San Jose Mexican Restaurante's generously stuffed burritos and sizzling fajitas won a favorable review from one St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer who described himself as "notoriously picky" about Mexican food. Diners can devour the writer's recommended specialties, or opt for steak platters, vegetarian potato quesadillas, and tilapia tacos.
For more than 40 years, Rich & Charlie’s menu of sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and classic Italian pasta, seafood, and chicken has fostered higher states of romantic consciousness and the ability to communicate with meatballs. Bid hunger adieu with a baker’s dozen of toasted ravioli pieces ($9.99) or cheese garlic bread ($4.29), then scarf a serving of Rich & Charlie’s famous salad with pimentos, red onions, artichoke hearts, and a generous dose of secret salad dressing ($4.39). Lunch specials include eggplant parmigiano drenched with meat sauce and molten Italian cheese ($7.99). During dinner, weigh the spheres on a classic Italian meatball sandwich ($7.59), or calculate the exact circumference of a deluxe pizza topped with sausage, pepperoni, and a slew of health-restoring vegetables ($13.49/small, $15.69/large). After rescuing a plate of fettuccine alfredo ($10.99) from a cheesy mortality, sample the rich ice-creaminess of peanut-butter friazo ($4.49), topped with chocolate sauce, peanut mousse, Reese’s peanut-butter cups, and a signed page from George Washington Carver’s recipe book.
King Edward's menu serves up a symphony of battered and fried eats by the basket, by the box, and by the feasting-family pack. Taste-test a three chicken-strip dinner with a small side ($5.09), or bring home a small-scale buffet with a 16-piece mixed family pack served up with three large sides and eight rolls ($22.29). If you swing through on a Saturday, you can also grab the once-a-week special of a shrimp-rich po' boy ($4.19). Or stop by any day to hook other seafaring fare, such as catfish nuggets and a small side ($6.39) or six frog legs with a small side ($8.19). With coleslaw, baked beans, and other small sides priced at $1.79 each, customers can top off their fuel tanks for less without replacing their stomachs with a more energy-efficient electric-hybrid model.
At Malone’s Grill & Pub, chefs fire-grill steaks and half-pound burgers, and they slow-char grill baby back ribs while basting the slabs in a house barbecue sauce. The comfort food that travels from kitchen to table matches the pub’s neighborhood vibes, as friends and families connect over meals and glasses of Malone’s own Irish brews. Daily specials reinforce the pub’s friendly aura, including on Tuesdays, when kids eat for free with each paid adult entrée.
Although Growlers Pub mimics the no-frills congeniality made famous by its British counterparts, the similarities between them end at the kitchen door. Instead of leaning on traditional greasy grub, the pub’s expert chefs populate their sandwiches, salads, and entrees with fresh ingredients sourced from local producers whenever possible. The Farmer’s Market section of the menu flaunts local, heirloom tomatoes in the caprese salad, and free-range chicken in the chop salad. Chefs also toss Atlantic salmon and Angus strip loin on the grill before pairing them with seasonal veggies, and customize steak burgers with eight types of cheese and toppings, such as fried pickles and roasted mushrooms. Up to 33 beers on tap, and another 40 in bottles, help wash down bites of hand-cut truffle-parmesan fries within the lively dining room or out on the sunny, sprawling patio.