Student Dining Guide

From fine dining to just plain fun, here are some of the most popular recommendations from Drury staff and students.

Barbecue   Breakfast   Cafes & Bistros
Casual Dining   Chinese   Coffee
Deli & Sandwich Shops   Desserts & Sweets   Diners & Greasy Spoons
Fine Dining   Indian   Italian
Japanese   Korean   Lebanese
Mediterranean   Mexican   Pan Asian
Pizza   Pubs, Lounges & Bars   Vietnamese  

 (Within walking distance of Drury University)


Barbecue

Buckingham's Smokehouse BBQ
2515 N. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 831-7427

Diner favorites are the ribs and burnt ends, jalapeno bottle caps and baked potato with everything!

City Butcher & Barbecue
3650 S. Campbell Ave.
Phone: (417) 720-1113

Austin, Texas-inspired meats and charcuterie fresh off the smoker daily.

Pappy’s Place 
943 N. Main Ave.
Phone: (417) 866-8744

Great food and great company are what make up local favorite Pappy’s Place. Only a short walk from Drury, they’re sure to fill your craving for all things barbecue.

Whole Hog Cafe
224 W. Sunshine St.
Phone: (417) 868-0042

Winner of the Editors' Pick Best Barbecue Champion in the potato salad category, Whole Hog Cafe also serves delicious barbecue chicken, pulled pork sandwiches and home fries.

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Breakfast

Anton's Coffee Shop
937 S. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 869-7681

Try the Hungry Student: three biscuits, sausage gravy, choice of meat and hash browns. There are 32 omelets, and they are some of the best in town.

The Aviary Cafe                               
400 E. Walnut St., Suite 100
Phone: (417) 866-6378

In the mood for crepes? Stop by this French-themed eatery for some of the best brunching in Springfield!

Gailey's Breakfast Cafe
220 E. Walnut St.
Phone: (417) 866-5500

Gailey's was voted Best Breakfast for their delicious sweet potato hash browns, Downtowner breakfast and Mediterranean omelet.

George’s
339 S. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 831-6777

If you’ve got a late night breakfast craving, George’s is the place for you. Open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, you can get a breakfast meal for only $3.99.

Village Inn Family Restaurant
2036 S. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 881-0774
4222 S. Campbell St.
Phone: (417) 887-4774

Village Inn Family Restaurant was voted Best Breakfast for a chain restraurant, and offers many different breakfast skillets and pies.

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Cafes & Bistros

Café Cusco
234 E. Commercial St.
Phone: (417) 868-8088

Fun little café with recipes inspired by the healthy cuisine of Peru and the Andes Mountains.

Chabom Teas and Spices
209 E. Commercial St.
Phone: (417) 719-4311

If you’re a tea fanatic, Chabom Tea and Spices is a must. Head to C-Street and explore tea from across the world.

Frisco Crossing
3253 E. Chestnut Expy
Phone: (417) 865-1617

Frisco Crossing offers many different food options including a chicken pesto panini, a salad bar, and the classic hamburgers with fries. Chicken fried steak can sometimes be found on the menu as a special!

The Grotto
301 E. Battlefield Rd.
Phone: (417) 886-9600

The Grotto is a locally owned and operated independent restaurant. It has a diverse menu with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

McAlister's Deli
1460 E. Primrose St.
Phone: (417) 890-5250
2445 N. Kansas Expy
Phone: (417) 866-2331

Stop by for a selection of sandwiches, salads, potatoes, soups - and sweet tea. 

Panera Bread
500 S. National Ave.
Phone: (417) 862-9898
4100 S. Campbell Rd.
Phone: (417) 886-8833

Fast-casual bakery café with multiple locations throughout Springfield. 

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Casual Dining

Black Sheep
209 E. Walnut St.
Phone: (417) 319-5905

Black Sheep has everything you’d want in a burger and more. Pick your favorite burger and make it a meal with salt and vinegar fries and and a shake.

Cheddar's Casual Cafe
1950 E. Primrose Rd.
Phone: (417) 889-8998

Have a tasty filling meal for a great price. They certainly don't skimp out at Cheddar's!

Dugout Bar and Grill
1218 E. Trafficway St.
Phone: (417) 866-2255

Dugout Bar and Grill is close enough to swing by after a Cardinals game or just to watch your favorite sporting event on TV.

Grad School
434 S. Jefferson Ave.
Phone: (417) 866-8163

Grad School has been voted best causal dining by readers of 417 Magazine. Fish tacos, chicken tacos, falafel tacos and the Full-Ride Burger are just a few of the yummy things at Grad School.

Houlihan's
2431 N. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 862-7777

Houlihan's is a casual restaurant and bar with lunch and dinner options, along with daily happy hour specials. The menu features a variety of vegetarian dishes and gluten-sensitive options. 

St. Michael's Sports Bar & Grill
301 South Ave.
Phone: (417) 865-2315

Voted Best Salads by 417 Magazine, St. Michael's also serves burgers and pies that are to die for.

FD’s Grillhouse
245 E Monastery St.
Phone: (417) 720-4433

A contemporary dining experience built on the "old school" way of preparing fresh food.

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Chinese

Bao Bao
2101 W. Overland St. #104
Phone: (417) 877-7505

Looking for a more traditional take on Chinese? Bao Bao has the Springfield Chinese classics and an offering of authentic Chinese selections as well.

Creasian
501 W. Chestnut Expy.
Phone: (417) 865-8899

Creasian serves both authentic and American Chinese dishes, with specials that change daily. 

Hong Kong Inn Restaurant
1645 N. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 866-3382

Hong Kong Inn has all of your Springfield-style Chinese favorites and more!

King’s Asian Chef
1336 N. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 866-5527

King’s Asian Chef is known for sweeping the awards at Springfield’s annual Cashew Craze. Try their award-winning hot & spicy chicken!

Leong’s
1540 W. Republic Rd.
Phone: (417) 887-7500

You can’t talk about Springfield, the birthplace of cashew chicken, without talking about Leong’s. Try the famous, original cashew chicken from the place it started.

New Oriental Restaurant
550 E. Chestnut Expy
Phone: (417) 351-5686

When you have a craving for good Chinese food but don’t want to really leave campus, make a short walk across the street from the Hammons School of Architecture to New Oriental!

Triple Eight’s
1710 S. Kansas Expy
Phone: (417) 832-8889

On a budget? You can get a whole tasty meal at Triple Eight’s for only five dollars, plus they’re one of the only Chinese restaurants open on Sunday.

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Coffee

Big Momma's Coffee & Espresso Bar
217 E. Commercial St.
Phone: (417) 865-9911

Big Momma's serves simple coffee and espessos and flavored blended frappes, all of which you can drink while eating one of the many different sandwiches!

The Coffee Ethic
124 Park Central Square
Phone: (417) 866-6645

Pastries are served all day long at the Coffee Ethic along with the "single-orgin coffee," brewed one cup at a time.

Dancing Mule Coffee Company
1945 S. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 883-5114

Dancing Mule offers great mochas and authentic cappuccino, along with sandwiches at lunchtime.

Eurasia
445 E. Commercial St.
Phone: (417) 720-1949

Grab a coffee and give back – 10% of all sales at Eurasia Coffee and Tea go to social justice projects in 44+ countries and territories in Eurasia.

European Café
207 Park Central East
Phone: (417) 986-4646

After spending a day downtown, make a stop off the Square to treat yourself to a variety of delicious sweets and drinks at European Café.

Hebrews Coffee
1604 E. Republic Rd.
Phone: (417) 883-6200

Hebrews serves traditional espesso drinks during all open hours. Sandwiches, salads and other light foods are offered at lunchtime as well.

Heroes Coffee
601 N. National Ave.
Phone: (417) 831-3737

Heroes Coffee offers many different caffeinated goodies and blended drinks as well as sandwiches and other cafe style meals on the lunch menu.

Kingdom Coffee
211 S. Market Ave. #100
Phone: (417) 350-1234

An intentionally small and cohesive menu of specialty coffee drinks, plus waffles served on Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Mudhouse
323 South Ave, Suite B
Phone: (417) 832-1720

Mudhouse was voted Springfield's best coffee shop and serves many different types of coffee and loose-leaf teas. The drinks sport creative names like The Mud Turtle, The Elvis, Frozen Grasshopper and more! Pastries are offered in the morning for breakfast and soups and sandwiches are are available throughout the day. 

Potter’s House
724 S. National Ave.
Phone: (417) 832-1672

Find a great study spot while enjoying a delicious drink at Potter’s House. Almost entirely volunteer-run, this coffee shop offers a variety of hot and cold drinks for every palate.

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Delis & Sandwich Shops

Druff’s 
331 Park Central E. #100
Phone: (417) 719-1719 

Druff’s takes your favorite rainy day food to the next level with fully loaded grilled cheeses. If you’re not in the mood to get out in the rain, have it delivered to you!

Firehouse Subs
401 S. Kimbrough Ave.
Phone: (417) 862-0591

A short walk from campus, this sub shop has hot and cold sandwiches for even the pickiest of eaters.

Jimmy John’s
322 E Walnut St.
Phone: (417) 832-0500

Need a good sandwich ASAP? Jimmy John’s delivers to any building on campus, so snack to your heart’s content!

Pickleman's Gourmet Cafe
3522 S. National Ave.
Phone: (417) 887-7300

Pickleman's is open daily and offers many different types of sandwiches. Try the spicy pepper relish for a little kick.

Sisters in Thyme
306 E. Commercial St
Phone: (417) 873-9224

A cozy deli with a wide variety of options to satisfy your taste buds.

Sub Shop
456 W. McDaniel St. 
Phone: (417) 831-8077

Sub Shop was voted Springfield's Best Sandwiches and is known for The Fighter Pilot sandwich, veggie sandwich and crunchy cashew sandwich. Sub Shop is cash only.

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Desserts & Sweets

Andy's Frozen Custard
2726 S. Campbell Ave.
Phone: (417) 881-3424
2119 N. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 863-7125
4420 S. Campbell Ave.
Phone: (417) 882-2411
3147 E. Sunshine St. 
Phone: (417) 881-2820

Springfield favorite Andy's makes its custard fresh hourly. Seasonal items and a totally customizable menu keep us coming back for more. 

Elle’s Patisserie
1454 E. Cherry St.
Phone: (417) 832-2171

Visit France without leaving Springfield by trying a treat at this French-style bakery that’s been featured in Vogue, Metropolitan Bride, Feast Magazine, and more!

Hurts Donuts
320 Park Central W.
Phone: (417) 719-4119

A speciality donut shop open 25 hours a day, 8 days a week!

Mae’s Gelateria
334 E. Walnut St.
Phone: (417) 351-5969

If you need to cool down after walking around downtown, swing by Mae’s Gelateria for tasty gelato or sorbet. It’s a great place to hang out with your friends!

Orange Leaf
1011 S. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 368-0075

Orange Leaf is self-serve yogurt shop. Fill your bowl with the flavors of your choice and cover it with your favorite toppings. 

The Urban Cup
325 E. Walnut St.
Phone: (417) 865-2287

When you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, The Urban Cup has delicious cupcakes in every flavor you could want. Try one of their seasonal specials like the Pumpkin Harvest or Raspberry Beret.

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Diners & Greasy Spoons

Braum's
604 N. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 831-1041

If you’re looking for a diner experience at a faster pace, Braum’s is the place for you. Their burgers, fries and shakes are sure to satisfy!

Casper's
601 W. Walnut St.
Phone: (417) 866-9750

Local favorite Casper's serves chili, hotdogs and hamburgers in a colorful retro setting. 

Steak 'N Shake
1158 E. St. Louis St.
Phone: (417) 866-6109
3755 S. Campbell Ave.
Phone: (417) 882-7164
2760 N. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 863-9072
1550 S. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 887-0906

A classic diner feel and satisfying, inexpensive food.

Slider's
208 W. McDaniel St.
Phone: (417) 864-5565

Old-school counter serving sliders, potato chips, sodas and milkshakes for dine-in or carryout. 

Food Truck Park
836 N. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 719-4537

A unique food destination comprised of mobile food vendors. Open various hours throughout the week (check individual Facebook pages for details) with special events on Food Truck Fridays! Stop by for outstanding variety and a family-friendly environment. 

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Fine Dining

5 Spice China Grill
2058 S. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 799-0215

This modern Chinese restaurant blends traditional ingredients, a contemporary atmosphere and distinct cooking techniques. 

The Argentina Steakhouse
1410 E. Republic Rd.
Phone: (417) 886-8010

Founded by a family from Buenos Aires, The Argentina Steakhouse boasts an eclectic seasonal menu and outstanding wine selection. 

Bruno's Il Ristorante
416 South Ave.
Phone: (417) 866-0007

Reservations are recommended for the weekends at Bruno's. Diners just can't get enough of the brick oven pizzas!

Civil
107 Park Central Square
Phone: (417) 501-8456

Enjoy a seat in the heart of Park Central Square with all of your favorite Midwestern classics. Try their sweet twist on Chicken and Waffles with their Chicken and Donuts.

Farmers Gastropub
431 S. Jefferson Ave., Suite 160
Phone: (417) 862-4444

Farmers Pub uses only locally sourced food and is both a pub and a bistro. The menu changes daily at Farmers Pub, so you will be sure to find something new almost every time you go there.

Fire and Ice
2546 N. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 522-7711

Looking for a date night or just wanting to treat yourself? Try the cuisine at Fire and Ice for a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Flame Steakhouse & Wine Bar
314 W. Walnut St.
Phone: (417) 862-4444

Flame specializes in dry-aged steaks and Alaskan king crab leg.

Haruno Sushi Bar & Grill
3044 S. Fremont Ave.
Phone: (417) 887-0077

Try the signature  "The Oh My God" roll, served on fire! Sushi is served until midnight. 

Kai
306 S. Campbell Ave.
Phone: (417) 832-0077

Kai is a lounge-style restaurant with many different types of sushi.

Metropolitan Grill
2931 E. Battlefield Rd.
Phone: (417) 889-4951

Metropolitan Grill specializes in steaks and seafood and is well known for their flash-fried spinach.

Ocean Zen Pacific Rim Restaurant
600 E. Battlefield Rd.
Phone: (417) 889-9596

Try all different types of fantastic Asian fusion foods, including Chilean sea bass, macadamia nut chicken and the "Hawaii Five-O" sushi rolls!

The Order
305 E. Walnut St.
Phone: (417) 851-5299

The Order is committed to making food that’s locally sourced and unique. Grab a table for dinner or brunch and sample the best that Springfield has to offer.

Touch Restaurant & Lounge
1620 E. Republic Rd.
Phone: (417) 823-8383

Touch Restaurant & Lounge has been voted Best Romantic Dinner and Best Outdoor Dining by 417 Magazine. The bacon-wrapped dates are a specialty.

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Indian

Gem of India
211 W. Battlefield Rd.
Phone: (417) 881-9558

The buffet at Gem of India ranges from tame to spicy. The chai tea is a must-try.

Zayka 
311 S. Jefferson Ave.
(417) 351-4400

Experience traditional Indian food in the center of downtown at Zayka Indian Cuisine. Get your fill at their daily lunch buffet!

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Italian

Bambino's
1141 E. Delmar St.
Phone: (417) 862-9999

Enjoy classic Italian fare at Bambino's either inside out outside on the patio. Bambino's was voted Best Place for Lunch, Best Italian Diing and 5 Best Restaurants in Springfield by 417 Magazine readers. 

D'Arpino's Italian Cafe
3014 S. National Ave.
Phone: (417) 889-9898

Family-friendly with a wide selection of dishes. 

Digiacinto
2259 S. Campbell Ave.
Phone: (417) 882-5166

Sandwich specials and classic recipes. 

Nonna's Italian American Cafe
306 South Ave.
Phone: (417) 831-1222

Traditional Italian-American cuisine in a down-to-earth atmosphere.

Zio's Italian Kitchen
1249 East Kingsley St.
Phone: (417) 889-1919

A delicious selection of different Italian foods made from scratch and served at affordable prices. From brick oven fired pizzas to a diverse selection of pastas and salads, Zio's serves wonderful food accompanied by friendly service.

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Japanese

Hinode
4301 S. National Ave.
Phone: (417) 877-1777

Be entertained as the chefs as Hinode prepare your meal on hibachi grills, and check out the tasty sushi as well!

Kazoku
3637 E. Sunshine St.
Phone: (417) 882-1454

Inexpensive sushi and hibachi grill meals are on the menu at Kazoku.

Little Tokyo
1635 N. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 866-5596
2823 N. Glenstone Ave
Phone: (417) 866-5596

Find sushi and hibachi grill meals at both the north and south locations of Little Tokyo.

Mijuri Sushi & Rhythm
2710 S. Campbell Ave.
Phone: (417) 889-9593

Sushi and bento boxes are perfect to split for a quick lunch or dinner. 

Nakato Japanese Steakhouse
2615 S. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 881-7171

Nakato is a kid-friendly hibachi grill restaurant with authentic sushi and designated smoking areas.

Ohana Japanese Cuisine
310 W. Battlefield Rd. 
Phone: (417) 823-7788

Try the hibachi steak and the Monster sushi roll at Ohana.

Sakura
3230 S. National Ave.
Phone: (417) 882-8000

Try the bento boxes at Sakura. They're packed with an entree, sushi, rice, a spring roll and more. 

UMI
3046 S. Kimbrough Ave.
Phone: (417) 882-1110

Try the diner favorite, the Kissy Kissy roll, at UMI. It's filled with cream cheese, avocado, crab and salmon.

Wayo Sushi Bar & Grill
2119 S. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 886-0300

Try the Fire Viking roll, which comes to the table flaming, or the fried bananas.

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Korean

Soo's Korean Restaurant
3644 S. Campbell Ave.
Phone: (417) 889-2220

Try authentic Korean dishes like dolsot bibimbap and spicy kimchi chigae.

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Lebanese

That Lebanese Place
338 E. Commercial St.
Phone: (417) 536-6677

Serving up fresh, healthy, traditional Lebanese food in an inviting atmosphere.

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Mexican

Chipotle
1211 E. Saint Louis St.
Phone: (417) 831-2159
3356 S. Campbell Ave.
Phone: (417) 883-1944

Burritos, bowls, and more. Guac is extra - but you already knew that. 

El Maguey
631 N. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 865-1453

Don’t worry about going across town for a great meal, you can get plenty of great Mexican food on the cheap at El Maguey!

Maria's Mexican Restaurant
406 South Ave.
Phone: (417) 831-9339

Maria's uses family recipes to serve fajitas, goat cheese fondue and more traditional Mexican dishes in its cozy downtown location.

Moe’s
2825 S. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 881-0022

Build your favorite burrito, taco, or quesadilla over at Moe’s. You won't pay extra for chips and salsa either because every order comes with free chips and a rotating salsa bar! 

Pancho’s
2027 N. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 862-0264

When it’s late and everywhere is closed, Pancho’s is the place to be. This 24-hour restaurant can provide you with the great food you want.

Prima's Mexican Restaurant
2101 W. Chesterfield Blvd.
Phone: (417) 823-7180

The enchiladas gustecas is a customer favorite.

Purple Burrito Express
1700 S. Campbell Ave.
Phone: (417) 863-668
1710 S. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 881-2400

Purple Burrito is open daily and offers fish tacos, street-style tacos, the "pasto taco" and more. 


Qdoba
401 S Kimbrough Ave, Suite 100
Phone: (417) 866-1388
2631 E Sunshine St
Phone: (417) 877-9777
900 E Battlefield Rd, Suite 164
Phone: (417) 887-7329
4127 S Kansas Expy, Suite 104
Phone: (417) 823-7835

Tacos, burritos, nachos, and quesadillas. The Kimbrough location is open until 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday! 

Yoselins
431 S. Jefferson Ave.
Phone: (417) 771-5059

Yoselins has a more authentic take on all of your Mexican staples. Order online and have it ready when you come in!

 

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Pan Asian

Tasia
4728 S. Campbell Ave.
Phone: (417) 890-6789

Tasia offers Japanese, Thai, Korean and Chinese dishes. 

The Wheelhouse
1670 E. St. Louis St.
Phone: (417) 351-5220

The Wheelhouse is a food truck serving innovative Thai and Mexican fusion dishes. 

Yum Yum Bowl
706 E, Battlefield St.
Phone: (417) 882-3644

Try the Korean-style steal bowl or the Chinese lunch box.

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Pizza

Arris' Pizza
1332 E. Republic Rd.
Phone: (417) 881-7260

Local chain serving Greek pizzas and entrees, along with Italian pastas. 

BYOPizza
431 S. Jefferson Ave.
Phone: (417) 501-8212

Have a very specific pizza craving? BYOPizza lets you build a pizza of your choosing with almost 18,000 possible combinations. Even better – there’s a student discount!

Garbo's Pizzeria
2101 W. Chesterfield Blvd., Building C.
Phone: (417) 883-9010

If you want St. Louis style pizza, Garbo's has you covered. 

Imo's Pizza
600 S. Pickwick Ave.
Phone: (417) 862-1222
636 W, Republic Rd.
Phone: (417) 886-4667
2680 S. Glenstone Ave.
Phone: (417) 882-4667

Imo's is the delicious original St. Louis style pizza.

Incredible Pizza Co.
2850 S. Campbell Ave.
Phone: (417) 887-3030

Incredible Pizza Co. is a kid-friendly buffet style restaurant with more than 100 games available to play after your meal. 

Old Chicago
2040 E. Independence Rd.
Phone: (417) 887-0100

The name says it all. Beers on tap change seasonally! 

Pappo's 
221 E. Walnut St.
Phone: (417) 866-1111

Speciality and build-your-own pizzas. 

Pizza House
312 E. Commercial St.
Phone: (417) 881-4073

For more than 50 years, Pizza House has been serving its traditional thin pizza, cut into small pieces. Cash only and closed on Sundays.

Rocco’s
834 E. Division St.
Phone: (417) 868-8221

Right down the road from our dorms and apartments, grab a pizza or sub from Rocco’s! Their lunch specials come with a mini pizza or calzone and drink.

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Pubs, Lounges & Bars

417 Taphouse
431 S Jefferson Ave. #160
Phone: (417) 942-0958

Kick back and play some video games while enjoying a self-pour beer bar over at 417 Taphouse. Their weekly specials mean getting food and a drink for cheap!

Big Whiskey's American Bar & Grill
311 Park Central E.
Phone: (417) 862-2449

Serves a wide variety of bar foods with happy hour specials. 

Dublin’s Pass
317 Park Central E.
Phone: (417) 862-7625

You don’t have to go far to get a taste of Ireland. Dublin’s has plenty of traditional Irish meals to pair with a perfectly poured Guinness.

Mudlounge
321 E. Walnut St.
Phone: (417) 865-6964

Have a casual night out at the Mudlounge. The rotating selection of craft beers and homemade chips and dip pair perfectly together!

Scotch and Soda
310 South Ave.
Phone: (417) 719-4224

If you can think of a drink, Scotch and Soda has got it. This classy bar is a great choice for a first date or a gathering for friends.

Springfield Brew Co.
305 S Market Ave
Phone: (417) 832-8277

Locally brewed beers and delicious food. Try one of their many beers fresh on tap!

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Vietnamese

Bambu
1338 E. Battlefield Rd.
Phone: (417) 881-9881

Stop by for some Vietnamese favorites like noodle soups for eat-in or takeout.

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