When I hear that a restaurant doesn’t take reservations, I feel a mix of excitement and trepidation. The bad news: We might have to wait to get a seat, and I’m not a good waiter. The good news: The food is incredible enough that they don’t need to take reservations; they know people will show up regardless.
For a friend’s birthday, we arrived at Lost Signal Brewing Co. (610 W. College St., Springfield, 417-869-4755, lostsignalbrewing.com) just before a busy Friday night dinner rush. And despite that inability to make a reservation, we found a comfortable table right away that was big enough for our crew. Phew! Within 20 minutes, the rest of the restaurant was filled with chatting diners and bustling servers.
Our friends had already ordered a plate of fried pickles with a spicy dipping sauce, so I took a nibble before taking stock of the menu. Another one of our friends didn’t even have to look; she knew what she wanted. The burnt ends, not featured on the regular menu, were on special, and she already knew they were her favorite after indulging on a previous trip. My husband, Eli, took her word for it and ordered them, but I opted for brisket. You can get your meat in quarter-pound or half-pound portions, as an entree or as a sandwich. I was there for the meat and didn’t want to waste space in my belly with bread, so I picked the entree with a side of roasted Mexican street corn.