The day’s biggest sports games unfold on the two 100-inch big-screen HDTVs and several more HDTVS at Redbirds Sports Cafe. Clients play their own games in the bar, sinking pool balls into the pockets of four pool tables, hitting bull’s-eyes on three dartboards, and scoring goals in air hockey. To complement the sporty atmosphere, cooks specialize in hearty game day favorites such as chicken wings served in 1.25-pound batches and party platters full of appetizers like cheddar poppers and mini burritos. An arcade harboring a Nintendo Wii and PS3 amuses guests while a jukebox projects various rock and dances jams throughout the festive game space.
At Adam's Café, the aromas and flavors of the Mediterranean café mingle with those of the American diner. At lunch, classic burgers and chicken or beef philly cheese steaks are served alongside plates of steaming chicken shawarma and beef kabab. In addition to savory meat-based lunch dishes, Adam's Café also serves up a variety of vegetarian dishes. During breakfast, the kitchen turns out hearty egg-and-cheese sandwiches on texas toast, croissants, pita bread, or bagels. They also dish up omelets stuffed with gyro meat and sautéed vegetables. Throughout the day, hot coffee and sweet treats such as housemade cake donuts and baklava keep the spice levels under control.
Before she opened Lo-Cal Cafe, Chef Robin honed her skills at a French culinary school. But she actually began learning about cooking as a child, watching as her mother fashioned fresh, simple ingredients into elaborate feasts. Now, she draws on both branches of experience to prepare healthy gourmet entrees, all of which contain 500 calories or less. Options range from protein-rich banana pancakes to veggie bowls with a choice of whole-wheat penne, brown rice, couscous, or quinoa, and a variety of proteins. Stop into the café or order prepared meals from Robin's weekly meal plan service.
Being the first espresso bar in St. Louis had its drawbacks. When The Brevé Coffee Company opened its doors in 1995, the concept of a latte was unfamiliar to most residents in the downtown area, and the shop only made $58 its first day in business. But as owner Kevin Wiesehan and his wife added in flavorful small-batch-roasted coffee beans, a panini press, and savory café food, business started to boom. Brevé now has three locations throughout the St. Louis area.
In these coffee shops, baristas serve up expertly poured coffees alongside sandwiches, veggie wraps, and salads. Hand-dipped ice-cream treats with Ghirardelli chocolate, shots of house espresso, or foamy pours of root beer are both decadent and refreshing, much like waltzing with an ice sculpture of Fred Astaire.