Food & Drink in Paducah

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At Pink Galleon Billiards and Games, dozens of hot-pink pool tables make up just part of a colorful and enticing backdrop. Beach-themed decor abounds, and life-size airbrushed murals of pirates, mermaids, and nautical displays sprawl out across the walls. Since the first cue ball was hit in 1993, Pink Galleon Billiards and Games has expanded to two locations spread throughout the Saint Louis area. In addition to pool, Pink Galleon blitzes boredom with ping-pong, foosball, unlimited thumb wars, and arcade games. The family-owned business also boasts a menu of finger-friendly eats, ice-cold beers, and mixed drinks, all of which helped its South County location earn the title of Best Neighborhood Bar in South County from the Riverfront Times.

2128 William St
Cape Girardeau,
MO
US

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.

2406 William St
Cape Girardeau,
MO
US

StarView Vineyards is home to both native and French-American hybrid grapes that flourish on the vine during breezy, sunny summers. Seven varieties emerge from those vines, resulting in 12 signature wines, from the semi-dry, citrusy vignoles to the Red Star, a semi-sweet chambourcin. Stop by the tasting room to sip samples of these blends?along with wine slushies and sangrias?or head to the cafe to snack on grilled chicken sandwiches and pasta salad.

5100 Wing Hill Rd
Cobden,
IL
US

Rookies Sports Bar serves an array of steaks and American fare, boasting an eclectic menu that spans a wealth of tasty territory from pastas and seafood to sandwiches and steaks. Hang a fang on a 12 oz. New York strip steak ($19.99), or the 10 oz. hawaiian-marinated sirloin ($15.99). Chomp down a home-style catfish sandwich ($8.99) or savor the half-pound, Angus beef All-American burger ($7.49). With 27 televisions lighting up the dining space, and pool tables providing an opportunity to woo on-looking admirers with the seductive power of geometry, Rookies Sports Bar stands as a suitable place for after-hours sports spectators and families alike. Recently, the restaurant was the recipient of the Heart of Henderson award, which honors those who give back to the community.

117 2nd St
Henderson,
KY
US

In the early '20s, tobacco processor Richard Henderson Soaper opened the six-story Soaper Hotel?a landmark in downtown Henderson known for its arched windows and circular balcony. Now the first floor hosts Delizio, an Italian-inspired eatery where patrons can devour pasta dishes, chargrilled boneless rib eyes, and deli-style sandwiches and soups surrounded by vintage architectural features.

Guests can also head to the bar area to sample 10 craft beers and martinis and listen to live music on Friday and Saturday nights. On Tuesdays, they can belt their hearts out during karaoke and participate in trivia on Wednesdays, proving to smartphones that humans can still access information in their own brains.

145 N Main St
Henderson,
KY
US

"Best Of" awards cover the glass doorway that leads into Gene's Restaurant, an eatery owned by the Thomason family for more than 30 years. Step through the doorway and into the dining room, and you might catch a whiff of the home-style breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that keeps winning those awards. The restaurant is known for dishes such as fried catfish, house-made meatloaf, and pit-barbecued meats. In the summer, feast on specialties such as homegrown tomatoes stuffed with tuna salad.

1095 N Green St
Henderson,
KY
US