Brad and I have tried to take full advantage of all that Springfield has to offer while we’ve lived here. I even wrote a post about things to do in Springfield!
We’ve tried to visit most of the local places to eat in the last two years. We love eating at unique restaurants and support local business at the same time. So here is our guide to our favorite places to fill up in Springfield! I’ve included our favorite thing to order, plus an additional random tip. Enjoy!
Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe
What to order: The Bear Hug (it’s huge, so it can easily be split)
Tip: This is a super popular place to get brunch, so plan to wait on Saturday and Sundays. Also, it closes at 2:00 pm.
What to order: The Full Ride burger
Tip: This place is really unique and a fun place to take out-of-town guests, but space is limited, so keep to small parties.
Springfield Brew Company
What to order: The Macaroni and Cheese (it’s a white cheese)
Tip: This is also a great place to take out-of-town guests. There is a huge variety of foods to meet everyone’s tastes and they brew their own beer there. Also, there’s live music on the weekends upstairs.
Nonna’s Italian Cafe
What to order: The Creme Brulee for dessert
Tip: This is a nice place for a date night. The building is unique and it has a romantic atmosphere.
What to order: The Poppa
Tip: Bambinos is actually in the middle of a neighborhood near MSU. It’s one of the few places in Springfield that has outdoor seating if you are looking to enjoy a nice day.
Maria’s Mexican Restaurant
What to order: The Sergio
Tip: I’m picky and I don’t generally like traditional Mexican food, so I usually opt for places like Jose Peppers and On the Border. Unfortunately, neither of those are in Springfield, but Maria’s is the closest you’ll find.
What to order: The Cashew Chicken Special
Tip: There are a lot of Chinese places in Springfield, but this is our favorite! Plus, you get a 10% discount with your student ID.
Taylor’s Drive In
What to order: A Burger and Fries
Tip: It’s only open Monday through Friday from 11 to 2, so it’s hard to get there is you work 9 to 5! Plus it’s cash only. But it’s been there since 1947 so it’s a little piece of Springfield history.
Tea Bar and Bites
What to order: The Turkey Gouda sandwich
Tip: This is my favorite place for a girls-day-out! I took my mom here recently and it was her favorite place I’ve taken her in Springfield.
The Aviary Cafe and Creperie
What to order: Carmel Apple Crisp crepe
Tip: Another great place for a ladies lunch. Space is also limited here and it’s pretty popular on the weekends, so make a reservation.
What to order: Try them all! But my favorites are the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and the Cookie Monster
Tip: It’s right next to the movie theater downtown and it’s open all the time! That’s right! It never closes. It’s the perfect place to grab a donut after that late-night movie.
I hope you try each place! Happy eating.