Table Talk

Table Talk: March 29–April 4

This week: A new (old fashioned) ’50s ice cream parlor in Ozark, lots more sushi, beerfest and some fine dine cuisine.

By Jorge Cespedes

Mar 29 2022 at 8 a.m.

Craft Sushi poke bowl
Photo by Brandon AlmsCraft Sushi is coming soon to the south side of Springfield, Missouri. Purchase Photo

Sunny’s Double Dips Ice Cream Parlor

With a blast from the past, this adorable little ice cream parlor will take you back to fun days of delicious sweet treats. Located in the shopping center at 521 North 21st St. in Ozark, next to the Farm and Home store, Sunny’s Double Dips has an extensive menu starting with good old ice cream cones with one, two or three scoops of Hiland Ice Cream and topped with hot fudge, caramel, strawberry or sprinkles. You can order a banana split served in the old-fashioned glass boats with three scoops and all the toppings. Plus they have specialty shakes using coffee as a base and an array of flavors to go beyond the conventional. Finally, there are floats and fountain phosphate sodas! Those are super-hard to find these days, so head there and give this a try!

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Craft Sushi Southside

Craft Sushi, currently located on 1252 East Sunshine, is opening a second location on the south side of town, on 1282 East Republic Rd., at the Twin Oaks Market Place. The whole concept behind this restaurant is that you create your own sushi roll or poke bowl: You choose your proteins, veggies, sauces and add-ons and finally the sides, like seaweed or squid salads, kimchi brussell sprouts, miso soup and more. Until this second location is up and running, visit the original Craft Sushi on Sunshine Street to choose your favorite craft combo.

Ozarks Beerfest is Here

Based on the amount of craft breweries we have in town, I’d think it’s safe to say that we love beer. And this weekend, beer-lovers can head to Ozarks Beerfest (Saturday April 2). General admission is from 1:30–4 p.m. and VIP admission is from noon–4 p.m. It’s the region’s largest craft beer festival with more than 200 craft brews, seltzers and ciders and local favorites such as Mother’s Brewing Co., Lost Signal Brewing, Banter Brewing Co., Hold Fast Brewing, 4 By 4 Brewing Co., Springfield Brewing Co. and the list goes on and on to include regional favorites too, like Boulevard Brewing Co. from Kansas City and 4 Hands Brewing Co. out of St. Louis. Don’t worry, there’ll also be some delicious food from Sugarfire BBQ, Houlihan’s, Hot Cluckers, Taco Habitat, No Baked Cookie Dough and much more. Guests can play games like cornhole, and there will be raffles, contests and live music. Did I mention that all proceeds from this event benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks? Sounds like a great time!

Progress and James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation is teaming up with Chef Daniel Ernce and General Manager Cassidy Rollins of Progress Restaurant to celebrate a partnership that will benefit several different initiatives within the industry. The finding dining event takes place Saturday, April 9 and consists of a four-course meal and wine pairing plus a special quest from the Foundation to explain how they celebrate, support and elevate the world of food. Click here for more information on tickets, date and price.