At The Crow’s Nest, visitors relax with glasses of frosty craft beers as they tuck into comforting dishes of peach cobbler, fish po’ boys, and juicy burgers. Like a blank-verse love poem carved into a slice of bologna, the menu blends familiar cuisine with touches of elegance, dressing up tasty dishes of meatloaf with a green peppercorn and black cherry crust, or serving barbecue pulled pork shoulder on fluffy loaves of brioche. Vintage band posters line the walls of the tavern-like confines, with diners perched upon blacktopped barstools. The youthful rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere further shines during hearty Heavy Metal Sunday brunches of burgers and omelets, weekly Taco Tuesday celebrations, and Thursday night trivia competitions.
Through an elegant menu and an extensive wine list, founders J. Kim Tucci and Joseph Fresta make it easy and delicious for Missouri locals to celebrate the regional traditions of Italy. With each week punctuated by a special Sunday-brunch menu, Tucci & Fresta’s regular offerings range from its trademark pork chops milanese to Italian-style grilled cheeses at lunch. Traditional drinks and desserts, including lemoncello and pistachio gelato, lend meals a sweet finish.:m]]
At Crest Bowl, pins scatter across the gleaming hardwood of 32 bowling lanes equipped with up-to-date scoring equipment, lending a baritone rumble to a chorus of cheery shouts. Patrons lace up bowling shoes to improve smooth approaches and ward off sandal-model scouts. Mr. Karaoke conducts sing-alongs multiple nights a week, and cosmic bowling nights allow players to work toward a perfect game and experience the thrill of riding a comet amid upbeat music and the glow of laser lights. When three consecutive strikes put turkey on bowlers' minds, Brickhouse Pizza Company sates appetites with pizzas and sandwiches and fuels victory toasts with a full bar.
Name any way of cooking chicken, and chances are that the culinary team at Big A's on the Riverfront has thought of it. The gastropub's cooks specialize in a variety of chicken preparations, from dusting birds in Memphis dry rub to coating them with a teriyaki glaze. Their crowning chicken achievement, however, remains wings tossed in a choice of eight sauces, including the extra-spicy "Fire," a safer alternative to eating wings right off a fireplace poker. And those wings are served sided with plenty of praise?the BCI Annual Wing Dings competition has honored Big A's entries on eight separate occasions.
The specially-prepared poultry arrives tableside along with other bar food classics, including including acclaimed burgers and certified Angus steaks topped with house-made garlic butter. A sippable selection of domestic, imported, and craft brews wait to be raised in toasts. Big A's environment is as unpretentiously warm as the dishes it serves, featuring exposed brick walls, flat-screen televisions, and pool tables.
Located near Lindenwood University, University Diner serves up homestyle cuisine classics alongside hookahs packed with fragrant shisha. In the morning, cooks griddle loaded omelets and sirloin steak breakfast skillets. Later in the day, they grill burgers and prepare hearty entrees such as grilled pork chops with mashed potatoes and carrots. As an added convenience, the eatery stays open 24 hours a day Thursday–Saturday.
Before hosting moviegoers, the 111,000-square-foot Moolah Temple was home to a colony of pigeons. According to Amy Gill, co-head of the 1913-built temple's restoration team in 2003, the birds were "living in every crack and crevice" among debris, peeling paint, and cracked floors. Thanks to the team's refurbishing, leather couches and love seats, as well as balcony and stadium seating, now adorn the bird-free theater. Moolah Theatre only boasts a single screen, but what it lacks in quantity is made up for in size: its 20-by-45-foot screen showcases everything from the latest Hollywood releases to midnight movie staples such as The Big Lebowski.
Like "The Dude," Moolah Theatre celebrates bowling with eight lanes at its in-house retro alley. Post-flick fun can also include playing billiards, blasting tunes on the StarLink Internet Jukebox, or burping arcade games that ate too many quarters. Some lucky residents even call these amenities home—besides the theater and bowling alley, Moolah Temple makes room upstairs for 40 luxury lofts.