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.
Memorialized in paint, ancient Greeks dressed in flowing togas dance beneath the arches on the walls at Momos Ouzaria Taverna. At adjacent tables and pillow-lined booths, dining companions share small plates of Greek cuisine, such as the pan-seared bay scallops in tomato-garlic basil white wine sauce. Other small plates include traditional lamb gyros with feta and tzatziki sauce and grilled shish kababs. The focal point of the main dining area is a flickering fireplace bearing a tile mosaic of a satyr peaking from behind a tree, impatiently waiting for a beautiful sunbathing woman to dive into the river so that he can steal her bowl of hummus. Nearby, bartenders serve drafts and bottles of domestic, imported, and craft brews; mix shakers filled with signature martinis; and decant glasses of ouzo, the traditional Greek liqueur known for its herbal and anise flavors.
On weekends between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., a cart laden with plated dim sum rolls through LuLu's Seafood Restaurant, delivering handcrafted treats such as pork shu mai or spare ribs in black bean sauce. Patrons can also dine on regional Chinese seafood such as live lobsters with ginger and scallions or hot pots simmering with fresh scallops, washing it all back with cocktails, smoothies, and milk tea laden with pearls of tapioca. The opulent crimson-and-gold eatery also houses private karaoke rooms with bottle service where guests can sing in English, Chinese, or Korean.
Gyros in the Loop’s capable culinarians quell appetite insurrections with a menu of casual Greek goodies. Order up the restaurant’s titular treat, a regular gyro ($5.50), to sail toward savory satisfaction on a pillowy pita raft captained by delicious meat and crewed by lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce. Gyrophobes can also opt for a vegetarian sandwich ($5), packed with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, tzatziki sauce, and feta cheese, or a Greek salad ($6.50), sporting tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, kalamata olives, and other ingredients enjoyed in Greece since Socrates first stole them from the Trojans. The restaurant’s recently remodeled interior catches the eyes of eaters but returns them upon request.
The chefs at Red Sea Cafe cook each of their lamb, beef, and vegetarian African dishes from scratch. They toss beef in a house- made chili sauce and seasoned butter in the traditional gored gored dish and simmer lamb tips in a cayenne sauce. They also cook seasoned chickpea flour in a mild sauce before piling the ensemble atop a salad, which then is piled atop spongy flatbread.
Chef Matthew Galati began his kitchen conquests early, passing after-school minutes preparing meals for his family and apprenticing in the kitchen at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. These culinary instincts led him north, where he studied at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Program at Brown College in Minnesota. After graduation, Matt returned to his native St. Louis, where he cut his teeth as an upscale restaurateur and caterer before landing at Rhine Haus.
Now, Matt spends his days crafting comforting pub fare that blends German and American culinary traditions with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Hosting pork and ground beef in equal measure, the Frickadellen burger typifies Germany’s carnivorous cravings alongside Bavarian bratwurst and gravy-smothered sauerbraten. A Sunday brunch service complete with bloody mary bar rolled out in March. German ales from Paulaner and Spaten slosh in 1- and 2-liter mugs as live music fills the air on Saturday nights. Televised sports spill from 23 flat-screen TVs in a sprawling interior that hosts shuffleboard, darts, and a projection screen, which broadcasts homemade Die Hard sequels where the Germans finally win.