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Just a couple blocks south of where the Old Barn used to stand, or the Checkerdome as some people remember it, or the St. Louis Arena as it had been officially christened, sits the Arena Bar & Grill. This Dogtown mainstay serves traditional bar fare, such as burgers, wings, fried mushrooms and a variety of sandwiches. Patrons can also enjoy the old Blues memorabilia throughout the establishment that celebrates its past as part of a Cheltenham tradition.
The rich and powerful in the city of St. Louis mix with everyday folk for cafeteria lunch at this unadvertised, unsigned, unpriced and unlisted spot at the northern edge of the A.G. Edwards campus. "The barbecue today is pork," says the nice man who offers you the specials. "Would you like that with a side of the au gratin potatoes or the Brussels sprouts? Maybe a nice deviled egg?" This is straightforward, working-class food -- good roast beef, pork and ham, cold cuts sliced fresh to order, tapioca pudding. And a frequent side selection of Jerry Berger, an ex-senator, a high-ranking police officer or a titan of industry.
The Buttery, a small diner on South Grand Boulevard, offers early birds and night owls a chance to get their grub on: The restaurant stays open 24 hours to serve up its traditional diner fare, including burgers and, of course, plenty of breakfast items, such as pancakes, eggs and a slinger. The Buttery serves breakfast anytime and only accepts cash.
Located in the carriage house adjacent to the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion (one of the last remaining revival mansions in St. Louis), Café DeMenil provides a bit of history alongside lunch. The simple menu focuses on sandwiches, salads and a crêpe of the day, with desserts such as bread pudding. Café DeMenil is only open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday and hosts special events in the evenings.
A different kind of fusion cuisine: This tiny storefront offers Pakistani dishes as well as American fast - or fast-casual, if you prefer - food. The Pakistani dishes include richly seasoned chicken biryani, beef kabobs and chicken in an aggressively spicy karahi sauce. The American side of the menu offers burgers and pizza with all the usual toppings. The can't-miss dish is the "broasted" chicken. This is chicken deep-fried in a pressure cooker, essentially, and the results are sensational. The breading is thin, crisp and not overly greasy, while the meat is wonderfully flavorful and spicy.
For those who live across the river from St. Louis, Casa Gallardo has its Fairview Heights location. Diners will find the same favorites available at the chain's other four locations, with a variety of enchiladas, burritos, fajitas and other Mexican food faves. Diners can also sip on one of the many margarita options or perhaps wash it all down with a Dos Equis.
Home of the original chicken sandwich--not to mention nuggets, strips, and those illustrious waffle fries, plus lemonade made from actual lemons--Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A found itself mired in controversy in early 2012 when company president Dan Cathy publicly shared his views against gay marriage. LGBT groups revolted and the media had a field day, with activists staging same-sex kissing demonstrations inside the restaurant and thousands of customers vowing to boycott the chicken chain. But ultimately the brouhaha doesn't seem to have hurt business; loyal fans are still packing the St. Louis drive-thru daily to be served by the most polite employees in the fast food world, who without fail refill drinks with a simple "My pleasure." Chick-fil-A's just a click away on Voice Places.
Eliott Harris won a following for his work behind the sushi bar at Miso on Meramec in Clayton. Now he has gone solo — and mobile — with Chop Shop, serving inventive, overstuffed sushi rolls that you can hold in your hand to eat, like a wrap or burrito. Rolls include the “El Camino” (spicy yellowfin tuna with cucumber, avocado and a ginger-garlic ponzu) and the “Woodie” (snow crab utzed with a chile aioli).
Perhaps every community needs a greasy spoon. If so, then the upscale downtown Clayton area meets its requirement with the Clayton Diner. Not exactly the type of food you might expect around the intersection of Central Avenue and Forsyth Boulevard, this diner serves up breakfast, burgers and other diner fare in a friendly, retro atmosphere. With a few booths and counter seating available, Clayton Diner is a true diner. The breakfast menu features eggs, omelets, hotcakes, French toast, and biscuits and gravy. Daily lunch specials include rotisserie chicken, beef tips in gravy and a catfish sandwich. Burgers and hot dogs are also available, including large offerings and smaller, "buck" versions available for 99 cents. And of course, what diner would be complete without a slinger, made here with two burger patties, cheese, hash browns and an egg all covered in chili.
St. Louis diners who have never managed to master Starbucks' sizing system will find Cold Stone Creamery's similarly challenging; the ice-cream chain eschews small, medium, and large in favor of "Like It," "Love It," and "Gotta Have It" sizes. Once the portion is picked, patrons can concoct their own creations from super-premium ice cream flavors like vanilla, cake batter, chocolate, strawberry and coffee, plus a kaleidoscope of toppings: nuts, brownies, cookies, candy, and even chunks of pie crust. The Creamery's ice cream engineers will scoop your selections onto a frozen slab and deftly fold in the toppings, ensuring that you won't have to hunt very far with your spoon for another hunk of cookie dough. Voice Places has Cold Stone Creamery down cold.
One of the best restaurants in St. Louis, this 70-seat Clayton establishment is the homecoming of chef Jim Fiala, who worked at the renowned Restaurant Daniel in New York. The restaurant's name indicates an intersection of French and Italian influences, which means everything from fresh fish with innovative sauces to Kobe beef short ribs. Vegetables are treated as integral elements rather than secondary side dishes, and even the desserts illustrate impeccable attention to detail.
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