Table Talk

Table Talk

Read all about what's happening with the food scene in Springfield in this week's Table Talk.

by Tessa Cooper

May 21 2024 at 8 a.m.

Food from Tortuga Torta.
Photo courtesy Doug DecocqA new Mexican-fusion food truck just rolled up and has brought some delicious new things to try with it!

Try a Torta

A new Mexican-fusion food truck just rolled up and has brought some delicious new things to try with it. Tortuga Torta (3867 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield) is serving up nacho fries and tortas, which are Mexican sandwiches. We’re going to make our way to the food truck ASAP, and have been scouring the menu to figure out what we want (yes, we’re those people). Currently, the Al Pastor is what’s speaking to our tastebuds. This sandwich features pork shoulder that’s marinated in dried Mexican chilis and served with a pineapple pico. Each sandwich comes with a generous helping of refried beans and sides like tomatoes and guacamole. As far as the nacho fries go, they had us at queso. They also come topped with your choice of meat, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream and garlic aioli.

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A K-Bop Pop-Up

If you’ve been reading our food content for some time now, you know we’re huge fans of pop-ups. Now, there’s a new one to add to our ever-growing list. K Bop Jo is a Korean food pop-up inside Lindberg's Tavern (318 W. Commercial St., Springfield) that takes place every Monday from 5–8 p.m. Chini Bilokur, who also runs the kitchen at Lindberg’s, is the culinary talent behind the concept. She draws inspiration from her favorite childhood dishes when she designs the specials for each pop-up. At this past week’s pop-up, the menu focused on Korean street food with offerings like Kim Pop, which is very similar to sushi but doesn’t contain any fish, and Korean fish cake soup with tender radish chunks. We can’t wait to check it out. 🍣

We’ve Got Lunch Plans

The Golden Girl Rum Club (137 Park Central Square, Springfield) just made an exciting announcement. In celebration of summer, they’re expanding their hours Thursday through Saturday and will open at 11 a.m. As if that wasn’t enough good news, they will be revealing new lunch offerings. They haven’t released the full lunch menu quite yet, but they did just post a teaser of one item, which is the kimchi reuben. This piled-high sandwich boasts corned beef, kimchi, kimchi Mayo, pickled red onion and mozzarella all on bread from La Mère Bakery. Now you know exactly where to find us on our end-of-week lunch breaks.

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ICYMI: Itty Bitty News Bites

Corner 21 Chinese Cuisine surprised all of Springfield when they posted a “Coming Soon” banner at the previous location of Sugarfire Smokehouse (1730 E. Republic Rd., Springfield). We reached out to the owners and found out that this is indeed a second location, not a relocation, and we can expect it to open around the end of July.

• The Southside Crumbl Cookies location (1979 E. Independence St., Springfield) is set to open this Friday, just in time for summer break. Don’t let a line deter you: We went to the grand opening of the Northside location, and although it was long, it moved super fast.

• You may have noticed two new concrete pads in the field next to Artisan Pottery in the Rountree neighborhood. These are new food truck posts, one of which already houses Abby’s Açaí Company. Bedda Matri is the second food truck that’s joining this bustling corner very soon.

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Table Talk: May 14–21

Give Us Some Sugar
We’re huge fans of anything pastry chef Kyle Davis whips up in the kitchen, and chances are you are too if you’ve ever had a dessert from The Order or the now-shuttered Progress. Now, he’s offering us another way to experience his delicious confections. Davis just launched a new micro-bakery concept, Buttermilk. He specializes in gluten-free bread and desserts, think multi-grain loaves, beautiful heart-shaped bon bons, tarts featuring whatever fruit is in season and delectable frozen treats. Right now, Buttermilk is operating on a pop-up basis at special events, but you can also place an order via direct message on Instagram.

Did Someone Say Cheese?
Weekends tend to fill up fast in the summer, so here’s your heads up to block off June 2-3 for a food-focused road trip. McKelvey Vineyards (8901 State Highway YY, New Haven, MO) will be hosting its second annual Missouri Artisan Cheese Festival. This event has all the makings of a perfect getaway: A beautiful setting and great local flavors. Friday night will kick off with a Cheese-Cave-to-Table Dinner. You’ll get to dine beside the property’s historic home built in 1871 as you take in views of the Missouri countryside. The meal will feature small dishes that each highlight a cheese from a Missouri creamery and other local ingredients. On Saturday, you can attend cheese tastings, an open-air market, and a cheese and spirit walk.

Hot Dang, A New Hot Sauce Shop
Springfield Trading Co. officially opened a brick-and-mortar hot sauce shop at 225 E. Sunshine St. For the past two years, Springfield Trading Co. has been slinging out its hot sauces at retail locations like Schuchmann Meat Co., Harter House and Bass Pro Shops all across the country. Now, you can also pick up a bottle at their new shop, which will double as the growing company’s headquarters. One of our personal favorite flavors is their spicy garlic variety, which is a Louisiana hot sauce recipe leveled up with some smashed garlic. They also sell seasonings, which will certainly come in clutch for any Memorial Day cookouts you’ve got planned.

A BBQ Joint Joins the 14 Mill Scene
It seems as if there’s always a new delicious place to try at 14 Mill Market these days. The latest business to join the scene is Uptown Hog, and they’re now open for business. You may have already gotten a chance to try their delicious pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs from their food truck that often sets up shop in Branson. They don’t have plans to completely retire the food truck anytime soon, so this move is more of an expansion. Catch us chowing on the BBQ mac-and-cheese on our next visit to the food hall.