Emerald Park, Twin Oaks, Hickory Hills – all names Springfield, Missouri, locals will recognize. Now the monikers stand for menu items at a new breakfast and brunch hot spot, Vespa Kitchen. An offshoot of Metropolitan Grill, Vespa boasts a carefree, easygoing atmosphere and an extensive menu of breakfast staples. Many items take a creative approach to classics like the signature cashew chicken and waffles.

Other favorites include the Natural Bridge Eggs Benedict, and, for late risers, the Cobblestone Creek Reuben. Vespa Kitchen will no doubt become a go-to for strong coffee and Bloody Marys, as well, with toppings piled high; the Surf and Turf Bloody Mary could be an appetizer in and of itself. With a rocking ’80s playlist and the same quality customers have come to expect at Metropolitan Grill, Vespa has diner vibes with a chef-driven menu.

Vespa Kitchen, 2931 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, Missouri, metropolitan-grill.com

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