By Sara Ketterer

Attractions and food go hand-in-hand. The movie theater has popcorn. The circus has peanuts. And the history museum has…award-winning dining?

You bet, says Bridget Pelster, director of restaurant and catering sales. "Bixby’s is a distinctive lunch destination where patrons can enjoy inspired local cuisine, sweeping views of Forest Park and historical artifacts on display." Additionally, Bixby's, located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum, offers a Champagne Sunday brunch—which has kept the eatery as one of OpenTable's Top 100 Brunch Restaurants in America for the past two years—as well as to-go meals like soups, salads and sandwiches through Bixby's Express.

Pelster explains that Bixby's is focused on using fresh, local ingredients to create its classic-with-a-twist seasonal menu, which currently includes items such as Grilled Amish Chicken and Asparagus Truffle Bisque. "This really seems to appeal to locals and travelers alike," she says.

Currently, Bixby's is involved in a multitude of special projects, such as the Shakespeare Festival communal dinners. "Patrons can make reservations to dine at a large communal table, under the stars and enjoy a lavish four-course meal," Pelster says. Dinner tickets also include a reserved seat for that evening's performance.

Over the summer, Bixby's also is offering three Prohibition-themed happy hours in conjunction with the touring American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibit, now at the Missouri History Museum. "Guests will be able to tour the exhibit before, after or during happy hour," Pelster says, noting that the events will include treats such as Caprese canapé, citrus chicken skewers with beer mustard dipping sauce and cocktail-themed cupcakes, as well as a cash bar featuring Anheuser-Busch and Pinckney Bend sips. The first event of the series is on June 24.

This eatery still has more summer plans. "We are so excited Fair St. Louis will find its home in Forest Park this year," Pelster says. "Bixby’s will host a Fourth of July brunch prior to the parade’s start." She explains that the meal will be a lavish buffet, and comes with extra event bonuses such as early parking.

For those who'd rather try Bixby's at its brick-and-mortar location, the restaurant serves seated lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. six days a week, with the Sunday brunch running from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Rental space is available for after-hours entertaining, such as private parties or corporate events.

On The Cover: Award-winning restaurant Bixby's is located inside the Missouri History Museum. For more information, call 361-7313 or visit

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