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Ain't nothing like a good rooftop bar, and 360 is one of the swankest. Occupying the entire top floor of the Hilton at the Ballpark, 360 offers a view that rivals the Arch, without the cramped space of those washing machine-sized trams inside our unmistakable landmark. The owners of 360 spared no expense; the posh interior features a spectacular two-story waterfall, elegant bars both inside and out, and glassed-in VIP seating for the well-heeled. The extravagant menu features high-end and locally-sourced ingredients, and a perfectly curated drink list that will make your mouth water. From the roof deck, check out the nearby Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River churning just underneath, the cityscape to the west and a unique vantage point directly into Busch Stadium.
Chef Lou Rook's imaginative cooking makes this a castle fit for a king. Specialties such as smoked trout come from Troutdale Farms, but Rook is at his best mixing and matching things such as jumbo lump crab and andouille cakes with chipotle aioli. There's also a wide selection of burgers and sandwiches. The 700-label wine list is a recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
Steven Caravelli, formerly executive chef at Hubert Keller's steak house Sleek, now mans the kitchen at Araka. The menu retains a focus on the cuisines of Europe's Mediterranean coast, though Caravelli intends to home in on local produce and sustainable meat and seafood. New dishes include seared diver scallops with pork belly and a quail egg, a "duo" of local beef and a "tartare" made from beets. Standard and vegetarian tasting menus are available.
Like a fine Bordeaux, Atlas grows richer and more noble with each year. The menu is timeless, with attention paid to the quality of ingredients and meticulous preparation rather than pizzazz and the latest trends. Dishes change seasonally, but you'll certainly find excellent lamb and pork dishes as well as a fish of the day and vegetarian selections. The steak frites, a staple, is the best in town.
Located at 1915 Park in the heart of the idyllic Lafayette Square neighborhood, Bailey’s Chocolate Bar serves up some of the city’s best desserts and cocktails, in addition to a small but stellar selection of savory offerings. Thanks to its dim lighting and the rich browns and reds that dominate the interior, Bailey’s Chocolate Bar is well-known as one of the city's most romantic spots. Selections range from classic desserts like crème brûlée and Bailey’s strawberry sundae to more contemporary creations like their vegan banana split made with strawberry sorbet, as well as a variety of house-made ice creams and truffles. Savory offerings include sandwiches, salads and pizzettas, and a sizeable selection of fine cheeses. The bar serves up a bevy of beers, wines, spirits, and specialty cocktails – your sweet tooth will thank you.
Well-known local chef Bill Cardwell (Cardwell's at the Plaza) and his business partner and executive chef John Kennealy bring modern city dining to the exurbs. Handsome and smoothly run, BC's Kitchen offers generous portions of typical New American bistro fare - short ribs, pork chops, roasted chicken - all of it prepared with the utmost attention to detail. The St. Louis-cut spare ribs are a highlight, the meat more than flavorful enough to stand up to a smoky, tangy barbecue sauce. And Cardwell crafts one of the best burgers in town, with blue and cheddar cheese, bacon and a spicy-sweet tomato relish far superior to ketchup.
Mention Big Sky to anyone who's been there, and watch their mouths water. Tim Mallett's Webster Groves eatery is one of those wondrous places where fun combinations of creative ingredients make for highly edible entertainment. Whenever you go, the big bowl of mashed potatoes is obligatory.
California Pizza Kitchen originated in Beverly Hills in 1985, riding the "California cuisine" wave that would come to define the culinary decade; the company now boasts 250 locations of casual sit-down eateries with modern, neutral decor and a casual-yet-upscale feel. A pioneer of envelope-pushing fusion pizzas, the chain claims to have invented the now-ubiquitous barbecue chicken pizza, an anchor of a menu that offers pies topped with everything from Thai-spiced chicken with peanut sauce and bean sprouts to bacon, avocado and mayo-dressed lettuce on three different crust options: original, honey-wheat or thin and crispy. Besides the namesake pizzas, CPK offers hungry St. Louis diners a full menu of "California twist[s] on global flavors" including enormous salads like the Spago-inspired Chinese Chicken and a so-right-now Quinoa and Arugula, plus other globe-trotting items ranging from "Tuscan" hummus and tortilla soup to fish tacos and cedar-plank salmon. California Pizza Kitchen is easy to find on Voice Places.
This Mediterranean-style restaurant in the bowels of the Renaissance Grand caters almost exclusively to hotel guests, so the kitchen could try to get away with an uninspired menu and lazy preparations. But instead the food is excellent, whether it's a flaky and fatty striped sea bass or a lustful rack of lamb. A great place to eavesdrop on traveling businessmen or take an illicit lover on a date: Nobody you know will be there.
Many of chef Joe Hovland's entrées bear a happy resemblance to Thanksgiving plates overloaded with tidbits from eight different platters and casserole dishes. Hovland has an irrepressible enthusiasm for cooking and characterizes the restaurant's cuisine as "New American." He especially likes to prepare fish and shellfish, including outstanding lump-crab cakes. His five-onion soup is perhaps the best interpretation of French-onion soup in town.
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