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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy Hour at the Feasting Fox: Exceptional Pub Fare With Historic German Atmosphere

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM

"Caldarello Sausage Sliders" with mozzarella and marinara. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • "Caldarello Sausage Sliders" with mozzarella and marinara. | Photos by Mabel Suen

The Place: The Feasting Fox (4200 South Grand Boulevard; 314-352-3500)

The Hours: Happy hour is offered Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Deals: Half-off appetizers from the restaurant's "Pub Menu." $3 rail drinks, $4 draft beers, $4 glasses of wine and $2 domestics.

Taps at the Feasting Fox.
  • Taps at the Feasting Fox.

The Scene: South-city passersby likely recognize that classic steepled, stucco building that sits on the corner of Meramec and South Grand avenues. The St. Louis landmark was originally built in 1914 by August Busch of Anheuser-Busch in the era of Prohibition as a family establishment. It later operated as Al Smith's Restaurant from the 1930s to 1961.

Dutchtown residents Susan and Martin Luepker picked up where Smith left off in 1993, restoring the space to its original state and filling it with bits of history from all over the city. Every corner of the bar -- from the tables and chairs to steins, antlers and paintings on the walls -- contributes to the Feasting Fox's unique historical perspective. Happy hour is a particularly peaceful time at the restaurant, so bring a friend or plan on getting to know a regular.

Grilled bratwurst with sauerkraut.
  • Grilled bratwurst with sauerkraut.

The Food: Half-priced food options from the pub menu include toasted ravioli with marinara, German-style egg rolls, Caldarello-sausage sliders, grilled bratwurst, mini meatballs with marinara, a grilled-chicken breast sandwich, a German-meatloaf sandwich, chips and fries.

Did the Feasting Fox make the grade? Find out on the next page.

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