Gut Check has had enough of holiday hams and turkeys, cranberry sauce and yams -- we say bring on the bar food. Whether it's greasy or fancy, bar food not only tastes delicious (especially around midnight), but it also comforts. Plus, no dishes and no relatives. We've compiled a list of places that ran the full spectrum -- find a bar that suits you and settle in.
It's hard to find a better combination than Amsterdam's beer selection and the burgers on the other side of the wall at the Dam. Crazed soccer fans quickly realized that the best play was to order food right before the game and sip on beer while waiting. The Dam uses antibiotic- and hormone-free local meats and seasonal, organic produce grown by local farmers, but the food itself is hearty and very filling. Try the Belgian-style fries dripping with mayonnaise or its namesake, the patty melt served on buttery grilled sourdough with American and Swiss cheese. The "Animal" burger carries quite the reputation: three patties, smothered in sweet and spicy barbecue sauce, American cheese, grilled onions and bunch of bacon.
Square One (1727 Park Avenue; 314-231-2537)
What's better than a brewery and a distillery in the same building? How about a brewery, distillery and a great kitchen, all housed in Lafayette Square in what was once an old tavern? Square One's tap selection includes a rich stout and hoppy IPA -- but keep an eye out for seasonals. The menu offers chili, beer-cheese soup, bratwurst and even a solid brunch menu. Plus, the distillery side of the operation churns out its own whiskey, vodka, gin, an American tequila and three rums. A shot, a beer and a slinger.
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