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Scape American Bistro (48 Maryland Plaza; 314-361-7227)
Scape is an eclectic blend of classic and contemporary American cuisine with a extensive selection of seafood dishes, such as caviar, mussels, crab cakes, scallops, tuna, swordfish, Alaskan halibut, Virginia sea bass and a rotating oyster and sashimi bar. The dayboat special is the chef's inspiration from the day's freshest catch and is listed daily on Scape's website and Twitter feed. Pictured is a Florida grouper dayboat special with grilled vegetable ratatouille and arugula pesto.
The Libertine (7927 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-862-2999)
The Libertine is billed as a "neighborhood eatery" that focuses on seasonal, regional and sustainable created in close relationship with local farmers. The menu is at once inventive and familiar with a slight nod to Chef Galliano's southern roots. The current menu features grilled octopus with yogurt tahini sauce, crowder pea caviar, melon and cherry tomatoes and a she crab soup with a blue crab spring roll, sherry pearls and Marash chile.
Herbie's Vintage 72 (405 North Euclid Avenue; 314-769-9595)
The menu at Herbie's Vintage 72 menu combines French, Asian and American flavors in its French-style bistro. The décor immediately transports guests to another time, with a giant mirror along one wall and large-format French posters on the others, exposed brick walls and wooden floors, and tables covered with white linen and awash in the romantic glow of candlelight. The classic menu includes a strong selection of universal seafood favorites such as shrimp dumplings, escargots, smoked Missouri trout, oysters on the half shell, Atlantic salmon, Yellowfin tuna, Maine lobster, shrimp and grits and sea scallops. A long time customer favorite is the lobster mac & cheese with lobster tail meat, corn, four cheese mornay, truffle oil and asiago gratin.
Bar Italia (13 Maryland Plaza, 314-361-7010)
Bar Italia offers traditional Italian at its location in the heart of the Central West End and is the perfect spot for digging into a hearty cacciucco aromatic, a seafood stew with fresh fish and seafood in a tangy tomato-garlic white wine broth. Some say that at least five different types of fish be used, one for each of the "c"s in the word cacciucco (Italian for "mixture"). Pair it with some crusty garlic bread -- it doesn't get much better than this.
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