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

Feb 20 2024 at 8 a.m.

Kebab Shack
Photo by Tessa CooperAfter a long wait, the Kebab Shack is finally open!

New and Nourishing

For the past several months, we’ve been patiently (or honestly not so patiently) waiting for The Kebab Shack (900 E. Battlefield Rd., Unit 120, Springfield) to open, and now it finally has! To no one’s surprise, we’ve already made our way to the Mediterranean-inspired eatery, and it exceeded our highest expectations. We tried the chicken kebab platter, which featured a skewer stacked with tender and juicy chicken resting on a bed of rice seasoned to perfection with spices like turmeric. It came with two sides, plus three dipping sauces and a generous helping of pita. One of the sides was hummus, and it was so smooth and balanced. If you prefer a bit of a bite to your hummus, we suggest adding some of the complimentary garlic sauce to the mix. Last but not least, the Baladi salad was a bright and crisp addition to the meal, with its combination of diced cucumbers and tomatoes. On our next visit, we plan on saving room for a dessert crêpe. The chocolate-covered strawberry one is calling our name!

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All Aboard

A new one-of-a-kind dining experience is making its way to Mansfield. Come mid-April, you’ll get to enjoy some surf and turf in a dining car from a 1948 train prepared by Joseph Vaccaro, who owns and operates Vaccaro's Pizza and Pasta (873 W. Commercial St., Mansfield) with his wife Jessica. Mike and Connie Roberts purchased the vintage dining car to go with the Mansfield Area Historical Society & Museum (101 North St., Mansfield) they built on their lot, which they modeled off of Mansfield’s original 1927 Frisco depot. The restaurant inside the refurbished dining car will operate at the same site and will seat around 36 people. “We’re excited to introduce something a little different to the town itself,” Joseph says. “It will not only be a dining experience, but a chance to almost step back in time.”

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Margaritas on the Move

We’ve got good news for all you fans of Flaming Margaritas Mexican Kitchen (3015 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson). The business just announced plans for a second location on the Branson Landing on its Facebook page. According to the announcement post and comments, they plan on keeping their original location open, and this new location will serve a completely different menu but with the same fan-favorite flaming margaritas. We also noticed that the sign says “American Kitchen” rather than “Mexican Kitchen,” so we’re super intrigued! Flaming Margaritas American Kitchen will occupy the space at ​​1201 Branson Landing Blvd., which most recently was the location of Ozarks Brasserie.

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Eat Your Veggies

Now that CSA signup season is upon us, you might just be missing Urban Roots Farm a little extra. If you’re looking to join a new CSA, you’ve luckily got a few options! Millsap Farms (6593 Emu Ln., Springfield) is now accepting applications for their 2024 CSA shares. And if you aren’t familiar with how a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) works, it’s where you buy a share of a farm’s harvest in advance. It helps the farm manage the upfront costs of the growing season, and in return, you get a weekly bounty of veggies until the first major frost. If you know you still want to consistently purchase locally-grown veggies but have a pretty busy summer travel schedule this year, Stewart Farms CO-OP (12077 N. SSR-H, Pleasant Hope) is offering a shopping model similar to a CSA but with more flexibility. You can purchase a Summer Member’s Farm Card, which is a pre-paid card that allows you to pick and choose from a weekly selection of vegetables and meat. If you are out of town for one week, you can save your funds for the next week. You can also re-load your card at any time. Even better? Orders of $50 or more come with free delivery in Springfield.

Table Talk: January 30–February 5

All in the Family
Last week we teased the new sister business Mundos Latin Kitchen & Bar is bringing to Springfield, and this week we have some additional details for you. Mi Tierra, which means “my land” in Spanish is set to open in mid-March at 1640 N. Glenstone Ave. The menu will highlight dishes from more than 12 Latin American countries including Colombia, Peru, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. And in other sister business news, the crew behind Gettin' Basted and Mythical 'Wich is now taking on the Branson chicken scene and will be opening Side Chick at 3405 W. Country Blvd. They’re shooting for a tentative opening date of March 6, and we’ll have more details for you soon!

One Door Closes, Another Opens
The 417-land restaurant scene is constantly evolving. Businesses are always opening and, unfortunately, closing. Allow us to bring you up to speed:
The Kebab Shack (900 E. Battlefield Rd, Unit 120, Springfield) is hosting its grand opening tomorrow, February 14. The fast-casual concept features a Mediterranean-inspired menu with offerings such as chicken kebab bowls, falafel salad and gyros.
D'Vine Delicatessen & Wine retired its booth at 14 Mill Market and is now serving gourmet pizza, sandwiches and charcuterie boards at its new location at 432 South Mill Street in Rogersville.
Bigg Time Arcade, downtown Springfield’s newest sports bar, opened this past week at 301 Park Central East. Here, you can play a round of pool or TruGolf after filling up on pizza from The Big Slice.
• In sad news, it looks like the flood damage from the busted water pipe at Amici did quite a number. The team recently announced that the modern Italian eatery will not be reopening at 4728 S. Campbell Ave., and its future is hanging in limbo.

Breaking Bread
If you’ve ever had one of Collective Kitchen’s sourdough loaves, you know they are more than worth the effort of pre-order. Over the past several years, owner Alex Maurer has been running her cottage bakery from her home in the Rountree neighborhood. However, she just announced that her business is growing. She will now be sharing a kitchen with Box Turtle Creamery (1458 E. Cherry St, Springfield), where you will be able to pick up your pre-orders and even occasionally snag a loaf on a whim. This change is also bringing a rebrand with it. Collective Kitchen is now La Mère Bakery. Ooh la la!