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The Royal: a Cherry Street Charmer

We relax a little with shareable snacks from The Royal.

By Katie Pollock Estes

Jan 2021

Soft pretzel with mustard at The Royal
Photo courtesy The RoyalKick back with some shareable snacks, like this soft pretzel served with grain mustard and red pepper hummus, at The Royal.

Warmed by the glow of a fire pit, the spacious patio at The Royal (1427 E. Cherry St. Ste. B, Springfield, 417-351-3029) is a great place to cozy up on a cool evening with a few snacks. The menu at this small-but-mighty music hall is focused on easily shareable finger foods perfect for snacking on with a cocktail in hand. When I visited, I enjoyed munching on the warm soft pretzel with beer cheese and grain mustard—which was served with gherkins for a little textural variety. The roasted red pepper hummus was just as tasty, topped with crisp pine nuts in every bite.

As for drinks, The Royal has a small menu of well-crafted cocktails, but on this visit I tried a mocktail instead just for fun. The Cider Punch mocktail is made with apple cider, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and ginger beer. While it was a bit sweet for me, I really enjoyed the intensity of the vinegar and the little bite of the ginger beer. They made it feel more like a cocktail than a glass of juice. On my next visit, I’ll try the Boy with Apple batch cocktail; it’s another apple cider drink, but with whiskey.

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