Lunch in 417-Land
116 Delicious midday meals to fill your belly and warm your soul
DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.
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You’re going to want to take an extra-long lunch break. Some of 417-land's swankiest restaurants are extending their delicious dinner favorites into the lunch hour. So settle in, and call your boss. You’re going to be a little late
getting back to the office.
4117 S National Ave., Springfield, 417-889-9596, eatoceanzen.com
At press time, Ocean Zen just released its new lunch menu that offers both tried-and-true favorites and some new fresh flavors. The pineapple crispy wok chicken and the Teriyaki Honey Bourbon Glazed Pork Chop are both gourmet options available at lunchtime, and they give other popular dishes such as the crispy panko-breaded chicken some tasty competition. If you love seafood, try the super-popular shrimp and bay scallop linguine pasta.
2144 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-720-1665, metropolitanfarmer.com
Part of the draw of Metropolitan Farmer is its focus on farm-to-table cooking. At press-time, its dinner menu boasted smoked trout smear, braised beef cheek, strip steak, filets and rabbit and lamb pot pie. With hearty dishes like that, it’s no wonder prices for an entrée can be as much as $36 (for a grass-fed filet). For a quick bite that will leave you full and happy without breaking the bank, stop by for lunch. A staff favorite is the corned beef sandwich that is served on thick slices of rye bread with a medley of spicy mustard and gooey white cheddar cheese. Or try the chicken liver po’ boy with lettuce, onions and garlic aioli. Heads up: This menu changes often as fresh produce becomes available, so if your favorite dish hits the road, don’t sweat it. You’ll find a new love. Trust us..
Avanzare Italian Dining
1908 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-567-3463, avanzareitaliandining.com
The dinner menu at Avanzare Italian Dining is not for the faint of heart. If you don’t drool over the aroma of garlic and butter, then head to the exit or order a salad. Each dish on this Italian menu is a flavorful medley of items that include fresh herbs, rich melted butter, hearty seafoods, meats and noodles. And since Avanzare opened for lunch, diners can indulge in even more spectacular eats, like handmade thin-crust pizzas and warm panini sandwiches, both of which are not on the dinner menu.
The Argentina Steak House
1410 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-886-8010, theargentniasteakhouse.com
If you want to fill up on all sorts of rich and satisfying meals without the hefty dinner price tag, stop by The Argentina Steak House during lunch. You’ll find a good mix of indulgent seafood dishes, hearty steaks and flavor-packed salads drizzled with homemade dressings. Try the beef argentine with sautéed beef tenderloin tips that are cooked in a mushroom burgundy sauce and topped with spinach whipped potatoes. Now that’s what we call lunch! If you’re still hungry, load up on the seafood bisque packed with plump scallops, shrimp, crab meat, bell peppers and onions; it only costs $4 for a cup.
Level 2 Steakhouse
200 E. Main St., Branson, 417-243-3433, level2steakhouse.com
When it comes to meat-heavy dinner menus, Level 2 Steakhouse offers an array of eats any carnivore would dream of. Petite filet mignon, ribeye, prime rib and ahi tuna steak abound, but the lunch menu also offers plenty of meaty entrees. Try the prime rib dip for $15.95. This handy meal (get it?) comes with melted Swiss cheese and roasted garlic mayo on a toasted hoagie. Notch up the flavor with a dunk in the horseradish sauce or the rosemary au jus. You won't be sorry.
2931 E. Battlefield, Springfield, 417-889-4951, metropolitan-grill.com
417-landers fell in love with the dinner menu at Metropolitan Grill long ago and for good reason. Diners can sink their teeth into a mix of butcher favorites including ribeye and filets or enjoy Ahi tuna and Chilean sea bass that boast a range of Spanish and Italian flavors. Half the fun of dining tableside here is guessing which regular each dish was named after. During lunch, the fun continues with a totally different lineup of gourmet burgers, shaved prime rib, wraps and pastas.