Air­port Area

Where St. Louis - - THE GUIDE -

CHAR­LIE GITTO’S— Ital­ian. Casino lo­ca­tion for this long-time St. Louis clas­sic brings fa­vorites like penne Borgh­ese and ziti fra di­avolo, plus five va­ri­eties of veal and sev­eral steak cuts, close to the gam­ing floor. D (daily). www.char­lie­git­tos.com. 777 Casino Cen­ter Dr., in­side Hol­ly­wood Casino at River­port, 314.770.7663. Map 3-3A

FER­GU­SON BREW­ING COM­PANY— Mi­cro­brew­ery. Mi­cro­brew­ery and pub pours a pop­u­lar pecan brown ale (along with a cast of at least 10 other house brews), plus com­fort food from pot roast and black­ened mahi mahi to sal­ads, wraps, and tasty flat­bread piz­zas. En­trées $7.49-$19.99. Open at 11 am daily; till 9 am Su & M, till 11 pm Tu-Th, till mid­night F & Sa. www.fer­gu­son­brew­ing.com. 418 S. Floris­sant Rd., 314.521.2220. Map 3-3E

Benton Park/Chero­kee Area

HODAK’S— Amer­i­can. Win­ner, win­ner, chicken din­ner: fried chicken is their spe­cialty, although the menu also of­fers roast beef, burg­ers and more. Pop­u­lar with groups, fam­i­lies and any­one look­ing for a clas­sic south St. Louis din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. L and D (daily). www.ho­daks.com. 2100 Gravois Ave., 314.776.7292. Map 4- 4H

LEMP MAN­SION RES­TAU­RANT— Amer­i­can. In the Lemp Man­sion, once home to Lemp Brew­ery mag­nates and now St. Louis’ quin­tes­sen­tial haunted house. Clas­sics such as Beef Welling­ton

and Steak Diane served, plus chicken, seafood and pasta. Open for lunch M-F, for din­ner Tu-Sa (Sept-Dec), Th-Sa (Jan-Aug). Fam­ily-style chicken din­ner on Su from 11:30 am-8 pm. Mur­der mys­tery din­ner the­ater F & Sa night ($48.95). (Cards: AE DC DS MC V) www.lemp­man­sion.com. 3322 DeMe­nil Place, north of Chero­kee, 314.664.8024. Map 4-5H

THE MUD HOUSE— Cof­fee/ Tea Bar. Warm, friendly spot for a great cup of cof­fee and nu­mer­ous espresso cre­ations, plus tasty con­coc­tions for break­fast (bis­cuits & gravy, killer break­fast bur­rito, French toast), lunch and early din­ner (sand­wiches, wraps and soups; the por­to­bello Reuben is a must). B and L (daily). www.the­mud­hous­estl.com. 2101 Chero­kee St., 314.776.6599. Map 4-5G

YEMANJA BRASIL— Brazil­ian. An un­ex­pected jewel tucked into a res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood, this is the home of a pop­u­lar (and stiff) drink, the caipir­inha, a heav­enly con­coc­tion of limes and sug­ar­cane liqueur. Equally de­light­ful is the food, ex­otic tastes from tilapia in co­conut sauce to em­panadas. D ( Th-Su). (Cards: AE DC DS MC V) www.brazil­din­ing.com. 2900 Mis­souri Ave., 314.771.7457. Map 4-5H

Cen­tral West End

CEN­TRAL TABLE— Trendy. Lo­cated in St. Louis’ trendy Cen­tral West End, Cen­tral Table of­fers a dis­tinc­tive culi­nary and cock­tail ex­pe­ri­ence. Break­fast, lunch & din­ner from 6 am on. Hand­made

flat­breads, fresh sal­ads, del­ish sand­wiches, as well as plates to share. Happy Hour fea­tures spe­cials on select wines, 20 beers on tap and crafted cock­tails. The cafe fea­tures house made pas­tries, bagels & other break­fast fare. B and L (M-F), D ( Tu-Sa). www.cen­tralta­blestl.com. 23 S. Eu­clid Ave., 314.449.1600. Map 4-2E

THE CUP— Desserts/Sweets. Daily, fresh se­lec­tion of cup­cakes with but­ter-cream ic­ing, in fla­vors like dou­ble choco­late, gold rush and peanut but­ter cup, plus ro­tat­ing spe­cial­ties from red vel­vet to mocha cap­puc­cino. Open M-Th 10 am-8:30 pm, F-Sa 9:30 am-10 pm. www.cravethe­cup.com. 28 Mary­land Plaza Rear, 314.367.6111. Map 4-2E

DRUNKEN FISH— Ja­panese/Sushi. See list­ing un­der “West Port Plaza.” Open for lunch and din­ner daily. drunk­en­fish.com. 1 Mary­land Plaza, 314.367.4222. Map 4-2E

GAMLIN WHISKEY HOUSE— Amer­i­can. Na­tion­ally rec­og­nized as a top whiskey bar, this mod­ern take on the Amer­i­can steakhouse tra­di­tion brings to­gether din­ing (shrimp & grits, STL-style pork steaks, grass-fed meat­loaf) and drink­ing (on-tap cock­tails, the sig­na­ture Man­hat­tan, bour­bon slushes, and more). Open for L& D daily, plus Su brunch. gam­lin­whiskey­house.com. 236 N. Eu­clid Ave., 314.875.9500. Map 4-2E

IN­DIA’S RASOI—. A se­lec­tion of de­li­cious In­dian ap­pi­tiz­ers, en­trees, and desserts, pre­pared from scratch and all in­gre­di­ents are im­ported from

In­dia. (Sa-Su),L $10.95D (daily). buf­fet www.rasoi.com.(M-F), brunch 25 $11.95N Eu­clid buf­fet Ave, 314.361.6911.

MARY ANN’S TEA ROOM— Tea Room. Step back into circa 1890 Eng­land for lunch with dishes like crab bisque, salmon salad and a myr­iad of desserts and teas in a beau­ti­ful atrium. Or en­joy af­ter­noon tea (high tea) be­tween 11am and 4 pm. Vin­tage Lon­don taxi­cab of­fers trans­porta­tion ser­vice within the neigh­bor­hood. L (daily). www.maryannstea­room.com. 4732 McPher­son Ave., 314.361.5303. Map 4-2E

PICK­LES DELI— Del­i­catessen. Clas­sic deli serves up faves in­clud­ing pas­trami, corned beef brisket, Cuban and BLT sand­wiches, plus sal­ads, sides like cole slaw and fruit salad, and home­made cup­cakes for dessert. Open 9 am-7 pm M-F, 10 am-3 pm Sa. www.pick­les­delistl.com. 22 N. Eu­clid 314.361.3354. Map 4-2E

SCAPE AMER­I­CAN BISTRO— Amer­i­can. Chic dé­cor looks out onto Mary­land Plaza (and its foun­tain), and the kitchen serves up in­ven­tive Amer­i­can cui­sine like macademia nut chicken, ve­gan lasagna, smoked chicken flat­bread, shrimp and grits and rib­eye with wild mush­rooms and cipolini onion. D ( Tu-Sa), brunch (Su). (Cards: AE DC DS MC V) www.scapestl.com. 48 Mary­land Plaza, 314.361.7227. Map 4-2E

SUB ZERO VODKA BAR— Eclec­tic. Su­per-chic vodka bar fea­tures 28-foot ice bar, some 500 pre­mium vod­kas kept at zero de­grees, HD plasma TV, the lat­est mar­tini tech­nol­ogy and beau­ti­ful peo­ple. Pop­u­lar food items in­clude spe­cialty sushi rolls and black An­gus beef burg­ers. Open for L, D and late night daily. www.sub­ze­rovod­k­abar.com. 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.tav­ern­stl.com. 392 N. Eu­clid Ave., 314.696.8400. Map 4-2E

Ch­ester­field

CHAR­LIE GITTO’S— Ital­ian. See list­ing un­der “The Hill Area.” L (M-F), D (daily). www.char­lie­git­tos.com. 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.cravethe­cup.com. 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). www.yayasstl.com. 15601 Olive Blvd., Ch­ester­field, 636.537.9991. Map 1-3D

Clay­ton

MAYANA MEX­I­CAN KITCHEN— Mex­i­can. Fast-ca­sual Mex­i­can eatery in down­town Clay­ton wants to get you through the made-to-or­der as­sem­bly line— loaded with tasty fixin’s from tra­di­tional recipes for tacos, bur­ri­tos, bowls and sal­ads—in 3 min­utes or less. Open M-Sa 11 am-7 pm. mayanamex.com/. 7810 Forsyth Blvd., 314.833.8200. Map 4-1A

MOR­TON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE— Steaks. Wine

Spec­ta­tor Award of Ex­cel­lence. Clubby din­ing room with at­ten­tive ser­vice. Fa­mous for USDA prime steaks and whole Maine lob­ster. Pri­vate din­ing rooms avail­able. En­trées $20.95-$34.95.

Open www.mor­tons.com.for din­ner nightly. 7822 (Cards: Bon­hom­meAE DC at MC Cen­tral,V) 314.725.4008. Map 4-2A

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.point­er­sst­louis.com. 1023 S. Big Bend Blvd., 314.644.2000. Map 4-3B

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE— Steaks. Wine Specta

tor 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.ruth­schris.com. 1 N. Brent­wood (at Clay­ton), 314.783.9900. Map 4-1A

THE WHEELHOUSE— Amer­i­can. Up­scale sports bar per­fect for watch­ing the big game (or the mid­dling game; heck, maybe even the small-time game! There are dozens of flat screens.) From-scratch takes on ca­sual food in­cludes above-av­er­age hot wings, cab­bage wraps, Frito pie, and a stand­out burger. Fish tacos and five mac’n’cheese va­ri­eties are crowd-pleasers, too. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). wheel­hous­estl.com. 314.726.7955. Map 4-1A

WHITEBOX EATERY— Amer­i­can. Care­fully crafted break­fasts (Brioche French toast, bis­cuits and gravy, nutella pan­cakes), lunches (grilled cheese, club sand­wich, Asian chopped salad) and week­end brunch. B and L (M-F), brunch (Sa-Su). www.white­box­eatery.com. 176 Caron­delet Plaza, 314.862.2802. Map 4-2A

Down­town

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. www.360-stl.com. 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.the­boom­boom­room­stl.com. 500 N. 14th St., 314.436.7000. Map 2-2C

BOOTLEGGIN’ BBQ— Bar­beque. Friendly cross-state com­pe­ti­tion means these folks go against the STL flow and serve up KC-style BBQ (think burnt ends, sliced brisket, smoked wings), plus, beer, cock­tails, and a lot of gam­ing fun from corn­hole to Golden Tee. L ( Th-Su), D (daily). boot­leg­ginbbq.com. 1933 Wash­ing­ton Ave., 314.241.5999. Map 2-2B

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

COPIA RES­TAU­RANT & WINE GAR­DEN— Ameri

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). copi­astl.com. 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. 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.

FLY­ING SAUCER DRAUGHT EM­PO­RIUM— Pub. This beer bar lo­cated in down­town St. Louis of­fers sand­wiches and burg­ers, amongst bratwursts and Saucer Bratzel pret­zels, as well as a va­ri­ety of beers. L and D (daily). www.beerknurd.com/stores/st­louis. 900 Spruce Street, 314.932.1456. Map 2- 4D

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.grand­hall­stl.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—style pizza: Pizza. cracker-thinThis is the moth­er­shipcrust, Provel of cheesethe STL- and all. (Pas­tas,Cut it like into baked squares lasag­naand you’veor mostac­ci­oli,gone na­tive! also avail­able,Dine-in or along de­liv­ery with avail­able. sand­wich­esL and andD (daily). sal­ads.) Check theSt. Louis) web­site near to you.find the www.imo­spizza.com.clos­est Imo’s lo­ca­tion904 S. (80 4thin St., 314.421.4667. Map 2-5E

KEMOLL’S—sically dec­o­rated Ital­ian. room En­trées in­clude pop­u­lar veal in porcinithis clas- and filet ar­ti­chokes) Dou­glas; as trya starter.the car­ciofi Open frit­ti­for lunch (fried, M-F, fresh din­ner M-Sa. Free garage park­ing. www.ke­molls.com. 211 N. Broad­way in the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Square Bldg., 314.421.0555. Map 2-3E

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

RO­BIE’S— Amer­i­can. En­joy steaks, seafood, and St. Louis touches like Fa­mous-Barr French Onion soup, May­fair salad and the home­town fave, gooey but­ter cake, at this lovely room in the Mag­no­lia Ho­tel. B,L, D (daily). www.mag­no­li­a­ho­tels. com/mag­no­lia-st­louis/din­ing.php. 421 N. 8th St., 314.436.9000. 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-aty­our-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 Wash­ing­ton3-7 pm M-F. Ave., ros­al­i­tas­cant­ina.com.314.621.2700. Map 2-2D 1235

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

SCHLAFLY­first mi­cro­brew­eryTAP ROOM— turns Mi­cro­brew­ery.out Sch­lafly brandSt. Louis’ beer in in­cludesa ren­o­vat­ed­goat cheese build­ing. rarebit Pro­gres­sive­and chili-verdepub grub mus­selsmu­sic. Openand fries.for lunch Out­doorand din­ner din­ing. daily. Fre­quent www. live 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

SUSHI AI— Ja­panese & Sushi. Vast menu of pop­u­lar items from gy­oza and shrimp dumplings to a sushi roll list as long as your arm: spicy tuna, jalapeño, spi­der, rain­bow, Ame­rian Dream, Su­per­sonic, Green Dragon...you get the idea. Bento box spe­cials and all-you-can-eat sushi pric­ing, too. L and D (daily). www.sushi­aist­louis.com. 314.588.7888. Map 2-2D

TAZÉ MEDITER­RANEAN STREET FOOD— Medit

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.tazestreet­food.com. 626 Wash­ing­ton Ave., 314.254.7953. Map 2-2E

For­est Park Area

BIXBY’S— Amer­i­can. In­side the Mis­souri His­tory Mu­seum, with a bird’s-eye view of For­est Park, the res­tau­rant of­fers lunch dishes fea­tur­ing lo­cal food prod­ucts (like pan-seared brook trout, as­para­gus & parme­san flat­bread and Mid­west chuck burger) un­der the di­rec­tion of a French Culi­nary In­sti­tute-minted chef. L (M-Sa), brunch (Su). (Cards AE DS MC V) bixbys-mo­his­tory.com. Lin­dell & DeBaliviere in For­est Park, 314.361.7313. MetrolinkFor­est Park Map 4-2D

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.imo­spizza.com.314.644.5480. Map 4-3C 1000 Hamp­ton Ave.,

OLYMPIA Pop­u­lar KEBOBspot for HOUSEGreek fa­vorites& TAVERNA— in­clud­ing Greek. gy­ros, hum­mus/pita,ously) a tasty burger. saganaki, En­joy and the (per­haps su­per-ca­sual in­con­gru- am­biance daily. and www.olympiake­boband­tav­erna.com.on a nice day, the pa­tio. Open for 1543 L& D McCaus­land Ave., 314.781.1299. Map 4-3C

PANORAMA—at the Saint Louis Eclec­tic.Art Mu­se­umThe aptly does named in­deed res­tau­rant pro­vide through sweepinga wall of floor-to-ceil­ingviews of the park win­dows. out­side, On the menu, roasted plenty game of hen farm-to-table­and lo­cal grass-fed op­tions, meat­loaf­from sage- to roasted(Sa-Su). www.slam.org/din­ing/.Mis­souri trout filet. L ( Tu-F),One FineD (F), Arts brunch 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.tri­umph­grill.com. 3419 Olive St., 314.446.1801. Map 4-2G UR­BAN CHEST­NUT MID­TOWN BREW­ERY & BIER

GARTEN— 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.ur­banch­est­nut.com. 3229 Wash­ing­ton Ave., a few blocks east of Grand Blvd., 314.222.0143. Map 4-2G

Illi­nois

CLEVE­LAND- HEATH— Eclec­tic. The 35-minute drive from down­town St. Louis to this James Beard Award-nom­i­nated res­tau­rant in Edwardsville, Illi­nois, is to­tally worth it for what the chef/own­ers (CIA/Napa grads) call “gourmet com­fort food,” a fu­sion of Asian, Ital­ian, South­ern and Mex­i­can made with lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents (hor­mone­free, free range) and sea­sonal pro­duce. Din­ner en­trées $16-$35. Open M-Sa for d, Sa br 10 am-1 pm. www.cleve­land­heath.com. 106 N. Main St., 618.307.4830. Map 1-2H

THE CUP— Desserts/Sweets. See list­ing un­der “Cen­tral West End.” Open M-Th 10:30 am6:30 pm, F & Sa 9:30 am-9 pm. www.cravethe­cup.com. 1057 Cen­tury Dr., Edwardsville, 618.656.2287. 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.porter­scollinsville.com. 1000 East­port Plaza Dr., Dou­bletree Ho­tel Collinsville, 618.345.2400. Map 1-3G

SHRINE RES­TAU­RANT— Amer­i­can. The on-site din­ing room at the Na­tional Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows is known, first and fore­most, for its fan­tas­tic soup and salad lunch buf­fet, serv­ing eight home­made soups, fresh baked rolls, and an im­pres­sive salad bar. How­ever, the sleeper hit here is the small Ger­man menu, which of­fers potato pan­cakes, sauer­braten, cab­bage rolls and schnitzels. If you can man­age it, save room for Ger­man choco­late or Black For­est cake for des--

sert. D ( Tu-Sa), L (daily), brunch (Su). www.snows. org/rest. 442 South De Mazenod Dr., Belleville, 618.397.6700. Map 1-5G

Laclede’s Land­ing

MOR­GAN STREET BREW­ERY— Mi­cro­brew­ery. In a 19th-cen­tury ware­house. Of­fers house-brewed beer, spe­cial­iz­ing in Ger­man lagers. Menu of­fers beef ten­der­loin and as­para­gus br­uschetta, hum­mus with smoked duck, and an ar­ray of sal­ads and spe­cials. L ( Th-Su), D ( Tu-Su). www.mor­ganstreet­brew­ery.com. 721 N. Sec­ond St., 314.231.9970. MetroLink-Laclede’s Land­ing Map 2-1F

OZZIE’S SPORTS BAR AND GRILL— Sports Bar. “Swank” and “sports bar” may not of­ten be thought of to­gether, but the big room here, with end­less banks of high-def TVs for ga­me­time, plus an am­bi­tious menu (slid­ers, mas­sive wings, sand­wiches, steaks and more) pro­vides plenty of ac­tion whether you’re sporty or just hungry. B, L and D (daily). www.lu­miere­place.com. 999 N. 2nd St., in Lu­miere Place Casino, 877.881.7595. Map 2-1F

Lafayette Square

SQUARE ONE BREW­ERY & DIS­TILLERY— Mi­cro­brew

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.square­one­brew­ery. com. 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. www.sqwires. com. 1415 S. 18th St., 314.865.3522. Map 4- 4H

Maple­wood

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). www.fi­alafood.com. 7266 Manch­ester Rd., 314.644.1790. Map 4- 4B

LARDER & CUP­BOARD— Eclec­tic. Care­fully cu­rated col­lec­tion of co­mestibles takes all your food is­sues into ac­count, which ac­counts for the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by the Green Din­ing Al­liance. Look here for a wide va­ri­ety of spe­cialty food prod­ucts from small pro­duc­ers, both lo­cal and na­tional. Open M-Sa 10 am-7 pm, Su noon-5 pm. www.larderand­cup­board. com. 7310 Manch­ester Rd., 314.300.8995. Map 4- 4B

LAS PALMAS— Mex­i­can. The fa­ji­tas are steam­ing, the guac is fresh and the mar­gar­i­tas are huge, just what you’d ex­pect at this old-school Mex­i­can cantina. Open daily for L & D. www.las­pal­mas­mex­i­can.com. 1901 Wash­ing­ton Ave., 314.241.1557. Map 2-2B

MAYA CAFE— Pan- Latin. Pan-Latin de­lights (like out-of-this-world cheese en­chi­ladas and house­made salsa), ex­cel­lent mar­gar­i­tas and other house cock­tails of renown are served up in a dreamy tra­di­tional Mex­i­can world de­signed by lo­cal artist Bill Christ­man. Hang out on the dry-docked boat out back and en­joy a bev­er­age. L ( Tu-Sa) and D ( T-Su). www.may­a­cafestl.com. 2726 Sut­ton Blvd., 314.781.4774. 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). www.sch­lafly.com/bottleworks. 7260 South­west Ave, 314.241.2337. Map 4- 4B

Mid-County

FLEM­ING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR—

Steaks. Suc­cu­lent steaks pre­pared to or­der, 100 wines by the glass, along with seafood spe­cial­ties and small plates like braised short ribs and New Zealand pe­tite lamb chops. Great in-bar spe­cials, too. Open for D nightly, Su brunch 11 am-3 pm. www.flem­ingssteak­house.com/ lo­ca­tions/mo/st-louis. 1855 S. Lind­bergh Blvd., 314.567.7610. Map 3- 6C

HOUSE OF IN­DIA— In­dian. “One Mo­bil Travel Guide” star and of­ten “Best In­dian Cui­sine” in lo­cal polls. Pretty pink and mauve din­ing room. Shrimp tikka masala, chicken tan­doori and chicken krahi are a few of the kitchen’s pop­u­lar en­trées. En­trées are $6.95-$13.95. L and D (daily). (Cards: AE DC DS MC V) www.hoistl.com. 8501 Del­mar Blvd., at I-170,

314.567.6850. Map 3-5D

THE SLIDER HOUSE— Burg­ers. This Nashville na­tive of­fers all the tra­di­tional slid­ers and then some, in­clud­ing ground beef & chorizo, Nashville hot chicken, black bean patty, smoked pork ten­der­loin and the oc­ca­sional ahi tuna, along with apps, sal­ads, sides and more. Two slid­ers and a side for $9.99. Open daily for L & D. www.thes­lid­er­house. com. 9528 Manch­ester Rd., 314.942.6445. Map 3- 6D

SUGARFIRE SMOKE HOUSE— Bar­beque. Smoked brisket, pulled pork, lo­cal grass-fed burg­ers, a pimiento cheese BLT? Shut your mouth. No, wait, open it, be­cause there are also root beer floats and Key lime pie wait­ing. Open for L& D daily. www.sug­arfiresmoke­house.com. 9200 Olive Blvd.,

314.997.2301. Map 3-5D

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). www.to­day­at­truf­fles.com. 9202 Clay­ton Rd., 314.567.9100. Map 3- 6C

WE­BER GRILL RES­TAU­RANT— Amer­i­can. This fam­ily-friendly res­tau­rant lives up to its bar­be­cue­fame name, with a ma­jor­ity of the menu items find­ing their way onto the grill. Look for fla­vor­ful Amer­i­can dishes, rang­ing from pizza and burg­ers to bar­be­cue pork ribs and hick­ory-smoked prime rib. D (daily), L (M-Sa), brunch (Su). www.we­ber­grill­restau­rant.com. North­west cor­ner of Saint Louis Gal­le­ria, Brent­wood Blvd. and Clay­ton Rd., 314.930.3838. Map 3-5D

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. won­tonk­ingstl.com. 8116 Olive Blvd., 314.567.9997. De­liv­ery 314.995.6982.. Map 3-5D

Mid­town

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.mid­town-sushi.com. 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. pap­pyssmoke­house.com. 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.stl­south­ern.com. 3810 Olive St., 314.531.4668. Map 4-2G

THE FOUN­TAIN ON LO­CUST— Eclec­tic. Bustling, arty set­ting (with eye-pop­ping, hand­painted mu­rals) serves a var­ied menu of home­made plates, from hum­mus and the “fa­mous bird­seed salad” to from­scratch soups and fo­cac­cia. Make— or save—room for sub­lime ice-cream cre­ations, from mar­ti­nis to sun­daes and malts. Din­ner en­trées $6.59-$9.99. L and D ( Tu-Su). www.foun­tain­on­lo­cust.com. 3037 Lo­cust St., 314.535.7800. Map 4-2G

Shaw

UNION LOAFERS— Amer­i­can. Lunch-only spot near Mis­souri Botan­i­cal Gar­den serves sand­wiches on var­i­ous va­ri­eties of its amaz­ing bread— nat­u­rally leav­ened and hearth-baked— plus soups, sal­ads and sides. Bread is also avail­able by the loaf un­til 6 pm or un­til they run out. Open Tu-Su. www.union­loafers.com. 1629 Tower Grove Ave., 314.833.6111. Map 4-3F

Soulard

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.bog­a­rtssmoke­house.com. 1627 S. 9th St., 314.621.3107. Map 4- 4I

DUKE’S— Amer­i­can. Top-to-bot­tom re­hab of a his­toric, 2-story brick build­ing has brought new life to the cor­ner, along with fan­ci­fied bar-and-grill food (like crab cakes, ba­con cheese gnoc­chi, grilled filet and more). L and D (daily). www.dukesin­soulard. com. 2001 Me­nard St., 314.833.6686. Map 4- 4H

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.joa­nies.com. 2101 Me­nard at Rus­sell, 314.865.1994. Map 4- 4H; Carry-out only: 804 Rus­sell Blvd., 314.865.5800. Map 4- 4H

RIVERBEND— Ca­jun/Cre­ole. Menu items with South­ern in­flu­ences pre­pared by their New Or­leans­based chef. Din­ner en­trees in­clude shrimp/ craw­fish étoufée, po-boys, and Cre­ole meat­loaf. Din­ner en­trees $6.99- $15.99. L and D ( Tu-Su). www.river­bend­bar.com. 1059 S. Big Bend Blvd., 314.664.8443. Map 4-5H

SOULARD COF­FEE GAR­DEN CAFE— Cof­fee/ Tea

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.soulard­cof­fee­gar­den.com. 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. tuck­er­splacestl.com. 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.crest­wood­barn.com. 1015 S. Sap­ping­ton Rd, 314.966.8387. Map 3-7C

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

South Grand Area

CAFÉ MADELEINE— Break­fast/Brunch. Brunch in the splen­dor of a Vic­to­rian-era walk­ing park: more pre­cisely, in its 1878 green­house, the old­est one stand­ing west of the Mis­sis­sippi. En­joy a sump­tu­ous buf­fet of meats, sal­ads, desserts, made-to-or­der omelets, breads, pas­tries, and drinks: take your party out­side if the weather’s tem­per­ate! Brunch (Su). cafe­madeleinestl.com. 4256 Mag­no­lia Ave.,

in­side Tower Grove Park, 314.575.5658. Map 4- 4F

CITY DINER— Diner. The house-made meat loaf and veg­gie bur­rito are rec­om­mended at this clas­sic, mid-20th-cen­tury-style diner, open late on week­ends. A lo­cal fa­vorite for break­fast, serv­ing pan­cakes, eggs, bur­ri­tos, sausage, ham steak, bis­cuits, banana bread, oat­meal, grits and other break­fast staples. Open M-Th 7am-11pm, F-Su con­tin­u­ously from 7 am F-10 pm Su. www.city­din­er­stl.com. 3139 S. Grand, 314.772.6100. Map 4-5F

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. thevinestl.com/thevinecafe/Home.html. 3171 S. Grand Blvd., 314.776.0991. Map 4-5F

South St. Louis

AYA SOFIA— Mediter­ranean. Sump­tu­ously dec­o­rated and in­ti­mate, this is an oa­sis for au­then­tic Turk­ish/Mediter­ranean food in­clud­ing seafood, beef and lamb dishes, plus, am­ple veg­e­tar­ian op­tions and tasty small plates. Full-ser­vice bar. L ( Tu-F), D ( Tu-Su), brunch (Su). www.aya­sofi­acui­sine. com. 6671 Chippewa, 314.645.9919. Map 4-5C

COPPER PIG— Asian Fu­sion. Don’t be fooled by the name of this hand­some, in­ven­tive res­tau­rant in the grow­ing busi­ness dis­trict along Mack­lind; it’s not yet an­other bar­be­cue joint, but a risk-tak­ing foray into Asian fu­sion with a sprin­kling of other in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ences tossed in for va­ri­ety. Rec­om­mended: beet fries with whipped goat cheese, Viet­namese lemon­grass beef wraps, duck con­fit pou­tine, av­o­cado tacos and the bi bim bap bowl with bul­gagi beef, kim­chi, Chi­nese sausage and fried egg. Sand­wiches $9-$12, large plates $13-$20. Open for l& d M-Sa, Su brunch 10 am-2 pm. www.cop­per­pigstl.com. 4611 Mack­lind Ave., 314.499.7166. Map 4-5D

St. Charles/O’Fal­lon Area

BRIS­TOL SEAFOOD GRILL— Seafood.

seafood prepa­ra­tions let the fla­vors of Sim­plethe fish (and lob­ster, through. shrimp, Steaks, mus­sels in­ven­tive and sides much and more)an im­pres-shine sive wine se­lec­tion round out the menu. L (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Su). www.bris­tolseafood­grill.com. 2314 Tech­nol­ogy Dr., 636.625.6350. Map 1-2C

FRATELLI’S RISTORANTE— Ital­ian. Fam­ily-owned and op­er­ated for more than 25 years, with au­then­tic Ital­ian dishes like pollo parmi­giano, riga­toni, and pop­u­lar home­made piz­zas. L (M-F), D (daily), happy hour 4-7 pm (M-F). www.fratel­lis­ris­torante.com/. 2061 Zum­behl Rd., Bo­gie Hills Plaza, 636.949.9005. Map 1-2D

FUZZY’S TACO SHOP— Mex­i­can. Full menu of Baja/ Mex­i­can faves from gua­camole and tamales to tor­tas and tacos, all made fresh to or­der. Break­fast in­cludes huevos rancheros, chi­laquiles and break­fast tacos. B,L, D (daily). www.fuzzys­ta­coshop.com. 2412 W. Clay St., 636.925.3025. Map 3-1A

GINGHAM’S HOMESTYLE RES­TAU­RANT— Homestyle

Café. Down-home clas­sics, from scratch, served 24 hours a day: that’s a recipe for suc­cess. Coun­tryfried steak & eggs, pan­cakes/waf­fles/French toast, vegetable soup, Monte Cristo sand­wiches, burg­ers, fried chicken and much more. Open 24 hours daily. ging­ham­srestau­rant.com/. 1881 Sher­man Dr., 636.946.0266. Map 3-2A

HENDRICK’S BBQ— Bar­beque. Lip-smackin’ (and nap­kin-re­quirin’) musts here in­clude the ribs (in sev­eral cuts), mouth-melt­ing beef brisket, and sides in­clud­ing dev­iled eggs, hush pup­pies, creamed spinach, ched­dar grits, onion rings, and pork crack­lins. Make sure to have a craft cock­tail or beer, too. L and D (daily). www.hen­dricks­bbq.com. 1200 S. Main St., 636.724.8600. Map 3-2A

IMO’S PIZZA— Pizza. See list­ing un­der “Down­town.” Open for L& D daily. www.imo­spizza.com. 2160 First Capi­tol Dr., 636.946.5040. Map 1-2E

STONE SUM­MIT STEAK & SEAFOOD— Steaks &

Seafood. Rus­tic/chic Wentzville res­tau­rant serves lo­cally sourced steaks and pro­duce, fresh fish and dishes like St. Louis-style ribs, pork steak, grilled chicken with cherry glaze, plus a chil­dren’s menu. Din­ner en­trées $21-$38. Open M-F for d, Sa-Su for

l & d. www.stone­sum­mit­steaks.com. 17 Cliff View Dr., 636.856.9260. Map 1-3B

SUSHI AI— Ja­panese & Sushi. See list­ing un­der “Down­town.” L and D (daily). www.sushi­aist­louis. com. 2009 Zum­behl Rd., 636.949.8888. Map 1-3D

TUCANOS BRAZIL­IAN GRILL— Brazil­ian. Keep your Tucanos Cue green side up and the meat will keep on com­ing, Chur­rasco style; flip it to red and the meat server will skip your table...such is life at Tucanos, where a boun­ti­ful salad bar sup­ple­ments the freshly carved cuts of beef, pork, poul­try and seafood. Chur­rasco din­ner $22.95. Open M-Sa for L & D. www.tucanos.com/st-charles.html. 1520 S. 5th St., 636.724.4499. Map 3-2A

WAL­NUT GRILL— Eclec­tic. Hand­some new res­tau­rant serves an eclec­tic menu of seafood, flat­breads, steaks, sand­wiches and pas­tas. Din­ner en­trées $18-$30. Open daily for L & D. www.eat­wal­nut.com. 4401 High­way K, 636.685.0212. Map 1-3C

The Grove

UR­BAN CHEST­NUT GROVE BREW­ERY & BIERHALL—

Mi­cro­brew­ery. This craft brew­ery, which com­bines Old World beer styles with rev­o­lu­tion­ary Amer­i­can beers in an ap­proach it calls “Beer Diver­gency,” of­fers its unique line of brews, from smoked brown ales to Bavar­ian IPAs along with sal­ads, sand­wiches, oys­ters and other munchies. L and D (daily). www.ur­banch­est­nut.com. 4465 Manch­ester Ave. in The Grove, 314.222.0143. Map 4-3F

The Hill Area

ADAM’S SMOKEHOUSE— Bar­beque. Ad­vo­cates of the “low and slow” method of bar­beque will be in hog heaven here, with fin­ger-lickin’ spe­cial­ties from smoked ribs to pulled pork sand­wiches. Try the smoked salami for some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. www.adamssmoke­house.com. 2819 Wat­son Road,

314.875.9890. Map 4- 4D

ANTHONINO’S TAVERNA— Eclec­tic. Greek? Ital­ian? Yes! From renowned spe­cialty piz­zas (the gyro and buf­falo chicken are fa­vorites) to chicken Marsala and tasty stuffed grape leaves, your taste buds will en­joy the cul­ture clash. L and D (M-Sa). www.an­thoni­nos.com. 2225 Mack­lind Ave., 314.773.4455. Map 4- 4D

CHAR­LIE GITTO’S— Ital­ian. “Wine Spec­ta­tor” Award of Ex­cel­lence. A ven­er­a­ble room with long­stand­ing St. Louis ties make this pasta house a fa­vorite for dishes in­clud­ing veal Mi­lanese, chicken spie­dini, baked spaghetti and three-pep­per seafood pasta. Great wine list. D (daily). www.char­lie­git­tos.com. 5226 Shaw Ave., 314.772.8898. Map 4- 4E

GUIDO’S PIZZE­RIA & TA­PAS— Span­ish. Spain and Italy share a bor­der on the homey menu, which fea­tures 10-15 ta­pas daily (like cro­que­tas de pollo and ba­calao a la Viz­caina, a cod dish), along­side pop­u­lar dishes like can­nel­loni, lasagna and St. Louis-style thin-crust pizza. Wash it all down with a re­fresh­ing, house-made san­gria. Open for lunch and din­ner daily. www.gui­dosstl.com. 5046 Shaw Ave., 314.771.4900. Map 4- 4E

LORENZO’S TRATTORIA— Ital­ian. Hand­some place on the Hill has gained a rep­u­ta­tion for serv­ing con­tem­po­rary Ital­ian fare with style. Re­cent din­ner menu in­cluded braised osso bucco with saf­fron risotto and grilled salmon with spinach tortellini. En­trées $15-$28. Open for din­ner nightly. www.loren­zos­trat­to­ria.com. 1933 Ed­wards, 314.773.2223. Map 4- 4E

MAMA’S ON THE HILL— Ital­ian. Long­time neigh­bor­hood sta­ple serves up fa­mil­iar fa­vorites like toasted ravi­oli, flash-fried spinach and pizza along­side en­trées in­clud­ing veal Marsala, jumbo prawns scampi and seafood ravi­oli. Din­ner en­trées $9.95-$22.95. Open for lunch and din­ner daily. www.ma­ma­son­the­hill.com. 2132 Ed­wards, 314.776.3100. Map 4- 4E

RIGAZZI’S— Ital­ian. Bon Ap­petit counts the piz­zas at Rigazzi’s as among the best in the coun­try. Pair a pie with a “Frozen Fish Bowl of Beer” and en­joy a per­fect ca­sual meal. Menu in­cludes steaks, chicken and pasta; shrimp scampi and stuffed ar­ti­chokes Mi­lanese are rec­om­mended. Great for fam­ily din­ing. Open M-Sa at 8 am (with break­fast till 10 am) through din­ner. www.rigazzis.com. 4945 Daggett off Shaw, 314.772.4900. Map 4- 4E

The Loop Area

FITZ’S— Amer­i­can. Home of St. Louis’ own root beer and cream soda, this col­or­ful spot of­fers ham­burg­ers, turkey burg­ers, bar­be­cue, que­sadil­las and more. Whether the suds are be­ing bot­tled or not, you’ll be able to check out the ma­chin­ery that does it through plate-glass win­dows. L and D (daily). (Cards: AE DS MC V) www.fitzs­root­beer.com. 6605 Del­mar Blvd., 314.726.9555. MetroLink-Del­mar Loop Map 4-1C

PICCIONE PAS­TRY— Bak­ery. You know the drill: it’s 10 o’clock, way past din­ner, and you could use a lit­tle...some­thing. Some­thing sweet. This au­then­tic Ital­ian pas­try shop has you cov­ered— pop in for a pis­ta­cho can­noli, cream puffs with choco­late ganache, and maybe an espresso to wash it all down? Open Su,T-Th 9 am-9 pm, F-Sa 9 am-11 pm. www.pic­cionepas­try.com. 6197 Del­mar Blvd., 314.932.1355. Map 4-1C

VERNON’S BBQ— Bar­beque. Smoke it if you’ve got it: that’s the motto here, where the hulk­ing smoker out front churns out corned beef, brisket, pulled pork, wings, fish and even tofu, to be paired with your choice of home­made sauces and a wide va­ri­ety of in­ter­est­ing sides (smoked fruit, tequila-lime green beans, scal­loped pota­toes and much more.) Sweet tea and dessert round out the full meal deal. L and D ( Tu-Sa). www.ver­nons­bbq.com. 6707 Vernon Ave., 314.726.1227. Map 4-1C

Web­ster Groves

CYRANO’S CAFÉ & WINE BAR— Eclec­tic. The per­fect pre- or post-the­ater spot, a can’t-miss date night, even a win­ner for tak­ing mom to lunch: the café menu (tilapia, pork ten­der­loin, shrimp Cre­ole, chicken Marsala, sand­wiches, etc.) is but pre­lude to the real stars of the show: leg­endary desserts like cher­ries ju­bilee, the Cleopa­tra (ice cream deca­dence), caramel brioche bread pud­ding and so much more. Ex­ten­sive cof­fee and cock­tail menus, too. Open for L& D daily. www.cyra­nos.com. 603 E. Lock­wood, 314.963.3232. Map 4-5A

FUZZY’S TACO SHOP— Mex­i­can. See list­ing un­der “West Port Plaza Area.” Open daily for B, L, D. www.fuzzys­ta­coshop.com. 8073 Wat­son Rd., 314.968.8226. Map 3-7D

RO­BUST WINE BAR— Wine Bar. See list­ing un­der “Down­town.” L (M-Sa), D (daily). www. ro­bust­winebar.com. 227 W. Lock­wood Ave., 314.963.0033. Map 3-7D

West County

FUZZY’S TACO SHOP— Mex­i­can. See list­ing un­der “West Port Plaza Area.” Open daily for B, L, D. www.fuzzys­ta­coshop.com. 1288 Old Or­chard Cen­ter, on Woods Mill north of Manch­ester, 636.686.7394. Map 3- 6A

GRAN­ITE CITY FOOD & BREW­ERY— Mi­cro­brew­ery. St. Louis lo­ca­tion of this grow­ing chain uti­lizes the patented brew­ing process to pro­duce a full line of suds to ac­com­pany made-from-scratch ap­pe­tiz­ers, en­trées, flat­breads, steaks, seafood, pasta, sal­ads and burg­ers. Din­ner en­trées $13.95-$32.95. Open daily for L& D, Su brunch. www.gcfb.com. 11411 Olive St., 314.432.3535. Map 3-5B

IMO’S— Pizza. See list­ing un­der “Down­town.” Open for L& D daily. www.imo­spizza.com. 2050 McKelvey Rd., 314.434.5959. Map 3- 4B

STIR CRAZY— Pan-Asian. Cus­tom­ize your own bowl full of pro­tein, fresh veg­gies and scrump­tious sauces, then hand it over for the ex­pert touch on the sear­ing wok grill, or just choose one of the cre­ations from the menu and sit back to await din­ner! Ei­ther way, throw in a sig­na­ture cock­tail, and you’ll be a happy diner. L and D (daily). www.stir­crazy.com. 10598 Old Olive St. Rd., 314.569.9300. Map 3-5C

THE TAV­ERN— Amer­i­can. Ca­sual yet up­scale spot has fun with its food, from the An­gry Bas­tards (black­ened shrimp in Ar­ro­gant Bas­tard beer and jalapeno but­ter) to the Filet Loco Moco, served with Madeira mush­rooms and a fried egg. Fish, fowl and in­ven­tive sides, too. The Sun­day “Fixe” in­cludes an ap­pe­tizer/salad, an en­tree, and dessert for $35 ev­ery Sun­day night. Reser­va­tions sug­gested. Open for D nightly. www.tav­ern­stl.com. 2961 Dougherty Ferry Rd, 314.825.0600. Map 3-7BTUCKER’S

PLACE— Steaks. See list­ing un­der “Soulard.” L (M-Sa), D (daily). www.tuck­er­splacestl.com. 14282 Manch­ester Rd., 1 block east of Hwy. 141, 636.227.8062. Map 3-7A

WAL­NUT GRILL— Eclec­tic. Hand­some new res­tau­rant serves an eclec­tic menu of seafood, flat­breads, steaks, sand­wiches and pas­tas. Din­ner en­trées $18-$30. Open daily for L & D. www. eat­wal­nut.com. 1386 Clark­son Clay­ton Cen­ter, 636.220.1717. Map 1- 4D

West Port Plaza Area

DRUNKEN FISH— Ja­panese/Sushi. Ul­tra-con­tem­po­rary at­mos­phere—and a week­end DJ spin— draw the beau­ti­ful peo­ple to this sushi haven (also of­fer­ing plenty of non-sushi choices, like tem­pura and teriyaki). Open M-F for L&D, D only Sa/Su. www. drunk­en­fish.com. 639 West­port, I-270 & Page Blvd., 314.275.8300. Map 3- 4B

FUZZY’S TACO SHOP— Mex­i­can. Full menu of Baja/ Mex­i­can faves from gua­camole and tamales to tor­tas and tacos, all made fresh to or­der. Break­fast, too, in­cludes huevos rancheros, chi­laquiles and break­fast tacos. Open daily for B, L, D. www. fuzzys­ta­coshop.com. 302 West Port Plaza Dr., 314.878.8226. Map 3- 4B

PAUL MINEO’S TRATTORIA— Ital­ian. You’ll never leave hungry from a meal at this au­then­tic Si­cil­ian eatery: from mama’s lasagna to risotto, lunch and din­ner en­trées come in gen­er­ous por­tions, but we rec­om­mend sav­ing room for dessert, like fresh house­made can­noli. Oc­ca­sional live mu­sic. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). www.paul­mi­neos.com. 333 West Port Plaza, 314.878.8180. Map 3- 4B

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