For licensed massage therapist Tina Bratten, communication is key. Each session begins with a consultation that gives Tina a chance to analyze the clients medical history to determine the source of lingering tension. With that information, she tailors massage techniques the individual's needs. Guests can find relief from stress with flowing Swedish strokes, or address lower-layer aches with firm deep-tissue pressure.
As mixed drinks and frosty brews get to know each other on Phil's Bar & Grill's weathered wooden bar, the steam of fresh-to-order pub fare scuttles up its vaulted ceiling. The cozy dive seats roughly 75 people, with additional standing room suited for chest bumping after a big play shines down from wall-mounted TVs. Patrons can two-hand hearty sandwiches or sate omelet and gravy longings with a menu of all-day breakfast options. And with live weekend entertainment and daily all-you-can-eat specials, Phil's encourages lingering among all visitors, not just the regular who rents out the janitor's closet as a studio apartment.
A new player in the O'Fallon restaurant scene, K Pub & Grill shakes up the dining experience with an expansive pub menu and a smoke-free atmosphere. Pummel hunger pangs with the beef brisket in a zesty barbecue sauce ($13.99), or slap them with the chili-teriyaki-glazed tails of crispy fried jumbo shrimp (10 for $12.99). Seven specialty pizzas, including the Philly beef and cheese, slathered in A1 steak sauce ($15.99), vie silently for gustatory attention. A carnivorous theme runs through the menu, with wings available in barbecue pork ($6.99) and superhot chicken ($6.29). Flame-retardant mouths can test their strength by taking the hot-wings challenge, a 15-minute eat-off that ends with a photo on either the Wall of Champions or the Wall of Shame.
Northern- and Southern-Italian cuisines collide on Trattoria Branica’s menu, which has won acclaim from local press for its culinary acuity and fiscal reticence. Italian cheeses, herbs, and homemade sauces accent tender nests of pasta, market-fresh seafood, and succulent cuts of beef, veal, and chicken. Inside, sleek black chairs clip crisp white tablecloths prepped to prop up more than 300 wines from around the globe. A Mediterranean mood slips over patrons on the expansive patio, where umbrellas guard against the sun and waters cascade at a nearby fountain. For private parties, a balcony surrounded by wrought-iron railings elevates the dining experience and provides a better launching pad to catapult leftovers home.
Nick's Pub keeps crowds of locals and nighttime revelers satisfied with a menu of hearty Irish-American pub fare and a menu of more than 90 beers on tap—many of which come from local brewers. Guests chow down on shepherd's pie, fish 'n' chips, or half-pound burgers as they sip craft beers. They can play friendly games of darts and pool, or they dance and laugh along to live musicians and open-mic comedy on Sunday nights. Nick's Pub is also smoke-friendly, though they don't allow cigars or scented cigarettes.