From the outside, Springfield Inn is an anachronism. Its colonial-inspired structure—flaunting three tiered stories crowned with a swirling filigree—stands against its contemporary storefront neighbors as a symbol of an opulent past decade. Though its interior space regularly bustles with modern, DJ-fueled merrymaking, a menu of classic gourmet dishes still exudes the restaurant's timeless tenor. In the morning, chefs sizzle up a breakfast spread of waffles, omelets, and golden hot cakes to rouse incisors from their slumber, and evening selections range from honey-dipped fried chicken to filet mignon slathered in peppercorn demi-glace. Later hours bring strobe-light-splashed entertainment on select nights, rumbling the historic rafters with everything from live bands and DJs to rousing games of Red Rover.
Twenty years ago, Jake's Hamburgers started serving up juicy, hand-prepped burgers from a single shop on Route 273. Dissatisfied with the modern burgers of competitors, the shop’s owners changed the name to Jake's Wayback Burgers. Today at each Jake's location, hand-crafted patties sizzle on grills until cooks stack them two or three high in buns. An ever-changing burger and shake of the month keep the menu from becoming tired, and toppings including sautéed mushrooms, grilled peppers, and onion rings add some novelty to the time-tested burgers. Further tributes to diners of yesteryear include all-beef hot dogs, house-fried potato chips, and chili-cheese dogs. The smooth crests of hand-dipped malted milk shakes beg for one to grab a straw or succumb to milk-shake-juggling crazes started by area carpet cleaners.
Springfield Pasta Company traces its roots back as far as 100 years to the sunny hills of Abruzzi, Italy, where Domenico Napoletano learned the art of grain-trading and pasta-making from his parents. The Napoletano family carried their noodle-crafting tradition with them across the Atlantic—first to Buenos Aires in the 1950s, and finally to Springfield, Pennsylvania, in 1965, where Domenico and his sons, Mario, Corrado, and Claudio, set up shop on Saxer Avenue. Dedicated workers oversee the production of every fresh, frozen, and dried noodle and savory sauce, ensuring that customers load their dinner tables with Italian feasts made by a real, local human—not a distant corporate entity or a cyborg clone of Chef Boyardee.
Using ingredients from local farms, trees, and cows, the consummate confectionery creators at SophistiCakes bake an extensive menu of custom cakes, cupcakes, and quick-disappearing cookies that look as good as they taste. Savor the family-owned sweetery’s traditional cupcake flavors ($2.50 per cupcake, and $30 for one dozen)—such as red velvet, lemon drop, and triple chocolate chip—on a daily basis; or send a gastronomical love letter to a lonely stomach with specialty flavors, such as the taste-bud-tingling hummingbird cupcake—a moist cake of vanilla, pineapple, and pecans topped with buttercream icing.
It can be difficult to tear your gaze from Tavola Restaurant & Bar's dining-room windows, which overlook the lush rolling hills, majestic pines, and rustic gazebo of the surrounding country club. But soon, an enticing aroma compels your nose to turn toward the kitchen. Inside, chefs bustle about, folding fresh herbs, aromatic sauces, and crisp vegetables into a variety of Italian specialties—including the buttery shrimp scampi lauded by reporters from CBS Philly. A nearby brick oven melts mozzarella cheese onto gourmet pizzas.
The elegant dining room hosts diners swirling strings of pasta beside chandelier-illuminated oil paintings, and the cushy white sofas of the bar area support guests sipping Italian and American wines. Those seeking the best views venture to the outdoor patio, where they can watch seasoned golfers play on Springfield Country Club’s course or make sand angels in the sand traps.