Executive chef Ben Guthier at Chez Leon—which St. Louis magazine called "a reminder of what 'dining out' should be"—delights diners with lunch and dinner menus populated by cleanly executed French cuisine. Guests commence consumption within the dining room's darkly hued walls, whimsical still lifes, and a stately chandelier, which make Chez Leon an elegant stage for interpretations of Gérard Depardieu's acclaimed performance in 102 Dalmatians. To complement a lavish meal, patrons can select a luxurious wine and empathize with the caterers of the Tennis Court Oath for their unwavering dedication to French excellence.
From miniature soaps to toy poodles, the most delicious things come in small sizes. Buy something small that will never grow up with today’s Groupon to BARcelona Tapas Restaurant. With today's deal, $15 gets you $35 worth of shareable small plates and strong sangria. Bring a group of fellow foodies on a Saturday night, or hit up BARcelona on a Wednesday for live guitarists and flamenco dancers, allowing you to plausibly reenact a James Bond movie in your head. With vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and lactose-free options, even the most allergic and dietarily restricted diners can let loose amid the colorful décor and bold Spanish fare.“Month and a half,” I replied tersely, slipping through the beaded curtains to hang my fedora on the dusty pachinko machine in the corner. “Barcelona,” I added.
Dubbed the “Favorite Chinese Restaurant” in 2011 by readers of Sauce Magazine, and "Best Chinese" in 2013 by Riverfront Times, House of Wong puts contemporary twists on classics from China, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand. In the kitchen, cooks prepare dishes of lo mein and pad thai fresh to order and artfully plate signature creations such as an Asian sloppy joe or Wong's Hot Chicken, their take on general tso's chicken.
Ichigo offers a menu stacked with a slew of traditional sushi rolls, East-meets-West specialty rolls, and hearty hot fare. Entice eater organs with the Is OK! signature roll, a crispy shrimp tempura, creamy avocado, and cucumber-centered cylinder topped with fresh tuna, eel sauce, and delicate masago-tobiko drizzles ($10.95). Those tired of life's many horizontal confines, such as beds and horizons, can try the vertically validating Oh My Suki, a succulent lobster tempura, lump crab meat, cucumber, and avocado-encrusted creation with macadamia nuts and a cloud of parmigiano-reggiano béchamel sauce ($15.95). An easy-to-read menu demystifies each artful roll, making it easy to distinguish vegetarian, raw, and cooked varieties. The hot menu features appetizers such as dry-rub wings ($5), golden mussels ($6), rice bowls ($6–$10), and tempura dinners ($8–$10). The red snapper is treated to a spa-like soak in sweet soy and apple compote before it's grilled on geometry and world history and determined fit for the plate alongside sweet corn relish, strawberry-avocado salsa, and sweet potato fries ($15).
For nearly half a century, clients have been stopping into The Posh Nosh Deli to dig into hot and cold sandwiches, hot matzo-ball soup, and the buckets of pickles and kraut that top every table. Reuben sandwiches are a shop specialty with five incarnations that include the Rebecca (pastrami instead of corned beef), the veggie Reuben (sliced tomato instead of meat), and the Rachel (turkey pastrami). Those who prefer not to know their sandwich on a first-name basis can try classic roast beef, kosher beef salami, or a smoked club loaded with ham, smoked turkey, smoked gouda, and bacon. Any sandwich can be made "New York Style" by doubling the meat and then stuffing it into a giant apple.
Knowing their clients don’t always have time to stop in, The Posh Nosh Deli also delivers premade lunch boxes that pair a favorite sandwich with chips, a chocolate-chip cookie, and a deli pickle. The family-owned shop opens its doors from breakfast until late afternoon, with staff explaining the differing tastes of the meats, cheeses, and deli sides, which can be sliced by the pound or to fit any standard pants pocket.
As twilight burnishes the sky a romantic gold color and unleashes a plague of whiny emo-vampires, kick off a dinner at Portabella with an order of its namesake 'shroom served with grilled asparagus and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette ($7.95), or cast it in slider form with fresh mozzarella and balsamic vinaigrette ($5.95). Portabella also offers salads ($6.95–$7.95), pizzas ($10.95 each), and pastas. The angel-hair pomodoro ($9.95) keeps it true and traditional with fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, and parmagiano reggiano. Meat lovers, meanwhile, can pounce on the crispy chicken Milanese ($15.95) served with pasta and marinara, or the provimi veal liver ($17.95) sautéed with caramelized onions, pancetta, and balsamic vinegar. Seafarers can dive for sunken treasures in fresh sea fare such as the Missouri trout ($20.95), served with sautéed spinach and crab, fennel, and brightened with orange segments and a citrus vinaigrette; or with the crispy scallops ($17.95), enhanced with smoked bacon and coated in a port-wine reduction. Portabella's lunch offerings include selections from chopped salads to sandwiches and flat breads.