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The original 6 North Coffee Company, located in the Central West End neighborhood, (the other is downtown) prides itself in being local and independent. The family-owned and -operated café, which is open Monday through Friday, serves Kaldi's Coffee, another locally owned company. The menu reflects typical coffee-shop fare, with lattes and mochas to drink and salads, soups and sandwiches to eat. 6 North also offers catering and box lunches.
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.
There's no longer banh mi at BBC Asian Cafe & Bar, even though it used to be one of the place's signature offerings (one of the Bs in BBC supposedly stood for it!). There is instead gyoka, maki, chicken teriyaki and some unexpected choices, such as the unagi crepe, which is filled with mozzarella, crab, unagi and unagi sauce. But these days, BBC is less about the food and more about the nightlife; there's a stylish little bar here and plenty of room to smoke hookah. And while there are plenty of places on South Grand offering just that, to the best of our knowledge, this is the only restaurant in the Central West End with hookah as an option -- making BBC the only place in town to puff away while watching the Euclid Avenue street parade.
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 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.
Skip Steele grew up in Memphis and has been barbecuing as a hobby and a profession for most of his life. His pedigree includes Super Smokers BBQ, the Memphis in May World Barbecue Championship and local barbecue godhead Pappy's Smokehouse. So, yeah, you should try his new joint. The baby-back ribs are excellent, but venture outside your barbecue comfort zone to try the pastrami or the ethereal smoked prime rib, and you'll be richly rewarded. The pit-baked beans are the standout side, almost worth a visit all by themselves.
Brennan's has achieved must-go status among St. Louisans. The quaint Central West End cigar bar and wine market recently got a big city renovation, adding to its already considerable allure. The bar on the main floor of Brennan's is presided over by a billboard-sized sign, with text that changes regularly. Recent offerings: "When a smoking Indonesian toddler looks cooler than you, it's time to reevaluate your Ed Hardy gear," and "Chuck Norris will be upstairs this evening playing ping pong with an ironing board and a watermelon." An unmarked door in the middle of the room leads to the modern-day speakeasy in the basement cellar.
Beer is the first order of business at this midtown brewpub. Buffalo Brewing Co. turns out a small but solid range of beers, from the easy-drinking Buffalo Gold to the, uh, evocatively named Buffalo Drool (it's an American brown ale) to the downright tasty rye IPA. The menu offers beer-friendly fare: burgers, fried fish, wings and pizza. As the name might suggest, bison is available in burger, sausage and chili form; in addition, ground bison is combined with ground beef in the meatloaf. Tours of the brewery (located on site) are available.
Here you can have a light lunch of excellent hot grilled sandwiches, sip a cappuccino while you study for the LSAT or even blot out a bad day with real-deal absinthe. Located on the edge of Central West End and midtown, the cafe adds a touch of artsy French style to an otherwise industrial stretch. Thanks to the patio and annex, there are always plenty of tables and comfy chairs to occupy everyone from neighborhood SLU students and businesspeople to casual passerby. The friendly staffers take their coffee seriously, but that's just the beginning. Sure, you can caffeinate at Cafe Ventana, but you can also brunch, booze and stave off boredom with trivia, movie nights and live music. On any given night, tables get pushed aside for everything from punk to indie rock -- just a couple of the flavors offered at Cafe Ventana after hours.
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.
At Crazy Bowls & Wraps, the premise is simple: choose your vessel (bowl, wrap or salad); choose either brown or jasmine rice, whole-wheat noodles or quinoa; choose a protein - dark-meat chicken or grilled tofu (breast of chicken and other upgrades are extra). Then select from the various options. Crazy Bowls offers everything from a teriyaki bowl or hot and spicy bowl (featuring carrots, napa cabbage and onions in a jalapeño-cilantro sauce) to a spicy Buffalo wrap or Thai wrap. Vegetarians can select from such items as a veggie fajita bowl with red peppers, onion, tomato, cilantro sauce, zucchini, pepperoncinis, beans, cheddar and avocado.
A space-age version of its fellow drive-thru brethren, all of the Del Taco standards are here: Half-pound burritos, the Macho taco, burgers and fries abound. This location makes for a convenient late-night snack for the South Grand bar crowd and SLU students alike.
Evangeline's Bistro & Music House comes from the mind of a musician. Don Bailey, who got his start in the food business while running a concert venue named Three-1-Three in Belleville, Illinois, brings his latest venture to the Central West End. There, he'll present Southern-style dishes alongside live blues, jazz and singer-songwriters. Eats include appetizers like the "Crawfish Carolyn" made with Louisiana crawfish tails, Brandy cream sauce and Parmesan cheese. For a more filling meal, supplement that with entree options including gumbo, red beans and rice, chicken and sausage jambalaya, Louisiana shrimp creole and etouffee. A drink menu features wine by the glass or bottle, several beer options, classic cocktails and Champagne cocktails to drink the night away the New Orleans way.
You don't have to be a VIP to be granted entrance to Exo Lounge, but someone will probably notice if you aren't dressed like one. While you might not find Jay-Z in the booth sippin' Ciroq, you may encounter a local hip-hop star - this is where beautiful urbanites spend their Saturday nights. Plebes party on the main floor, while the elite saunter up the staircase to the private dancefloor and bar beyond. The room follows the ever-popular exposed-brick/warm-wood motif, with low-slung leather banquettes for bottle service overlooking the small dancefloor where the ladies work it out and the fellas sip their inhibitions away.
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