Coach Peggy Slater and her team lead classes that get kids moving in a fun environment, whether they're preschoolers focused on play or older students preparing for the competitive team. Cheerleading and gymnastics classes give kids the confidence and strong arms needed to hoist tumbling trophies aloft and finally win arm-wrestling matches with their teddy bears. During the summer, American Gymnastics also hosts training camps, which infuse gymnastics lessons with hip-hop dance moves and other high-energy activities.
Within the recently renovated historical Temtor Building, artisan sandwich makers craft their menu's masterpieces and build-your-own sandwiches from regional ingredients supplied by local farmers and merchants. Atop each hearty slice of bread, which can include bread varieties such as pretzel rolls and flatbread, the deli pros pile bacon, hot pastrami, or other meat selections before adding crowns of cheese. A house-made sauce such as rosemary olive oil assures each sandwich has a flavor distinctive of Davis Street Market Deli. More than a lunch spot, the deli also serves breakfast and dinner, and guests on the go can also pick up groceries, craft beers, fine wines, and household goods.
Even if pizza isn't your thing—which is unthinkable—the menu at St. Louis Pizza & Wings has something tasty and satisfying to please palates. The kitchen staff prepares 14 signature sandwiches, including an open-faced ham and cheese on garlic bread, and seven traditional pasta dishes for in-house dining or takeout. Double-decker burgers and boneless wings sate cravings for classic pub cuisine, and nine specialty pizzas come with hand-tossed thick crusts or St. Louis–style thin crusts.
At Kim’s Pizza, pies come in small, medium, large, and heart-shaped varieties. The retro restaurant’s chefs can shape a romantic pizza with a day’s notice, helping diners reinforce their affection or providing target practice for Cupids. Around Kim's, black-and-white-checkered floors and a stainless-steel bar recall mid-century diners, and a pinball machine provides a diversion from reading the menu.
Founded in 1954 by James McLamore and David Edgerton, Burger King rapidly expanded from humble beginnings as a lone burger joint to more than 12,400 locations across 79 countries today, making it the second-largest fast-food-hamburger chain in the world. Its signature burger—the Whopper sandwich—consists of flame-broiled, quarter-pound beef patties crowned with a miniature fedora and a fully customizable array of toppings such as tomatoes, onions, and dill pickles. Focused on continual improvement, the chain recently reinvented the fries that accompany each value meal, outfitting the spud slices with a thicker cut of potato for a fluffier texture on the inside and crispier golden-brown exterior. A spread of decadent desserts including dutch apple pie and an Oreo sundae keeps sweet teeth from elongating into fangs, and made-to-order breakfast sandwiches clasp eggs, american cheese, and bacon, sausage, or ham between two halves of a flaky croissant to round out the speedy menu.
When founders J. Kim Tucci, Joseph A. Fresta, and John P. Ferrara first opened The Pasta House Co. in 1974, they wanted to elevate pasta to an art form. “Some artists sculpt, some paint, and some sketch,” they write on the restaurant’s website. “But, at The Pasta House Co., we create authentic Italian culinary delights.” A few of the locations even have giant, exhibition kitchens so you can watch as pizzas, pastas, and entrees come to life.
Naturally, The Pasta House Co.’s menu revolves around the Italian staple from which it gets its name. There are more than 25 varieties of pasta to choose from, including linguine with chicken livers and the signature lasagna, plus weekday specials such as stuffed manicotti. Meanwhile, the mangia bene menu—which translates to “eat well” in Italian—showcases the more wholesome side of Italian eating, with dishes low in fat and calories that won’t peer pressure you to break curfew.
Strands of ivy dance across the walls, crisp linen-topped tables set the stage for Italian and Albanian meals, and an elegant wood bar presents various libations. In this romantically lit arena, chefs sprinkle walnuts on chicken and almonds on 10 ounces of grilled trout. They also bake lamb and douse it in red-wine sauce. The kitchen team prepares desserts such as baklava to give meals a happy ending, just like movies where the princess finds her prince and gets him to marry her without a prenuptial agreement.