Chennai Cafe can fix your craving for authentic south Indian food. Located in Rogers, the chefs offer up specialties such as thalapakattu biryani and arcot biryani, as well as thali meals, which include saucers of food arranged around a platter in such a way that ensures diners get their fill of proteins, carbs, and fat. Buffets are also offered on weekends for those who want to try as many vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes as possible.
The scent of freshly baked biscuits, peppery gravy, and fried potatoes waft out of Republic Cafe’s kitchen 24 hours a day. Like the red, white, and blue of the French flag, the diner's housemade breakfasts pay homage to Americana, especially the country-fried skillet—a mound of hashbrowns topped with sautéed peppers and onions, cubes of country-fried steak, two eggs, and country gravy. Comfort-food classics populate the lunch menu as well, which stars BLTs, chicken-fried chicken, and open-faced beef sandwiches floating in a pool of savory, brown gravy.
Sausage rolls, savory meat pies, and lamingtons—chocolate-dipped and coconut-dusted sponge cake—are a few of the treats available at Walkabout Coffee Shop, a café dedicated to authentic Australian snacks and culture. The spot's friendly baristas also brew single-origin coffees, blend smoothies, and concoct specialty lattes and mochas. Aboriginal-influenced decor lends the coffeehouse a funky, relaxed ambiance, and musicians fill the space with their melodies during open-mic nights.
It has been more than 30 years since Ziggie's Cafe opened its doors to dish out generous portions of American favorites and diner staples. The restaurant serves breakfast any time, which means diners can order spanish omelets, waffles, skillets, and country-fresh eggs during the day or that eerie time when the sun dips below the horizon. Other specialties include chicken-fried steak, gyros, and fettucine alfredo.
Growing up, the only thing Michael Stone loved more than the country-style of life he saw on TV shows such as Hee Haw and Petticoat Junction, was spicy Cuban cuisine. Of course, it was easy to find an authentic Cuban sandwich in his home town of Tampa, Florida. In Missouri—not so much. So when he moved to Springfield, Michael decided to combine his two loves into one unique business: Country Girls Espresso. True to its name, the drive-up shop features hot and iced coffee drinks—including cafe Cubano shots and cafe con leche—alongside a range of flavored lattes. But in addition to the drinks, the staff also craft authentic Cuban sandwiches. Made just the way the are in Cuban-centric neighborhoods in Tampa and Miami, the sandwiches feature roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles, served between slices of pressed cuban bread or stuffed inside a Panama hat. Of course, there are other sandwich options too, including the signature Country Girls Sandwich, which features turkey, cream cheese, and a choice of guava or raspberry.
Brewing their own line of beans and building sandwiches and salads behind the bar, the staff of Jammin Java relieves coffee cravings as well as hunger pangs. The espresso machine whirs to life as baristas steam milk to create lattes, cappuccinos, and puffy foam clouds shaped like manatees. Stop by in the morning for pastries. In the afternoons and evenings, you can munch on sandwiches stuffed with roast beef, hickory turkey, and fresh, crispy veggies.