Undertow Restaurant serves up its succulent seafood and tasty American fare just a block from the banks of the Missouri River. Chefs deep-fry maritime appetizers such as jalapeno-stuffed shrimp poppers, and pizzas made to order can serve as warm, fragrant baby blankets in a pinch, with toppings such as bacon and green peppers. Undertow Restaurant accommodates nocturnal revelry, keeping its doors open until 2 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Llywelyn's menu introduces an impressive assortment of traditional pub classics to salads, flatbreads, wraps, and ambitiously portioned sandwiches. Start with an order of Welsh potato chips ($3.95); flaky, fried Irish pies ($7.95); beer-battered fried pub pickles ($7.25); or the much-talked-about chicken chili ($4.95 for a bowl). Then wrap mouth muscles around fish and chips ($10.25): two beer-battered and fried cod fillets served with house-made tartar sauce. From meaty chunks of lamb, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, and green beans swimming in Guinness-Jameson stock ($9.95) to shepherd's pie ($10.95), the selections side well with a sudsy sip. The beer menu includes an exhaustive library of selections by the draft or bottle. Llywelyn's also offers a menu of kid-friendly fare.
Named the 2010 Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick for best family-friendly bookstore in St. Louis, independently owned Main Street Books entices page-turners of all backgrounds with a range of literature, with specialties in children's books and explorations of local and Western history. Delve into a watery underworld with Kat Falls’ young adult adventure tale Dark Life ($16.99), and discover the surreal challenges of living on the sea bottom in an inflatable house. Or flee the sea for the postmodern world of Lena Haloway in Lauren Oliver’s Delirium , where love is a physical sickness that must be cured and the government dictates society’s wants and needs ($17.99). In St. Charles Then and Now ($21.99), Jessica Dreyer and Main Street Books' owner Vicki Berger Erwin lend visual context to the area's history by documenting local landscape alterations, such as the enormous climate control dome that surrounds St. Charles.
Grandma's Cookies’ bakers craft succulent cookies and cupcakes using time-tested recipes originated more than 30 years ago by grandmotherly founder Charlotte Thompson. Dough disks abound in traditional flavors such as chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, or oatmeal raisin or, depending on the season, sugar sprinkle or ginger spice ($0.60 each). Order a cookie a la mode to pair a lucky sugar circle with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream, or stock up with a dozen cookies ($6) before attempting for barter with fur traders. Grandma's shrink-rayed cakes come in a triad of mouthwatering, seasonally rotating flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry ($0.95/each, $9.50/dozen). Glasses of freshly brewed iced tea and lemonade wash down sweet treats or fill the moat around a freshly constructed cupcake castle.
Inside The Crooked Tree Coffee House, caffeinated clientele sip piping hot percolated potions that are brewed fresh daily and specially blended to order. Baristas pour large brewed house blends, which contain 20 aromatic ounces of liquefied life-juice, perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up or for making sure the cat makes his wrestling weight class. Specialty brews such as a 16-ounce classic mocha or latte fill ceramic vessels with familiar fermentations, and confectionary compounds such as the blueberry-cobbler or sticky-bun latte blend blissful bitterness with saccharine sapidity as coffee-slingers stir in flavors of blueberry, white chocolate, and hazelnut, or cinnamon, brown sugar, and caramel.
The name says it all. Bike Stop Cafe offers guests a place to stop in for stimulating coffee beverages and two-wheeled adventure chariots. The staff rents out comfort and hybrid Jamis bicycles, which, in turn, patrons can use for a stroll down nearby Katy Trail. The sandwich- and wrap-making team, meanwhile, prepare organic, vegetarian, and vegan fare with ingredients from the cafe's patio vegetable garden. And baristas distill ingredients such as espresso, caramel, and free WiFi into drinks.