We spent an overnight in Springfield (daughter was away on a school trip so husband and I were alone). We stayed at the Inn at 835 and saw lots of Lincoln things and the Dana-Thomas house. A fun trip.
We tried from your suggestions:
The Feed Store - had very nice sandwiches and cream of broccoli soup. The space was neat and it was interesting how the servers bellow out your number so they can bring your tray of food over to you. The carrot cake was very good.
Augie's Front Burner. We had a very nice meal there. The husband had a flavorful rack of lamb with potatoes and small green beans. I had a special- crispy red snapper with a hoisin garlic sauce. We shared a piece of turtle cheesecake and had champagne. We also had a grilled portobella mushroom appetizer that was terrific. The servers were nice.
D'Arcy's Pint - Ok, we had the Deluxe Horseshoe and it was very interesting - ground beef, onions and bacon on bread with white cheesesauce and french fries over all. I cannot imagine how many calories it had but it was tasty. I would love to know how it got it's name and where the idea originally came from. It was 2 o'clock in the afternoon and the place was packed. We would have had beers but we were driving back to St. Louis and the weather was closing in.
Thank you again. Your suggestions made our trip a lot more fun. Janine