Table Talk

Table Talk: November 24–November 30

Metro Grill's new outpost, SPLIT Social Kitchen's creative dishes, Great Dates giveaway and more in this week's Table Talk.

by Katie Pollock Estes

Nov 24 2020 at 8 a.m.

Retro Metro interior photo
Photo courtesy Pat DuranGet ready for some throwback favorites from Metropolitan Grill at Retro Metro.

Metro Grill’s Blast from the Past

Metropolitan Grill owner Pat Duran has a treat in store for long-time fans: a throw-back concept that will bring back decades of old Metropolitan Grill favorites. The aptly named Retro Metro will open at 2150 W. Republic Road (previously Great American Taco Company) on December 1 and serve some of Metropolitan’s greatest hits, including flash-fried spinach, Coco Pasta and Metro Steak. For those who choose to dine-in, the space will be decked out in old Metropolitan Grill decor designed to make you feel like you’re stepping back in time. And, if you’re still on the fence about eating in restaurants right now, the throw-back dishes will be available via drive-thru, too.

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Joplin’s Newest Restaurant

In other new restaurant news, Damien Tiregol of Crabby’s Seafood Bar & Grill now has another Joplin eatery. The new restaurant is called called Blackstone Gastropub, and it had its soft opening this past weekend. The official opening is this coming Friday,  and the spot features hand-crafted cocktails and 16 beers on tap alongside some great-looking eats—we can’t wait to give it a try! We spied some beautiful dishes in the Facebook post announcing the opening date, such as crispy fried chicken, grilled salmon on a bed of gnocchi and more. Take a look at the menu to see what this new pub is offering.

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Last-Minute Pie Options

If you find yourself scrambling this week to figure out a Thanksgiving dessert and missed your chance to pre-order one, MaMa Jean’s Natural Market and Prairie Pie might be your superheroes. MaMa Jean’s has long been carrying mini versions of Prairie Pie desserts, but starting today you can also pick up full-size pies in some of the most popular (and Thanksgiving-appropriate) flavors. You can find these classics: honey sea salt (one of our faves!), sweet potato pumpkin, caramel apple and pecan.

P.S. Although pie pre-orders are closed for Prairie Pie, you can still hop onto their website to order a Thanksgiving centerpiece from Locust Floral’s Sarah Stracke. They are $80 or $100 depending on which size you get, and they are absolutely beautiful.

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Shop Local for Foodie Gifts

Small Business Saturday is coming up this weekend, and we wanted to remind you that there are tons of local places to buy foodie gifts for the people who are on your nice list this year. Here are just a few to get you started, but remember that you can also purchase gift cards from just about any local restaurant, and those make stellar stocking-stuffers too.

For Your Favorite Chocoholic: Askinosie Chocolate
For Your Farm-to-Plate Fan: The Keeter Center
For The Person Who Loves to Chill with a Cup of Tea: Chabom Tea & Spices
For The Home Chef: Everything Kitchens
For Stuffing Stockings with Sweets: BonBon’s Candy House
For Your Holiday Spreads: Springfield Charcuterie or Lavish Grazing
For The Local Brew Fan in Your Life: Mother’s Brewing Co., Springfield Brewing Co., White River Brewing Co., 4 by 4 Brewing Co., Tie & Timber Beer Co., Hold Fast Brewing, Great Escape Beer Works, Prehistoric Brewing Co. and Piney River Brewing Co.