1. One of our favorite hot bites is the spicy shrimp ramen
(4121 S. Fremont Ave., Ste. 128, Springfield, 417-882-0077
). This warm-you-from-the-inside soup features a bright red and pretty-darn-spicy broth that’s peppered with tender shrimp, green onions, sprouts, boiled egg and plenty of yummy noodles. It’s impossible not to slurp
2. We are loving the chocolate cake donuts topped with Andes mint bits
from Hurts Donuts
(301 Park Central West, Springfield, 417-300-6106
). The mint flavor is strong and pairs perfectly with the moist chocolate donut.
3. The drunken noodle
at Thai Peppers
(1411 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-882-1979
) is a favorite when we’re hungry for stir fried goodness. In addition to tender wide rice noodles and plenty of veggies, it’s packed with tons of fresh basil—big pieces of it in every bite.
4. We can’t get enough of the Black & Bleu Bruschetta
at The Tower Club
(901 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-866-4466
). French bread is served with blackened beef tenderloin slices, spinach, tomatoes and bleu cheese.
5. You have to try the Tuscan Veggie sandwich
from Sugar Leaf Bakery
(2800 W. 76 Country Blvd., Suite 211, Branson, 417-336-6618
). Spinach, roasted red peppers, marinated artichoke hearts and fresh mozzarella are piled on homemade pepper and fig bread and served with oil and balsamic vinegar.
6. A true indulgence, the garlic cheese bread
from Imo’s Pizza
(600 S. Pickwick Ave., Springfield, 417-862-1222; 363 W. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-886-4667
) is a must-try for anyone who loves the ooey-gooey goodness of provel cheese. This garlicky wonder has tons of it on top.
7. When it’s available, be sure to nab the sweet potato bisque
from Vintage Veranda Tea Room
(724 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, 417-866-1145
). The silky soup comes topped with hand-battered crispy fried onions and is served in a dainty little tea cup.