DIN­ING

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The restau­rants of La­clede's Land­ing of­fer house­made beer, au­then­tic Mexican and more.

Air­port Area

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

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

SID­NEY STREET CAFE— Amer­i­can. Neighborhood bistro— ex­posed brick, lots of wood—is on the foodie map with a James Beard Award Best Chef: Mid­west for chef/owner Kevin Nashan, who opts for sea­sonal, lo­cally-sourced (in­clud­ing his own gar­den) cre­ations that re­flect his French train­ing and time spent in Spain and Santa Fe. En­trées $1829. Open for D ( Tu-Sa). www.sid­neystreet­cafe.com. 2000 Sid­ney St., 314.771.5777. Map 4-5H

Cen­tral West End

THE CUP— Desserts/Sweets. Daily, fresh se­lec­tion of cup­cakes with but­ter­cream frost­ing, in fla­vors like dou­ble choco­late, gold rush and peanut but­ter cup, plus ro­tat­ing spe­cial­ties from le­mon drop 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

HAND­CRAFTED BY BISSINGER’S— Wine & Choco­late

Bar. Owned and op­er­ated by 23 City Blocks Cater­ing, this wine & choco­late bar (sell­ing the stel­lar con­fec­tions of Bissinger’s Cho­co­latier) also serves an eclec­tic menu of non-choco­late items from morn­ing to deep into the night. The wine wall of­fers a globe-span­ning se­lec­tion by the glass or less. Open M-Th 7 am-11 pm, F 7 am-12:30 am, Sa 8 am-12:30 am, Su 10 am-10 pm. www.bissingers. com. 32 Mary­land Plaza, 314.367.7750. 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

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

TAZÉ MEDITER­RANEAN STREET FOOD—

Mediter­ranean. See list­ing un­der Down­town. www.tazestreet­food.com. 8 1/2 Euclid Ave., 314.932.7182. 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

EDGEWILD RESTAU­RANT & WIN­ERY— Eclec­tic. In­ter­na­tion­ally in­flu­enced bistro menu fea­tures dishes like Kahlua buns, duck ta­cos and ap­ple­wood plank salmon, to high­light the sleeper hit fac­tor: the wine. EdgeWild’s pri­vate la­bel ap­pears on bot­tles sourced di­rectly from award-win­ning winer­ies from the West coast and Missouri. Live week­end en­ter­tain­ment. L and D (daily). www. edgewil­d­win­ery.com. 550 Ch­ester­field Cen­ter, 636.532.0550. Map 5-2G

Clay­ton

BARCELONA— Span­ish. Clas­sic Clay­ton (small­ish space, vi­brant col­ors and a beau­ti­ful crowd) with a hip twist—tapas in­clud­ing mar­i­nated Span­ish olives and mus­sels in spicy tomato sauce. For dessert, try the honey-orange cream-filled three milks cake. In­ven­tive cock­tails in­clude San­gre do Toro, spice-in­fused vodka. Tapas $3.25-$7.95. Open for lunch and din­ner M-Sa, din­ner only Su. www.barcelonat­a­pas.com. 34 N. Cen­tral, 314.863.9909. Map 4-1A

THE CROSS­ING— Eclec­tic. At­trac­tively dec­o­rated with French/Ital­ian tech­niques in­flu­enc­ing the kitchen, peren­ni­ally ac­claimed as one of the best in town, serv­ing a farm-to-ta­ble menu of seafood, chops, chicken and beef ten­der­loin, plus the got­taget-it roasted beet salad. Din­ner en­trées $18-$42. Open for L (M-F), D (M-Sa). www.fi­alafood.com. 7823 Forsyth, 314.721.7375. Map 4-1A

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

SARDELLA—. This Clay­ton restau­rant by James Beard Award-win­ner Ger­ard Craft fea­tures an Ital­ian-in­spired menu of hand-stuffed pas­tas and a large se­lec­tion of ap­pe­tiz­ers and roasted meats en­trées. Sardella also of­fers break­fast and lunch dishes with an ex­ten­sive cof­fee pro­gram from Sump Cof­fee, cre­ative grain bowls, pas­tries and fresh juices as well as sal­ads and sand­wiches. Din­ner large plates $15-$28. Open for L (M-F), D (nightly), brunch (Sa-Su). www.nich­est­louis.com. 7734 Forsyth Blvd, 314.773.7755.

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

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

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

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

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 D, 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

PICK­LES DELI— Delicatessen. See list­ing un­der “Cen­tral West End.” Down­town lo­ca­tion also serves break­fast. Open M-F 7 am-3 pm. www.pick­les­delistl.com. 200 North Broad­way, 314.241.2255. Map 2-2E

ROSALITA’S CANTINA— Mexican & Tex-Mex.

take on Tex-Mex, whether you or­der made-at- Fresh your-ta­ble em­panadas, gua­camole, shrimp and bar­ba­coa mango street beef-stuffed 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. ros­al­i­tas­cant­ina.com. 1235 Wash­ing­ton Ave., 314.621.2700. Map 2-2D

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. 1000 Wash­ing­ton Ave., 314.436.3456. Map 2-2D

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

TIN ROOF— Amer­i­can. En­er­getic out­post of Nashville orig­i­nal fea­tures live mu­sic, big-screen TVs, burg­ers, steak sand­wiches, que­sadil­las, wings, big sal­ads and more. L ( Tu-Su), D (daily). www.tin­roof­st­louis.com. 1000 Clark Ave., Map 2- 4D

TONY’S— Ital­ian. If there’s a din­ing award, this le­gendary restau­rant has won it, from AAA Four Di­a­mond Award to the Wine Spec­ta­tor Award of Ex­cel­lence. El­e­gant din­ing room, le­gendary ser­vice and com­plete wine cel­lar. En­trées $22-$47. Open for din­ner T-Sa. www.tonysst­louis.com. 410 Mar­ket St., 314.231.7007. Map 2-3F

For­est Park Area

BOATHOUSE— Amer­i­can. A fast-ca­sual din­ing venue over­look­ing the Post-Dispatch Lake in For­est Park of­fers pop­u­lar menu items from the Su­garfire Smoke House group of restau­rants. L and D (daily), brunch (Su). www.boathouse­for­est­park.com. 6101 Gov­ern­ment Dr., in For­est Park, 314.367.2224. Map 4-2D

OLYMPIA KEBOB HOUSE & TAVERNA— Greek. Pop­u­lar spot for Greek fa­vorites in­clud­ing gy­ros, hum­mus/pita, saganaki, and (per­haps in­con­gru­ously) a tasty burger. En­joy the su­per-ca­sual am­biance and on a nice day, the pa­tio. Open for L & D daily. www. olympiake­boband­tav­erna.com. 1543 McCaus­land Ave., 314.781.1299. 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 grass-fed ten­der­loin to seared lamb chi­anti. L ( Tu-F) 11 am-2 pm, brunch (Sa-Su) 10 am-3 pm. www.slam. org/din­ing/. One Fine Arts Dr., in For­est Park, 314.655.5490. Map 4-2D

Grand Cen­ter

THE DARK ROOM— Wine Bar. Wine bar and restau­rant in the Gran­del The­atre also func­tions as a photo gallery, with ex­hibits cu­rated by the In­ter­na­tional Pho­tog­ra­phy Hall of Fame. Live mu­sic most nights. Open W-Su for L & D, late night lim­ited menu, Su mu­sic brunch, pa­tio. www.thedark­room­stl.com. 3610 Gran­del Square, 314.531.3416. Map 4-2G

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

Illi­nois

CLEVE­LAND- HEATH— Eclec­tic. James Beard Award­nom­i­nated restau­rant in Ed­wardsville, Illi­nois, serves “gourmet com­fort food,” a fu­sion of Asian, Ital­ian, South­ern and Mexican made with lo­cally sourced ingredients 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 am- 6:30 pm, F & Sa 9:30 am-9 pm. www.cravethe­cup.com. 1057 Cen­tury Dr., Ed­wardsville, 618.656.2287. Map 1-2G

HOFBRAUHAUS-ST. LOUIS/BELLEVILLE— Ger­man. Enor­mous beer hall in Belleville, Illi­nois, of­fers a com­mu­nal din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence like the orig­i­nal Hofbrauhaus in Mu­nich with tra­di­tional Bavar­ian cui­sine, Amer­i­can tweaks, a kid’s menu and clas­sic Bavar­ian beers. www.hof­brauhausst­louis.com. 123 St. Eu­gene Dr., 618.800.BEER. Map 1-5G

La­clede’s Land­ing

BIG DADDY’S— Amer­i­can. Pub grub fa­vorites like burg­ers, mini ta­cos and potato skins, plus spe­cials in­clud­ing a turkey dip, “hoosier daddy” sand­wich (BBQ beef/coleslaw) and grilled shrimp skew­ers, all served in a party at­mos­phere with DJs, live mu­sic, drink spe­cials, con­tests and more. Open seven days. www.big­dad­dystl.com. 118 Mor­gan St., 314.621.6700. MetroLink-La­clede’s Land­ing Map 2-1G

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

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

KATIE’S PIZZA & PASTA OS­TE­RIA— Ital­ian/Pizza. Up­dated re­gional Ital­ian cui­sine is ex­pressed in award-win­ning piz­zas, sal­ads, imag­i­na­tive small plates and pas­tas like squid ink spaghetti with prawns, scal­lops, clams and caviar in a pleas­antly in­for­mal at­mos­phere with a pop­u­lar pa­tio. Piz­zas and pas­tas $15-$21. Open for L & D daily, brunch Sa-Su. www.katiespiz­zaand­pasta.com. 9568 Manch­ester Rd., 314.942.6555. Map 3- 6D

TWINOAK— Amer­i­can. The cen­ter­piece of this hand­some, ca­sual eatery is the 900-de­gree wood-fired oven used to pre­pare steaks, seafood, chicken, ribs and the house spe­cialty, piz­zas. The bev­er­age se­lec­tion in­cludes lo­cal craft beers and bou­tique wine/spir­its. Din­ner en­trees $18-$26, piz­zas $10-$16. L & D daily. www.twinoak­stl.com. 1201 Strass­ner Dr., off Han­ley Rd. just south of I- 64 314.644.2772. Map 4-3A

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

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

Shaw

ELAIA— Eclec­tic. The menu changes fre­quently at this much-lauded restau­rant in the Shaw neighborhood, where the prix fixe menu goes for $70-$110,

and the tast­ing menu weighs in at $120-$220. Pre­pare to be daz­zled by the Euro­pean-based cui­sine in­spired by global in­flu­ences. Open for D ( W-Sa). www.ela­iastl.com. 1634 Tower Grove Ave., 314.932.1088. Map 4-3F

NIXTA— Mexican. Named by Bon Appetit as one of the 10 best new restau­rants of 2017, Nixta takes tra­di­tional Mexican cui­sine to new lev­els in its col­or­ful digs with sur­pris­ing ingredients like caramelized pineap­ple, ap­ple-poblano slaw, car­rot-co­rian­der salsa. Most pop­u­lar dish: crispy oc­to­pus. Din­ner en­trées $12-$29. Open for D ( Tu-Sa), un­til mid­night ( Th-Sa). www.nix­tastl.com. 1621 Tower Grove Ave., 314.899.9000. Map 4-3F

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

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

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), 6 am-2 pm. www.crest­wood­barn.com. 1015 S. Sappington Rd, 314.966.8387. Map 3-7C

South Grand Area

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. 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

FARMHAUS— Amer­i­can. Fresh, sea­sonal ingredients from lo­cal farms and or­ganic food pro­duc­tion by James Beard Award Nom­i­nee Kevin Will­man. The menu changes daily. Din­ner en­trees $12-$35. Lunch M-Th 11 am-2 pm. Din­ner T-Sa 5:30 pm-close; reser­va­tions rec­om­mended. www. farmhaus­restau­rant.com. 3257 Ivan­hoe Ave, 314.647.3800. Map 4-5C

SIS­TER CITIES CA­JUN & BAR­BE­CUE— Ca­jun/Cre­ole. Get your gumbo on, with the sa­vory and spiced dishes from the dirty chick (smoked chicken on a bed of dirty rice, smoth­ered in seafood gumbo) and spicy shrimp ta­cos to plump craw­fish and crab cakes; some tasty cock­tails, too. Open for L & D TuSu. 3550 S. Broad­way, 314.404.0477. Map 4-5H

St. Charles/O’Fal­lon Area

BRIS­TOL SEAFOOD GRILL— Seafood. Sim­ple seafood prepa­ra­tions let the fla­vors of the fish (and lob­ster, shrimp, mus­sels and much more) shine through. Steaks, in­ven­tive sides and an im­pres­sive 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

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

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 SOUP COT­TAGE— French. Highly ac­claimed restau­rant by a world-trav­el­ing, cruise-ship chef in a so­phis­ti­cated yet rus­tic set­ting that is one of the tough­est reser­va­tions in town. Pro­duce for the clas­sic French cui­sine comes from the on-site farm, the tech­nique straight from Es­coffier. Multi-course din­ner $90, wine flight pair­ings $55. Open for D ( Th-Sa) by reser­va­tion only. www.stone­soup­cot­tage.com. 5809 High­way N, 636.244.2233. 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

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

DO­MINIC’S— Ital­ian. Holds a DiRoNA; re­cent in­ductee to the Na­tional Restau­rant Fine Din­ing Hall of Fame. Spe­cial­izes in Ital­ian cui­sine, in­clud­ing fresh seafood, veal fontina and Lob­ster alla Gusta. En­trées $17.50-$30. Valet park­ing; jack­ets pre­ferred. Open for din­ner M-Sa. (Cards: AE DC DS MC V CB) www.do­minic­srestau­rants.com. 5101 Wil­son at Here­ford, 314.771.1632. Map 4- 4E

GELATO DI RISO— Desserts/Sweets. Creamy, dense gelato (ap­pro­pri­ately lo­cated in our his­toric Ital­ian neighborhood), in sea­sonal fla­vors in­clud­ing black­berry, Amaretto, le­mon, hazel­nut, choco­late chip, tiramisu and more. Also serv­ing cof­fee drinks and light lunch fare from soups to panini. www.gela­todiriso.com. 5204 Wil­son, 314.664.8488. 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

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

The Loop Area

PUB­LICO— Amer­i­can, Mexican/Latin. Wood-fired cantina restau­rant by the owner of Ran­dolfi’s and Half & Half raises Mexican cook­ing to a new level with its oak-burn­ing hearth for split-roasted and grilled meats, veg­eta­bles and seafood. Arepas and ta­cos $10-$14; share­able fish, chops and steak $21$28. Open for D ( Tu-Su). www.pub­li­costl.com. 6679 Del­mar Blvd., 314.833.5780. Map 4-1C

Web­ster Groves

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

OLIVE + OAK— Amer­i­can. The clas­sic Amer­i­can menu by James Beard Award-nom­i­nated Jesse Men­dica hits all the high­lights: oys­ters, beef tartare, salmon, steaks, chicken, beef ten­der­loin, rack of lamb, Dover sole— each one given its own spe­cial twist. Din­ner en­trées $18-$36. Reser­va­tions rec­om­mended. Open for D (daily). www.olive­an­doak­stl.com. 102 W. Lockwood Ave., 314.736.1370. 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

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

ROSALITA’S CANTINA— Mexican & Tex-Mex. See list­ing un­der Down­town. www.ros­al­i­tas­cant­ina.com. 12796 Manch­ester Rd., 314.441.7060. Map 3-7B

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

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

WEST­PORT SO­CIAL— Sports Bar. The spa­cious sports bar in West­port Plaza de­liv­ers lots of sports on gi­ant screens and lets pa­trons get in the act with ping-pong, bas­ket­ball, shuf­fle­board, darts, snook­ball, karaoke and bocce ball (yes, the real thing, not VR). Menu in­cludes ap­pe­tiz­ers, sal­ads, piz­zas, slid­ers, ribs, ta­cos and more.Fun, fun, fun. Piz­zas/slid­ers/plates $9-$12. Open daily for L & D, un­til 1 am M-Sa, un­til 12:30 am Su. www.west­port­so­cial-stl. com. 910 West­port Plaza, 314.548.2876. Map 3- 4B

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