I've recently been to two newer restaurants in Springfield, and was very pleased, since they're nicer restaurants with pricier menus suitable for taking out clients, dates, or anyone else you need to impress.
First is Currents at the Marriot in Springfield. I've only been there for lunch so far, but I have been impressed. Decor is modern, tables are nicely spaced for conversation, and the service is earnest and attentive if not the most professional. The french fries are incredible. The salmon salad and the spinach salads are great-- big portions, fresh veggies, nice presentation. I've also had the pastrami on rye with whole grain mustard-- lean, warm, juicy pastrami, fresh, made that day rye bread, and zesty mustard. Yum. It was a $12 lunch, but definitely a nice place for a long lunch or to take a client.
Second is Luva, on Main Street, on the same block as the Hippodrome, open for lunch and dinner. Again, I was there for lunch. They are not cheap, but I had a great meal. Menu is eclectic mediterranean and new american. Decor is funky-- purple walls and ceiling, and framed prints of historic sites in Springfield. I haven't seen their wine list yet, but they have a full license. I had a roasted turkey club with turkey bacon on cinnamon raisin bread, with a cranberry mayo-- very good, and quite a large sandwich. The red cabbage slaw on the side was vinegar based and a nice change, with asian (sesame oil?) flavors. Their sandwiches are all served with Sun Chips, which I personally think are gross, but it's a nice change from potato chips. I also split the (white) truffled french fries. Whatever else you try, get these. People sitting around us kept turning around to inhale the aroma. Some acquaintances at the next table demanded a try, and they too thought they were out of this world. They're sprinkled with fresh herbs and the "petite" offering is more than enough for two.
The menu is set up with "petite" offerings, which are appetizer-ish, with salads and soups as separate items, and then the regular entress. A word to the wise-- the petite offering will be enough for a meal for one if you're not just back from a hike in the wilderness.
We had the cookie plate to share for dessert, and it was great-- they had chocolate cookies, thumbprints, pistachio biscotti, and pignoli macaroons, as well as lots of edible chocolate decorations.
My friend had the caesar salad in a sourdough breadbowl, as well as the "pizette" with fresh mozarella, tomatoes, onions and eggplant. Both were very tasty.
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