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    Family Arena
    Like most things in sprawling St. Charles, the Family Arena was built in the last fifteen years. It's quickly become the go-to arena for all manner of events, from big name rock n' roll musicians from the Baby Boom era to contemporary country and Christian artists that draw massive crowds. It's fun for the whole family - you'll find childhood luminaries like Thomas and Friends one weekend and a gun show for Pops the next.
    Kevin Willmann gained a following for his work at Erato on Main in Edwardsville, Illinois. At Farmhaus he takes his approach - smaller portions, intensely flavored, beautifully constructed - to the next level. The menu changes frequently, but you can't go wrong with seafood: An avid fisherman, Willmann cut his teeth as a chef on the Gulf Coast. Standouts have included escolar poached in butter and wine with grilled blue prawns and a Cajun mahi-mahi dish. An other highlight: the aptly named "Breakfast" dish, featuring a poached egg, housemade sausage and pork belly. An unpretentious but utterly delicious experience.
    Fiesta! Modern Mexican Cuisine
    The “modern” in Fiesta! Modern Mexican Cuisine refers to the décor, not the food. Rather than run with the all-too-popular sombrero-laden faux-cantina template, this Chesterfield restaurant has opted for a clean, contemporary look. The lengthy menu, though, features mucho gringo-friendly fare: burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas and chimichangas. Best bets tend to fall under the “Chef Special” heading, including tacos al pastor, generous servings of pork with pineapple and chopped onion and cilantro with a fiendishly hot salsa. The “Fiesta Soup,” with steak, strips of nopal cactus, bacon and beans in a thin but deeply flavored broth, is a welcome change of pace.
    Filomena's Italian Kitchen
    What do you get if you cross the fast-casual concept with your Italian grandmother's kitchen? The answer might be Filomena's Italian Kitchen. Owner Filomena Angelucci-Dean grew up in Castel Frentano, Italy, but her menu is rooted in the broad, popular tradition of Italian food in America. The lasagna, one of four entrées offered, is excellent, as are the chicken marsala and chicken Parmigiano. Simple pasta dishes, salads and sandwiches are also available. The highlight is the arancini, flash-fried balls of risotto with a molten cheese core.
    Fin Japanese Cuisine
    A sushi restaurant with more to offer than sushi - though those with a craving will be more than satisfied by the nigiri sushi, sashimi and rolls. Don't overlook the rest of the menu, though. The Japanese fare (some of it given a Southeast Asian twist, compliments of chef and owner Paul Kulkanjanatorn) is more than worthy of consideration. An order of miso ramen brings a big bowl of broth with pork, hard-boiled egg, vegetables and a tangle of noodles, while gindara miso is an elegant black cod preparation, fork-tender and delectable.
    The Firebird
    It's dark. It's hotter than Satan's girlfriend. The low ceiling means all the heat being generated by the crowd is rising -- only to fall and suffocate unwitting and terribly sweaty concert-goers. But there's something primal and viscerally satisfying about paying to stand and sweat among the crush of bodies while your favorite indie band or local rockers obliterate the stage. If you're looking for a club that is based on atmosphere or ambiance, you might need to look elsewhere. But if it's music you're after, whether it's punk, rock, metal or something completely different, the Firebird is your new best friend. Having hosted everyone from the Dead Milkmen and Swans to Big Freedia and Best Coast, the Firebird is a lively and open-minded host to an show-going experience to be remembered.
    Five Star Burgers
    Five Star Burgers in downtown Clayton is a new venture from Steve Gontram, best known to St. Louis diners for his time as the owner and chef of the restaurant Harvest. Though a burger joint, Five Star Burgers displays the same passion for quality ingredients and presentations that made Harvest so acclaimed. The burgers are excellent, especially the green-chile cheeseburger (a recipe from Gontram's father in New Mexico), and the kitchen knows what a medium-rare temperature is. Other sandwiches include burgers made from lamb, bison and turkey, and there are two vegetarian options. Crucially for a burger joint, the fries are top-notch, and the list of craft beers is excellent.
    Flamingo Bowl
    What makes a great bowling alley? Is it the dusty chic of 1950s-era furniture and watery beer specials? Or is it the sheer enormity of some of the newer hi-tech bowling emporiums, featuring a small city's worth of alleys, several cafés and even laser tag? In the case of Flamingo Bowl, Joe Edwards' joint on Washington Avenue, it's neither. Rather, Edwards has brought a bit of the suburbs to the city with his boutique vision of bowling. Neither too large nor too small, Flamingo Bowl offers twelve lanes, a lounge, an extensive list of cocktails, decent bar food and, of course, a healthy selection of tchotchkes from Edwards' personal collection of mid-century Americana. What's more, Flamingo Bowl is open from noon until 3 a.m. seven days a week, making it both the perfect place for a "working" lunch and an ideal place for a sporting nightcap.
    Flavors BBQ Sports Bar & Grill
    The key part of this restaurant's unwieldy name is "BBQ," not "Sports Bar & Grill." Owner Bill Green, using hickory wood and a secret dry-rub recipe passed down from his father, is smoking some of the best barbecue in town at his Forest Park Southeast restaurant. Both spare and loin-back (a.k.a. baby-back) ribs are available, and both are terrific. The brisket is shaved paper-thin and aggressively spiced. A surprise standout: smoked chicken wings - plump, peppery and flat-out delicious.
    Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
    The Texas-based chain Flying Saucer Draught Emporium has opened its first St. Louis location a mere pop fly away from Busch Stadium. As the name suggests, the beer selection is the primary draw: 80 craft brews on tap, another 150 in bottles. You will find big names from the craft-beer world, but St Louis’ booming scene is well represented among the selections. The food is standard-issue bar grub: burgers, sandwiches, wings, pizza. The appetizers are the most reliable pleasure, especially the oversize soft pretzels. Several dishes featuring bratwurst are the best bets for your full meal.
    Fork & Stix
    Fork & Stix is a hidden gem: a terrific, unique Thai restaurant tucked behind an unassuming storefront on a dead-end side street at the eastern edge of the Delmar Loop. Unlike most Thai eateries here and elsewhere, the menu features dishes from the country’s north. Khao soi is a curry-noodle soup with egg noodles and steak (or chicken) in a deeply, complexly flavorful broth. Add red onion, pickled cabbage and lime juice for one of the best soups you’ll ever taste. Hung lay curry is another standout, a sweet-and-sour pork dish that’s almost certainly unlike from any other curry you’ve tried. Classic Thai favorites such as red and green curries and pad Thai are also available (and excellent).
    Foundry Art Centre
    An interdisciplinary fine arts center on the banks of the Missouri River in the Frenchtown district of Historic St. Charles, the Foundry Arts Centre features art galleries and twenty artist studios where visitors can watch artists at work. The center also offers a variety of art classes, which teach skills like pottery, mosaics, metalsmithing, Chinese painting and drawing.
    The Fox Theatre
    The Fox Theatre deserves every bit of its "fabulous" reputation - it's a cathedral for the arts, and any seat in the house is prime for worship. The exquisite ceilings and ornate Siamese Byzantine decor alone will impress even the most jaded concert-goers, and its grandiose fabulousity is often mentioned by the performers who grace its illustrious stage. The grand theater, with its spiraling staircases and tiered seating, is the perfect host to both Broadway spectaculars and big-name musical acts.
    Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium
    Though a small restaurant, Fozzie's follows the "more is more" principle. There are twenty sandwiches, almost all of them overstuffed, as well as burgers, hot dogs and gyros (and salads, appetizer dips and milkshakes, too). There is the B.A.B.T.L. (bacon and bacon, lettuce and tomato) with a half-pound of bacon, and the awesome "Big Bend Mafia," with Italian-seasoned beef and salsiccia. The signature dish might be the Juicy Lucy, a Minneapolis-St. Paul specialty that consists of a cheeseburger with the cheese stuffed inside the patty. The salads, featuring with vegetables from the restaurant's own garden, are very good.

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