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Panorama

As French economist Thomas Piketty recently wrote, we are living in a new Gilded Age. Sure, we can all feel momentarily rich by maxing out our credit cards and driving leased BMWs, but real wealth is concentrated at the apex of the economic food chain. Want to know where these powerbrokers go to eat when they're not devouring the fruits of your labor? Chances are it's Panorama. Under chef Ivy Magruder's watch, the Saint Louis Art Museum's restaurant has finally grown into what it was always supposed to be: a posh bistro for museumgoers, but most importantly, for museum patrons. He has done an excellent job at capturing the spirit of a museum café with classic lunchtime fare and specials that are inspired by the season's exhibits. On any given weekday lunch, you can smell the wealth in the air as well-heeled philanthropists nosh and sip Pinot Grigio while they hand over checks for a new installation. It's not often you can get a glimpse of their inner sanctum, but Panorama affords us commoners precisely that luxury. One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, St. Louis, 63110. 314-655-5490, www.slam.org/dining.

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