1. Right now we can’t enjoy a brew on the lawn at Mother’s Brewing Company (215 S. Grant Ave., Springfield, 417-862-0423), but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a Mother’s brew on our own lawns. We’ve been picking up cans of Trop Top Passion Fruit Pale Ale to sip on our patios at home.
2. When we’re all finished with social distancing, the first thing we want to do is have brunch with friends. In the meantime, we’re eating the Brunch Burger from Morning Day Cafe (105 S. Main St., Nixa, 417-494-5055) is an awesome pick-me-up for a weekend brunch at home. It’s topped with a fried egg, cheddar cheese and bacon bourbon jam.
3. The combo of an Al Prosciutto Crudo pizza with an Insalata di Arugula al Basamico Con Pinoli makes the perfect shareable lunch for two from Bruno’s Italian Restaurant (416 South Ave., Springfield, 417-866-0007). The pizza is topped with Italiana Parma ham, arugula, mushrooms, olives and ham. The salad adds bright, fresh notes with arugula, toasted pine nuts, shaved Parmesan and balsamic vinaigrette.
4. We couldn’t help but indulge in an order of the Lobster Chorizo Mac and Cheese from Lindberg's Tavern (318 W. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-868-8900) for a to-go brunch—with a mimosa of course. The dish was offered as a special, and it was intensely good, smothered in so much cheese, rich lobster and a kick of chorizo. Fresh chives and a lemon wedge freshed it up.