Prepare to get your grub on at Downtown Restaurant Week

If you haven't visited your favorite downtown restaurant lately, whether because of the economy, gas prices or sheer laziness — or if you're looking for something new to try — the time is nigh.

The fourth annual Downtown Restaurant Week will take place Monday, August 11, through Saturday, August 16. Participating restaurants will offer three-course meals for $25. In general, you choose one of three or four selections from each of three courses (appetizer, entrée, dessert).

(Full disclosure: Riverfront Times is a sponsor of Downtown Restaurant Week. I have no involvement with the event.)

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400 Olive

400 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63102

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: St. Louis - Riverfront

An American Place-Indigo Lounge

822 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63101

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: St. Louis - Washington Avenue

Anthony's Bar

10 S. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Downtown

Asia

999 N. 2nd St.
St. Louis, MO 63102

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: St. Louis - Downtown

Burger Bar

999 N. 2nd St.
St. Louis, MO 63102

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: St. Louis - Riverfront

Carmine's Steak House

20 S. Fourth St.
St. Louis, MO 63102

Category: Restaurant > Seafood

Region: St. Louis - Downtown

Charlie Gitto's-Downtown

207 N. Sixth St.
St. Louis, MO 63101

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: St. Louis - Downtown

Clark Street Grill

811 Spruce St.
St. Louis, MO 63102

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: St. Louis - Riverfront

The Drunken Fish

639 Westport Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63146

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Maryland Heights

The Dubliner

1025 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63101

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Washington Avenue

Here are this year's participating restaurants: 400 Olive, An American Place, Anthony's, Asia, Burger Bar, Carmine's Steak House, Charlie Gitto's (downtown location), Clark Street Grill, the Drunken Fish, the Dubliner, F15teen, Harry's, House of Savoy, J.Buck's (downtown location), Jake's Steaks, Joseph's, Kitchen K, Lombardo's Trattoria, Lucas Park Grille, Mahogany Grill, Mike Shannon's Steaks & Seafood, Mosaic, Simply Fondue, Skybox Sports Grill and Top of the Riverfront.

For more information, and to view participating restaurants' prix-fixe menus, visit http://downtownrestaurantweek.net.

The August issue of Wine Spectator includes the magazine's annual Restaurant Awards, which honor outstanding wine lists. This year's winners number 4,129 restaurants worldwide. Though the award is prestigious, restaurants must enter their wine lists — at $250 — to be considered.

The awards are: (the basic) Award of Excellence, (the better) Best of Award of Excellence and (the best) Grand Award.

Among St. Louis restaurants, there are only a few changes from last year. Two new restaurants have been added: Charlie Gitto's on the Hill and Ruth's Chris Steak House in Clayton received Awards of Excellence. (Busch's Grove was also added, but it closed in May. Savor, which closed last month, is also included on the list.)

Local Award of Excellence winners also include Cardwell's at the Plaza, Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Fleming's, 400 Olive, Harvest, LoRusso's Cucina, Lucas Park Grille, Luciano's Trattoria, the Melting Pot, Mike Shannon's Steaks & Seafood, Morton's, Portabella, Remy's Kitchen & Wine Bar, Tony's and Vin de Set.

Three St. Louis restaurants earned Best of Awards of Excellence: Annie Gunn's, Monarch and Truffles.

Are you opening a new restaurant? Know of a place that has closed? Something else for Ian to chew on? E-mail ian.froeb@riverfronttimes.com. And check for daily dining news at http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/gutcheck.

 
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