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.
Weezie’s fashion-forward staff frequently replenishes their rotating selection of name-brand swaddling with new and gently used garments by designers such as Diesel, Prada, and Ralph Lauren. Assembled out of overstock from Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and other high-end boutiques, Weezie's threads don discounted price tags that are up to 90% off their retail value. Tops and shirts from Fluxus shroud torsos in casual attire ($19.99), and shorts by Seven for All Mankind allow wearers to flaunt gams on warm summer outings ($55). Ladies can carry their personal items in style within a Coach purse ($39+), or drop subtle hints to their commitment-fearing boyfriends by donning a designer-made wedding dress ($150+).
Hawthorne's Backyard's culinary architects animate the American fare, such as burgers, ribs, and roasts, depicted on the menu. An appetizer of loaded chili cheese fries, which swim in green onions and sour cream ($5.99), can prep palates for an appointment with a hearty entree. Momma's pot-roast sandwich, a pulled-pork tenderloin cooked in homemade barbecue sauce and set inside a hoagie bun, frolics across taste-bud territory ($8.50), and the backyard double cheeseburger dually satiates meat and dairy yearnings ($10.50). A full slab of signature baby-back ribs comes to tables drenched in barbecue sauce and, like a subpoena from a grandmother, is served with cinnamon apples and sweet-potato fries ($18.99).
Martin Hernandez grew up with 14 siblings in the city of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico. That's where their community taught them the importance of family and hard work, but no one more so than their mother. She created flavorful, fresh meals for the family, never cutting any corners. As the owner of Primas Mexican Grill, Martin has the chance to recreate not only the homemade meals, but also the festive family atmosphere at his restaurant.
Along with a talented staff, Martin pays homage to his mother with traditional Mexican house specialties: pico de gallo, smothered carnitas, fish tacos, and fajitas, to name a few. But the menu doesn't adhere strictly to south-of-the-border fare. There are also American favorites such as burgers and steak served with fries.
The cooks at Maru Sushi & Grill prepare pan-Asian feasts such as Springfield-style cashew chicken, drawing from the cuisine of Japan, China, Thailand, and beyond. Diners clasp sushi rolls loaded with crab, lobster, and mango, which, according to News-Leader.com, are served on a "cast-iron plate that sits atop flames." The sushi and sashimi at Maru is present with beautiful combinations of texture and design. Patrons wash down meals with a selection of drinks that includes Japanese beers, sake, and soju.
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.
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.