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    6 North Coffee Company-Downtown
    The downtown location of 6 North Café offers a full menu of lunch and breakfast items. Located at 701 Market Street in the Gateway One building, patrons can enter the ground floor café at the corner of Eighth and Chestnut streets. The locally owned 6 North features Kaldi's coffee and loose teas, as well as assorted pastries, bagels and breakfast sandwiches in the morning. Lunch options include hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, salads and daily soups. 6 North also sells fruit, coffee and tea, smoothies, and box lunches catering to downtown offices. Plenty of indoor seating is available offering an upscale coffeehouse ambiance, with additional outdoor tables and chairs along Chestnut Street for fair-weather dining.
    801 Chophouse
    801 Chophouse’s super-size steaks are the most expensive meal in town — and that seems to be the point. The restaurant peddles opulence to holders of corporate cards, as well as regular folks who want to feel like royalty (at least for a day). For the price tag, diners will receive impeccable service, fine wines and shamefully large cuts of beef. Bone-in selections are the best offerings: The strip, rib eye, pork and veal all benefit from the extra flavor (and thicker cut). 801 Chophouse offers a variety of steak enhancements, from Oscar-style with crab and béarnaise to a bone-marrow bath. However, the high-quality steaks and chops are delicious enough on their own. Seafood is incredibly fresh, and the oysters taste straight from the coast. Side dishes are served a la carte: The creamy scalloped potatoes and lobster macaroni & cheese are excellent options — just make sure to ask for a half order so you can save room for the Grand Mariner soufflé.
    Araka
    Steven Caravelli, formerly executive chef at Hubert Keller's steak house Sleek, now mans the kitchen at Araka. The menu retains a focus on the cuisines of Europe's Mediterranean coast, though Caravelli intends to home in on local produce and sustainable meat and seafood. New dishes include seared diver scallops with pork belly and a quail egg, a "duo" of local beef and a "tartare" made from beets. Standard and vegetarian tasting menus are available.
    Arch View Café sits in the Gateway Arch Riverboat dock and offers tourists and locals alike a fast bite to eat while perusing the Arch grounds. Its simple menu features chicken strips, hot dogs, fries and burgers and a veggie burger. Arch View is only open from April to October.
    Asia
    Asia reflects only a sliver of the titular continent's size and cultural variety. Instead it focuses on those countries many might think of when they hear the phrase "Asian cuisine": China, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand. Sushi is prepared well, though the fish itself is merely good, not outstanding. Entrées lean toward Chinese and Chinese-American dishes like General Tso's chicken; house specialties include Peking duck and an excellent Cornish hen dish. The Cornish hen is one of the few values on a relatively high-priced menu.
    Baileys' Range
    Joining Baileys’ Chocolate Bar, Rooster and the Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar, Baileys’ Range is Dave Bailey’s most ambitious venture to date: He seeks to provide luxe-quality burgers in quantities usually associated with Five Guys or Smashburger. Made from locally sourced, grass-fed beef, the burgers are excellent, whether you order yours unadorned, with cheese or classed up with sautéed mushrooms and Taleggio or meated up with pulled pork. Patties made from lamb, bison, duck, chicken and vegetables are also available. The fries are topnotch, the shakes blended with super-creamy housemade ice cream.
    Bar Louie-Kirkwood
    Is Bar Louie a swank cocktail lounge or a neighborhood bar and grill? Depends on when you show up. The Chicago-based chain occupies a massive space in the Central West End, and when it's filled with the young and the beautiful on a weekend night, it's got spark. Stop by for lunch or an early dinner, though, and you may feel lonely. Stick with the basics: sandwiches, burgers and fish tacos. Chase your meal with a beer or martini and watch the pretty people play.
    Ben & Jerry's
    Voice Places is your guide to Ben & Jerry's in St. Louis. The brainchild of two self-proclaimed Vermont hippies back in the 1970s, Ben & Jerry's has grown into a worldwide ice cream empire. Despite being bought out by megacorporation Unilever in 2000, the brand has remained true to its crunchy roots by supporting various causes such as campaign spending reform and even the Occupy movement. Its scoop shops serve up all the B&J's classics, from wacky flavors named for jam bands (Phish Food and Cherry Garcia) to newer creations like the Stephen Colbert-endorsed Americone Dream, plus sundaes, shakes, smoothies and coffee drinks.
    Bissinger's at Maryland Plaza
    The beloved St. Louis institution has received a 21st-century makeover. Its new location in the Central West End's Maryland Plaza is a sleek, modern dessert bar. The menu divides desserts into light-, medium- and full-bodied selections. The last group offers a chocolate terrine as dense as a neutron star and a surprisingly good version of the ubiquitous flourless chocolate cake. Medium-bodied desserts include a silky chocolate pot de crème, and the standout among the light-bodied desserts is a smooth, cooling milk chocolate semi freddo. You can try selected Bissinger's chocolates in "Confection Flights," and several liqueurs are available as shots served in a cup made of chocolate.
    BlackFinn American Grille
    A small, higher-end national chain, BlackFinn American Grille (located in the St. Louis Galleria) offers something for everyone, from chicken tenders to crab cakes, fish and chips to Chilean sea bass. Those fish and chips bring tender slabs of haddock in a crisp jacket of deep-fried batter; the fried calamari are pretty good, as is a soft pretzel appetizer. Stop by on your way (or from) the mall's many, many shopping opportunities.
    Brazikat Brazilian Steak & Seafood House
    Brazikat Brazilian Steak & Seafood House, which occupies a spacious address in Clayton’s Carondelet Plaza development, is a churrascaria, the all-you-can-eat Brazilian steakhouse. More precisely, Brazikat calls itself (and prices itself) like a churrascaria. In fact, the Brazikat experience is no more indicative of Brazilian culture than a bikini wax. The meats, often poorly cut by the “gaucho” servers, taste overwhelmingly of mesquite smoke. As for the seafood, the less said, the better. The "35-item gourmet food bar" is a salad bar. It does not always have 35 items, either — though maybe you’re supposed to count the two containers of croutons separately.
    Burger Bar
    The second outpost of Hubert Keller's Burger Bar concept (the original is in Las Vegas) is one of the acclaimed chef's two restaurants in the Lumiere casino complex. Burger Bar offers countless variations on the standard burger, with nearly four dozen different toppings -- from different cheeses, bacons and vegetables to cranberry sauce, marinated anchovies and even foie gras -- to go with several different kinds of beef, as well as bison, turkey and a vegetable patty. "American Kobe" beef is luscious, but expensive. The menu features six "Chef's Burgers" designed by the kitchen, including the $60 Rossini: American Kobe beef with foie gras, shaved black truffle and a Madeira sauce.
    C.J. Muggs-Webster Groves
    With a large menu, big bar and plenty of seating, C.J. Muggs, at the corner of Lockwood and Gore avenues in Webster Groves, feeds and entertains locals and newcomers en masse. The menu features expected and unexpected bar fare, including Bayou shrimp sautéed in a beer-and-butter sauce, three-bean chicken chili and Creole gumbo. C.J. Muggs also serves an expansive selection of pizzas, baked with both mozzarella and Provel cheeses. Some of the restaurant's heftier bites include entrées, burgers and sandwiches, including a bourbon pepper steak, seared and topped with a sweet onion bourbon sauce and onion strings, a barbecued pulled pork sandwich and the "St. Louis Bleus" burger topped with blue cheese and bacon. Local musicians rock out on a corner stage, and after a few beers, you'll be waving your lighter in the air with a group of new best friends. C.J. Muggs also offers patio seating along the sidewalk, and the Webster Groves location houses a large private banquet room.
    Cafe Breve-AT&TCenter
    To musicians, a breve is a double whole note; to coffee drinkers, as Café Breve's convenient coffee charts explain, a breve is an espresso shot and half-and-half topped with foam. Located in the AT&T Center at 909 Chestnut Street, breakfast and lunch diners can find their way into Café Breve at the building's entrance at Tenth and Pine streets. The local chain specializes in coffee drinks for the early-morning crowd but also offers full breakfast and lunch menus. In addition to scones, muffins and assorted pastries, Breve's breakfast options include bagels, croissants and ciabattas filled with eggs, meat and cheese. Their lunch items allow patrons to design their own sandwich or choose from their many grilled paninis, wraps and salads. The coffee they offer is Café Breve's own brand, with an array of flavors and roasts available daily. They also serve fruit smoothies and ice cream, for those interested in a quick sweet treat.
    Cafe Cioccolato
    A Snickers bar and a Coke would be an odd, out of place even, accompaniment to enjoying a relaxing seat in the lush, historic lobby of the Paul Brown building. Fortunately, connected to that lobby, chocolate aficionados can find a more apt taste of toothsome delights. Behind the glass cases in Cafe Cioccolato, in a rainbow of browns and reds and yellows and whites, sit rows of decadent little treasures brought over from the continent, each one labeled with its region of export. Try a French caramel or a Swiss truffle or taste a Belgian Neuhaus creation made from only pure cocoa butter. Cioccolato also offers a few bites made in-house, such as their chocolate-covered caramel coins. The chocolatier sells espressos and hot chocolate in addition to their saccharine morsels, and their 5 p.m.-to-7 p.m. happy hour features beer, wine and liquor, and other specially prepared food. Patrons can sit in one of the cafés large, comfy chairs and taste a bit of sweetness from the Cocoa Belt.
    Cantina Laredo in Clayton is the first St. Louis location of the Dallas-based upscale Tex-Mex chain. The restaurant’s large, modern bar has quickly become a happy-hour hot spot, pouring stiff drinks for the area’s business clientele. On the food side, diners can expect modernized, fusion versions of Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes, anchored by a large selection of fajitas and enchiladas. The restaurant’s signature appetizer, the “Top Shelf Guacamole,” is prepared tableside, with accoutrements added to one’s preferences. The “Enchiladas Veracruz” features two tortillas stuffed with a Mexican version of chicken spinach dip, and the “Costillas Con Fajita” is a gigantic, searing hot platter of ribs, steak and chicken, large enough for three diners. A must-try is the “Torta de Carnitas,” smoked pork topped with goat cheese, apricot jam and an over-easy egg. Though it’s difficult to save room for dessert, one must find a way to manage: The Mexican apple pie, finished with brandy butter tableside on a searing-hot cast-iron skillet is a scrumptious end to the meal.
    Cardwell's in Clayton
    Many of chef Joe Hovland's entrées bear a happy resemblance to Thanksgiving plates overloaded with tidbits from eight different platters and casserole dishes. Hovland has an irrepressible enthusiasm for cooking and characterizes the restaurant's cuisine as "New American." He especially likes to prepare fish and shellfish, including outstanding lump-crab cakes. His five-onion soup is perhaps the best interpretation of French-onion soup in town.
    Charlie Gitto's-Hollywood Casino
    Dim lighting and secluded booths make Charlie Gitto's a great place to be romantic, incognito or both: No one will notice you, because the crowd is always intent on the huge plates of old-school St. Louis-style Italian food set before them. Fried calamari, served with a citrus chipotle mayo sauce, is crunchy and spicy. The standout entrée is the tenderloin Siciliano: a buttery cut of beef two inches thick, smothered with Provel and mushrooms and surrounded by a phalanx of tasty vegetables. See listing for second location under "Downtown."
    Chuy Arzola's
    One of St. Louis' most beloved restaurants returns, but the new incarnation of Eddie Arzola's Dogtown Tex-Mex joint isn't your father's Chuy Arzola's. Literally: Arzola is still involved, but the driving force is his son Coby, along with Café Ventana owners Ami Grimes and Gurpreet Padda. The menu features crowd-pleasing favorites: tacos, enchiladas, burritos and the "secret recipe" fajitas. In general, roasted pork is an excellent choice for any meal, and the enchiladas suizas (chicken with Chihuahua cheese and cilantro-spiked sour cream) are a nice change from good ol' chicken enchiladas with ranchero sauce.
    Cielo
    Cielo, in Laclede's Landing, is several steps above the usual St. Louis restaurant. Literally: The restaurant is on the eighth floor of the Four Seasons hotel, and the view of the Arch from its floor-to-ceiling windows is certainly one of the city's most striking. The food, too, is impressive. The contemporary Italian menu includes housemade pasta with such uncommon touches as veal cheek and oxtail ravioli. Entrees succeed on balance: A grilled Berkshire pork chop is paired with crisp Bosc pair and wilted chicory, a fantastic blend of sweet, savory and bitter. An excellent destination, provided you just hit it big at Lumiere Place next door.
    The Cup-Central West End
    The Cup -- known as the Cupcakery until July 2010 -- offers the Platonic ideal of the beloved birthday-party cupcakes of your childhood: perfect cake, moist and flavorful, topped with luscious buttercream. The best cupcake on the regular menu is the "Peanut Butter Cup," whose peanut-butter buttercream tastes exactly like the peanut-butter filling of its namesake candy -- and it comes with a piece of that candy on top. Each week brings one or two special cupcakes. Keep your eyes open for the "Lemon Drop" and "Red Velvet Cake" in particular. Though not as elaborate as some gourmet cupcakes, the Cup's masterpieces are simply divine.
    El Indio
    Located in a colorful stand-alone building in Webster Groves, El Indio serves up authentic Mexican cuisine. The extensive menu features a variety of the usual suspects: tacos, burritos and chimichangas, and combination platters for those wanting to try it all. Guests can also enjoy live music. El Indio also offers vegetarian combinations, a full bar and a kids' menu. Specialties include a shrimp chimichanga and carnitas.
    Hard Rock Cafe
    St. Louis' version of the popular tourist and music-fan destination Hard Rock Café sits in downtown's Union Station. The restaurant's décor stays true to its brethren - memorabilia covers the walls, with information posted for each item. Highlights include one of Diana Ross' dresses and a Bo Diddley guitar. After guests take some time to peruse the many rock artifacts, they can digest the extensive menu. Hard Rock Café's selections include typical American fare - nachos, wings and quesadillas for appetizers, and sandwiches, steaks and a hefty burger menu for the main course.
    Ice Kitchen
    True to its chilly blue decor, the Ice Kitchen strives for a polar level of cool. Physically, this bar may be located in the heart of Westport, but the black-clad, uber chic patrons might make you feel like you're stuck in the Matrix. The menu consists of small and large plate "continental fusion" cuisine, including Peruvian, Asian and Greek-inspired tapas, and the bar boasts the largest martini and vodka catalog in St. Louis, with over 100 vodkas to choose from. By night, this young urban professional scene becomes a raging hip-hop and R&B dance party fueled by live DJ sets.

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