandwiches, soups and salads is served daily. We’re big fans of the To Brie or Not to Brie. Open Mon. Thu., 7 a.m. 1 p.m. Fri. Sat., 7 a.m. midnight. $ B L D

CIVIL KITCHEN & TAP 107 and 222 Park Central Square, Springfield, 417-5018456, civilkitchenandtap.com. Bar fare. With beers on tap and chicken and wa es on the menu, it is easy to see the appeal of this rustic-but-comfortable restaurant and bar. Open Tue. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 3 a.m. Sun., a.m. midnight $ B L D M ☎

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. The kitchen is open Sun. Thu., 11 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. bar is open till close. $$ L D K ☎

THE COLLECTIVE 1528 N. Main St., Nixa, 417-494-4078, thecollective417. com. American. The Collective features themed decor in each room. The menu features hearty, rib-sticking options like loaded French fries or fried chicken sammies. Open Weds. Sat. 11 a.m. p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. p.m.. $ $ L D 82





at Big Cedar, 612 Devil’s Pool Road, Ridgedale, 417335-2777, bigcedar.com. American. Here you can en oy a tasty meal while watching a gorgeous view of Table Rock Lake. For an appetizer, the smoked trout is fantastic. The entrees change with the season and are always the perfect blend of rustic and upscale. Brunch on Sundays. Open daily for breakfast, 7 11 a.m. lunch, 11 a.m. p.m. dinner, 3 p.m. $$–$$$ B L D WIFI K M ☎ (high season)

2431 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-862-7777; 2110 E. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-883-3434; houlihans.com. American. The fish tacos and burgers are fantastic, and we love the enormous nachos appetizer along with the salad selection. Open Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. 11 p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. midnight Sun., 1 3 a.m. 1 p.m. $–$$ L D M WIFI K

DOBYNS DINING ROOM 1 Opportunity Ave., Point Lookout, 417-690-2146, keetercenter.edu. American. The 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 uality. Open Mon. Sat., 1 3 a.m. p.m. Sun., 1 a.m. p.m. $$ B L D WIFI K M ☎

DOGWOOD CANYON RESTAURANT 2038 W. State Highway 86, Lampe, 800-225-6343, 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. Open daily, 11 a.m. p.m. $–$$ L D 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. Open in Hollister Mon. Thu. 11 a.m. p.m., Fri. Sat. 11 a.m. 1 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. p.m. Open in Springfield Sun. Thu. 11 a.m. 1 p.m., Fri. Sat. 11 a.m. 11 p.m. $– $ $ L D WIFI K

FARMERS GASTROPUB 2620 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-864-6994, farmersgastropub.com. Contemporary British and American. The menu here features locally sourced ingredients and changes regularly. Dishes are well priced and satisfying, like the Scotch eggs and the chicken chop salad. Open Mon. Thu., 7 a.m. p.m. Fri., 7 a.m. 1 p.m. Breakfast served Mon. Fri., 7 11 a.m. Sat., a.m. 1 p.m. Sun., a.m. 3 p.m. $$ B L D M ☎ WIFI K

HY EE ARKET RILLE 1720 Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-881-8224, marketgrille.hy-vee.com. American. This spot runs great specials, like half-price sushi and wine on Wednesdays or off bar drinks and appetizers on Mondays. For the kiddos, meals are free every week on Tuesday, too. Open daily, a.m. p.m., bar opens at 1 3 a.m. $–$$ B L D M WIFI K

NEARLY FAMOUS DELI & PASTA HOUSE 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 ust about any sandwich at this friendly spot. Open Mon. Sat., 11 a.m. p.m. $$ B L D K M

RED ONION CAFÉ 204 E. Fourth St., Joplin, 417-623-1004, redonioncafe. com. American/Italian. The Tu edo 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. p.m. $$ L D 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. Open Mon. Sat., 7 a.m. p.m. Sun., 7 a.m. 3 p.m. $ B L D K

SPLIT SOCIAL KITCHEN 3027 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-755-7155, splitspringfield.com. American. Come for creative and beautifully prepared dishes. The Chiliville hot chicken sandwich is seriously spicy. Open Tues. Fri. 11 a.m. 1 p.m., Sat. 1 a.m. 1 p.m., Sun. 1 a.m. p.m. $$ BLD



2546 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-866-5253, oasisfireandice.com. Global cuisine. This spot (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. Open Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. p.m. $$ L D M ☎ WIFI K

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 Ca un chicken yum ). Come hungry and order dessert the cakes are stellar. Open Mon. Wed., 11 a.m. 4 p.m. Thu., 11 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 11 p.m. $–$$ L D K ☎


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

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We love treating ourselves to an a ogato from reen Ho se Co ee A ogato Bar (431 S Jefferson Ave Suite 172, Springfield). You get to choose your ice cream avor and your espresso or tea option to create your own affogato creation. Just pour the shot over the ice cream and dig in. Our new favorite soul-warming comfort food is the am ir ani from Ta a a (1250 E. Republic Road, Springfield). This dish is bursting with avor plus plenty of spice if you ask for it and it features super-tender bits of lamb in every bite.

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We rarely veer from our favorite pho when we visit P o Kim (3433 S. Campbell Ave., Suite C., Springfield, phokimspringfield.com), so imagine our delight when we tried and loved their c ic en ried rice. t has the most satisfying crispy, crunchy rice bits.

We go to RISE (105 Park Central Square, Springfield, 417rise.com) to dig into inventive fare, and the i e e S mmer Ricotta Panca es don’t disappoint. They’re topped with kiwi, banana, candied orange and strawberry sauce. The Cand Craze i s a e from Unc e B c s Fis Bo ri (at Big Cedar Lodge, 190 Top of the Rock Road, bigcedar.com) is an over-the-top sweet tooth tamer. Cotton candy ice cream is topped with rock candy, Twizzlers, swirl lollipop, cotton candy and a Si lets rim. We recently had a stellar start to the day when we dug into the Po er Brea ast Bo at Arc itect Co ee (1604 E. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-771-5030, architectcoffeeco. com). Yogurt is topped with granola, uinoa, berries, banana, chia seeds, chocolate chips and honey for an e plosion of tasty te tures.

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338 E. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-536-6677. Lebanese. The kibbeh is fantastic if you like herbaceous eats. We love the stuffed grape leaves appetizer, the falafel mushakal sandwich and the baklava made with Lebanese rose water. There are plenty of meatfree options available too. Open Tue. Sat., 11 a.m. p.m. $ $$ L D

2931 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-720-4811, hardknoxbbq.com. Crispy pork belly, fiery alape o sausage, burnt ends and addicting potato salad are some of the menu highlights at Hard Kno BB . f you love the restaurant’s sauces and seasonings, you can buy them by the ar too. Open Tue. Sat., 11 a.m. p.m. $–$$ L D

2946 S. National Ave., Springfield, 417-889-0601; 3103 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-633-7094; firstwatch.com. At First Watch you can find breakfast power bowls (like the one filled with uinoa, sausage, eggs and veg), lemon-ricotta pancakes, avocado toast, a superfood bowl with chia pudding and fruit and lots more. Open daily, 7 a.m. 3 p.m. $ B L K




334 E. Commercial St., 417-344-0085, vangoghseeterie. com. Indo-Dutch. Dutch pancakes, chicken witlof and other ndo-Dutch and Dutch-inspired cuisine populate the menu at this Commercial Street hotspot from Joe Gidman of Cafe Cusco. We love Farm Near Auvers pancake with goat cheese, apples, honey, arugula and thyme. Open Tue. Thu., 1 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat., a.m. p.m. Sun., a.m. p.m. $$ B L D ☎

2833 W. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, 417-771-5018, momikesbbq.com. n additional to very well done classic barbecue options (brisket, burnt ends, pulled pork), you can also get a handful of great sandwiches. The Lyndsey is a smashburger with pulled pork, brisket, barbecue sauce and cole slaw. Open Mon. Sat. 11 a.m. p.m. $–$$ L D K

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. f you’re feeling a little British, try The Full Monty. Breakfast and lunch are served all day. Open Sun. Tues., 7 a.m. 3 p.m., Wed. Sat., 7 a.m. 1 p.m. $ B L WIFI K




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 e tra-indulgent potato salad. Open Mon. Sat., 11 a.m. p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. p.m. $ L D M ☎ WIFI K

101 S. Main St., Nixa; 417-494-5055. facebook.com/ MDCNixa. Downtown Nixa gets its morning jolt thanks to Morning Day Cafe. Find fun surprises like Bacon, with an insanely addictive carmelized Gouda potato cake and a hashtag of bacon. Open a.m. 4 p.m. daily. $$ B L WIFI K

305 E. Chestnut St., Suite C, Strafford, 417-736-0004, eatwildseed.com. American and Indian. Meatloaf and a variety of curry options are the big ticket items at this Strafford restaurant. Our favorite appetizer is the Wildseed Wontons. They are filled with a creamy and spicy mi ture of alapenos, green onions, pork sausage and sour cream. Open Tue. Sat., 1 3 a.m. 1 p.m. Sun., a.m. 3 p.m. $ $$ L D WIFI V K


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 alape o bottle caps. f you’re e tra hungry, get the baked potato that’s covered with ust about everything.Open daily, 11 a.m. p.m. $ L D WIFI K

CITY BUTCHER & BARBECUE 3650 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-720-1113, citybutchersgf.com. Come early because this Te as-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. $–$$ L D M

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. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. p.m. $–$$ L D ☎ K

GETTIN’ BASTED 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. Open Sun. Thurs. 11 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat. 11 a.m. 1 p.m.. $–$$ L D 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 Ozark spot and has become ust as popular. Come for massive pancakes and other breakfast fare. Branson open daily 7 a.m. 3 p.m. Ozark open daily 7 a.m. 3 p.m. and Fri. Sat. 11 a.m. p.m. $ B L D

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. Open Wed. Fri., 3 a.m. p.m. Sat. Sun., a.m. until supplies run out. $ B L

EARLY BIRD BREAKFAST PUB 1717 E. Cherokee St., Springfield, 417-885-8088. This spot serves creative breakfast fare and has a full-service bar churning out breakfast margaritas and the ilk. Don’t miss the tacos, burritos, traditional breakfast fare, sandwiches and more. There’s even a chicken and wa es sandwich. Open Mon. Fri., 7 a.m. 3 p.m. Sat., 7 a.m. 4 p.m. Sun., a.m. 4 p.m. $ B L

EUROPEAN CAFÉ 207 Park Central East, Springfield, 417-569-6702, 417europeancafe.com. Along with coffee drinks, this little bakery serves up lovely croissants, beautiful desserts, perfect pastries and more. You can even find some savory pastries, like the bacon, egg and goat cheese tart. The uiches make fantastic breakfasts. Their macarons are to die for, and the pretty little mousse cakes are almost too lovely to eat. Open Mon. Thurs., 7 3 a.m. p.m. Fri., 7 a.m. 11 p.m. Sat., a.m. 11 p.m. Sun., a.m. p.m. $ WIFI

RISE 105 Park Central Square, Springfield, 417-691-6088, 417rise.com. The large and varied menu is inventive and superbly e ecuted. Find baklava-inspired Belgian wa ees, nourishing grain bowls, shakshuka and more. Treat yourself to a breakfast cocktail and a plate of creamed eggs topped with smoked salmon. t’s an awesome way to brunch. Open Mon.. Fri. 7 a.m. 3 p.m. Sat. Sun. a.m. 4 p.m.. $ B L WIFI

VILLAGE INN FAMILY RESTAURANT Multiple 417-land locations, villageinn.com. Try the breakfast skillets, eggs Benedict and, of course, the super-tasty pies. We love the crepes and other sweet breakfast offerings, too. Hours vary by location. $ B L D 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 indulgent warm blue cheese chips are a favorite app. Customers like the pizzas and the burgers (especially the burger topped with lots of tangy blue cheese). Open Mon. Sat., 11 a.m. p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. p.m. $ L D K

NEIGHBOR’S MILL CAFÉ & BAKERY 1435 E. Independence St., Suite 110, Springfield, 417720-4162; 1301 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-8862535; neighborsmill.com. This full time bakery offers a hearty menu packed with sandwiches, soups and salads. Don’t miss the honey pecan chicken salad. Open Mon. Sat., 7 a.m. p.m. $ B L D K

TEA BAR & BITES 621 S. Pickwick Ave., 417-866-7500, teabarandbites. com. Try the curry chicken salad or the yummy uiche with beautiful, aky crust. The menu features plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. There are tasty baked goods too, like giant caramel rolls. Open Mon. Thu., 3 a.m. p.m. Fri., 3 a.m. p.m. Sat., 3 a.m. 4 p.m. $ B L D M ☎ V


BIG EASY GRILL 3641 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-832-0040. The ambalaya is fantastic, and we like to order it e traspicy. The oyster po’boys are customer favorites, and the boudin (Ca un sausage balls) are not to be missed. Open Mon. Sat., 11 a.m. p.m. $ L D K

BOURBON & BEALE 2639 S Glenstone Ave, Springfield, 417-268-7266. Cajun, Creole and Memphis barbecue. This casual spot serves a mi of Ca un and Creole favorites (like crawfish etouffee) and Memphis barbecue (like some seriously good brisket) along with typical American fare that has a Ca un twist. Try the Ca un Pasta Jambalaya. Open daily 11 a.m. p.m. $$ L D WIFI


B2 CAFE 2804 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-883-5748, go2b2.com. This spot serves delicious coffee drinks along with fresh smoothies and uices plus a small menu of healthy fare. n the morning, try homemade granola. For lunch, choose from uiche, soups, salads and more. Open Mon. Fri., 7 3 a.m. p.m. Sat., a.m. 4 p.m. Sun., 1 a.m. 4 p.m. $ B L WIFI



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 alapeno basil dishes too. Open Mon. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. p.m. $ $$ L D K M ☎



1369 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-766-6630, corner21us.com. This restaurant offers 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. Open Tues. Thurs. 11 a.m. p.m., Fri. Sat. 11 a.m. 3 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. p.m. $ L D

LEONG’S ASIAN DINER 1540 W. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-887-7500. The Leong family serves its original cashew chicken at this tasty eatery. 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 from scratch with a peanut butter air. Open Mon. Thu. 11 a.m. 3 p.m., Fri. Sat. 11 a.m. 1 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. p.m. $–$$ L D 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. But if you’d rather eat something megaspicy than something fried, order the hot chicken. t’ll have you reaching for your water glass with every bite. Hours vary by location and season. $ L D


ARCHITECT COFFEE 1604 E. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-771-5030, architectcoffeeco.com. We love the seasonal drinks that change every so often, especially when they offer some version of a refreshing espresso tonic. So good The breakfast burritos are stellar and so filling. So is the peanut butter and banana toast. Open Mon. Fri., 7 a.m. p.m. Sat., a.m. p.m. $ B L M WIFI

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217 E. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-865-9911; bigmommascoffee.com. Find coffee, espresso and blended frappes alongside some super-delicious sandwiches. The Juliette is one of our favorites (with apples, provolone and creamy spreads). Open Mon. Fri., 7 a.m. 1 p.m. Sat. Sun., a.m. 1 p.m. $ B L D M WIFI

545 E. Elm St., Republic, 417-647-5125, facebook.com/ theblacklabllc; 300 W. McDaniel St., Springfield, 417942-7881, facebook.com/BlackLabDowntown; 3541 S. Lone Pine Ave, Springfield. This casually canine-inspired coffee stop is Republic’s place to be for a piping hot labbuccino, and their outposts in Springfield serve the same pup-inspired menu items. Open Mon. Sat., a.m. p.m. Sun., a.m. p.m. $ B L V WIFI


1900 W. Sunset St., Springfield, 417-881-7625, classicrockcoffee.com; 535 W. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-771-5143, classicrockcoffeedowntown.com. This coffee shop offers espresso drinks with rock n’ roll inspired names. Try the Sweet Emotion latte (with chocolate and caramel) and a ham and cheese puff pastry breakfast pocket to start your day. Open Mon. Wed., a.m. 3 p.m. Thu., a.m. 1 p.m. Fri., a.m. midnight Sat., 7 a.m. midnight. Sun., a.m. 3 p.m. $ B L D V M WIFI

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THE COFFEE ETHIC 124 Park Central Square, Springfield, 417-866-6645, thecoffeeethic.com. Try the single-origin coffee, or any of the creative and delicious seasonal drinks. The cappuccino is fantastic (truly one of the best we’ve ever had), and the shop also serves wine and craft beers on tap. We love the bottled lattes too. f your’e hungry, try loaded oatmeal, freshly baked mu ns and other tasty fare. Open Mon. Sat., 7 a.m. 3 p.m. $ WIFI

COUNTRY GIRLS ESPRESSO 3650 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-887-7777, facebook.com/countrygirlsespresso. Aside from all of the delicious coffee drinks, the real must-try item here is the authentic Cuban sandwich, served pressed on Cuban bread. We also love the guava pastry, a huge treat that costs less than and is filled with delectable, tropical sweetness. Open Mon. Sat., a.m. 7 p.m. $ B L D WIFI K

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 ust right. Try the savory scones for breakfast, and if you’re on the run, swing through the drive-thru. Open Mon. Fri., a.m. 7 p.m. Sat., 7 a.m. p.m. Sun., 7 a.m. 4 p.m. $ B WIFI







445 E. Commercial St., 417-720-1949, culturecstreet. com. This coffee roaster with a mission also serves some tasty fare in its Culture Cafe. n 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. 1 p.m. Sun., a.m. p.m. $ B L D M WIFI

208 W. McDaniel St., Springfield, 417-685-9682, secretsandwichsgf.com. This spot slings some seriously good sammies that you order through a walk-up window. All of them are wonderful, but don’t miss the Eurbano, made with mo o pork, house-made terrine, ham, swiss and spicy giardiniera. $ L D

KINGDOM COFFEE 211 S. Market Ave., Suite 100, Springfield, 417-3501234; 2896 S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield; kingdomsgf. com. The menu features your favorite classic espresso drinks. We love the cortado the most, and the not-toosweet and super-creamy iced matcha latte is truly delicious. For a more substantial bite, try the Union Biscuit. Open daily, 7 a.m. 7 p.m. $ B L D WIFI

MUDHOUSE COFFEE 323 South Ave. Suite B, Springfield, 417-832-1720, mudhousecoffee.com. The coffee is always fantastic here, and Mudhouse also offers a wide variety of loose-leaf teas. The mu ns here are huge and delicious. You can also order daily fresh soups and createyour-own sandwiches. Open Mon. Sat., 7 a.m. 11 p.m. Sun., a.m. 11 p.m. $ B L D 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 Me icanKorean fusion menu, featuring gogi nachos, kimchi fried rice and street tacos. Open Mon. Sat., a.m. 7 p.m. $ B L D WIFI

ROOTS COFFEE BAR 1645 W. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-877-6889, facebook.com/rootscoffeebar. Grab a cup of oe or 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, brisket or bacon. Open Tue. Fri., 7 a.m. 3 p.m. Sat. Sun., a.m. 3 p.m. $ B L D 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 hands-on workshop classes. Open Tues. Weds. 7 a.m. 3 p.m., Thu. 7 a.m. p.m., Fri. Sat. 7 a.m. 3 p.m.. $ B L 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 talian beef sandwiches (order them wet to get plenty of luscious us). You can’t go wrong with the pastrami sandwich that’s incredibly meaty piled high ust like they do it in New York City delis. Open Mon. Sat., 1 3 a.m. p.m. $ L D




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. Be sure to try the sandwich specials they are always creative and delish. Hit an ATM on the way there, because it is cash only. Seminole Street location open Mon. Fri., 1 a.m. 3 p.m. West McDaniel Street location open Mon. Fri., 1 a.m. 4 p.m. $ L


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). Open Sun. Thu., 11 a.m. 11 3 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, 417-7557574; wannahurts.com. Outside-the-bo toppings cover these super-delicious doughnuts, and they are available 4 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 4 hours. $ B L D WIFI

PRAIRIE PIE 307 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield, prairiepie.com. Prairie Pie makes stellar all-butter-crust pies in avors that range from classic to inventive. The caramel apple pie is an elevated take on a classic. 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, cookies and crazy-good mashed potatoes. Open Thurs. Sun. 11 a.m. p.m. $–$$ L WIFI

SOCIETEA 1653 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-720-4094, facebook.com/societea. Bubble tea is the name of the game at this authentic spot where the matcha milk tea and the matcha roll cake are both must-try offerings. The fresh strawberry smoothies with boba are a fave. Open Mon. Thu., 1 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat., 1 a.m. p.m. Sun., 1 a.m. p.m. $ WIFI

ST. GEORGE’S DONUTS 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. p.m. National Avenue location closed Sunday Ozark location closed Monday. $ B





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 4 avors of fried pies here. Cheeseburgers (pro tip top them with grilled onions) are popular. Open daily, 1 3 a.m. p.m. $ L D

1410 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-720-1763, archiesitalian.com. There are 1 different types of fettuchini on the menu (plus a build-your-own option), along with classic talian dishes. Don’t miss the homemade cheesey toasted ravioli. Open Mon. Sat., 11 a.m. p.m. $$ L D K


AVANZARE, please see listing p. 80

601 W. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-866-9750. This local favorite serves over owing 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, or the ham, beans and cornbread on special. Open Mon. Thu., 1 3 a.m. 4 p.m. Fri. Sat., 1 3 a.m. p.m. $ B L D 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 alape o, or satisfy your sweet tooth with a nutella and strawberry grilled sando it’s nuts. Druff’s also offers a brunch and breakfast menu. Open Tue. Wed., 7 a.m. 4 p.m. Thu. Sat., 7 a.m. p.m. Sun., a.m. 4 p.m. $ L D

RED’S GIANT HAMBURG 2301 W. Sunshine St., Springfield. A revival of the Route staple, this diner serves as much nostalgia as it does classic burgers. Opt for the 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, a.m. 1 p.m. $ B L D K


INDIA CLAY OVEN & GRILL 2005 W. Highway 76 Country Blvd., Suite 209, Branson, 417-973-0044, indiaclayovenandgrill.com. Come to this yummy little spot on the Branson strip to indulge in the karahi lamb (tender lamb, bell peppers and onion in a spicy sauce). Anything with paneer is incredible here. Stop by for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays to take advantage of the tasty buffet. Open daily, 11 a.m. 3 p.m., 1 p.m. $$ L D

TAJ MAHAL INDIAN RESTAURANT 1250 E. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-719-4573. There is a variety of naan bread (and it’s so, so good), beautitful biryani, gulab amun dessert (donuts soaked in syrup) and more. We are obsessed with the lamb rogan osh and the chicken alfrezi, but honestly everything we’ve tried here as been stellar. Open for lunch and dinner daily. $$ L D

ZAYKA INDIAN CUISINE 311 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield, 417-351-4400, zaykaspringfield.com. The vegetable korma, chicken tikka masala and malai kofta are ust a few of our favorite dishes. f you’re new to ndian food, try the preset combo meals that feature a lot of different avors. The lunch buffet is also killer when it’s open. Open for lunch Tue. Sun., 11 a.m. p.m. open for dinner Tue. Thu., p.m. Fri. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun., p.m. $ $$ LD M

BAMBINO’S CAFÉ 1141 E. Delmar St., Springfield, 417-862-9999; 2810-D E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-881-4442; bambinoscafe.com. This little eatery serves hearty helpings of talian fare that won’t break the bank, available at two 417-land locations. The iti is our fave, with tender braised beef and so much cheese. Open Mon. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Sun., noon p.m. $ L D WIFI K

BRUNO’S IL RISTORANTE, please see p. 80 GILARDI’S, please see listing p. 80 THE HILL 600 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-920-8850, thehilldining.com. Fill up on plenty of pastas, brick-oven pizzas, soups and more at all-you-can-eat stations. Open for lunch Mon. Fri., 11 a.m. p.m. Open for dinner Mon. Thu., 4 3 p.m. Fri., 4 3 3 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., p.m. Brunch served Sat. Sun., 1 a.m. p.m. $ $$ L D M WIFI ☎

NICOLA’S RISTORANTE, please see listing p. 81 NONNA’S ITALIAN CAFÉ 306 South Ave., Springfield, 417-831-1222, nonnascafe.net. Italian. The seafood lasagna is a must-try dish, and the spicy arrabbiata lasagna is crazy-good. Anything with talian sausage is a sure bet. We particularly love the delectable chocolate torte and the rich and delicious tiramisu. Open Sun. Thu., 11 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m 1 p.m. $$ L D K M ☎

PASTA EXPRESS Multiple 417-land locations, pastaexpress.com. The baked mostaccioli is a favorite, and it’s smothered in gooey melted cheese. Don’t miss the tasty and indulgent hot Pasta E press sandwich topped with salami and some of the tasty salad. Open Mon. Sat., 11 a.m. p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. p.m. $ L D WIFI K M

PICCOLO 107 West Aldersgate Drive, Suites 1 and 2, Nixa, 417374-7291, eatpiccolo.com. Piccolo offers piled-high pastas, pizzas, steak and chicken entrees. Start things off with the talian Nachos, indulge in buffalo chicken pasta, and end with a cannoli. Open Tue. Thu., 4 p.m. Fri., 4 1 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. p.m. $–$$ L D WIFI ☎ M

RAMATA ITALIAN 1201 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson, 417-231-9559, ramataitalian.com. Ramata talian offers talian cuisine in a contemporary atmosphere with scenic lake views from the patio. The menu includes homemade pasta, gourmet pizza and more. nside you can sit at the chef’s table to get a view of the kitchen, and outside you can cozy up to the firepit. L D 417MAG.COM







1932 W. Retail Lane, Ozark, 417-485-3838, salvatoresfresh.com. The menu here is packed with handmade pastas that are freshly crafted every day. The menu also boasts everything from fried artichokes to a Tuscan T-bone, plus burgers, pizza and sandwiches. Open Tue. Sat., 11 a.m. p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. p.m. $–$$ L D

3230 S. National Ave., Springfield, 417-882-8000. There’s a solid sushi menu, and you can order a sushi donburi bo to really get some bang for your buck. The bento bo es 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. 3 p.m. $$ L D WIFI M ☎

3200 Gretna Road, Suite D, Branson, 417-334-9182, vaskensdeli.com. The gyros are fantastic here. Make sure you get them with traditional gyro meat, and don’t skip the tzatziki sauce Everything’s better with tzatziki sauce, right We are nuts for the beef shawerma too, though. t makes for a super delicious and satisfying meal and tastes amazing with tahini. Open Mon. Sat., 11 a.m. p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. 4 p.m. E tended summer hours. $ L D WIFI K


CRAFT SUSHI 251 E. Sunshine St., Suite 116, Springfield, 417-3195887, 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 t won’t break the bank. Try a salad bowl topped with marinated tofu, asparagus, mushrooms, alapenos, edamame and wasabi sauce. Open Mon. Sat., 11 a.m. p.m. $$ L D

HARUNO, please see listing p. 80 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 e tras rice, stir fry noodles, veggies and that luscious seafood sauce. Open daily, 11 a.m. p.m. Sun. Thu., 4 3 p.m. Fri. Sat., 4 3 1 p.m. $$ L D K M ☎

KAI, please see listing p. 80 KARAI RAMEN + HANDROLL 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 barbecue sauce. Open Mon. Fri., 11 a.m. p.m. Mon. Thu., 4 3 1 p.m. Sat. 11 3 a.m. 3 p.m. Fri. Sat., 4 3 11 p.m. $ L D 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. p.m. Sat., 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Mon. Thu., p.m. Fri. Sat., 1 p.m. $$ L D M ☎

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 super-good at it A little entertainment a great meal. Don’t miss the Jenny Roll, a favorite. Open Mon. Fri., 4 3 1 p.m. Sat., 4 1 p.m. Sun., 11 3 a.m. 3 p.m., 4 3 p.m. $$ L D K M ☎

SUSHI VILLAGE 1440 W. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-890-1016, 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 avorful, but some custom creations pack fun ingredient combos. Open Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. 3 p.m., 4 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m. 3 p.m., 4 1 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. $$ L D WIFI


BAWI KOREAN BBQ 4121 S. National Ave., Springfield, 417-886-2777, bawikbbq.com. Bawi Korean BB brings an authentic Korean dining e perience to Springfield, where you’ll pay a at fee of for an all-you-can-eat meal. You cook the meat yourself on tabletop grills. Keep an eye out for Korean-style fried chicken, which is sometimes offerend on special. Open Mon. Thu., 4 p.m. Fri. Sat, 4 1 p.m. Sun., 4 p.m. $$ D

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. f you’re in the mood for something really comforting on a cold day, opt for the kimchi chigae. Open Wed. Mon., 11 a.m. p.m. $ L D WIFI ☎

KORIYA 4121 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield, 417-882-0077. This spot serves create-your-own bibimbap dishes. One of our favorite dishes is the apchae, made with slippery stir fried potato starch noodles and lots of veggies. Don’t miss the zaru soba if you’re in the mood for something lighter. You can also find ramen, stir fried noodles, beef bulgogi dishes and much more. Open Mon. Sat., 11 a.m. p.m. $ L D


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 a soft pita. Our favorite, though, is the loukaniko with spicy feta dip. Open Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Brunch served the second Sunday of each month, 1 3 a.m. 3 p.m. $ L D ☎ WIFI K



3938 S. Lone Pine Ave., Suite 100-B, Springfield, 417851-1707. n 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. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 3 p.m. $$ L D

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. Plus, you ust can’t go wrong if you order a gyro. Open Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat, 11 a.m. 1 p.m. $–$$ L D





CANTINA LAREDO 1001 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson, 417-334-6052, cantinalaredo.com. Cantina Laredo is a great option if you’re e ploring Branson and have a hankering for Me ican food. Located on Branson Landing, it has a great view of the fountain and Lake Taneycomo. The menu is varies, and we especially love the salsas. Try the Rellano de Camarones for a tasty take on chili rellanos that is stuffed with shrimp, cheese and veggies with a poblano and roasted red pepper sauce. So delish Open Sun. Thu., 11 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. $$ L D

CATRINA’S MEXICAN KITCHEN & CANTINA 2925 Battlefield Road, Suite 105, Springfield, 417-3501006, catrinascantina.com. Serving authentic shareable dishes and full entrees. Look for hand-crushed guacamole that can be loaded up with chicharron. The grilled plaintains are a treat For a delciously superspicy bite, try the Yucatan Shrimp entree. The garlic shrimp and the shrimp tacos are great too this place does shrimp super-well Try the cinnamony sopapilla cheesecake for dessert. Open Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m., Sun., noon p.m. $$ LD

CESAR’S OLD MEXICO 2627 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-881-8252. ndulge in authentic Me ican food at incredibly reasonable prices. We love the birria taco, which is filled with succulent shredded beef. The carnitas torta is also e cellent. t’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. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. $ L D

GREAT AMERICAN TACO COMPANY 2915 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-315-8745; 2150 W. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-720-1708, greatamericantaco.com. This spot offers outside-thebo 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. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. $ L D

IGUANA ROJA 107 W. Church St., Ozark, 417-485-8585; 12051 MO13, Kimberling City, iguanaroja.net. We love this little spot located on the s uare in Ozark. The tacos are delish, and we love the avorful seasoning they put on their tortilla chips. There are delicious margaritas at this little eatery (don’t miss the one made with alape os it has a kick that’s so much fun to drink). Open Tue. Thu., 11 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 3 a.m. 1 p.m. $–$$ L D K





3041 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-719-4484, dienlapaloma.com; 1425 W. Battlefield St., Springfield, 417-889-2985, thelapaloma.com. This spot offers a huge range of Me ican dishes including fish tacos, which are e cellent. Battered and fried fish is topped with fresh pic de gallo, cabbage and a creamy chipotle sauce and then served with Me ican white rice. Open Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. 3 p.m. $–$$ L D

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- avorful marinated tofu or the Fruity Piggles with uicy pork and fig am for a salty-sweet combination. Sides are great too, with options like cheesy corn, alapeno corn and great ueso. Open Tue. Wed., 11 a.m. p.m. Thu. Sat., 11 a.m. a.m. $ L D

1550 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-883-4324. A mainstay in Springfield, McSalty’s serves delicious pizza and has been part of the Springfield landscape forever. The Bear Pie is a tasty supreme that’s loaded up with lots of toppings. There are also sub sandwiches. Open Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. $ L D WIFI M ☎



4109 S. National Ave., Springfield, 417-823-9114, facebook.com/loscabosspringfield. The fried avocados and Me ico City tacos (pico de gallo, onions, sour cream, pepper ack cheese and your meat of choice) are crowd favorites. The salsa here is stellar. Open Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. p.m. $ $$ L D K V

1601 W. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-864-8195. This tiny little authentic Me ican restaurant makes its own tortillas and chips fresh every day. Try a Me ican soda, a traditional Me ican soup or a tamale when you visit. Don’t miss Taco Tuesdays and Tamale Thursdays, where the dishes are only a dollar. f you need tortillas for cooking Me ican fare at home, you can get those here at well freshly made and do delicious Open Tue. Fri., 1 a.m. p.m. Sat., a.m. 4 p.m. Sun., a.m. 4 p.m. $ B L D

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 ueso de cabra, which is a goat cheese sauce topped with chorizo. Open Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 11 p.m. Sun., noon p.m. $$ L D 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, and you can even purchase the sweet salsa in a ar to go. Hours vary by location. $ L D K

PRIMA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT 2101 W. Chesterfield Blvd., Springfield, 417-823-7180; 3662 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-890-1212; 5557 N. 21st St., Ozark, 417-582-2776; primasmexicangrill.com. Diners love the pollo abovado, an -ounce chicken breast that’s grilled and topped with homemade chorizo, white ueso and tomatoes. Try the asada tacos three soft corn tortillas filled with steak, cilantro and onions. Open Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. p.m. $–$$ L D WIFI K M ☎



ARRIS’ PIZZA 1332 E. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-881-7260, arrispizzaonline.com. Thin-crust pizzas have a Greek air 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 avor. The bruschetta is a great appetizer, and it’s unlike bruschetta we’ve had other places. Open Tue. Thu., 11 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. p.m., p.m. $–$$ L D M

THE BIG SLICE 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 buy a whole pie if you prefer, but either way make sure to try to the chicken bacon ranch pizza. We love the creamy spinach pizza too, when we’re in the mood for a white pie. The gigantic pepperonis are a wonderful topping with perfect pepperoni avor. And speaking of perfect pepperoni avor, don’t miss the indulgent and delcious pizza rolls. They are incredible dipped in warm marinara sauce. Open daily, 11 a.m. 1 p.m. $–$$ L D



3325 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-582-8226. Taco Habitat 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. 1 p.m. $ B L

2101 W. Chesterfield Blvd., Suite C101, Springfield, 417883-9010, garbospizzeria.com. f 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. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. $–$$ L D M


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 mi ture 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. Open Mon. Wed., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Thu. Sat., 11 a.m. a.m. Sun., 11 a.m. p.m. $–$$ L D

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. 1 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. p.m. pub open later. $ $ L D M WIFI K

PIZZA HOUSE 312 E. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-881-4073. This restaurant has been a tradition in Springfield for more than years, and the pizza they serve is super-thin and cut into super-tiny pieces. t’s a classic that’s not to be missed and is a favorite of lifelong locals. Our favorite thing there any pizza that includes bacon. Open Tue. Thu., 11 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. $ L D WIFI

ROCCO’S PIZZA & SUBS Multiple 417-land locations; roccospizzaandsubs.com. This talian eatery specializes in New York style pizza that has anybody who’s been to the east coast swooning. t’s legit. Also on the menu are hot subs, like meatball or eggplant Parmesan, plus salads, calzones and a handful of pasta entrees. $–$$ L D


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 e tension 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 painkiller. Open Mon. Sat. noon p.m., Sun. 11 3 a.m. p.m. $




1454 E. Cherry St., Springfield, teamtacosgf.com. Let the ruby-red building be your guiding beacon to avor-packed tacos, nachos and rice bowls. This tiny cafe serves ma or avors in its set taco menu and te uila-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. We love the te uila- and mezcal-based cocktails. Open Mon. Sun., 11 a.m. p.m. $ L D

3653 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-720-1047. Maso Pizza Bar is owned by Nicola Gilardi and located ust a few door down from his other restaurant, Nicola’s Ristorante. And ust like at Nicola’s, everything on the menu is delish. Try the Nic Rise and Shine, talian Stallion and vegetarian-friendly Monica Healthy pies. The menu also spans salads, panini, pasta, soups and more. Open Mon. Sat., 3 p.m. close. $$ D WIFI

507 W. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-351-2824, thecellar. springfieldbrewingco.com. Created by the team behind Springfield Brewing Company (and located ust 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 erky while you sip on a craft cocktail and en oy a rotation of live music. Open Weds. Sun. 4 11 p.m. $ D 417MAG.COM




CELLAR + PLATE 2916 S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield, 417-894-2003, cellarandplate.com. Start your meal with the Romesco Gouda Dip 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. Open Tue. Thu., 4 p.m. Fri., 4 11 p.m. Sat., noon 11 p.m. $ L D WIFI M V

THE GOLDEN GIRL RUM CLUB 137 Park Central Square, Springfield, 417-425-5162, thegoldengirl.com. This tiki bar on Park Central S uare serves handcrafted cocktails and a made-from-scratch, internationally inspired menu. Be sure to try the tacos and artisan pizzas. As for drinks, everything on the menu is reliable well-done. Our favorite Mr Guava Lava, which is fruity and spicy. Open Tue. Sat., p.m. 1 a.m. $ L D WIFI

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. You can look for items like the famously craveable pizza balls and the uicy Full Ride burger. En oy them on the patio. Open Mon. Fri., 11 a.m. 1 a.m. Sat., noon 1 a.m. $ L D

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. The specials are always creative, and the Sunday brunch is one of the best around. Open Tue. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 3 a.m. Sun., 1 p.m. midnight. $ L D M WIFI V

THE ROYAL 1427 E. Cherry St., Suite B, Springfield, 417-351-3029, theroyalmusichall.com. This tiny and downright beautiful spot serves bottled cocktails and finger foods like warm olives or rosemary and bitters glazed nuts alongside live music. 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., a.m. 1 3 p.m Mon. Fri., 1 a.m. 1 3 p.m. Sat., a.m. 1 3 p.m. bar close daily at 11 3 p.m. $$ B L D WIFI K M 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 rish coffee with a Fat Boy’s ice cream sandwich. Open Weds. Sat. 4 p.m. close Sun. noon close. $

VANTAGE ROOFTOP LOUNGE & CONSERVATORY 260 E. McDaniel St., Springfield, 417-851-1768; rooftopvantage.com. This rooftop bar at Hotel Vandivort has a breathtaking view of downtown Springfield and even offers dining igloos in the winter so you can en417 MAGAZINE

VINO CELLARS WINE SHOP & LOUNGE 2137 W. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-773-1985; 15038 Business Highway 13, Branson West, 417773-1985, vcellars.com. Small plates, snacks and tapas make up the menu at this comfortable spot. Springfield open Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. p.m. or later Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. p.m. or later Branson West open Tue. Thu., 1 a.m. 7 p.m. or later Fri. Sat., 1 a.m. p.m. or later $ L D WIFI


CHAR STEAKHOUSE & OYSTER BAR, please see listing p. 80


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. But honestly, everything we’ve had from their menu has been delightful. We can’t wait to go back. Open Mon. Sat., 11 a.m. 3 p.m., 4 3 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. 3 p.m., 43 3 p.m. $–$$ L D 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 ust want to drink it. (We admit We’ve been tempted ) Open Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. p.m. Fri., 11 a.m. p.m. Sat., 11 a.m. p.m. $ LD

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. p.m., p.m. Fri., 11 a.m. p.m., 1 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. $$–$$$ L D K M



oy the scene all year long. The cocktails are refreshingly creative and shareable dishes include items like duck confit atbread. Open Tues. Weds. 4 p.m. midnight, Thurs. Sat. 4 p.m. 1 a.m. $$

FLAME STEAKHOUSE, please see listing p. 80 JIMM’S STEAKHOUSE, please see listing p. 80 LEVEL 2 STEAKHOUSE, please see listing p. 81 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 delicious too. After your steakhouse dinner, hop over to the casino for some gaming fun. Open Sun. Thu., p.m. Fri. Sat., 1 p.m. $$ D ☎

RERICO BRAZILIAN GRILL 3371 E. Montclair St., Springfield, 417-881-8882, rericogrill.com. Are you a huge fan of all things meaty Try 1 kinds of meat for dinner, all sliced tableside. Dinner comes with beef soup, soft rolls and unlimited trips to the cold bar. Open daily at 11 a.m. Closing time varies seasonally $ L D WIFI K M ☎

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. Open Mon. Thu., 3 p.m. Fri. Sat., 1 p.m. $$$ D ☎


RAMA THAI CAFÉ 1129 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-865-3204. This restaurant features a menu 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 curry noodles. Open Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. 3 p.m., 4 p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 3 p.m., 4 3 p.m. Sun., noon 3 p.m., 4 p.m. $–$$ L D K

THAILAND STATION 1730 E. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-350-1001, thailandstation.net. Find all your favorites (a variety of curries, stir fried noodle dishes and soups) plus some surprises like crispy duck and stir-fried pork belly. We’re super-e cited about the salad options, like the som tum (papaya salad) and the laab (ground chicken salad).When it’s in season, order the mango sticky rice dessert. Open Mon. Sat., 11 a.m. p.m. $ L D

TONG’S THAI RESTAURANT 3454 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-889-5280. This spot serves up a menu packed with tasty Thai avors, and the Esarn lettuce wraps are a longtime customer favorite. The fried basa with your choice of one of Tong’s yummy sauces is another fan fave. Don’t forget about the Thairito, a dish that’s uni ue to Tong’s. Full bar. Open Mon. Fri., 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Mon. Sat., 1 p.m. $–$$ L D WIFI ☎

THE WHEELHOUSE 1845 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-430-0400, wheelhousefood.com. The pineapple fried rice is a fan favorite at this Thai-Me ican fusion spot, but you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Open Mon. Thu., a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat., a.m. 1 p.m. Sun, a.m. p.m. $ B L D V


BAMBU 1338 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, 417-881-9881. The pho is a specialty here. You can add spice, herbs, alape os and sprouts to customize it. (Our favorite Use all of the herbs, a couple of alape os and a s uirt of Sriracha.) Don’t miss the bun bowls too The one made with lemongrass beef is a favorite. Open Mon. Thu., 11 a.m. p.m. Fri. Sat., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. p.m. $ L D WIFI K ☎

PHO KIM 3433-C S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-883-9999, phokimspringfield.com. Here you can fill up on Vietnamese staples like pho, spring rolls, a variety of bahn mi sandwiches and more. The chicken fried rice is e tra crispy, and the chicken pho is ust as tasty as the classic beef variety here. We love the fresh spring rolls and peanut dipping sauce too. Open Mon. and Wed. Sat., 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. 7 3 p.m. $ L D WIFI


THE GLOW UP PARTY Alison Roffers, Danielle Kincaid, Rikki Barton

Chris & Kristen Fischer

Eddy & Rachel Rosas

Jacob Basecke, Stuart Lipscomb, Adam Howey

This event presented by Mercy was dedicated to women empowerment and gave attendees the chance to have fun while supporting a great cause. This year was the 30-year anniversary of the merger of Girls Clubs and Boys Clubs in Springfield and guests were able to enjoy drinks, appetizers and gift bags while their ticket covered the cost of a female Club member to attend for a whole year.

Date October 21 Benefiting Organization Boys and Girls Club of Springfield Location Barley House at Moon Town Crossing Attire Dressy casual

Photos by Ryan Kowlaski

Food Simply Delicious Catering Katie Cartwright, Jodie Garton

Ashley Norgard, Dee King

Sarah Burrows, Hannah Montgomery

Kyra Woods, Samantha Stewart

Sponsors Mercy, Commerce Bank, SRC, Elliot Robinson, Volt Credit Union, Burrell Health, Queen City Sertoma, 417 Magazine




TURANDOT 2021 Ozarks Lyric Opera started their 2021–2022 season with a concert performance of Puccini’s great, final opera featuring some of his most passionate and extraordinary music including the beloved “Nessun dorma.” The production included a spectacular cast, the OLO Orchestra and Chorus, and the Springfield Chamber Chorus.

Brian & Lora Jess

Ed Lee, Bill Rohlf

John & Michelle Gamble

Sara Karnes, Trent Holloway

Stephanie & Justin Greene

Bob & Mary Fritz

Dr. Todd & Dr. Angela Payne

Marci & Brent Sonnemaker

Date October 22 Benefiting Organization Ozarks Lyric Opera Location Hammons Hall

Sponsors Hotel Vandivort, KY3, 417 Magazine, KSMU, Pioneer Outdoor



Photos by Ryan Kowlaski

Attire Semi-formal


TASTE OF SOMO Megan Schlueter, Kerry Holliday

Matt Rowlett (Tim Lizzie’s Tonic Truck)

Roman Tripp, Leslie Tucker

Brian & Joann Gardner, Kristy Gardner

Taste of SoMo 2021 celebrated some of Springfield’s local restaurants, local food and community. This event included food samples, live music and beer, which created an amazing atmosphere for the Springfield community.

Date October 27 Location Park Central Square Attire Casual Food Assortment of local food restaurants and food trucks

Soap Refill Station booth

Sierra Roper, Tiffany Buck

Entertainment Live music by Shaun Munday and The Deja Crew

Photos by Hannah Alarid

Sponsors SGC Foodservice, Restaurant Marketplace, Fellers, MarketByte, Ozarks Food Harvest, Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C., Andy B’s, Brokate Janitorial, CID Downtown, Systematic Savings Bank, Heart of America Beverage Company, Mercy, Renewal By Andersen, 417 Magazine, Connell Insurance, Sun Solar, Wickman’s Garden Village, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Co., GFL Environment

Yoni Vargas (Chameleon Cuisine)

Teresa Haney, Frankie Rinke, Bella Rinke, Amy Rinke 417MAG.COM • 417 MAGAZINE



Falling For You PHOTO BY NICKI RUPPERT | @NICKIJEANR Nicki Ruppert is drawn to the nature in 417-land and loves finding new falls. That is how she found Penitentiary Hollow on Beaver Lake in Arkansas with her Australian shepherd, appropriately named Ozark. This is one of several incredible falls that pour fresh water into Beaver Lake and connects to the scenic Lover’s Leap and Hogscald Hollow.




Giving back to the community is one of 417 Magazine’s highest priorities, and each month we support local non-profit organizations that keep 417-land thriving. These organizations and events contribute to the betterment of 417-land. 417 Magazine is proud to support these events hosted by charities and organizations that create Good TIMES for a Great cause.