August 02, 2018
Downtown Springfield establishments cleaned up in the 2018 Feast 50 Awards. Feast Magazine announced the winners in its August 2018 issue. Downtown restaurants won 19 first place honors and 13 runners-up across 26 of the 50 categories.
Leading the way in awards is The Order, located inside Hotel Vandivort. That restaurant won five awards and was also named runner-up for Restaurant of the Year.
The Order’s food captured top honors for Fine/Contemporary Dining, Brunch and Happy Hour.
“If one restaurant has rocked Springfield in the past three years, it’s The Order,” Feast Magazine wrote. “The upscale yet approachable spot aims to show guests the best of what’s grown in the Ozarks by sourcing ingredients from local farms for its hearty and refined fare.”
Dylan Fox won Best Mixologist and The Order took top accolades in the Bar Program — Cocktails category.
“For a man who’s steady and calm behind the bar, Dylan Fox’s cocktail list reveals his playful spirit,” Feast said. “He’s known for making unexpected ingredients come to life in a new way with well-balanced and impeccably thoughtful creations.”
Lost Signal Brewing Company captured four honors, including Best New Restaurant. Kymberlee Matney captured Chef of the Year.
“When Lost Signal Brewing Co. opened in February of 2017, it quickly established itself as a power player in Springfield’s rapidly growing beer scene,” Feast said. “(Matney) swept onto the Springfield dining scene wielding a barbecue fork and a sly sense of humor — one that’s reflected in her approachable, finger-licking mood.”
Owner Tyler Hoke’s establishment also won best Microbrewery and Barbecue.
“The beers at Lost Signal Brewing Co. are as unfussy as its rustic tasting room,” Feast wrote. “The mouthwatering (barbecue) selection includes beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked ribs and smoked chicken, and is best served with a hearty side of zesty Southwest coleslaw or hand-cut fries.”
The Queen City Wine Dive took top honors in two categories, including — what else — Bar Program—Wine.
“Far from the true definition of a dive, the spot offers a reasonably priced, well curated selection of American, European and South American red and white wines, all served on draft,” Feast said.
Queen City Wine Dive drew a co-championship for Fried Chicken, sharing the award with Civil Kitchen. Both businesses sit on the east side of Park Central Square.
“When Queen City Wine Dive started serving fried chicken made with the Riverside (Inn) recipe, word spread quickly. Now, you can sip a quality draft wine while digging into a plate of the famed fowl,” Feast Magazine wrote.
Mudhouse Coffee won Best Coffee shop and took runner-up for Best Coffee Roaster. Feast Magazine noted the Mudhouse has been serving its creative and delicious drinks since 1998.
Six other Downtown Springfield established won categories in the Feast 50. They are:
Feast Magazine named a total of 11 other Downtown Springfield businesses runners-up. Black Sheep Burgers & Shakes took honors in both the Burger and Fried Chicken categories. Hurts Donut Company finished as runner-up for Best Donut Shop. Hurts’ Whambulance was second in the Food Truck — Sweet category. Other honorees are:
This is the seventh year for the Feast 50, an online poll of readers. More than 100,000 total votes were cast in 2018.
The magazine picked more than 400 winners across those 50 categories. Feast has separate awards For Springfield, Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis.