At noon on December 4 municipalities across Illinois conducted flag raising ceremonies to mark the beginning of the state’s bicentennial year. What better place to witness the beginning of the state’s 200th anniversary year than in the state capital? So we hopped in the car and made the two-and-a-half hour drive to Springfield, where the Illinois Bicentennial flag was to be raised atop the Old State Capitol. Read more
The bronze sculpture of a woman standing in the rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol welcomed us with open arms. She stands directly beneath a beautiful stained-glass dome that tops the building where Illinois law is proposed, debated and put to legislative vote. Taking a look around the Italian Renaissance Revival building, statues, paintings and ornate walls and ceilings surrounded us. To learn more about the art, architecture and what goes on in the capitol, we took the free half-hour tour. Read more
I was told that Café Moxo in downtown Springfield was a popular lunch spot and is known for soups and pot pie, appealing on a chilly day. Its popularity was substantiated when we went in for lunch on a Saturday, when most state workers are not downtown, and it was full of diners.
Café Moxo offers counter service, and although several customers were in line ahead of us, the line moved quickly, too quickly in fact, for me. Deciding what I wanted wasn’t easy because besides soup and pot pie, the menu includes flatbread pizzas, salads, and twenty different quirky named sandwiches, many with unusual but delicious sounding ingredient combinations, like the Goudas it Gets with turkey, cucumbers, spring mix, tomato, Gouda and dill crema on a baguette. Add combos to the list of possibilities (salad or soup and a half sandwich with drink and cookie) and the decision is not an easy one to make.
In the end we went with the popular chicken pot pie and chicken noodle soup. The soup had the thickest noodles I have ever tasted, handmade in the restaurant, I was told. And the flaky, herb-seasoned crust on the large portioned pot pie opened to steaming cream sauce chock full of thick chicken chunks and vegetables.
Open for breakfast, too, Café Moxo serves, among other items, made-to-order breakfast sandwiches with your choice of meats, cheeses and breads, as well as a full menu of specialty coffee and café drinks.
Café Moxo, located at 411 E Adams, Springfield, Illinois, is open Monday through Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Check the web site to view the full menu.
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