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THE BOOM BOOM ROOM— French. Leave the kids at home and step out with your friends and/or lovers to this bur­lesque-themed bistro, where a French menu (in­clud­ing duck con­fit, a pou­tine burger and maple-ba­con beignets) is the back­drop for spe­cialty cock­tails and scin­til­lat­ing per­for­mances. Ex­pe­ri­ence full bur­lesque shows on Fri­days to din­ner-and-a-show seat­ings on Satur­days, and even rov­ing cirque, aerial, and other sur­prises dur­ing din­ner on other evenings. Check the on­line cal­en­dar and choose your own ad­ven­ture! D ( W-Sa), open for spe­cial events only (Su-Tu). www.the­boom­boom­room­stl.com. 500 N. 14th St., 314.436.7000. Map 2-2C

BREW­HOUSE HIS­TOR­I­CAL SPORTS BAR— Amer­i­can. Beer-lover’s spot serves up eclec­tic lo­cal brews and a chef-driven, scratch-made menu of up­scale bar food like in-house BBQ us­ing lo­cally-sourced in­gre­di­ents. Happy hour Su-Th 3- 6 pm ¬Ω off se­lect ap­pe­tiz­ers & $3 fea­tured draft beers. L and D (daily). st­louis­arch.re­gency.hy­att.com. 315 Chest­nut St., in­side Hy­att Re­gency, 314.259.3270. MetroLink8th & Pine Map 2-3F

CAR­DI­NALS NA­TION— Amer­i­can. Up­scale sports­bar at­mos­phere, and menu of­fer­ings in­clud­ing wings, pizza, sal­ads, sand­wiches, steaks and seafood. Plenty of Car­di­nals lore and dé­cor to ap­peal to baseball fans! L and D (daily), brunch (Su). www.car­di­nal­sna­tion.com. 601 Clark St., 314.345.9880. Map 2- 4E

CROWN CANDY KITCHEN— Amer­i­can. Old-fash­ioned soda foun­tain with juke­boxes at the booths. House-made ice cream (avail­able in shakes, malts and sun­daes) and candy are the stars here,

along with a mean Reuben, egg salad, grilled cheese and other sand­wiches. En­trées $3.29-8.99. Open for lunch and din­ner M-Sa. www.crown­can­dyk­itchen.net. 1401 St. Louis Ave. at 14th St., 314.621.9650. Map 4-1I

DRUNKEN FISH— Ja­panese/Sushi. Ev­ery­thing from sushi to tra­di­tional Ja­panese dishes is of­fered at this award-win­ning hot-spot. Stop by for a red dragon roll or check out the happy hour for an eclec­tic va­ri­ety of cock­tails. L and D (daily). www. drunk­en­fish.com. BaBall­park Vil­lage, 601 Clark St., 314.899.0500. MetroLink-Busch Sta­dium Map 2- 4E; 314.367.4222.; 314.241.9595.; 314.275.8300.

GRAND HALL— Amer­i­can. The set­ting it­self is a jaw-drop­per: the soar­ing, vaulted great room of the city’s his­toric Union Sta­tion, opened in 1894 to a then train-crazed pub­lic. Th­ese days, it serves as the lobby/lounge for the ada­ja­cent ho­tel and con­fer­ence cen­ter, and an ex­ten­sive restora­tion has ush­ered in state-of-the-art en­ter­tain­ment (an im­mer­sive, dig­i­tal pro­jec­tion on the ceil­ing and walls that cy­cles through more than 10 themed nar­ra­tives) and a menu of din­ner and drinks be­fit­ting the el­e­gance: rail­road-in­spired cock­tails are a great start, and eats in­clude oys­ters, toasted ravi­oli, and tuna tar-tar. D (daily). www.grand­hall-

stl.com. 1820 Mar­ket St., in­side Union Sta­tion, 314.621.5262. Map 2-3B

HARD ROCK CAFE— Amer­i­can. The denim logo jack­ets are cool, the mu­sic hot. Of­fers burg­ers, steaks, chicken, Alaskan sal­mon and more. Dé­cor is a his­tory of rock mu­sic, in­clud­ing Chuck Berry stained-glass win­dow. Open for lunch and din­ner daily. www.hardrock.com/st­louis. At St. Louis Union Sta­tion, 1820 Mar­ket St., 314.621.7625. MetroLinkUnion Sta­tion Map 2- 4B

HIRO— Asian. A stylish din­ing room and equally chic food melds to­gether many culi­nary tra­di­tions (think Ja­panese, In­done­sian, Viet­namese, and Thai, for starters) with dishes like au­then­tic ra­men, a dim sum dumpling plat­ter, lemon­grass pork chop, and Korean fried rice. Sake and cre­ative spe­cialty cock­tails, too. Open for L& D Tu-Su, plus Su brunch. www.hi­roasiankitchen.com. 1401 Wash­ing­ton Ave., 314.241.4476. Map 2-2C

IMO’S— Pizza. This is the moth­er­ship of the STL-style pizza: cracker-thin crust, Provel cheese and all. Cut it into squares and you’ve gone na­tive! (Pas­tas, like baked lasagna or mostac­ci­oli, also avail­able, along with sand­wiches and sal­ads.) Dine-in or de­liv­ery avail­able. L and D (daily). Check the website to find the clos­est Imo’s lo­ca­tion (80 in St. Louis) near you. www.imo­spizza.com. 904 S. 4th St., 314.421.4667. Map 2-5E

LANDRY’S SEAFOOD HOUSE— Seafood. Gulf seafood, steaks, chicken and pasta spe­cial­ties. Lively at­mos­phere where large par­ties are wel­come; chil­dren’s menu avail­able. Din­ner en­trées $15-20. Open for lunch and din­ner daily. (Cards: AE DC DS MC V) www.landrysseafood­house.com. St. Louis Union Sta­tion, 18th & Mar­ket, 314.231.4040. MetroLink-Union Sta­tion Map 2- 4B

LU­CAS PARK GRILLE— Eclec­tic. Wine Spec­ta­tor Award of Ex­cel­lence. Pop­u­lar gath­er­ing spot for down­town dwellers and other ur­ban­ites, with in­ti­mate din­ing ar­eas and a bustling bar. Dishes in­clude tuna tartare, corn­meal-dusted cala­mari, Hawai­ian sea bass and pep­per-grilled flat iron. Din­ner en­trées $15-$30. Open for lunch and din­ner daily, late-night on week­ends, plus week­end brunch. www.lu­cas­park­grille.com. 1234 Wash­ing­ton Ave., 314.241.7770. Map 2-2D

MED­INA MEDITER­RANEAN GRILL— Mediter­ranean. Come to Med­ina for Greek, Mediter­ranean, Mid­dle Eastern sand­wiches, meat and veg­e­tar­ian dishes like falafel, shawarma, gy­ros, hum­mus, sal­ads and more. Sand­wiches, sal­ads and bowls $4.75-$9.95. Open M-Sa for l& d, Su 11 am-5 pm. www.med­i­na­grill.com. 1327 Wash­ing­ton Ave., 314.241.1356. Map 2-2C

PICK­LES DELI— Del­i­catessen. See list­ing un­der “Cen­tral West End.” Down­town lo­ca­tion also serves breakfast. Open M-F 7 am-3 pm. www.pick­les­delistl.com. 701 Olive St., 314.241.2255. Map 2-2E

RO­BUST WINE BAR— Wine Bar. A unique pro­fil­ing sys­tem (dubbed the “Ro­bust Fac­tor”) de­scribes the wines at this el­e­gant tast­ing bar in re­fresh­ingly down-to-earth terms, mean­ing you’ll quickly be able to find a glass, or flight, to your lik­ing from crisp whites to the most ro­bust of reds. Ac­com­pany them with cheeses, meats, flat­breads, sand­wiches and more from the large menu. L and D (daily). www.ro­bust­winebar.com. 635 Wash­ing­ton Ave., in the MX, 314.287.6300. Map 2-2E

ROSALITA’S CANTINA— Mex­i­can & Tex-Mex. Fresh take on Tex-Mex, whether you order made-at-

your-ta­ble em­panadas, gua­camole,shrimp and bar­ba­coa­mango street beef-stuffed­ta­cos, or any of mar­gar­i­tas,the other too. in­ven­tiveL and dish­esD (daily), you’ll happy find. hour Spe­cialty3-7 pm M-F. 314.621.2700. ros­al­i­tas­cant­ina.com.Map 2-2D 1235 Wash­ing­ton Ave.,

RUTH’S un­der CHRIS “Clay­ton.” STEAKD (daily). HOUSE— (Cards: Steaks.AE DC See DS list­ing MC V) www.ruth­schris.com. 315 Chest­nut St., 314.259.3200. MetroLink-8th & Pine Map 2-3F

SCHLAFLY TAP ROOM— Mi­cro­brew­ery. St. Louis’ first mi­cro­brew­ery turns out Schlafly brand beer in a ren­o­vated build­ing. Pro­gres­sive pub grub in­cludes goat cheese rarebit and chili-verde mus­sels and fries. Out­door din­ing. Fre­quent live mu­sic. Open for lunch and din­ner daily. www. schlafly.com. 2100 Lo­cust St., east of Jef­fer­son Ave., 314.241.2337. Map 2-2A

SEN THAI ASIAN BISTRO— Thai. De­li­cious Thai cui­sine, pleas­ant dé­cor and an ex­pan­sive menu, rang­ing from hearty soups and cur­ries to broth noo­dle dishes, pad Thai, sesame BBQ pork and a can’t-miss, drunken noo­dles. Din­ner en­trées $12-$19. Open for lunch M-F, din­ner daily. www. sen­thaibistro.com. 1221 Lo­cust St., at the cor­ner of 13th St., 314.436.3456. Map 2-2C

SUGARFIRE SMOKE HOUSE— Bar­beque. Lo­cated next door to the Na­tional Blues Mu­seum, Sugarfire de­liv­ers smoked brisket, pulled pork, lo­cal grass-fed burg­ers and a pimiento cheese BLT. That’s right, and there are also root beer floats and Key lime pie wait­ing. Open for L& D daily. www.sug­arfiresmoke­house.com. 605 Wash­ing­ton Ave., 314.394.1720. MetroLink-Con­ven­tion Cen­ter Map 1-1E

TAZÉ MEDITER­RANEAN STREET FOOD— Medit­eran

nean. Fast-ca­sual from the tan­door! Pick a wrap or bowl and cus­tom­ize it all the way down to the mango, harissa, tzatziki or tahini sauces, and choose a side (we’d be re­miss not to rec­om­mend the fries). Caramelized onion and bal­samic hum­mus is not to be missed. L and D (M-Sa). www.tazestreet­food. com. 626 Wash­ing­ton Ave., 314.254.7953. Map 2-2E

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