Springfield has an array of food options, whether you’re going out for a quick lunch or a hearty dinner. Maybe you’re tired of your regular burger and fry joint–or maybe you’re not tired of it, you’d just like to try something new. The Queen City offers several specialized dishes if you know where to look, and we’re here to help you out with that. Here are some places where you can get some unique dishes that you don’t see everyday.
This local food truck offers something super unique to the Springfield area–British cuisine. London Calling is bringing a little bit of the UK to SGF everyday. They serve primarily pasties (a handheld flaky crust stuffed with meat, potatoes and veggies), as well as other favorite British dishes and a vast array of desserts. A few menu items you won’t see everyday are the Chicken Tikka Masala pasty, bringing Indian and British cuisines together and the Banoffee Pie, an English favorite that consists of a graham cracker and butter crust filled with caramel, fresh bananas and whipped cream. They also have Irn Bru, which is Scotland’s #1 selling soda and London Calling is the only place in Springfield where you can buy it! Best of all, they have a giant red double decker bus with ample seating where you can eat your authentic British food.
Metro Farmer is leading the way for organic restaurants in Springfield. They partner with local farmers in the area to serve unique dishes that only include ingredients fresh from farm to table.
The dishes are original with an always changing list of sides and specials that depends on what is available from local suppliers. Recently, some favorites include the chicken and pancakes, the molasses lacquered duck, and the octopus, served with crispy shallots and black pepper onion jam. The decor at Metropolitan Farmer is local as well–everything from the light fixtures to the tables were made in the SGF area. Be sure to check them out at Farmers Park on Republic Road.
There are a select few options for Indian food in Springfield and Taj Mahal is one of the best places to get authentic Indian cuisine. Taj Mahal brings the rich flavors of India to Springfield and offers the most extensive Indian lunch buffet and dinner menu in the city. Indian food is definitely worth a try if you’ve never had it before, and Taj Mahal is the perfect place to take that plunge. Using smoky and flavorful spices, some must-try dishes include the tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala, chili chicken, or any of the other curries they offer. Even if you’re not a spicy food fan, you’re bound to like the creamy Butter chicken. And don’t forget to order the naan–the classic Indian flatbread. They have a lunch buffet everyday featuring most of these dishes and the staff is super friendly and helpful as well. Check out this 20% off coupon, courtesy of springfieldmo.org!
This spot is THE place for authentic Mexican food in SGF. Tortilleria Perches is located in the Elfindale Center off of west Sunshine. Locally owned and operated, fresh tortillas and chips are made everyday from their giant tortilla machine and are sold to other stores and restaurants. Tortilleria Perches is also part store, so they sell Mexican candies, spices, pinatas and sodas as well. They have Taco Tuesdays, where you can get a homemade taco for 99 cents with your choice of meat. Some things you should definitely try include the barbacoa burrito, fish tacos and the guacamole, which is made in house!
Located on historic commercial street, That Lebanese Place serves up a menu full of Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine. This business originally started as a food truck and evolved into a full restaurant just 5 months after opening. That Lebanese Place is one of the few establishments where you can find Mediterranean food in Springfield. The owner first decided what he would serve by writing down all of the most popular Lebanese dishes. Without doing it on purpose, he realized many of his dishes were vegan or vegetarian. These types of dishes usually feature greens with every meal and extra virgin olive oil is a must in any Lebanese cuisine, which is why Mediterranean food is so healthy. If you’re thinking about heading to this place for a meal, here are the must try options: the falafel, hummus beiruty appetizer (a blend of traditional hummus made with chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon juice topped with a ground beef mixture), lamb kebabs, the Pepper Joe (a spicy Lebanese take on sloppy joe) and the baklava for dessert.
What are a few unique dishes you’ve tasted in the Ozarks? Let us know.