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2014 DINING GUIDE
RIDING THE CHEW-CHEW TRAIN
ORIGIN STORIES: WHERE TO FIND THE BEST CULTURAL FOOD
A list of metro-accessible grub for when you get tired of half-and-halfs
Fight mid-semester food fatigue with these fresh, authentic options
SPECIAL DIETS FOR DUMMIES
MAKING DO WITH PAWS & GO
Raw, vegan, gluten-free, lactose-freeâ€” we set the record straight
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DATE NIGHTS FOR EVERY RELATIONSHIP STATUS College relationships are fluid. At Washington University, you can find anything from friends who have sex to people who have sex but don’t talk. You’ll find serious couples and people who have never been on a date. Thus, the traditional script seems passe: no longer can you simply take your date to a quiet Italian restaurant, go see a movie and then walk him or her home. The nuances of the 21st century mean that you need options. Here are the best recommendations for a variety of situations. By Jessie Bluedorn Best first date with someone you really like
Best place to go with your friend with benefits
Mission Taco Joint
7927 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton
6235 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis
The ambiance here is fabulous. From the killer playlist to the marquee lights, The Libertine sets the perfect mood.
Keep it casual, just like your relationship. Nothing says “I want your body” like tacos and tequila shots.
Best place to define the relationship:
Best anniversary spot
Best place to get out of a relationship rut:
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Cafe Napoli has a mature vibe and classic food, which is perfect for celebrating this major milestone.
Sometimes you’ve just got to spice it up. Try going to this great downtown spot for some Peruvian tapas and inspired drinks.
Three Kings Pub Yes, Three Kings serves food, too! It’s comfortable and familiar, which is the perfect background for this potentially challenging conversation. Plus, there are plenty of tasty food and drink options to either celebrate your love or drown your sorrows afterward.
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FOR THE VEHICULAR LY
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Whether you’re a freshman stuck on the South 40 or just an upperclassman tired of eating on the Delmar Loop, it can be tough to find a place to eat without access to a car. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of restaurants within walking distance of popular stops along the MetroLink’s Blue Line so you can have your sustainable cake and eat it, too. By Manvitha Marni
Maya Cafe 2726 Sutton Blvd. Although it’s a bit of a trek from the Manchester-Maplewood Metro stop, the Maya Cafe offers a variety of Latin dishes to nourish you once you get there. Its margaritas are also popular, having been voted the best margaritas in Mid County by the readers of the Webster Groves Patch. The cafe boasts live performances by local musicians most Fridays.
Fortel’s Pizza Den 7359 Forsyth Blvd. Although it offers a range of sandwiches and entrees, Fortel’s signature dish is the build-yourown pizza, which lets you choose the sauce and toppings you’d like. The University City location is right next to West Campus, but if you can’t make it out there, Fortel’s also delivers.
Cini 374 S. Grand Blvd. If you’re willing to make the trek into Saint Louis University territory, Cini (named for the traditional Sicilian fried rice balls, arancini) offers a build-your-own style of Italian food. Don’t be fooled by the name, though—the arancini aren’t the focus of the menu. Instead, customers can get an order of sweet or savory “cini” to go along with their entree. If you’re short on time, use the online ordering option and pick up your meal at the restaurant.
Takaya New Asian 634 Washington Ave. Offering dishes from cuisines ranging from Japanese to Korean, Takaya New Asian also offers some Asian fusion dishes, such as bulgogi sliders.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill 8590 Eager Rd. Romano’s Macaroni Grill offers typical Italian fare such as pizza and pastas along with a wide selection of wines.
Atlas Restaurant 5513 Pershing Ave. An upscale restaurant located north of Forest Park, Atlas serves primarily Italian and French dishes. The price tag and unofficial dress code—business casual—mean Atlas’ clientele skews toward the elderly, but don’t let that put you off—patrons of all ages are welcome.
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The Cheesecake Factory St. Louis Galleria In case you’re not already familiar with this chain restaurant, The Cheesecake Factory offers a wide variety of entrees from fish tacos to filet mignon. Its specialty, though, is the eponymous cheesecake, of which it offers more than 30 varieties. Although The Cheesecake Factory unfortunately doesn’t take reservations, you can kill time in the Galleria while you wait for a table.
Central Table Food Hall 23 S. Euclid Ave. Located north of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Central Table describes itself as “a dining experience that evolves throughout the day.” During the day, the restaurant operates much like Bear’s Den, with several different stations where you order and pay for your food before bringing it back to your table. At night, this model is replaced with a traditional sit-down restaurant approach. If you don’t have time for a full meal, grab-and-go options are also available from the market and coffee shop on weekday mornings.
Stadium Mike Shannnon’s Steaks and Seafood 620 Market St. Owned by former St. Louis Cardinals player Mike Shannon, this restaurant offers traditional steakhouse fare. Its real draw for Cardinals fans, however, is the memorabilia decorating the interior and its proximity to Busch Stadium.
8th & Pine Food trucks East of Citygarden Although Seoul Taco is now easily accessible through its location on the Loop, there are still several food trucks that students may not have had the chance to experience. Citygarden, a popular spot for food trucks to set up shop, is just south of the 8th & Pine MetroLink station. Check Twitter or showmefoodtrucks.com to find out when your favorite trucks will be there.
Arch-Laclede’s Landing Drunken Fish 612 N. 2nd St. One of three Drunken Fish locations in the St. Louis area, the Laclede’s Landing location is the most easily accessible by Metro. Along with favorites like the California roll, Drunken Fish also offers less-traditional sushi options such as the fried cheese steak and B.L.T.A. (bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado) rolls.
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YOUR GUIDE TO THE METROLINK Now that you know where to go, here’s a handy map of your dining options along the MetroLink’s Blue Line. Graphic by Leah Kucera & Maddie Wilson Central West End Central Table Food Hall
Brentwood I-64 Forsyth Romano’s Macaroni Grill Fortel’s Pizza Den
MaplewoodManchester Maya Cafe
Richmond Heights The Cheesecake Factory
Forest ParkDeBaliviere Atlas Restaurant
Stadium Mike Shannon’s Steaks and Seafood
8th & Pine Food trucks
Convention Center Takaya New Asian
Arch-Laclede’s Landing Drunken Fish
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ORIGIN STORIES: WHERE TO FIND THE BEST CULTURAL FOOD As college students, we often fall into routine. Food on campus is good for the most part, but I can’t shake the feeling that it’s all the same. In my dorm, I fall into eating whatever I don’t have to cook: granola bars, yogurt, fruit. All this monotony can leave one’s palate longing for more. If you’re looking to get out of your rut of coffee and bagels or you’re missing the taste of home, here are some ideas on where to find unique, authentic flavors from a variety of cultural backgrounds. By Laura Harvey U-City Grill
Sameem Afghan Restaurant
Korean cuisine 6696 Enright Ave. 6696 Enright Ave. This cash-only, one-man Korean barbecue shop at the westward end of the Delmar Loop offers homemade bulgogi beef that is to die for. The bibimbap is also a must-try. This place is not about the atmosphere; it’s all about the food.
Mexican cuisine 398 N Euclid Ave. As an expatriate of Texas, I need my Mexican fix regularly. While Tex-Mex is far from the traditional notion of authenticity, I argue that it stands on its own. And Mi Ranchito doesn’t cut it. If you’re looking for fresh Mexican flavor, try Gringo. The brisket is slow-cooked for 16 hours. The guacamole is bright and flavorful. Finally, the salsas are on point, compared to the blandness of other St. Louis Mexican restaurants.
Lebanese cuisine 3171 S Grand Blvd. While specifically Lebanese, this small operation in the South Grand area offers a variety of traditional Mediterranean flavors. Everything is made fresh each day, including the house pita bread. Adjacent to the restaurant, you’ll find the bakery and market, which both feature a variety of specialty items you can take home.
Afghani cuisine 4341 Manchester Ave. The only Afghani restaurant in all of Missouri, Sameem’s cooks up traditional Afghan and Persian dishes. Word on the street is that it’s far superior to other Persian restaurants near campus. If you do go, take note that it requires a reservation on weekends.
House of India Indian cuisine 8501 Delmar Blvd. A bit more of a trek from campus, House of India is worth the drive for those who prize Indian cuisine. The spice level is intense, but the flavor is better than any other location in St. Louis. For starving students, the to-go buffet is ideal at just $5 per pound. Make sure to try the lamb vindaloo and the homemade naan.
Little Saigon Cafe Vietnamese cuisine 10 N Euclid Ave. Owner Joan Ho is well-known in St. Louis, with some of her family members owning other successful restaurants. At Little Saigon, she offers locally grown and traditionally prepared Vietnamese food. The spring rolls and com ga are of particular note.
The Bagel Factory American cuisine 11256 Olive Blvd. Apparently, the serious connoisseurs of bagels will accept none other than the Bagel Factory in Creve Couer. Unlike Einstein Bagel Bros, this bakery boils its bagels to set a crunchy exterior with a chewy center. Make the trek and buy in bulk. The bagels will freeze nicely and you’ll have a number of delicious breakfasts in your near future.
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THE FRESHMAN (NEGATIVE) FIFTEEN By Gavin Rackoff When I came to college, I had heard horror stories of students gaining unhealthy amounts of weight in their freshman year. This seemed extra likely at Washington University, where I would be surrounded by some of the highest-ranked dining halls in the nation. With late-night crepes and half-and-halfs, plus a brandnew milkshake machine in Bear’s Den, I could only imagine myself taking on the build of a true Wash. U. bear. A month into my education here, I have realized how unlikely the mythical Freshman 15 truly is. The high cost of food at our dining halls and campus stores and our distance from non-University-affiliated groceries combine to make it difficult for students to eat on a healthy schedule. Rather, given these factors, I have observed a very real possibility of weight loss for incoming students. The prices at Wash. U.’s eateries create a challenge for students to satisfy their hunger. On my Silver Meal Plan, I have already spent over a hundred more meal points than WebSTAC’s suggested number. Looking at the prices of our food, this is no surprise. The Silver Plan, Wash. U.’s most popular meal plan, offers students 1,682 meal points per semester. This allows freshmen to spend 14.13 points a day from their move-in day on Aug. 21 to the last day of final exams, Dec. 17. Students save points if they return home for Thanksgiving break or if their exams end early in the exam period. Still, with most main-course items in our dining halls costing between 5 and 7 points, plus additional charges for sides and drinks, even students who travel are forced to run a tight budget. For many people, eating a medium-sized meal three times a day isn’t enough to satisfy hunger. The high prices at Paws & Go, however, make it difficult for students to supplement their meals. A 12-ounce jar of Jif peanut butter at Paws & Go sells for 3.79 points. A one-serving Clif Bar costs 2.29 points. In addition to having overpriced goods, the campus store offers students no opportunity to save money by purchasing in bulk. One way for students to save money on food is to shop at outside stores, such as Schnucks or Target. Although these stores offer a wide variety of foods for more reasonable prices, they do not offer the same convenience found at on-campus establishments. Schnucks is a mile away from the South 40, and the distance to
Target is three times that. Freshmen have access to adequate public transportation, but regardless of the means we use to access these stores, a shopping trip can be a major time commitment, which is often difficult to fit in given the University’s rigorous curriculum and students’ high levels of involvement on campus. These stores are a valuable resource for students, but often all we have time for is a trip to one of the convenient-but-expensive dining halls or shops on campus. My plea to the University is that it lowers the prices of its foods for students and offers more bulk quantities. The various campus establishments are convenient sources for a wide variety of tasty foods, but they are too expensive and do not allow many students to purchase sufficient quantity. It is the University’s responsibility to make food affordable for students and their families, who are already paying a lot of money to attend this school. In the meantime, my suggestion to students is to buy in large quantities at an off-campus store or to order food online. Amazon Pantry offers items both in bulk and for far more reasonable prices than Paws & Go. A 40-ounce jar of Jif peanut butter costs $5.67, and a 6-count pack of Chocolate Chip Clif Bars costs just $5.78. This comes out to just over 14 cents per ounce of peanut butter, and just over 96 cents per Clif Bar, compared to almost 0.32 points per ounce of peanut butter and 2.29 points per bar at Paws & Go. The Amazon deal is even more preferable when considering that the Silver Plan offers 3,364 points a year for $4,666, or almost $1.39 per meal point, so the Paws & Go goods end up costing even more in terms of dollars. Online purchases have shipping charges, and on-campus purchases with meal points and Bear Bucks are tax-exempt, but these savings do not outweigh the high prices on foods outside the typical three meals a day. Outside food sources may not offer the same convenience or instant availability as on-campus establishments. Nonetheless, the non-University-affiliated companies are less of a financial burden for students and their families and leave students with more points to spend on hot, madeto-order meals at dining halls. Until the University reforms its prices and meal point system, freshmen may be susceptible to inadequate, unhealthy eating habits.
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SPECIAL DIETS FOR DUMMIES LEAH KUCERA | STUDENT LIFE
Having been gluten-sensitive and allergic to half the world for most of my life, I have been a frequent recipient of questions like “What can you eat?” (insert incredulous, quizzical look here) and “Wait, what is gluten, really?” As someone who has had to read every food label since the time I could first sound out words, I’ve picked up a few things along the way that some of you lucky people without food allergies have been able to gloss over. So, I’ve decided to answer your burning questions about all manner of special diets here in StudLife. That way, the next time your brother’s raw, vegan girlfriend comes over for dinner, you will be armed with the facts that will make you look knowledgeable and help her feel comfortable. By Laura Harvey What’s the difference between being pescatarian/vegetarian/vegan? Basically, these three separate diets are related in that they represent degrees to which people can remove animal products from their diet. Pescatarians don’t eat meat (e.g., chicken, beef and pork), but they do eat seafood. Then there are vegetarians, who eat neither meat nor fish. The typical vegetarian diet is technically referred to as lacto-ovo vegetarianism, meaning these people eat dairy and eggs but not meat or seafood. Finally, there are vegans, who abstain from absolutely all animal products.
What is lactose intolerance, and what counts as dairy?
Being lactose intolerant means that your body has difficulty digesting lactose, the naturally occurring sugar found in milk. Because the symptoms can be very uncomfortable, many people who are lactose intolerant choose to avoid dairy products altogether. So, that means nothing with milk—no cheese, butter or yogurt, to name three.
What are raw diets?
Raw foodies don’t consume food that has been cooked to temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius. The raw movement has two component groups: raw vegans and raw omnivores. But the mainstays of any raw diet are raw fruits and veggies, plus nuts, seeds, grains and unpasteurized dairy products. Raw omnivores, however, will add uncooked meats like sashimi or carpaccio to the mix. The thinking behind this movement is that cooking food destroys some of
its essential nutrients, so consuming raw food is more nutritious and natural, especially because it is usually unprocessed.
What is gluten, and what is it in?
Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley and rye. As long as there is no cross-contamination, that means people who are gluten-free can eat corn, rice, oats, quinoa, amaranth and a number of other obscure grains that only Whole Foods employees and I are aware of, such as teff. Your everyday items that contain gluten are bread, pasta and baked goods.
What’s the difference between gluten sensitivity and celiac disease? Celiac disease is a very serious autoimmune disorder in which the body recognizes gluten as a threat and will attack the intestines when it is present. Eating even very small amounts of gluten can cause severe pain and permanent damage that can prevent the absorption of nutrients. Therefore, sufferers of celiac have to be vigilant about cross-contamination and preparation standards. On the other hand, gluten sensitivity is a bit less serious. It’s also a little more ambiguous in its diagnostic standards. For many people who are glutensensitive, eating gluten can create chronic responses similar to allergic reactions. Those with gluten sensitivity have more wiggle room when it comes to eating out, as they tend to feel much better without gluten but aren’t seriously harmed by it.
How can I make people feel comfortable? As the members of my freshman floor decided, it’s all about what we coined as ‘respectful inquisitiveness.’ You should feel free to ask your friends about their special diets, but try not to make them feel likes freaks of nature. It’s fine to be curious; after all, why would you need to know what gluten is if it’s never been a problem for you? Just try to be relaxed about it and not draw a ton of attention to people. Also, most people with special diets are used to not always being able to eat out or enjoy the snacks at parties, so try to remember them the next time you have people over.
By no means does this mean you need immediately to go figure out how to make delicious dairy-free, gluten-free, raw or vegan cupcakes—after all, that is basically a life’s work that is best left to the professionals. Maybe just put out some fruit or veggies and call it a day. You will definitely score points with your raw, vegan and gluten-free friends.
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MAKING DO WITH PAWS & GO Paws & Go might seem to be lacking in basics such as eggs and microwaveable popcorn (get on that, Connie Diekman!), but there are still many easy, unique options that you can make in your dorm kitchen simply from what you can buy on campus. Think out of the box with the following recipes to expand your diet beyond the Bear’s Den staples. By Kimberly Henrickson Caprese Salad Cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil Paws & Go has a wonderful selection of fresh produce—while cartons of cherry tomatoes and logs of mozzarella might seem a bit gourmet to sell successfully, they comprise some of the store’s best offerings and can be made into a healthy salad full of protein. Simply buy these two ingredients, steal a knife from Bear’s Den, chop and mix with basil from the salad bar for a quick, classy and out-of-the-box lunch.
Trail Mix Granola bar, M&M’s, raisins, apple, banana Grab a granola bar, a bag of M&M’s, raisins, an apple and a banana. Crush the granola bar, dice the apple into chunks, slice the banana and mix all the ingredients together for a tasty yet healthy post-workout snack. Bonus: it can be easily transported around campus in a small Ziploc bag.
Pizza Bagels Bagels, marinara sauce, cheese Instead of grabbing the frozen version, make homemade pizza bagels using marinara sauce, bagels and fresh cheese. Simply put these ingredients together and stick them in your dorm microwave for a yummy pick-me-up after a long day of class. Making them yourself even allows for different options—stick some unique toppings on for a twist on the popular snack.
Gooey Nutella PB&J Bread, banana slices, peanut butter, Nutella, marshmallow fluff Reward yourself on a midterm season well done by combining Nutella, peanut butter and marshmallow fluff for a twist on the popular Fluffernutter sandwich. Spread the ingredients on buttered toast, and for some healthy fiber, include banana slices. Don’t let the seemingly healthy toppings confuse you, though—this is a highly caloric treat that should only be enjoyed once in a great while.
Cake Pops Mini-cake, frosting Few people know that the process of making one of these cute, yummy cakes on a stick is actually very simple. Instead of grabbing one from the case at Starbucks, make a batch with just one mini-cake from the freezer in Paws & Go. Just dump the premade cake into a bowl and go wild with mashing it up with your hands or a utensil. Mix in an extra half tub of frosting until the consistency is sticky, form your mush into balls and let it sit in a fridge overnight.
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CADENZA DOES DINNER & A SHOW There are a ton of great places to see music, theater and other shows in the St. Louis area. From small and intimate places that are great to spot upcoming bands to arenas that can seat thousands, you’re spoiled for choice. What’s more, with the selection of great restaurants in our city, you’re even more spoiled for options about where to grab dinner before your show of choice. Here are five of the city’s most popular entertainment venues and our writers’ picks for the best places to eat nearby. By Cadenza Staff
The Pageant has the widest range of possible dining venues. With the entire Delmar Loop readily accessible, it’s easy to find an easy dinner within a short walking distance no matter the desired price range, elegance quotient or type of food. For classy pre-show drinks, check out the St. Louis Rooftop Terrace Bar, located right next door at the retro-chic Moonrise Hotel. Right down the road, Mission Taco is the perfect atmosphere both for happy hour or midnight tacos and tequila. If you’re in the mood for a full, fancy meal rather than apps and drinks, the new Salt + Smoke barbecue restaurant will make you full enough that hunger pangs won’t interrupt your evening. In order to make a night of it, theme your restaurant choice with the type of show you’ll be seeing. For example, if you’re seeing an up-and-coming indie group from the U.K., there’s no better place to pregame (with food, of course) than Three Kings. - Kimberly Henrickson
The City Diner, located right next to the Fox Theatre, is a good place for friends, comfort food and relatively quick service. The diner can get pretty crowded after shows; I would recommend hitting up the diner an hour and a half before your show starts so you can get your student rush tickets and then walk over to City Diner and not have to wait very long for a table. It has a killer breakfast menu that is served all day long—I’m talking classic diner coffee and a bangin’ slinger—and tons of pie (I recommend lemon chiffon). There’s also a list of cocktail specials if you feel like showing up for your show a little tipsy. If you want to just drop in for a quick drink and a snack, the diner has a bar and plenty of small plates—including banana nut bread, French fries and onion rings. Make sure to ask for your check at least 15 minutes before you have to leave (especially if you’re doing separate checks). You wouldn’t want to be late for “Dirty Dancing.” - Julia Zasso
Before rocking the night away at St. Louis’s Firebird, be sure to grab some grub at one of the nearby restaurants along Olive Street. Ranked the best barbecue restaurant in St. Louis, Pappy’s Smokehouse offers countless tangy plates, leaving its customers satisfied and ready to move to whatever beat Firebird has booked for the night. But remember to get there early as it closes at 7 p.m. or whenever its freshest food runs out. Even if barbecue isn’t your style, you can still rock out before the show at the nearby Hard Rock Cafe. Only about a half-mile away from the Firebird and open until 12 a.m. every weekday, this American classic offers juicy burgers and lively rock entertainment of its own. Hard Rock moves its customers in and out relatively quickly, making it the perfect stopping place when trying to fit a meal into a busy day. After setting down those forks, step over to Firebird and enjoy the show. - Greer Russell
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Chaifetz Just a couple of blocks from Chaifetz Arena on Saint Louis University’s campus, The Fountain On Locust is the restaurant of choice to fuel up before a show. Chaifetz is home to appearances from big names that just aren’t quite big enough to fill the Scottrade Center, with acts like Hunter Hayes and Chance scheduled during the remainder of 2014. The Fountain is practically a St. Louis institution, and if you haven’t been there, put it on your bucket list now. The restaurant may be most famous for its ice cream and milkshake offerings, but the art-deco-inspired murals and decor are worth a visit themselves—The Fountain claims it is the most-photographed restaurant in St. Louis (and that they have also been voted the Best Restroom in America? Better go check it out). You won’t find anything too unexpected on the menu: classic sandwiches, burgers, salads, etc.—but everything is made fresh and tastes amazing. Try the adult grilled cheese made with apple slices. Heavenly. On the 21-plus side, if you’re looking to get amped up for your show and offset reliving your youth through grilled cheese sandwiches, look no further than the three pages of cocktail offerings here, including a whole page dedicated to the signature ice cream martini. Try the “Great Mississippi Mudslide”: vanilla ice cream, coffee liqueur, Irish cream and Oreos. It doesn’t get much better than that. - Kayla Hollenbaugh
Plush If you’re looking to take in a concert in the intimate, artsy space at Plush, which specializes in upand-coming indie, electronica and hip-hop artists—past acts include Washed Out, Real Estate and Kentucky Knife Fight—then you’re in luck for dinner. Plush is not only a multipurpose event space, but it is also its very own (highly rated) restaurant. Plush specializes in bar food gone a little wild. It’s not exactly going too far out of the box with menu items like braised short rib or burgers and wraps, but there’s a noticeable Creole kick on some on the menu items, including the spicy crawfish roll and the bacon-wrapped shrimp and grits. There’s plenty of items to please everyone with some Southerntinged comfort or to give your palate a new adventure (try the falafel sliders).Wash it all down with a selection from Plush’s fully stocked bar, including a craft beer and fine wine menu. It’s got all the makings of a great night out, and you don’t need to walk more than a few steps from dinner to the show. Bonus: Plush’s specialization in music means your meal playlist will be perfectly curated, and there are pingpong tables in the venue to work off that mac and cheese before your show starts. - Kayla Hollenbaugh
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When many fans go to sporting events, they typically settle for overpriced, unsatisfactory game-day food. Before you cheer on one of St. Louis’ three professional teams—the Rams, Blues and Cardinals—avoid making that mistake and improve your ballpark experience by getting to know each stadium’s best food options. By Nick Kauzlarich
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Edward Jones Dome As the home of the St. Louis Rams for nearly 20 years, the Edward Jones Dome has made strides in improving its concessions all across the stadium. Instead of settling for the typical gameday food such as hot dogs and burgers, which aren’t anything to brag about here, do some searching and you’ll find these great options: Carved turkey sandwich: If you’re suffering from a lack of Holmes Lounge wraps and sandwiches, the carved turkey sandwich at the American Carvery station is a solid alternative. Additionally, fans can find St. Louis steak sandwiches here. St. Louis Sloppy Joe: This sandwich is topped with Red Hot Riplets, barbecued onions and Provel cheese, a St. Louis favorite. Make sure to have plenty of napkins ready before eating this one. Buffalo chicken mac and cheese: St. Louis has some great mac and cheese options all across the city, and this one is no different. While combining two great foods sometimes turns out disastrous, it turns out that buffalo chicken and mac and cheese make a great combo. If you’re not worried about breaking the bank, this would be a great side with the St. Louis Sloppy Joe. If none of these options intrigue you, the Rams recently signed a deal with St. Louis restaurants
to add some local flavor to their concessions. For instance, fans can now treat themselves to a variety of donuts such as the Gooey Butter and Maple Bacon donuts from the well-known Strange Donuts, or they can indulge in Crown Candy’s renowned BLT sandwich, Gus’ Pretzels and Bandana’s barbecue sandwiches.
Scottrade Center Located near Union Station, the Scottrade Center has a plethora of food options for Blues fans to choose from, ranging from concession stands to a sports bar. Here are a few of the most unique and delicious offerings: Chicken & Waffle Sandwich: Don’t hesitate to ditch the Village’s chicken and waffles for this mouthwatering sandwich. Situated in between two waffles are a chicken breast, bacon, pepper jack cheese, fried onions and spicy sauce, which makes for a great breakfast and dinner combination. Gluten-free portable stand: For those with a gluten allergy, the Scottrade Center does a tremendous job offering workable food choices. The gluten-free concession stand features gameday staples such as beer, hot dogs and nachos, among other gluten-free options. Pile-up hamburgers: It’s hard to go wrong
here. Although it may not be the healthiest option, the pile-up hamburgers meal enables fans to stack up their burgers the way they like them. In addition, the Scottrade Center offers foot-long hot dogs and local favorites such as toasted ravioli. There is also a sports bar located in the stadium known as the Top Shelf, where fans can get a full-course meal before games.
Busch Stadium: Although the Cardinals won’t be back until April, it will be important to be prepared to dig into some good food as you take in a sunny spring game. While the ballpark doesn’t feature too many unique, over-the-top food options, it does a nice job with the game-day classics such as hot dogs, cheeseburgers and nachos. Here are a few popular options at Busch: Nachos on nachos on nachos: At the El Birdos Cantina station, Cards fans can chow down on a nacho grande with pulled pork, or they can build their own nachos with the choice of chicken, beef or pork at other stations. Overall, these numerous options give the Danforth University Center taco salad a good run for its money. Hardee’s milkshake: Yes, this is a chain fast-food restaurant, but the hand-scooped
milkshakes are as good as you will get anywhere at a sporting event. The many Wash. U. students with cheap tickets should easily be able to find Hardee’s, as it is located adjacent to the nosebleed seats. Kohn’s Kosher Cart: This recently opened kosher stand may be especially relevant to many Wash. U. students. The kosher cart features Kohn’s famous pastrami sandwich and knackwurst along with traditional favorites like the hot dog. If none of these options whet your appetite, visit Ballpark Village right across the street for a variety of restaurants.