Peppe Profeta began cooking before he was old enough to grow a beard or tall enough to sneak into rated-R movies. At the ripe old age of 10, in his native Italy, he learned his family’s treasured recipes and techniques at his grandfather’s side. Then Peppe traveled to America and spent his teenage years honing his skills at Gian-Peppe's on the Hill before willing into existence his own Peppe's Apt. 2. Today, he labors in the kitchen to create Italian and Mediterranean pastas, beef carpaccio, and tender pork chops as guests lounge amid the exquisite beauty of the dining area—a historical Victorian house. There, elegant white-cushioned chairs cradle diners beneath twinkling crystal chandeliers as they dig into pasta primavera or rack of lamb. Outside on the patio, a canopy of umbrellas and magenta flowers shields diners from the sun, and a wall of meticulously maintained shrubbery blocks passersby from attempting to start a staring contest.
The Village People aren’t the only group to put their stamp on the YMCA. At Sushi Bistro a team of master sushi chefs assemble deep-fried YMCA rolls chockfull of yellowtail, spicy mayo, crab, and avocado. The YMCA is one of more than 20 specialties, like the blend of tuna and hot chili sauce in the new Dynamite roll, an improvement over the old Dynamite roll’s tuna and gunpowder. Besides its namesake treat, Sushi Bistro specializes in plenty of other Japanese favorites, including hibachi-grilled king salmon and succulent cuts of teriyaki steak.
Though the world is complex, Fenton Bar & Grill focuses on the simple things in life—spicy chicken wings and cold beer. It complements these simple things with plenty of sandwiches, pizzas, and burgers for the taking—it’s a banjo duel of pub grub and pours that ends in a harmonious, full-bellied tune. The eatery also packs its space with tons of games such as slingo and keno, as well as a jukebox that plays your favorite tunes for a fee, like a Ronin tenor.
Eleven Mile House is as much a piece of living history as it is a dining establishment. The original Eleven Mile House stood as one of many 'mile' houses that marked the route west from St. Louis. In the 1940s, it was converted into a restaurant and beer garden, and people have been convening at this spot?in all of its various iterations?ever since. Today, the restaurant specializes in American cuisine, packing its menu with chicken sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, and pork chop dinners. Eggs take the spotlight at breakfast, where they fold into omelets and sandwiches. Eleven Mile House's extensive drink list includes classic martinis and other cocktails, bottled beers from around the world, craft beer on draft, and an assortment of red and white wines.