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Bixby's brings an appreciation for contemporary seasonal, locally oriented cuisine to that old warhorse, the museum café. The lunch menu (available Monday through Sunday) includes simple but excellent entrées (grilled chicken is a standout), sandwiches, salads and appetizers (a trio of small crab cakes is excellent). The Sunday brunch buffet more than makes up for in quality what it might lack in breadth. Included in the brunch price are several items made-to-order in the kitchen, including very good eggs Benedict and a small Belgian waffle.
Forest Park's Boathouse lies in the heart of the park, nestled near the art museum and zoo, making it an easy go-to for weary, hungry park visitors. The patio sits next to Post-Dispatch Lake, where paddle boaters cruise by during the summer/early fall. The menu provides options for all ages, with salads, pizzas, sandwiches and a separate kids' menu. The outdoor bar offers cold beverages for those who are waiting for a table or just want to sit outside and take in the surroundings.
As you might expect from the man who brought St. Louis Blueberry Hill and the Pin-Up Bowl, the restaurant inside the Moonrise Hotel features plenty of retro kitsch: paintings of ray guns and rockets, moon- and space-related tchotchkes behind glass. The menu veers toward contemporary bistro cuisine, including steak frites, roasted chicken and trout grilled on a plank. Appetizers include a topnotch (and spicy!) calamari starter in jalapeno-garlic butter and a lobster beignet (basically, lobster in a doughnut). Breakfast and lunch are served daily. The cocktail menu is excellent. For a change, try the Blood & Sand, a Scotch-based creation infused with citrus and herbs. In addition, the rooftop offers unmatched views of “one of the 10 Great Streets in America” (dubbed by the American Planning Association) all the way to the arch underneath a rotating moon, said to be the world’s largest. The newly opened New Moon Room offers an additional all-season indoor/outdoor space with bottle service.
Formerly home to Krieger's, the restaurant adjacent to the Hampton Inn on the site of the old Barn is now the Highlander Pub & Grill, a Celtic-leaning sports bar and restaurant. Various sporting events project onto the large screens above the bar while the many other TVs throughout the restaurant also air hockey, football, soccer and whatever other sports are on. The menu includes a few Celtic-inspired dishes, such as Scotch eggs and shepherd's pie, but also embraces its St. Louis home with St. Louis-style pizza, T-ravs (available with beef or cheddar and jalapeno) and a section of the menu called "a touch of the Hill" featuring pastas and other Italian dishes.
In the mood for a Rocky Mountain high, or just a caffeine high? Get your fix either way at Kayak's, a coffeehouse that could easily pass for a ski lodge in Vail, staffed by baseball-capped, groovy-cool dudes and dudettes who look like they're saving up the cash for a one-way ticket to Breckenridge. Even the sandwich names get into the game: Order your basic turkey-cheese-greens panini or wrap via a moniker like the Telluride, the Yukon or the Durango. (What is this, lunch or SUV?) Try the organic chocolates for sale by the register or, in winter, treat yourself to the Mexican hot chocolate.
After a series of bad press and financial difficulties, the team behind Panorama at the Saint Louis Art Museum knew they had to make some changes. As part of their reinvention efforts, they brought in a new general manager, a new chef and changed the menu to better reflect the tastes of St. Louis diners. Their efforts paid off. The new (and much improved) Panorama features dressed-up classic dishes, such as apricot baked brie, beef carpaccio and a grilled chicken Waldorf salad. Panorama’s menu also includes several excellent vegetarian options, such as the hearty Ozark Forest mushroom melt and the zucchini, kale and mushroom platter. The croque-madame, overstuffed with thinly shaved ham and accented with apples and sage, is topped with melted Gruyere, béchamel sauce and an over easy egg for an excellent lunch or brunch option. Panorama’s menu also includes several entrees, such as a Burgundy braised short rib, beef tenderloin and grilled chicken. The vegetarian autumn zucchini, kale and mushroom platter, served over goat-cheese polenta, is a must-try, even for meat-eaters. Panorama serves brunch on Sunday, with a menu that includes smoked salmon benedict and decadent stuffed French toast. With its tasty food, gorgeous setting and stunning view, Panorama is a delicious dining destination.
Pin-Up Bowl is another Joe Edwards establishment that, like all Joe Edwards establishments in the Delmar Loop, is an insanely popular mainstay with both locals and out-of-towners. The bowling alley and bar draws the post-Pageant and typical Loop crowd: Wash U students, scenesters, misfits and everything in between. Blue neon bathes the handful of lanes, and whoops and hollers can be heard from the bar, but you'll enjoy drinking here even if you don't feel like swapping your heels (or Chucks!) for bowling shoes.
Nestled inside St. Louis' Victorian jewel, Tower Grove Park, the Vernon W. & Marion K. Piper Palm House is a popular upscale host for weddings and parties with its high glass ceilings and lush array of vibrant greenery. Inside the Palm House, park visitors on Sunday can relax with brunch at Café Madeline. The French-inspired menu features an omelet station, soups, salads and a changing list of entrées. Fresh orange juice, coffee and mimosas are available to round out the dining experience, along with the café's namesake dessert. Reservations are strongly recommended and should be made well in advance on special holidays.
PuraVegan is a vegetarian- and vegan-friendly restaurant located in St. Louis City near the Central West End.
Owners Steven Preston and Ron Bray wanted to bring a different kind of entertainment experience to St. Louis. Siam is their experiment. The restaurant, bar and nightclub wants patrons to eschew labels (gay or straight, restaurant or club) and just come out for some good food and dancing. Chef Tyler Davis’ pan-Asian menu features fusion interpretations of classic comfort food. The Korean fried chicken, or “KFC,” drizzled with a sweet soy reduction, is an Eastern take on the chicken wing. Likewise, the “Umami Sliders” dress up the classic bar staple with housemade tofu, sweet tomato jam, fried shallots and wild mushrooms. Most notable is the kimchi hot pot, a steaming dish of pork-infused broth that teems with house-fermented vegetables, spinach, leeks and pork belly. Siam also serves a comprehensive sushi selection; the spicy crab and baked scallop salad on the “Goku roll” makes it a must-try. Do not pass on the desserts. Formerly a pastry chef, Davis’ creativity is on full display with offerings such as plum wine poached pears with mascarpone cheese. If the weather permits, dine on the patio, then head to the dance floor to work off what you ate.
At St. Louis Italian Restaurant & Pizza Co., pizza lovers have plenty to choose from. For starters, the St. Louis-style pizza can be made with either Provel or mozzarella. But if you aren't in the mood for the cracker-thin hometown fave, other pizza options include Manhattan-style, Chicago-style, New York-style and Boston-style pizzas. St. Louis Italian Restaurant & Pizza also has a variety of pastas and plenty of room in their spacious dining room and separate bar area.
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