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The flavors of the South mingle with the Cajun spices of the Louisiana bayou at Sister Cities Cajun and BBQ. On the barbecue side, pit masters smoke meats slowly to create juicy prime rib or tenderize pork shoulders so the meat pulls right off the bone. They pair these Southern staples with a range of sides, from the fried-potato salad to the classic red beans and rice. On the other side of the menu, chefs cook up spicy dishes featuring fresh seafood. They blacken catfish for traditional po' boys and add shrimp to everything from stuffed mushrooms to tacos topped with a Cajun slaw. Staffers don't just offer food for the stomach, however. They also provide food for the mind with their in-house book exchange.
The cheers of fans at Busch Stadium drift toward O'Kelley's At The Ballpark, located within walking distance of the St. Louis Cardinals' stomping grounds. A fleet of flat-screen TVs lines the exposed-brick walls of the pub, broadcasting the games of every team in the city and embarrassing trampoline accidents of every rival team.
As patrons root for the home team, the chefs busily whip up sauerkraut and thousand island dressing for reuben sandwiches. Housemade barbecue sauce simmers on the stove, destined for plates of slow-cooked pork. The chatter of billiard balls punctuates the sound of busy silverware and players at a Golden Tee arcade game. On select nights, a DJ spins tunes or live musicians fill the pub with twanging guitars and lyrics about wearing illegal sunglasses to school.
At Time Out Bar & Grill, patrons sip beers and cocktails over friendly games of pool, scarf down appetizers of chicken tenders and toasted ravioli, and wrap their hands around meaty half-pound burgers. Diners quell hunger pangs with savory bowls of pasta or plates of cheesy pizza, or take on the ocean's most—skewers, salads, and pastas made with blackened shark.
Friendly's Sports Bar and Grill, voted Best Neighborhood Bar by Riverfront Times in 2007, first opened its doors in 1928 under the moniker Friendly Tavern, and served as a community social club and a meeting place for church groups. Since then, the spot has changed hands and embraced modern technology, but retains its original unpretentious atmosphere. More than 40 flat-screen TVs let patrons watch multiple sports games at the same time by crossing their eyeballs in different directions. A game room houses regulation pool tables, arcade games, and more than 30 other diversions, and a spacious outdoor beer garden with picnic benches lures patrons outside during warm months.
Friendly's Sports Bar and Grill complements cold beers and mixed drinks with a menu that encompasses all types of pub appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees, such as the ever-popular fried chicken. The spot's kitchen can also cater private events with trays of gourmet meats and cheeses, or the Southern Chef Special Buffet, which makes bellies growl with a charming Southern twang.
“While far too many menus babble with details, Three Sixty’s undersells,” a reporter for St. Louis Magazine wrote after a visit. “’Smoked salmon chips’ in no way covers what arrives: a couple of tablespoons’ worth of rough-ground, fragrantly smoked salmon atop a big crispy, salty potato chip, topped with tiny capers and nibbles of sweet red onions.” Even the name, 360 St. Louis, merely hints gently at the bejeweled panorama of downtown St. Louis and birds' eye view into Busch Stadium that sprawl before the eatery. The 6,000-square foot rooftop bar, part of the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, also surrounds diners with a dramatic wine wall, flat-screen TVs, and toasty fire pits.
From behind an expansive outdoor bar and several indoor bars, mixologists craft shaken and infused cocktails, drawing on inventive ingredients including pumpkin puree, house-made ginger liquor, and local apple cider. Bartenders also supply an extensive selection of wines and beers, which guests can nurse while grooving on the dance floor to DJs spinning four nights a week.
While barkeeps tend to libations, Executive Chef Rex Hale draws upon more than 25 years of culinary experience that has taken him everywhere from South Africa to the British Virgin Isles. In 360 St. Louis' open kitchen, he uses locally sourced ingredients to create globally inspired, upscale bar food such as short rib sliders and handmade fish tacos. St. Louis Magazine considers his wild mushroom and goat cheese pizza a "must-try," while his lobster risotto is "realized extravagantly."