We’re in the midst of a great foodie revolution in the Ozarks. Great new restaurants have been emerging all across Southwest Missouri for several years and people are starting to notice. It’s fun to try the newest spots in town and take part in the burgeoning food scene, but some of the longtime eateries in Southwest Missouri can get lost in the shuffle. We’re going to take a look at some awesome Ozarks restaurants that have been dishing out greatness for many years that you have to cross off your list of places to try or revisit between new spots!
Pho Kim prides itself on practicing Midwestern hospitality and traditional, fresh Vietnamese cuisine. It’s readily apparent any time you step into the restaurant. The staff is always happy to see you and the food is perfect any time of year. During the cold season there’s few dishes better to warm your soul than a hearty bowl of Pho. They have plenty of variety to fit your tastes and we’re betting you won’t leave hungry!
This northside favorite is easy to spot from the road with it’s vibrant paint colors. The food is just as colorful with a wide ranging menu. They’ve got all the staples of a great Mexican restaurant and a few unique items too. If you’re looking for something new to try, we suggest the papusas and the huaraches. Also, give the trompo a shot!
Pappy’s is a north side favorite and the longest continuously running restaurant in town, according to their Facebook page. It all started back in 1926 with George and Mary Bills serving cafe-style food to cater to people with relatives at St. John’s (now Mercy) Hospital. Paul and Dorothy Ankrom changed gears in 1970 when the officially opened Pappy’s and they’ve been dishing up delicious ribs ever since. It’s an old fashioned place that prides itself on good food, good drinks and divine company.
Jax and Gabe’s is a favorite in our office. We’ve got several folks who frequent the Republic road pizzeria on a weekly basis. They love the calzones! If that’s not your jam, they’ve also got New York Style pizza that is really only correctly eaten when folded. In keepping with the New York theme, Jax and Gabe’s also specializes in Big Apple style hot dogs. There’s tons to love about this place and we can always tell when it’s a Jax and Gabe’s day by the smell of those sweet calzones!
Let’s say it’s 1:00 a.m. You’re still up for whatever reason and your tummy is grumblin’. You could probably go to Taco Bell and rekindle your understanding of regret the next day. OR, you could go to an authentic Mexican restaurant that is locally owned! Pancho’s claim to fame is that they do take out 24 hours a day. Tacos at 3:00 a.m.? No problem. A burrito for breakfast, yep. It’s pretty great to always have access to fine Mexican cuisine in Springfield!
22065 Main St
Reeds Spring, Missouri
The cooks at Reeds Spring Pizza Company are like mad scientists. The hit the lab and come up with completely unique flavor profiles and topping you wouldn’t normally expect on a pizza. They’re anything but ordinary and a great place to stop on the way back from Branson!