We have a lot of things to look forward to and try out in 2016. If you’re looking for coffee, some great burgers, or just a new place to try, there are a few new spots opening up in Springfield that will be perfect for you. Here’s a look at some new restaurants in the SGF area.
CHERRY PICKER PACKAGE & FARE
The entrepreneurs at the Coffee Ethic and Scotch & Soda have teamed up to create a new little gem in the Rountree area, Cherry Picker Package & Fare. As it’s name suggests, this quaint spot is located on the corner of Cherry Street and Pickwick Avenue and they serve coffee, soup, salads, cheese plates, bottled beer and wine. Each dish they serve contains about three or four ingredients, all from local farms and shops. The Cherry Picker staff describes their atmosphere as “simple, comfortable, communal, and inviting. The feedback has been great, especially in the Rountree area.” Their draft menu is quite popular, featuring 4 wines, 3 beers, and 1 cocktail. The shop is more of a swing-by place instead of a stop and work station; it’s maximum capacity is a small but mighty 20 people. Instead of a playing a crafted playlist, you’ll find Cherry Picker spinning vinyl all day long for your ears to enjoy. They have been open in the Pickwick area since right before Thanksgiving and it’s the perfect place if you need a cappuccino pick-me-up or a tasty soup for lunch.
BLACK SHEEP BURGERS & SHAKES
Right in the heart of the downtown scene is Black Sheep Burgers & Shakes, near the intersection of Walnut Street and South Ave. The co-owner of Flame and Touch opened this new joint where an old restaurant of his, Bijan’s, used to be. Black Sheep brings a unique and flavorful menu to downtown SGF–there are 12 different burgers to choose from, as well as an array of different types of fries, salads, shakes and floats. Be sure to try a burger with their special ‘baaahd sauce,’ made with a few secret ingredients; and the sweet potato fries, topped with marshmallows and pecans. “A few that stand out are our Cowboy Carl, Foodie, Ugly Cheeseburger, & our Smoked Fries,” says Laura Glenn, General Manager of Black Sheep. “The atmosphere is casual fun, and we have received great feedback from everyone!” They also have a cool selection of shakes and floats, the Andy’s Frozen Custard & Mother’s Winter Grind float being one of them. That’s like the ultimate SGF dessert if there ever was one. Black Sheep opened their doors in mid November and have had lines of people waiting to get in ever since! One awesome thing about this place–if you’re a police officer, you get your burger on the house for free anytime and will be seated faster if there is a wait when you arrive.
This new bakery and cafe based in Harrison, Arkansas has branched out to Springfield! Neighbor’s Mill is located at Independence Street and Fremont Ave and is set to open January 19th. They ship in and mill their own wheat from Montana and create signature breads and goodies from scratch. They specialize in serving grilled and cold sandwiches, signature salads and soups, and various types of homemade breads including apple cinnamon almond, cranberry orange, pumpernickel, sunflower, and many more. They will also feature a coffee bar with various local coffees from the Missouri and Arkansas area.
CIVIL KITCHEN & TAP
Recently opened in October on Park Central Square in the old Trolley’s spot, Civil is serving up comfort food with a fine dining twist. Calling their style “midwest modern,” they feature food with a modern spin on favorite classics. They serve dishes like chicken and waffles, their signature crack bread (toasted bread stuffed full with herbs, butter and melted cheese), various sandwiches and burgers, and even frog legs. They also have a weekend brunch menu as well as plenty of classic cocktails and craft beers on tap. The inside design features an open garage style door, wood tables and exposed brick.
CHICK-FIL-A ON SUNSHINE
Having two Chick-Fil-A locations in Springfield just isn’t enough. No really, it isn’t–if you’ve ever been through the drive through at the free standing location on Glenstone, you’ll notice the full double drive through lanes and know right away that it’s a popular spot. Thankfully, Springfield now has one more option: the new location right off of Campbell and Sunshine. They held the traditional CFA 100 on December 3rd, where people typically camp out to be the one of the first 100 customers and receive vouchers to get free Chick-Fil-A for a whole year. Be sure to stop by this location if you are located more toward the north central side of Springfield!
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