Lunch and dinner
2810 East Battlefield Road
Every now and then you’ve just got to munch down at a pizza buffet. Breadeaux Pizza offers pizza, pasta, soup, salad, and several desserts for less than $6.
2002 South Campbell Avenue
This is some of the best BBQ in town, but it is not known for being cheap unless you go through the drive-through and get the special. The drive-through special is always changing but it is usually a really good deal. A sandwich, drink, and side will be somewhere around $5. To get to the closest Buckingham’s in Springfield take Grand west to Campbell and turn left on Campbell. It will be about a mile down Campbell on the left across from Bass Pro.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Most of the time this place is not a very cheap place to eat, but on some days they have specials. Tuesday is 50 cent traditional wing day. Wednesday and Thursday are 60-cent boneless wings days. Wednesday is 75 cent legs.
601 West Walnut Street
Casper’s is Springfield’s legend for great chili. The decor cannot be beat and must be seen to be appreciated, including the hand-painted menus on the wall. You can get the Frito Pie with tons of cheese with a drink for about $5. Go easy on the Arizona Gunslinger hot sauce your first time there! Arrive BEFORE noon or be prepared to wait in line a long time. (Open Labor Day-Memorial Day.) Cash only!
1950 East Primrose Street
You will find this restaurant several times in this guide. It is a great place to get dessert but it is also good for a meal. The food would be comparable to Applebee’s but about 25 percent less. Take Glenstone south. It’s at the corner of Glenstone and Primrose, a few blocks south of the Battlefield Mall.
319 East Walnut Street
It’s a hole-in the wall, with only a few chairs and a counter where you can eat standing up, but Chicago Cheesesteak offers student discounts. Just show your student ID. Their cheesesteaks are some of the best in town!
Chicago Gyros & Deli
2027 North Glenstone Avenue
This is a great place to get a really good Gyro, but that is not why they are in the cheap and free guide. The best deal that they have is a one topping medium pizza for $5.99 after 5:00 p.m.
All-you-can-eat pretty-decent pizza, salad bar, and dessert for $4.99 West on Grand to Kansas, then right (north) for quite a ways, past Kearney, until you see CiCi’s on the right. Or there is also one in the Food-for-Less shopping center near Battlefield and Campbell.
1715 N. Boonville
Cook’s Kettle is a restaurant that is run by Springfield Victory Mission and helps train students to work in restaurants. Cook’s Kettle is open from 6 am until 1 pm Monday thru Friday. Breakfast buffet $3.50. Lunch Buffet $5.00.
314 West Walnut Street
What?! Isn’t that one of Springfield’s priciest steak houses? Yes it is. But between 4 and 6 each day in their lounge, Flame offers burgers made of freshly ground steak for $3.50, along with a variety of other specials.
431 S Jefferson Ave
Lili’s Diner actually is a good place to eat any meal, but they have some great lunch specials. On “Fifties Fridays”, you get a burger, chips and drink for $2.99. Their homemade pie is outstanding, but not cheap.
1540 South Glenstone Avenue
Pizza! Pizza! You can’t eat it there, but you can carry out $5 pizzas from Little Caesars.
2415 West Division
If you want a real local drive-in experience, take National north to Division, then turn left and keep driving until you’ve passed Kansas Expressway, then start looking for Louie’s Drive-in on the right. There are tables inside for about ten people. Classic drive-in food with daily specials.
603 S. Kimbrough
This is one of the closest pizza places to campus and the pizza is good. You can get a large thin crust for $3.99 or hand-tossed crust for $5.99.
Not to be confused with Papa Johns, Papa Murphy’s is some of the cheapest, highest quality pizza in Springfield. The only catch is that you bake it yourself. Just call in your order, pick up your pizza, bake and then enjoy. With coupons, you can get a large pizza for as little as $5.
943 N. Main
Pappy will sell you BBQ sandwiches that are so big many people are not able to finish them. Pappy’s is a little hole-in-the -wall so when you go there you have to take a close look to find it. The daily special (usually brisket or pulled pork) is around $6. Take National north to Chestnut, left on Chestnut until N. Main and then right to 943 N. Main.
1721 East Seminole Street
A great local place to get a sandwich, chips, and a drink for around $5. If you want to try it make sure you bring cash in your wallet because they do not take plastic or checks.
When you think of Wal-Mart you probably do not think about lunch, but you should. The deli counter at Wal-Mart has chicken strips, potato wedges, fried chicken, fried okra and much more. Usually you can get a lot of food for around $4. There are five Wal-Mart stores in Springfield: north on Glenstone, south on Campbell, north on Kansas, one on Independence at Glenstone, and one west on Sunshine at West Bypass.
Wheat State Pizza
3821 S Campbell Ave
Some of the best pizza in town can be enjoyed inexpensively at the lunch buffet at Wheat State Pizza. Pizza, salad, and drink is only $5.99.
208 W McDaniel Street
You’ve got to get ‘em to go, but Whisler’s Burgers are cheap and tasty (5 burgers for $6!).
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