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A Mighty Bagel
Find them at Farmers Market of the Ozarks
At this little bagel cart, you can get a boiled bagel toasted over fire with a number of toppings, including cream cheese, smoked salmon and capers, as pictured here. Our favorite, though, is The Almighty. Don’t be scared by The Almighty’s odd mix of flavors: Cream cheese, butter, onions, apples, cucumber, raisins, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and garlic powder. We know, we know—garlic powder and raisins? But it’s so delicious. It is crunchy, chewy, sweet and savory all at once. Plus the fire-toasted bagel has just a hint of smokiness, the cucumber a hint of cool brightness. After you’ve eaten The Almighty, you’ll feel powered up and ready to hit the day.
Ben’s on the Square
103-A W. Church St., Ozark, 417-485-0900
The breakfast menu is small here, with typical coffee items and only three sandwich items. We chose The Phoenix because it had an unusual item that you don’t typically find at breakfast time: pepperoni. The sandwich also came with eggs, cheddar cheese and jalopy sauce (jalapeño ranch sauce). The heat from the jalopy sauce combined with the spicy pepperoni sure did make for a surprising first bite. And we loved it.
2810 E. Battlefield Rd. Ste-D, Springfield, 417-881-4442
(Editor's note: This restaurant has closed since the publication of this article.) Breakfast at The Buzz is pretty fancy and totally delicious. We ordered the Parisian breakfast sandwich that came with farm-fresh eggs, ham and creamy brie all squished between two toasted pieces of soft ciabatta bread and topped with tangy Dijon mustard. It was heavenly. The Buzz also has ricotta pancakes, French omelets, quiche and cinnamon rolls the size of softballs.
Tea Bar and Bites
621 S. Pickwick, Springfield, 417-866-7500, teabarandbites.com
Tea Bar and Bites is located in the cutest neighborhood and might even be the cutest restaurant in 417-land. Situated on Pickwick in the Roundtree neighborhood, Tea Bar is a fun little tea room serving some of the tastiest breakfast Springfield has to offer.
On our visit we ordered the fried egg sandwich along with the spinach and cheese quiche and a cup of coffee. The light and fluffy fried eggs on this big sandwich are wedged between thick slices of ripe tomatoes, crisp greens, bacon and two slices of toasted focaccia with pesto mayo. Our favorite part was the pesto mayo. It really gave the sandwich a rich and creamy flavor.
Tea Bar also has the most amazing crust for its delicious quiches. It is so buttery and rich. Other breakfast options include the omelet bagel sandwich that comes with eggs, cheddar cheese, herbed cream cheese and greens on a toasted bagel.
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