Baja Grill is a privately owned mexican restaurant that has good mexican food for a really good price! The best part of the restaurant is they have a small terrace outside to eat and drink in the lovely weather and the employees are so friendly!
Favorite Dish: mexican tacos and shrimp fajitias
Ever seen the TV show, "The Bachelor?" Well, the first bachelor, Aaron Buerge, is from Springfield and opened up a restaurant named Trolly's downtown on the Springfield square.
Favorite Dish: I've only enjoyed drinks and appetizers there myself, I am not a huge fan of Aaron Buerge to tell you the truth.
If you come to visit Springfield, one of the things you will here a lot is "Did you know that Cashew Chicken was invented in Springfield?" Which is 100% true. That justifies the Chinese restaurant on every street corner, too.
My advice is Mr. Yen's, Jun's and Canton Inn. Best Chinese food in town!
Favorite Dish: I am a huge sweet and sour chicken fan myself; but if you want anything at all, you can get it at those places. Mr Yen's has a rather large selection of food and is a bit on the upscale side, for Springfield Chinese food.
This is one of Springfield's top-flight restaurants, and among the most coveted tables in town. A cocktail lounge, private party rooms, a banqueting room with a 200-person capacity, DVD Karaoke and video projection, as well as fine food make this one of the finer restaurants in town.
Favorite Dish: The general chicken is enough to feed forty (that's why it's sufficient to feed me). A bowl of steaming rice comes in a separate bowl. The main dish is served on a platter. Merely mix the two and keep eating for an hour. The Peking duck is also top-notch. Swirling the strips along with sauce and onions in one of the several pancakes that come with the dish, and -- you get the idea -- keep eating for an hour.
Lamberts Cafe' Home of the 'Throwed Roll'.
Favorite Dish: I've only been there once, but the Chicken fried steak is great, the 'throwed roll' (and yes they do throw rolls at you) are the best, and the bring arounds (huge kettles of corn, beans, black eyed peas...) mean you'll have plenty to eat. Pass on eating the meal before, and maybe after. You'll probably see a line out the door and down the side of the building, but it moves fast. The food is worth the wait though.
For myself; this restaurant brings in the country, including the hospitality. While they are prepping you food; your eyes are invited to view endless displayes of vintage tools and articles. And; when you get the food, take caution. Hot food, hot plate, and hot night.
Favorite Dish: What can I say. I'm a steak man. However; they have a full menu that will satisfy any persons palate.
Gilardi's Ristorante (Italian cuisine)
Not your average southern missouri restaurant. Expect to pay about $20-$30 per person.
Favorite Dish: I've only been there once so far, but everything we ordered was exceptional. My favorite things were the tomato cream soup appetizer and the vanilla bean eggless custard. The soup was amazing and the custard was criminal.
Izumi Hatake (Japanese for 'spring field' -- really)
This hip Japanese restaurant is owned by a white guy who employs a (european?) chef. The sushi guy is Asian, at least. Overall, this is a great eating establishment. My boyfriend, who is a food snob from the SF Bay area and an Asian to boot, even grudgingly admits that the food is 'pretty good.'
Here's a funny story: after the last time we ate there (April 2002) we left & headed back to our car. We noticed a lot of noisy birds flying overhead--odd for that time of evening--then we realized that they were bats. Thousands of them! We watched them for a long time until they all disappeared into the chimney of an adjacent (abandoned) building. Weird.
Favorite Dish: GYOZA!! I crave this stuff. Gyoza are little stuffed dumpling-type things filled with pork, cabbage, and who knows what else. Izumi Hatake's gyoza is the best I've had so far (although my experience is sadly limited.)
Their shrimp & filet mignon is also quite credible considering that we are about a thousand miles inland in every direction.
Actually I wouldn't say this restaurant/sports bar is totally unique. Actually the menu is fairly standard. Sandwiches, the usual appetizers, steak, etc. I just really enjoy the food. For the price, it's always a good meal. Weeknight specials make it an even better deal... (for example, Tuesday is a burger & fries for like $3, Wednesday is steak night--a decent KC Strip & fries for $5-6) Sometimes they even have live musical entertainment.
Favorite Dish: Cheesesteak & fries
The Thai House was moderately priced (meaning one person could eat well for $20). In spite of the moderate price, the tables were all neatly set with glasses (not plastic cups) and ornately folded linen napkins. The atmosphere was definitely better than you'd find at TGI Friday's or some other 'chain' restaurant. It was managed by a local family who had emigrated from Thailand, and the decor was somewhat 'eclectic.' The food was wonderful. There are other Thai places in town, but this place just seemed to be the best. A couple of the tables were covered with glass and $2 bills under the glass.
Favorite Dish: Man, I don't remember any more. I liked most everything I tried on the menu. I'm not that big on Thai food, but 'it's all good,' is the best way to describe this place. I think I went through at least half the stuff on the menu during the time I was there.
Lambert's Cafe, home of the 'throwed' rolls.
The whole place is unique. They will throw a big hot roll at you from across the room if you 'holler' for one. Girls carry pots of okra and hash browns around to add to your meal at no charge.
Favorite Dish: Smoked pork chops are good and so are the ribs. I like to get the pineapple and walnut salad and save it for my dessert.
Hemmingways is a restaurant inside of the Bass Pro Shop. It is up the stairs. Here is the view from the dining balcony.
Giant aquarium behind the bar.
Favorite Dish: We had the lunch buffet. All the food was very good. I liked the catfish about the best of all.
The Last Great American Diner
the colour is supposed to recreate the neon lighting of the sign.
i have a weakness for american diners. crappy decor, bad coffee (but unlimited amounts of it), and they never close. i love them. this one is, hands down, the best. their food is delicious, their cofee is good, the portions are HUGE, and the place is neat and clean. it has become an regularl pilgrimage with me - everytime i'm near springfield i must drag my friends along to The Diner. they don't understand until we find it.
Favorite Dish: everything! anything! it doesn't matter. every dish i've had was amazing.
The food was all good and the specialties of Italian Beef sandwiches and fried chicken stand out as best
Favorite Dish: I liked the Italian Beef
The Rib Crib on Glennstone has great ribs. Go there on Tuesday night and they have an all the ribs you can eat special.
ALL YOU CAN EAT!!!
Favorite Dish: RIBS!!!