Three Tasty Eatery Openings
Restaurant openings are coming fast and furious this summer! Starting this week, there are three openings on the horizon worth getting excited about.
Finley Farms, 802 Finley Farms Lane, Ozark
Opens: July 1
This highly anticipated fine-dining restaurant is located on the lower level of The Ozark Mill at Finley Farms. It features an upscale menu and atmosphere, views of the Finley River and nods to the site’s history. That’s because it’s named for original proprietor Howard Garrison, and it even serves fried chicken to honor the beloved Riverside Inn specialty. We spent some time drooling over the menu this morning, and it looks incredible: Quail with wild mushroom and grain stuffing, tuna crudo with yuzu broth and fermented chili paste, orecchiette pasta with boar sausage and braised fennel, and tons more. But the thing we’re most excited about is a dessert: brown butter griddled rosemary pound cake with lemon-chamomile ice cream. You can make reservations up to 30 days in advance, but hurry because they’ve been filling up fast. We got to take a sneak peek at The Garrison during a media preview day a few weeks ago. Read about the good stuff here.
Chubby Cactus Taco Shop
8616 E. State Highway 76, Branson West
Opens: July 2
You probably know Chubby Cactus as a taco truck, but they’re about to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant too, and we’re so excited! Plus, we can’t get enough of their fun branding—look for the colorful masked luchador on the door when you visit. So what should you order when you make it down to Chubby Cactus’s storefront for the first time? Well, in our “Best Tacos” cover story, we recommended the mini quesadillas from their taco truck, and we stand by it! Tiny tortillas are filled with juicy barbacoa, mozzarella cheese, onions and cilantro before being dunked in spicy chili oil and cooked on the flat top. Get the avocado sauce for dipping. Incredible!
Swirly’s Ice Cream & Waffles
3867 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield
Opens: early July
A new ice cream purveyor is hitting Springfield, and they do things a little bit differently. Instead of sprinkling toppings on over your ice cream, they smoosh them up and blend them all the way in so very bite is a perfect bite. Then, they serve them in freshly made bubble waffles. Sounds pretty sweet, right? The soft opening starts early July and runs through July 23. Then they’ll close up shop to get ready for an August grand opening. Read about their story (and some of the luscious desserts on their menu) in our blog by Jo Jolliff.