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2 restaurants in downtown Springfield get high praise from afar

February 27, 2013|by Chris Brewer and Gene Hartley | ghartley@schurz.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Two restaurants in downtown Springfield received national and international recognitions, respectively, this month.  One is The Coffee Ethic and the other is Farmer's Gastropub.

Zagat, a Google-owned website that rates places where travelers might go, named The Coffee Ethic as the best place in Missouri to get a cup of coffee.   Zagat put it on its list of 51 great places to enjoy joe.

Here's what Zagat said about The Coffee Ethic:

"This joe joint in Springfield's quaint downtown square focuses on serving up single-origin coffee, prepared one cup at a time. The whole 'ethical' biz in the name is not a bunch of BS either - their coffee comes from PT’s Coffee Roasters, chocolate-based bevies are made with Askinosie Chocolate (a Springfield company that’s risen to national cult fame), and the shop’s repurposed wood tables and benches are recycled from trees that were devastated in the Ozarks’ 2007 ice storm."

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Farmers Gastropub received a singular honor from The Telegraph, a newspaper in London, England.   Gastropub came in second in the world in the Best British Restaurant category of that newspaper’s Best of British Awards 2012

Farmers Gastropub was topped only by Gilroy’s Brewery Pub and Restaurant in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“Placing second in the world and being named Best British Restaurant in the USA is still a fine achievement and something to crow about!  Johannesburg has a population of 3.3 million so the gastropub in Springfield MO gave them a good run for their money,” said owner Bill Griffiths.  “We certainly congratulate the winner in Johannesburg and we are very grateful to all our supporters who voted for us!”

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