Starlighters' owner Laura Hawkins and Johnny Lambert draw upon decades of dance experience to preside over a troupe of professional performers who lead hoofers of all ages through ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, and ballroom moves. In weekly 75-minute sessions, tap classes let percussive pedagogues introduce steps from classic Broadway styling and informal Morse code. Ballet aficionados lead students through five basic positions and into advanced on-point pirouettes, and modern-dance coaches fuse Afro-Cuban, Latin, and lyric styles. Solo coryphées or couples in ballroom-dancing sessions learn to perform basic steps and advanced lifts while tracking progress in studio mirrors. Dancers twirl and leap in two modern studios with sprung hardwood flooring that minimize stress on joints and maximize envy from regular hardwood tree houses.
At Lola’s Pastries & Eatery, the aromas of fresh, homemade pastries waft through the air as passionate cooks craft sandwiches from Grandma Lola’s original recipes. The breakfast menu is populated with a slew of made-from-scratch delights, including Lola’s Irresistible cinnamon rolls ($2.39) and coffeecake that douses succulent crumbles of moist cake in fresh-roasted coffee ($2.19). Fresh-baked jumbo muffins fill opponents’ mouths during heated morning bird-watching debates ($1.79), and on-the-go breakfasts, such as the heart-healthy muffin and fruit trio paired with custom-blended, locally roasted coffee ($4.39), facilitate efficient early-morning existences.
Rice & Roll serves traditional Japanese sushi rolls, teriyaki dishes, and fried-rice entrees. Diners looking for a traditional experience can pair a lobster roll with a dragon roll, cutting the spicy tuna and eel with the more subtle flavors of lobster and crab. Those looking for something a little different may opt for specialty rolls like the King of the Castle with shrimp tempura, cream cheese, and spicy crab, or the Spicy Yum Yum with deep-fried shredded crab and chili sauce. Chicken, shrimp, beef, and salmon bento boxes offer miniature meals, complete with teriyaki meats, shrimp and vegetable tempura, california rolls, and spring rolls.
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.
A muscle car squeals into a parking space by the patio, Cruisin’ USA Frozen Custard’s neon sign reflected in its polished red chrome. At the umbrella-clad tables, families eating hot dogs and couples sharing banana splits pause to admire the ride. Though this scene seems straight out of the 1950s, it’s commonplace on summery Saturday nights in Nixa. Cruisin’ USA Frozen Custard regularly hosts concerts and fills its parking lot with vintage cars, motorcycles, and souped-up hot rods. Customers dropping by can enhance the classic American scene with classic American eats, including sandwiches, malts, custard-based concretes, and deep-fried El Caminos.