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In the heart of Soulard, 1860 Saloon, Game Room and Hardshell Cafe serves up traditional, delicious fare, plus cajun and creole food. Customer favorites include our Famous Crab Cakes and Homemade Chicken Strips. The oysters, cajun pasta, pizzas and burgers are always a great choice. Enjoy a reasonably priced meal and drinks before taking the complimentary shuttle to Cardinals and Blues games. You can enjoy live Blues, Classic Rock, R&B, and Motown bands 365 days a year in the 1860 Saloon. Play foosball, pool and more in the Game Room. The third area, the Hardshell Café, also has a full bar, ample seating, and a several hundred gallon fish tank. There is lovely outside dining where fur babies are always welcome!
A charming deli on the corner of Soulard's lovely, peaceful Pontiac Park. While there are a few "standard" sandwiches -- a meatball sub with Provel and marinara sauce, the "St. Louisan" (mortadella, capocolla, salami, ham and Provel) -- most are a step above basic deli fare. The "Cajun B.L.T." features very thick, smoky bacon, while the baked mortadella sandwich is a surprisingly happy marriage of mortadella, capocolla, Provel and a relish of artichoke, black olive and tomato. Co-owner Mike Risk (a veteran of Trattoria Marcella) researched cheesesteaks on a trip to Philadelphia, and his delightful rendition is as close to the real thing as you can find in St. Louis.
Located right at Gravois Avenue, just south of Russell Boulevard, near I-55, A-1 Wok is a stand-alone Chinese takeout spot in south St. Louis. Diners place their to-go orders, or pick up their carryout, at the counter. A-1 has a few chairs and benches for waiting but no real dining area. Menu options include St. Paul sandwiches, chop suey, chow mein and numerous combination plates. Specialties include Mongolian beef, hot braised chicken and shrimp with lobster sauce. A-1 does have a parking lot adjacent to the building, and a small surcharge on credit cards.
Some bars are content to offer clean glasses and booze, without gimmicks or an ounce of entertainment. Not so Bar 101; this Soulard joint "gets it all in," to borrow a term from the hip hop playbook. Outside, there's a giant sand volleyball court and about a million square feet of patio space with a large outdoor bar and fire pit. Inside, flat screens blare with in-house adverts and food porn that's bound to make your beer-filled tummy rumble, along with myriad games including basketball and a feat-of-strength boxing game. It's either a mini-Dave and Busters or an adult-friendly Chuck E. Cheese -- only instead of fake gold coins, your prize will be booze. Or maybe a stunning victory on the volleyball court. The menu features traditional bar food (cheese sticks, nachos) alongside unexpected choices (spinach-artichoke Rangoon, battered gator).
If you're looking for a smoky gay bar in which to wile the night away, the Soulard Bastille may be your new favorite hang. The owner closed the kitchen in order to skirt the 2011 smoking ban, and has since hung giant cigarette sculptures outside the bar that read "This house is a'smokin." The walls are covered in flair, from a buffalo head on the wall to Rocky Horror light-up signs and rainbow-colored icicle lights adorning the ceiling. The bartenders are extremely friendly; don't be surprised if they ask you -- no, make that, order you -- to belly up to the bar for mandatory shots.
Nestled in the shadows of the A-B Brewery on the south end of Soulard, Big Daddy's offers a little bit of everything for the south city barfly. The downstairs bar features dj's spinning the latest jams every weekend and ice cold beers and tasty appetizers make it a great place to kick back a watch the game. But an inviting outdoor patio and second upstairs bar give the venue range and seasonal charm.
Every area in St. Louis has its go-to diner, and for South Broadway, that's Billie's Fine Foods. Choose a table or, for the full diner effect, hop on one of the chrome stools at the counter. The menu continues the diner tradition with pancakes, omelets, eggs benedict and corned beef hash among the breakfast options, with home-style entrées such as pork chops, meat loaf and barbecue pork steaks for lunch. Billie's also features daily specials.
Leanna Russo isn't the biggest fan of eating sugar and sweets, but that doesn't mean her Benton Park bakery isn't topnotch. In fact, a light hand with the sweet stuff is what makes Russo's pastries so darn good. The lemon meringue torte with a pine-nut crust and browned Swiss meringue is a lovely blend of sweet and tart with a savory backbeat. Be sure to try the peanut-butter bar, which knocks Reese's out of the park. Savory dishes, including a daily lunch special and made-from-scratch biscuits topped with peppery sausage gravy, are also available.
From the muffalettas and po' boys on the menu to the concert posters, album covers and photos that cover the walls (look for the shot of owner Vince Valenza from his club-gigging days with music buddy Pennsylvania Slim), Blues City Deli screams New Orleans. Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons in this Benton Park deli feature free live concerts from blues artists and more. On these days, a line goes out the door and often around the corner. Even if the wait was long, it'd still be worth it for that sweet (or spicy - you choose) "Memphix Stax" pulled pork piled high with slaw, but with an expeditious sandwich assembly line, visitors never have to go hungry for long. Aside from a "soup of the day" and a couple of salads, we're talking all sandwiches, all the time. Grab a quick bite, kick back with a cold beer and soak up some quality local music.
Located in the heart of Soulard, Carsons is known mainly as a go-to karaoke stop on weekend nights. The cozy atmosphere and laid back crowd make it an easy place to grab the mic and cut loose on the small stage. When the off-tune crooning becomes unbearable, make your way to the large patio to sip that Bud Select al fresco. But this delightful dive offers great prices on cold brews all week long making it a great happy hour spot as well.
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