While still chasing down fly balls and crushing home runs out of Busch Stadium, Jim Edmonds knew he wanted to set up shop in St. Louis after his days in a Cardinal uniform. After about five years of planning, he opened Jim Edmonds 15 Steakhouse in 2007 along with co-owner Mark Winfield. Initially, Jim and Mark just wanted a simple but elegant nightclub, but during the planning, layout, and actualization, excitement for the project led them to fill 14,000 square feet with a sophisticated restaurant, club and lounge, and event space. Jim was reluctant at first to have any sports memorabilia in the eatery or to publicize his involvement in the venture, but a few of his framed Cardinals jerseys made it into the restaurant, as did several chunks of outfield wall that he carried home as trophies.
Playing a big part of the restaurant is, of course, the menu, which features a distinctive take on steak-house fare. With former executive chef Mihalis Chophouse's ideas and current executive chef Andrew Shrensker's recent influence, the menu boasts big cuts of meat, corn tortellini, and pesto-crusted salmon. A full bar and extensive wine list allows guests to match their decadent dishes with the perfect libation or just enjoy a drink while hanging out in the lounge.