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Like a fine Bordeaux, Atlas grows richer and more noble with each year. The menu is timeless, with attention paid to the quality of ingredients and meticulous preparation rather than pizzazz and the latest trends. Dishes change seasonally, but you'll certainly find excellent lamb and pork dishes as well as a fish of the day and vegetarian selections. The steak frites, a staple, is the best in town.
Basso is Italian for low, and this restaurant is located in the cavernous basement of the Restaurant at the Cheshire. Part of the multimillion-dollar renovation of the Cheshire hotel on the western edge of the city, Basso boasts as its chef Patrick Connolly, a St. Louis native who made his name (including a James Beard Foundation award) in Boston and New York City before returning home. His menu is “Italian gastropub,” which in practice means excellent wood-fired pizzas and rustic pasta dishes. The “McDowell’s Golden Arcs,” with speck, delicata squash and Fontina, is a standout pizza. Among the pastas, try the mafalda, thin ribbons of pasta tossed with a beef and pork ragù, pecorino romano and breadcrumbs.
Chef John Helbig and his wife Shari serve up mid-range Italian fare from their restaurant, Bella Sera, in Sunset Hills. Starters include not only St. Louis fave toasted ravioli, but also toasted cannelloni, along with other appetizers. Bella Sera's pasta dishes range from the standards - tortellini and spaghetti and meatballs - to specialty pastas such as the Cajun fettuccine and linguine Bella Sera, which includes grilled chicken, mushrooms, roasted red peppers and asparagus in a garlic-cheese sauce. Entrées include a concise listing of chicken and steak dishes such as chicken spiedini and New York strip steak as well as seafood and veal. Bella Sera also offers sandwiches, pizzas and a kids' menu. Banquet facilities and catering are also available.
Set in a historic home just off the cobblestone streets of old town St. Charles, Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas charms diners with its cozy atmosphere. The menu is an eclectic array of Spanish small plates, such as chorizo-stuffed dates, fried calamari and spicy pork and beef meatballs. Bella Vino offers several pastas and flatbreads; most notable is the duck-prosciutto flatbread; instead of sauce, the base is rich mascarpone cheese topped with cured duck, caramelized onions and Gorgonzola cheese. Bella Vino makes its desserts in house, and the gooey butter cake is its standout. The bottom of the cake has an almost savory, brown-butter nuttiness that is complemented by the creamy and caramely topping. Cozy up by the fireplace, order a bottle of wine and let the plates keep coming.
Billy G’s, the Kirkwood hot spot, offers something for everyone with its large menu and even larger portions. A significant portion of the menu is Italian, although burgers, sandwiches, and even some southern classics round out the seemingly endless options. Of special note is the pizza, thin crust and cooked to a crispy flakiness in wood oven. The food is average, but the restaurant is always packed to the brim because of its location and self-fulfilling reputation as the place to be seen in Kirkwood. The patio is worth a visit, with several fire features (including a table with a built-in fireplace), cozy semicircle booths, and a large outdoor bar. It’s a lovely spot to reconnect with high school friends for a cocktail on a lovely day or night, just expect the food to be secondary.
Owner Ben Bishop Jr. wanted to create a restaurant that would pay homage to Chesterfield’s roots. The result of his efforts is Bishop’s Post, a restaurant that touts “classic comfort fare,” but feels more like an American-style bistro. Bishop’s Post is a comfortable, beautiful restaurant, and its lush, landscaped patio — complete with a waterfall — is one of the loveliest in town. Food, however, is inconsistent. Appetizers range from a delicious sweet-corn and roasted green-chile tamale to a beef tenderloin bruschetta with caramelized onions, roasted garlic and Asiago cheese that is so tender it melts in the mouth. Entrees include a variety of steaks and chops, as well as bistro classics such as grilled duck breast and sautéed quail-breast medallions. Execution is spotty, but the setting and service are worth a drink and appetizer at happy hour.
Though Blind Tiger only opened in December 2013, it has already established itself as a prominent Maplewood bar and restaurant. Located at 7376 Manchester - just a few doors away from owner Michael McLaughlin’s other digs, The Crow’s Nest - Blind Tiger specializes in pizza, ribs and whiskey. The bar features more than 15 bourbons, eight ryes, six Irish whiskeys, two Canadians, nine scotches and three local Missouri whiskeys. The eight beers on tap are all local, with some out-of-state bottles also available. It also has a small cocktail list that changes every month. The menu features soups, salad, polenta, ribs, wings and pizza. Specialty za crusts include a New York style, which is totally vegan, and a St. Louis style, which is gluten free. Blind Tiger also offers deliveries for those who live close enough. Still in its early stages, Blind Tiger is working to book more DJs and bands at the in-house venue, in addition to private events, whiskey tastings and even weddings.
Tucked into the Kingshighway Hills neighborhood of south city, Corvid’s Café is the quintessential neighborhood café — a place to gather, have a light meal or grab a cup of coffee to go. Owners John and Cindy Panian had been operating a catering company next door for eight years, and when the adjacent restaurant space (formerly World Café) became available, they jumped at the chance to put their own stamp on the place. The menu features light, classic café fare, such as tarragon-infused chicken salad and a spinach salad topped with dried fruit, sunflower seeds and Gorgonzola. The signature item is the “Crabwich,” a fried crabcake fritter served with oven roasted tomatoes, arugula and ancho chile sauce on a pretzel croissant. Other offerings include housemade pizzas and dressed-up baked potatoes. It’s the perfect place to sink into an overstuffed couch in front of the fireplace, sip a cup of coffee and snack.
Just like old times: St. Louis' favorite dessertery has been resurrected, in Webster Groves. A seasonal menu of appetizers ("little plates"), sandwiches, soups, salads and nightly specials provides an ample prelude to the decadent main course (as it were). Before you dig into dessert, sample seared tuna and herb-roasted chicken, both served in European-style portions that won't, um, ruin your appetite. When you're ready for the main event, the old reliable trio of flambéed favorites is still available -- cherries jubilee, and bananas or strawberries Cyrano -- as are the chocolate-encased Cleopatra and (likewise) the World's Fair Eclair. If those don't trip your trigger, choose from the seasonal list of scrumptious pastries.
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.
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.
One of the most popular restaurants on the square (though technically, it's a few blocks away), Eleven Eleven Mississippi is the perfect spot for a dinner party or an intimate dinner date for two. The restaurant bills itself as a "Wine Country Bistro," and the wine list is up to the challenge along with a menu featuring variations on casual Northern Italian and California fare. Wild boar is a house specialty -- that's right, wild boar. The soft lighting and graceful décor helps create an intimate atmosphere to ensure things go well on that first date.
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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