Linda and Steve Wood broke the ground on their first Australian-themed enterprise when they opened The Outback Steak and Oyster Bar in 1987. Over the years, the eatery garnered enough attention from Ozark visitors that it inspired the couple to open the Outback Outfitters clothing store in 1989. Nearly a decade later the Woods converted the store into the Outback Pub, adorning its walls with Australian articles and serving a menu of down home, exotic fare. Wild appetizers such as kookaburra-sauce-laden gator tail cause taste buds to don tiny safari caps before trekking through entrees of seasoned grouper or the tavern's specialty Shepparton chicken pot pie. Sips from more than 100 beers bring tides of malty and hoppy flavor, while live entertainment hosted every night gives the dinner crowd a soundtrack more pleasing than compliment-whispering earmuffs.
Despite the singular focus of its name, George's Steakhouse presents a diverse range of cuisine. Beyond the top-sirloin steak and shrimp entrees that headline the dinner menu, the eatery presents a wide range of burgers and sandwiches for lunch. Breakfast lovers get their fill as well; five omelets—plus a create-your-own option—engage the savory receptors of palates, and fruit blintzes slake sugar cravings. These soft pastries are filled with cream cheese and topped with either blueberries or strawberries—which are just blueberries with straws through them.
The Argentina Steakhouse's owners transport the entrees, spices, and atmosphere of their homeland's best restaurants to Springfield, landing the chic eatery on 417mag.com's Best Steaks list for three consecutive years. Chefs rearrange the menu to suit the season, and the restaurant's expert staff meticulously handpicks wines to complement grilled meats. A sleek bar, crisp white tablecloths, and soft lighting intensify the ambience of the dining room, which hosts romantic dinners.
Once a ramshackle ice-cream store with a loyal Akron following, today Zack's Fire and Ice serves barbecue along with its cones with help from new owner and former pastor Randy Stewart and his wife, Kathy. The Stewarts have lived in the Southwest and up and down the East Coast, so rather than adhere strictly to any one regional barbecue style, they synthesize their favorite elements from a number of traditions to create an eatery with the welcoming spirit of a backyard cookout. The kitchen slow smokes brisket, ribs, pork, and turkey breast and slathers them with sauces such as honey and apple bourbon. Frozen treats such as sorbet and frozen yogurt stay chilly at the ice-cream counter alongside hard-packed ice cream in flavors such as pumpkin pecan, oatmeal cookie, and Superman, designed to freeze enemies’ brains faster than a speeding bullet.
Decorative vases, potter greenery, and vibrant paintings establish the aesthetic beauty of ReRico Brazilian Grill’s lively atmosphere. The authentic churrascaria steak house tops plates with house-made cheese bread, fare from a gourmet cold bar, and more than 15 rotisserie meats, such as horseradish sirloin and chicken breast with bacon. The wait staff serves the succulent carnivorous fare in traditional rodízio style by carving tender meats tableside and tucking napkins into patrons’ shirts. ReRico can accommodate small groups or large parties, such as business meetings for 50 or scaled-back Woodstocks.
Steak-Out prepares and delivers slabs of protein sustenance secured from 100% grain-fed American cattle. All entrees—such as the filet mignon ($14.99) and the grilled chicken-breast filet ($9.99)—are accompanied by a salad, a roll, and a buttered and sourly creamed baked potato. Spouses of sand-dwelling warlocks, such as the sirloin steak sandwich ($7.99), carry extra baggage consisting of cheese, chips, and condiments. Desserts, such as a slice of the New York–style cheesecake (starting at $4.49) or an oatmeal-raisin cookie ($0.75), assist in smoothly transitioning imbibers into postmeal naps. Mini mouths can gnaw on a kids' meal, which features a palate-pleasing cheeseburger ($4.29) and chicken nuggets ($3.99).