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Cashew Chicken — Springfield Style!

A tasty dish with an Asian twist — cashew chicken — has reigned in Springfield since 1963 when Leong's Tea House opened its doors and owner David Leong struggled to gain acceptance for the foods of his homeland in China. Thus began his quest for a dish that would appease local residents' taste buds…

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Dining Around the World

Though Springfield is smack dab in the middle of the United States — and the center of the universe according to some — you can take a culinary trip around the world without leaving the city. Amazing dining options abound in Springfield, including chef-owned restaurants serving cuisine that you’ll…

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It’s Time for a Girlfriend Getaway

When it’s time to rejuvenate and get out with your besties, Springfield knows what a girl wants. From spas to delectable dining, you’ll find everything you need for the perfect girlfriend getaway. Setting the tone for the weekend — or even a longer stay — is all about accommodations, and…

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A Passageway to the Past

Kevin and Wanetta Bright’s passion for their business runs deep. The owners of Smallin Civil War Cave in Ozark, Missouri, just south of Springfield, grew up in rural southwest Missouri where caves were part of their playground. “We’ve always been in and out of caves,” said Wanetta, who worked as a…

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Farm to Table Fresh

If uber fresh food straight from the farm is what you’re yearning for, Springfield has plenty to offer. From farmers’ markets to farm-to-table dining, the food comes from right here in the Ozarks and it couldn’t be better. At Gilardi’s Italian Ristorante, owner and chef James Martin not only serves…

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Dine Like a Local

Go for the food. Stay for the ambiance. That’s what you’ll say after you experience some of Springfield’s most unique, off-the-beaten-path and even off-the-wall restaurants. These are the places where the locals go and the servers know customers by name. Be sure to take cash because in many cases…

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Shopping in Springfield

Whether you prefer the quaintness of a small boutique or the wide selection of a mega store, Springfield has what you crave. Locally owned businesses will impress you with a variety of original merchandise and mega stores carry all your favorite names. There’s no right or wrong way to shop in…

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Classic Car Museum Opening in Springfield

Guy Mace knows his cars - all 67 of them - and soon the public can get to know them, too. On the eve of the 90th anniversary of the “birth” of Route 66, Mace announced he plans to open the Route 66 Car Museum June 15 on “The Mother Road” at at 1624 W. College St. in Springfield. Patrons can see two…

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