At Peachy Yogurt Bar, dairy mavens procure milk from St Louis-area farms, which they then transform into 10 flavors of low-fat, nonfat, and indulgent yogurt. Many flavors spotlight local ingredients such as Goshen Bona Fide espresso, which can be tasted in the cappuccino blend. The yogurt aficionados’ emphasis on local roots extends to the shop itself: patrons tread or leapfrog across floors made of Missouri white oak, dine on tables manufactured nearby, and enjoy local artwork and photography on the walls.
In 1999, Jimbo Sinovic opened the first Big Daddy's on the Landing and Soulard in the historic Soulard district, less than a half-mile from the iconic Anheuser-Busch Brewery. The eatery's drink specials and tasty pub staples—served for lunch, dinner, and late-night owl watching—established the bar as a neighborhood favorite and inspired its owner to declare it "The Best Bar in the Whole Wide World."
Amid the buzz of weekly card games and chess matches and the wafting fragrance of freshly ground coffee, this Belleville eatery serves up a menu of homemade platefuls and pastries for satisfied diners. Sandwich-seekers can sink their teeth into The Abbey's cold sammie-speciality, The Abbey club, in which bread brings together ham, salami, turkey, cheddar and swiss with savory diplomacy ($6.95). In the fresh air of The Abbey's outdoor covered patio, veggie hunters may spear the café's signature salad sporting mandarin oranges and feta cheese ($6.95) or opt to snack on a selection from the smorgasbord of hot sandwiches ($6.95) or soup du jour ($3.75). The Abbey promotes local artistry through rotating art exhibits, which customers can contemplate while they sip coffee and sample sweets. Local musicians strum strings on Saturday mornings, providing a more pleasant soundtrack than a bluebird sweetly singing you compliments.
For Brandy Hitch, being a licensed massage therapist is a dream come true. She sees attending The Body Therapy School of Massage as a turning point in her life and the start of a career focused on helping and healing others. Armed with kneading know-how and inspiration from her teachers and colleagues, Brandy creates a serene environment for her clients where they can completely unwind like a yo-yo in the hands of an amateur. She treats them with a wide range of healing modalities ranging from foot scrubs and deep-tissue massages to trigger-point therapy. Appointments are available Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m.—9 p.m.; Tuesday from 8 a.m.—3 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m.—1:30 p.m.; Saturday from 6 p.m.—8 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Acropolis enchants palates with tasty edibles originating from Greece and its breezy, flavor-stocked isles. Daily specials such as Friday plaki, featuring baked cod ($9.95), and Monday moussaka, containing lasagna-like layers of eggplant, tomatoes, spices, and more ($9.95), help diners count down to the weekend without having to check their days-of-the-week underpants.
Patrons pass platters full of pizza, pasta, and other provisions at this intimate Italian-American eatery, where salads and spaghettis are served fresh and sharing is encouraged. Start off supper by sipping on Marco's freshly made soups ($2.95 for a cup, $3.50 for a bowl) or munching on its original seed salad, tossed with sesame and poppy seeds, crunchy chow-mein noodles, and sprinkled with house-made dressing ($6.95 for regular).