Seven Good Things

These seven dishes or drinks have passed our taste buds and made us rave. They are ranked by level of yumminess.

1. The BLT ($7) at The Rebecca Grille (209 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-863-7000) is full of super-crispy bacon, thin tomato slices and a healthy shmear of mayo. The fries are tossed in a Parmesan cheese mixture that’s super-yummy.

2. We love the homemade bread at The Garden Tea Room (at Hometown Furniture, 201 Helena Ave., Rogersville, 417-753-4777). A little miniature loaf of the slightly sweet beer bread comes with your meal. It’s dense and moist and delightful.

3. The mi hoanh thanh soup ($7.49) at Rolls-N-Bowls (1402 W. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-869-1488) is perfect for cooling autumn temperatures. A rich pork broth is full of egg noodles, slices of Vietnamese pork and big, fat wontons.

4. A new favorite lunch is the fish tacos ($6.95) from Haruno Sushi Bar & Grill (3044 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield, 417-887-0077). They’re served as wraps and are crunchy with a sauce that has a little zip.

5. Rocco’s Pizza (locations in Republic, Willard, Marionville) serves up some of our favorite local pizza. It’s the most similar to New York–style that we’ve found. One staffer says, “It has big, foldable slices I want to wrap around my body.”

6. The shrimp besitos ($8.49) at La Hacienda (1511 State Highway J, Ozark, 417-485-3252) features jack cheese and shrimp stuffed inside a jalapeño pepper and fried.

7. Salt-and-vinegar fries ($4.50) at Flame Steakhouse & Wine Bar (314 W. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-862-4444) are a zippy alternative to typical fried-potato side dishes. The pucker-causing seasoning is incredibly delicious on its own, but we like to alternate between dipping the fries in the homemade ketchup and garlic aioli that come on the side.

More Articles Like This

5 Best Cool Treats

We found five delicious desserts that are sure to cool you down on the hottest 417-land days.

Galloway Grill

Galloway Grill combines great bar food with one of the best patios in 417-land.

5 Best Vegan Eats

Our art director scoured local menus to find her very favorite no-meat, no-cheese, no-eggs, all-vegan-all-the-time dishes. They’re so good, even carnivores should branch out and give them a try.
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Sign up for our newsletters Follow us on Instagram

  1. Ettie's Eats: Pumpkin Bourbon Punch
    Fill up on weekly kitchen experiments, recipes and local cooking tips from our assistant editor,...
  2. Ettie's Eats: Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bourbon Sauce
    Fill up on weekly kitchen experiments, recipes and local cooking tips from our assistant editor,...
  3. Ettie's Eats: Fall-Spice Granola
    Fill up on weekly kitchen experiments, recipes and local cooking tips from our assistant editor,...
  4. The Coffee Ethic Adds In-House Roaster
  5. Ettie's Eats: Rosemary & Garlic Pumpkin Hummus
    Fill up on weekly kitchen experiments, recipes and local cooking tips from our assistant editor,...