Roots Coffee Bar
1645 W. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-877-6889
Brews, booze and big plates collide at Roots Coffee Bar in west Springfield.
So often, restaurants make us choose: Do you want a killer cocktail or a delectable meal? A place to hang with friends or to bring your kids? Britny and Stephen Washburn know the feeling. “We were always going to Starbucks and coffee shops, but we couldn’t ever get exactly what we wanted,” Stephen says. What they wanted was a place that serves a great cup of joe, a substantial hot breakfast and a cocktail or two, a place they could take their three kids, a place like Roots Coffee Bar.
Roots has a small but hearty menu with breakfast and lunch items. “We wanted real ingredients, real food, something we could make hot and fresh and quick,” Stephen says. “We’re at a coffee shop pace, so we gotta be quicker than sit-down service.” The signature dish—an ideal hangover food—is the Smash Brown, a fried egg, cheese and hash brown sandwich topped with sausage, house-made brisket or pecan smoked shoulder bacon and served on a potato bun. Biscuits and gravy, a yogurt parfait and homemade baked goods are offered alongside flavored tots, burgers and other sandwiches. It’s a menu that can keep the whole family full and happy. And as the name implies, you can get your caffeine fix or something decidedly stiffer thanks to the restaurant’s full bar.
Still, Roots boasts a family atmosphere, which the Washburns have encouraged by offering toys and games that their own kids picked out. “I think what people really do appreciate is the family feel,” Britny says. “We’ll see families sit there and play cards with their kids. That’s so important to us.”—Adrienne Donica