Guide to Appetizers

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Can’t make up your mind when ordering apps for the table? These three appetizer combo platters are some of our favorites. They feature portions of several items—something for every taste bud—and they are genuinely super-delish. 

1. The Mezza Combo
That Lebanese Place, 338 E. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-536-6677,

For this app, you get to choose four items from the following: falafel, grape leaves, hummus, baba ghanoush, labneh, kibbe, tabbouleh, fattoush or zaatar. Try our two favorites: The stuffed grape leaves feature a savory, lemony filling, and the falafel is herbaceous and irresistible.


2. The Smoked Trout Sampler
Rockbridge Rainbow Trout & Game Ranch1 County Road 142, Rockbridge, 417-679-3619,

This appetizer is the holy grail for lovers of smoked trout. An enormous plate is filled to capacity with various dipping vehicles (like crackers and veggies) and features the restaurant’s delectable smoked rainbow trout presented three ways: a smoked trout salad (think chicken salad, but not), smoked trout paté and smoked trout on its own, plain and simple. The dish is seasonable, but you can find it on the menu again starting in the spring.


3. Greek Platter
Tea Bar & Bites, 621 S. Pickwick Ave., Springfield, 417-866-7500,

A feature on Tea Bar’s newer small bites menu, the Greek platter is packed with Mediterranean lusciousness in the form of stuffed grape leaves, falafel and flaky spanakopita. The spanakopita is hands-down our favorite part, with savory spinach and tangy feta cheese tucked into flaky phyllo dough. You won’t want to share.


Finish your appetizer in record time when you order the leche de tigre shot from Café Cusco (234 E. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-868-8088, At just $2 a pop, this funky little app includes a shot glass filled with a savory cocktail of ceviche juice and chili peppers with a chilled shrimp on the rim as a tasty chaser. Throw it back in one big glug. It’s spicy. It’s acidic. It’s addictive. Go ahead and order two, because we’re pretty sure you’ll want seconds.

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