Every time my family drives home to Springfield from our trips to see relatives in St. Louis, I always spy the sign for The Wildseed at the Strafford exit, and I always kick myself. “Dang it!” I tell my husband, Eli. “We still haven’t tried The Wildseed!” One recent Wednesday night, with a fridge filled with zero inspiration, we finally made our way east to give it a whirl.
The menu tends toward hearty options like pizza, burgers and meatloaf, but there are special features that pop up here and there as well. Shortly before we visited, they were serving a mushroom cheeseburger with sautéed onions, arugula and goat cheese. Goat cheese, arugula and mushrooms are my three favorite food groups, so I was bummed I missed that one. As it was, we opted to stick to the regular menu.
I was especially interested in all of the menu items that incorporated Indian tastes (and I knew my kids would love those, too), so we started with the samosas appetizers. Fried to flaky crispiness on the outside and loaded with potatoes and peas, they were pretty typical samosas—and pretty tasty too. What was unexpected, though, was the pretty presentation. The two stout little pyramids were placed over mint and an interesting apple butter and tamarind chutney, for something that looked a bit more colorful and refined than I expected. The only downside is that I’m picky about sauces and condiments, and the parts of my samosas that touched the sauce had a little too much for my taste. I like to be the gal in charge of how much dipping happens. It’s a small complaint, though. The samosas were by no means soggy, and I enjoyed every bite.