Classic Moroccan herbs and spices?cilantro, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, and coriander?transform the starkly simple dining room at Baida Moroccan Restaurant into a carnival of scents and flavors. Beneath great red columns alongside high-back booths, guests can unleash the fragrances from the pan-fried m?lwee beef pastry and bastilla chicken pie before wading into slowly braised meats and veggies. Among the entrees are staples such as the tangier?a half chicken with preserved lemon, green olives, ginger, and saffron? or the familiar lamb chop laden with unfamiliar spices and topped with a toasted fennel butter. Once a month, guests can also swing in to watch an authentic display of belly dancing to learn a little more about Moroccan culture and to expand their dancing knowledge beyond the Hustle.
Provoke your palate with empanadas de camarão, pastry-encased shrimp, cream sauce, and spicy tomato dipping sauce ($9), or let fresh mussels swim to your belly from a wine-bathed marisco buzios plate ($9). Yemanja Brasil's menu of Brazilian dinner bitables organizes proteins by their proper names: de carno/porco (beef/pork), do mar (seafood), de frango (chicken), or vegetariano. Feijoada de Ogum ($17), Brazil's national dish, is a stew of black beans, dried beef, smoked sausage, and pork ribs with rice and collard greens. Or get mouth mitts on frango minas with shredded chicken in a four-cheese raisin-cream sauce ($16). Vegetarians delight in the curried seasonal vegetables of arroz feijao botafogo ($11), whereas strict dessertists feel wholly respected with decadent layers of paveé da nena (champagne cookies layered with chocolate, egg-custard cream, and flavored whipped cream topped with chocolate sauce, $6).
Cini, named for the Italian street food arancini, packs its menu with a variety of these traditional rice balls that are crispy on the outside and packed with fresh veggies and meat on the inside. Guests first pick their cini of choice as their appetizer, with options including the Original packed with sausage and peas, a Primavera cini with zucchini and squash, or the four-cheese rice ball. From there, customers can select a base for their main meal, choosing either a thin-crust wrap called a piadina, a bowl of angel-hair or penne pasta, or a salad bowl of mixed greens. The wrap, pasta, or salad is then topped with a grill item such as meatballs, salmon, or steak and then adorned with a choice of hot or cold sauces such as fresh basil pesto, pomodoro, or creamy parmesan. And for dessert, the meal comes full circle with the addition of a sweet cini stuffed with hazelnut chocolate and sweet arborio rice.
Led by executive chef Dylan Cunningham, the crew at Sage Urban American Grill works hard to shrink the eatery's carbon footprint by employing a number of green practices. First and foremost, they craft dishes using fresh ingredients from local harvests, including herbs plucked from the organic garden on the restaurant's outdoor dining patio. Second, the staff ensures all kitchen waste gets reused when possible, by composting food scraps, recycling recyclables, and setting aside fry oil for biofuel.
Kota’s menu of cruise-ship-sized portions (half and whole orders available for dinner) starts your Caribbean mouthcation with an order of Kota barbecue-duck and wild-mushroom quesadillas ($9) and some island chicken wings with Jamaican jerk spices ($8) before taking a shortcut to the Pacific with a coconut-curry duck linguini tossed with portobello mushrooms, baby spinach, peppers, and shredded duck (half plate $11, full $15). Although Lycanthropic Americans relish espresso-rubbed beef filet medallions (half plate $15, full $20) smothered in blue-cheese cream and served with fresh asparagus, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and crispy onion straws; herbivores can also savor the smoky, flavorful effects of wood-fire grilling with the cheese-drizzled hickory-fired vegetable orzo (half plate $11, full $15). For something a little closer to home, cubicle-farm escapees can score a Louisiana-style lunch with the N’awlins po’ boy ($9.50), which piles your choice of oyster, shrimp, or catfish into a toasted baguette with remoulade. Neither meal is complete without a dessert of Kota’s specialty milkshakes, so get in your daily recommended dosage of pastel colors with the Miami Vice (strawberry and piña colada with coconut and pineapple, $6) or blow out your stomach’s TV with an Elvis in the House (chocolate-banana shake with Reese's peanut-butter cup pieces, $6).
The owners of Harry's Restaurant & Bar are just as passionate about music as they are about food. The restaurant hosts live music performances every Friday and Saturday night, as well as a summer Thursday-night concert series, and staff provide shuttle service to concerts and sporting events around town. In the kitchen, chefs fuel their guests for music appreciation with a range of casual American dishes. Using bread from Fazio's Bakery, they assemble steak burgers, creole-style grouper sandwiches, and their signature beef tenderloin sandwich. They also create regionally inspired entrees ranging from veal-mushroom ravioli to grilled salmon and Cajun-style chicken pasta.
Whether accompanied by a large private group, a few dinner companions, or just a few past and future versions of themselves, visitors to Harry's Restaurant can partake of food and drink in four areas. For special events, Harry's accommodates audio-visual needs in the Atrium, a private dining room with a historic fireplace. Meanwhile, the main bar features several wide-screen TVs, and a multi-level outdoor patio houses its own stage for live performance. The restaurant's onsite nightclub, Horizon, offers views of the St. Louis skyline.