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    Posted December 8, 2012 by
    Springfield, Missouri
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    100 places to eat like a local

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    Bambinos Cafe is Springfield Missouri's Hidden Gem

    According to local lore, the original use of the building that is currently occupied by Bambinos was that of a corner grocery serving the surrounding neighborhood. The store was built during the 1930s at a time when reliance on cars for was not as prevalent as it is now.

    Like most everywhere else in the United States, Springfield has suffered from the disquietude of sprawling auto-oriented development that has left many craving a new urbanism that reflects the unique situation that is Bambinos.

    Whether you walk, bike or drive there, you will be able to relax in a place that seems off the beaten path but still very much in the midst of it all.

    Bambinos Cafe is proud of their reputation as one the best restaurants in town. There’s a lot of good restaurants in Springfield MO and so they were honored to be selected by as The Best Italian Food, Best Place For Date-Night Dinner and Best Restaurant by the Missouri State University newspaper The Standard.

    It can be a bit of a challenge finding their local restaurant tucked back in the Phelps Grove neighborhood, but they hope that their food is worth the journey. 417 Magazine rated them Best Hidden Restaurant and said “You have to wind back into a residential area to find this slightly off-the-radar restaurant but it’ll be a treat when you do. The patio is large and covered, the atmosphere is laid-back and the prices are super-reasonable.”

    Most customers who are searching for the top restaurants in Springfield Missouri feel they’ve stumbled across their own hidden gem once they find them. There are lots of places to eat in town, but few that offer the charm and friendly service you’ll find at Bambinos.

    The next time you’re looking for a nice restaurant that won’t cost a fortune for a fresh and tasty meal, you should give them a try. When someone asks where to eat and you take them to Bambinos, they’ll thank you for introducing them to a great little restaurant they’d never heard of.
    This iReport is part of an assignment that we created with Travel + Leisure:  100 places to eat like a local
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