We can all relate to hearing your spouse or friend ask that dreaded question: What should we do for dinner?
Then after lots of shrugging and "I don't care," you end up going to one of those restaurants you've been to a hundred times.
Well, in the past year, several new restaurants have opened in Springfield, serving up everything from spring rolls to veggie burgers.
Here at the News-Leader, we put together a list of five new restaurants you might not have tried that can help you settle that Friday night dilemma.
Mimi's Soul Food
Mimi's soul food is the first on our list and has gained a lot of popularity since opening in the downtown Springfield area. This soul food joint is owned by husband and wife Octavius and Tonisha Manier.
Mimi's Soul Food specializes in Southern-style dishes. Mimi's menu includes items such as fried potatoes, corn bread, Cajun catfish, spaghetti, smothered pork chops, sweet potatoes and much more.
Address: 533 S. Kimbrough Ave.
For more information visit Mimi's Soul Food's Facebook page.
Springfield Acai Bowl
Springfield Acai Bowl is a healthy food concept owned by Guy and Teresa Keehner. This unique option has a strong following on social media.
An acai bowl is made of acai berries and additional fruits, then topped with ingredients like nuts, seeds and granola. A favorite dish is the Aruba, which includes strawberry, banana, granola and peanut butter. Another favorite is the Rio which includes blueberries, banana, strawberry, coconut, chia seeds, granola, honey or peanut butter.
Address: 230 E. Republic Road
For more information visit Springfield Acai Bowl's Facebook page.
Momo Sushi and Grill
Co-owners Tommie Baker and Roy Han opened Momo Sushi and Grill in Springfield earlier this year. Some customers may be familiar with the name as there is also a location in Branson.
Momo Sushi and Grill has an expansive menu, but some of the most popular dishes include the Momo platter, firecracker, tonkostu ramen and brûlée cheesecake for dessert.
Address: 2767 W. Republic Road
For more information visit Momo Sushi and Grill website.
The Garrison is a new fine dining experience that is a part of the Finley Farms business venture from Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris and his daughter Megan Stack. It's located on the banks of the Finley River in Ozark, which also includes The Ozark Mill Restaurant upstairs.
The Garrison's entrance features a tunnel into the restaurant with a wide range of seating. This French-inspired menu was created by executive chef Kevin Korman, who recommends the Riverside fried chicken dish that comes with homemade dill pickles. Call ahead to make a reservation at this popular establishment.
Address: 802 Finley Farms Lane in Ozark
For more information visit The Garrison's website.
Bosky's Vegan Grill
Bosky's Vegan Grill is a new vegan restaurant that is located in downtown Springfield. This vegan restaurant is owned by Amy Bennett. Bosky's Vegan Grill's menu features salads and different plant-based offerings.
You can feel good about eating at Bosky's because it strives to reduce its impact on the planet by preparing 100% vegan food and packaging it in compostable wrappers and boxes.
Address: 405 W. Walnut St.
For more information visit Bokys Vegan Grill's website.
This article originally appeared on Springfield News-Leader: 5 new Springfield restaurants to try, from soul food to sushi