Lunch in 417-Land
116 Delicious midday meals to fill your belly and warm your soul
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Dine Al Fresco
Break away from the office, and soak up some sun on any of these restaurant patios where great views, fresh air and full stomachs await.
Vino Cellars at the Lake Featuring Mary Jane’s
15038 Business Highway 13, Branson West, 417-739-1985, vcellars.com
Best Seat: The small table on the back edge of the porch
Why It’s Great: It’s hard to beat this view of the Ozarks hills and Table Rock Lake.
What To Order: The ham and strawberry panini doesn’t disappoint with sourdough bread, savory strawberry jam, sliced ham and Swiss cheese.
1141 E. Delmar St., Springfield, 417-862-9999, bambinoscafe.com
Best Seat: A corner table inside the screened-in patio.
Why It’s Great: Tucked into the Phelps Grove neighborhood, this little café has a patio that’s perfect for enjoying the cool fall weather.
What To Order: Try the baked ziti with tender roast beef, tomato sauce and plenty of melty mozzarella cheese.
2620 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-864-6994, farmersgastropub.com
Best Seat: Grab a seat under an umbrella.
Why It’s Great: This spacious patio offers a tree-spotted view of the neighborhood behind it.
What To Order: You can’t go wrong with the bangers and mash. For $11 you get two lincolnshire-style sausages, mashed potatoes and caramelized onion gravy.
Top of the Rock, 150 Top of The Rock Rd., Ridgedale, 417-335-2777
Best Seat: Tables run along the railing, so you’re guaranteed a great view.
Why It’s Great: Settle in for a great meal and one hell of a view of the driving range and the lake beyond.
What To Order: Order Arnie’s guacamole with lime juice, roasted poblanos, cilantro, tomatoes, jalapeños and onion. For round two, try the popular Dos Equise beer-battered fish tacos.
The Rocks Lakeside Grill & Lounge
12051 Route 13, Kimberling City, 417-739-4440, therocksgrill.com
Best Seat: Grab a table on the upstairs patio.
Why It’s Great: The upstairs patio is open during lunch, and this table has a great view of Table Rock Lake.
What To Order: The Brisket Burger is a must thanks to a crown of chopped brisket, house-cured bacon and onion tanglers.
1001 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson, 417-334-6062, cantinalaredo.com
Best Seat: Snag a table close to the railing, so you can be near the fire and water show.
Why It’s Great: The patio looks out over the fire and water show, which is especially great during fall when the heat from the fire display warms you up.
What To Order: For plenty of tender, meaty goodness, order the Torta De Costillas for $13.79. This griddle-baked sammie is packed with slow-roasted short rib meat, apple jicama slaw, jalapeños and black beans.
4211 S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield, 417-882-5300, gallowaygrill.com
Best Seat: The third table on the right.
Why It’s Great: This is close to the trail, so it’s great for people watching.
What To Order: You better go big or go home with this behemoth. The Three Way sandwich is loaded with sliced ham, pulled pork, smoked bacon and sharp cheddar cheese.
434 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield, 417-866-8163
Best Seat: The four-top in the back.
Why It’s Great: This is a tiny patio, so you feel like you’re part of the party while still having a bit more privacy.
What To Order: Don’t skip the Mushroom Steak sandwich. This vegetarian wonder includes sautéed portabellas, bell peppers, sliced onions, avocado, alfalfa sprouts and provolone for $8.
Fork and Spoon by Simply Delicious
2340 W. Grand St., Springfield, 417-761-4838, theforkandspoon.org
Best Seat: Pull up a seat at the table in the far right corner.
Why It’s Great: It faces a large grassy lawn, and besides hearing the wind blow through the trees, this is a cozy and quiet lunch spot.
What To Order: Try the Brisket Burger. It’s served on a pretzel bun with house-made maple bacon aioli, fresh fried onion rings, skillet potatoes, cheddar cheese and a brisket hamburger patty all for $9.
Mama’s Style Kitchen
206 N. First St., Ozark, 417-485-3330, mamasstylekitchen.com
Best Seat: Walk out the door and go to the farthest table on the left.
Why It’s Great: There aren’t many tables on this brick patio, so you get a little more privacy.
What To Order: You can’t miss out on a chance to try the Muffaletta Pizza with ham, salami, pepperoni, capicola, mozzarella and provolone all topped with homemade olive relish. Get the 10-inch for $13.95, and invite a few co-workers to help you finish it.
Galloway Station Bar & Grill
1281 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-881-9730, Gallowaystation.com
Best Seat: Anything on the top deck.
Why It’s Great: If you want a little more privacy, swallow your fear of heights and head to the top deck, which has no more than 12 seats.
What To Order: Unwind with a tall beer and a sissy size of the Rajun Cajun burger.
Springfield Brewing Company
301 S. Market St., Springfield, 417-832-8277, springfieldbrewingco.com
Best Seat: Any table on the upstairs back patio.
Why It’s Great: The upstairs patio is kind of a hidden gem in downtown Springfield. The patio is charming, the air seems crisper, and it’s small enough that you feel like you’re part of the party going on around you.
What To Order: It’s hard to beat the Brew Pie pizza for lunch. Each bite is a flavor explosion of Italian sausage, pepperoni, capicola, mushrooms, green onions, black olives and stringy mozzarella cheese.
Aviary Creperie and Patisserie at Farmers Park
2144 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, Ste. E120, Springfield, 417-881-9736
Best Seat: Grab a tall two-top outside.
Why It’s Great: There’s just something intimate and charming about these bar-style tables, and we love being able to feel like we’re part of the Saturday farmers market crowd.
What To Order: Treat yourself to a bloody Mary. There are five varieties on this menu, and each one is a tasty addition to your lunch.