Dave’s Pit Combo
Buckingham’s BBQ, 2002 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-886-9979; 2415 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-831-7427; 3624 E. Sunshine Ave.; 1821 S. 19th St., Ozark, 417-485-8000; 606 W. Mt. Vernon St., Nixa, 417-724-2344; buckinghambbq.com
Carnivores rejoice! This is a supermeaty dish worth sinking your teeth into. Seriously. Get ready to loosen your belt. This combo comes with a little of everything, and we’re talking everything! There’s smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, ribs, pit ham, turkey, andouille sausage and your choice of two sides. Yes, we love the horseradish cole slaw and the smokey mac and cheese, but if you want our opinion, order the pit beans. These little guys are cooked in a wood-fired smoker with trimmed beef brisket for 14 hours. So be sure to clear your afternoon because this is one meal you won’t want to rush through.
Filet Al Porcini
Avanzare Italian Dining, 1908 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-567-3463, avanzareitaliandining.com
For great Italian fare that warms your soul and fills your belly, few do it better than Avanzare. And for a truly indulgent, gut busting meal, go with the Filetto Al Porcini. This pan-seared, center-cut filet mignon is enormous. We’re talking 3 inches of meaty deliciousness that’s drowned in a creamy white wine butter sauce. Cradling this dream boat is an equally enormous bed of herbacious and buttery risotto that’s held together with a web of melted Parmesan cheese. As mouth-watering as all that is, we haven’t gotten to the best part yet: the mushrooms. Oh the mushrooms! Tender, flavorful, meaty and piled in abundance, thinly portobello mushrooms are the finishing touch to the crown of broiled-melted Gorgonzola crumbles.