2020 Winners

Best of 417 2020

The votes are in. This is our guide to the very best restaurants, bars, things to do, local shopping and services of southwest Missouri, as decided by our readers. And the 2020 winners are...

Editors' Picks By Katie Pollock Estes | Readers' Choice Awards Edited By Haley Phillips | Illustrations & Art Direction By Fried Design Co.

Feb 2020

Best of 417 Winners
Photos by Brad Zweerink, Brandon Alms, Brandon Zacarias, Lauren Haik, courtesy Andrea Ehrhardt, Sumits Hot YogaGrove Spa, winner of Best Day Spa; Gillioz Theatre, winner of Best Place to Catch Live Music; Black Sheep Burgers and Shakes, winner of Best Springfield Casual Restaurant; Golden Girl Rum Club, winner of Best Cocktail Menu; 99x at Springfield Art Museum, winner of Best Interactive Art; 5 Pound Apparel, winner of Best Men's Fashion


It’s time for our annual Best of 417 Awards, in which our readers help us name the cream of the crop among local restaurants, attractions, shops, services and more. For the second year, our editors have done much of the groundwork for you by creating a curated ballot. You, our readers, selected your top picks, and the businesses with the most votes made it to the Readers’ Choice Awards list. The staff at 417 added even more must-try goodness to the list in the form of Editors’ Picks. Read on to see who made the cut.


Did You See the Best of 417 Party Bus?

We love celebrating our best local businesses. So much so that Party Bus Kings helped us drive around town surprising some of this year's winners.



You've got questions. We've got answers.

How does 417 Magazine pick the Best of 417 winners?

Throughout the year, our team has kept up with what’s new, hot, in style, delicious, making waves, going viral, selling out and making a big impression in 417-land. Then our editors combined them into a slate of nominations for 417-land to vote on. There were killer contestants to vote on for each category, plus voters had the option to write in anyone we left off the list. (Ugh, why didn’t we think of them?!) Voting was open in October. We compiled your votes, and the winners are published right here.

Do advertisers automatically win?

Nope! Let’s put this rumor to rest. Still skeptical? Ask one of our advertisers who didn’t win. We take serious measures to keep our integrity intact and maintain boundaries between our sales and editorial departments. In fact, we’re required to in order to uphold our good standing with the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA). You can’t buy a Best of 417 nomination or win with money. You can only earn a spot on the list by being the best, getting the word out and raking in the votes!

How do I tell you about my business?

If you think your business deserves to be on next year’s ballot, we want to know about it! Write to our editorial staff at We take calls, letters, emails and skywriting from our readers about what to check out. We’re sure you’re awesome, so tell us why. Don’t be surprised if some of our staffers come around to check out what you have to offer. In fact, exploring new, fun local stuff is our favorite part of our jobs! We are always looking to share the best with our audience!

Didn't you do this differently in the past?

We did! Aren’t you a smart cookie. We’ve changed our Best of 417 procedure a tad from what we used to do. The past two years, our editors have compiled the list of nominees for 417-land to vote on. This meant readers had more comprehensive options for each category, and nominees could focus on getting votes (instead of getting nominations and then getting votes). It is similar to what a lot of other CRMA magazines do for their Best of competitions. If you have questions, we hope you’ll ask us!

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