1. We love the shrimp enchiladas from Primas Mexican Grill (3662 S. Glentstone Ave., Springfield, 417-890-1212; 2101 W. Chesterfield Blvd., Springfield, 417-820-1212; 1769 W. James River Rd., Ozark, 417-582-2776). Pan-seared shrimp are coated with house seasoning and wrapped in a flour tortilla, then topped with a creamy San Miguel sauce and Monterrey Jack cheese.
2. Every thing we’ve had from European Café (207 Park Central East, Springfield, 417-942-5055) has been delicious, but we can’t stop dreaming about the salted caramel macarons. Simply divine.
3. Take a bowl of delicious creamy tomato soup, add crispy cheese fritters that explode ooey gooey goodness with every bite and enjoy a bowl full of foodie heaven. Order this decadent dish at Houlihan’s (2110 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-883-3434; 2431 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-862-7777).
4. We’ve been drinking a lot of fresh juice around the office, but when we’re feeling too lazy to whip up our own, we head to Mama Jean’s (3530 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-429-1800; 1110 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-881-5326) for a Sweet Breeze. It’s made to order with beet, apple, lemon, ginger, carrot and parsley and is a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up.
5. Jalapeno bacon wrapped dates from Touch (1620 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-823-8383) offer a yummy salty-sweet-spicy combo all in one bite.
6. The fried pickles from Patton Alley Pub (313 S. Patton Ave., Springfield, 417-865-1188) are some of the best in Springfield. Pro tip: They’re half price during happy hour.
7. The posole with pulled pork from Gourmet Taco Company (3120 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-315-8745) is a hearty take on a classic New Mexican soup. It’s a great lunch option on chilly, wintry days, but it’s so good we’ll eat it any time of year.