Springfield Journals

Hanging out in Springfield, MO

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A travel journal to Springfield by jwdorris

Dickerson Park Zoo Photo, Springfield, Missouri More Photos
Quote: Springfield, MO, is the largest city in Southwest Missouri, the fastest-growing region in the state, and third largest city in the state. There are numerous recreational opportunities nearby, including Branson, world headquarters of Bass Pro Shops, and several nearby lakes. Springfield has numerous restaurants and dining opportunities.

Nakato Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

Restaurant | "Nakato's Japanese Steakhouse"

Nakato Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar Photo, Springfield, Missouri
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We went here with our daughter and her fiancé for his birthday. The food was excellent, and the atmosphere was unbeatable for a fun dining experience, especially with a group of people. The menu items include sushi, chicken, salmon, and steak. On this visit, I had the chicken and steak combination, and both were delicious. The waitress was very attentive and kept our drinks filled without having to be asked for refills. Guests are seated around a table with a grill in the center. The chef comes to the table and cooks the meal in front of your group. The preparation of the food is entertaining, as the chef performs with his knife and spatula. While the food is delicious, the show that the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 29, 2004

Nakato Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
2615 S Glenstone Ave
Springfield, Missouri 65804
(417) 881-7171

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar

Restaurant | "Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar"

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Although called a bar and grill, the restaurant atmosphere predominates, making Applebee's a great place to take family and friends. On this particular visit, we met our best friends there for an evening out. We had all been busy and hadn't gotten together for quite awhile, so we wanted to sit and visit. There was no attempt by our waiter or staff to hurry us out the door, even though we spent at least an hour sipping drinks and visiting after our meal was completed. It was late and there weren't many customers, so I appreciated not being rushed. The decor is interesting,with different sections of the restaurant reflecting different themes. The entryway is dedicated to our local firefighter...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 7, 2005

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar
2430 N Glenstone Ave
Springfield, Missouri 65803
(417) 863-2200

Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurant Photo, Springfield, Missouri
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My daughter and I went here for lunch. The food is good, but the portion sizes are small. I ordered teriyaki chicken. With it, I got a small serving of chicken breast, noodles, rice, and sautéed vegetables. All the entrées are served with one trip to the salad bar, but the salad bar is rather Spartan, with only lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, crunch noodles, and two types of salad dressing. The restaurant is small, with older tables and no booths. The chairs are not especially comfortable. The decor is sparse and consists of wall hangings of Japanese symbols and drawings and a few bamboo plants. The atmosphere is more that of a fast-food restaurant. Service was quick and friendly. Our wait...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 7, 2005

Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurant
1635 N Glenstone Ave
Springfield, Missouri 65803
(417) 866-5596

Gilardi’s Ristorante

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Gilardi’s Ristorante Photo, Springfield, Missouri
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When you pull into the small parking lot at Gilardi’s, the first thought to cross your mind is, "What’s all the fuss about?" Everyone who’s been here talks about how great it is, but from the outside, it is unimpressive. The restaurant is small, the parking is very limited, and the building looks more like a garage than one of the best restaurants in town, but as soon as you walk through the door and the fantastic scents of delicious Italian food hit your nose, you start to think that maybe everyone is right--maybe this place is special. As you enter the restaurant, on the left is a large, well-stocked bar and the main dining area, which is rather small. To the right is the banquet room, which...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 24, 2005

Gilardi’s Ristorante
820 E Walnut St
Springfield, Missouri 65806
(417) 862-6400

Colton’s Steakhouse and Grill

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Colton’s Steakhouse and Grill Photo, Springfield, Missouri
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My wife and I went to Colton’s for dinner, and we had a nice dining experience. We have eaten there several times and always get good food at a reasonable price and have a good time eating there. The atmosphere is fun and the restaurant is interesting. It is designed to look like an Old West saloon. The restaurant is decorated in ranch-style decor, with cowboy art, steer head and bison head mounts, and ranching implements on the wall. There are plants such as cacti that are commonly associated with western environments. The bathrooms are listed as Cowboys and Cowgirls with hand-painted signs. There are televisions scattered around the dining room for those wishing to watch TV while awaiting...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2005

Colton’s Steakhouse and Grill
2020 E Independence St
Springfield, Missouri 65804
(417) 823-9909

La Caretta Mexican Restaurant

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La Caretta Mexican Restaurant Photo, Springfield, Missouri
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Walking through the front door of La Caretta is like walking into Mexico. The interior is reminiscent of a Mexican cantina. The outside is painted in bright, cheery colors, and the interior has earthy-colored stucco walls. The decor consists of cacti and other desert plants. The walls are hung with colorful sombreros and pictures depicting scenes of Mexico. At the entrance is a large map of Mexico. Even the tabletops are designed in a Southwestern motif. The scent of the food is extremely appealing, and the service is second to none. There is no Tex-Mex here - the food is authentic Mexican with authentic seasonings and spices. The portion sizes are very large; there are usually enough left...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 2, 2005

La Caretta Mexican Restaurant
631 N Glenstone
Springfield, Missouri
(417) 865-1453

Smokey Bones

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Smokey Bones Photo, Springfield, Missouri
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Stepping through the door of Smokey Bones leaves your mouth watering from the smell of the delicious barbecue. The air is filled with the scent of roasting meat, barbecue spices, and a faint hint of hickory smoke in a delicious combination that sets your senses reeling in anticipation of the meal to follow. The atmosphere is a little noisy but inviting, and the delicious food more than compensates for the noisy atmosphere. The entire wall next to the bar is covered with a colorful, lighted outdoor scene. The walls are covered with plain boards, which gives the restaurant a rustic, down-home appearance. There are interesting photographs on the walls, and in the center of the restaurant, there ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2005

Smokey Bones
2040 E Independence Ave
Springfield, Missouri 65804
(417) 890-1945

Hemingway’s Blue Water Café

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Hemingway’s Blue Water Café Photo, Springfield, Missouri
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Ernest Hemingway was arguably one of the most influential American authors of the last century. Regardless of one’s feelings about his novels, he lived the kind of life that most of us would envy. Hemingway was a world traveler and adventurer. From Spain to France and Africa to his home in Key West, Hemingway traveled the world in search of adventure. He was known among his friends as a great hunter and fisherman. In that spirit, he would feel welcome in the restaurant that carries his name. Located in Bass Pro Shops, Hemingway’s Blue Water Café is an oasis of the tropics in Springfield, MO. As one would expect, the decor is impressive. The Bass Pro organization doesn’t do anything half way;...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 23, 2005

Hemingway’s Blue Water Café
1935 S Campbell Ave
Springfield, Missouri 65807
(417) 891-5100

Dickerson Park Zoo

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Dickerson Park Zoo Photo, Springfield, Missouri
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The Dickerson Park Zoo has made major improvements in the last few years, thanks to the donations and dues of Friend's of the Zoo members. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, with native plants as well as beautiful flowers. The only negatives to the zoo are that, while there are several new exhibits, some of the older exhibits remain. Some of these older exhibits are rather run-down looking and need to be removed or remodelled. Parking is free, but finding a parking space can be an issue on busy days. A newly opened parking area has helped, but there still aren't enough spaces to adequately handle busy days. The zoo is relatively small and can be seen in a couple of hours, making it an ideal...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 29, 2004

Dickerson Park Zoo
3043 North Fort
Springfield, Missouri 65803
(417) 833-1570

Phoenix Photo, Springfield, Missouri
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There are few sights more majestic than that of a bald eagle soaring effortlessly on outstretched wings. This national symbol of the United States was once nearly extinct. The bald eagle was a victim of human encroachment, habitat destruction, and intentional destruction. In the 1950s and 1960s, the bald eagle population reached its lowest all-time level of only 3,000 nesting pairs in the entire lower 48 states, prompting the bald eagle to be declared an endangered species in 1978. By this time, the primary cause of declining bald eagle numbers was the use of the pesticide DDT. DDT would run off from its intended areas during rainfall and enter the river and streams, where it would contaminate th...Read More