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    The Dam
    Opened as a means to provide food service to ravenous soccer fans at the adjacent Amsterdam Tavern, the Dam is the quintessential burger-and-hot-dog shack. Unlike traditional bar food, however, the Dam lives by its motto “slow food, fast,” using antibiotic and hormone-free local meats and seasonal, organic produce grown by local farmers. The result isn’t exactly health food – menu items include a selection of hot dogs covered in everything from cheese to jalapenos (one is even deep fried and wrapped in bacon), and Belgian-style fries dripping with mayonnaise. The Dam’s signatures are the fresh, hand-packed burgers; its namesake offering is a take on the patty melt served on buttery grilled sourdough with American and Swiss cheese. If one is feeling especially brave, if not slightly masochistic, the Dam’s "Animal" burger lives up to its infamous reputation. It’s three patties, smothered in sweet and spicy barbecue sauce, American cheese, grilled onions and a whole hog’s worth of bacon. The "Animal"’s piece de resistance is the grilled whole jalapeno that sits atop the patties and infuses the entire sandwich with its fiery flavor. Wear your stretchy pants.
    Dao Tien Vietnamese Bistro
    This small, brightly colored restaurant is a family affair, with owner Diane Dinh and her ex-husband Dinh Dang handling the kitchen duties, while several of their children staff the front of house. The menu features very good renditions of Vietnamese favorites including pho, banh mi and platters with pork chops, egg cakes and broken rice. Suon ram man -- spareribs steamed and then simmered in a clay pot with a complex sweet, salty and spicy beef stock-based sauce -- are a standout.
    DeMun Oyster Bar
    A gem in Clayton's lovely DeMun neighborhood, DeMun Oyster Bar brings in a fresh shipment of Pacific oysters from the Pacific Northwest every day. They're pricey ($2.50 to $3.50 apiece), but worth it for their impeccable freshness. If available, the sweet, silky Kumamatos are a treasure. Those who love oysters on the brinier side are sure to find something to love too, as are lovers of other seafood varieties, from mussels and clams to shrimp and scallops, and, for diner's who've entirely missed the boat, beef tenderloin. Appropriately, the wine list skews toward whites and sparkling wines that pair nicely with your shellfish splurge.
    Diablitos Cantina
    Diablitos claims to have the largest tequila selection in all of St. Louis, including eight house-infused varieties. To create the house-infused flavors like hibiscus, cucumber or tea, Diablitos starts with Aqui Vamos Tequila made in El Paso, Texas, and adds other flavorful ingredients to create tequilas you can't find anywhere else. It also carries more than 100 different types of tequila, including reposado and mezcal varieties.
    Dressel's
    Dressel’s is a St. Louis institution, the Platonic ideal of a Welsh pub and one of the very best spots in town for a pint of good beer and cultured conversation. Which makes the trick that owner Ben Dressel and chef Michael Miller have pulled all the more impressive: Without robbing Dressel’s of any of its charms, they have elevated its food to among the best in town. The dishes are unfussy but elegant and deeply flavored. Recent standouts have included trout over a celery-root purée, chicken paired with a classic panzanella bread salad and deviled eggs flavored with ham hock and wasabi. Never fear: Dressel’s pub essentials (the burger, the chips and rarebit) are still available, and still as delicious as ever.

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