Even if pizza isn't your thing—which is unthinkable—the menu at St. Louis Pizza & Wings has something tasty and satisfying to please palates. The kitchen staff prepares 14 signature sandwiches, including an open-faced ham and cheese on garlic bread, and seven traditional pasta dishes for in-house dining or takeout. Double-decker burgers and boneless wings sate cravings for classic pub cuisine, and nine specialty pizzas come with hand-tossed thick crusts or St. Louis–style thin crusts.
The chefs at Settlers Inn refer to the recipes of yesteryear as they cook up steaks, chicken, and game the old-fashioned way at this cozy restaurant nestled in a log home. Even the desserts, such as cobblers and brownies, taste like they were made with a grandmother's TLC.
The donut-makers at Donut D-Light roll, shape, and bake their sweet pastries by hand each day, filling the small café's glass display cases with colorful rounds and rolls. They fashion 12 styles of cake and glazed donuts, infusing them with rich chocolate or more eclectic varieties such as banana chocolate chip and apple spice. Bakers also assemble 20 types of specialty donuts and pastries, such as cookies and cream, bacon-maple bars, and cinnamon rolls the size of an attractive man's face, allegedly. Baristas dole out soft drinks and pour brewed coffee by Lakota Coffee Company to help wash down bites.
Seated among framed photos and wood wainscoting, visitors to The Gathering Place Café munch on hearty servings of daily specials that range from beef burritos to chicken-fried steaks. Serving up kansas city strip steaks every Saturday night and biscuits and gravy each morning, The Gathering Place continuously satiates diners with all local beef and farm-fresh, free-range eggs that wander into the kitchen.
More than 36 pounds of honey go into each batch of Broadway Brewery's Organic Honey Wheat ale. Sure, the brewers take pride in their hoppy pale ales on tap, but they also enjoy playing with the full gamut of flavors from intense to sweet. For instance, the Jam Session IPA contains hints of mango and the medium-bodied copper APA features citrusy notes, while the Cherry Saison goes full-on fruity with a truckload of tart red cherries plopped into each batch. Dark beers are a specialty, too, the crown jewel perhaps being an Imperial Stout marked by notes of chocolate, toffee, and raisins, the diet of history's best-loved emperors.
Growing since 2009, the brewery's collection of more than 20 craft beers includes a wide range of flavor profiles friendly to both expert and novice, most of which are on tap at any given time in the restaurant. In line with their mission to provide accessible beer alongside high-quality food, the dining room at Broadway Brewery offers food pairings that mirror the brewers' ingenuity and love of local produce. ("?We produce much of what we sell,? co-owner and farmer Kenny Duzan told the Columbia Daily Tribune in 2009.) Entrees such as rabbit and dumplings, bison-steak pizza, and Wagyu-beef meatloaf locate the overlap between the homey and the exotic. Naturally, the beer finds its way into some of the dishes even when it's not indoor-softball night: for instance, beer butter melts into hominy cakes, and porter adds tang to a cheese sauce.
Broadway Brewery regularly hosts events including live bluegrass and jazz. Of course, the complex beer itself can be entertainment enough: Thursday Cask Nights open up a special cask-conditioned ale for drinking and discussion each week.
Brothers Ed and Dan Dunn fell in love with coffee and the community it connected in the coffee houses of Eugene, Oregon. So, in 1987 they got their hands on a 12-kilo Probat roaster and started slinging beans in their hometown of St. Paul. Today, Dunn Bros Coffee stretches across nine states, roasting coffee beans in small batches, hand-drawing espresso, and showcasing local artists’ work just as Ed and Dan envisioned 25 years ago. Trained to the brothers' standards, baristas at all the shops craft coffee drinks such as Infinite Black iced coffee and create three layers of foam when steaming milk or building bouncy coffee houses.
The coffee, itself, comes from across the globe—from locales such as Costa Rica, Brazil, and Rwanda. In 2000, the brothers entered a fair-trade distribution agreement, and in 2011, they began a program to ensure all their coffee beans come from sustainably produced sources.