Table Talk

Table Talk: September 13–19

This week: fall flavors, Best of 417 voting, new burritos, seasonal sweets and treats, speakeasy eats, apples and art.

by Katie Pollock Estes

Sep 13 2022 at 8 a.m.

SnoBallz cones
Photo courtesy Sno Ballz

Vote Now!

After you read this week's food news, be sure to share your tasty favorites with us. The Best of 417 Readers’ Choice Awards voting is open now through September 30, and we want to hear from you. What are your favorite local restaurants, bars, eats and treats? Cast your vote before time is up, and see the results in the February 2022 issue of 417 Magazine.

Dog Days

In the latest example of a local food truck movin' on up to a permanent restaurant space, Doggy Style Food Trailer is getting ready to open a location at Battlefield Mall. Set to open October 5, the location will offer creative hot dog concoctions named for dog breeds. For example, the Bulldog comes with sauerkraut and spicy mustard while the Border Collie is topped with pulled pork, pepper jack cheese, queso, grilled onions and peppers. There are sweeter, more unexpected flavors too, like Irish Wolfhouse topped with blueberry jam, blue cheese and bacon. There are 25 all-beef hot dog creations, not including the two on the kids menu and the four on the all-day breakfast menu. You can also find snacks and sides like a giant pickle on a stick, a waffle-battered corn dog, Frito pie, bacon-laden macaroni and cheese, and nachos. If you love the food truck and can't bear to see it disappear in favor of a brick-and-mortar location, don't fret. The truck will still be operating as well! 

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Wrapped Your Way

Move over Chipotle, a new fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain from North Carolina, Go Burrito, is planned to open in Springfield on West Republic Road, as reported by the Springfield News-Leader. At Go Burrito, customers can build their own burritos choosing from proteins like steak or slow-roasted pork and toppings like cilantro-lime rice, grilled mushrooms, French fries, quinoa, guacamole, queso and a bunch more. Or you can order a signature burrito from the menu, like the fajita-inspired Fajitarito. The menu also has nachos, quesadillas, tacos, soup and more. There's even a salsa bar with classics like salsa verde and pico de gallo and more creative options like habanero-peach. The opening is tentatively set for December, but we'll keep you posted as we learn more.

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Apples + Art

Who's ready for some fall fun? Cider Days is coming up this weekend! While the main draw of the event is the booth after booth of regional artists' work that's displayed (and for sale) all up and down Histsoric Walnut Street and the live music and performances throughout the weekend, there are some tasty food-centric elements planned as well. First up, of course, is apple cider. It's in the name, right? You can get it served hot or cold to sip while you shop. Plus there will be loads of mobile food vendors on site, like Lae's Authentic Egg Rolls, Jamaican Patty Co., Greek Belly, Crosstown BBQ and lots more. So come hungry and ready to see and support some incredible artists!

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Seasonal Sweets

Last week we told you about some of the delicious seasonal coffee drinks that have sprung up for fall. This week, it’s all about the fall treats and desserts! We’re seeing fall desserts pop up around town as well. First up is the famously delicious apple spice cake donut from St. George’s Donuts—and it’s extra yummy if you dunk it into a steamy cup of hot coffee. Plus, for football season, they have red-and-yellow-sprinkled donuts to help you cheer for the Kansas City Chiefs. At Sno Ballz in Ozark, the ice cream fun continues through fall with new flavors like cinnamon bun rolled in homemade glazed pecans, pumpkin cheesecake and apple cider—with new shaved ice flavors like pumpkin pie and caramel apple, too. Bonus: The parking lot transforms into a pumpkin patch in the fall, and it's so adorable. There are pumpkins and gourds in all shapes and sizes with cute photo ops and fall decor too. As for Piccolo Contemporary Italian in Nixa, we always look forward to and are anxiously awaiting the seasonal pumpkin spice cannoli (their cannoli are, truly, incredible). But recently they also offered a vegan, gluten-free, triple-layer pumpkin cake with salted tahini sauce. It sold out in practically seconds. They promise it’ll keep coming back, and our eyes are peeled.