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    La Tejana Taqueria
    A liquor store that serves tacos? A taqueria that sells booze? However you describe La Tejana, you're likely to throw in such adjectives as "favorite" and "best." The food is that good. The menu, handwritten and taped to the wall, is basic: tacos, tortas and a few platters with meat, rice and refried beans. Try the tacos campechanos, a mixture of steak and chorizo, and the brawny, porcine tacos al pastor. The highlight is the weekend preparation of carnitas, crisp on the outside, tender inside, and outrageously flavorful.
    Laredo on Lafayette Square
    Laredo on Lafayette Square replaces Arcelia’s as the Mexican restaurant with a picturesque view of Lafayette Park. Laredo offers a selection of Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites presented with more attention to detail and bolder flavors than you’d expect, like enchiladas coated in a rich, smoky red sauce, or chicken in a nutty, dark-chocolate mole (pollo en mole). There’s a selection of “fusion” dishes — chipotle-rubbed swordfish, a rib-eye steak in a poblano-cream sauce — as well. And Laredo’s torta, centered on chicken prepared milanesa style, is a gem.
    Part pizza place, part concert venue, and part dive bar, Lemmons is a one-of-a-kind St Louis establishment located at 5800 Gravois in the Bevo Mill neighborhood. There’s always something to do at Lemmons; the bar hosts live music on stage several nights per week, but even when there’s not a band playing, Lemmons has plenty of activities to keep your whole group happy. If bar games are what you’re into, they’ve got you covered with foosball, shuffleboard, pinball, and pool, as well as a few arcade games. Wednesday and Thursday nights Lemmons hosts some of the city’s best trivia, and every Monday the bar offers a free pizza buffet while cult classics like High Fidelity, Army of Darkness, and The Princess Bride don the projector. While the main culinary attraction from Lemmons’ is their cheese-slathered Chicago-style pizza, the menu also includes thin-crust and pan pizzas, burgers and appetizers like garlic bread, cheese fries and that quintessentially St. Louisan snack - toasted ravioli.
    The Libertine, a trendy Clayton eatery and craft cocktail bar, is brought to life by Food and Wine’s “People’s Best New Chef-Midwest 2012” John Galliano. Billing itself as a neighborhood eatery, the menu features an eclectic array of American, farm-to-table style small plates and entrée size options with a slight nod to Galliano’s Southern heritage. The Three Little Birds, an outstanding stack of juicy game hen, chicken and quail, served atop creamy grits, is a well-deserved Libertine signature. Also notable are the fiery scorched peppers (they are quite spicy) with molasses bacon and the whimsical buffalo style “pig tails” with whipped gorgonzola and brown butter polenta. For burger aficionados, do not pass up the diner burger an oozing stack of locally raised beef, molasses bacon caramelized onions and house made “cheese whiz” (white cheddar foam). The rich bun, griddled in bacon fat, makes this sandwich positively sinful. The Libertine is equal part craft cocktail bar where the mixologists use seasonal ingredients and house-made cordials and bitters to create inspired libations. Patrons will notice classics like the Manhattan or rum and Coke all dressed up with The Libertines special twist.
    Little Country Gentleman
    In the evening, Mike Randolph’s Clayton restaurant transforms itself from the upscale breakfast spot Half & Half to one of the most ambitious entries on the St. Louis dining scene: Little Country Gentleman. Diners must choose a prix-fixe tasting menu: three courses, six courses or the “Grand Tasting Menu,” which can stretch over a dozen dishes (and several hours). Preparations feature creative and often memorably delicious takes on mainly local and seasonal produce (plus scallops, lobster and other non-local seafood). The wine list, overseen by Dan Parseliti, features many lesser-known Old World selections. Little Country Gentleman ain’t cheap, but it can be as exhilarating as any restaurant for miles around.
    There's not much they don't do at Lola: live music seven days a week, stellar cocktails, upscale small plates, brunch, crepes. Located just off Washington Avenue, Lola strives to be a joint for downtown denizens that's by the neighborhood, for the neighborhood - balancing loft-district energy with food and drink you actually want. The crêpes are a good bet: the Delilah, stuffed with shrimp, crab and crawfish étouffée, is especially tasty. The lineup also includes sandwiches (these, too, have female names, though not as sexy as the crêpes) and small plates such as polenta fries paired with ratatouille and pan-fried lamb chops with a panko coating. The cocktail list, many of its entries named for downtown buildings, features truly excellent martinis and even mocktails (cleverly named after infamous celebrity rehab facilities) for those on the wagon. You'll never be without live entertainment at Lola, whether it's a hip-hop spin in the Absinthe Bar or up front with the soulful stylings of Mo E or Javier Mendoza.
    Lumiere Place Casino & Hotel
    Lumiere Place is the premier gambling and entertainment mecca in downtown St. Louis. It's an immense cathedral to decadence; the 75,000-square-foot gaming floor is crammed with more slot machines, roulette tables and Wheels of Fortune than you can shake a stick at, and you'll find the most fascinating collection of persons in the joint, from grandmas neatly pulling sick stacks of twenties out of the many ATMs to awed, fresh-faced college students popping their casino cherries. Hotel Lumiere is Missouri's one and only AAA Diamond hotel, and the lighting is informed by the incomparable work of Dale Chihuly and the Aqua Lounge boasts local and national touring acts a few nights a week. Casinos don't get much better than this.
    Lure Nightclub
    This 7,000-square-foot nightclub is snow-white inside, with minimalist white leather benches for those with the scrill for bottle service. The chosen ones sit on an elevated level overlooking the club, and a VIP bar peeps out from behind gauzy white drapes. A trip to the bathroom will banish any illusions imparted by the swanky all-white decor, however: Like most places with a packed dance floor, the loo at Lure frequently runs out of paper towels -- and unless you're getting bottle service, your $10 Grey Goose cocktail comes in a plastic cup. Still, the DJ's are solid, the crowd is rowdy in the best way possible, and you won't leave Lure without witnessing at least one awesome dance-off.

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