Chef John Lee lords over a traditional barbecue grill at KUI Korean BBQ, his face illuminated by flames rising up from the oak-wood charcoal. Gingerly, he sizzles thin slices of tender bulgogi beef, plump galbi short ribs, and strips of spicy chicken. He then assembles the smoky meats on beds of rice alongside nests of carrots, tufts of bean sprouts, and a bright-yellow fried egg. To craft authentic Korean gimbap, he folds rice, egg, pickled radish, and fish cake into a seaweed roll. As John labors in the kitchen, his wife bustles about the casual dining room, greeting customers, handing out glasses of fruity soju cocktails, and refereeing sporadic games of musical chairs.
Kurt Enger developed all of the dry rubs and sauces used at Stumpy's House of Bar-B-Que, the eatery he operates with the help of his family. Those sauces and rubs enhance the hickory-smoked flavors of pork, trout, St. Louis–style ribs, and other meats. Framed sports photographs line the walls of their St. Peter's location, where patrons can sip cold beer at tables with red-checkered tablecloths.
Freezing Missouri winter winds howl outside Tropical Liqueurs' fogged-up windows, but inside, the atmosphere is decidedly beach-like. Palm trees and nautical knickknacks decorate the lively interior, but the true stars of this tropically themed watering hole are the frozen-drink dispensers, which churn with colorful, fruity potations. Bartenders load large styrofoam cups with potent slushies made from creative combinations of juices, liqueurs, and fruit purées. They rotate drink selections regularly, spotlighting a toasted-almond concoction one week—packed with coffee liquor, amaretto, and vanilla ice cream—and a daiquiri with fresh strawberries the next. Icy potations in hand, visitors turn their attention to games of pool or flat-screen televisions, which broadcast local sports games or horror movies where local sports games come to a temporary halt when the mascot turns out to be an actual tiger. During warmer months, visitors loll in the sun out on the wooden patio and enjoy the beverages that Inside Columbia hailed as a "Columbia staple" when it dubbed Tropical Liqueurs the Best Place for a Girls' Night Out in 2012.
Cuisine Type: Modern global; American cuisine
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking garage
Most popular offering: Lobster mac 'n' cheese
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Please make your reservations ahead of time, we'll be happy to have your table reserved and ready.
Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem?not necessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?
Our scallops are amazing. Can't go wrong with the diablo shrimp and grits either.
D?cor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your d?cor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
We have a comfortable, quaint, contemporary lounge setting, offering an upscale feel with a casual approach. We like to focus on the social dining aspect of eating out. Not stuffy, just well-executed.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
It's a global approach to modern American dining. Very eclectic, offering vegetarian and gluten free options, along with your traditional offerings in a not-so-traditional way. There's honestly a little bit of something for any palate.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Large group and private parties are our specialty, we pack the house on a regular basis for birthdays and celebrations.
Full, foamy pints pour from the 22 taps at McGinty’s Pub amid the clatter of pool cues and shuffleboard pucks. Glasses not being pressed to walls by eavesdropping secret agents fill with domestic drafts such as Bud Light ($2) and craft brews such as amber-hued Boulevard Chocolate Ale ($6). Other on-tap picks average $3.50 a pint and include classics such as Blue Moon, Arrogant Bastard Ale, and Bells Two Hearted Ale.
Whether they're sidling up to the bar or getting cozy at a table, diners and drinkers sate appetites and slake thirst six days a week at 1851 Underground Tap & Grill. The menu is home to a variety of bar-friendly fare, such as jumbo wings, tacos inspired by both coasts, and customizable burgers. Nightly drink specials are also offered.