Table Talk

Table Talk: July 27–August 1

This week: New eats at Corner 21, Pier 28 Pizza and Grill, summer at Progress and more.

By Megan Dollar

Jul 27 2021 at 8 a.m.

Cocktail at Progress
Photo courtesy ProgressSip on some summer at Progress

Lake Eats at Pier 28

After a fire destroyed Coyote’s at Pier 28 a while back, Kimberling City boaters were left without a lakeside restaurant. Enter Pier 28 Pizza and Grill. The new restaurant serves fresh topping pizzas large enough for three people and a variety of typical bar food. You know, the kind of bar food that soaks up adult beverages for a safe day on the lake. Pier 28 is the perfect spot to either start your day on the lake with a hearty lunch or to round-out a sun-filled day with a delicious dinner.

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Not Your Average Lake Food

LakeTime Bistro opened a month or so ago next to The Funky Twig gourmet ice cream shop in Kimberling City, and you won’t find bar food here. Kimberling City hasn't seen food this good since the Pier Restaurant closed in the mid-2000's. Standouts on the menu are the Shrimp New Orleans, a 1/2 pound of shrimp in a buttery, spicy, garlic, onion and jalapeno sauce with a big hunk of bread to soak up the delicious sauce. Are you drooling yet? The wedge salad may have the typical accoutrements, but the homemade ranch dressing sets it apart. And, the chargrilled salmon and parmesan pistachio crusted fish of the day will keep you going back for more. Add poultry, pork, beef and pasta dishes and you have something to please even the pickiest diners. Bonus: Slip next door to The Funky Twig for an ice cream nightcap.

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A Progress Summer

The summer menu at Progress launched a few weeks back, and we just can’t get enough of it. As always, the menu is bursting with artful creations. Two cocktails have caught our eye. The Tokyo Spritz, created in celebration of the summer olympics, is a “Japanese gin and tonic” made with sake. The Watermelon Sugar High, named for Harry Styles’ pop hit, is a vodka-based watermelon and lychee concoction. As for the food, there are more than enough options to choose from. The compressed cantaloupe is sure to be a showstopper too. As you know, there’s no way to go wrong with Progress.

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Summertime Tea

Maybe it’s the big batches of sun tea my dad used to brew when I was kid, but for some reason iced tea has always said summer to me. There’s now a fun and quick way for you to get your own tea fix on the go: County Line Tea Truck. The truck started serving fresh iced tea earlier this spring at various locations around Springfield. You can keep up with County Line Tea Truck on Facebook to see where they’ll be serving next.