The Midwest is rarely regarded as a hotbed of unbridled sensuality. However, Springfield, Missouri, has a way of proving people wrong – and the romantic dining scene is no exception. From old-school steakhouses to stripped-down farm-to-table concepts, Springfield-area eateries are satisfying lovers one small plate at a time.

Here are our picks for Springfield’s nine most romantic restaurants.

Lillian Stone is a writer based in Springfield, Missouri. Her life revolves almost entirely around her next meal.