2620 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield
It’s easy to assume from the name and the nationality of the owner that Farmers Gastropub specializes exclusively in British food, but Farmers Gastropub offers plenty of options from both sides of the pond. One of its best is the shrimp and grits, made with creamy grits, Gulf shrimp and andouille sausage. Pair it with one of the many craft beers on tap—maybe a robust local IPA such as Springfield Brewing Company’s Greene Ghost—for a full-flavored experience.
220 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield
The Hepcat isn’t just for jazz aficionados looking for laid back grooves. You’ll also find a varied menu with an eclectic mix of dishes (not to mention cocktails) including smoked fried chicken, Jake’s Vegan Burger and, of course, shrimp and grits, with wild-caught shrimp and white cheddar grits, topped with tomato and bacon gravy.