We spent 24 hours in Springfield, MO this weekend, celebrating my father-in-law’s ordination (the last step in a long process of becoming a Methodist minister). Although we weren’t there long, we managed to hit up a few great places that I thought I would share here, in case you find yourself down there soon. Only a 2-ish hour drive from KC, this college town has a great, walkable downtown to explore.
|We ate lunch at a place called Bambino’s Cafe, voted best Italian food in Springfield. (Full disclosure, I stole this photo from their website.) It’s set back in a neighborhood, so it’s a little hard to find. Although I didn’t take any photos, I had a delicious antipasto salad with shrimp.|
|After lunch, we were feeling a little sluggish, so we headed to Mudhouse Coffee for a pick-me-up. I had a peanut butter mud puddle (frozen mocha with real PB) with an extra shot – amazingly delicious! Afterwards, we spent some time with the family in a park and at Bass Pro before the evening’s ceremony.|
|In the morning, we stopped by Hurts Donut (because you have to love the whimsy, if not the donuts). I went with a Andes mint chocolate donut (bottom right), although there were plenty of others to choose from including a bacon longjohn. We stayed with Brian’s brother (pictured far right) and drove Brian’s granny down from KC (pictured middle). The donut was good but probably not the most balanced breakfast.|
|Our final stop, before we headed home, was The Coffee Ethic. I had a delicious latte that tempered the sweetness of my donut a bit. In all it was a great trip full of family and I look forward to returning and exploring further. Thanks for stopping by!|