Thanksgiving is next week, which has us in a thankful mood. Recently, we’ve been reflecting on what makes Springfield, Missouri such a special community. There are too many factors to count—but we’ll do our best. From affordability to gorgeous outdoor attractions and, of course, fantastic local restaurants in Springfield Missouri, there are plenty of reasons to be thankful.
It’s easy to take Springfield’s low cost of living for granted. However, travel outside of Springfield and you’ll quickly be reminded how lucky we are to live in such an affordable community. With housing costs nearly $100,000 less than the national average, Springfield is an incredibly cost-effective place to live, work and play. That’s one reason that we can keep our menu prices so affordable while still offering delicious food.
There’s no doubt about it, Springfield is a hub for outdoor enthusiasts. Organizations like Ozark Greenways have put in huge amounts of work to get the community excited about exploring local trails, while the Springfield-Greene County Park Board keeps our parks and trails looking great. We also can’t forget the economic impact of Bass Pro Shops, Big Cedar Lodge and Johnny Morris’s other projects, which position Springfield and its surrounding areas as major outdoor tourism destinations. Even if you’re not a hardcore cyclist, hunter or hiker, there’s something special about immersing yourself in the great outdoors, especially if that means enjoying a meal on the outdoor patios at our Battlefield location or Delmar location.
Strong schools build strong communities, and Springfield’s public and private schools are certainly something to be thankful for. The Springfield community has recently invested more than $156 million to improve Springfield Public Schools (SPS) facilities, contributing to the total renovation of two high schools, construction of two new schools and significant expansion or remodeling of other schools. Our school system also churns out some impressive students. SPS graduated 10 National Merit Scholarship finalists in 2018, and SPS seniors consistently score above state and national ACT averages. At Bambinos, we do everything we can to support our local schools, including sponsoring a number of events at Rountree Elementary, Parkview High School and other nearby educational institutions. We also love being so close to Missouri State University, Drury University, Ozarks Technical Community College and Evangel University. Feeding hungry students and their families is one of our favorite things.
From Wild Bill Hickok’s epic final shootout to the fascinating history at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Springfield is home to some serious history. That includes our two restaurant locations. According to local lore, our Delmar location was built in the 1930s as a corner grocery serving the surrounding neighborhood. The lot that houses our Battlefield location was originally home to Half-a-Hill, a tavern dating back to the 1920s. Springfield’s fascinating history is everywhere—from the quaint houses in the Phelps Grove neighborhood, home to our Delmar location, to Springfield’s eerily beautiful historic cemeteries and picturesque nature preserves.
A Tasty Local Dining Scene
We’ve saved the best for last here. Springfield’s dining scene is truly something special. We’re home to some incredible international fare including dozens of delicious Asian restaurants, pizza parlors, burger joints and more. Of course, Springfield’s dining scene wouldn’t be the same without the affordable Italian fare at Bambinos, which has delighted locals and visitors alike for decades.
We’re thankful to call Springfield our home, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for our community. Make sure to stop into our Battlefield location or Delmar location so we can thank you for dining with us. Before your visit, check out our full Springfield restaurant menu online.
(Photo courtesy of the Springfield, MO Convention and Visitors Bureau)