St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites.
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DeMun is one of St. Louis' most historic neighborhoods, designed by the famed urban planner Henry Wright, and chock-full of 1920s architecture and peaceful, tree-lined streets. From DeMun Avenue south to Clayton Road is a great collection of restaurants, shops and bars that generally cater to a more upscale clientele. That being said, whether it's modern Italian or fresh seafood, DeMun is a terrific place to treat yourself, because you deserve it.
DeMun Oyster Bar (740 DeMun Avenue; 314-725-0322) St. Louis is about as far away from the ocean as it gets so, conveniently, DeMun Oyster Bar brings the ocean to St. Louis, shipping in oysters from the Pacific Northwest every day. Sure, the freshness comes with a price ($2.50 to $3.50 apiece), but it's cheaper than flying to Seattle. There's also the opportunity to witness the shucker, the highly skilled, knife-wielding technician who prepares the oysters to perfection. Those craving other seafood varieties, from mussels and clams to shrimp and scallops, can find a number of dishes that fit the bill. The coup d'état is the wine list; it's heavy on whites and sparkling wines designed to enhance your enjoyment. Come. The sea is calling.
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Jimmy's Café on the Park (706 DeMun Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-8585) Jimmy's is a place where you can grab a drink and hang out at the bar or sit down for a fancy meal. In fact, you'll have to pay attention because there are two separate menus, one for the bistro and bar, and one for the café, the latter being slightly more detrimental to your wallet. Entrées include the tenderloin Anthony (an eight-ounce cut topped with Gorgonzola, Brie and grilled shrimp) and the porcini-polenta-encrusted chicken. And of course, for dessert there's always "Death by Chocolate." Though dinner in the café is more formal, the happy hour is laid-back, featuring a long list of martinis and an amazing spinach-and-artichoke dip served with pita chips. You can even take your drink out on Jimmy's patio that overlooks Concordia Park, the perfect spot to take in some of the neighborhood's most picturesque views.
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