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Come on, Get Happy

When it’s time for a post-work drink and snack, head to these happy hours and try out these tasty specials.

Nonna’s Italian Café
3512 S. National Ave., Springfield, 417-890-8300; 306 South Avenue, Springfield, 417-831-1222;
Hours: 3—6 p.m. Mon.–Sat. at both locations, 7 p.m.–close for late night happy hour at the S. National Ave. location only
The Goods: Nonna’s doesn’t cheat with small plates when it comes to happy hour, it offers everything on its appetizer menu at half-off. The bruschetta, crab cakes and hummus all pair nicely with a beverage of your choice.
Must-Try: Anitpasto Plate, $9.99, or $4.99 during happy hour. This can easily be split by two or three people.

Parlor 88
1111 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-882-8882; 3653,
Hours: 3–7 p.m. Mon.–Fri. and 3¬–6 p.m. Sat.–Sun.
The Goods: Parlor 88 runs one of the longer happy hours. Its dips and slider specials run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Grab a chipotle turkey slider for just $1.49 or try the tasty baja dip for $5.88.
Must-Try: Jalapeño Popper Dip for $5.88. The candied jalapenos are delish.

Flame Steakhouse and Wine Bar
314 W. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-862-4444,
Hours: 4–6 p.m. Monday-Saturday
The Goods: Flame Steakhouse and Wine Bar runs $3, $4 and $5 happy hour food specials and the menu ranges from salads to cheeseburger potato skins to mussels.
Must-Try: Escargot with bacon, garlic, herbs and artisan bread, $5

Touch Restaurant
1620 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-823-8383,
Hours: 4–7 p.m., Mon.–Thurs.
The Goods: Touch does something similar to its downtown counterpart Flame Steakhouse and Wine Bar. The restaurant offers $1, $2, $3 items during its happy hour Monday through Thursday between 4 and 7 p.m. And don’t forget, every Monday wine is half-priced.
Must-Try: Float Trip burger with spicy float trip pickles, smoked bacon and cheese for just $3.

Flo Restaurant and Wine Bar
2925 E. Battlefield, Ste-105, Springfield, 417-886-0356,
Hours: 3–6 p.m., Mon.–Sat.
The Goods: Stop in to Flo between 3 and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday to scarf some delicious food deals. You will not find any food item for more than $6, and Flo has a wide variety to choose from. Grab a spicy tuna roll, steak tacos or a baby green salad for a lighter bite.
Must-Try: Black truffle popcorn for $4.95.

Ocean Zen Pacific Rim
4117 S National Ave, Springfield, 417-889-9596,
Hours: 4–6 p.m. and 8–10 p.m. Sun–Thurs.; 4–6 p.m. and 9–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat.
The Goods: Ocean Zen is running happy hour deals seven days a week. Stop in Sunday through Thursday between 4 and 6 p.m. and 8 and 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday between 4 and 6 p.m. and 9 and 11 p.m. The menu has lots of options for every taste bud, and nothing is more than $7.
Must-Try: Salt N Pepper Jalapeño Fried Chicken

Haruno Sushi Bar and Grill
3044 South Fremont Ave., Springfield, 417-887-0077,; Kai After Dark, 306 South Campbell Avenue, Springfield, 417-832-0077,
Hours: 5–6:30 p.m., Mon.–Thurs.
The Goods: Haruno and Kai run an early-bird special between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The always deliciously spicy Sex in the city suhsi roll is only $4.95. Other appetizers are offered at a big discount, including the beef sashimi for $3.95 and the sesame mozzarella asparagus tempura for $2.95.
Must-Try: Tuna Dynamite is a fresh jalapeño stuffed with spicy tuna and then deep-fried and drizzled with cooling avocado sauce and a slightly sweet eel sauce for only $3.

Houlihan’s South
2110 E. Republic Rd, Springfield, 417-883-3434; Houlihan’s North, 2431 N. Glenstone Ave, Springfield, 417-862-7777,
Hours: 4–6 p.m. and 9 p.m.–close daily
The Goods: Houlihan’s has happy hour daily between 4 and 6 p.m. and late night from 9 p.m. to close. You can grab an item from the shareable menu for just $6, and it can easily feed two people (or one really hungry human.)
Must-Try: Seared rare tuna wontons with a soy glaze, wasabi mayo and Asian slaw.

Dublin’s Pass
2767 W. Republic Rd, Springfield, 417-877-7625; 317 Park Central East, Springfield, 417-862-7625,
Hours: 3–6 p.m., Mon.–Fri.
The Goods: Dublin’s Pass has one of the earliest happy hours beginning at 3 p.m. and ending at 6 p.m, Monday through Friday. All appetizers are half-off and fully delicious.
Must-Try: Guinness cheese dip and fries. A bucket of hand-cut fries and served with ooey-gooey Guinness cheese dip.

Big Whiskey’s
311 Park Central East, Springfield, 417-862-2449; 1440 W. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-882-2249; 1550 E. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, 417-883-5999;
Hours: 4–6 p.m., Mon.–Fri.
The Goods: Big Whiskey’s does $1 sliders and half-price on selected appetizers Monday through Friday between 4 and 6 p.m.
Must Try: We are partial to the Buffalo Chicken Dip. Shredded chicken, cream cheese and buffalo wing sauce all blended together and served with warm tortilla chips and celery.

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