Most butcher shops cut your meat for you, but few give you the skills to cut it yourself. For the experts at John’s Butcher Shoppee, sharing their skills is just a part of serving their community, something they’ve been doing for more than 38 years. The expert butchers set up shop at local Cabela’s locations, where they lead sessions on how to process deer into steaks, sausages, and ground meat. Back at their two locations, customers load up on homemade sausage, tender pork chops, and exotic meats such as elk, bison, and ostrich. The owners of the family business are often behind the counter, and take the time to cut or karate-chop a steak or pork chop to a customer’s desired size for no extra charge. Regular customers also take note of the butcher’s weekly meat raffle, dubbed Meat-O, wherein one lucky customer wins $25 in free meat to be served or bathed in however they see fit.
The bottle-lined bar, Irish flags, and rich wooden tables all lend Fallon's Bar & Grill an authentic public house ambiance where a menu of traditional comfort fare from both sides of the Atlantic seem at home. Preparing each entree with fresh ingredients, cooks whip up shepherd's pie and roll handmade gnocchi. Servers bustle around tables amid the din of live musical performances, pub trivia nights, and murder-mystery dinners throughout the week. Behind the hardwood bar, mixologists help to keep spirits high by blending cocktails, pouring a selection of whiskeys, and doling out bottled and draft beers and 16 televisions help guests keep up on their favorite episode of Emergency Broadcast System. During warmer seasons, the revelry spills outside as the restaurant opens its patio seating to diners.
Within Olivette Lanes' sunny retro-style alley, 24 tracks resound with the boom of careening balls. An automatic scoring system keeps careful account of strikes, spares, and fumbles, while bumpers accommodate fledgling competitors. Rental shoes safeguard hardwood floors from scratches, and a bar and grill replenish visitors with snacks, hot dogs, and happy-hour specials throughout the week. The center hosts regular tournaments and leagues for pinheads of all ages and experience levels, and can accommodate parties, special events, and meetings.
For more than 30 years, Quiznos has toasted its submarine sandwiches to bring out the hidden flavors found in butcher-quality meats, cheese, and artisan breads. Its classic and signature subs take on a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles ranging from the prime rib mushroom and swiss to the classic italian donning black olives, mozzarella, red-wine vinaigrette, and plentiful sliced meats. Those closely monitoring their waistlines can take unabashed bites of sandwiches that have fewer than 500 calories, such as the pork-cuban, Baja-chicken, and veggie-caprese subs. Quiznos' Toasty Bullets and Torpedoes offer slimmer versions of sub fare and flaunt supreme aerodynamics when shot out of T-shirt cannons and into mouths. A selection of Flatbread Sammies, soups, and salads round out Quiznos' varied menu.
At Pizza Express, cooks toss yeast-free dough into skinny discs, topping it with the St. Louis's signature provel cheese that melts into a delightfully molten and not-at-all-stringy thing of beauty inside the oven. Alongside their pizzas, they bread, fry, and toss wings in any one of a dozen sauces, ranging from classic buffalo to exotic habanero-mango BBQ, which is served in a grass skirt. Pizza Express also serves up salads, hot sandwiches, and a variety of desserts and hand-spun shakes.