2825 Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-705-6000
With London Calling, Neil Gomme and Carrie Mitchell are broadening perception of British food beyond fish and chips, introducing 417-land to hearty pasties, a traditional Cornish dish filled with almost anything you can think of.
Neil Gomme loves America. He grew up watching American television in his native Britain and had long dreamt of living elsewhere. In 2013, he moved his wife and three kids to Springfield to start London Calling, the food truck he co-owns with his sister-in-law Carrie Mitchell. Upon his arrival, he bought a cowboy hat, boots and a John Deere shirt.
“I’ve got them all at home, and no one will let me wear it because they just want me to be the Brit,” Gomme says. Instead, he wears a distinctively European hat. He’s become so tethered to it that others don’t recognize him without it. It’s all part of the atmosphere he and Mitchell have created, serving English pasties (pronounced past-y) to the 417-land masses.
Gomme used to holiday in Cornwall, where the pasty gets its origins; this was his introduction to the dish. Think of the pasty as a sort of half-Frisbee–shaped calzone-esque meat pie with a short crust. There are myriad combinations and fillings to choose from.
“Our biggest goal with this is to create an experience,” Gomme says. “We really want people to feel like they’re coming into the U.K.—stepping out of America and stepping into a little piece of Britain.”—Evan Greenberg