Table Talk

Table Talk: July 28–August 4

Two Branson-area eateries open Springfield locations, an ice creamery spreads a little happiness and more in this week's Table Talk.

by Katie Pollock Estes

Jul 28 2020 at 8 a.m.

Billy Gail's
Photo courtesy Billy Gail'sThe new Billy Gail's location will be opening up in Ozark in a few weeks.

Billy Gail’s 2.0 Coming Soon

After Gail Blong, the owner and founder of Billy Gail’s in Branson, passed away, the longtime favorite eatery was purchased by the owners of Flat Creek Restaurants, who are keeping the tradition of those extra-gigantic 14-inch pancakes alive. Now, the new owners are also taking over the former Bric’s Belgian Waffle House building in Ozark to open a second Billy Gail’s location. In a few weeks, you’ll be able to pop over to 1882 W. James River Road in Ozark to get your favorite breakfast fix, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

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Hollister Eats Come to Springfield

The owners of award-winning barbecue joint Gettin’ Basted have also been operating a pub-style eatery called Downing Street Pour House that has won over tons of fans in Hollister, where it’s located. Now, Downing Street Pour House is finding a second home with a new location in Springfield. In August, it’s opening in the storefront that formerly housed Jason’s Deli, just west of the Battlefield and Glenstone intersection. Peruse the menu and start planning your first tasty visit to the new Springfield location.

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Hop on the Happiness Tour

Eldon-based ice creamery The Ice Cream Factory embarked on a Happiness Tour across the state of Missouri, traveling city to city doling out free scoops of ice cream. They were in the area over the weekend, visiting spots like Branson, Ozark and Nixa. And there are still some 417-land stops on the tour before the ice cream fairies move on to different parts of the state. Tomorrow, the Happiness Tour is headed to West Plains, Willow Springs, Thayer and more. If you missed the tour, though, you don’t have to fret. You can find this Missouri-made treat in the freezer at Hy-Vee.

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Get the Fresh Stuff

This is it, you guys. It’s peak farmers market season, when all the yummiest local fruits and veggies are in season and being slung to hungry customers at our local markets. I love browsing farmers market booths and cherry picking my favorite gorgeous produce: juicy summer tomatoes, fresh herbs, sweet peaches… It’s the best! But then once those goodies find their way back to my kitchen, I need to figure out what to do with them. 417’s Krysten Muench rounded up some of our very best recipes that use summer produce, so you can come up with a cooking plan for all that goodness you brought home in your market basket.