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Can you get any good food in Springfield, IL?

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My sister is getting married in Springfield, IL this October and I need to throw her a bridal shower--can anyone recommend either a nice but casual lunch place or a good brunch? Also, while my husband and I are in town for the wedding--how about some good dinner recs? (New American or Italian)

and if you know of any good venues for a wedding, that info would also be appreciated (i'm helping to plan)

Thanks a bunch--

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  1. Springfield is land of chain restaurants, it's hard to find good food. Maybe someone else will chime in aboout brunches, I am there only during the week from time to time. There is a place called D'Arcy's that does good sandwiches and some entrees. The consistently best place I have encountered is Cafe Brio downtown. It's been good ever since it opened about 10 years ago. Located downtown on Monroe. I hear decent things about Chesapeake Seafood (on Clearlake), and they might have rooms you could reserve. I had a dreadful meal in the Crowne Plaza Hotel by 1-55, I would avoid that place. There was a place called Soiree in a little upscale-type strip mall by White Oaks Mall, not sure if it's still there. Maybe others who live there will chime in. Good luck!

      1. I heard that Saputo's is good (I have not been there). It is an Italian restaurant.....

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        1. re: stellamystar

          It's okay, sort of an old-school wise-guy kind of place. i'd say the food is marginal.

        2. For a bridal shower lunch, if you don't mind a little bit of frilly lace decor, I would highly recommend Tea Thyme just down the street from the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. I had lunch there with a couple friends from out of town when we visited the museum and the food was really good.

          1. The best three restaurants in Springfield are Maldaners, Sebastian's Hideout, and Augie's Front Burner. All three are downtown near all the Lincoln sites, have the best food and atmosphere you will find in Springfield. Augie's has now opened a second restaurant called August. I have not been there.