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    Farmhaus
    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.
    Felix's
    This chic Dogtown restaurant and watering hole could easily overwhelm the senses: Everything here - from the décor (muted gray-purple walls clashing with paintings reminiscent of Magic Eye stereograms) to the eclectic crowd, which includes both college students and 40somethings - has a slightly precarious vibe. But it's that playful quirkiness that makes Felix's worth a visit. With a menu of burgers, pizza, quesadillas and "Saint Louis' best ribs," Felix's has good eats and an that ambiance strikes the perfect first-date balance of "casual hang" and "potential romance," but it's also accessible enough to serve as a good jumping-off point for a wild night of bar-hopping. Or, what the heck, maybe Felix's jukebox, which favors the edgier side of the top 40, might inspire patrons to stay put and dance all night. You just never know -- at Felix's, it's always an adventure.
    Firefly Grill
    Niall Campbell has cooked in New England, Puerto Rico and California, but he and his wife, Kristie, decided to open Firefly Grill in wee Effingham, Illinois. The result is worth the nearly two-hour drive from St. Louis: a beautiful, eco-friendly restaurant serving classic American bistro fare, much of it grown in the restaurant's own garden or sourced locally. Steaks and pork chops are grilled over oak, and pizzas are baked in a wood-fired oven. Unusual dishes like elk and upscale takes on crab rangoon fill out the lengthy, oft-changing menu.
    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.
    Fond
    A veteran of Gerard Craft's kitchen at Niche, chef Amy Zupanci cut her teeth at Savoy and several other New York City restaurants. Now, in a lovely space in downtown Edwardsville, she serves forth exquisite seasonal cuisine. The menu changes frequently, often from day to day, but Zupanci is especially adept with meats. Braised "Italian" beef, if available, is a comforting delight. Seafood dishes, especially scallops, are also excellent. A five-course tasting menu is an ideal way to experience Zupanci's talents and the day's bounty - at $50 per person, it won't set you back much more than any combination of appetizer, entrée and dessert.
    Franco
    Tom Schmidt thought he'd open a diner. After a reasonably priced meal at a trendy Manhattan restaurant, he realized what St. Louis really needed: hearty, affordable French bistro fare smack in the middle of Soulard. You'll find favorites like braised lamb, cassoulet and pommes frites, as well as escargot, frog legs and sweetbreads. A classy, utterly unpretentious restaurant in a beautiful space, Franco also sports an elegant bar fashioned from reclaimed barn wood. The mixologists here almost look too young to be this freaking good at making immaculate, heart-stopping cocktails. Franco's signature drink, the Silver and Sand, features Lillet Rouge, lemon juice, a Danish liqueur Cherry Heering, lemon ginger scotch, lemon bitters and an egg white.
    Frazer's Restaurant & Lounge
    Frazer's has been known by several names since it opened: Frazer's Traveling Brown Bag, Frazer's Brown Bag and now simply Frazer's Restaurant & Lounge. The common thread is chef and owner Frazer Cameron, whose cooking strikes a balance between contemporary style, market freshness and good ol' American comfort. The regular menu features steaks, salmon and other popular dishes, but regulars know to check the chalkboards outside the kitchen for the specials: multiple catches of the day, a king crab boil, pork schnitzel - who knows, really? The list of specials sometimes seems just as long as the list of entrées, if not longer. All the more reason to return again and again.

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