Where St. Louis - - THE GUIDE -

308 N. Eu­clid Ave., in the Cen­tral West End, 314.367.1200. Map 4-2E

THE TAV­ERN— Amer­i­can. See list­ing un­der “West County.” D (M-Sa), brunch (Su). www.tav­ern­ 392 N. Eu­clid Ave., 314.696.8400. Map 4-2E


CHAR­LIE GITTO’S— Ital­ian. See list­ing un­der “The Hill Area.” L (M-F), D (daily). www.char­lie­git­ 15525 Olive Blvd., 636.536.2199. Map 1-3D

THE CUP— Desserts/Sweets. See list­ing un­der “Cen­tral West End.” Open M-Th 10:30 am- 6:30 pm, F-Sa 10 am-8 pm. www.cravethe­ 1590 Clark­son Rd., Suite 105, 636.536.2287. Map 5-2G

YAYA’S EURO BISTRO— Mediter­ranean. Dé­cor of stone pil­lars and wrought iron fix­tures com­ple­ments the Mediter­ranean-in­spired cui­sine, in­clud­ing crab cakes and a grilled lamb chop/lamb sausage com­bi­na­tion with black olive but­ter. L and D (daily), brunch (Su). 15601 Olive Blvd., Ch­ester­field, 636.537.9991. Map 1-3D


POINTER’S PIZZA— Pizza & Pasta. Hand-tossed crust in your choice of reg­u­lar/thick/thin, and top­pings from the stan­dards to tur­key, an­chovies and meat­balls. The leg­endary Poin­t­er­saurus (28” of pizza) lives here, too. Wings, gar­lic bread, pas­tas and sand­wiches round out the menu, all avail­able for dine-in, carry-out or de­liv­ery. L and D (daily). www.point­er­sst­ 1023 S. Big Bend Blvd., 314.644.2000. Map 4-3B


Spec­ta­tor Award of Ex­cel­lence. Lo­cal out­post of na­tional chain has a hand­some, posh din­ing room with win­dow booths, tra­di­tional tables and el­e­vated ban­quettes. Spe­cial­ties in­clude filet, cow­boy rib eye and T-bone (served still siz­zling), bar­be­cued shrimp, seafood gumbo. Open for din­ner nightly. www.ruth­ 1 N. Brent­wood (at Clay­ton), 314.783.9900. Map 4-1A


360— Eclec­tic. Rid­ing high (ha!) off a nod plac­ing it among the top rooftop bars of the world, this sleek spot atop the Hil­ton at the Ball­park de­liv­ers tasty food (snacks like truf­fled pop­corn and ad­dic­tive house fries, plus smoked pork belly BLT slid­ers and Gulf shrimp with pap­pardalle) and tempt­ing cock­tails, from a most en­vi­able perch. D (daily), 21 and older af­ter 7 pm. 1 S. Broad­way, 314.241.8439. Map 2-3E

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.the­boom­boom­room­ 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). st­louis­­gency.hy­ 315 Ch­est­nut St., in­side Hy­att Re­gency, 314.259.3270. MetroLink-8th & 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).­di­nal­sna­ 601 Clark St., 314.345.9880. Map 2- 4E


can. Pleas­ingly eclec­tic menu (apps like arancini, crab cakes and en­trées in­clud­ing seared duck breast and New York strip) served along­side, nat­u­rally, a great wine list. All-sea­son cli­mate­con­trolled pa­tio is worth a reser­va­tion. L (M-F), D (daily). copi­ 1122 Wash­ing­ton Ave., 314.241.9463. Map 2-2D

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. drunk­en­ BaBall­park Vil­lage, 601 Clark St., 314.899.0500. MetroLink-Busch Sta­dium Map 2- 4E; 314.367.4222.; 314.241.9595.; 314.275.8300.

ELICIA’S PIZZA— Pizza. De­liv­ery to ho­tels and other down­town lo­ca­tions of pizza, toasted subs, pasta, sal­ads, wings and more; see com­plete menu on­line. Prices $3.49-$18.80. Open 10 am-1 am Su-Th, 10 am-2 am F & Sa. (Cards DS MC V) www. eli­ci­ Call for de­liv­ery, 314.771.7777.

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.hi­ 1401

Wash­ing­ton Ave., 314.241.4476. Map 2-2C

IMO’S— Pizza. This is the moth­er­ship of the STLstyle 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.imo­ 904 S. 4th St., 314.421.4667. Map 2-5E

KEMOLL’S— Ital­ian. En­trées pop­u­lar in this clas­si­cally dec­o­rated room in­clude veal porcini and filet Dou­glas; try the car­ciofi fritti (fried, fresh ar­ti­chokes) as a starter. Open for lunch M-F, din­ner M-Sa. Free garage park­ing.­ 211 N. Broad­way in the Metropoli­tan Square Bldg., 314.421.0555. Map 2-3E

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.­cas­park­ 1234 Wash­ing­ton Ave., 314.241.7770. Map 2-2D

PICKLES DELI— Del­i­catessen. See list­ing un­der “Cen­tral West End.” Down­town lo­ca­tion also serves break­fast. Open M-F 7 am-3 pm. www.pick­les­ 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).­bust­ 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 gua­camole, bar­ba­coa beef-stuffed em­panadas, shrimp and mango street ta­cos, or any of the other in­ven­tive dishes you’ll find. Spe­cialty mar­gar­i­tas, too. L and D (daily), happy hour 3-7 pm M-F. ros­al­i­tas­cant­ 1235 Wash­ing­ton Ave., 314.621.2700. Map 2-2D

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE— Steaks. See list­ing un­der “Clay­ton.” D (daily). (Cards: AE DC DS MC V) www.ruth­ 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. 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. sen­ 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.sug­arfiresmoke­ 605 Wash­ing­ton Ave., 314.394.1720. MetroLink-Con­ven­tion Cen­ter Map 1-1E


er­an­nean. 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.tazestreet­ 626 Wash­ing­ton Ave., 314.254.7953. Map 2-2E

For­est Park Area

BOATHOUSE— Amer­i­can. A fa­vorite for lin­ger­ing over a glass of wine and ap­pe­tiz­ers in nice weather, it’s also a year-round des­ti­na­tion with ca­sual am­biance. Live mu­sic on week­ends; boat rental avail­able, weather per­mit­ting. L and D (daily), brunch (Su). www.boathouse­for­est­park.

com. 6101 Govern­ment Dr., in For­est Park, 314.367.2224. Map 4-2D

IMO’S— Pizza. See list­ing un­der “Down­town.” Dine-in or de­liv­ery avail­able. L and D (daily). www.imo­ 1000 Hamp­ton Ave., 314.644.5480. Map 4-3C

PANORAMA— Eclec­tic. The aptly named restau­rant at the Saint Louis Art Mu­seum does in­deed pro­vide sweep­ing views of the park out­side, through a wall of floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows. On the menu, plenty of farm-to-ta­ble op­tions, from sage-roasted game hen and lo­cal grass-fed meat­loaf to roasted Mis­souri trout filet. L ( Tu-F), brunch (Sa-Su). www.­ing/. One Fine Arts Dr., in For­est Park, 314.655.5490. Map 4-2D

Grand Cen­ter

TRI­UMPH GRILL— Eclec­tic. A wide and crowd-pleas­ing menu, with ap­pe­tiz­ers like pulled-pork na­chos and unadilla flat­bread, which make way for soups, chopped sal­ads, and en­trées in­clud­ing steak, shrimp and grits, and cherry-soaked duck breast. Sleek, mo­tor­cy­cle-in­spired decor. Brunch and L (daily), D ( Tu-Sa). www.tri­umph­ 3419 Olive St., 314.446.1801. Map 4-2G UR­BAN CH­EST­NUT MID­TOWN BREW­ERY & BIERGAR

TEN— Mi­cro­brew­ery. See full list­ing in The Grove; food op­tions here in­clude char­cu­terie and cheese boards, and sea­sonal sal­ads, soups and sand­wiches. L and D (daily). www.ur­banch­est­ 3229 Wash­ing­ton Ave., a few blocks east of Grand Blvd., 314.222.0143. Map 4-2G


THE CUP— Desserts/Sweets. See list­ing un­der “Cen­tral West End.” Open M-Th 10:30 am- 6:30 pm, F & Sa 9:30 am-9 pm. www.cravethe­ 1057

Cen­tury Dr., Ed­wardsville, 618.656.2287. Map 1-2G

HOPS HOUSE— Amer­i­can. More than 60 beers (in bot­tles, cans, and taps) on the drink menu, and beer in­fuses just about ev­ery item on the food menu, too, from flash-fried pork belly bites (Civil Life Amer­i­can Brown Ale) to a grown-up grilled cheese (Ur­ban Ch­est­nut Zwickel). L and D (daily).­gosyal­­ing. In­side Ar­gosy Casino, 1 Pi­asa St., Al­ton, IL, 800.711.4263. Map 1-2G

PORTER’S STEAK­HOUSE— Steaks. Wine Spec­ta­tor Award of Ex­cel­lence. Rec­om­mended are braised beef short ribs, scal­lop risotto, and the sig­na­ture grilled pep­per­loin. Open for B,L & D daily. Din­ner en­trées $17.95 & up. www.porter­ 1000 East­port Plaza Dr., Dou­ble­tree Ho­tel Collinsville, 618.345.2400. Map 1-3G

La­clede’s Land­ing

CIELO— Ital­ian. Seem­ingly perched in the sky near the Arch, the eighth-floor restau­rant does it all, from break­fast through cock­tails and dessert. At lunch and din­ner, a va­ri­ety of small plates and au­then­tic, homemade Ital­ian pas­tas and en­trées are of­fered. Tast­ing menu avail­able. B and L (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). www.cielost­ 999 North Sec­ond St. (in­side the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel) 314.881.2105. Metrolink-La­clede’s Land­ing Map 2-1F

MOR­GAN STREET BREW­ERY— Mi­cro­brew­ery. In a 19th-cen­tury ware­house. Of­fers house-brewed beer, spe­cial­iz­ing in Ger­man lagers. Menu of­fers beef ten­der­loin and as­para­gus br­uschetta, hum-

mus with smoked duck, and an ar­ray of sal­ads and spe­cials. L ( Th-Su), D ( Tu-Su). www.mor­ganstreet­brew­ 721 N. Sec­ond St., 314.231.9970. MetroLink-La­clede’s Land­ing Map 2-1F

Lafayette Square


ery. This ren­o­vated his­toric build­ing is home to both house-made mi­cro­brews, like Park Ave. Pale Ale, and a line of spir­its, plus fare from Black & Tan Na­chos and hot wings to a salmon BLT and stout­braised pot roast. En­trées $7.95-$16.95. Open for L & D daily, plus Su brunch. www.square­one­brew­ 1727 Park Ave., 314.231.ALES. Map 4- 4H

SQWIRES— Amer­i­can. An airy con­ver­sion of a for­mer wire fac­tory build­ing into a lovely bar/restau­rant. En­joy bouil­l­abaisse, pork ragu, chicken pot pie, daily risotto spe­cial and ex­ten­sive wine list. Open for L Tu-F, D Tu-Sa, plus weekend brunch. 1415 S. 18th St., 314.865.3522. Map 4- 4H


ACERO— Ital­ian. North­ern Ital­ian cui­sine like Tus­can an­chovies and red wine-braised ox­tail, plus pop­u­lar daily ragu on po­lenta; all Ital­ian wine list. Pa­tio din­ing. Din­ner en­trées $13-$35. D (M-Sa).­ 7266 Manch­ester Rd., 314.644.1790. Map 4- 4B

SCHLAFLY BOTTLEWORKS— Mi­cro­brew­ery. As St. Louis’s first new pro­duc­tion brew­ery to open since the end of Pro­hi­bi­tion, it of­fers tours, a restau­rant, a brew­ery, and live mu­sic W-Su. En­trees fo­cus on lo­cal foods and in­clude baked mac and cheese, smoked pork steak, grilled rain­bow trout, and a pret­zel-en­crusted chicken. Brunch, L and D (daily). 7260 South­west Ave, 314.241.2337. Map 4- 4B


TRUF­FLES— Amer­i­can. A fre­quently chang­ing menu of up­scale mod­ern Amer­i­can dishes, with nods to the chef’s time in Southern kitchens, in­cludes of­fer­ings like Dover sole, bar­be­cue ribs and more, along­side house­made cheeses and sa­lumi. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with ba­nanas Foster. Killer wine list. Din­ner en­trées $15-$49. L ( Tu-F), D ( Tu-Sa).­day­at­truf­ 9202 Clay­ton Rd., 314.567.9100. Map 3- 6C

WONTON KING— Chi­nese. St. Louis’ first Hong Kongstyle Chi­nese restau­rant serves an ex­ten­sive menu of Asian dishes, in­clud­ing dim sum on Sa & Su. De­liv­ery avail­able. Open daily 11 am-10 pm. www. won­tonk­ 8116 Olive Blvd., 314.567.9997. De­liv­ery 314.995.6982.. Map 3-5D


MID­TOWN SUSHI & RA­MEN— Sushi. Civ­i­lized in­dus­trial space serves up Ja­panese spe­cial­ties like pork gy­oza, agedashi tofu, shrimp tem­pura, BBQ eel and chicken teriyaki, plus ra­men and sushi. Din­ner en­trees $10.95-$14. Open T-Su for L & D. www.mid­ 3674 For­est Park Ave., 314.328.2452. Map 4-3G

PAPPY’S SMOKEHOUSE— Bar­beque. Voted one of the “101 Best Places to Chow Down in Amer­ica” by the Travel Chan­nel, this smokehouse spe­cial­izes in dry-rubbed, slow-smoked ribs over ap­ple and cherry woods. L (daily), D (M-Sa). www. pap­pyssmoke­ 3106 Olive Street, 314.535.4340. Map 4-2G

SOUTHERN— Southern. In one of the tasti­est build­ings in St. Louis, Southern turns out fast-ca­sual Nashville-style fried chicken in a range of heat, plus sand­wiches and Southern sides like gumbo, fried green toma­toes and sorgum-baked black-eyed peas, right next door to uber-pop­u­lar Pappy’s Smokehouse. Open S, W-Th 11 am- 4 pm, F-Sa 11 am-7 pm. www.stl­south­ 3810 Olive St., 314.531.4668. Map 4-2G


BOGART’S SMOKEHOUSE— Bar­beque. A pop­u­lar spot for ribs, pas­trami, dev­iled-egg potato salad and more, and at the top of many “best in town” lists! L (M-Sa). www.bog­a­rtssmoke­ 1627 S. 9th St., 314.621.3107. Map 4- 4I

JOANIE’S PIZZE­RIA— Pizza. Top-notch pizza served in one of Soulard’s many his­toric build­ings, a real neigh­bor­hood gath­er­ing spot. Pasta, cal­zones, and other plate lunch spe­cials are on the menu. Open for L& D daily. Live acous­tic mu­sic. Sec­ond, take-out only lo­ca­tion just a few blocks down the street. www.joa­ 2101 Me­nard at Rus­sell, 314.865.1994. Map 4- 4H; Carry-out only: 804 Rus­sell Blvd., 314.865.5800. Map 4- 4H


Bar. Soulard’s pop­u­lar cof­fee­house also serves a fan­tas­tic break­fast (eggs Bene­dict, for ex­am­ple, plus break­fast sweets) and grilled sand­wiches, que­sadil­las, soups, and sal­ads. Open for B& L daily, till 3 pm M-F and 4 pm Sa & Su. www.soulard­cof­fee­gar­ 910 Geyer Ave., be­tween 9th & 10th Sts., 314.241.1464. Map 4- 4H

TUCKER’S PLACE— Steaks. Very pop­u­lar hang­out in his­toric Soulard neigh­bor­hood. Un­beat­able com­bi­na­tion of qual­ity and quan­tity at work here on such en­trées as char­broiled steaks, cen­ter-cut chops and grilled seafood. Baked potatoes earn raves, too. L (M-F), D (daily). www. tuck­er­ 2117 S. 12th, south of Rus­sell, 314.772.5977. Map 4- 4H

South County

THE BARN— Amer­i­can. The on-site restau­rant at a his­toric home mu­seum, serv­ing up down-home break­fasts (all day) and lunches. An ex­em­plary sand­wich we rec­om­mend is the egg salad BLT: perfect for the in­de­ci­sive! Wed­nes­day pa­tio “yappy hours” in­clude in­trigu­ing apps like coun­try-fried grit sticks and Tus­can coun­try br­uschetta. B and L ( Tu-Su), D ( Th-Sa). www.crest­wood­ 1015 S. Sap­ping­ton Rd, 314.966.8387. Map 3-7C

ELICIA’S PIZZA— Pizza. De­liv­ery to ho­tels and other lo­ca­tions of pizza, toasted subs, pasta, sal­ads, wings and more; see com­plete menu on­line. Prices $3.49-$18.80. Open 10 am-1 am Su-Th, 10 am-2 am F & Sa. (Cards DS MC V) www.eli­ci­ Call for de­liv­ery, 314.846.4111.

TUCKER’S PLACE— Steaks. See list­ing un­der “Soulard.” Open for L M-Sa, D nightly. www.tuck­er­ 3939 Union Rd., 1 block north of S. Lind­bergh Blvd. 314.845.2584. Map 3-9D

South Grand Area

THE KING & I— Thai. The grand­daddy of lo­cal Thai places, where the ex­pe­ri­ence starts with cock­tails (like Siam Stinker and Fog Cut­ter). Large menu be­fits a large restau­rant. Try the pad Thai, any of sev­eral ex­cel­lent cur­ries, panang tofu and much more. Din­ner prices $6.95-$12.95. Lunch and din­ner daily

ex­cept M. (Cards: AE DS MC V) www.kingan­distl. com. 3157 S. Grand, 314.771.1777. Map 4-5F THE VINE MEDITER­RANEAN CAFÉ AND MAR

KET— Le­banese-Mediter­ranean. In­dulge in the uber-healthy Mediter­ranean diet served with tra­di­tional Ara­bic hos­pi­tal­ity in this pop­u­lar Le­banese restau­rant in the South Grand neigh­bor­hood. The menu fea­tures clas­sics like hum­mus, tabouli, baba ganough, falafel, kabobs and shawarma, plus grilled fish, ha­lal meats and veg­e­tar­ian op­tions. On-site bak­ery, mar­ket and pa­tio. L and D daily. 3171 S. Grand Blvd., 314.776.0991. Map 4-5F

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