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11. Pujols 5 Westport Grill
342 Westport Plaza, Maryland Heights
The Cards' superstar slugger opened his namesake restaurant in 2006. It features Albert Pujols' memorabilia, numerous TV sets and typical bar-and-grill fare. The chicken wings are fantastic, and the menu features the favorite dishes of Albert and his wife, Deidre.
12. J. Buck's
101 South Hanley Road, Clayton and 1000 Clark Street
The namesake restaurants of the late, legendary Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck are now in the hands of his son Joe and daughter Julie and several partners (including football star and broadcaster Dan Dierdorf). The Clayton location is a popular meeting place for unattached business types.
13. Ozzie's Restaurant & Sports Bar
645 Westport Plaza, Maryland Heights
Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith has beaten the athlete-restaurant odds: His joint is now in its third decade. Currently Ozzie's is engaged in a legal battle with nearby Pujols 5. At issue: whether Pujols 5 violated its lease by imitating Ozzie's sports-bar model.
14. Smith & Slay's
8025 Bonhomme Avenue, Clayton (CLOSED)
A second, more upscale restaurant from superstar Ozzie Smith closed in 2004. Smith's partner, restaurateur David Slay, later filed for bankruptcy. The Wizard of Oz was among those to whom he owed money.
1900 Locust Street
Former Cardinals center fielder and fan favorite Jim Edmonds opened his steak house and upscale lounge in 2007. It's named after — and, typography aside, pronounced like — his uniform number: 15. The vibe is swanker, and the food classier, than the usual athlete-owned joint.
16. Mike Shannon's Steaks & Seafood
620 Market Street
Mike Shannon's might as well be designated the official restaurant of the Cardinals. The bar and patio are packed before and after home games, and the upscale dining room is crammed with baseball memorabilia. Keep an eye out for Cardinals players present and past.
17. Al Hrabosky's Ballpark Saloon
800 Cerre Street
The namesake restaurant of former Cardinal reliever and current team broadcaster Al "The Mad Hungarian" Hrabosky is a popular, raucous gathering spot before and after home games. The men's restroom features an infamous two-way mirror that lets guys check out women waiting in line for their restroom.
18. Stan Musial and Biggie's Restaurant
5130 Oakland Avenue (CLOSED)
The original location of the restaurant owned by Stan "The Man" Musial and Julius "Biggie" Garagnani. The two collaborated on several business ventures, including a bowling alley and a Florida hotel. The restaurant once denied service to Cardinals outfielder Curt Flood, an African American.
19. Café Napoli
7754 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton
Several Cardinals had gathered at this popular Clayton restaurant on April 28, 2007. After midnight, relief pitcher Josh Hancock left Mike Shannon's Steaks & Seafood downtown to join them. Legally drunk, he died in a car crash while on his way there.
2300 Edwards Street(CLOSED)
Ruggeri's was one of the best-known restaurants on the Hill, St. Louis' Italian American neighborhood. Future Hall of Famers and childhood neighbors Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola waited tables there. According to some accounts, Berra was speaking of Ruggeri's when he quipped, "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."