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Dinner in Springfield, Illinois?

Keplerkid May 5, 2007 11:20 AM

We're spending the night in Springfield later this month on the way to Duluth, MN. We'll be staying in the SE area of the city. Are there any good restaurants near I-55? I know there are tons of chain restaurants in Springfield, but I can eat at them anywhere.


  1. DetectDave May 5, 2007 11:57 AM

    I recommend Gallaghers Steak House on South 6th Street. Great steak, great service and a piano bar on certain nights. I live outside St. Louis and this is my choice when in town. Here's a map link and contact info: http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypMap.py?Pyt=T...

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      chris in illinois May 7, 2007 05:51 PM

      What sort of cuisine are you interested in??

      I live five miles outside of the city and while it's not NY, it has seen a mini-explosion of decent restaurants in the last few years. There are a number of good thai options, a few Italian, a very good option downtown and many others...give me an idea of what you'd prefer and I can give you a few suggestions.

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      1. re: chris in illinois
        ddfry3 May 7, 2007 06:07 PM

        I'd really recommend Cafe Brio, at Monroe and some numbered cross street I can't recall. Consistently the best place there I know of. It's downtown.

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        tmontauk May 7, 2007 08:35 PM

        Oooh! I remember a really good Thai place by the fairgrounds that I ate at a few years ago. I know that's vague, perhaps someone could help me out.

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        1. re: tmontauk
          chris in illinois May 8, 2007 06:58 AM

          Magic Kitchen is on Peoria road north of the Fairgrounds...

          Brio is good...

          Augie's Front Burner on fifth near the Old State Capital is very nice as well...

          1. re: chris in illinois
            tigerman15 May 8, 2007 10:19 AM

            My favs in Springfield have always been Sebastian's downtown and Indigo on the west side off Veteran's Parkway and Lindbergh.

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