by Michael Vaughn

“Food may be essential as fuel for the body, but good food is fuel for the soul.” — Malcolm Forbes

You don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy eating well. Most people enjoy eating out, whether it’s their favorite fast-food restaurant or a fine-dining experience. There are lots of reasons we may choose to eat out, whether it’s to save time, celebrate a special occasion, or because we love to experience new cuisine. 

While it’s wise to not spend more than we can afford, we all deserve to enjoy a good meal every once in a while. Fortunately, if you’re in the Springfield, MO, area, there are many great restaurants to choose from. These are my three favorite restaurants my family and I frequent often and what I would recommend if you’re looking for somewhere special to dine.  


If you’re in the mood for Asian food, Peking House won’t disappoint. I like to eat locally whenever possible, and this establishment has been locally owned and operated for the past 35 years! They serve quality Chinese food in a clean, comfortable environment and even offer Wi-Fi as a bonus. They can accommodate up to 20 people for a larger party. Don’t leave without trying the General Chicken and Crab Rangoon (my favorite)! 


Taco Tuesday—’nuff said! What could be better than tacos and guacamole, right? Jose Locos knows how to do both well, so if you go on a Tuesday, be prepared for a lively crowd. Although it’s definitely worth the wait, they also serve an excellent variety of Mexican food any day of the week. While they don’t have an official website, you can view their menu and some photos online. Late last year they closed down their two locations to open one new location on Glenstone Avenue.   


Last, but certainly not least, on my list is Bambinos. Voted one of the best restaurants in town, clearly I’m not the only one who loves their great Italian fare served in a welcoming, casual atmosphere. While it’s hard to choose a favorite dish from the menu, their meatballs are awesome, so you can’t go wrong there. The menu is the same at their two locations (one on Battlefield Road and the original on Delmar Street), so you will still get the same great quality food and service no matter which you visit. 


What do you think of this roundup of restaurants in Springfield? If you try any of these suggestions, I’d love to know your opinion. What other suggestions would you make? I’m always on the lookout for new restaurants so feel free to reach out and share your favorites. 

Whether you’d like to discuss more about food or your finances, I’d love to hear from you. At Pinnacle Family Advisors, our goal is to make your wealth work for you so you can enjoy more of your hard-earned money. I encourage you to schedule a meeting by emailing me at [email protected], calling (417) 351-2942, or using my online calendar.


Michael Vaughn is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and Vice President at Pinnacle Family Advisors (PFA) with 21 years of industry experience. Before joining the PFA family, he served clients with investment management and retirement planning at The Mutual Fund Store for 14 years. Michael graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management and earned his CFP® certification in 2004. He also served 20 years in the Missouri National Guard, retiring in 2007 as a Major. He currently volunteers on the board of directors for Good Dads and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Michael is married to Lori and they have two daughters. To learn more about Michael, connect with him on LinkedIn.