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Level 2 Steakhouse
200 E. Main St., Branson, 417-243-3433, level2steakhouse.com
The Deal: Whiskey Beef Tips, $13
The Lowdown: For this appetizer, a pile of tenderloin beef tips are sautéed with Johnny Walker Scotch Whiskey, butter and garlic sauce. Chowing down on this tender treat is a great way to enjoy the tasty steakhouse steak without racking up the bill. Pair these steak tips with a bowl of the velvety smooth tomato basil bisque that comes covered with puff pastry crust, and you’ve got yourself a perfectly affordable meal.
600 E. Battlefield, Springfield, 417-889-9596, eatoceanzen.com
The Deal: Lunchtime bento box, $10.95
The Lowdown: The bento box is always a sure bet when it comes to finding a filling, inexpensive lunch option. Plus, knowing that you can get the mouthwatering macadamia nut chicken that costs $15.95 as a dinner entrée for $10.95 during lunch… Well, it’s a no-brainer. Also packed inside this box is miso soup, garlic mashed potatoes, half of a California roll, a blue crab and cream cheese wonton, two pieces of pork gyoza (fried potstickers) and an Asian slaw salad.
Jimm’s Steakhouse & Pub
1935 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-886-5466, jimmssteakhouseandpub.com
The Deal: Chicken Gratella, $14.99
The Lowdown: This joint is most known for its steaks, but even the white meat options are worth looking at. For this dish, a grilled chicken breast is topped with sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and blue cheese before it all gets slid under the broiler. Once done, the dish is streaked with sweet balsamic glaze and laid on a bed of red skin garlic mashed potatoes.
Leong’s Asian Diner
1540 W. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-887-7500, leongsasiandiner.com
The Deal: Dim Sum Sampler Platter, $12.99
The Lowdown: One eggroll, two crab Rangoon, two Asian barbecue ribs, Hoisin BBQ Pork and three pot stickers make up this platter served with Thai chili sauce and Sriracha aioli. From the crab Rangoon filled with cream cheese and scallions to the eggrolls that are plump with shrimp, roast pork, peanut butter and cabbage, everything is made in-house.
1001 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson, 417-334-6062, cantinalaredo.com
The Deal: Tacos de Pescado, $13.79
The Lowdown: These savory morsels are a delicious upgrade of the standard fish taco. Packed with sautéed mahi-mahi, marinated vegetables, queso fresco, chipotle aioli and tender red cabbage, each of these three corn tortillas is bursting with flavor.
Primas Mexican Grill
2101 W. Chesterfield Blvd., Springfield, 417-823-7180; 1769 W. James River Rd., Ozark, 417-582-2776; primasmexicangrill.com
The Deal: Bistek Norteño for $12.99
The Lowdown: One of the great things about Mexican restaurants, besides a never-ending supply of chips and salsa, is build-your-own tacos. And the Bistek Norteño doesn’t disappoint with its tender, 8-ounce flank steak that’s marinated in-house, grilled and served with piles of rice and black beans. Served alongside grilled jalapeños and slices of fresh avocado, you can load up tortillas till they burst.
The Argentina Steakhouse
1410 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-886-8010, theargentinasteakhouse.com
The Deal: Grilled salmon lunch entrée, $11
The Lowdown: A 5-ounce filet of Chilean salmon is grilled before it’s tossed in the oven till just crispy. With a crunchy texture on the outside and juicy, flaky morsels inside, the fish is then topped with a decadent seafood cream sauce stocked with savory lobster, chopped shrimp, scallops and crab meat. Served alongside a heaping portion of steaming beet Parmesan rice, this is one flavor combination that’s hard to beat.
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