Springfield, Missouri, has a long-standing and popular Mexican food scene. So when husband-and-wife team Martin Ortiz and Kryztal Arteaga opened Agave Neighborhood Grill & Bar in January, they wanted its menu to embrace local favorites but also bring new flavors to the area.

Agave serves classics like quesadillas, but also signature dishes like shrimp with poblano pepper and chipotle sauce. Don't miss the cocktail menu: Try the Lola's Cantarito, a blend of tequila, lime juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice and grapefruit soda, all served in a traditional Mexican clay mug.

Agave Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 3057 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield, Missouri, facebook.com/agaveneighborhoodgrillandbar

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Tessa is a freelance writer and photographer in Springfield, Missouri. She enjoys the finer things in life like cappuccinos and free samples.

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