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When August Mrozowski opened American Harvest Eatery earlier this year in Springfield, he wanted to focus the menus around locally grown foods.

Walk into McCormicks Smokehouse Restaurant and you'll be hit with the aromas from the in-house smokers, two of them, nestled in a corner of the kitchen. 



When Archer Bailey bought Robbie's restaurant 20 years ago, the only dessert on the former owner's menu was plain ol' cheesecake.

Over the years as a chef at several restaurants in Texas, Bailey had picked up quite a few dessert recipes, specifically pies. He decided to toss the cheesecake off the menu and pie took over, much to the delight of the Springfield community.



On an early Thursday morning, Kayli Loafman studies a fluffy, white face and realizes she needs orange icing to complete her masterpiece.



When Mike Novel and Samah Hassini got married in St. Thomas in September, they took part in a chef's tasting of an eight-course menu at the restaurant located at their resort. While it was a romantic and delicious experience for the couple, it also inspired potential new items on the menu of Indigo restaurant, which the Novels now run.


Springfield's three fine-dining Italian restaurants have one thing in common: They want diners to think their nonna is in the kitchen cooking.

Great steakhouses have an aura about them. It isn't charm; it's a sort of power.


The Midwest may be known for steak and potatoes, but there are still a goodly number of people who enjoy a vegetarian meal. Springfield’s Holy Land Diner serves a vegetarian buffet every Saturday.


When Jeremy Martin and Cin Cheung opened Osaka Japanese Restaurant in November 2009, they sought to create an entertaining, fine-dining experience in an area they felt would be open to it.

For more than a quarter of a century, the Chesapeake Seafood House has been the premier seafood restaurant in the Springfield area.

You don't have to go to Chicago or St. Louis to enjoy a fine meal, fresh air and entertainment.

Numerous downtown Springfield restaurants have outdoor tables.

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