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No doubt about it, Cielo Restaurant & Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel downtown has one of the best views in the city. But while the vistas are stunning, the food is what makes Cielo one of the best restaurants in town.
There's nothing we like better than visiting an old favorite and finding a couple of new gems on the menu. That's the delightful situation we found ourselves in recently when we dropped in on Cardwell's at the Plaza.
There's nothing like popping in to the local public house for a pint and some bites to warm up on a blustery fall day, and Dressel's Public House in the CWE has long been one of our favorite spots for doing just that.
Robust Wine Bar's Webster Groves location has long been renowned for its fabulous wine selection, as well as the fine food coming out of the kitchen. Earlier this year, Robust ventured into the city for its second location, Robust Downtown at the MX. While the vibe is a bit different than the original, the menu and wine offerings at the new Robust remain top-notch.
We recently made it back to The Grill, The Ritz's high-end steakhouse concept. Executive chef Melissa Lee has more than stepped up to the challenge of maintaining standards while putting her own stamp on the menu.
The trend in new burger joints around town continues unabated. One of the latest to recently open its doors is The Dam. Located on Morganford Road, The Dam serves up plenty of quality burgers, and then some.
St. Louis has long been known for its barbecue; and in recent years, the area has been fortunate enough to see a number of world-class barbecue joints set up shop and bolster this reputation. This trend continues with Sugarfire Smokehouse.
Story: Maude has returned home after an exhausting day. She’s a psychiatrist by trade, a single woman who has recently broken up with her boyfriend and now living alone again. Shortly after she arrives home, she’s interrupted by a friendly young man named Peter. He tells her that he’s noticed that her car is having some trouble, but that he can fix it for her, since he’s a bit of a mechanic.
Seoul Taco has been one of the top food trucks in the St. Louis area for a while now. Last year, the owners opened a brick-and-mortar location in the Delmar Loop, which has proven to be every bit as popular.
Located on the Washington University campus, Ibby's is a far cry from the stereotypical campus cafeteria; it is a restaurant that could easily be serving up its fare in any area of the city where fine cuisine is appreciated.
Story: Set in Russia at the end of the 19th century, The Good Doctor consists of eight comic vignettes, four in each act, that present snapshots of life, mostly in Moscow, among people at all levels of society.
The western reaches of the St. Louis area are getting some quality restaurants to satisfy diners' desire for food and drink that's a bit more elevated. One of the latest arrivals to the scene is Prasino, which recently opened in St. Charles.
Sweetie Pie's The Upper Crust, the newest restaurant from local soul food maven and reality TV star Robbie Montgomery, opened in Grand Center last year, providing another venue for ‘Miss Robbie’s’ down-home specialties.
Panorama, the restaurant housed in the Saint Louis Art Museum's new East Building, opened in July. Since then, there has been a rapidly building buzz around town about the food, not to mention the view.
St. Louis has a multitude of signature dishes associated with it. Alumni St. Louis, which opened earlier this year on the ground floor of the Park Pacific Building downtown, is putting its own unique spin on many of these favorites and elevating them--and the local dining scene--in the process.
Lafayette Square has long had an abundance of fine places to eat; and lately, the scene there has been even more active with recently opened eateries, such as Tripel, injecting new blood into the area.
Story: Complicated Lives is comprised of four short, one-act plays by local playwright and actor Stephen Peirick.
Table is restaurant No. 2 from Cassy Vires and Josh Renbarger, proprietors of Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood. While their new eatery differs from HWC in several ways, one thing remains the same: The food is fabulous.
Five Bistro started out in the Grove but moved to The Hill a couple of years ago, where its reputation as one of the most creative and innovative local eateries has been solidified. The name of the restaurant comes from the five senses Chef Antony Devoti and his staff strive to stimulate with their fare. Devoti is a well-known adherent of the doctrine of nose-to-tail cooking, and he uses most every part of the animal in his dishes. He's also a champion of local producers and his creations are full of ingredients from area farms and purveyors. Five also has an impressive garden behind the building that yields many vegetables and herbs for the kitchen, and the staff is happy to give guests a tour of the rows.
Get your appetites ready, because next week is the ninth annual Downtown Restaurant Week in the Lou. From Monday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 25, enjoy a special three-course menu for $25 at 27 different eating and drinking establishments in the heart of the city. Get the whole rundown of participating venues at downtownrestaurantweek.net.
The second location of The Block debuted earlier this year in the Central West End in the space that was once home to the popular Terrene. After a couple of years idle, it was great to see another restaurant move in and fire up the stoves.
Story: American artist Mark Rothko, whose body of work included surrealism, abstract expressionism and bold, innovative experiments in color, took a disciplined approach to his work. Ensconced since the early 1950s in a former YMCA gymnasium in the Bowery section of New York City, Rothko enlisted the aid of various assistants to help him in the construction of his massive paintings.
Mission Taco Joint is the latest from brothers Adam and Jason Tilford. Unlike their other restaurants, Mission concentrates on simpler fare, serving up both classic and unique takes on Mexican street food with impressive results.
Story: Elle Woods has her life buttoned down and mapped out. She’s a proud Delta Nu sorority girl who has just graduated with a degree in fashion design from UCLA and fully expects to marry her long-time boyfriend, Warner Huntington III. So, it’s a shock to the system when Warner takes her to a fancy restaurant, where he informs her that he is dumping her in order to be with a more “serious” woman, Vivienne Kensington. The two of them are enrolled in Harvard Law School, so Elle is relegated to the past.
Grassi's Ristorante and Deli is one of those little hidden gems that are fun to discover. A true neighborhood place, though not exactly located in a proper neighborhood, it's got plenty of charm and tasty Italian delights to spare.