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SALON BRANCA 116 Chesterfield Town Center Chesterfield, MO 63005 636.536.1615

SAINT LOUIS SALON & SPA 280 Lamp & Lantern Village Chesterfield, MO 63017 636.256.8111

SALON PRIVE 12420 Olive Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63141 314.469.1110

DAVID’S IN CLAYTON 8123 Maryland Ave. Clayton, MO 63105 314.725.9664

SALON PAPILLON 1088 Old Des Peres Rd. St Louis, MO 63131 314.966.8813

TAMMY CORLEY MASTER STYLIST METRO 2 2153 Barrett Station Rd. St. Louis, MO 63131 314.560.6638

STUDIO BRANCA 12627 Olive Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63141 314.469.1222

FACE & BODY DAY SPA 2515 S Brentwood Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63144 314.725.8975 1765 Clarkson Rd. Chesterfield, MO 63017 636.532.2500 2917 Highway K O’Fallon, MO 63368 636.281.2600

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June 2009 | vol. 6 | issue 6

cover story 064. King of the hill


t. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter S on his pitching career, family and what fans can look forward to this season.

features 066. THE HOT LIST

This year’s list of St. Louis’ top spots to shop, drink, dance, dine, party and play in over 150 categories.

fashion 056. go west



on the COVER

Chris Carpenter photographed by Jay Baker. Custom shadow-stripe suit and pinpoint oxford shirt, Dormeuil handmade silk tie and Carrot & Gibbs pocket square available at Savile Row, Ladue, 314.567.8500. Cartier Balloon Bleu 18K rose gold on leather strap large model watch available at Simons Jewelers, Clayton, 314.725.8888. ALIVE, June 2009, Volume 6, Issue 6 (Periodical #025095) is published monthly by ALIVE Media Group, L.L.C., 50 Maryland Plaza, Fourth Floor, St. Louis, MO 63108. Periodicals Postage paid at St. Louis, MO, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ALIVE, 50 Maryland Plaza, Fourth Floor, St. Louis, MO 63108. One-year subscription rate $12.00; two-year subscription rate $18.00. To order a subscription call, 314.446.4059 or log on to



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STLnow 036. STL Now 7 things you must do

this month.

CALENDAR Not to miss: O.A.R., Rent


Scene Wave Taco makes a


and PrideFest.

splash on the Downtown dining scene.

hot block Top stops around Downtown’s Post Office Square.

044. STYLE FILE The must-have maxi


dresses for summer.

style Get the latest look for less with these top trendy pieces.


delish summer dish: Citrus Roasted Cod, perfectly paired with Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat beer.

050. SELF Blast fat with Vaser Lipo. 052. LIVING Schnucks Cooks shares another 054.


048. JEWELRY Three timeless platinum

WEDDINGS An eco-conscious couple says “I do” at their dream, earth-friendly wedding.

menu 084. DINING OUT Smoking Joe’s brings a


taste of Memphis to Downtown St. Louis.

CHEFS Make a sweet treat at home with the chef at Franco.

scene 108. Scene In St. Louis Caught

on camera at Blu CitySpaces, Sol and Mandarin.

Top left photo by Brian Cummings; Left photo by Tuan Lee; Right photo by Liz Reiff Sloan

departments 026. From The Publishing team 028. From The Editor 031. Contributors 032. Social Scene


Today’s cowgirl is a fashion pioneer, outfitted in soft suedes, metallic suiting and lush leather.

Publisher / Co-founder: Elizabeth Tucker Editor-in-Chief / Co-founder: Attilio D’Agostino Executive Editor / Co-founder: Kelly Hamilton

Publisher / Co-founder

Elizabeth Tucker

Managing Editor: Cristy Miller Fashion Editor: Jill Manoff Associate Editor: Sheniqua Faulkner Contributing Writers

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Art Director: Reshma Chamberlin Advertising Design Manager: Amanda Sang Contributing Digital Artist: Brian Froneyberger Contributing Photographers

Jay Baker, Brian Cummings, Steve Garnett, Tuan Lee, Josh Monken, Liz Reiff Sloan

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Jeff Small, Gilberto Pinela, Attilio D’Agostino & Cristy Miller at ALIVE’s 2009 Bartender Contest.


Wild West


One of our favorite things about springtime is the return of our outdoor location shoot. For our June fashion feature, we rounded up the posse and headed west to Golden Hills Trail Rides & Resorts in Raymondville. There, we discovered the beautiful landscape of Southwest Missouri; complete with tall bluffs, blue rivers and rolling hills, it was the perfect location for highlighting this season’s westerninspired trends. The scenery’s charm, depicted beautifully by photographer Tuan Lee (p.56), was matched only by that of our hosts, Kay and Chuck Golden. Location shoots are even more of an adventure when scheduled the morning after one of our late-night parties. Our entire team was fashionably groggy following our Sixth Anniversary celebration at Sol Lounge, where we were joined by such local celebs as Y98’s Paul Cook and St. Louis Rams Kicker Josh Brown. ALIVE “Man of Style” alum Mike McMillan lived up to his title, while Amy Johnson, Ola Hawatmeh and Talent Plus’s Christina Klobe and Paul Gibson were also dressed to the nines. Savile Row’s Wendy Jones was seen chatting up Igal Alon, owner of Mavrik, and Curt Parker was overheard discussing car trends with Tom Akers of Plaza Land Rover and Chris Klugesherz of Plaza Audi. Brian Young mixed and mingled with Dominic Michael Salon’s Dominic Bertani, while Sam Adams’ Carissa Sweigart caught up with DSly. The Silver Lady, a.k.a. Lori Shifter, sipped cocktails with Advanced Laser’s Pam Bligh, while Sol’s Brian Schmitz played host to a slew of revelers, including Dennis Duncan, Chef Gregory Mosberger and Vito and Michelle Racanelli. This month, join us at The Pepper Lounge on June 6 for our annual Hot List Event, where we’ll celebrate our favorite St. Louis spots. Then, on June 27, head to Novak’s for Ultra, PrideFest’s always-popular VIP party.

Kelly Hamilton, Elizabeth Tucker, Katie Bruno & Jill Schroeder at ALIVE’s Sixth Anniversary Party at Sol Lounge.

Jason Nichols, Carrie Benson-Sweigart, Kelly Hamilton & Carissa Sweigart at ALIVE’s Sixth Anniversary Party at Sol Lounge. Jennifer Clark, Paul Cook, Sheniqua Faulkner & Cristy Miller at ALIVE’s Sixth Anniversary Party at Sol Lounge.

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Photos by ALIVE Scene Team

Attilio D’Agostino Elizabeth Tucker

Attilio D’Agostino, Kathy Sattler & Chris Stahlschmidt at ALIVE’s Sixth Anniversary Party at Sol Lounge.



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letter from the editor Red-Hot Issue Summer really heats up at ALIVE in June, when we put out our annual Hot List issue. What wouldn’t warm your heart about taking some time to pay tribute to the best local businesses, cultural institutions and people that continue to make our city a great place to live? The entire ALIVE team has a great time planning the annual “Hot List” that names awards in over 150 categories—first, we get to spend hours listing all the reasons we love living in St. Louis right now; everyone has something to add and each year the list of why our city is a happening place grows longer. Then, we generate our mega-list of St. Louis’ top spots to eat, drink, party and play, from this year’s best new restaurant to the best place to score the latest trends on a budget. Once the winners are chosen, ALIVE’s writers, editors and designers get busy putting together our longest feature of the year. Ensure your summer is a hot one—check out this year’s awardees in the story, starting on p.66.

It’s an especially hot issue anytime we get to sit down for an interview with a favorite St. Louis Cardinal. An avid Redbirds fan since birth, ALIVE Managing Editor Cristy Miller was stoked to catch up with Cards pitcher Chris Carpenter over lunch at Cielo restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel. Joined by his wife Alyson, Chris talked candidly about his teammates, injuries and achievements to date, which are plenty. But Chris is someone to admire for more than his killer curveball. This Cy Young winner and World Series Champion has been a St. Louis favorite since joining the team in 2003 due to his down-to-earth, gentle demeanor and approachability on and off the field.

We hope you enjoy this year’s winners as much as we do. Join us in celebrating them at our Hot List Event on June 6 at award-winning nightclub, The Pepper Lounge. See you there!

Kelly Hamilton Executive Editor & Co-founder

Photo by Bob Pitts

The crew that produced this month’s cover shoot couldn’t have agreed more. Wendy Jones of Savile Row Custom Clothiers provided Chris with dapper duds, while Amber Weiner of Paul Mitchell (St. Louis Academy-Paul Mitchell Partner School) readied him for his close-

up. ALIVE Fashion Editor Jill Manoff and Art Director Reshma Chamberlin helped photographer Jay Baker get the perfect shots for the cover and story on p.64. Special thanks to Amanda Cook from the Four Seasons for allowing our crew to take over Cielo for the day. With its clean lines, floor-to-ceiling windows and unmatched view of Downtown St. Louis, the Hot List award-winning restaurant was the picture-perfect spot to capture St. Louis’ favorite athlete.



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Jennifer Dulin Wiley photo by Edward Crim; Self-portrait by Jay Baker; Natalie Kurz photographed by Rick Gould; Self-portrait by Brian Cummings.

After researching all the top St. Louis arts and culture spots available to explore for free, Jennifer Dulin Wiley can’t wait to hit some of them up herself. A look at the city’s best health and fitness options rounded out her contribution to this year’s Hot List (p.66). Jennifer is a regular contributor to ALIVE, a promotional copywriter and marketing consultant for area businesses and the managing editor of national fine-art magazine Art Business News.

Writing about the city’s best pizza, beignets and burgers for this month’s Hot List (p.66) made contributing writer Natalie Kurz very, very hungry. Which proved counterproductive for her ongoing efforts to drop the excess baby weight from her son—who’s now almost 3 years old. Guess she can’t keep using that as an excuse anymore...

Jay Baker spent a lot of his time growing up in a darkroom printing pictures with his father. “It never occurred to me that I could make a living at this at the time, but I guess something just sunk in. Photography just came quite naturally to me.” Jay is a Kansas City area native who moved to St. Louis in 1995. He has been shooting with FK Studios since 1999. This month, Jay photographed cover boy Chris Carpenter (p.64).

“Shoot ­first. Ask questions later.” That’s the motto of photographer Brian Cummings. A creative director in a former life, Brian spent 15 years on photo sets directing shoots. “Photo shoots were the best part of my job. It was where all the energy was.” Realizing that photographers do have more fun, Brian took the plunge and started a journey into photography. “I need to create, whether it be through photography or a concert poster for a band you never heard of.” This month, Brian lends his skills to ALIVE’s “Hot List” feature (p.66). Currently, you can ­find Brian shooting away at Rob Grimm Photography (

socialscene A Tasteful Affair 21 April 19> Food Outreach’s A Tasteful Affair 21 “Let’s Make a Meal” took over the Chase Park Plaza, raising over $210,000 to support the non-profit’s critical nutrition services. Emcee Virginia Kerr got the crowd bidding, as more than 1,500 attendees browsed through the 225+ auction items, searching for big bargains while nibbling on delicious samples from 35 top restaurants and caterers. Photos by Mary Sue Rosenthal and Scott Lokitz

Jane Matoesian, Greg Lukeman, Justin O’Neal & Sarah Thompson Bob & Diana Jackson

Emcee Virginia Kerr & Rob Thurman

Rob Thurman, Joyce Gorrell & Rachel McCalla

Susan Werremeyer, Cabanne Schlafly, Colleen Carlton & Stefani Stella


advertising | promotion | events | opportunities

COLLEGE BOUND “OLD SCHOOL PRE-PARTY” April 3 “Where did you go to college?”—a twist on the classic St. Louis question—was the evening’s theme at College Bound’s “Old School Pre-Party” hosted at the William Shearburn Gallery. More than 150 community-minded partygoers, including event hosts Stephanie Flynn, Sarah Kramer, Terry Ross, Michael Laycob and Laurie Landay, raised their koozies to College Bound—one of St. Louis’ most successful non-profits— which aims to get high school kids into college. Photos by Sarah Kramer

Pamela Raymond, Stephanie Flynn & Kitty Nangle

Blythe Hines & Scott Lapp

2009 COCKTAILS AND CLOWNS APRIL 25 The Young Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital hosted its Fourth Annual Cocktails and Clowns event at F15teen. Led by event chair Lindsey Stieve and her committee, the event raised more than $26,000 for The Clown Docs program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The Clown Docs are five professionally trained clowns who use humor to entertain patients during their hospital stay and to relieve stress among patients, family members and staff. Photos by ALIVE Scene Team

Mckenzie Goldwasser, Lindsey Stieve, Sarah Trenary & Stacey Scherr

this month

The Drunken Fish’s Six Year Anniversary Event

Come celebrate The Drunken Fish’s Six Year Anniversary Event on June 6 at the Laclede’s Landing location (612 N. 2nd Street, Downtown) from 9pm to close. Enjoy outrageous food and drink specials as well as “Nyataimori” (the art of naked sushi). Live entertainment will be provided by DJ ECHO, DJ SlantE and the band “Broke.” Then, head downstairs to XES Nightclub for the official after party and celebrate until 3am. Log on to for more info and to RSVP.


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Things You Must Do This Month



3. White-hot night

On June 6, ALIVE and Synergy host the 2009 Hot List Party at The Pepper Lounge where we will celebrate our ‘09 best of St. Louis Hot List Winners. Join us for the most anticipated event of the summer and sample food from some Hot List award-winning restaurants. Time: 9pm. Cost: $10 in advance; $15 at the door. For more info or to purchase tickets, log on to

If you missed last year’s ULTRA PrideFest VIP White Party hosted by Girl Friday Promotions, we suggest you mark your calendar now for Saturday, June 27 at Novak’s. Partygoers can lounge in style and dance all night while sipping Twisted Tea cocktails and taking in the scene during the hottest event during St. Louis’ weekend-long LGBT pride celebration. Proceeds benefit the Human Rights Campaign. Time: 7pm-3am. For ticket info, log on to



The Boulevard-Saint Louis is once again kicking off the summer with their fourth season of “B” Seen on June 18 from 5:30pm-8:30pm. The outdoor street festival features amazing shopping, live music from Groove Thang, cocktails and samples from The Boulevard’s restaurants. A suggested $10 donation at the entrance supports The Mid-County Family YMCA. RSVP to

Raise money while losing calories—join thousands of participants Downtown for the 11th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on June 13. St. Louis’ race is one of the largest Komen races in the nation and one of the five largest 5K races in the world. Together, St. Louis racers can make a lasting impact in the fight to find a cure for breast cancer. Race day registration begins at 6:30am. For more information or to register, call 314.569.3903 or log on to



Youth Lifeline America rolls out the red carpet once again for the annual star-worthy fundraiser on Friday, June 26 at the Lamborghini dealership in Chesterfield. Always guaranteed to be a buzz-worthy evening, The Red Carpet Event features silent and live auctions, giveaways and of course, celebs and pro athletes. Proceeds benefit The Youth Lifeline America, a non-profit organization founded by pro football veteran Roland Williams, that provides and supports high quality, quantifiably effective, free programming for youth. For more information log on to

Treat Dad to a Father’s Day sporting event he’ll never forget. Roll out to O’Fallon, MO on June 21 for Tour de WingHaven, Missouri’s only National Racing Calendar (NRC)-sanctioned bike race. Nationally recognized pro cyclists will compete for a $20,000 prize by racing a three-mile circuit that includes hills, round-aabouts and winding slopes. For more info, visit



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Top photo courtesy of Live Nation; Bottom photo courtesy of Big Shark Bicycle Company.

After a nearly five-year-long hiatus, No Doubt will bring their legendary high-energy stage show to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre next month on July 8, but those in the know will snag their tickets now for this highly anticipated concert. Fans who purchase tickets online from the top price levels will receive the band’s entire music catalog for free using a special download code. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $10-$80. For more info or to purchase tickets, log on to (14141 Riverport Dr., Maryland Heights).


Calendar: June

This month’s St. Louis arts, culture and entertainment agenda.

Kit Keith’s provocative paintings and drawings deck the walls at COCA.

[Visual Arts]






June 5-July 19, COCA. Forsaking computer-assisted art for hand-painted portraits, Keith lovingly adds wistful figures to old maps, advertisements, magazine pages and thrift store paintings for an emotional and individual story. For more info, visit or call 314.725.6555 (524 Trinity Ave., The Loop).

Through June 7, White Flag Projects. One of the country’s leading artists to develop from the graffiti and street-art subculture presents an installation of his paintings set in front of unusual backdrops. For more info, visit whiteflagprojects. org or call 314.531.3442 (4568 Manchester Ave., The Grove). MARK WEBBER: 20 YEARS OF PAINTING

Through June 13, phd Gallery. Witness this St. Louisan’s two-decade transformation as an artist with nearly 40 paintings that gradually evolve from photorealism to less literal representations of his memories and observations. For more info, visit or call 314.664.6644 (2300 Cherokee St., Soulard). JOHN MCQUEEN & MICHAEL JANIS

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Outdoor Theater 3 stellar under-the-star acts for evening entertainment.



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June 2-7, Fox Theatre. This re-telling of Puccini’s La Bohème sets the story of impoverished artists struggling with love, money and self-discovery in New York’s downtrodden streets during the early stages of the AIDS epidemic. Cost: $24-$62. Tickets on sale at or 314.534.1111 (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). June 22-30, The Muny. Witness the pluck and spirit of America’s favorite rags-to-riches orphan in this heart-warming family musical. Cost: Free-$66. Tickets on sale at or 314.534.1111 (Forest Park). CINDERELLA

June 26-28, The Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. Fairytales really do come true in this breathtaking performance by Saint Louis Ballet featuring the wicked stepmother, the fairy godmother and, of course, the handsome prince. Cost: $15-$25. Tickets on sale at touhill. org or 314.516.4949 (UMSL, One University Blvd., Florissant). [Music] O.A.R.

Through June 13, Duane Reed Gallery. Christening the gallery’s new space is a pair of craftsman who manipulate natural materials—McQueen uses willow branches, bark and burrs, while Janis overlaps glass—to create emotive, thought-provoking pieces. For more info, visit or call 314.862.2333 (4729 McPherson, Central West End).


June 10, Fox Theatre. What started as a college band in Ohio has exploded into a group of highly sought-after rockers whose songs have been used in dozens of commercials, movies, TV shows and sporting events, much to the delight of their devoted fans. Cost: $35. Tickets on sale at or 314.534.1111 (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

There’s nothing quite like a date under the stars. Especially if there’s Shakespeare or opera involved. Grab a blanket and check out these three summer picks for a perfect evening out. Enjoy a picnic and some Shakespearean fun with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ nightly performances (except Tuesday) of The Merry Wives of Winsdor in Forest Park (through June 14, Or take an intimate

June 11, Scottrade Center. Set your celebratory meters to ecstatic screaming—not only is Grammy Award-winner and country heartthrob Keith Urban taking the St. Louis stage, he’s bringing multi-platinum superstars Sugarland with him. Cost: $20-$77. Tickets on sale at or 314.241.1888 (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown). [Comedy] BILL ENGVALL & FRANK CALIENDO

June 19, Fox Theatre. By themselves, these top TV comedians boast a unique energy and brand of witty observations and impressions—together, they boast one of the funniest nights of comedy ever. Cost: $35-$65. Tickets on sale at metrotix. com or 314.534.1111 (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). [FESTIVALS] WHITAKER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Every Wednesday from June 3 to August 5, Missouri Botanical Gardens. Bring a picnic or buy a few snacks on-site for this outdoor concert series featuring the talents of some of St. Louis’ best jazz musicians. Free admission after 5pm. For more info, visit or call 314.577.9400 (4344 Shaw Blvd., Tower Grove). PRIDEFEST

June 27-28, Tower Grove Park. This year marks the 30th anniversary of LGBT pride celebrations in St. Louis. The annual festival, PrideFest, features a weekend of rousing parades, pageants, live entertainment and more to promote our spirit of acceptance for all walks of life. For more info, visit or call 314.772.8888.

peek at Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ pre-show preview of Strauss’ Salome and post-show artist meet-and-greet in their lovely outdoor pavilion, where you can also indulge in dinner and drinks before the show (through June 28, For those that like their theater with a little more splash, there’s 42nd Street at the MUNY, featuring tap-tastic songs like “We’re in the Money” and “Lullaby of Broadway.”

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Outdoor Free Hot Pick Charity

Left photo courtesy of Fox Theatre; Right photo courtesy of COCA.

O.A.R. will rock “This Town” at the Fox.


St. Louis Beach Party

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Sexy Summer Flavors

Downtown welcomes a new wave of summer entertainment. By Cristy Miller | Photo by Liz Reiff Sloan If you can’t get to the beach, then make the

beach come to you. That’s one of the mottos of Wave Taco, a new three-in-one destination with sand volleyball courts, a taco stand and an outdoor patio and bar in Downtown St. Louis. Open seven days a week until midnight, this shirtand-shoes-optional spot brings the look and feel of a festive, party beach replete with lounge chairs, live music and plenty of margarita and beer specials. There’s also a street-cart-style taco stand by the courts to enjoy fresh tacos on the sidelines.

Get Served

What would a beach party be without cold brews? Wave Taco offers happy hour specials daily, like $1 beers on Monday from 5pm-8pm, a $6 mini bucket on Saturday and tequila specials like a $4 beer with a shot of El Set reposado on Thursday. Friday offers one of the best deals in town with $5 all-you-candrink beer and margaritas from 4:30pm-6pm. And for those interested in volleyball games, leagues fill up fast—so sign up now. This is a beach party we definitely dig (1335 Convention Plaza, Downtown, 314.241.8226).

Fruit-infused vodkas are a perfect pick for summer—here are three we’re reaching for now.

Pomegranate Perfect For: Those who crave something smooth and sweet. Perfect for a girls’ night out. What To Order: Pearl Flirtini (Pomegranate, champagne, grenadine, shown), Pearl Pom Bomb (Pomegranate, Red Bull), Pearl Greek Goddess (Pomegranate, pomegranate juice, lemon-lime soda).

Blueberry Perfect For: Those who like refreshing cocktails and are looking for a new signature drink for summer.


WHO’S YOUR DADDY My Daddy’s Cheesecake is now open on Clayton Road and serves, you guessed it, cheesecake. The Cape Girardeau-based bakery not only serves housemade cheesecakes in flavors from chocolate chip to amaretto to key lime, but is also open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy omelets, biscuits, wraps, salads, sandwiches and cookies (6451 Clayton Rd., 314.725.9555).


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HOT AS ICE The Drunken Fish owner Munsok So has debuted a new hotspot in Westport called Ice Kitchen. This cool new restaurant and vodka bar features fusion tapas, an ice-topped bar and a full menu of martinis and creative cocktails. And, expanding his empire even more, Munsok will debut a fourth Drunken Fish location in Kansas City soon (302 Westport Plaza, 314.542.2000).

We’re Over the Moon… For the new Eclipse Restaurant in the newly opened Moonrise Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel headed by Joe Edwards, in the The Loop. The menu features creative Contemporary American cuisine like lobster pot pie, vegetable risotto and braised pork belly and the décor is a sight to see with colorful artwork and lunar murals.

Coconut Perfect For: Someone who likes a touch of the exotic. Great for a luau-themed soiree or poolside lounging. What To Order: Pearl Caribbean Cosmo (Coconut, triple sec, cranberry juice, shown), Pearl Diver (Coconut, Arrow amaretto, orange juice, grenadine), Tahitian Pearl (Coconut, Blue Curacao, pineapple juice). Log on to for full recipes.

Cocktail photos courtesy of Pearl and Luxco.

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What To Order: Pearl Blueberry Lemonade (Blueberry, fresh lemonade, shown), Pearl Berry Blue Mojito (Blueberry, fresh strawberries and blueberries, mint, simple syrup, club soda), Pearl Blue Raz Cosmo (Blueberry, raspberry liqueur, sweet & sour mix, lime juice).


hot block:

Post Office Square

History, architecture and revitalization characterize this charming Downtown neighborhood.

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By Sheniqua Faulkner | Map by Lucy Ji

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Located in the heart of Downtown, Post Office Square attracts visitors with beautifully renovated buildings, urban living spaces, exclusive-to-STL shops and budget-friendly eateries. The core of this thriving district, the Old Post Office, was majestically restored in 2006 and provides the defining framework of the neighborhood. In April, a 30,000 square-foot open space was unveiled across from the building and the Old Post Office Plaza was born, further establishing the area as a destination neighborhood. The Thaxton Speakeasy You’d never guess while merely strolling by, but this recently renovated Art Deco events space serves as a swinging underground speakeasy on the weekends. Owners Peter Venezia and Kim Pitliangas have created a refreshingly different and unpretentious atmosphere for partygoers looking to try something out of the ordinary. For an authentic speakeasy experience, patrons must utter a secret password to a white-bearded bouncer through a metal door in a shady back alley to gain entry. That’s no jive, cool cat.



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4 ESPRESSO MOD 210 N. 9th St. 314.436.3240 5 JACK PATRICK’S BAR & GRILL 1000 Olive St. 314.436.8879

9 THE ROBERTS ORPHEUM THEATER 416 N. 9th St. 314.588.0388 10 SANSAI JAPANESE GRILL 208 N. 9th St. 314.241.6868 11 signature studio, LLC. 1006 Olive St., Suite 301 314.241.7555 12 SIMPLY ELEGANT BRIDAL 1004 Olive St. 314.241.8201















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3 ERKER’S OPTICAL 908 Olive St. 314.241.9410

8 PEOPLES NATIONAL BANK 826 Olive St. 314.345.7720













13 ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY, CENTRAL EXPESS 815 Olive St., Suite 160 314.206.6755







Left Bank Books Looking for your next great read? Lucky for Downtown dwellers and visitors, Left Bank Books has opened a spacious, new location on 10th Street. This independent bookstore carries nearly 14,000 titles and can hook you up with any title in print. Like its CWE sibling, Downtown’s Left Bank Books has a large selection of used books and hosts book signings by established authors.






2 CULINARIA: SCHNUCKS URBAN MARKET Corner of 9th and Olive Streets 9th Street Garage

7 the PASTA HOUSE co. PRONTO! 814 Olive St. 314.621.6621



1 CITY GROCERS 920 Olive St. 314.621.0010

6 LEFT BANK BOOKS 321 N. 10th St. 314.436.3049



Culinaria: Schnucks Urban Market When Schnucks announced plans to open a new urban concept store in the lower level of the Ninth Street Garage at the corner of 9th and Olive Streets, Downtown residents were ecstatic. The 20,800 square-foot market, slated to open this year, will include a pharmacy, bakery, floral, meat and produce departments, and cosmopolitan perks such as a Kaldi’s Coffee bar, tapas tasting area, Asian hot food bar, pizza station and a barbeque bar.

The Syndicate Located within easy walking distance to shopping, dining, nightlife, parks and the Metrolink, The Syndicate attracts residents seeking the thrilling urban lifestyle Downtown provides without sacrificing convenience. The building offers spacious floor plans, modern fixtures and beautifully designed common areas. With both rental and condo units available, anyone can enjoy Syndicate-style living.

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14 THE SYNDICATE 917 Olive St. 314.241.6500 Espresso Mod Let’s face it: Drinking espresso already makes you look pretty hip, but when you sip your java in this joint, decorated in ’60s British mod gear, you’ll feel even groovier, baby. Located in the Paul Brown Building, Espresso Mod is a chill place to grab a coffee drink, smoothie, breakfast or lunch. You can even catch a football game (that’s soccer, mate) or ’60s-era flicks playing on the telly.

SanSai Japanese Grill With SanSai’s palate-pleasing selection of Japanese faves and yummy sushi made fresh when you order, even the most extreme food snob in your group will find something they like here. This casual spot’s combo plates, appetizers, salads, soups and sushi satiate your hunger up without draining your wallet.

15 THE THAXTON SPEAKEASY 1009 Olive St. 314.241.3279 16 WEBSTER UNIVERSITY 815 Olive St. 314.968.5966 Each month, ALIVE spotlights a hot STL block and the shopping, dining, nightlife and cultural destinations that make it a standout. Tell us why your block is hot at We could be coming to your neighborhood next!


Sexy Summer Essential When it comes to stocking up on the hottest trend in frocks this season, go long! By Jill Manoff



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Sweetees designer Melody Kulp’s creation is a bright tropical-print sundress just begging to be worn to the beach. Available at Paperdolls, Kirkwood, 314.965.3655.


ADAM by Adam Lippes

Elegant and Grecian, runway favorite Adam Lippes’ maxi combines structure and fluidity by way of a basket-weave bust and loose, floor-sweeping layers. Available at Byrd Style Lounge, Clayton, 314.721.0766.

The Gladiator Sandal Fergie “Sylvia” sandal available at Nordstrom, West County Center, 314.255.2000.

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working the frock for day and night—and enticing fans of their fashions to follow suit. From poppy shades to tribal prints, there are a slew of available styles—whether you’re more laid-back or luxe, sporty or sophisticated, you’re sure to find an of-the-moment maxi that complements your look. So, dress it up or dress it down; either way, take a timeout from your thigh-high hems and check out these three lines we love for summer.

The Woven Belt Rough Roses belt available at Blush, Kirkwood, 314.965.4411.

Rachel Pally

Known for her California-cool style and use of comfortable jersey fabric, celeb favorite Rachel Pally’s take on the trend is floral and romantic. Available at Susan Lynn’s, Chesterfield, 636.530.7337.

The Summer Tote Big Buddha “Taylor” handbag available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004.

Photos courtesy of Sweetees by Mellies; Paul Wilmot Communications; Genevieve Productions; Brown Shoe; Rough Roses and Big Buddha.

A perennial favorite, the maxi dress returns this season as a mustpurchase piece. While trend-setting designers including Ruffian, Philosophy, Matthew Williamson and Vivienne Tam have recently motivated the movement by incorporating elongated gowns into their Spring/Summer ’09 collections, celebrities such as Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton and Whitney Port have taken the trend “to the max,” regularly

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Updated ’80s How to get the latest look without breaking the bank. By Jill Manoff | Product photos by Josh Monken Balmain designer Christophe Decarnin is the unofficial outfitter of Hollywood’s A-List. In fact, his Spring/Summer 2009 collection alone has been spotted repeatedly at parties, premieres and oodles of red carpet events. Jennifer Connelly wore his sequined mini-dress to the Los Angeles premiere of He’s Just Not That Into You; Gwyneth Paltrow wore his white tuxedo jacket to the recent Entertainment Industry Foundation Benefit and Beyonce, Victoria Beckham, Rihanna and more have been gallivanting all over Tinseltown in his of-the moment, shoulder-padded concoctions.

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You needn’t have a personal shopper on speed dial to get the same designer style. Bandleader jackets and vests, bleached and acid-washed jeans and studded stilettos are now available at a slew of local stores—and their price tags (thankfully!) are nowhere near those of the Balmain blazers (reportedly $11,410) and denim ($2,000).


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Freedom of Choice denim ($159) available at Dillard’s, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.8363. Nicole Miller blazer ($840) available at Valerie Mills Fine Apparel, Clayton, 314.727.4545. Bakers “Derek” sandal ($79.95) available at Bakers, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.6155.

Of Kors If you’re a fan of MICHAEL Michael Kors handbags, then you’ll flip over premier, fresh-from-the-runway Kors collection clutches, totes and satchels—now available at Saks Fifth Avenue (Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200).


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Giddyup! Recently opened in Ladue, Giddyup Jane— St. Louisan Jane Lavey’s brainchild—is a western boutique heavy in cowgirl accoutrements, including one-of-a-kind vintage belt buckles repurposed by Lavey herself (9670 Clayton Rd., 314.993.9944).

Design It Yourself Join the “Creative Chicks” from DIYStyle at Florissant Valley Community College on June 27; make like a fashion designer as you bounce from station to station, creating upto-the-minute trends under the instruction of the experts (10am-4pm,

Runway photo courtesy of Balmain and Bakers image courtesy of Bakers.

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5 Reasons We Love Platinum

3 Must-Have Platinum Pieces

With shoppers seeking fine jewelry that will stand the test of time, platinum is at its peak.


By Jill Manoff

It’s naturally gorgeous.

Platinum’s natural white luster provides a beautiful setting for diamonds and looks stunning when paired with other jewelry.

From Katy Perry in posh Neil Lane accessories at the 51st Annual

Grammy Awards to Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman in carats of Chopard at this year’s Oscars, it seems platinum has established itself as celebrities’ choice fine jewelry metal. Foregoing piles of trendy, over-the-top bling in favor of one or two pieces of statement platinum jewelry, the Hollywood set has been “going back to basics,” opting for quality over quantity and classic over flashy. Today, the masses are following Tinseltown’s lead by picking platinum as their accessory of choice. This season, shop smart; invest in a stunning, in vogue piece of platinum jewelry—and wear it for years to come.

2. It stands the test of time.

Platinum jewelry is a perfect choice for everyday wear. Its incredible density and weight make it more durable than other metals and provide high value for its price.

3. It’s always in style.

Wear to work or on a special occasion; platinum posts look equally chic for day and night. Four-carat Asscher Empress Stud Earrings available in Asscher, cushion, round or yellow radiant diamonds.

Stackable Rings

When worn solo, they say simple elegance; when with an entourage, thin platinum rings make a bold statement. Uternity Bands available in diamond and pink sapphire, diamond and ruby, and sapphire or round-brilliant diamond combinations.

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Curt Parker Jewelers In the jewelry business for more than 40 years, multi-awardwinning jewelery designer Curt Parker set up shop in 1977 with his wife Elizabeth, a gemologist-appraiser, and has since been St. Louis’ go-to for custom and restyled fine jewelry creations. Known for a stunning and unique selection, Curt Parker Jewelers houses more platinum engagement rings and diamond jewelry than any other area jeweler (10192 Conway Rd., 314.989.9909).



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A Classic Necklace

A literal “ring around your collar,” a platinum necklace, like this six-stone Asscher Cross Pendant (1.50 carats to 12 carats each), is the perfect finishing touch to most any evening ensemble.

4. The opportunities are endless.

The strongest of jewelry metals, platinum holds precious stones firmly and securely and allows for more design possibilities.

5. It’s the most bling for your buck.

Platinum does not wear away and decrease in volume like other metals, so your one-time investment is guaranteed for life.

Photos courtesy of Curt Parker Jewelers and Daniel K.

Diamond Stud Earrings

Platinum is 30 times rarer than gold, making it the preferred choice of royalty, celebrities, brides and gift-givers in search of something truly special.


Blast Fat Fast! New Vaser Lipo technology selectively slims with minimal downtime. By Sheniqua Faulkner

Fast Fact: In a 2008 survey of U.S. VASER Lipo physicians, 95 percent of respondents would recommend the VASER Lipo System to another physician or facility.

When diet and exercise aren’t enough to melt away stubborn love handles and jiggly thighs, women have turned to more high-tech solutions for targeted fat removal with treatments like liposuction and fat-melting injections. But recently a new ally on the fat-fighting front has entered the fray, a cutting-edge treatment called Vaser LipoSelection.

What makes this FDA-approved procedure so revolutionary is that it first breaks up fat before it is suctioned away, translating to much less downtime, bruising, swelling and pain than traditional liposuction techniques. Dr. Richard Moore, who treats hundreds of satisfied Vaser Lipo patients each year as the medical director of Clayton’s The Lifestyle Center, explains that “the Vaser LipoSelection process is not a fad treatment like many of the other treatments out there for reducing fat.” It’s fast becoming a favorite procedure for physicians because of its consistent results and minimal downtime and has been featured on almost every major news network, morning show and makeover show on TV.

How Vaser Lipo Works: Vaser Lipo is a selective technology that targets fat cells using the gentle power of ultrasound energy, the same type of energy used in ultrasonic tooth brushes and fetal ultrasound monitoring. With Vaser Lipo, that technology is harnessed to



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break up and liquefy fatty tissue so that it can be gently suctioned away with minimal disruption of the surrounding tissue.

Why it’s Different: “Vaser Lipo is different from other fat removal and body-smoothing procedures because the selective nature of the treatment leaves blood vessels, connective tissue and nerves intact,” Dr. Moore says. The result is smoother, tighter skin with less downtime, swelling, bruising and pain. Most patients only need over-the-counter pain relievers following the procedure. Who it’s For: The best candidates for Vaser LipoSelection are

individuals who live healthy lifestyles, but have stubborn problem areas, such as abs, buttocks, thighs, neck or chest that don’t respond to diet and exercise.

Where to get it: “At The Lifestyle Center, we have a reputation for

providing excellent service at an affordable price,” says Dr. Moore. Finally, women can have a smooth, sexy silhouette with minimal pain and without breaking the bank.

For more info about Vaser Lipo and the other spa and medical services offered at The Lifestyle Center, call 314.863.5556 (7642 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton,


Simple Summer Recipes Reel in this winning seafood recipe with the help of Schnucks Cooks. By Sheniqua Faulkner There’s something rather satisfying about serving a meal that looks and tastes more complicated than it was to prepare. The experts at Schnucks Cooks have you covered with this impressive roasted cod dish, best served with a side of maple glazed Brussels sprouts and a crisp, refreshing beer inspired by the season. Want to see tasty seasonal recipes like this dish prepared before you commit? Visit your nearest Schnucks Cooks location for their in-store meal demonstration program and learn from the pros.

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Citrus Roasted Cod (Serves 6)

What to do:


Preheat oven to 400º F. For easier clean up, line large rimmed baking pan with foil.


From the orange, grate 2 tsp peel; set orange aside to use later. Into a medium bowl, stir orange peel, panko, parsley and butter until combined. Arrange cod in baking pan.

1 orange

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

over cod. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top cod with panko mixture, pressing lightly so it adheres.

1/4 tsp kosher salt


Roast cod 8 to 10 minutes or until panko is golden, cod turns opaque throughout and internal temperature reaches 145º F.

1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley leaves 4 tbsp Schnucks unsalted butter, melted 2 packages (12 oz. each) Full Circle Wild Alaskan Cod Fillets, thawed

3. Cut reserved orange in half. Squeeze juice from 1 orange half

Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts (Serves 6) What you need:


What to do:


1/4 cup Schnucks pure maple syrup

Heat 5- to 6-quart saucepot of water to boiling over high heat. Add Brussels sprouts and cook 2 minutes. Drain, then rinse with cold running water.

1 tbsp Schnucks Dijon mustard


In a small bowl, with whisk, mix maple syrup, mustard, soy sauce, salt and black pepper.


In a nonstick 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and red pepper and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add Brussels sprouts and cook 4 minutes.


Add syrup mixture and cook 2 to 3 minutes longer, stirring frequently, or until glaze thickens and vegetables are tender.

1 1/2 pounds fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed and each cut in half

1 tbsp Schnucks soy sauce 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp Schnucks extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, cut into slivers (about 1 cup) 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips


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Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat The perfect complement to this summer seafood dish, Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat is brewed with the finest pale and wheat malts and cluster hops. This handcrafted beer also incorporates coriander, an herb that brings out the delightful citrus flavors in the cod. Winner of the silver medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival, Sunset Wheat is best served ice cold and garnished with a slice of orange. For your own summer sunset in a bottle, stop at Schnucks for a six-pack of Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat, available all year.

Top photo courtesy of Schnucks Cooks; Bottom photo courtesy of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company.

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Earth-Friendly “I Dos” A St. Louis couple plans a wedding that represents their love for each other and for the environment. By Kristin Stefek Brashares | Photos by Jon Koch Photography | Wedding planning by Chasley Bradbury of Cosmopolitan Events For Jessica Kingsborough and Kevin Navarro, planning a dream wedding meant more than having the perfect dress or a well-fitting tux; it also meant creating an eco-friendly celebration. From canvas tote bag party favors and a poster declaring the dangers of plastic bags to locally grown blooms and elegant, outdoorsy décor, this eco-conscious couple beautifully blended their passion for each other and the environment into a super-stylish, sustainable celebration.

The Couple: Jessica Kingsborough, 27, Social Services Director at Parc Provence, and Kevin Navarro, 34, Assistant Head of School at The College School. The Big Day: The ceremony was held on June 28, 2008 and featured an altar of arched pussy willow branches and soft-glowing candles that created an enchanted-forest feel in the First Unitarian Church in the Central West End. Chasley Bradbury of local event planning powerhouse Cosmopolitan Events worked side-by-side with Jessica to design the ceremony’s key touches and elements that made her “sustainable” dream wedding a reality while keeping the theme elegant. The couple’s dog, Seabiscuit, delivered the rings. The Dress: Jessica fell in love at first sight with her strapless Carolina Herrera gown from Saks (314.567.9200). She accented two bands of black lace that decorated the bodice and draped down the train with a black diamond necklace and ultra-comfy black Taryn Rose sandals. The bridesmaids donned specially ordered dark-plum Vera Wang dresses.

The Flowers: Designed by Botanicals Design Studio (314.772.7674), the bride’s bouquet featured ivory and green florals with dangling amaranthus, and the groom’s boutonniere consisted of twigs, leaves and berries.

The Reception: Shadows of uplit trees projected onto the ceiling and mismatched centerpieces of locally grown orchids channeled the outdoors and elegantly embellished the already stunning Coronado Ballroom. Party Arts (314.781.1400) decorated chairs and tables with specialty linens.

The Food: Steven Becker Fine Dining’s (314.367.4848) world-class chefs custommade a foie gras pâté first course in honor of Jessica’s favorite childhood dish from her time in the south of France, and a special salad celebrated the couple’s love for locally grown heirloom tomatoes. The Coronado recycled and composted as much as possible and donated extra food to a homeless shelter. For dessert, guests were treated to a scrumptious strawberryand-champagne cake and a gourmet coffee bar featuring espresso drinks, liquors, cheeses and chocolates to cap off the evening.



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The Stationery: Custom-made, leafembellished save-thedate cards and invites designed by Cheree Berry Paper (314.533.6688) and printed with soy ink on recycled paper set the tone for the earth-friendly affair. The couple’s monogram mimicked the universal recycling logo. In lieu of a guest book, friends and family signed paper leaves and hung them on a tree before the ceremony.

Outfitted in soft suedes, metallic suiting and lush leather, today’s cowgirl is a fashion pioneer; sophisticated and classic, without a drop of kitsch. Photographed by Tuan Lee Styled by Jill Manoff Model: Ali Turner for Centro Models ( Makeup by Bob Pitts, Hair by Denise Gurganus, the Shot on-site at Kay and Chuck Golden’s picturesque ranch in Raymondville, MO, Golden Hills Trail Rides & Resorts (



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BCBGMaxAzria blouse and Anne Klein necklace available at Dillard’s, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.8363. Suede wrap (as skirt) available at Giddyup Jane, Ladue, 314.993.9944. Hat available at Chuck’s Boots, Fenton, 636.349.6633. Badgley Mischka sunglasses available at Sama, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.0214.


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Sanctuary shirtdress, BCBGMaxAzria bodysuit, Nine West Belt and Dooney & Bourke handbag available at Dillard’s, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.8363. Stetson hat available at Chuck’s Boots, Fenton, 636.349.6633.



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Ralph Lauren blazer, Diane von Furstenberg harem pants, Theory tank, Manolo Blahnik heels, Neiman Marcus belts, Tom Ford sunglasses and Barrera earrings available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. Charlie 1 Horse hat available at Chuck’s Boots, Fenton, 636.349.6633.


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Echo scarf (as top), INC International Concepts skirt, Jessica Simpson heels and belt and Lucky Brand cuff available at Macy’s, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.726.1810. Charlie 1 Horse hat and bolo tie available at Chuck’s Boots, Fenton, 636.349.6633.



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Diane von Furstenberg duster, vest and shorts; Hermès scarf; Neiman Marcus belt; Manolo Blahnik heels and Tory Burch handbag available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. Indiana Jones hat available at Levine Hat Company, Downtown, 314.231.3359.


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Haute Hippie dress and Rough Roses belt available at Byrd Style Lounge, Clayton, 314.721.0766. Sanctuary vest available at Dillard’s, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.8363. Stetson hat and Frye boots available at Chuck’s Boots, Fenton, 636.349.6633. Hair and makeup by Studio 703 Salon, Chesterfield, 636.536.6770, Fashion Assistants: Kris Cunningham, Moira Dorsey and Katie Stephens. Photo Assistants: Jennifer Hengst, Harvey Jackson and Egan O’Keefe. Special thanks to Kay and Chuck Golden of Golden Hills Trail Rides & Resorts for their warm hospitality and to Ron Kramer, our fearless trail guide. Golden Hills Trail Rides & Resorts, Raymondville, MO,



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“No matter what has happened with me, the ups and downs, [the fans have] continued to support me. There’s no question that the fans here are a lot better than other fans in the league.”

Custom pinpoint oxford shirt, Dormeuil handmade silk tie available at Savile Row, Ladue, 314.567.8500. Cartier Balloon Bleu 18K rose gold on leather strap large model watch available at Simons Jewelers, Clayton, 314.725.8888.



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King of the Hill

Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter talks camaraderie, winning a World Series championship and overcoming obstacles. By Cristy Miller Photo by Jay Baker Sitting across from Chris Carpenter and his wife Alyson at Cielo restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel, I hardly felt like I was interviewing an ace pitcher with a Cy Young Award and World Series Championship under his belt. His down-to-earth attitude and friendly demeanor made it easy to talk with him about everything, from the current team lineup to the string of injuries that have flecked his seven-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals. You could say that the New Hampshire-born pitcher, who broke into the majors in 1997 with the Toronto Blue Jays before signing with St. Louis in 2003, has had a rough go of it, struggling to stay healthy throughout the seasons—he’s only taken the mound a few times during the last two because of elbow surgery and was recently sidelined in April by a torn oblique muscle. But Chris remains one of the best pitchers in baseball; this right-handed ace, known for having a killer curveball, pitched his best year to date in ’05, achieving a 2.83 ERA (earned run average), the fifth best in the National League. The following year, Chris’ status as a top Cards pitcher was sealed when he shut out the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the World Series. After his cover photo shoot on a Monday morning in April, we chatted about his teammates, bullpen hazing and his proudest achievement to date. Cristy Miller: I know it’s still early in the

season, but the Cards seem to have a solid lineup and have been kickin’ butt. What do you think about the 2009 team? Chris Carpenter: I’m excited about our team. We have a core veteran group of guys that have been established in this league for a long time; Albert [Pujols], myself, Dennys Reyes, a new left-handed pitcher we acquired, Trever Miller. But then also you bring in young players, experience-wise, like [Rick] Ankiel, Chris Duncan and Skip Schumaker. You put all that young excitement back into the older players that have been around a long time, and it brings together a team that has a lot of energy. We’ve got good, talented players that love to play, and I think our starting staff is one of the best in the league. We have a chance to win.

CM: You mentioned the starting staff—let’s

talk about the pitchers in particular; who are the ones to watch this season? CC: To be honest with you, all of us have the ability to be really good. [Todd] Wellemeyer won 13 games last year, [Kyle] Lohse won 15 games, [Adam] Wainwright missed a few months and won 11 games, and [Joel] Pineiro has won a bunch of games in his career. I think at any given time, no matter who goes out there, every single night we have a chance to win. Everybody has shown they can pitch and have success in this league. CM: Speaking of Wainwright, when we interviewed him going into the ’07 season, he mentioned you as one of his biggest mentors. How would you describe your relationship with the younger pitchers? CC: If a younger player has a question and I have an answer, I’ll help him out. But just because you are a veteran in the game doesn’t mean you have all the answers. I’m still learning every day. Adam and I have had a good relationship since he first came up. I know he loves the game and loves to compete. I see a lot of myself in him, when I was younger. He’s obviously become a really good professional, and he’s going to be a quality pitcher in this league for a long time. CM: Are there any initiations or rites of pas-

sages for the rookies?

CC: One tradition is that we have the rookie

in the bullpen carry a pink bag or Barbie backpack with snacks, gum and seeds. We had [Kyle] McClellan last year drive the little scooter out to the bullpen with a pink bike helmet on. It’s the youngest guy in the bullpen who has to do that. I had to do the pink bag in the bullpen.

CM: You signed with the team prior to the 2003 season, but you didn’t get to pitch one game during your first season due to a torn labrum. I think St. Louis was definitely disappointed we didn’t get to see you pitch that year. Do you feel like the fans supported you, even through your string of injuries over the last few seasons?

CC: Absolutely. [The fans] love baseball and are super supportive. That’s the one thing they’ve done for me over the seven years I’ve been here. No matter what has happened with me, the ups and downs, they’ve continued to support me. There’s no question that the fans here are a lot better than other fans in the league. After we won the World Series [in 2006], fans would say “thank you” to me. We [Alyson] would be out at breakfast at First Watch and fans would come up to me say “thanks” and buy our breakfast. It’s just different here than anywhere else. CM: It’s definitely been a rollercoaster for you over your seven years as a Cardinal, only starting a few games in the ’07 and ’08 seasons. How does this affect you mentally? CC: At first it was hard, but I’ve gotten over it. I keep myself in good shape, and I do everything I can to keep myself on the field. I’ve come to the conclusion that injuries are a part of sports—people get hurt and it takes me a little while to deal with it when it happens, but then you move on and start focusing on getting better. But it’s hard, there’s no question that I want to go out and play. This is my life; this is what I’ve done since I was 8 years old. This is what I know; this is what I love doing. CM: Despite all your injuries, you’ve had many career highs as well. You won the National League Cy Young Award in 2005 (an honor given annually to the best pitcher in each league), you were voted into the 2006 All Star Game and won a World Series Championship. What do you consider your biggest achievement? CC: The World Series was probably the biggest highlight for all of us [his family], as much for her [his wife Alyson] as it was for me. She’s been with me since I was in the minor leagues and been there through every step and every up and down. And when we won the World Series, we were both crying and we had the kids [Sam, 6 ½ and Ava, 3 ½] with us. It was a pretty amazing moment.


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things we love about St. Louis. In a city that boasts sizzling nightlife, topnotch shopping, an ever-evolving dining scene and worldclass arts, culture and entertainment, it’s not hard to find plenty of reasons to love St. Louis. This year, we’ve found more ways than ever why this city is so loveable. By Amy De La Hunt, Natalie Kurz, Jill Manoff and Jennifer Dulin Wiley Edited by Kelly Hamilton, Cristy Miller and Sheniqua Faulkner Photographed by Brian Cummings

We love that, depending on your mood, you can fly under the radar or go VIP. St. Louis has a plethora of places to help with your Saturday night plans. From large dance clubs with colored spotlights to lowkey lounges with passwords to enter, it seems choices are what consumers and clubgoers demand. So whether you want to go casual or dress to the nines, kick back with brews or sip fine wine, one thing is clear: No matter how often our mood fluctuates, St. Louis has a venue to match our every whim. New Live Music Venue: The Gramophone

Five nights a week, local and national musicians and DJs are so enticingly close that the audience can see every nuance of their artistry and hear anything from jazz to rock to hip-hop. The bar’s stocked to match the vibe, whether it calls for champagne cocktails or PBR. 4243 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.531.5700.

Most Diverse Music Lineup: The Old Rock House

Blues, funk, bluegrass, soul, harddriving rock…this club books it all, perfectly balancing local favorites Nite Owl and Trixie Delight with must-see touring bands, and showcases them in one of the city’s best rehabs. 1200 S. Seventh Blvd., Downtown, 314.588.0505.

Hottest Crowd: The Pepper Lounge

Glittering partiers pack this bar and dance floor every weekend. Many clubs have emulated it, but none have succeeded in pulling away a single house DJ, let alone the highly attractive clientele. 2005 Locust St., Downtown, 314.241.2005.

Best Dance Party: London Calling at The Stable Loft

Attention Anglophiles: London Calling is in a bigger pad, baby. Twice a month, the resident DJs spin Britpop, indie and electro dance music and videos (in the huge main room), plus traditional ska, mod and punk (in the Brixton room). 1821 Cherokee St., Benton Park,

Best House DJs: Sol Lounge

Six of our favorite DJs—Rob Lemon, Sam Foxman, David Edgar, Flex Boogie, Darren Compton and the

incomparable Gary Mac—are the wizards behind the curtain, mixing eclectic and urban sounds at Sol, one of the sexiest clubs in the city. 4239 Lindell Blvd., Central West End, 314.641.3102.

by bringing in celebs like Paris Hilton, DJ AM and Kim Kardashian and promotion parties that draw the see-and-be-seen set. One Ameristar Blvd., St. Charles, 636.940.4333.

Best Under-theRadar Haunt: Thaxton Speakeasy

Best Wine Bar: Robust

This underground site is password-protected in the Prohibition-era sense—check to find out what word will get you in the back-alley door for free. Inside, the music and drinks are marvelously modern. No bathtub gin for these cats. 1009 Olive St., Downtown, 314.241.3279

Gay Bar: Erney’s 32 Degrees Vodka Bar

The Grove’s newest bar quickly attracted the attention of the city’s party-till-dawn set, and features a modern design, hoppin’ dancefloor with an LED light show, a large patio and the most unique feature, The Vodbox, a chilled vodka-tasting room. 4200 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.652.7195.

Lesbian Bar: Nancy’s Place

A much-anticipated venue from Nancy Novak, the creative mind behind the popular bar Novak’s, Nancy’s Place opened recently with a new twist: an all-female staff. Partygoers are guaranteed the same nightlife and dance experience as at Novak’s in a more upscale and mature lounge. 4510 Manchester Ave., The Grove,

Best VIP Scene: Home

You never know who you’ll rub elbows with at this nightlife powerhouse—the behind-thescene team are pros at appealing to high rollers. Located in the newly renovated Ameristar Casino, the club keeps the scene hot

The “Robust factor,” an approachable format based on body style, groups wine into eight straightforward categories that are great for neophytes, and owner Stanley Browne’s profound wine knowledge ensures that oenophiles won’t be disappointed by the wine list’s depth. 227 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.963.0033.

Best Party Patio: Atomic Cowboy

With its own live music, a custombuilt fire pit and the quirky Q-Hut smoking lounge, Atomic Cowboy’s patio, recently expanded to hold 1,200 people, is a unique hangout that you won’t want to leave. And because it has a fully stocked bar, you won’t need to. 4140 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.775.0775.

Best Club Eye Candy: Lure

Attracting the hottest ladies to your club is easy when the owners’ promoter is Steve Garnett, who happens to own a modeling agency and fashion photography business. Lure’s events—like the Eden 2 swimsuit and lingerie show and the Sexiest Industry Competition—seal the deal. 1204 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.5873.

Best Place to Unwind After 5pm: J. Buck’s

The Clayton happy hour is legendary, and the newer downtown spot quickly caught up. Regulars may say they come for the food and drink specials … but it’s also a great place to spill a few beans on the boss or check

out the sexy suits unwinding after work. 101 S. Hanley Rd., Clayton, 314.725.4700; 1000 Clark St., Downtown, 314.436.0394.

Best Vintage Cocktails: The Royale

The Royale is a must-visit destination in many ways; its got a friendly neighborhood bar feel, it’s non-smoking and best of all, it has a creative cocktail list. Handsqueezed juices flow into classics like gimlets, martinis, highballs and old-fashioneds, each cleverly named and reasonably priced. 3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd., South City, 314.772.3600.

Sophisticated Spot to Sip: Cielo Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel

Nestled on the eighth floor of St. Louis’ premier hotel, this elegant bar is movie-set perfection come to life, from the gentle lull of conversation to the stunning view of the Arch. 999 N. Second St., Laclede’s Landing, 314.881.5800.

Best Singles Scene: Lucas Park Grille

Who’d think a great restaurant with a notable wine list and wellcrafted menu would consistently rate among the city’s trendiest late-night destinations? It seems anything can happen here … which is just what singles want to feel. 1234 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.7770.

Best Place to Celeb-Spot: Mandarin

When George Clooney and company were in town, they joined the athletes, models and other celebrities who frequently party at this Asian-inspired lounge. You never know who you’ll run into—and that makes going there all the more rewarding for the rest of us. 44 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.4447


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We love that there’s something to satisfy every craving. Sometimes you just have to have a steak. Or a slice of pizza. Or a spicy tuna roll with tempura vegetables. The amazing thing about St. Louis is that no matter what you’re craving (and oftentimes, no matter when you’re craving it), we’ve got you covered with a huge selection of award-winning restaurants that all specialize in that one (or two, or three) thing that sets them apart from their competition. Let the cravings take over. Best Design: Araka

There are six distinct dining areas to choose from, and all are infused with the restaurant’s signature edgy-yet-earthy design approach. Blending warm, natural stone and walnut with modern European flair, the sexy space is the perfect setting to enjoy the restaurant’s Southern European-inspired cuisine. 131 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.725.6777.

Best Romantic Dining: Sidney Street Café

Between the intimately elegant atmosphere, devoutly personal service and unfussy fine dining fare, it’s no wonder this city staple is one of the most popular spots to impress a first date or to pop the question. 2000 Sidney St., Benton Park, 314.771.5777.

Best Fine Dining: SLeeK

Celebrity Chef Hubert Keller’s effortlessly chic steakhouse pairs perfectly grilled meat, lamb, Kobe beef steaks and seafood with handmade sauces and thoughtful finishing touches for an unforgettable upscale meal. 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.621.9590.

Best STL-Style Pizza: Joanie’s Pizzeria

This friendly neighborhood pizza joint really delivers by focusing on fresh ingredients, unique flavor profiles (toppings include Cajunseasoned ground beef, bleu cheese crumbles or squash) and a perfectly crispy, thin-crust pie. 2101 Menard St., Soulard, 314.865.1994.

Best Authentic Pizza: Katie’s Pizzeria Café

From the European charm (rustic wooden tables, intimate lighting) to the hand-formed Neapolitan-style brick-oven crust piled with daring toppings like fingerling potatoes and apples, this upbeat café is authentic in every way. 6611 Clayton Rd., Richmond Heights, 314.727.8585.

Best Pizza By The Slice: B&T Pizza

Unique Desserts: Niche

Best Business Lunch: Kitchen K

Best Quick Sugar Fix: Gelateria

Satisfy your craving for the hot, cheesy goodness of New York street-style pizza with a slice of handtossed pie crafted from fresh, often local ingredients—all with a little less attitude. 1131 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.621.2400.

A relaxed yet refined ambience and consistently tasty food fashioned from the best bounty available make this noontime hotspot a no-brainer for client wooing—and the everchanging menu means frequent diners won’t ever get bored. 1000 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.9900.

Best Mid-Day Meal For Your Money: Companion’s Petite Sack Lunch

Less than $7 will snag you half a sandwich on freshly baked bread, chips or fruit and a jumbo housemade cookie—a satisfying way to keep your tummy (and wallet) full. 4651 Maryland Ave., Central West End, 314.352.4770, multiple locations.

Best Sushi: Wasabi

Blurring the line between food and art, the sushi is not only insanely fresh and innovatively fashioned, but presented with such attention and care it’s almost a shame to eat—almost. 1228 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.421.3500, multiple locations.

Best Indian: Rasoi

Generous portions of traditional and innovative Indian food served in a refreshingly modern, urbane atmosphere—so lip-smacking, the food here could convert even the staunchest meat-and-potatoeseater into an international foodie. 25 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.361.6911.

A constant surprise, Pastry Chef Matthew Rice’s “Sweet Dreams” menu—novel, house-made ice creams and sorbet, seasonal cobblers and unexpected pairings like Greek yogurt baked Alaska—is certain to leave you wanting more. 1831 Sidney St., Benton Park, 314.773.7755.

From decadent (homemade) delights like hazelnut, caramel and tiramisu to fruity flavors like lemon, blueberry and banana, you can satisfy any sweet tooth with fresh gelato in either the café or sprawling back patio. 3197 S. Grand Blvd., South City, 314.776.3500.

Best Brunch: Nadoz

Come hungry for this bonanza of a buffet featuring every kind of morning delicacy you could imagine—waffles, quiches, omelets, scones, muffins, pastries, cakes, mousse and way, way more. 3701 Lindell Blvd., Midtown, 314.446.6800.

Best Crepes: Crepes in the City

You’ll find both savory and sweet concoctions at this cozy city creperie, with three types of crepes available, amply packed with ingredients like caramelized bananas and sour cream or pineapple, ham and honey mustard. 500 N. 14th St., Downtown, 314.436.1900.

Best Late-Night Noshing Spot: El Borracho Nothing quite hits the spot after an evening of carousing like some fresh chips and salsa, loaded burritos and smothered enchiladas—this place takes the corn cake for its amazingly tasty food at rock-bottom prices. 2001 Locust. St., Downtown, 314.588.0055.

Best Place to Impress Out-of-Towners: Cielo

The sprawling Downtown views are enough to impress, but factor in the seasonal menu carefully prepared from fresh local ingredients and you’ve got a can’t-fail way to amaze out-of-towners with our city’s dining prowess. 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.881.5800.

Best Casual Dining: The Stable

From simple staples like grinders and pizza to more creative fare like bacon-wrapped dates and Cajun carbonara, this brew-pub elevates casual comfort food to fine-dining heights. 1821 Cherokee St., Benton Park, 314.771.8500.

Best New Take on Old Classics: Scape

Deceptively simple dishes like barbecued shrimp and grits and sesame-crusted yellow fin tuna are elevated by Chef Eric Kelly’s imagination and quirky additions like drizzling skirt steak with chimichurri. 48 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.361.7227.

Most Artistic Atmosphere: The Fountain on Locust Malts, milkshakes and ice cream martinis—this Art Deco diner-meets soda fountain serves an array of delights, but we also love them for the playful décor. A 360-degree hand-painted mural, bold shades of red, gold and azure and an ice cream soda fountain—it’s a feast for the eyes. 3037 Locust St., Midtown, 314.535.7800

Best Wine Menu: Sasha’s Wine Bar

Specializing in a laundry list of modestly priced wines that only taste expensive, this neighborhood wine bar makes it effortless to order an outstanding wine and enjoy the scene—it features re-purposed wine bottle light fixtures and over 5,000 bottles line the walls. 4069 Shaw


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Best Al Fresco Dining: Café Eau

A great place for relaxing in the sunshine, the sprawling patio overlooks the pool deck of the Chase Park Plaza Hotel at this casual bistro, making it a top pick for peoplewatching, networking or meeting new people. 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.454.9000.

Best Gourmet Market: The Market at Busch’s Grove

This restaurant-turned-market offers the best of all worlds—everyday grocery items (with a focus on locally grown products) plus organic offerings including specialty cheese, meat and seafood items and highend prepared deli options. 9160 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.567.7770.

Best Upscale Sports Bar: Mike Shannon’s Featuring amazing steaks, seafood and more, this warm, richly appointed steakhouse-meets-sports bar attracts local celebs, media and pro ball players for post-game partying and weekend celebrations on the expansive patio. 620 Market St., Downtown, 314.421.1540.

Best Healthy Noshing: OR Juice

Health nuts get their “fast food” fix at this eco-conscious café featuring organic smoothies, vegan veggie burgers, tofu wraps and tons of other good-for-you-and-theplanet items. 6654 Clayton Rd., Richmond Heights, 314.647.8881; 3 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.8883.

Best Mediterranean: Aya Sofia

black truffle or foie gras piled on a beef, lamb, turkey or veggie patty. 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.621.9593.

Memphis-style BBQ—pulled pork, smoked turkey, brisket, ribs and all the usual fixin’s. 1901 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.436.3876.

Best Surf and Turf: Sub Zero Vodka Bar

Best Gooey Butter Cake: Park Avenue Coffee

Half sushi bar, half upscale burger joint, this place offers the perfect spot for anyone who can’t decide between inventive rolls and fresh sashimi or customizable patties (Jamaican, buffalo, Kobe beef or lamburger). 308 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.1200.

Best Grilled Cheese: Moxy

Replacing the traditional duo of grilled cheese and tomato soup is the tomato bisque and cheese toast appetizer at this modern bistro—delicate cheese, crispy bread and silky soup equals comfort food perfection. 4584 Laclede Ave., Central West End, 314.361.4848.

Best Use of Bacon: F15teen

This restaurant’s obsession with smoked pork fat is akin to the “Snausages”-lovin’ dog—bacon, bacon, bacon! For $1, you can add the house-smoked delicacy to any dish (mac n’ cheese, pasta, even ice cream). 1900 Locust Ave., Downtown, 314.588.8899.

Best Guacamole: Chava’s Mexican Restaurant

Bet you can’t eat just one of the crispy, perfectly fried tortilla chips heaped with the lip-smacking blend of avocado, onion and tomato that constitutes the guac at this friendly, neighborhood eatery. 925 Geyer Ave., Soulard, 314.241.5503.

Best Cupcake: The Cupcakery

Simple seasonings, fresh ingredients and the occasional belly dancer deliver a completely satisfying Turkish experience wrapped up in the warm elegance of this refined restaurant. 6671 Chippewa St., South City, 314.645.9919.

Featuring the best buttercream icing ever, these heavenly treats are divinely decadent without being too rich, moist without being overly sweet and perfectly portioned for one. 28 S. Maryland Plaza Rear, Central West End, 314.367.6111.

Best Burger: Burger Bar

Best BBQ: Smoking Joe’s Bar-Be-Que

It’s the build-your-own burger concept on steroids—five types of buns, a dozen cheeses and endless high-end toppings like prosciutto,



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Ditching the usual cowboy-hat-onthe-wall décor for hipper urban digs, the food at this place is genuine

With 64 flavors and counting, this mecca of the gooey butter cake offers 10 to 15 different made-fromscratch daily offerings with flavors like banana chocolate chip, amaretto, almond joy and caramel.1919 Park Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.621.4020.

Sexy Setting: Monarch

Warm mahoganies, rich reds and inviting ivories envelop you throughout every corner of this majestic restaurant. Intimate and ornate, the draped fabrics and soft lighting lend it an otherworldly, dreamy atmosphere. 7401 Manchester Rd., Maplewood, 314.644.3995.

First Date Spot: Franco

From the unforgettable Frenchinspired fare to the innovative, contemporary atmosphere, everything about this restaurant is geared toward impressing its diners—that includes your date. 1535 S. 8th St., Soulard, 314.436.2500.

Best Vietnamese: Lemongrass

The authentically prepared food is fast, fresh and flavorful, while the décor is understated and clean—everything you want in a casual, neighborhood eatery. 3161 S. Grand Blvd., South City, 314.664.6702.

Best Thai: Sen Thai Bistro Grounded solidly in Thai territory, with occasional jaunts into Vietnamese and Japan, the menu at this coolly serene space is loaded with options for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. 1221 Locust St., Downtown, 314.436.3456.

Best Seafood: Oceano Bistro

Featuring the freshest, tastiest bounties of the sea, this sweepingly beautiful bistro infuses delicate flavors and artful presentations into every dish from the renowned seafood bisque to the tender, plump scallops. 44 N. Brentwood Blvd., Clayton, 314.721.9400.

Best Bakery: McArthur’s

From birthdays to anniversaries, no celebration is complete without a handmade masterpiece from this local bakery, specializing in cakes, pastries and tarts crafted with care from the finest ingredients. 113 N. Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, 314.894.0900, multiple locations.

Best Family-Friendly Pizza: Dewey’s

The ultimate treat for kids and grownups alike, this boisterous pizzeria features fresh pies ranging from perfectly simple pepperoni to more adult-pleasing toppings like goat cheese, roasted red peppers and artichokes. 559 North and South, University City, 314.726.3434, multiple locations.

Best Upscale Vegetarian: Terrene

No matter what dishes are slated for the daily menu, you know they’re going to be delicious, eco-friendly and made from the freshest ingredients imaginable. 33 N. Sarah St., Central West End, 314.535.5100.

Best Italian: Trattoria Branica

Rediscover classic Italian favorites recreated with refinement at this polished and elegant restaurant where plump ravioli, lemon-doused shrimp and crispy veal dishes rival any you could find in the Motherland. 10411 Clayton Rd., Frontenac, 314.432.8585.

Best Place to Watch a Game: Lester’s Sports Bar & Grill

You won’t miss a moment—not even a second—when you watch the Cards, Rams or Blues battle on one of the 86 flat screens at this Ladue spot. Top off your game-viewing session with a New York-style deli sandwich or barbeque. 9906 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.994.0055.

Best Sushi With a Scene: The Drunken Fish The spicy tuna rolls aren’t the only hot things at this established local sushi spot. St. Louis’ sexiest gather nightly to enjoy the music by local DJs, the hip lounge vibe, potent drinks and sake and the menu of

our favorite: sub zero french fries.

delicious sushi. 1 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.4222.

Best Special Occasion Dining: Tony’s

At a place as exceptional as Tony’s, it’s a toss-up for what’s more enticing—the luxuriously appointed atmosphere, the impeccable personal service including tableside finishing or the exquisitely prepared food. 410 Market St., Downtown, 314.231.7007.

Best Italian on the Go: The Pasta House Co. Pronto!

It hits everyone at sometime—the need for Pasta House salad. Now you can satisfy that craving with the in-and-out casual dining outposts featuring house specialties like toasted rav, stuffed pastas and sandwiches. 814 Olive St., Downtown, 314.621.6621, multiple locations.

Best Cozy Italian: Onesto

Enjoy a comfort food feast with pizza and pasta made from locally grown and often organic ingredients served family-style in the casual café, which features a checkered floor, tin ceiling and an open kitchen. 5402 Finkman St., South City, 314.802.8883.

Best Doughnuts: World’s Fair

Known as much for their homemade fried pies as they are for their sweet, fried dough, this historic bakery takes the cake (doughnuts) when it comes to tasty treats. 1904 S. Vandeventer Ave., Tower Grove, 314.776.9975.

Best Beignets: Café Ventana

Sinfully delicious, the deep-fried pillow-shaped dough pastries at this boho-chic café come in orders of three or six—kudos to anyone who can stop at only three. 3919 West Pine Blvd., Central West End, 314.531.7500.

Best Place For Dinner and a Show: West End Grill & Pub

Enjoy a satisfying meal of fresh, classically prepared dishes like panseared trout or pork empanadas and then amble next door to the Gaslight Theater for live music and theater performances from local troupes. 354 N. Boyle Ave., Central West End, 314.531.4607.

Best Murder Mystery Dining: Lemp Mansion

Classic “Whodunnit” entertainment doesn’t get any more authentic than the performances in this mansion, believed to actually be historically haunted by the Lemp family. 3322 Demenil Pl., Benton Park, 314.664.8024.

Best Happy Hour: Houlihan’s

Mini-martini flights, Sex and the City cocktails, micro-brews, nine varieties of Long Island Iced Teas—the drinks here are killer, but the prices ($6 martinis, $8 wine flights) are even better. 147 St. Louis Union Station, Downtown, 314.436.0844, multiple locations.

Best Steak: Mihalis Chophouse

Giant, tender, juicy cuts of hand-

cut Prime steak await at this warm steakhouse—choose from “dressed up” versions with Cognac Madeira sauce or let the glistening steak shine on its own. 1603 McCausland Ave., Dogtown, 314.333.3301.

New Restaurant: Herbie’s Vintage 72

Although not everything about it is new—a few Balaban’s faves still dot the menu—Herbie’s impresses with refreshing flavor combinations, created by Chef Aaron Teitelbaum, attentive servers and the same warm, welcoming vibe of its predecessor. 405 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.769.9595.

New Café: Velocity Café & Cyclery

Cyclists and pedestrians alike enjoy this cozy new café and bike rental/ repair shop in one, which features freshly made bagels, breakfast sandwiches, soups and salads, plus an amazingly delicious meltin-your-mouth selection of cookies and sweets. 286 DeBaliviere Ave., Central West End, 314.361.7433.

Best Downtown Coffeehouse: Espresso Mod

The retro coffeehouse boasts some of the best cappuccino in the city, plus a delectable selection of light lunch items like soups, salads and paninis and a smattering of sweets for dessert. 210 N. 9th St., Downtown, 314.436.3240.

Best Irish Pub: Molly Darcys

Enjoy true Irish hospitality and charm at this authentic pub featuring the best brews, delicacies

and spirits of the Emerald Isle—talk about authentic: The original location is located in Kilarney, Ireland. 26 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton, 314.863.8400.

Best Soup: Mosaic

Laced with hints of Tahitian vanilla bean, the butternut squash soup is the creamiest, dreamiest concoction ever to be served before a meal—it actually almost qualifies as dessert, it’s so decadent. 1001 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.621.6001.

Best Group Dining: Barcelona

With dozens of delicious tapas options and pitchers of sangria flowing, this after-work hangout is ideal for grabbing some grub with a group. 34 N. Central Ave., Clayton, 314.863.9909.

Best Boy’s-Club Steakhouse: The Tenderloin Room

Surround yourself with legendary elegance and classic Prime cuts at this upscale steakhouse—an upscale place that attracts celebs like George Clooney, who reportedly spent every night lounging here while filming. 232 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.361.0900.

Best Deep Dish: Pi

Boasting a San Francisco-style cornmeal crust and heaps of fresh toppings, the pies from this ecofriendly pizzeria made a recent White House appearance when the President requested some personally. 6144 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.727.6633.


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WE LOVE THAT THERE are MORE SHOPPING AND FASHION DESTINATIONS HERE THAN MOST PEOPLE REALIZE. From the runway to the racks, St. Louis has become a hub of high fashion. Anna Sui, Missoni, Vivienne Tam and Diane von Furstenberg are just a handful of fashion’s top names that can currently be found in area boutiques—and the list just keeps growing. As the city establishes itself as a fashion capital, stores are expanding their offerings to include labels once exclusive to the coasts—and browsing the local shopping districts has never been more fun.

Best New Boutique: Ivy Hill

If you have yet to hear it through the ’vine, freshly planted Ivy Hill houses a garden of fabulous finds—think Ali Ro dresses, Free People separates and an array of fresh jewelry just waiting to be plucked. 304 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.7004.

Best Boutique: Valerie Mills

No need to head to Rodeo Drive for runway labels; rationalize that, as you’re saving on airfare, you can spend more on Vivienne Tam, Anna Sui and McQ Alexander McQueen ready-to-wear at Valerie Mills. 139 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.727.4545.

Best Women’s Boutique: Blush

movie—that is, unless you head straight to your source for J. Brand, Hudson and Earnest Sewn. Don’t be “clueless“; shop Elements of Denim. 173 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.721.9022.

Best Selection of Coveted Accoutrements: Mary Jane’s

Footwear and handbags and jewelry! Oh my! To discover the city’s most impressive mix of as-seen-on-celebs extras, there’s no need to click your Mary Jane’s together three times; just hit the namesake CWE boutique. 307 N. Euclid, Central West End, 314.867.8867.

Best Place to Score the Season’s “It” Bags: Neiman Marcus

Despite the name, not everything at “Blush” is pink; but shop girl Sarah King does have a knack for stocking her store with fashions and accessories that appeal to all women—like Tano handbags, Rachel Pally dresses and Virgins Saints and Angels jewelry. 151 W. Jefferson Ave., Kirkwood, 314.965.4411.

You know the scene in The Devil Wears Prada in which Miranda Priestly is shown throwing designer handbags on top of Andy Sachs’ desk day after day? Yeah, each of those was available at Neiman Marcus—where you can shop all haute bags including, but not limited to, Prada. 100 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.567.9811.

Best Dresses to Impress: Susan Lynn’s

Best Place to Play Carrie Bradshaw: Wish

In reference to “Sex and the City”, if you’re a “Charlotte”—always dressed to the hilt in polished, feminine frocks—head to Susan Lynn’s, where Trina Turk and Milly will complete your STL-meetsPark Avenue closet. 1122 Town and Country Crossing, Town and Country, 636.530.7337.

Best Jean Scene: Elements of Denim

To semi-quote classic Cher Horowitz, searching for a good pair of jeans is as useless as searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore

If your screen name is “Shoegal” and you dedicate such a high percentage of your salary to footwear that you may literally be “the old woman who lives in her shoes,” shop Wish, where you’ll find such “lovers” as Giuseppe Zanotti, Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch. 9765 Clayton Rd., Clayton, 314.432.0800.

Best Selection of Fabulous Footwear: Dillard’s

For any fashion fiend, walking into Dillard’s footwear department is nearly as euphoric as walking into

the Vogue accessories closet; too good, one may not know where to begin. Pace yourself—start at Pucci, Coach and Cole Haan, then make your way to the rest of the stellar selection. 1105 Saint Louis Galleria, Brentwood, 314.725.8363.

Best Fashion Jewelry: Alixandra Collections

Whether you’re a studded bracelets and cuffs kind of girl or favor morefeminine looks like lockets and cameo necklaces, you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store at Alixandra Collections, where you’ll find trinkets, baubles and more to complement your style and accessorize your every outfit. Sweet! 9814 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.997.2360. 

Best Boutique for Miami Chic: Byrd Style Lounge

With the racks upon racks of luxe Missoni, ADAM by Adam Lippes, Iisli and Current Elliot fashions, you might get confused as to whether you’re shopping Clayton or South Beach—that is, until you step outside and see that everyone is wearing shirts. 8117 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.721.0766.

Most Unique Selection: Mezzanine

A fashionista’s worst nightmare? Ending up as the loser on Us Weekly’s “Who Wore It Best?” page. Luckily, there’s Mezzanine, where you can shop hard-to-come-by clothes (by Geren Ford, Grey Ant, Mara Hoffman and Yaya Aflalo) available in limited quantities—so you can rest assured no one will be wearing what you’re wearing. 389 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.361.3777.

Best Shop for Rocker Glam: Jecca

If you’re an L.A. woman at heart, head to Jecca—where, it seems,

Carmen Electra inspired the selection. Scoop up playful Betsey Johnson dresses, sexy leather jackets and lingerie-inspired Beach Bunny Swimwear befitting any stylish rocker chick or aspiring Pussycat Doll. 12 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton, 314.862.5322.

Best Online Shopping: Pulse

Get your heart racing at, where you can shop the Chesterfield boutique’s selection of William Rast and Joe’s Jeans, Salvage and Sky dresses and a signature array of on-the-pulse accessories (including handbags by Kooba, jewelry by Delicate Raymond and footwear by Jessica Simpson and Koolaburra) from home. 1644 Clarkson Rd., Chesterfield, 636.519.4022.

Best Men’s Boutique: Moris Fashions

Having recently relocated to a corner clothier just steps from its original location, St. Louis’ dapper Dans now get to enjoy more Moris; think larger selections of Ike Behar shirts, Hugo Boss suiting and William Rast denim. Yes, men—bigger is better, at least when it comes to stores. 26 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.361.6800.

Best Custom-Made Shirts: Savile Row

If the closest you’ve come to custom clothing was when your mom used to write your name inside your skivvies, it’s time you suited up at Savile Row—experts at tailoring custom suits and shirts for St. Louis’ sharp-dressed men. 9727 Clayton Rd., Clayton, 314.567.8500.

Best Men’s Watches: Simons Jewelers

Instead of checking your BlackBerry for the time, stop at Simons to invest in a statement timepiece by Cartier,


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Hermès, Breitling or Panerai; much more fashionable, plus—with most water-resistant and some even Navyapproved, dropping your watch in the toilet won’t equate to a nervous breakdown. 8113 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.8888.

Best Place to Buy Jewelry Gifts: McGinty Jewelers on the Plaza As they say, diamonds are a girl’s best friend—so it’s only fitting that her jewelry box is as crammed as her contact list. Shop McGinty Jewelers and keep it well-stocked with fine watches, covetable custom rings and fashion bracelets and earrings by the likes of Konstantino. A girl can never have too many friends. 28 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.361.6556.

Best Red CarpetReady Bling: The Diamond Shop

Whether Anne Hathaway wore it on her neck, Cameron Diaz wore them in her ears or Beyoncé wore it on her wrist, The Diamond Shop’s expert Thom Kohn—aka, the Allen Schwartz of fine jewelry—can make it. Create a custom piece or shop the stellar selection of ready-to-wear baubles. 12 N. Central Ave., Clayton, 314.721.2210.

Best Platinum Selection: Curt Parker Jewelers

Always timeless and sure to please, platinum has become the new black. On a day when it’s all about the “yes,” don’t take chances—head to Curt Parker, peruse the impressive platinum selection and pick one of many stunning sets. 10192 Conway Rd., Ladue, 314.989.9909.

Best Personalized Service: Eye Candy

If the idea of boutique shopping makes you think of the “please leave” scene in Pretty Woman, then you’ve obviously never shopped Eye Candy—where owner Jennifer Leszcz will personally walk you through her well-thought-out inventory of MEK denim, Dex separates and ample accessories. 8778 Brentwood Ave., Brentwood, 314.477.5556.

Most Classic Jewelry Pieces: Tiffany & Co.

For timeless fine jewelry, visit Tiffany & Co. Though a three-strand pearl necklace screams Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany‘s, there are plenty of diamond and pearl options that are equally as classic—and, of course, there’s the little blue box, which is legendary in itself. 1701 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Frontenac, 314.692.2255.



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Best Custom Engagement Rings: Mavrik

The piece of jewelry that should be more sacred than any other loses a tad bit of special the moment you see the same style on someone else. Make sure that your ring is as personal as your love; send him to Igal Alon at Mavrik for a custom wedding set you’ll cherish forever. 200 S. Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, 314.909.6818.

Best Place to Treat Yourself: Ylang-Ylang Fine Jewelry

Confessions of a shopaholic: What started as a one-time right hand ring treat to myself has since developed into monthly shopping trips to Ylang-Ylang for I’m-worthit watches, earrings and baubles by the likes of Jude Frances and Melissa Joy Manning. I can‘t resist! 81 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.567.5555.

Best Poolside Apparel: Lori Coulter Made-toOrder Swimwear

You’ve tortured yourself at the gym for months in preparation for your poolside vacation; why spoil your hard work with an unflattering swimsuit? Buy a custom bikini by Lori Coulter—in of-the-moment styles, each fits to a tee and miraculously holds everything perfectly in place. 49 Chesterfield Mall (Macy‘s), Chesterfield, 314.727.9879.

Best Women’s Underwear: Jule Lingerie & Loungewear

You took the quiz and found that you’re a B- Sexy Sue: More modest than Pasties Paula, more fiery than Flannel Fran, you’d pick “pretty” over “plain” or “porn star” any day. Shop Jule for lingerie by Eberjey, Elle MacPherson Intimates and posh La Perla. 9757 Clayton Rd., Clayton, 314.983.9282.

Best Men’s Underwear: Boxers

“Boxers or briefs?” is so five minutes ago. For St. Louis men, options run the gamut—thongs, boxerbriefs and more by the likes of 2xist, Diesel and Hugo Boss have entered the equation, thanks to Boxers boutique and its impressive inventory of designer under-things. 1305 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.454.0209.

Best Sunglasses: Sama A Hollywood favorite, Sama sells the best sunglasses in the biz,

including its namesake brand, Badgley Mischka and Loree Rodkin. Wear to the beach, while cruising around town or while dodging the paparazzi. 1121 Saint Louis Galleria, Brentwood, 314.725.0214.

Best Source for Eye Glasses: The Eye Bar

Whether your look is sexy or studious, The Eye Bar has a frame to fit your style. Pick from the industry’s top lines, including Grotesque, Face à Face and Oliver Peoples—and, if you’re not lucky enough to need glasses—you can always go with a clear lens. 401 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.1848.

Best Creative Eyewear: Eyewearhaus

If unique eyeglasses are your signature, then Eyewearhaus should be your source. From vintage frames (think Liz Claiborne classics) to the most eclectic new styles, you’ll find the best range of classic-toquirky frames available in STL. 745 N. New Ballas Rd., Creve Coeur, 314.567.7423.

Best One-Stop Shop: CODI, Codi Diamonds

In St. Louis, CODI Codi Diamonds is the answer to Santa Monica’s Fred Segal—where the multi-boutique concept has been perfected. Shop CODI diamonds, What a Girl Wants fine jewelry and Jule Lingerie & Loungewear all under one roof—all that’s missing are possible Olsen twin sightings. 1066 Town & Country Crossing Dr., Chesterfield, 636.227.CODI.

Best Casual Wear: Macy’s

Consistently selling all of your favorite casual brands—including MICHAEL Michael Kors ready-towear, Lucky Brand Jeans, Jessica Simpson footwear and Kate Spade handbags—Macy’s is as reliable for your better-than-basics as your fashionable best friend who lets you shop her closet. 1550 Saint Louis Galleria, Brentwood, 314.726.1810.

Best Streetwear: I Am...! Sneaky

Shopping I Am…! Sneaky, Downtown’s sleek new streetwear boutique, may lead to sneaky behavior. Stop in, stock up on denim and flashy sneakers by the hottest brands (including Nudie Jeans, Greedy Genius, True Religion, John Varvatos and Triple5Soul), then, if needed, hide your receipt from your significant other. 1330 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.436.1290.

Best Selection of Sexy Stilettos: Sole Treasures

There’s no need to justify your multiple trips to Clayton’s Sole Treasures boutique, which houses the perfect finishing touches to your every sexy look. If he can’t understand your need for multiple black stilettos (a strappy sling-back for dresses, a pointy-toe pump for pants, etc.), you may need to rethink your boy, not your buying habits. 8121 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.721.8880.

Best Upscale Resale: Women’s Closet Exchange

At Women’s Closet Exchange, you‘ll walk inside in search of designer duds and will walk out with a Prada purse, an Armani suit or an onlyworn-once Diane von Furstenberg dress. Only you’ll know it’s secondhand, until you can’t help but brag about your killer deal. 11575 Gravios Rd., Crestwood, 314.842.8405.

Best Vintage: TAG Timeless Authentic Garments

Whether your style icon is Chrissy Snow or Farah Fawcett, you’re bound to find the answers to your every retro style desire at TAG; shop dresses, jackets and jumpsuits, but for the flipped-out wing ’do, you’re on your own. 6314 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.721.1370.

Best Style Steals: Paperdolls

Some search fashion blogs, scan store ads and spend oodles of time finding the best style steals in town; others simply head to Paperdolls, where the entire back room is stocked to the brim with must-have, marked-down Miss Me, Sweetees and Free People fashions. 110 E. Jefferson Ave., Kirkwood, 314.965.3655.

Best Silver Jewelry: The Silver Lady

From studs and chains to grommets and zippers, it seems fashion is fixated on hardware this season. Luckily, The Silver Lady is stocked with silver jewelry aplenty. Stay in vogue with chunky necklaces, rings and things by John Atencio and more. 4737 McPherson Ave., Central West End, 314.997.2360.

Best Bet for Exclusive West Coast Lines: Cortney Gene

If Cortney Gene was located on Melrose, the paparazzi would set up outside in anticipation of the regular rocker, actor and socialite shoppers.

Luckily, in Kirkwood, you’ll only be greeted by owners Kodey and Cortney Wintergate—as well as such coveted collections as Black Halo, King Baby and William Rast. 200 S. Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, 314.965.4445.

Best Trendy, BudgetFriendly Pumps: Bakers

If you saw them on the feet of models at Balmain, Gucci or Prada, chances are you’ll see them at Bakers within weeks. Inspired by all of the hottest designers, Bakers footwear makes runway looks attainable for all. 1155 Saint Louis Galleria, Richmond Heights, 314.725.6155.

Best Gift Store: Lusso

Sure, it’s the thought that counts, but sometimes there’s no time to ponder the perfect present. Head to Lusso, where the style-savvy owners have done the hard work for you; shop fabulous jewelry, books, candles, frames and more just waiting to be packaged for your friend or family

member. Feel free to take the credit. 165 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.725.7205.

Best Place To Outfit Your Abode: Ware

Ever since Ware moved into The Crescent, you’ve been dressing up your pad with beautiful furniture, unique artwork, eclectic knickknacks and more—and finding so many excuses to show it off, your new nickname is “the hostess with the mostest.” 137 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.727.2500

Best Bike Shop: Big Shark

For those who are not hard-core cyclists but want to take up the sport, two words of wisdom: one, whether you’re seeking a fun beach cruiser or one of the best racing bikes on the market, Big Shark big kahuna Mike Weiss and his knowledgeable team are people to call; two, contrary to popular belief, neon spandex is not a required

uniform. 6133 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.862.0660.

Best Outdoor Furniture Selection: Amini’s Home, Rugs & Game Room

Ah… the lazy days of summer. Barbecuing with friends, catching some rays, making the nosy neighbors jealous while lounging on luxe patio furniture... Lose the flimsy folding chairs and shop Amini’s for outdoor furniture as fabulous as your interior décor. 17377 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield, 636.537.9200.

Best Store to Stock Up on Contemporary Decor: Niche

Now that you’re a grown-up, your place should bear no resemblance to a dorm room. Don’t know where to start? Hire an experienced interior designer from Niche—or simply shop the store’s Knoll and Herman Miller modern classics.

And, for Pete’s sake, lose the futon. 300 N. Broadway, Downtown, 314.621.8131.

Best Home Accessories: UMA

If your minimalist place is starting to look like a laboratory, give it some character! Lamps, pillows, vases and more by such modern designers as Jonathan Adler will add style and warmth without ruining your clean, uber-cool aesthetic. 1100 Locust St., Downtown, 314.241.9990.

Best Bookstore: Left Bank Books

St. Louisians have flocked to this local bookstore in the CWE since 1969 for its diverse title selection, book signings and all-around friendly vibe. Now, with the store’s new, second location Downtown, city dwellers are spoiled, with books, magazines and more at their fingertips. 321 N 10th St., Downtown, 314.436.3049.

BECAUSE YOU CAN LOOK AND FEEL YOUR BEST NO MATTER YOUR BUDGET. Finding the right workout regiment is a lot like finding the right mate: Unless it fits you just right, there’s virtually no way it will work. Luckily, the get-fit options in St. Louis are endless, and whether you’re looking for a full-service gym or targeted training, there’s a solution in this city sure to help you look and feel your best. Best High-Tech Workout Program: HD Fitness This affordable fitness solution is so totally now that you can synch your custom-designed video workout to your iPod, cell phone or laptop quicker than you can say HD. After a few months of this routine, the only thing that’ll be in high-def is your fabulous new physique. 7750 Clayton Rd., Richmond Heights, 636.235.2510.

Best Upscale Gym: Santé

We thought we’d died and gone to fitness heaven. Turns out, we were at The Chase’s 18,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art workout sanctuary blessed with all the divine extras— spa services, nutrition workshops, a Yoga studio and smoothie lounge—worth every penny. 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.633.3020.

Best All-In-One Gym: Fitness Factory

They don’t call it a factory for nothing!

The four levels of this one-stopfitness shop turn out some of the most finely tuned bods in the city, thanks to a comprehensive selection of amenities (including tanning) so completely worth the dough. 1314 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 314.241.2700.  

Best Group Training: SWEAT

Keep the numbers on the scale down and the figures in your bank up with SWEAT’s affordable grouping training sessions, so personalized and so intense (kickboxing, core/ resistance training, etc.), you’ll never return to your old workout again. 8011 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.2714.

Best Bang-For-YourBuck Membership: Club Fitness

Get back to the basics with the nononsense, non-intimidating approach of Club Fitness, where you’ll find everything you need to whip that body into shape (free workout

classes, top-of-the-line cardio and weights machines, etc.) without breaking the bank. Fourteen area locations, 866.551.CLUB.

Best Personal Trainer: Mike Jaudes, The Fitness Edge

Some say trainer—we prefer miracle worker, given the amazing results Mike Jaudes has pulled off with his 100-percent customized lifestyle fitness program. No wonder he landed the “Top 100 Trainers in America” list two years in a row. 10571 Old Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.993.EDGE.

Best Golf Lesson For Busy Professionals: 20 Minutes to Par On-the-go professionals of all ages and levels are catching on to this unique fitness-based technique program that promises to improve their golf game in just two 20-minute sessions a week. 200 S. Hanley, Clayton

Rd., 314.863.7837, and 18102 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield, 636.536.1505.

Sexiest Place to Work Out: The Fitness Studio

We couldn’t resist these fun, oh-so-flirty workout options that’ll have you hip-hop’n, salsa groove’n and pole dance’n to the beat—all the while reshaping your mind, body and spirit into the new, confident, sexier you. 7642 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.863.4800.

Best Place To Work Out The Kinks After A Workout: MassageLuxe Whether you’re stopping in for some post-cardio aromatherapy or an “I’ll never lift weights again” deep-tissue massage, we guarantee you’ll leave happier, healthier—and at these prices— without a single ounce of buyer’s remorse. 9572 Manchester Rd., Rock Hill, 314.961.5893.


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WE LOVE THAT YOU CAN GET YOUR ARTS, CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT FIX WITHOUT SPENDING A PENNY. Leave your wallet at home—this one’s on St. Louis! From parks and museums to concerts and festivals, the city’s thriving arts and culture scene has tons to do and see. And in a time when pinching pennies is so top of mind, it’s worth noting all the places you can play, learn and be entertained without letting go of any greenbacks. Place To Play Outdoors: Saint Louis Zoo

If 18,000 exotic animals, 700 species and 90 acres-worth of exploration aren’t enough reasons to make a trip to the nation’s top-ranked zoo, we’re giving you one more: It’s all free. 1 Government Dr., Forest Park, 314.781.0900.

No-Cost Culture Date: Contemporary Art Museum Sophisticated—and funds-free—a date at the Contemporary keeps the conversation rolling, from the video art of Chantal Akerman (on view through August 2) to the building itself—one of the hottest modern architectural structures in the city. (Free admission Wednesdays & Saturdays.) 3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center, 314.535.4660.

Place To Take The Kids: Grant’s Farm

Forgo the costly trips to theme parks or Chuck E. Cheese and take the crew to the free, family-friendly Grant’s Farm. Take a tram ride through Deer Park (home to the European antelope and African Zebra), feed the goats at Tier Garten and catch the famous Clydesdales show. 10501 Gravois Rd., South County, 314.843.1700.

Catch A Glimpse Of STL’s Past: Missouri History Museum On-the-house theater performances, Twilight music and family film nights— not to mention a museum full of exhibitions to take you back in time— prove history, at least at this museum, is anything but stodgy. 5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park, 314.746.4599.

Best Way To Spend A Summer Evening: Shakespeare Festival

Best Place To See Avant-Garde Art: White Flag Projects

Place To Take Out-ofTowners: AnheuserBusch Brewery

Best Art Fair: Saint Louis Art Fair

A hilarious theatrical adaptation is only the beginning of your summertime “Shakespearience.” The roaming park jugglers, crafty musicians and fire-eating clowns are free at this nightly festival. (Excludes Tuesdays.) Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, 314.531.9800.

Let your out-of-town buds in on the true definition of “Drinkability” without spending a penny. The behind-thescenes tour of the AB brewing facility and historic grounds ends appropriately with the chance to sample the tasty results. 12th and Lynch Streets, Soulard, 314.577.2626.

Place To Play Indoors: Saint Louis Science Center

The massive three-building complex and its 700 hands-on exhibits will bring out the wacky scientist in all of us. Nowhere else in St. Louis can you climb a giant kaleidoscope, visit Cyberville and have the ultimate Human Adventure—100percent free. 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, 314.289.4400.

Best Place For A Picnic: Laumeier Sculpture Park

With 72 art-filled acres, your only dilemma is finding the best place to drop your blanket. Free Sunday tours or a solo exploration reveal an incredible outdoor sculpture collection, featuring William King, George Rickey and Donald Judd, to name a few. 12580 Rott Rd., South County, 314.821.1209.

Provocative, progressive and thought-provoking, the contemporary visual arts experience at White Flag Projects wins our vote for the ultimate edgy art, including interactive exhibits, photography and video shows. 4568 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.531.3442.

With all the dough you’ll be saving on free entertainment (see Kim Massie, the Union Avenue Opera and Hawaiian Polynesian Revue in action), you won’t be able to resist splurging on some fabulous art at the fifth-ranked fair in the nation. 7818 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.863.0278.

Best Festival: Live On the Levee


Best Male TV Personality: Mike Bush, KSDK Newschannel 5

Best Anchor EyeCandy Female:

Where else can you witness the hottest musical acts in the country, grab some classic STL chow and see fireworks galore for the bargain price of $0? Downtown, 314.434.3434.

Virginia Kerr, KMOV-TV

Best Mix of Contemporary Art: Philip Slein Gallery

Best Sportscaster: Rob Desir, FOX 2 News KTVI

From edgy to underground to regional and renowned (Jamie Adams, Tony Fitzpatrick, Catherine Howe), the art world’s most provocative contemporary artists start and end here. 1319 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.621.4634.

Best Anchor EyeCandy Male:

Kevin Steincross, FOX 2 News KTVI

Best Reason to Watch the Weather: Mike Roberts, KSDK Newschannel 5

Best Morning Talk Show: “Great Day St. Louis,” KMOV-TV

Best Morning Commute Radio:


Phillips & Company, Y98

Three of our favorite cultural destinations that are worth every dime.

Best Late-Night Radio:

Best Festival: Botanical Garden Japanese Festival

Mike Shannon, 550 KTRS

Japan is just around the corner, come Sept. 5. A nominal fee grants access to candlelight walks in the Japanese Garden, traditional tea ceremonies, martial arts, taiko drum performances and more. (Adults $15, Seniors $10, Kids and Members $5.) 4344 Shaw Blvd., Tower Grove, 314.577.9400.

Best Outdoor Theater: The Muny

Nothing says “the show must go on” quite like 91 seasons at the nation’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theater, this year to feature spectacular renditions of classic American favorites like Annie, Godspell, Hairspray and more. 200 Forest Park, 314.361.1900.

Best Across-The-Board Entertainment: Fox Theatre Jam band (Phish) meets opera quartet (Il Divo) meets classic musical (The Phantom of the Opera) this year on one the most famous historic stages in the city. How’s that for variety? 527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center, 314.534.1678.


Fave Voice of STL:

Best Up-and-Coming Local Show: “The Rise

to the Top” with David Siteman Garland on ABC 30 KDNL-TV/DT St. Louis


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Super Careers 5 Recession-Proof Jobs and How To Get One Now In these uncertain economic times, career security is top of mind for most working Americans. Now more than ever, students are aware that the academic major or area of study they choose now can deeply affect their job prospects once they graduate. Furthermore, working adults are wisely considering career transitions and are returning to the classroom to get the credentials and education they need to succeed.

But what does it take to snag a job in one of the “ironclad” career areas that can stand the test of a rather testy economy? First, you need to know which professions are largely unaffected by fluctuations in the economy and why. Second, you’ll want to know where in St. Louis you can gain the degree or training you need to be a top contender in your chosen field. Resuscitate your future and rescue yourself from a dead-end job with one of these super careers!

Super Career: Healthcare

Super Career: Beauty & Wellness

Why: As the Baby Boomer generation ages, the demand for medical professionals is on the increase. Also, breakthroughs in medical technology and techniques mean people are living longer. And new technologies require individuals who are properly trained to use them. Where To Go: St. Louis Community College: Nursing; Dental Hygiene; Health Information Technology; Occupational Therapy; Physical Therapy; Respiratory Therapy; Radiologic Technology; Paramedic Technology; Pharmacy Technology; Surgical Technology; Gerontology Vatterott College: Medical Assisting; Medical Billing & Coding Washington University’s University College: Pre-Medicine; Pre-Nursing; Biology; Healthcare Services; Clinical Research Management

Why: Careers in this area are doing well not only in spite of the economy, but perhaps even because of it! Especially now, people seek these professionals because they may suffer from a heightened level of stress and feel need to be pampered or splurge a bit on themselves, which is often accepted as a worthwhile investment. Massage therapists, cosmetologists, estheticians and other lookgood/feel-good professionals can ease the tension, work out the kinks and make us look a little more beautiful. Who wouldn’t want that these days? Where To Go: Vatterott College: Cosmetology



Super Career: Environmental Sciences & Other “Green” Jobs

Super Career: Computer & Software Technology

Why: Good market or bad, being mindful of our environment and its future remains a top priority for many companies. These specialists protect our air; make our water safe to drink; monitor the soil where farmers plant our food; beautify our neighborhoods, parks and nature reserves; and keep us safe from natural disasters. They also fabricate eco-friendly products and technologies that help us all lessen our impact on the earth. Experts in this area make the green by going green, and are expected to continue to do so into the next decade.

Why: Even in lean times, companies hire individuals who not only understand the latest computer technologies but more importantly, the proper way to implement them so that they best benefit a specific project or company. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, computer software engineers are expected to be among the fastestgrowing occupations through 2016. These tech-savvy pros don’t just keep businesses afloat in a rough economy; they help them prosper. Where To Go:

Where To Go:

St. Louis Community College: Computer Science; Computer Accounting Technology; Computer Aided Design; Computer Aided Manufacturing; Computer Aided Publishing; Information Systems

St. Louis Community College: Horticulture; Landscape & Gardening

Vatterott College: Computer Technology, Computer Systems & Network Technology, Information Systems Security

Washington University’s University College: Bachelor of Science in Clinical Research Management; Bachelor of Science in Health Science & Administration; Master of Arts in Biology; Master of Science in Health Care Services

Washington University’s University College: Bachelor of Science in Communications & Journalism; Certificate in Strategic Communication; Bachelor of Science in Global Leadership & Management



Super Career: Education Why: In decades past, women primarily populated teaching staffs across America, but as more job opportunities—even those in typically male-dominated fields—become available to women, education professions has seen a slight decline in recent years. This, along with a growing population, has created a demand for those with degrees or certificates in education and education administration. Where To Go: St. Louis Community College: Art Education; Teaching; Early Care & Education Washington University’s University College: Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis; Post-Baccalaureate (Secondary) Teacher Certification; Master of Arts in Education

St. Louis Area Higher Education Resource Guide St. Louis Community College Multiple campus locations 314.644.5522 Vatterott College-O’Fallon 927 E. Terra Ln. O’Fallon, MO 636.978.7488 Washington University’s University College One Brookings Dr. St. Louis, MO 314.935.6700 ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

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Memphis-Style Barbecue Heats Up Downtown St. Louis Smoking Joe’s Bar-Be-Que, Downtown’s new upscale BBQ hotspot, is the perfect summer stop-in. By Cristy Miller | Photo by Josh Monken

The beef brisket platter with sweet potato fries, coleslaw and baked beans.

Smoking Joe’s bar-be-que At first glance, you’d never guess that the latest addition to Downtown’s dining scene is a barbecue

restaurant. There’s a fireplace and artwork. There’s a swanky lounge and floor-to-ceiling windows. LCD TVs adorn the walls and there’s a full bar. But Smoking Joe’s is a tried-and-true barbecue joint with all the pulled, spicy or smoked offerings you’d find at other popular ’cue spots. And, who says corn on the cob can’t go with a cocktail, anyway? A Pioneer in the Neighborhood Located on Washington Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets, Smoking Joe’s is in the newly renovated Tudor Building and is one of the growing number of retail and restaurant businesses setting up shop in the multi-million dollar development. The restaurant, which occupies a prime corner space of the building, is the first full-scale restaurant to open in the new neighborhood—and it has convenient hours for city dwellers, serving until midnight Monday to Saturday. The block has come a long way—new 45-degree parking spaces and lots of storefront retail space have had a positive impact on the neighborhood. But it still has a long way to go, and I appreciate that this didn’t deter owner Joel Rozelle from opening his place. Smoked To Perfection The décor leans more upscale, but Joel keeps the food true to its laid-back Memphis roots. You order at the counter and your meal arrives in paper-lined basket trays. Meats are slow cooked and well prepared; my half chicken was delicate and moist and served atop a slice of Texas toast—I ordered it with a side of green beans and paid a little extra to swap the choice of potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans or corn on the cob for French fries, which were served semi-thick and crispy. Platters provide diners options like pulled pork and chicken, an amazingly tender beef brisket, turkey breast and sausage. The loin back ribs (a.k.a baby back ribs) are available in several portion sizes and are of a perfect tenderness that many chefs spend years hoping to achieve. And nothing says summer like al fresco dining—Smoking Joe’s recently put in a patio that expands onto the street, adding yet another reason to sup at this hot new destination this summer.



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1901 Washington Ave. Downtown, 314.436.3876 Platters: $8.99-$10.99


editor’s picks Tips for a top-notch experience at Smoking Joe’s Bar-Be-Que. Best Dish: Pulled pork platter with green beans Choice Side Dish: French fries Best Place to Perch: The lounge facing 19th street featuring a fireplace and flatscreen meal Deal: $5 Black Angus sliders (3) during happy hour, 4pm-8pm daily


Sweet Sensation

Light and crisp: Franco’s Orange-Basil Tuile Bowls filled with berries and cream.

Whether you dine in or make at home, Franco’s deliciously simple French desserts will steal the show on your table. By Amy De La Hunt | Photo by Liz Reiff Sloan

Summertime calls for light, airy desserts, preferably low in calories and great with berries. In a word, summer calls for tuiles. These versatile cookies are strong enough to hold fillings yet melt-in-your mouth delicate and can be sweet or savory, flavored with lemon, chocolate, almond or sesame. And, as one of the seven basic types of French cookies, they’re almost obligatory on French menus.

No-Fuss French Franco meets the challenge with Orange-Basil Tuile Bowls filled with strawberries and cream. The Soulard restaurant’s seasonal dessert menu is a crash course in French treats like the upside-down classic, apple tarte tatin; white chocolate mousse and hazelnute crème anglaise layered into a chocolate terrine; and profiteroles, cream puffs with chocolate mousse and caramel glaze.

Kitchen Confidential Make your own light-as-air French cookie with strawberries and cream with this dessert recipe from Franco Executive Chef Matt Abeshouse.

Orange-Basil Tuile Bowls 1 pint strawberries, rinsed and stems removed 1/4 cup sugar 2/3 cup + 1 tbsp flour 1 tsp salt 6 egg whites 1 cup + 3 tbsp sugar 5 tbsp melted butter 1 tbsp Grand Marnier Zest of 1 orange 3 large basil leaves, very thinly sliced

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franco Open since early 2007, Franco has quickly established itself as one of the city’s most talked-about (floating Chinese noodle ceiling) and most visited (for the hearty, contemporary French cuisine) restaurants. Franco’s up-and-coming Executive Chef Matt Abeshouse specializes in classic French techniques—his goal is to make veggies (fresh from nearby Soulard Market), foie gras and even sweetbreads approachable and fun. If you haven’t been to this spot lately, stop by and enjoy the newly opened patio, the extensive wine list and of course, the delicious French desserts (1535 S. Eighth St., Soulard, 314.436.2500).

Combine salt and flour in a small mixing bowl. In another bowl, combine egg whites with remaining sugar, melted butter, Grand Marnier and orange zest. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined. Add basil and let rest for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a full-size Silpat mat on a baking sheet (or use a greased bakery pan liner). Spoon 2 tablespoons of batter onto the mat. Repeat, spacing the cookies 3 inches apart to allow for spreading during baking. With a small spatula, smooth each into a 4-inch circle, making sure to keep the same thickness all the way to the edge. Bake 8-10 minutes, until the edges turn golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool just enough to handle. With a small spatula, pick up a corner and lay cookie inside a small soup bowl. Carefully push the center so it forms to the shape of the bowl. Let cool, then remove from the bowl. To serve: Wash 1 pint of strawberries and trim off the stems. Toss them with 1/4 cup sugar. Set aside for at least 1 hour. If desired, stir in 1/4 cup Grand Marnier. Just before serving, spoon berries into tuile bowls and top with crème anglaise or whipped cream.



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Central West End/ The Grove Agave 4198 Manchester Rd., 314.652.4283. This Mexican Tequileria offers 100 percent blue agave tequilas to sip while enjoying the upscale Mexican offerings. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ ✷ Atomic Cowboy 4140 Manchester Ave., 314.775.0775. This casual environment serves a Baja Fresh menu of Tex-Mex dishes, a noteworthy house sangria and over 25 labels of premium tequila. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. $


Bar Italia 13 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7010. This romantic St. Louis favorite serves Italian fare in a trendy see-andbe-seen atmosphere. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$ BOATHOUSE CAFÉ 6101 Government Dr., Forest Park, 314.367.2224. A perfect place to bring the kids or enjoy a romantic night out and sup on American classics. Lunch and dinner served daily, Sun. brunch. $ Coffee Cartel 2 Maryland Plaza, 314.454.0000. This trendy CWE staple provides a large variety of coffee and tea, as well as a delicious menu of wraps, sandwiches and amazing desserts. Open 24 hours. $

ies, specialty coffee drinks and, of course, cupcakes. These deliciously moist creations will keep your palate entertained. Open daily. $


the Drunken Fish 1 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.4222. This stylish sushi lounge with an extensive Japanese menu offers everything from tuna tataki to traditional rolls. Arrive late night for DJs and karaoke. Lunch Mon.Fri. and dinner served daily. $$


Eau Bistro and Café 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.454.9000. Delicious New American cuisine by day and a hip see-and-be-seen spot at night. Bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Sun. brunch. Café serves lunch and dinner daily. $$


EVEREST CAFÉ 4145 Manchester Ave., 314.531.4800. This family owned establishment is the only Nepalese restaurant serving St. Louis, with a bargain lunch buffet. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $ FIVE 4317 Manchester Ave., 314.535.5553. You’ll find American bounty at its best at this Grove spot. Indulge all five senses with its fresh take on delicious seasonal fare. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$

Companion 4651 Maryland Ave., 314.352.4770. This upscale bakery goes far beyond making bread, creating a gourmet menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast and ✷ lunch served daily. $


CrÊpes: etc. 52 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.2200. This upscale patisserie takes a modern twist on a French classic, serving both sweet and savory crêpes as well as a variety of homemade pastries, soups and sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch served daily. Dinner served Thurs.-Sat. $ the Cupcakery 28 S. Maryland Plaza, 314.367.6111. Enjoy a variety of unique creations from St. Louis’ first gourmet cupcake shop offering muffins, cook-

Herbie’s Vintage 72 405 N. Euclid Ave., 314.769.9595. A beloved classic is reborn under the direction of the Monarch duo. Serves contemporary American in an elegant atmosphere. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. and dinner daily. ✷✷ Sun. brunch. $$



Maryland House 4659A Maryland Ave., 314.361.9444. This upscale lounge is hidden in a converted apartment above Brennan’s. Featuring a tapas menu, cocktail menu and sleek contemporary décor, it’s the ultimate hipster destination. Dinner served Thurs.-Sat. $ NEWSTEAD TOWER PUBLIC HOUSE 4353 Manchester Ave., 314.535.7771. Experience food a step above the basic “pub grub” in this comfortable and casual environment. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ ✷ REVIVAL 3800 Chouteau Ave., 314.771.3939. This contemporary Southern-inspired restaurant serves hushpuppies, pizza, Po’boy sandwiches and fried okra. Lunch served Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ ~Scape 48 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7227. This contemporary bistro offers a variety of traditional American fare with a European twist. Lunch served Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sun., Sun. brunch. $$$


Sol 4241 Lindell Blvd., 314.534.1300. This once abandoned mansion has been converted into a hip bar and nightclub serving up a large selection of wine and spirits in a trendy, loft-esque atmosphere. Open Tues.-Sun. $


Sub Zero 308 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1200. Over 140 international labels of vodka, a wonderfully large list of drinks and sushi and a new build-your-own burger menu in the new expanded area. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$


Terrene 33 N. Sarah St., 314.535.5100. Enjoy New American and vegetarianfriendly cuisine inspired by ingredients from local and regional farms. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$$


Midtown/ Downtown 10th Street Italian 504 N. 10th St., 314.241.9988. All Italian items are made fresh in-house, including the tomato sauce and pastas, at this casual, order-at-the-counter spot. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Fri. $

décor of a downtown 1920s hotel. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$$ Burger Bar 999 N. 2nd St., 314.621.9593. Located inside the newly opened Lumière Place Casino and Hotels, where you can build your own gourmet burger from a large list of breads, meats and condiments. ✷ Lunch and dinner served daily. $$


CIELO 999 N. 2nd Street St., 314.881.5800. Located at the Four Seasons Hotel and serves contemporary Italian and American dishes such as seared sea scallops, filet mignon and house-made pasta and desserts. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $$$


Clark Street Grill 811 Spruce St., 314.552.5850. This modern restaurant includes an open kitchen, live music and a menu of globally influenced dishes. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $$$ CROWN CANDY KITCHEN 1401 Saint Louis Ave., 314.621.9650. Serving up traditional American fare alongside homemade desserts in a truly vintage space. Lunch and dinner served daily. $ Espresso Mod 210 N. 9th St., 314.436.3240. Serving gelato, sandwiches, bagels, cookies and, of course, coffee, this blast-from-the-past place is great for a quick caffeine break or mid-day snack. Breakfast and lunch served Mon.-Sat. $


F15teen 1900 Locust St., 314.588.8899. Jim Edmonds’ culinary endeavor serves up elegant American cuisine, a cozy lounge and private VIP booths. Lunch and dinner served Tues.Sat., Sun. brunch. $$$


Gelateria 1327 Washington Ave., 314.621.8838. Hazelnut, pistachio and mint are just a few of the delicious flavors you will find at this sweet Washington Avenue spot. Open daily. $


Harry’s Downtown Restaurant & Bar 2144 Market St., 314.421.6969. This eclectic bistro is understatedly refined, serving a wide range of cuisine. Lunch is Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$ Kitchen K 1000 Washington Ave., 314.241.9900. This hip spot serves New American fare and is located in the Merchandise Mart Loft building. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat., Sun. brunch. $$$


the LONDON TEA ROOM 1520 Washington Ave., 314.241.6556.  A glimpse of Euro-style with tea from all over the world and traditional tea drinking fare, such as scones and cakes. Breakfast and lunch served daily. $ ✷

An American Place 822 Washington Ave., 314.418.5800. Enjoy delicious, beautifully prepared entrees that utilize local ingredients while taking in the tastefully elegant

Lucas Park Grille 1234 Washington Ave., 314.241.7770. A seasonal menu with fresh ingredients such as soups, salads and New American entrees offer something for everyone. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily, Sun. brunch. $$$


Mike Shannon’s 620 N. Market St., 314.421.1540. This 20-year-old St. Louis landmark

serves upscale American cuisine. Stop by the expansive “The Outfield,” powered by The Pepper Lounge, beer garden for some pre- or post-game spirits. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$


Mosaic 1001 Washington Ave., 314.621.6001. This modern fusion restaurant offers an array of cold and hot tapas. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$

City Coffeehouse and CrÊperie 36 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.862.2489. This quaint coffeehouse offers a variety of lunch or dessert French crêpes. Breakfast and lunch served daily, Sat-Sun. brunch. $$


Nadoz Euro Bakery & Café 3701 Lindell Blvd., 314.446.6800. This sophisticated and casual café/ bakery offers homemade desserts, coffee drinks and more. Breakfast, lunch and late-night snacks served daily, Sun. brunch. $


Old Rock House 1200 S. 7th Blvd., 314.588.0505. The Rock House is a high-end live music club with an integrated music scene and great dining. Lunch Mon.Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat., bar serves until 1:30am. $


The Pepper Lounge 2005 Locust St., 314.241.2005. Retro lamps and cozy booths complete the atmosphere at this hip bar and nightclub. $$


Sen Thai Bistro 1221 Locust St., 314.436.3456. This casual bistro is known for its original Thai curry, noodle, soups and fresh seafood dishes. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$


SKYBOX 800 N. 3rd St., 314.241.5100. This upscale sports bar has over 80 TVs for game watching and Southern-inspired dishes. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. Dinner served daily. $$ Sleek 999 N. 2nd St., 314.621.9590. This upscale steakhouse is one of Hubert Keller’s signature restaurants. Dinner served daily. $$$


SUGAR LOUNGE 1405 Washington Ave., 314.621.9946. This sweet new spot—pun intended— is Downtown’s chicest new lounge. $ Wasabi 1228 Washington Ave., 314.421.3500; Clayton location, 16 S. Central Ave., 314.721.9970. Experience traditional tastes of Japan at this contemporary restaurant. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$


Clayton/Ladue Araka 131 Carondelet Plaza, 314.725.6777. This gorgeous restaurant in Clayton’s The Crescent features delicious European-inspired cuisine. Lunch Mon.-Sat. and dinner served daily, Sun. brunch. $$$


BARcelona 34 N. Central Ave., 314.863.9909. A St. Louis see-and-be-seen stop to nosh on Spanish tapas. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$


Bistro Alexander 7927 Forsyth Blvd., 314.725.9999. Classic bistro fare and daily specials. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$

Harvest 1059 S. Big Bend Blvd., 314.645.3522. Romantic dining takes on a whole new meaning at this Contemporary American restaurant. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$$ Jimmy’s on the Park 706 DeMun Ave., 314.725.8585. An upscale atmosphere, live jazz on the weekends and innovative American cuisine make this a St. Louis favorite. Lunch Tues.-Sat. and dinner served daily, Sun. brunch. $$$ Kaldi’s 700 DeMun Ave., 314.727.9955; 187 Carondelet Plaza, 314.726.2900. Offers plenty of options, like flavored coffees and premium blends. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $ Katie’s Pizzeria 6611 Clayton Rd., 314.727.8585. This charming pizzeria is a little piece of Italy that offers appetizers, fresh house salads and a selection of delicious pizzas. Lunch and dinner served daily. $


Lester’s Sports Bar and Grill 9906 Clayton Rd., 314.994.0055. Sports bar meets delicatessen meets BBQ at this Ladue hotspot, where the 68 flat screens are sure to satisfy every sports lover. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$


Miso on Meramec 16 N. Meramec Ave., 314.863.7888. One of St. Louis’ most popular sushi spots, Miso is as famed for its Pan-Asian food as it is for its lounge. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$


Océano 44 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.721.9400. St. Louis’ premier seafood bistro is an elegant addition to the Clayton dining scene. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$$


Pomme Café and Wine Bar 44 N. Central Ave., 314.721.8801. A charming café that possesses everything that a small Parisian spot should. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $$$ Roxane 12 N. Meramec Ave., 314.721.7700. Tucked away in a corner of Clayton, this small tapas-style spot is home to a very bohemian atmosphere. $$

South City/ Hampton/The Hill Aya Sofia 6671 Chippewa St., 314.645.9919. Add a dash of culture to your diet with exotic Turkish and Mediterranean delights. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$


City Diner 3139 S. Grand Blvd., 314.772.6100. Travel back to the 1960s at this retro American diner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $

CHAVA’s mexican restaurant 925 Geyer Ave., 314.241.5503. This laid-back restaurant serves classic Mexican cuisine and tasty margaritas. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$


Eleven Eleven Mississippi 1111 Mississippi Ave., 314.241.9999. This inviting restaurant offers a rustic, yet upscale atmosphere and Tuscaninspired items. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ Franco 1535 S. 8th St., 314.436.2500. This cool bistro serves country French fare with a modern twist. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$


Frazer’s 1811 Pestalozzi St., 314.773.8646. Serving creative cuisine in an eclectic, comfortable atmosphere.. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$

Giovanni’s on The Hill 5201 Shaw Ave., 314.772.5958. This restaurant offers an authentic dining experience for everyone who enters. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$ MANGIA ITALIANO 3145 S. Grand Blvd., 314.664.8585. This spot serves casual cuisine in an intimate interior, with live music several nights of the week. Lunch Mon.-Sat. and dinner served daily. $$ Modesto 5257 Shaw Ave., 314.772.8272. Great Spanish eats and its famed Sangria make Modesto a must. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ Parkside Lounge 3117 S. Grand Blvd., 314.664.6400. Bringing out the artistic side in South City, this new bar features live music, beer, wine and gourmet pizza. $$$


the Royale 3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.772.3600. This tavern-style restaurant pays homage to its St. Louis home with drinks named for different aspects of the town. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$


Van Goghz 3200 Shenandoah Ave., 314.865.3345. With martinis served in every flavor, chillin’ with your favorite cocktail among the display of local art is easy. Open daily. $

Lafayette Square/ Benton Park/ Soulard Baileys’ Chocolate Bar 1915 Park Ave., 314.241.8100. Offering a mix of savory and sweet items, this hotspot serves desserts such as Baileys’ Chocolate Brownie and bread pudding. Open daily. $

Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn 3322 DeMenil St., 314.664.8024. This historic mansion, furnished with antiques and believed to be haunted, serves lunch and dinner with options like beef Wellington, shrimp linguine and tilapia. Also features murder mystery dinner theater and Sunday family-style dinners. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Tues.-Sat. $$


Niche 1831 Sidney St., 314.773.7755. With its crisp, modern décor and cozy charm, this award-winning Soulard neighborhood bistro offers a fabulous New American menu. Dinner daily. $$$


Park Avenue Coffee 1919 Park Ave., 314.621.4020. Not your average coffee shop—enjoy Chauvin coffee, bagels, house-made muffins, smoothies and a selection of over 40 gooey butter cakes. Open daily. $


Sidney Street Cafe 2000 Sidney St., 314.771.5777. Whether it’s a special occasion or just an average night out, this Benton Park spot excels at American cuisine with French and southern influences. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$$


Square One Brewery 1727 Park Ave., 314.231.2537. Upscale bar cuisine is what you’ll find at this casual bar and grill, with a globally influenced menu. Lunch and dinner served daily, Sun. brunch. $$ SqWires 1415 S. 18th St., 314.865.3522. A seasonal menu features fresh interpretations of American classics. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily, Sat.-Sun. brunch. $$$ The Stable 1821 Cherokee St., 314.771.8500 This brew house, distillery and pizzeria features bacon-wrapped dates, housemade grinders and an array of pizza and pasta. Located in the historic ✷ Cherokee Street district. $



VIN DE SET 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.8989. A French-inspired rooftop bistro complete with an extensive wine list and specialty martinis. Seafood and steak complete this fancy menu. Open for lunch and dinner Tues.-Fri. and bar is open Tues.Sun. $$$

University City/ The Loop

Maplewood hot spot has it all. Dinner served daily. $$

Blueberry Hill 6504 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.4444. Joe Edwards’ flagship restaurant is as synonymous with St. Louis as the Arch—it’s a landmark restaurant not to be missed. $ Flaco’s Cocina 8400 Delmar Blvd., 314.395.4343. Best known for introducing the fish taco to St. Louisans. Lunch and dinner served daily. $ Jilly’s Cupcake Bar 8509 Delmar Blvd., 314.993.5455. With more than just cupcakes to satisfy a sweet tooth, this bakery serves soups, salads, sandwiches and more. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $ ✷ Momos 630 North and South Rd., 314.863.3511. A hip, eclectic tapas bar and tavern serving traditional Greek fare. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served nightly. $$ Blue Ocean Sushi 609 Eastgate Ave., 314.721.9168. This contemporary Japanese restaurant serves all-you-can-eat sushi and à la carte items, such as chicken teriyaki, tempura, and other popular Japanese/Asian cuisine. Lunch served ✷ daily and dinner Thurs.-Sun. $


Kirkwood/ Maplewood/ Webster Groves Boogaloo 7344 Manchester Rd., 314.645.4803. Featuring funky fusion fare combining Creole, Caribbean and Cajun flavors. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$ CYRANO’S 603 E. Lockwood Ave., 314.963.3232. Cyrano’s offers delicious gourmet desserts, plus a fantastic New American menu. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$ Dewey’s Pizzeria 124 N. Kirkwood Rd., 314.821.7474; 559 North and South Rd., University City, 314.726.3434. The gourmet pizza menu offers a creative spin on traditional pie. Lunch Mon.-Sat. and dinner served Mon.-Sun. $$


El Scorcho 7356 Manchester Rd., 314.644.5566. Settle into one of the saddle bar stools in the cowboydecorated restaurant and enjoy delicious Tex-Mex and BBQ faves. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$ Highway 61 Roadhouse & Kitchen 34 S. Old Orchard Ave., 314.968.0061. This southernstyle restaurant offers everything from pulled pork sandwiches to BBQ spaghetti. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $ the jive & Wail dueling pianos 7376 Manchester Rd., 314.781.7000. From dueling pianos to unique pub fare, this

Maya Café 2726 Sutton Ave., 314.781.4774. Featuring Pan-Latin and Mexican cuisine, this Maplewood destination is a great getaway with a festive atmosphere and potent drinks. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ Mihalis Chophouse 1603 McCausland Ave., 314.333.3301. Glam golden interiors and a dramatic bar flanked by lounge furniture make Mihalis a gorgeous destination to dine on traditional steakhouse fare. Dinner served Tues.-Sun., ✷ Sun. brunch. $$$


Monarch 7401 Manchester Rd., 314.644.3995. The romantic atmosphere and extensive wine selection at this upscale restaurant perfectly complement the global fusion fare. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$


Robust Wine Shoppe & Café 227 W. Lockwood Ave., 314.963.0033. Inspired by Sommelier Stanley Browne, this café is perfect for anyone interested in indulging in their love for food and wine. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$

Creve Coeur/ Maryland Heights/ West County/ Chesterfield Annie Gunn’s 16806 Chesterfield Airport Rd., 636.532.7684. Known for its heartwarming dishes and fresh seasonal specials, Annie Gunn’s offers unforgettable steaks, seafood, soups and salads. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$$ Caito’s Pizzeria 414 THF Blvd., 636.530.9222. This casual family-oriented restaurant, now with a new location in Webster Groves, offers pasta dishes, sandwiches, salads and pizza in a Tuscan-themed environment. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$ IL BEL LAGO 11631 Olive Blvd., 314.994.1080. Boasts an extravagant Italian menu in an elegant Italian restaurant. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.Sat. $$$ Wapango 2020 Chesterfield Mall, 636.536.1151. A Pan-Latin experience spices up the night at Chesterfield’s own Latin/Caribbean fusion restaurant, featuring a delightful ambiance and menu. Lunch and dinner served daily, Sun. brunch. $$ Yia Yia’s Eurocafe 15601 Olive Blvd., 636.537.9991. Eclectic Mediterranean-inspired dishes served in an upscale, rustic atmosphere. Yia Yia’s offers everything from salads to tenderloins to its famous chocolate soufflé. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat., Sun. brunch. $$


BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE Brio offers a lunch, dinner and kid’s menu daily along with a brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. Lunch specials are only $7.95 every Monday through Friday. The food at Brio is simply prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients, with an emphasis on high-quality steaks, house-made pasta specialties and flatbreads prepared in an authentic Italian wood-burning oven. Offering a warm, welcoming ambience, Brio is the perfect place to take a date or enjoy a delicious dinner with the family.

TOP Summer Dish: Beef Carpaccio Something you Might Not Know: Brio has great specials! Lunch specials–Monday-Friday for only $7.95. Tuscan Tasters ($2.95) Happy Hour–Monday-Friday, 3-6pm & 6pm-close Must-try Menu Item: Pasta Fra Diavolo (Shrimp or Chicken) 1601 South Lindbergh Blvd. Frontenac • 314.432.4410 S P EC I A L A DV E R T IS IN G S E C TI O N




Aya Sofia has won ALIVE’s “Best Mediterranean” honor three years in a row.

Dine at Franco, and spend the summer enjoying the cuisine of the French countryside without ever leaving St. Louis.

TOP Summer Dish: Pan-seared and grilled whole chupra, accompanied with a red onion salad and pearl couscous. Something YOU Might Not Know: Aya Sofia now has a wine

TOP Summer Dish: Seared halibut with braised leeks, teardrop tomatoes and poached garlic sauce.

patio. Special wine classes and food pairings this summer will be hosted by their sommelier. Make your reservations now.

Something YOU Might Not Know: Franco’s chefs incorporate the freshest ingredients into the rustic country French cuisine.

Must-try Menu Item: Meze Platter, a combination of their four most

Must-try Menu Item: Wood Grilled Bistro Steak served with green

popular appetizers

beans and pomme frites

6671 Chippewa St. • St. Louis Hills • 314.645.9919

1535 S. 8th StREET • Soulard • 314.436.2500 •



Serving authentic northern and southern Indian delicacies, Rasoi specializes in the one-of-a-kind flavors of India. With a daily lunch buffet, fine dining in the evening and an outdoor patio, Rasoi is the perfect location for a truly unique dining experience.

Joanie’s, located in the historic Soulard neighborhood, offers a nice, cozy atmosphere, delicious dining and a great outdoor patio. Joanie’s has been serving great pizza, fresh salads, sandwiches and pastas for 15 years. Sports fans can catch Joanie’s shuttle to any local sporting event free of charge. 

top Summer Dish: Tomato Tamarind Salad–Seasons best tomato, arugula, chapatti chips, spicy cashews with a tamarind vinaigrette.

top Summer Dish: Pizza Margherita-fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and

Something you Might Not Know: Rasoi offers the city’s best selection of Indian beers.


Something you Might Not Know: There really is a Joanie, and she grew up just blocks from the pizzeria.

Most Popular Menu Item: Chicken Tikka Masala 25 N. Euclid Ave. • Central West End • 314.361.6911 •

2101 Menard St. • Soulard • 314.865.1994 •



SCAPE Enjoy fountain-side cocktails and dinner on Scape’s beautiful and lively Central West End sidewalk café. Choose lounge or table seating or dine al fresco in the romantic European-style courtyard where ivy lines the wall and a canopy of twinkling lights overhead further enhance your dining experience. Happy hour drink specials and free antipasto available Tuesday–Friday. Scape is excited to introduce its refreshing made-to-order Sangria, and don’t miss Scape’s popular Sunday night barbeque. Valet parking available in the evening.

top Summer Dish: Pan Roasted Halibut “Aqua Pazzo” and the Scape Hard Lemonade, made with homemade passion fruit lemonade and blueberry vodka

Something you Might Not Know: Scape is committed to a sustainable seafood program. In addition, the pork is natural and hormone-free “Kurobuta,” the poultry is free range and the frying oil is trans fat free must-try Menu Item: Scape’s famous “Shrimp & Grits” 48 Maryland Plaza Central West End • 314.361.7227

MOMOS GREEK TAVERN At Momos, savor authentic Greek cuisine, served tapas style, and enjoy cocktails from their specialty menu as you relax on their vibrant patio. Imbibe like a god or goddess during Momos’ happy hour, Mon.-Fri., 4pm-7pm, where domestic beers, well drinks and Sangria are on special. Every week during dinner, traditional belly dancers entertain and delight.

top Summer Dish: Gyro Salad with the Greek Cheese Sampler Something you Might Not Know: Momos makes the best Mojito and Sangria in the Midwest.

Must-try Menu Item: Grilled Lamb, Beef Tenderloin and Saganaki 630 NORTH & SOUTH UNIVERSITY CITY • 314.863.3511 S P EC I A L A DV E R T IS IN G S E C TI O N


SMOKING JOE’S BAR-BE-QUE Smoking Joes’ is St. Louis’ only upscale BBQ restaurant and won the 2009 Hot List award for “Best Barbeque.” Features Memphis-style BBQ, one of the nicest bar views in St. Louis, custom events, live music on Friday and Saturday nights and one the biggest and best patios Downtown.

TOP Summer Dish: Pulled Chicken Sandwich Something YOU Might Not Know: Smoking Joe’s has live music Friday and Saturday nights and one of the biggest patios Downtown.

MUST-TRy Menu Item: BBQ Ribs 1901 Washington Ave. Downtown



Nestled in the Seven Gables Inn, a charming boutique hotel in the heart of Clayton, Molly Darcys offers delicious Irish, Scottish and Welsh fare in an authentic atmosphere.

Mazara is a true gem of a restaurant that serves dishes reminiscent of Southern Italy. Enjoy a slice of Mazara Pizza, prepared with homemade crust, sip a glass of wine or a luscious signature martini and relax on Mazara’s beautiful patio.

TOP Summer Dish: Black and Bleu Salad

top Summer Dish: Tonno Agli Agrumi–pan-seared citrus Ahi Tuna steak, mango relish, farro salad and fresh vegetables

Something YOU Might Not Know: Guests enjoy a Europeanstyle courtyard in the middle of the Seven Gables Inn. MUST-Try Menu Item: Peppered Tenderloin Sandwich 26 N. Meramec Ave. • Clayton • 314.863.8400 • SEVENGABLESINN.COM

Something you Might Not Know: All of Mazara’s bread and infused extra virgin olive oil, pizza crust, desserts and gelato are house made.

Must-try Menu Item: Honey ricotta mousse with fresh berries and crushed amaretto cookies on top. 7923 Forsyth Rd. • Clayton • 314.725.3434 •



atomic cowboy Enjoy nightly entertainment and jazz matinees on Saturday afternoons on Atomic Cowboy’s festive patio. The large bamboo-surrounded area features bonfire areas, cabanas and private spaces for parties of 12 to 900 people! Sip fresh fruit mojitos and sangria and house-infused vodkas and tequilas from Atomic’s outdoor Q Hut bar.

TOP Summer Dish: Tilapia Vera Cruz, slow cooked with fresh tomatoes, black olives and cilantro

Something YOU Might Not Know: Atomic Cowboy is working on a soon-to-open concert venue next door.

Must-try Menu Item: Baja-style Fish Tacos, Cheeseburger Burritos and Chicken Gorditas along with their house-made salsas and guacamole 4140 Manchester Rd. The Grove • 314.775.0775

wavE taco Whether you are up for some friendly competition with a rousing game of beach volleyball or you’d rather sip a refreshing margarita and soak up the sun in a comfy lounge chair, Wave Taco’s fun Mexican beach atmosphere has something for everyone. Check out Wave Taco’s beach parties, live music, drink specials, DJs playing the hottest mixes and sand volleyball tournaments on Wave Taco’s white sand courts. “Wave Taco...Where the City Meets the Sand!”

Something you Might Not Know: Wave Taco has two beautiful white sand volleyball courts.

Must-try Menu Item: Chicken Tacos 1335 Convention Plaza DOWNTOWN • 314.241.8226 S P EC I A L A DV E R T IS IN G S E C TI O N




Check out Onesto’s new patio, with seasonal offers such canapés and homemade sangria. Onesto supports local farmers and uses only organically or locally grown fruits and vegetables and antibiotic and hormone-free proteins and seafood.

Dine on everything from mini burgers to any one of the eclectic entrees at Roxane, where classic American cuisine is served with a modern twist. Gather with friends on Roxane’s expansive patio, one of the largest outdoor dining spaces in Clayton, and enjoy half-priced shared plates from 3-6pm, Mon.- Fri.

TOP Summer Dish: Arugula Salad with fresh tomatoes Something YOU Might Not Know: Onesto also runs a full-service catering company called V. Catering & Events. Also, Onesto is available for private parties and meetings on Tuesdays. And, don’t miss out on their incredible Pick 3 Lunch Specials daily from 11am–3pm

Must-tryMenu Item: Arancini or the Margherita Pizza

top Summer Dish: Shrimp Ceviche and Tuna Tartar Something you Might Not Know: Roxane’s menu features over 70 items, so there is something for everyone.

Must-try Menu Item: Thai calamari and baked brie served saganaki style

5401 Finkman St. • SOHA • 314.802.8883 •

12 N. Meremac Ave. • Clayton • 314.721.7700



“Italian you can’t resist” awaits you at Il Bel Lago. Listen to some of St. Louis’ best jazz, Motown, R&B and soul musicians perform on Il Bel Lago’s relaxing patio as you dine on delicious rustic Italian dishes.

Brandt’s offers great food and entertainment in a unique and lively atmosphere. The expansive wine, beer and martini selection can make choosing a drink a joyous chore. The combination of live music, great food and drinks is the recipe for an enjoyable evening. Don’t miss the Bloody Mary Buffet and Sunday Brunch!

top Summer Dish: Paperdelle Alla Bella Oprah, pasta served with fresh tomato, pesto and ricotta cheese Something you Might Not Know: At Il Bel Lago, you can taste the passion in every dish.

Must-try Menu Item: Nonna’s Meatball 11631 Olive Blvd. • Creve Coeur • 314.944.1080

top Summer Dish: Strawberry Spinach Salad Something you Might Not Know: Jay Brandt helped to begin the al fresco dining craze in The Loop when he put a few tables outside on the sidewalk. Must-try Menu Item: Crab Cakes 6525 Delmar Blvd. • The Loop • 314.727.3663 •


HERBIE’S VINTAGE 72 Beloved Balaban’s is reborn— Herbie’s a tribute to the original owner, revives classics such as shrimp dumplings and the famous chocolate beignets and features new, soon-tobe staples like duck confit crepes and eggplant roulade. 405 n. euclid ave. 314.769.9595





The new “haute” Pizzeria in Clayton serving neapolitan style pizza, beautiful appetizers and salads, as well as Italian cocktails, wine and beer. ALIVE HOT LIST WINNER 2009 HOURS: 7 days 10:30am–Midnight

6611 Clayton RD. 314.727.8585

1221 Locust 314.436.3456




25 N. EUCLID AVE. 314.631.6911 RASOICOM

The best cappuccinos, lattes, frappes and smoothies. We also feature fresh breakfast sandwiches, homemade pastries and our unique “Naanini” hot flat bread sandwiches, wraps and salads for lunch. ALIVE HOT LIST WINNER 2009 210 N. Ninth Street 314.436.3240

SAND VOLLEYBALL IN FOREST PARK Spring/Summer 2009. Sand Volleyball Leagues start July 6. Register your team now.




Serving the freshest seafood, prime meats and decadent deserts, SqWires consistently attracts faithful St. Louis foodies with its deliciously innovative interpretations of American cuisine. Open seven days a week.

MONARCH Restaurant & Wine Bar features three distinctive dining areas with a spot for every mood. Award-winning wine list with over 450 bottle selections and 40 wines by the glass. Twenty-five dishes priced between $5–$15.

1415 S. 18TH STREET 314.865.3522 SQWIRES.COM



SEN THAI ASIAN BISTRO The essence of Thailand in the heart of Downtown St. Louis. Authentic cuisine includes Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese style dishes presented with flair and lots of flavor.

Stop into Rasoi and experience the delectable flavors of India. Whether you enjoy our lunch buffet, fine dining or our outdoor patio, Rasoi in the Central West End is like no other place in St. Louis.







Hours: Mon-Sat 5-11:30pm, Wine Bar open until 1:30am

7401 Manchester ROAd 314.644.3995


MIHALIS CHOPHOUSE Enjoy prime cuts, the freshest seafood, and over 400 wine selections. Impressive, multi-level lounge features live entertainment every weekend. ALIVE HOT LIST WINNER 2009

1603 McCausland ave. 314.333.3301




Using only the freshest ingredients, Onesto offers made-from-scratch dishes. Dine on our new patio while enjoying daily lunch specials, a new beer and wine list and many delicious menu items. ALIVE HOT LIST WINNER 2009 5401 FINKMAN • 314.802.8883 ONESTOPIZZA.COM


JOANIE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA Full menu with daily specials, a large dining room and...of course GREAT PIZZA! Patio now open! ALIVE HOT LIST WINNER 2009 2101 Menard • 314.865.1994 JOanie’s to go • 314.865.5800


THE FOUNTAIN ON LOCUST The most photographed restaurant in St. Louis and home of the Ice Cream Martini. Serves fresh-made food, fine ice creams, chocolates and retro cocktails in a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted Art Deco interior! ALIVE HOT LIST WINNER 2009 3037 Locust St. 314.535.7800


Come celebrate pride, diversity and equality in the ambiance of a small town street fair on June 20th 2009 for the 2nd Annual Pride Festival in Belleville, Illinois. Enjoy an eclectic food selection, craft booths and live entertainment featuring a performance by Jazz Musician Lea Delaria.

16 S. Euclid Ave. 314.361.4119

Gateway Men’s Chorus presents “Remembering Stonewall” on June 19th and 20th at Washington University’s Edison Theatre. This concert commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with songs about strength, courage and living in harmony. Contact us for tickets.

Bad Dog has an expanded new location that features the same pub feel and infamous leather bar. Check out our happy hour, pool tournaments, community fundraisers and Studio 54 in June. For more info log on to Woof!


Taking Manchester by storm, the new place to be is already the most popular hangout, look good, feel good kinda place. It’s a drink, dance kinda gathering spot. Check out the walk-in vodka room, kept at a chilly 32°, the ideal temperature for the perfect cocktail. 4200 Manchester 314.652.7195


4112 Manchester Ave. 314.371.1333

St. Louis’ largest bear and leather men’s bar, offers “Guy’s Nights” on Sat. where the fellas get in free. Like to play darts? JJ’s is a part of the interbar dart league on Tues. and have an in-house league that shoot on Thurs. 3858 Market St. 314.535.4100


JUST JOHN Experience the new Just John. St. Louis’ premier gay drinking establishment located in the heart of The Grove, and enjoy the gorgeous patio bar, nightly drink specials, fun themed nights and a sexy crowd. Check us out on

3960 Chouteau Ave 314.652.0011




Proud to be one of St. Louis’ first gay bars. VJs play everything from dance hits, disco and showtunes on the many flatscreen TVs. 6 years voted #1 Gay Bar in STL. Amazing gathering spot and happy hour. Known as “Where it all Starts.”


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Nancy Novak’s anticipated new venture is an upscale lounge that welcomes men and women of all orientations, but will have an emphasis toward a mature lesbian crowd. Enjoy ’70s and ’80s hits, dancing, karaoke and entertainment in a welcoming— non-smoking—atmosphere. 4510 Manchester Rd. MYSPACE.COM/NANCYSPL


NOVAK’S BAR & GRILL Known city-wide as one of the top lesbian and gay bars in St. Louis drawing faithful patrons and new visitors alike with its diverse crowd, fantastic three-level party patio and regular lineup of live entertainment. Partygoers can enjoy Novak’s menu of burgers and appetizers. 4121 Manchester Rd. 314.531.3699


REHAB The friendliest gay bar in town! Starting Memorial Day weekend, come party on Rehab’s patio for St. Louis’ only Sunday T-Dance BEER BASH, 2pm-7pm. Rehab has the BEST Old Fashion Happy Hour Monday-Friday, 12pm–7pm. Check into Rehab for a great time with your friends or to make new ones. 4054 Chouteau Ave. 314.652.3700


ABSOLUTLI GOOSED Experience over 80 unique takes on the martini at St. Louis’s finest martini bar! Although Gay-owned and operated, it has an atmosphere as eclectic as the South Grand neighborhood it calls home. Have you been GOOSED lately? 3196 S. Grand Blvd. 314.771.9300


CHEAP TRX CheapTRX, one of the most unusual and enjoyable shopping experiences in the city, features an artful array of jewelry, candles, incense, clothing, pride merchandise and gifts. CheapTRX is also home to some the most talented tattoo and piercing artists in St. Louis. 3211 S. Grand Blvd. 314.664.4011


Guide To St. Louis Pride This month, St. Louis once again plays host to the second-largest pride celebration in the Midwest, and you don’t want to miss it! This year’s PrideFest celebrates its 30th anniversary. Observed in cities across the country in the month of June, Pride celebrations recognize the anniversary of Stonewall, the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. PrideFest 2009, June 27-28 in Tower Grove Park, will attract nearly 100,000 visitors from across the country and abroad for a weekend-long celebration. No matter if you are a member of the LGBT community or a straight ally, there are many ways to enjoy the annual celebration—let this be your guide as you plan your Pride experience. Top Midwest Fest

Kick off the weekend with the Third Annual Morgan Ford Pet Parade on Saturday. Lovable pets and their owners will parade for Pride beginning at the intersection of Morgan Ford and Utah and ending the entrance of Tower Grove Park. Registration and a pet-centric “Yappy Hour” begin at 10am; parade at noon. Log on to for more details. PrideFest, happening all day long on Saturday and Sunday and hosted by Pride St. Louis, starts at 10am in Tower Grove Park and features hundreds of booths providing information, services and products from local and national businesses and nonprofit organizations that support the LGBT community. Enjoy great music, drag shows, entertainment, food and friends. Also on Saturday, couples will have the opportunity to declare their commitment to one another at PrideFest’s annual Commitment Ceremony, presided over by the Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis. The ceremony begins at 3pm in the Stupp Center in Tower Grove Park. For more information, call 314.974.7103. PrideFest After Dark

When the sun goes down, the Pride parties heat up! No matter your scene, there’s a party waiting for you: All weekend, enjoy specials on Bloody Mary’s, margs, sangria and beer on Absolutli Goosed’s patio. Three Monkeys will be on hand, serving sandwiches and other fare. Hang with the boys at Bad Dog, a hip hangout for the leather/biker/bear crowd that prides itself on its ardent activism in the LGBT community. At The Complex, see and be seen among beautiful partygoers or party in chic surroundings at Erney’s 32 Degree, a Hollywoodinspired lounge where you can sip premium vodkas housed in a sleek, walk-in “vodka box.” Join JJ’s Clubhouse & Bar, St. Louis’ largest bear/leather/Levi’s men’s bar, as they welcome Tsarus, JJ’s brother-bar in Memphis. Dance all night to hot dance mixes at the new spot, Rehab, or Just John, a popular nightclub, lounge and video bar or go high-tech at video megaplex, The Loading Zone, and move to everything from disco to show tunes to new-and-now dance hits. During Pride weekend, you won’t want to miss checking out Nancy’s Place, Nancy Novak’s new nightlife hotspot for women and their friends. Novak’s expansive eye-candy-filled patio will be packed with LGBTs ready to party the night away during ULTRA, Pride weekend’s only exclusive VIP party hosted by Girl Friday Promotions. Last year’s event attracted over 800 people, including local celebs, the media and the trendsetting LGBTs in town. Guests at this year’s event will celebrate pride with Twisted Tea cocktails, mingling and all-night dancing. Get your tickets online at Pride Parade

After a night on the town, the celebration continues at the PrideFest Parade, emceed by Darin “DSly” Slyman. Floats inspired by PrideFest’s 30th anniversary will be judged by five local celebrities including Kelly Hamilton of ALIVE, Debra Bass of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Gilberto Pinela of STL TV, Pam Schneider of The Vital Voice and Becky Rothman of Becky’s Carpet & Tile Superstore. The parade begins at noon. After the parade, enjoy entertainment all day in Tower Grove Park. But First, Gear Up

Before PrideFest, get your pride gear at CheapTrx, and don’t miss Gateway Men’s Chorus’ inspiring production of “Remembering Stonewall” June 19-20 ( You also won’t want to miss Metro East Pride’s Second Annual Pride Festival (June 20, 2pm-10pm, Belleville, IL.). Enjoy a day of food, entertainment and family-friendly fun while celebrating diversity and promoting equality. For more info, visit For more information on Pride St. Louis’ PrideFest, visit

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ALIVE’s 2009 Bartender ContesT April 5> THE PLACE:

Blu CitySpaces & Flamingo Bowl Dwight Carter & Jamie Kelly


For six weeks, over thirty St. Louis bartenders competed in an online battle to win the most votes by readers and win one of six spots at the ALIVE Bartender Contest. The top six bartenders, Herbie’s Heather Dodderer, The Pepper Lounge’s Lauren Zoanetti, Flamingo Bowl’s Roy Richardson, Cielo’s Mike Cook, Erney’s 32 Michelle Sanchez and Ari’s Richard Jennings then faced off in an “Iron Chef”-style competition, caught on camera by Gebbs Total Video, at Blu Cityspaces for the first leg of the contest. Celebrity judges Kevin Johnson, Katie Becker, Allyson Mace, Josh Roland and Cristy Miller watched as the bartenders poured-off through three rounds, creating drinks using Pearl Vodka, Blue Moon, Red Bull and an array of fun ingredients, including ginger, which helped Michelle Sanchez take top ranking, giving her a $100 advantage at the final round. The Raymond Experience’s Pamela Raymond chatted with Gilberto Pinela and Dwight Carter while onlookers Julie Zubar and Jamie Kelly were also sighted in the crowd. At 9pm, all six bartenders went behind the bar at Flamingo Bowl to then out “tend” each other for two hours, with Roy Richardson selling the most drinks and taking home the grand prize of $500 cash.—Cristy Miller

Bartender contestants Mike Cook & Michelle Sanchez

Adam Burns, Emily Behymer & Melissa Corbin

Bartender contestant Heather Dodderer

Photos by ALIVE Scene Team

2009 Top Bartender Roy Richardson

Taran Jaspal, Lindsey McEntire & Ryan Klippel

Janice Gilbert & Greg Metzler

Mark Moxley, Adam Banke & Brian Nale

Evelyn Sharp, Lauren Elliott & Denorah Saldaña

Gabrielle Moore & Stephanie Fellin

Bartender contestants Heather Dodderer, Lauren Zoanetti, Roy Richardson, Mike Cook, Michelle Sanchez & Richard Jennings



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ALIVE’s Sixth Anniversary Party April 23> THE PLACE: Sol Lounge

Pam Bligh, Christie Robins, Megan Passiglia & Stephanie Clark


We celebrated six years of fashion, dining, nightlife, beauty and culture with over 600 of our closest friends and VIPs at Sol Lounge. The night kicked off with a VIP reception where Jacob Laws, Carissa Sweigart and DSly mingled with Amy Johnson, Marci Newsom, Michael Drummond and Shan Keith. City License Collector Michael McMillan and St. Louis Rams’ Josh Brown and Steven Jackson were seen enjoying appetizers from Onesto Pizza and Trattoria and mingling with ALIVE staff, while Paul Cook and wife Jennifer Clark perched outside on Sol’s front patio, where other attendees Ray Davis, Craig Ahrens, Pam Bligh, Curt Parker, Wendy Noory and Igal Alon were toasting with Pearl Vodka cocktails. Upstairs in Sol’s new third floor space, Reference, guests got to see and win one of ALIVE’s “Favorite Things”—items and places we absolutely love, including The Cupcakery cupcakes, Ivy Hill, The Tan Co., The Fox Theatre, Mavrik Jewelry and Dominic Michael Salon. While enjoying a night of perfect weather on the patio, partiers­—including Jocelyn Twist, Steve Buesching and Keli and Dominic Bertani were spotted sipping Blue Moon. Photographer Tuan Lee chatted it up with Jen Hengst, Tony Gaddis, Brad Waldrop and Mary Czarnecki. MomMeMakeover’s Ola Hawatmeh arrived in a limo and partied with Debra Bass, Christiaan Cofield, Greg Lukeman, Gilberto Pinela, Kelly Schall and Dwight Carter.—Cristy Miller

Virg Mantle, Curt Parker & Linda Mantle

Pamela Raymond & Jenn Foster

Kelly Schall, Matt Handler & Jessica Young

Photos by ALIVE Scene Team

Debra Bass & Christiaan Cofield Brett Daniels, Bert Coleman & Paul Cook

Stephanie Weiler, Ryan Saale and Jocelyn Twist

Igal Alon & Tanya Aposvolova Francisco Franco & Rina Jardosh Justin Mikael & Ola Hawatmeh



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third Annual Raise The Roof Party

Scott McDonald, Andrea McDonald & Kristin McDonald


Mandarin Lounge


SYNERGY Productions hosted Raise The Roof, the opening night for the summer season on Mandarin’s open-air rooftop patio. Guests were greeted with complimentary tastings of the new Finlandia Tangerine Fusion vodka. Once upstairs, partiers enjoyed signature summer cocktails, fountain views, and music by DJ Big D under the stars on Mandarin’s rooftop. Mandarin coowners Pete Ferretti and Buddy Coy were seen mingling with SYNERGY’s Amit Dhawan, KMOV’s Kristen Cornett and Erica Byfield. Fashion Week models Rimante Ivoskaite and Rachel Hadfield provided some of the eye-candy for the night and chatted wirh Rock Uniform’s Dwight Carter, the Post-Dispatch’s Kevin Johnson, Lumière Place’s Mario Maesano, BrownForman’s Keenan Harris and Kate Anderson and Marybeth Bevirt of the St. Louis Rams cheerleading squad.—Cristy Miller

Jamie Brooks & Adam Frager

Photos by Ryan Walsh

Christina Savel, Vanessa Lendof & Lacey Leitener

Darin & Salena Wood Lisa Taylor & Ang Agne

Rachel Hadfield, Dwight Carter & Rimante Ivoskaite

Noelle Wilcoxson, Gary van Matre & Leslie Williams

Patricia Batista & Ying Qiweng

Lindsey Bernaix, Eric Seyfert & Maria Wagner

Leslie Walsh, Austin Walsh & Cindy Augustine



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