Food & Drink in The Hill

$20 for $30 Worth of Mediterranean Food at Joyia

Joyia

Forest Park Southeast

$30 $20

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Mediterranean kabobs, pizzas, pasta, and small plates at restaurant with live belly-dancing performances

Soup and Sandwiches at Nora's (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Nora's

Clayton-Tamm

$15 $7.75

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Eatery specializes in fresh salads, soups, and creative sandwiches with meats that are smoked in-house; gluten-free and vegetarian options

Steakhouse Dinner with Wine for Two or Four at The Tenderloin Room (Up to 48% Off)

The Tenderloin Room

Central West End

$100 $54

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Porterhouses and new york strip sirloins rubbed with special seasonings and served under elegant chandeliers

Pub Entrees and Craft Beers for Two or Four at Friendly's Sports Bar and Grill (50% Off)

Friendly's Sports Bar and Grill

St. Louis

$27 $13.50

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Open-faced roast beer, cod filet, and fried chicken at an award-winning sports bar with more than 40 TVs

Wine or Beer with Small Plates, or Two Glasses of Wine with Almond or Olive Plate at The Vino Gallery (50% Off)

The Vino Gallery

Central West End

$20 $10

Snack on small plates or arrays of almonds or olives while sipping wine and beer by the glass

Casual Italian Cuisine at Cecil Whittaker's Pizza (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Cecil Whittaker's Pizza

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

Pasta, sandwiches, and famous thin-crust pizzas, including Cecil's Deluxe, Cecil's Veggie, and Cecil's Meat Lover.

$15 for $30 Worth of Pizza — State of Louisiana Management & Finance Office

Dojo Pizza

Bevo

$30 $15

Extra-large two-topping pizza with an order of bread-stick bites and an eight-piece order of wings.

$12 for a Sunday Brunch Buffet at Bevo Mill ($24.99 Value)

Bevo Mill

Bevo

$24.99 $12

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Brunch includes belgian waffles, eggs strata, a rotating carving station, buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy, and vegetarian pastas

Wine and Appetizers for Two or Four Thursday–Sunday at The In Spot Dessert Bar and Lounge (Up to 56% Off)

The In Spot Dessert Bar and Lounge

Skinker DeBaliviere

$34 $15

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Southern-style snacks complemented by house wine in intimate, romantic lounge replete with leather furniture

Moroccan Food at Baida Moroccan Restaurant (Up to 47% Off)

Baida Moroccan Restaurant

St Louis

$30 $16

Herbs and spices infuse Moroccan pastries, couscous, and braised meats to fill a simple dining room

Date Night with Drinks and Dinner for Two or Drinks-and-Apps Package for Four at The Office (Up to 57% Off)

The Office

West End

$44 $22

Enjoy a night out with a group of friends or a date at a sleek nightclub and lounge with regggae nights, DJ sets, and other events

Local American Food at Water Street (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Water Street

Maplewood

$50 $25

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Local ingredients fill chicken pot pie and top flatbreads of the day; drinks poured in vintage barware

Gumbo and Creole Fare for Dinner at J. Gumbo's (50% Off)

J. Gumbo's

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

Enjoy Creole favorites such as gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and voodoo chicken

Pub Food and Drinks or Carry-Out at Pepper's Bar and Grill (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Pepper's Bar and Grill

Bevo

$20 $11

Sports flicker on 27 HDTVs as patrons dig into a menu of sandwiches and snacks

Fresh Pita Sandwiches on One, Two or Three Visits to Pita Pit (50% Off)

Pita Pit - St. Louis

Delmar Loop

$14 $7

Mediterranean-inflected pitas stuffed with meat, veggies, and breakfast fixings, drizzled with tzatziki and other savory sauces

Hunan-Style Chinese Food at Chinese Noodle Cafe (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Chinese Noodle Cafe

Skinker DeBaliviere

$20 $10

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Taiwanese native compiles award-winning Hunan-style Chinese food including egg rolls and vegetarian dishes

Two Tapas with Two or Four Specialty Drinks, or $10 for $20 Worth of Cuban Fusion Lunch Cuisine at Boogaloo

Boogaloo

Maplewood

$20 $10

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Cuban food with a creole and Caribbean twist, such as New Orleans–style barbecue shrimp, crab empanadas, and blackened grouper sandwiches

All-Day Breakfast, Burgers, and Booze at Tiffany's Original Diner (Up to 48% Off). Two Options Available.

Tiffany's Original Diner

Saint Louis

$10 $5.50

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'60s-era diner channels classic Americana with vintage decor, breakfast served day and night, and a jukebox stuffed with old-school tunes

Mediterranean-Inspired Appetizers and Drinks for Two or Four at The Purple Martin (Up to 50% Off)

The Purple Martin

Fox Park

$24 $12

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Neighborhood bistro pairs cocktails and other drinks with Mediterranean-inspired appetizers

$15 for $30 Worth of Casual American Food at The Choice

The Choice

Saint Louis

$30 $15

Comforting dishes such as blackened chicken fettuccine, stuffed burgers topped with shrimp-and-crab sauce, and stuffed potato skins

$18 for Gourmet Pizza Meal with Appetizers and Drinks at Pizza World (Up to $36.57 Total Value)

Pizza World

Saint Louis

$36.57 $18

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Guests customize pizzas with choice of crust, variety of cheeses, and unique toppings such as classic pepperoni or sweet oranges

$20 for $40 Worth of Upscale Comfort Food, Wine, and Craft Beer at Ernesto's Winebar

Ernesto's Winebar

Benton Park

$40 $20

Homage to Ernest Hemingway with subtly complex small plates, craft beers, and seafood sautéed in wine sauce

$16 for a 16-Inch Pizza with Toppings, Salad, and Drinks at Manhattan Express (Up to $29 Value)

Manhattan Express

Clayton

$29 $16

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From artichokes to feta, up to 20 ingredients choices vie to top a 16-inch pizza made with a whole-wheat, thin, or New York–style crust

$16 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $16 Worth of Breakfast, Sandwiches, or Pizza at Choice Saint Louis ($32 Total Value)

Choice Saint Louis

Clayton

$16 $8

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Chefs whip up breakfast, a selection of sandwiches, fancy salads, soups, pastries, smoothies, and pizzas using fresh and organic ingredients

American Cuisine at Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn

Benton Park

$50 $25

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Homey dishes such as wiener schnitzel and beef wellington served in a mansion rumored to be haunted; family-style chicken dinner on Sundays

Live Bands, Beer, Mug, and Pretzel at Soulard Oktoberfest, October 10, 11, or 12 (Up to 56% Off)

Soulard Oktoberfest

Soulard

$25 $13

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Revelers gather in Soulard to celebrate at one of Midwest's largest Oktoberfests, with live bands bratwurst, German pretzels, and beer

$20 for $30 Worth of Greek Cuisine at Momos Ouzaria Taverna

Momos Ouzaria Taverna

University City

$30 $20

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Greek small plates, known as mezes, including kebabs and gyros

Deli Sandwiches or Party Trays and Boxed Lunches at The Posh Nosh Deli (50% Off). Three Options Available.

The Posh Nosh Deli

Clayton

$14 $7

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Deli sandwiches ranging from classic pastrami to a veggie Reuben topped with homemade russian dressing

Steak and Seafood at Soulard's Restaurant (Up to 53% Off). Two Options Available.

Soulard's Restaurant

Soulard

$15 $7

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Steak and seafood entrees such as shrimp and clams or Creole-spiced Atlantic salmon; options for lunch or dinner

$20 for $40 Worth of Modern French Dinner at Franco

Franco

Soulard

$40 $20

French cuisine crafted from local produce, cheese, and meat pairs with an extensive wine list

Pizza Meal with 16" One-Topping Pizza, Menu Item $7.99 or Less & Large Salad at St. Louis Pizza & Wings ($31.97 Value)

St. Louis Pizza & Wings

On Location

$31.97 $15

17 topping choices, including bacon strips, jalapeños, and pepperoncini; pizzas come with a thick crust or a St. Louis–style thin crust

Catered Boxed Lunches for 10, 15, or 20 from With Love Catering (Up to 65% Off)

With Love Catering

Redeem from Home

$100 $50

Lunches come in single-serving boxes, as build-your-own platters of sandwich fixings, or as trays of prepared sandwiches

Cookies, Cakes, and Desserts from David's Cookies (Up to 60% Off)

David's Cookies

Online Deal

$60 $25

Select from a wide variety of cookies, brownies, cheesecakes, and other baked goods

$144 for One Week of Vegan or Gluten-Free Vegan Meal Delivery from The Vegan Garden ($295 Value)

The Vegan Garden

Online Deal

$295 $144

Seven-day vegan meal plan includes 21 meals and 7 desserts and can be prepared for regular or gluten-free diets

Food and Drinks for 2, 4, 6, or 10 at Lucky's Dueling Piano Bar (Up to 50% Off)

Lucky's Dueling Piano Bar

St. Louis

$58 $29

As players bang away on the lounge's dual baby grands, guests cheer or sit back with refreshing cocktails and tasty eats

Upscale American Cuisine at Copia Restaurant and Wine Garden (Up to 40% Off). Five Options Available.

Copia Restaurant and Wine Garden

Downtown St. Louis

$75 $49

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Chef Dave Rook grounds global accents in rotisserie chicken, house-smoked trout, and barbecue ribs served in wine-country-inspired complex

Japanese Cuisine and Drinks at Mizu Sushi Bar (50% Off)

Mizu Sushi Bar

Downtown St. Louis

$40 $20

New menu features Japanese classics such as salmon teriyaki, shrimp tempura & sushi rolls served in unpretentious industrial-style space

Mexican Cuisine for Two or Four at La Cantina (Up to 39% Off)

La Cantina - Webster Groves

Webster Groves

$47.48 $29

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Cuisine includes pollo torta, four-cheese quesadilla, steak fajitas, taco puffs, and Roberto's Mexican crab cakes

$5 for Classic Grill Food and Floats at Fizzy's Soda Fountain & Grill ($10 Value)

Fizzy's Soda Fountain and Grill

Webster Groves

$10 $5

Classic Americana is showcased in the burgers and hot dogs, classic floats and shakes, and nostalgic deocr

One or Two Groupons, Each Good for $30 Worth of Food at Farotto’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria (47% Off)

Farotto's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Rock Hill

$30 $16

Nearing its 60th anniversary, this Italian restaurant serves meals built around St. Louis–style pizzas with 20-plus toppings to choose from

One or Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Dim Sum and Chinese Cuisine at Lu Lu Seafood (50% Off)

Lu Lu Seafood

University City

$20 $10

Peking duck, hot pots simmering with fresh scallops, and handcrafted dim sum on weekends

Lunch or Four-Course Italian Dinner for Two at Cielo Restaurant & Bar (Up to 50% Off)

Cielo Restaurant & Bar

St. Louis

$48 $24

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Turin-born executive chef Gian Nicola Colucci concocts Italian classics made with seasonal ingredients in 8th-story dining room and patio

Italian Cuisine at A'mis Italian Restaurant (40% Off). Four Options Available.

Ami's Italian Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Three types of pizza—New York, Chicago, and St. Louis—served alongside hearty pasta dishes, steaks, and lighter options

Jamaican Dinner or Lunch at De Palm Tree Restaurant (Up to 52% Off)

De Palm Tree Restaurant

University City

$30 $15

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Akee and saltfish, curry goat, and oxtail stew represent Jamaican delicacies alongside beef patties, jerk chicken, and plantains

Barbecue at Sawmill BBQ (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Sawmill BBQ

East Saint Louis

$20 $10

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Tasty beef, pork, and turkey barbecue smoked each day and slathered in housemade sauce, served amid decor of rustic roadside chophouse

Sandwiches and Salads at Ruma’s Deli (Up to 35% Off). Three Options Available.

Ruma's Deli

Multiple Locations

$20 $13

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Corned-beef reubens, open-faced roast beef, and meatball sandwiches served on French or wheat bread; freshmade salads and pizzas

Burgers and American Food at The Concord Grill (41% Off). Two Options Available.

The Concord Grill

Concord

$22 $13

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Steak sandwiches and half-pound burgers dressed 45+ ways pair with housemade potato salad and other country-style sides

Breakfast or Lunch with Drinks or Dinner with Beer Flights for Two or Four at Eleven Mile House (Up to 55% Off)

Eleven Mile House

Saint Louis

$33.48 $15

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Classic American flavors showcased in char-grilled burgers, pork chops, and breakfast favorites such as three-egg omelets and griddle cakes

Gourmet Popcorn Bags and Tins at POPtions! Popcorn (47% Off). Two Options Available

POPtions! Popcorn

Ladue

$30 $16

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Freshly popped kernels in a variety of gourmet flavors from traditional to mojito lime; special lids for Father's Day or any occasion

Draft Beer Tasting for Two or Two Appetizers and Four Draft Beers at Kirkwood Station Brewing Co. (Up to 45% Off)

Kirkwood Station Brewing Co.

Saint Louis

$34.50 $19

Rotating selection of 11 draft beers on tap; signature brews include ales, lagers, and seasonal draft beers

$30 or $60 Worth of Food and Drinks at Trattoria Branica (50% Off)

Trattoria Branica

Frontenac

$30 $15

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Amid wall sconces and modern chandeliers, seafood and veal swim in wine sauces alongside sauce-laden pastas and juicy, thick-cut steaks

Sushi and Japanese Cuisine and at Sushi Bistro (52% Off). Two Options Available.

Sushi Bistro

Sushi Bistro

$25 $12

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Sushi includes peanut avodaco roll and Mango Manica roll with spicy lump crab and mango, and entrees such as chicken teriyaki and pork katsu

Mexican Food at Acapulco Restaurant & Lounge (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Acapulco Restaurant & Lounge

Saint Ann

$20 $10

Mexican eatery in business 20+ years whips up sizzling fajitas and packed burritos to pair with imported beer and margaritas

One or Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Japanese Food at Sushi Sake Restaurant (Half Off)

Sushi Sake Restaurant

Sushi Sake

$20 $10

Chefs craft specialty sushi rolls such as the deep-fried bagel roll with cooked salmon, cream cheese, and scallion

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mexican Food at Itacate Mexican Grill ($20 Total Value)

Itacate Mexican Grill

St. Ann

$10 $5.50

Mexican grill fries tortilla in-house, stuffs burritos until they nearly burst with meats and veggies, and tops meals with one of six salsas

$19.99 for One 8-Inch Ice Cream Cake at Marble Slab Creamery ($36.95 Value)

Marble Slab Creamery

Saint Louis

$36.95 $19.99

Toppings mixed into ice cream atop frozen marble slab

Fish, Hush Puppies, and Fries, or $24 for $40 Worth of Homestyle Cuisine at Kluckin' Chicken & Fish

Kluckin' Chicken & Fish

Maryland Heights

$45.95 $29

Eatery dishes out gizzards, fish sandwiches, shrimp, and wings; choose from selection of fish, such as catfish, tilapia, salmon, or cod

$11 for $20 Worth of Pizzeria Cuisine at Fortel's Pizza Den

Fortel's Pizza Den

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

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Crispy, thin pizzas made from dough prepared fresh daily and topped with dozens of toppings and one of seven sauces

$12 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Coffee and Food at Mokka Cafe, Inc. ($24 Total Value)

Mokka Cafe, Inc.

Columbia

$8 $4

Caramel cappuccinos, chai lattes, and mango smoothies accompany dishes such as breakfast burritos, chicken-salad wraps, and greek salads

$11 for $20 Worth of American Comfort Cuisine at Cheeburger Cheeburger

Cheeburger Cheeburger

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

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Amid 1950s decor, 100% all-natural Angus beef with choice of 30 toppings are paired with fries and 378,000 possible milkshake flavors

Hi Tea for Two or $10 for $20 Worth of Tea, Sandwiches, and Desserts at Sisters Tea House

Sisters Tea House

Fenton

$20 $10

A historic building welcomes visitors to enjoy elegant sandwiches, desserts, and 20 varieties of tea from around the globe

Burgers and Beers for Two or Four at Maryland Yards (43% Off)

Maryland Yards

Maryland Heights

$27.98 $16

Bite into fresh steak burgers served on a kaiser bun, paired with a choice of beers

Deli Meats and Sandwiches at Max's Meats & Deli (Up to 43% Off). Two Options Available.

Max's Meats & Deli

Florissant

$14 $8

Old-school, family-owned deli creates house-made brats and rib-sticking sandwiches from quality meats and offers packages for at-home feasts

Upscale Italian Dinner and Drinks at John Mineo's Italian Restaurant (50% Off). Two Options Available.

John Mineo's Italian Restaurant

Saint Louis

$60 $30

Tuxedo-clad servers deliver housemade pastas, veal specialties, and fine wines inside a more than 40-year-old family-owned restaurant

50% Off Russian Cuisine and Drinks at Astoria Kabob House. Two Options Available.

Astoria Restaurant

Saint Louis

$40 $21

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Beef stroganoff, chicken Kiev, and traditional Russian stews are served to diners seated in carved wooden chairs

One or Three Groupons, Each Good for $30 Worth of Thai Cuisine and Drinks at Addie's Thai House (50% Off)

Addie's Thai House

Chesterfield

$30 $15

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Award-winning restaurant serves red curry with duck breast and pineapple, vegetarian spicy eggplant, and french-ribbed basil lamb chops

$12 for $20 Worth of Breakfast at Hearth Room Cafe

Hearth Room Cafe

Town and Country

$20 $12

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The breakfast menu at this cozy restaurant has a little bit of everything, like benedicts, omelets, and egg combos with pancakes and bacon

$12 for $20 Worth of Live Food — Grandpa Lukes Deli and Coffee

Grandpa Lukes Deli And Coffee

Millstadt

$20 $12

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$5 for $10 Worth of Food and Drinks or Bike Rental for Two with Coffee or Bottled Water at Bike Stop Cafe (Half Off)

Bike Stop Cafe

Bike Stop Cafe

$10 $5

Organic, vegetarian, and vegan fare with ingredients from patio vegetable garden or Jamis bike rental for nearby trail

One or Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt and Treats at Lancia Frozen Yogurt (Half Off)

Lancia Frozen Yogurt

Chesterfield

$10 $5

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Selection of more than 50 fro-yo flavors adorned with nearly 60 types of fruit, candy, and syrup toppings pairs with espresso drinks

Mexican Food at Charro Mexican Restaurant (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Charro Mexican Restaurant

Chesterfield

$20 $12

Classic and updated Mexican fare, including spicy jumbo shrimp, breaded steak, and 10 kinds of burritos

Three Groupons, Each Good for One Dinner or Lunch Buffet at Hibachi Grill & Buffet (Up to 42% Off)

Hibachi Grill & Buffet

Imperial

$7.99 $4.66

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Dine on a buffet of Chinese, American, and Japanese specialties, including a fresh hibachi grill and sushi rolls

One or Two Groupons, Each Good for Sushi and Drinks at Kampai Sushi Bar (Up to 47% Off)

Kampai Sushi Bar

Chesterfield

$30 $16

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More than 40 different classic and original sushi rolls ranging from California rolls to salmon rolls with mango and wasabi-honey sauce

$15 for One 14" Large One-Topping Pizza, House Salad, and Dessert at Boardwalk Pizza ($30 Value)

Boardwalk Pizza

Ballwin

$30 $15

Eatery offers pizza with hand-tossed dough and housemade sauce and dessert such as calzones filled with Oreos and Nutella

German Cuisine at Dreamland Palace German Restaurant (Up to 57% Off). Four Options Available.

Dreamland Palace German Restaurant

Foster Pond/Waterloo

$20 $10

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A historic German eatery serves bavarian bratwurst, a variety of tender schnitzels, and classic potato pancakes

One or Three $15 Vouchers for Sports Bar Cuisine at Field Box (50% Off)

Field Box

Saint Charles

$15 $7.50

Guests build their own burger or nosh on kabobs and mini tacos in sports-themed restaurant

Italian Meal with Wine for Two or Four or Carry-Out at Villa Farotto (Up to 45% Off)

Villa Farotto

Chesterfield

$85.98 $47

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A new family-friendly menu that includes infamous pizza and pasta complements Tuscan-style chops and seafood; accompanied by live music

$17 for Pizza and Beer at Misty Nights Bar & Grill ($34 Value)

Misty Nights Bar & Grill

Saint Charles

$34 $17

Pizzas baked in a brick oven pair with domestic brews at a pub with free pool tables and karaoke Thursday–Saturday

Ice Cream for Two or Four or Ice Cream Birthday Party for Up to 10 Kids from Coneheads LLC (Up to 52% Off)

Coneheads LLC

Chesterfield

$8 $4

Mobile ice cream truck owned by kids doles out refreshing ice cream treats; birthday party option includes private rental of the truck

Select Local Merchants

Mama Campisi's serves up enticing Italian eats for lunch and dinner, with a menu of enough authentic entrees and big bowls of noodles to fuel a triathlon, as well as the grueling and now-illegal sesquicentathlon. Before you attempt to ascend the "Hill" of Spaghetti ($9.75), though, hire some Sherpas and work your way up to it with an order of toasted ravioli ($7.25) or crab-stuffed mushrooms ($7.95) sprinkled with asiago cheese. The abundant entree selection serves up classic Italian favorites in a variety of meaty or seafoody varietals, such as the tender veal picatta ($16.95)—which lets you savor the sautéed slices in a lemon-butter-caper wine sauce—or grilled salmon drizzled with Mama's own Chianti-balsamic glaze ($17.25). Otherwise, commit to a torrid, short-term summer fling with Mama Campisi's signature dish: pollo spedini ($15.75), a breaded boneless chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto, provel, and veggies. Pizza pies ($8.95 and up) offer ease of dining for large groups, small children, and post-pubescent reptiles skilled in the martial arts.

2132 Edwards St
Saint Louis,
MO
US

According to many members of the close-knit Italian community on The Hill, it was at a restaurant called Oldani's in the early 1940s that a clumsy chef dropped a piece of pasta in frying oil and created the first toasted ravioli. That dish went on to become a Saint Louis specialty, and Oldani's went on to become Mama's on the Hill, rechristened by matron Mama Campisi, who took it over in 1982. When Mama's sons, John and Frank, had to give up the restaurant in 2005, Lance and Andrea Ervin jumped at the chance to take over the culinary landmark. They reopened it in 2006, retaining many of Mama's original recipes as well as the crisp signature pasta. Ivory and black stripes upholster padded chairs in the understated dining room, where a set of glowing candles are ensconced in a stone fireplace. Here, Mama's special recipes still serve as blueprints for many of the house sauces, including the marinara and parmesan cream. Salmon entrees are drizzled with her chianti-balsamic glaze, and deep-fried shrimp do cannonballs into her cocktail sauce.

Mama's famous fare also lures avid diners to enroll in culinary classes taught by kitchen staff. In the currently running sauces class, up to 20 students set pots a-simmer in groups of five, fueled by appetizers, snacks, and pep talks given by freshly cracked bottles of wine.

2132 Edwards St
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Paul McCartney. Luciano Pavarotti. Ronald Reagan. Besides being household names, these icons all have something else in common??they've all had the honor of dining on Chef Giovanni Gabriele's authentic, award-winning cuisine. While his passion for cooking was born in his native Sicily, it was Giovanni's other great love??his wife, Fina??that eventually led him to St. Louis, where he opened his restaurant in 1973. Just six years later, he found himself cooking for President Reagan at Reagan?s inaugural dinner, and the dish he made??a creamy bow-tie pasta topped with salmon and parmigiano??was renamed farfalline del Presidente Reagan in the commander in chief's honor. Today, it remains one of the most popular items on Giovanni's menu, alongside a host of other Italian pastas named for the celebrities who supped upon them.

But you don't have to be a celebrity or a politician to get the star treatment at Giovanni's. The restaurant has earned an AAA Four Diamond Award for 27 years running, and a 4-Star Mobil Travel Guide Award every year since 1983, in part due to the careful attention lavished upon each and every guest. Today, nearly 42 years after its inception, Giovanni's son Frank runs the kitchen, blending its iconic sauces and forming the housemade crepes, but Giovanni still commands the show, supervising in the kitchen, greeting patrons tableside, and mining the pepper and salt from nearby mountains himself.

5201 Shaw Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
US

John Viviano Sr. knew an opportunity when he saw one. His humble factory income could barely support one person, let alone his growing family, so the young Italian immigrant was inspired to open his own business. What began as a bleach-selling outfit headquartered in his bathtub quickly expanded to include a small storefront populated with gourmet Italian foods. By 1949 John needed even more elbowroom, so he moved his enterprise to its current location on the Hill and began wearing shirts with giant sleeves.

Retro album covers and movie posters overlook shelf after shelf of specialty sauces, olive oils, and pastas. The aroma of fresh cheeses, deli meats, and prepared foods flits through the air, further adding to the store?s old-world feel. In addition to providing stellar ingredients to local customers and buyers throughout the country, the family also shares and sells some of their own favorite recipes, including Mama?s tomato sauces, italian meatballs, and fool-proof risotto.

5139 Shaw Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
US

The culinary masterminds at Joe Fassi Sausage and Sandwich Factory stuff their menu with homemade meatballs and sausages that caught the hungry editorial eye of Riverfront Times in 2010. Crafted with care and brimming with meat, more than 30 hot and cold sandwiches salute the Fassi forebears, who founded a grocery store in the storefront in 1926. Meatballs simmer in a tangy red sauce, and sausages speak of sweet and savory combos such as red wine with garlic and breakfast sherry with nutmeg. Instead of topping salads with handsome boutonnieres, guests can enhance their visual appeal with the café’s homemade Italian-style vinaigrette, available by the spoonful and by the bottle. The factory's friendly staffers also cater events with hearty boxed lunches and sandwiches that stretch up to 10 feet.

2321 Sublette Avenue
St. Louis,
MO
US

Nick's Pub keeps crowds of locals and nighttime revelers satisfied with a menu of hearty Irish-American pub fare and a menu of more than 90 beers on tap?many of which come from local brewers. Guests chow down on shepherd's pie, fish 'n' chips, or half-pound burgers as they sip craft beers. They can play friendly games of darts and pool, or they dance and laugh along to live musicians and open-mic comedy on Sunday nights. Nick's Pub is also smoke-friendly, though they don't allow cigars or scented cigarettes.

6001 Manchester Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
US