Review: Creek Side Bistro

Creek Side Bistro already has a reputation for serving up homemade chips that’ll knock your socks off. How did it stack up when our reviewer paid a visit?

One part bar and one part eatery, Creek Side Bistro sits behind a tiny gravel parking lot on Lone Pine and backs up to Galloway Creek. You might recognize the building; it used to house a little boutique and the Whistle Stop Café. Today, the cutesy boutique goods are long gone, and in their place is cold beer and warm chips. I stopped by for dinner and a drink one evening with my boyfriend, Eli Estes. Inside Creek Side Bistro, the space is small but cozy with wooden walls and wooden furniture. There is a bit of wall décor in the way of old signage, but it’s not too themed or too kitschy. The changing menu—just a handful of items—is written on a chalkboard on the wall.

The first thing anybody told me about Creek Side was that I have to try the chips. Really? Just some chips? I wondered how they could be that good. Well, now that I have tried them, I have to admit it: The chips are that good. The freshly fried tortillas arrive warm. They are thick and cut into long pointy triangles, and the flavor kind of reminded me of a sopapilla (without the cinnamon sugar, of course). For the most part, they are nice and crunchy. But every now and then you’ll bite into a chip with a giant air bubble that is just a wee bit chewy. I never thought chewy + chip would be something I liked, but those rare texture anomalies are quite fun and yummy (and all the more sopapilla-like).

We also ordered the club sandwich and the chicken salad. I loved the chicken salad (and I will be back for more of that). It’s served on a flaky croissant. It’s not a sweet version; there are no grapes, no apples. It’s just tender chicken in a quite-delicious base that’s half sour cream and half mayo (so it tastes a little lighter). It has plenty of yummy dill, plus Hungarian paprika.

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The club sandwich didn’t impress me, though. It was a classic club on thin, toasted white bread with turkey, ham and slices of cheese. Very basic; I would rather make a club at home and order the chicken salad at Creek Side.

There’s also an outdoor space that overlooks Galloway Creek in a quiet little area behind the restaurant. It’s not one of those watch-the-traffic parking lot patios. It’s secluded with a burbling creek as background noise. I see that patio in my future: a happy hour beer or two on warm spring days.

Creek Side Bistro

3830-C S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield, 417-882-1899
Open 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Mon.–Sat.; open later Friday and Saturday nights and Monday for karaoke.

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