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Restaurateur Dave Bailey's The Bridge offers a terrific casual-dining experience in a stylish downtown space. The two-story upscale hideaway in downtown St. Louis celebrates artisanal beers and wines and craft cocktails. Artsy lighting and a sumptuous wooden bar create a classically beautiful atmosphere you won’t soon want to leave. The menu intensely focuses on creative small plates, snacks, charcuterie and cheese, sandwiches, salads and small entrees. The decor, especially the giant bird's-nest light fixtures, is, frankly, awesome.
Copia beat the odds, reopening two and a half years after a fire gutted the stylish and popular Washington Avenue restaurant. The look and the menu didn't change much in the hiatus. The space is outsize, with a spacious main dining room and an even bigger "wine garden" (with a retractable roof!). The menu caters to the tastes of St. Louis diners before the economy collapsed. Standout dishes include the smoked spare ribs and duck breast in a sauce of its own pan juices with candied dates and green peppercorns. If a dish sounds too 1990s-early 2000s-ish to be good - like, say, tuna with wasabi-infused mashed potatoes - trust your gut.
The Texas-based chain Flying Saucer Draught Emporium has opened its first St. Louis location a mere pop fly away from Busch Stadium. As the name suggests, the beer selection is the primary draw: 80 craft brews on tap, another 150 in bottles. You will find big names from the craft-beer world, but St Louis’ booming scene is well represented among the selections. The food is standard-issue bar grub: burgers, sandwiches, wings, pizza. The appetizers are the most reliable pleasure, especially the oversize soft pretzels. Several dishes featuring bratwurst are the best bets for your full meal.
Former Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds and business partner Mark Winfield hit a home run with Jim Edmonds 15 Steakhouse, an upscale steak house and lounge. The brief menu features excellent steaks, of course - the dry-aged strip is worth the extra scratch - but the kitchen lavishes attention on every element of the menu, including non-steak entrées and desserts. The people-watching in the surprisingly small dining room is excellent (and even better in the lounge areas). Upstairs from the restaurant, Club 15 is a dimly lit room where pretty young things and the guys who lust after them toss back vodka Red Bulls in plastic cups and get busy on the dance floor. Exposed brick and red lights will make you feel like you're partying in someone's loft, though the ambiance is minimal at best. DJs spin a variety of hip-hop and Top 40, and the young crowd seems ready to party all night.
There's not much they don't do at Lola: live music seven days a week, stellar cocktails, upscale small plates, brunch, crepes. Located just off Washington Avenue, Lola strives to be a joint for downtown denizens that's by the neighborhood, for the neighborhood - balancing loft-district energy with food and drink you actually want. The crêpes are a good bet: the Delilah, stuffed with shrimp, crab and crawfish étouffée, is especially tasty. The lineup also includes sandwiches (these, too, have female names, though not as sexy as the crêpes) and small plates such as polenta fries paired with ratatouille and pan-fried lamb chops with a panko coating. The cocktail list, many of its entries named for downtown buildings, features truly excellent martinis and even mocktails (cleverly named after infamous celebrity rehab facilities) for those on the wagon. You'll never be without live entertainment at Lola, whether it's a hip-hop spin in the Absinthe Bar or up front with the soulful stylings of Mo E or Javier Mendoza.
Seinfeld fans need no introduction to the first St. Louis branch of this national chain. Founder Al Yeganeh was the inspiration for the sitcom's infamous Soup Nazi -- an association that Yeganeh has disavowed. Still, the décor will remind you of the sensation that episode caused: There are poster-size newspaper articles praising Yeganehs soup; a TV set plays nonstop footage of Yeganeh on the news. That's a lot of hype, and the best soups (almost) justify it. Crab bisque brims with buttery sweet meat. Mulligatawny is complex and peppery, and yankee bean soup with bacon has a wonderfully smoky depth. Combos (soup paired with a salad or half of a sandwich) are a good deal.
Guests of the Millennium Hotel downtown and local diners alike can take in 360-degree views of the city at Top of the Riverfront. The restaurant only opens for dinner and for Sunday brunch. Dinner offers selections such as primo tuttomare (lobster, shrimp and sweet crab tossed with linguini, tomatoes, basil, garlic and a white-wine sauce) or various cuts of steak. Brunch includes made-to-order omelets, seafood options as well as a carving station.
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