Best of 417 2010—Places
Where to go, locations to visit, and places to take out-of-towners in 417-land.
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EP = Editors' Pick RP = Readers' Pick
Best Place to Go For a Belly Laugh
The Skinny Improv (RP) >>>
Ernie Biggs Chicago Style
Dueling Piano Bar
Still fresh after all these years? Heck yeah. The Skinny Improv is still hosting its regular family-friendly and very hilarious interactive improv shows at its theater in downtown Springfield. But there’s even more going on than you might know. The first Friday of every month, Jeff Houghton hosts The Mystery Hour at the theatre. And the Improvadors bring their special brand of funny to various locales around Springfield.
Best Place to Blow a Rainy Afternoon
All Readers' Picks
Best Place to Take A
Charley’s Place (EP)
Unlike some flea markets that have the same unappealing and overpriced items month after month (collecting dust and not getting any more collectible), Charley’s is always a sure bet for a good find. (1315 E. Trafficway St., Springfield)
Best Free WiFi Spot
Rendezvous Coffee Lounge (EP)
It’s not the best WiFi spot just because the signal is strong. You can get that at McDonald’s these days. We love Rendezvous (320 Park Central West, Springfield, 417-868-0110) for WiFi because the upper level has electrical outlets at just about every seat. When you need to work away from your office, this is the place that will most likely have an open outlet when you show up (so you don’t order a drink and then realize that there’s no place you can sit and plug in).
Best-Smelling Bowling Alley
Battlefield Lanes in Springfield (EP)
This big (and newer-than-most) bowling alley is smoke-free on Saturdays. And the older we get, the more we like to smell like ourselves when we leave the bowling alley (instead of like an ashtray).
Best Place to See Future Sports Heroes
<<< Springfield Cardinals Game (EP)
417-landers love their Springfield Cardinals. And they love their St. Louis Cardinals. And they love to see their Springfield Cardinals get called up to play in the big leagues. So if you’re a regular at our minor-league baseball games, you might just witness the skills of the next big name. (So pay attention.)
Best Part of Fair Grove Heritage Reunion Festival
Navajo Taco Booths (EP)
One booth that seems to appear at practically every small town festival is the one serving Navajo Tacos. Those giant tasty treats are made with a big piece of warm flatbread that’s topped with taco fixings. Messy and great!
Best Place to Get Rid of a Loaf of Bread
Feed the Ducks at a Local Park (EP)
Just about every park with a pond is a good place to feed your feathered friends. (We like Dunnegan Memorial Park in Bolivar.) If you’ve never let a 5-year-old loose with a loaf of a bread and a crowd of Canada geese, then you’ve never seen a happy 5-year-old.
<<< Reading Cubes (EP)
These cube-shaped seats at the Park Central branch of the Springfield–Greene County Library are a great place to sit back and read a book or flip through a magazine. You’ll feel like you’re in the future (not a library), and they are private enough that you can forget the chilly air outside and fall all the way into the world inside whatever book you’re reading.
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