Not many restaurants arm their patrons with the apparel to play dress-up. But at Aggie’s Closet and Tea Room, youngsters and their adult charges can head up to the closet, where they rifle through dresses, feather boas, and flower-adorned hats to don while sipping tea, munching on cucumber sandwiches, and scoffing at flying machines like real Victorians. Downstairs, in the Victorian-inspired dining room, guests savor herbal tea from fine china and nosh on handmade, seasonal salads, sandwiches, and wraps. During the warmer months, the tearoom opens up its wine and beer garden, where live music on the weekends serenades guests.
The day’s biggest sports games unfold on the two 100-inch big-screen HDTVs and several more HDTVS at Redbirds Sports Cafe. Clients play their own games in the bar, sinking pool balls into the pockets of four pool tables, hitting bull’s-eyes on three dartboards, and scoring goals in air hockey. To complement the sporty atmosphere, cooks specialize in hearty game day favorites such as chicken wings served in 1.25-pound batches and party platters full of appetizers like cheddar poppers and mini burritos. An arcade harboring a Nintendo Wii and PS3 amuses guests while a jukebox projects various rock and dances jams throughout the festive game space.
At Adam's Café, the aromas and flavors of the Mediterranean café mingle with those of the American diner. At lunch, classic burgers and chicken or beef philly cheese steaks are served alongside plates of steaming chicken shawarma and beef kabab. In addition to savory meat-based lunch dishes, Adam's Café also serves up a variety of vegetarian dishes. During breakfast, the kitchen turns out hearty egg-and-cheese sandwiches on texas toast, croissants, pita bread, or bagels. They also dish up omelets stuffed with gyro meat and sautéed vegetables. Throughout the day, hot coffee and sweet treats such as housemade cake donuts and baklava keep the spice levels under control.
GNC's Smoothie Bars blend up a healthy variety of fruit and supplement-infused frozen beverages with 15 flavorful concoctions in its smoothie lineup. Sip from one of GNC's fruit-filled smoothies, such as the sweet Cherry Baby, a synthesis of cherries, pineapple, strawberries, and banana, or indulge in a creamy creation, such as the Peanut Butter Surprise, a medley of peanut butter, banana, and milk. An early Shot of NRG, pumped with ginseng and guarana, provides a healthy alternative to one's usual donuts-and-cotton-candy morning routine, and smoothies such as the strawberry- and banana-assisted Popular Vote can replace calorie-laden afternoon snacks.
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.
As you point out every time you motorcycle off into the sunset, go AWOL, or abandon coworkers to their fate in your office's icy crevasse, you're a lone wolf, baby. Today's Groupon gives roguish loners who play by their own rules a friendly, social, neighborhood coffee shop where they can hang out with fellow roguish loners who play by their own rules (playing board games together not recommended). For $5, you get $15 worth of coffee, sandwiches, and more at the new Lone Wolf Coffee Company in Ballwin.