1. Always in search of a great chicken wing, we’ve fallen for the blackened chili wings from Skully’s Ramen (1427 E. Cherry St., Springfield). They come with creamy basil-mint ranch on the side, for an elevated version of something so indulgent.
2. The Chiliville Chicken Sandwich from SPLIT Social Kitchen (3027 E. Sunshine St., Springfield) combines sweet chili and Nashville hot spice topped with kimchi vinaigrette slaw and gochujang mayo. One of our staffers raves: “Finally! Someone knows how to throw some heat in this town!”
3. The steak sandwich from Castaways Pub makes us rethink everything we thought we knew about steak sandwiches. The grilled onions, bleu cheese and balsamic are our new favorite toppings.
4. Saturday brunch at Vineyard Market (1759 W. Highway J, Ozark) means two wonderful things for our taste buds: bottomless mimosas to drink and Mediterranean quiche to eat.