777 Casino Center
St. Louis, MO 63043
Get a taste of Italy that has made The Hill famous without even leaving Maryland Heights. Before a show at Verizon Amphitheatre, stop off for a local favorite appetizer St. Louis made famous – toasted ravioli. Allow time to sit back and relax in this premier Italian restaurant that also offers veal, specialty steaks prepared to order or seafood. On a nice day, enjoy patio dining and food off of the Sicilian sampler menu. Come before 6 p.m. to receive special pricing when you order off of the Before Six Menu.
Boathouse Forest Park
6101 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
Capture the atmosphere and ambiance on the lake at Forest Park before a show at the Muny outdoor musical theatre. Enjoy the Boathouse baby back ribs, or savor one of the signature dishes like tilapia reuben, salmon BLT or a thick burger. Don’t be afraid to bring the kids because the menu is completely family friendly. For romance, ask about the paddleboat picnics that include a basket of food and wine or bucket of beer.
The Bistro at Grand Center
3536 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Start the evening off right when in the Fox Theatre district of Grand Center before a show at Powell Symphony Hall. Feast at this restaurant known for bringing the sounds of jazz music and Valentine’s Day romance to the area. Start with risotto bites or a twist on a St. Louis favorite, toasted caprese ravioli. Slide into an entrée with the spice of New Orleans, or enjoy a blackened salmon slider. For a more casual feel, or for the kids, order pizza or burgers that satisfy any appetite.
6504 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
When legendary and local Chuck Berry performs in the area, he does so at this pop culture motif restaurant on the Delmar Loop. It is also the perfect choice to stop by for a burger or more before a concert at the Pageant. Kick back with a game of darts before the show, and then enjoy the flavor of jerk chicken or homemade soups. Vegetarians will also find delight at this hometown favorite spot in the Loop when they order from some tasty vegetable dishes.
The Schlafly Tap Room
2100 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Before a show at Scottrade Center, step into a casual dining experience at this brewpub famous for being the first to open its doors in Missouri after the time of Prohibition. The atmosphere is historic and earthy at this tap room that offers locally brewed beer and food. Whether you bite into a lamb burger, frog legs, a fried egg and ham toastie, mussels or pickled herring, be sure to order a side of the tap room fries if they aren’t already included with your entrée. To bring out the best in flavor, ask Chef Andy White about how best to pair your beer choice.
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