The Chamber of Greater Springfield announced the winners of the annual Best of Springfield competition, a fan vote with residents choosing their favorite places from in and around the Springfield area in a variety of categories, on Thursday. More than 30 businesses were recognized by the Chamber across categories such as best cheap eats, best bar and others. Here’s where you can find five of your new local favorites and what makes them special.
1. Best Cheap Eats: Guerra’s Krazy Taco
This cozy Mexican spot has been a fan favorite for years. Located at 229 N. Belmont Avenue in Springfield, Guerra’s is known for providing big portions with huge flavor for small prices. People who stop by can also enjoy the unique atmostphere, which features a lot of colorful references to the culture of the cuisine.
2. Best Bar & Best Patio: Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co.
Mother Stewart’s, located at 109 W. North Street in Springfield, prides itself on its rich atmosphere. Featuring a spacious dining area, the family-owned beer garden offers a lot more than choice suds: there’s also often live music, special events and visits from some of the city’s best food trucks.
3. Best Pizza: The Hickory Inn
Having served the greater Springfield community for over 70 years, The Hickory Inn has a long-standing track record for being one of Springfield’s finest. Located at 629 N. Limestone Street, the family-friendly spot features locally-sourced food and tons of options. Some of their pizza offerings that won them their prize include the White Greek, the Pesto Chicken and the Mexican Mild, though you can build your own for an extra special touch.
4. Best Fine Dining: Cecil & Lime Cafe
Located at 227 E. Cecil Street in Springfield, Cecil & Lime caters to the more refined palate with its array of thoughtful options. Elevated dishes like sea scallops over lobster risotto and rack of lamb are only a few examples of what diners can enjoy in the upscale atmosphere. The prices may be higher here, but they’re definitely well worth it.
5. Best Coffee & Best Sweets: Winan’s Chocolates + Coffees
If you’re looking for a great cup of coffee with customer service to match, look no farther than Winan’s. Springfield’s branch of the Ohio-based retailer, located at 32 N. Fountain Avenue, is one of the chain’s newest and they’re already making an impact. They offer a number of mellow blends for caffiene lovers, but their real claim to fame is their menu of gourmet chocolates like double dark meltaways and peanut butter smidgens that will have you counting down the time until you can visit again.
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