Emack & Bolio’s reinvents classic soda fountain traditions by slinging a selection of gourmet ice cream and hearty hot dogs in a range of innovative forms. Staffers dig scoops into ice-cream tubs filled with flavors such as vanilla-bean speck, creamy chocolate, and mint chocolate chip to outfit cones, smoothies, brownie sandwiches, and dunce caps on undercover missions. Meanwhile, chefs toil at the grill to cook up 12 types of Nathan’s quarter-pound hot dogs and fashion a full menu of salads and sandwiches from old family recipes. Outside, a shaded patio beckons guests to cool off and enjoy the scenery of nearby Sequiota Park.:m]]
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.
Thirty years of ample portions at Ziggie's Cafe have established the restaurant as a local fixture. It's not just the portions that are ample—the variety, too, is nearly mind-boggling. Savory chicken and seafood entrees present dinner patrons with options, but a menu that also includes quesadillas, sandwiches, burgers, and breakfast fare makes the eatery a veritable grocery store, but if each ingredient were cooked into its final state instead of yearning, longing, hoping to be lifted off a shelf.
Aromas of fluffy pancakes and freshly made omelets waft through Springfield Family Restaurant 24 hours a day. In addition to breakfast fare, the menu also features lunch and dinner items, including strawberry bistro salads of baby field greens, cranberries, pecans, and feta cheese. Ovens bake specialty bread for the french toast, which is battered, grilled, and lightly dusted, like a forest fairy, with powdered sugar.
Whisler's Hamburgers is a Missouri institution, established in Carthage in 1953 and serving up old-fashioned hamburgers ever since. At the Springfield location, diners can come in for casual grill food, biting into cheeseburgers, sandwiches, and french fries in a relaxed atmosphere. They might try a tempting order of onion rings or tear into the Farm burger, which features ham and bacon on the traditional grilled beef.
There's no buffet at Tokyo Grill, a pan-Asian eatery that opened late in the summer of 2013. That's a good thing for diners; it means that instead of having to pick over trays of slowly souring food, patrons can enjoy delicacies made fresh to order. Meals range from general tso's chicken to sushi and hibachi cuisine. Most entrees are served with fried or steamed rice and bowls of hot soup.