A'mis Italian Restaurant garners compliments from area natives and transplants for its kitchen's mastery of regional pizzas ranging from hand-tossed New York–style pies to Chicago–style pizzas baked in a deep pie dish. St. Louis pizzas sport a thin-crust base that's sprinkled with a blend of provel cheese and mozzarella. All pizza dough is baked fresh every day in a brick oven. Entrees also include steak and pasta dishes, as well as lighter dinner options, such as grilled chicken or poached cod, that give diners fewer calories and grant increased aptitude for speaking in fishtongue.
At DeCarlo's Bar and Grill, chefs take an innovative approach to burger making. Rather than piling toppings on the outside of the burger, they stuff flavorful ingredients—such as pepper jack cheese, bacon, or jalapenos—directly between two quarter-pound patties. These signature burgers ooze juicy fillings and gossip with every bite, and they star on a menu of pub fare also populated by hearty sandwiches, fried appetizers, customized pizzas, and a variety of draft beers and cocktails.
At Piara Tandoori King, spicy sauces cover seafood and goat dishes alongside paneer—Indian-style cheese—and other herbivorous fare. Biryani entrees are filled with saffron-infused basmati rice laced with succulent meat or vegetable pieces, and flatbreads such as aloo paratha and naan are browned in a traditional tandoori oven, rather than a newfangled chocolate fountain. An all-you-can-eat lunch buffet lets diners sample diverse Southeast Asian flavors without settling on one, and yogurt-based mango lassis and other beverages neutralize the burn of spicy dishes.
Maggie Malone's menu merges aggressive appetites with burgers, steaks, and sandwiches in an entertaining environment that hosts live music, 15 TVs, pool, and shuffleboard. Pub grubbers can crunch toasted ravioli ($7.99) or scoop spinach-artichoke dip ($6.99) while raising a beer to their favorite team or shampoo commercial airing on one of two 100" TV screens. Burger aficionados can bestow their bellies with the sautéed onion-and-pepper-topped blackened cheeseburger ($6.99) or brave the fiery 5 Alarm burger ($6.99) for a face-reddening feast. Toss a coin into the jukebox for a tune to accompany the Irish Reuben ($7.99) or the 8-ounce rib-eye steak sandwich served with a choice of chips, fries, or onion rings ($8.99). Kids always eat free at Maggie's, meaning children will not have to sing for their supper or recite Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics for a snack.
Led by a Chicago native, the chefs at A Better Pizza lovingly construct pies of several different styles, from the mammoth indulgence of deep dish, to stuffed, thick, and thin crust. Atop these delectable creations, they pile heaps of gooey cheese and more than 20 toppings. Edible adornments such as maple bacon, shrimp, and italian beef sprinkle across meals to form up to nine specialty pizzas. As these circular masterpieces bubble up in stone ovens powered by the lava river flowing beneath the restaurant, chefs further flaunt their culinary prowess through a variety of authentic Chicago-style dishes, such as Vienna hot dogs, Polish sausages, meaty sandwiches, pastas, calzones, wings, salads, and more.