A charming neighborhood eatery, Riverwalk Jazz Café dishes up a menu of homemade soups, sandwiches, and other lunch delicacies. Clientele crowd for bread-meat-bread amalgamations such as the Cab Calloway club with ham, turkey, bacon, and veggies, hugged by white or wheat slices or a croissant, and served with a side ($7.49). The Black & Blue salad sates the famished with shaved Angus roast beef, blue cheese, red onions, tomatoes, walnuts, and croutons ($7.99) and grilled chicken wraps with two sides ($7.99) make stomachs sing and hankerings hush. Teas, coffees, and desserts prove steaming sippables and smile-triggering endorphins pair well with jazzy tunes.
Parlor 88 Lounge & Eatery's culinary team crafts upscale bar food to complement its liquid bounty of 88 martinis, 88 beers, and 88 wines. They slather baked boneless wings in your choice of five sauces, fill sliders with turkey doused in chipotle sauce, and top nachos with candied jalapeños and grilled chicken. After meals, a variety of chocolate sweets charm taste buds.
Parlor 88 Eastside hosts live music each Saturday, while Parlor 88 Southside entertains soirees in The Olive Room, a private space equipped with its own bar, full-service catering, and plush couches, which when sat upon, kindly giggle at all your jokes.
Hidden in the middle of southwest Springfield and part of historic Galloway Village, Galloway Station has Springfield's best outdoor dining patio. The view is relaxed and calming. The Galloway Trail and its walkers, joggers, and bikers etc. are always passing by from Sequiota Park.
There's no entrance exam for Vino Cellars. As the wine lounge's website puts it, "No one will care if you can't say cabernet correctly. So go ahead and ask." And that level of accessibility runs throughout the entire shop, from the comfortable open seating to the complimentary tastings to the notes that describe every bottle's weight, palate, and mouth-feel. Such touches help guests find their way through the 150 varietals—imported from boutique-style producers across the globe—so they can pick the right pairing for a steak or the right milk-substitute for a bowl of Cheerios.
Pairing is a theme that runs through almost everything at Vino Cellars. Themed wine dinners match up five wines with four-course meals. The regular menu's small plates of shareable flatbread pizzas and sliders can also be mixed and matched with different libations. But Vino Cellars doesn't stop with wine and food. The shop spreads its gourmet knowledge to house-made bottles of flavored olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars.
Irish pubs are renowned for putting Guinness on a pedestal, but Dublin’s Pass Irish Pub takes that adoration to a whole new level. Virtually every libation on the pub’s drink menu features the stout mixed with other bar favorites, including Jameson, Coca-Cola, and champagne. Guinness even makes its way into the kitchen, where it spikes the buffalo sauce that coats chicken wings and the cheese sauce that accompanies fries cut by hand and the occasional Jedi mind trick. Not everything, however, comes soaked in Guinness—fried bread pudding, for instance, arrives crowned with a warm caramel drizzle. To accompany such hearty Irish feasts, Dublin’s Pass hosts trivia every Monday, live music on weekends, and musicians strumming traditional Irish tunes every Wednesday at the Southside location.