Springfield's Touch Restaurant is a suburban mega-bistro done right. The spacious restaurant is in a posh shopping strip on the southeast side of town and is owned by one of the Ozark's leading restaurateur families, the Jalili clan. From Iran by way of New York City, they've been associated with Springfield A-list dining since 1995. Executive chef Mike Jalili applies Persian- and Mediterranean-basin influence to a wide range of crowd-pleasing–and, dare we say it, comforting–foods. Think bacon-wrapped dates, overflowing plates of Mediterranean pita nachos, perfectly cooked salmon steaks and saffron rice. They're served in a series of environemnts and merged into one multifarious package: wrought iron outdoor cafe, luxxe lounge, banquets for big shots, and an airy mezzanine and upstairs balcony. This is one of the ultimate social-scene eateries in the Ozarks' metro hub, but it's not necessarily pricey. Early birds who arrive by 6 p.m. can partake of the three-course, fixed-price Sunset Menu at $15.95 per person before tip and beverage. Expect to spend about fifty dollars per couple, assuming both have a martini–we love the fizzy and slightly dry Flirtini. Choose among thirteen first courses, eleven entrees, and five desserts, and you'll find this is a relatively inexpensive way to bridge happy hour into dinner, chic as can be.