For more than 25 years, The St. Louis Funny Bone has hosted national touring acts and local comedic talent in its cozy club for diverse 90-minute stand-up sets. While headlining jokesters dominate weekend slots, humorous hopefuls can sign up for Tuesday night open mics. During open mics, 12 to 20 performers test out their material in four-minute slots. The club strictly adheres to the time constraint, reprimanding participants who exceed 240 seconds with a month-long ban from the club and a nuggie administered by the nearest carrot top. Up to 300 attendees per show can witness these plunders and successes while sitting in either the VIP or general admission areas. Both sections offer alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, along with appetizers such as pizza slices, chicken wings, and toasted raviolis.
The Piano Bar catalyzes nights of song-laden celebration with finely tuned bar snacks served between spirited musical battles. Patrons munch on baskets of alligator bites ($6) and honey-mustard-adorned chicken strips ($6) or choose classics like shrimp cocktail ($6) or chile con queso ($5) as the two piano men play tug of war with a spontaneous, all request set-list of pop, rock, and country standards. The $20 Groupon can be used to cover the total bill.
Kimcheese serves each order of Asian-Mexican fusion food under the guiding principle that fresh, handmade food makes for better a meal. The Korean barbecue burgers, tacos, and burritos are filled with hearty ribeye beef marinated in a house sauce. And the fixings receive the same care and consideration: The staff makes pico de gallo in-house, heats tortillas, and slices up fresh vegetables twice per day.
Vivian's Vineyards serves fine food and palette-pleasing wine in a relaxed, easy-going atmosphere. Like the makers of Hungry Hungry Hippos, Vivian's has fun with food. Its kooky culinary personality is evidenced by its genre-bending menu, which has everything from chicken amaretto ($18.95) to peanut-butter-and-jelly for two ($11), and leftovers du jour, a dish that requires a day’s notice to be assembled ($69.95). The lengthy wine list is complied of bottles meticulously swirled, sipped, and chosen by owner Jim Ogden, who is often on hand to offer suggestions on pairings for wine or socks. In addition to grape-based libations, Vivian's also pours a selection of beers and specialty drinks.
The foodsmiths at Beef Eaters Restaurant, which was ranked the number-one restaurant in RV parks and campgrounds in 2005 (http://www.motorhomemagazine.com/output.cfm?ID=2191645) by MotorHome magazine, prepare a bountiful menu(http://www.beefeatersonline.com/menu-wines.php) of steak and seafood for dinner, sandwiches and pastas for lunch, and wines. The dinner roster sates sullen stomachs with a duo of pan-seared Tenderloin Tournedos, tastily accoutered with tomatoes, mushroom, and a pool of burgundy wine sauce that it collected while twisting around the kitchen at wind speeds of 178 mph ($19.99). Seafood arrives hand breaded and deep fried with the jumbo shrimp or sautéed in the case of the tilapia, which simmers under a fresh coat of lemon cream sauce (each $16.99).