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All American Levee High Caramel For dessert, head south to Kimms-
Apple Pecan Pie at The Blue Owl
Restaurant and Bakery wick’s Blue Owl Restaurant and
Bakery (theblueowl.com), where
they make Levee High Caramel
Apple Pecan Pie with 18 apples! And
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Sweetie Pie’s in The Grove—owned
by Robbie Montgomery, former
backup singer for Ike and Tina
Turner—was recently named Best
Soul Food in Town by local alterna-
tive publication Riverfront Times.
(One bite of Robbie’s famous mac ’n’
Pound City cheese, and you’ll see why.)
It’s OK to indulge a little bit Some neighborhoods are known
at these St. Louis hot spots.
for their ethnic cuisine: Italian on swic.edu
Tony’s
A recipient of the coveted AAA The Hill, Mexican on Cherokee
Four-Diamond award, this ven- Street, Asian on South Grand, and
erable family-owned restaurant continental cuisine in the Central
offers fine dining in an elegant
setting. saucecafe.com/tonys West End. “You can find excellent
Crown Candy Kitchen food here, whatever you are looking
This vintage malt shop serves for—we have it all,” says Bob Bon-
the best BLT in St. Louis, along ney, chief executive officer of the
with thick malts, sundaes, and siue.edu
house-made chocolate candy. Missouri Restaurant Association.
crowncandykitchen.net In the words of this city’s French
Mike Shannon’s founders, bon appétit! Developing the Region’s Work Force
Former Cardinals third base-
man and broadcaster-turned-
restaurateur Mike Shannon
opened his steak and seafood

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joint downtown. Enjoy a ten-
derloin filet, hand-cut fries, and
plenty of baseball memorabilia.
shannonsteak.com
Resist the urge to eat
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Pi Pizzeria
Sink your teeth into a deep-

THRILLS!
dish cornmeal crust topped dessert first, but save
with everything from zucchini
to locally produced prosciutto.
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plenty of room!
Niche
For affordable, modern YO U WO N ’ T G O H U N G RY in St. Louis, St. Louis Hills, and all of the Lombardo’s
American fare, reserve a table
at James Beard–nominated
Gerard Craft’s restaurant in
where you’ll find ethnic cuisine from
A (Afghani) to V (Vietnamese). But the
restaurants (lombardosrestaurants.com),
including one in northwest St. Louis
Heart-pounding Rides!
Benton Park. nichestlouis.com city’s claim to culinary fame is an Italian County and two downtown.
Pappy’s Smokehouse one—toasted ravioli. Other local specialties include gooey
One of the country’s
Come hungry and enjoy a full
While no one knows exactly when or butter cake (made with unspeakable premiere theatres, the Fox
slab of ribs cooked daily for up
to 14 hours, served with a side where it was invented, legend has it that amounts of butter), pork steaks (a par- is listed on the National
of fried corn on the cob.
pappyssmokehouse.com
a local cook dropped ravioli into boiling ticular cut, a half-inch thick) and the Register of Historic Places. FREE Water Park!
oil instead of boiling water. The result? “slinger”—two burgers, hash browns, an The Fox hosts the first
Annie Gunn’s
national tours of Broadway
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House-made charcuterie, Pillows of deep-fried, meat-filled pasta egg covered with chili, and toast.
steaks, and seafood are favor- served with a thick tomato sauce for dip- It’s decadent dishes like these that have shows, holiday spectaculars
ites at this landmark restaurant
in Chesterfield, where longtime
ping. Many casual eateries serve toasted landed St. Louis eateries in the spotlight. and a variety of concerts in
chef Lou Rook III’s menu lists
the farmers who supply
ravioli, but the following restaurants
make it cooked to order: Charlie Gitto’s
A few of them have enjoyed 15 minutes of
fame on Food Network: For lunch, grab
an opulent setting. For a
current schedule of events,
Glow in the Park Parade!
his fresh ingredients.
smokehousemarket.com
“On The Hill” (charliegittos.com), Trat- a peppered pork sandwich at Iron Barley visit FabulousFox.com.
toria Marcella (trattoriamarcella.com) in in south St. Louis (www.ironbarley.com).
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