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The Beale on Broadway home to live blues, soul and R&B seven nights a week 'til 3am.
Husband and wife Wendell Bryant and Latoshia Morrow opened their family-friendly Cabana on the Loop as a relaxed, vacationlike spot to grab breakfast and lunch. The restaurant occupies a storefront on the eastern edge of the Delmar Loop and offers breakfast, lunch and weekends-only dinner. Dishes lean Southern, such as biscuits with turkey gravy, shrimp and grits and a fried catfish sandwich. Cabana on the Loop has a large selection of dressed-up waffles and French toast, as well as a cereal bar that diners can top with a variety of accouterments. Don’t leave without trying the honey-glaze onion rings -- these golden beauties are like a cross between onion rings and a funnel cake.
The food at this cheery South Grand spot is so homey, you half-expect it to turn back your sheets and draw you a warm bath. You can get your three squares at City Diner, and you can - joy of joys - have mashed potatoes with all of 'em. Get mashed spuds with your meatloaf omelet in the a.m. (take that, hangover!). Find them nestled next to an open-face roast beef sandwich at midday. In the evening the taters buddy up with some of the best country-fried steak in town. The City runs circles around typical diner fare with items like grilled polenta, a house roasted pork loin and pesto chicken salad. Tuck into a plate of mac 'n' cheese. You simply can't go wrong here.
The first time you go, Diner's Delight won't look like it's open -- heck, you might even think the place is condemned. But the broken-down exterior is just part of this one-room cafeteria's charm. From these humble environs spring forth soul-food sensations: Salisbury steak, ham hocks, pork steaks, fried chicken, breaded and deep-fried tripe, catfish, candied yams, mustard and turnip greens, black-eyed peas, spaghetti with tomato sauce (a soul-food-cafeteria staple we always get a kick out of). The signature item is the pancake-shape cornbread that comes with every meal (one or two pieces of meat, mix or match, and one or two sides). Proprietor Jo Houston (who's got a warm smile for customers new and old) has been at work here since 1969; in our book, that makes her and her Diner's Delight St. Louis culinary royalty.
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.
Charles and Kizzie Davis’ Ferguson Burger Bar & More started out as a humble burger joint. Then the tragic shooting of Mike Brown by then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson happened, and the pair was thrust into the spotlight as figureheads for a city in crisis. The husband and wife team have risen to the occasion, refusing to shutter as their city was stricken with chaos and grief and serving as a place for the community to gather over soul food and diner fare. The house specialty is the “Garbage Burger” — a ground beef patty, laden with a secret seasoning blend and smashed thin on a flattop so it develops a crispy edge. The burger is topped with lettuce, thick sliced white onions, crispy bacon, a slice of American cheese, mayonnaise and a fried egg. Ferguson Burger Bar & More serves eight different varieties of chicken wingettes, including peach, “Sweetnspicy,” and lemon pepper, as well as fried fish dinners, shrimp and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Breakfast is served all day. For hungry diners, the “Hearty Man’s Breakfast” provides a sampling of nearly the entire a.m. side of the menu: breakfast meat, three eggs, French toast and hash browns smothered in cheese, peppers and onions. Wash it all down with the house’s “Muddy Water,” a refreshing blend of sweet tea and citrusy juice.
Brought to you by In Good Company, the local partnership behind Cafe Ventana, Sanctuaria and Diablitos Cantina, Hendricks BBQ enters the St. Charles market in a big — 17,000 square feet covering two levels — way. The sheer size of the place (slated to be a live-music venue and moonshine distillery, to boot) might be overwhelming, but chef Chris Lee and pitmaster Matt Vanderbeck make sure the focus is squarely on the food. Barbecue, smoked over apple and hickory wood, includes baby-back and St. Louis-cut spare ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, turkey and sausage. If you like sauce, Hendricks’ “STL” is your best bet: complex, with just a little heat. Collard greens with bacon and grits with cheddar cheese are the can’t-miss sides. Consider trying the fried chicken, either by itself or smothered with gravy in an open-face sandwich.
A St. Louis institution so popular you have to line up on a ramp, amusement-park-style, while you wait for a table. Fried chicken is the main attraction here - more than a few claim it's the city's best. For $7.35 you get a half-chicken fried to a crisp, golden brown, the surface uniformly crunchy, the meat tender. Hodak's also features fried fish, chicken-fried steak and even fried frog legs. Those seeking a non-fried meal will find steaks and barbecue as well as sandwiches, burgers and daily lunch specials.
The heartiest of the food found along the old Blues Highway is the stock-in-trade of this charming Webster Groves spot. From old favorites like St. Louis-style spare ribs and pan-fried chicken to stuff you may never have tried (like delicious fried tamales), you'll find something to stick to your ribs, with more than enough left over for the next day. Cajun and Creole specialities, including a gumbo dense with chicken and andouille sausage or shrimp-and-crawfish étouffée, are excellent. Alternatively, opt for a sampler featuring the plates made famous by Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives: "CajAsian Potstickers," red beans and rice, and barbecue spaghetti. It all sounds good, doesn't it? It sounds even better with the soundtrack of live local blues bands that fill the room during the weekends.
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