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St. Louis has approximately 1 million Italian restaurants, but nothing like Acero. Here you don't choose between the red sauce or the white, and you won't find Provel on anything. Sample salumi from the nation's top artisanal producers, or share a quartino of Amarone wine with a special someone. Pasta dishes, especially, are exquisite - small portions crafted with incredible attention to detail; polenta is poured tableside onto a marble slab and then topped with one of several sumptuous sauces. You're meant to order in the traditional Italian style - antipasto, pasta, then entrée -- but there are no rules except to celebrate the sheer joy of good food and wine.
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.
On a typical day at Bolyard's Meat & Provisions, chef Chris Bolyard wields a sharp boning knife from a trusty chain-link utility belt armed with additional tools of the trade. He skillfully breaks down a cut of grass-fed beef from Double B Ranch out of Perryville, one of the many local farms he sources for pasture-raised animals. Meanwhile, elsewhere in his new full-service butcher shop his staff preps sausage, braunschweiger and stocks from scratch.
It's sexy-time over at Boogaloo, the Cuban-Cajun-Creole lovechild of restaurateur Mike Johnson and chef Eric Erhard, who can whip their clientele into a frenzy with seductively spicy tapas dishes like steamed mussels in a bath of coconut milk and white sangria or entrées like a luscious ropa vieja or plantain-encrusted tilapia. If that's not enough to get your motor running, try tippling on crisp mojitos or tart caipirinhas at the bar, which is rigged with actual swings to sit upon. An orgy of food, drink and fun.
The Crow’s Nest in Maplewood offers a laid back atmosphere without slacking in the kitchen or bar. The food menu offers plentiful options for both meat lovers (burgers, meat loaf, deep fried deviled eggs, french dip) and vegetarians (chili served in a pretzel bowl, house-made veggie burger, grilled cheese sandwich with apple compote and honey). The Crow’s Nest also has Metal Brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with all the old favorites: eggs benedict, french toast, omelets, breakfast tacos and burgers made with “the blackest of angus beef,” in addition to chicken and waffles and a veggie slinger. The Crow’s Nest has a slew of daily drink specials and weekly events. Happy hour is every Sunday through Thursday from 4-6 p.m., offering specials like $1 off draft beers, $2 PBR tall boys and $2 Stag pints. Weekly events include Arbitrary Judgment on Monday nights, a “completely absurd” trivia game hosted by RFT favorite Kenny Snarzyk, sponsored by Four Hands and therefore resulting in cheap pints. Specials can also be found during Taco Tuesdays and regular trivia nights on Thursdays.
At Cusamano's, scarf St. Louis-style pizzas oozing over with melted provel like the "Nick's" specialty pizza with hamburger, black olive and mushroom and wash it down -- if you dare -- with a kamikaze or purple hooter shot for just a buck a pop. The purple hooter comes out of an upcycled bottle in a frighteningly artificial grape-ish hue and tastes like melted popsicle. Slam a few or just get a personal-size pitcher of your favorite low budget beer. It's the perfect thing to slosh around while bumping shoulders with punks and metalheads in the pit during the occasional anything goes show upstairs. Cusumano's dark, two-story frat basement, replete with pool tables, bar-top trivia machines and a fun jukebox, also attracts a lot of industry types who swing by after their shifts; if you've ever fantasized about hooking up with a bartender, you'll find plenty to sidle up to here.
The key part of this restaurant's unwieldy name is "BBQ," not "Sports Bar & Grill." Owner Bill Green, using hickory wood and a secret dry-rub recipe passed down from his father, is smoking some of the best barbecue in town at his Forest Park Southeast restaurant. Both spare and loin-back (a.k.a. baby-back) ribs are available, and both are terrific. The brisket is shaved paper-thin and aggressively spiced. A surprise standout: smoked chicken wings - plump, peppery and flat-out delicious.
Flip Flops Cantina Grille is restaurant in Valley Park that specializes in Mexican and Caribbean food.
If you like your American beer cheap and your happy hours cheaper, if your preferred dress code is anything goes, then Foley's may be the place you seek. It's classic St. Louis in oh-so-many ways: its architecture (two rooms of century-old exposed brick and lofty tin ceilings), its demographics (middle-class, skewing so heavily male that there are two men's restrooms and one ladies'), its featured entertainment (pool tables, live bands playing country and rock hits), its camaraderie (friendly clientele and free weekly poker leagues), and most of all, its attitude (relaxed - but not dead).
Right smack in the middle of the bustling Maplewood scene, Foundation Grounds features a wide selection of food options, emphasizing organic, gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free or vegan diets. While the food is great, we're here for the coffee, the selection and quality of which is as carefully watched over as the quality-conscious food. Drinks at Foundation Grounds are easily made dairy-free and vegan-friendly, with soy and almond milks available. In addition to its diverse menu, the cafe plays host to live music and hosts events and specials during the week, and offers a cozy outdoor patio for soaking up sun during warmer months.
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