I was so excited to find this site until I realized that there are not many recommendations for good eats in my area. I think in our area, one is mostly out of luck unless they want barbeque or buffet. So here are a few of my favorites:
Magic Noodle (Joplin): Lovely Thai food, curries and noodles.
Mucho Mexico(Joplin Area): Okay, its a buffet. But their tacos are to die for--crispy homefried shells, shredded roast meat....the rest of the buffet is pretty good too. NOT Taco Bell-style Mexican food.
Kinaree(Joplin): Very good Thai, I've just eaten there once.
Maria's (Springfield): This is a downtown place, just south of the square. They have the best marinara sauce I've ever tasted, and serve very good baguette with olive oil and minced garlic as a starter to every meal.
La Carreta(Between Springdale and Fayetteville, AR): I also call this "My Taco Wagon" or "Burritos the Size of Your Head." If you're not frightened by buying Mexican food from a little travel trailer in an industrial park, these are the best burritos I"ve ever had. They also have tripe, tongue, chicken, pork...and a selection of other delicacies. Probably my favorite place to eat.
As you can see, my taste runs ethnic. What I wouldn't give for more choices, but this is the Midwest and people are not very adventurous and are very cheap. Anyone else in the area, let me know your favorites--We've been just sort of hitting these over and over.