Where to Eat in Springfield

If there's one thing I prioritize above academics, it's food. Missouri State has plenty of options on campus, from Chick Fil A to Panda Express, but sometimes you need a little more. When family is visiting, you need somewhere nice to take them. Show them that Springfield has more to offer on a Saturday morning than crushed cans of Natty on the sidewalk. So, here's a little collection of the best places to go out to eat in Springfield.

Aviary Cafe - The Aviary is known for it's crepes and is the perfect spot for breakfast or brunch. I haven't made it here yet but I've heard many great things.
Location: Downtown

Big Whiskey's American Bar & Grill - I love their wings and their buffalo chicken dip. The downtown location is essentially a bar with some extra tables but the outdoor seating is great when the weather is nice.
Location: Battlefield & Downtown

Cheddar's - Two words: comfort food. This is where you'll find all the typical American foods, and is my best reccomendation for when you are missing home cooked meals.
Location: Primrose

El Maguey - This is every Missouri State student's favorite when you need some chips and queso. Also their a la carte menu is great for when you are ballin' on a budget. 
Location: Glenstone

Jose Loco's - Another Mexican restaurant? Yes. Always. They have Taco Tuesdays at Jose Loco's, which means cheap tacos and cheap tacos are good tacos.
Location: Glenstone

Springfield Brewing Company - I ate here with my parents when they came down for family weekend last fall. Their macaroni and cheese was everything I could have wanted in a bowl of pasta. You can also see where they make the beer.
Location: Market

Bambinos Cafe - Bambinos is really close to campus and the perfect spot for lunch. Their bread is absolutely amazing and they never stop bringing it out. I recommend getting a lunch sized plate if you get pasta, so you can save room for bread.
Location: Battlefield & Delmar

Lambert's Cafe - The famous home of the throwed rolls. I don't think you can say you went to Springfield (or Branson) without visiting Lambert's. The atmosphere is great and the portions are gigantic, so you will always have leftovers. 
Location: Ozark

Hurt's Donuts - Much like Strange Donuts, in Saint Louis, Hurt's has some very interesting and creative donut choices. You can get a dozen or half dozen and let them choose the donuts if you feel like taking a risk!
Location: Downtown

Insomnia Cookies - What's better than cookies? Fresh cookies, delivered until 3am. They also do a lot of fundraisers with Missouri State campus organizations. 
Location: Downtown

Pineapple Whip - As long as someone is listening, I will never stop talking about how much I love pineapple whip. Be sure to check the flavors of the week on their social media before choosing which location to visit. The classic pineapple is always good!
Location: Battlefield, Glenstone, & Campbell

Andy's Frozen Custard - I know that there are other Andy's but the original is here in Springfield. I like to fill my ice cream cravings here with a cookie dough or cheesecake concrete, personally. 
Location: Battlefield, Glenstone, Campbell & Sunshine 

Elle's Patisserie - I went here on a sister date, and tried macaroons for the first time. They were so so good! Elle's also has coffee, ice cream, and other treats. The building is a tiny purple shop and is easy to miss.
Location: Cherry Street

The Potter's House - Located right across from campus, this is a popular study spot for Missouri State students. All the workers are volunteers and they have plenty of non-coffee options if you prefer hot chocolate, like me.
Location: National 

Bon Appetit!

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