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STL: What's new and worthy? A StL-born Boston Hound wants your recs...

litchick | | Dec 3, 2007 11:51 AM

Hi Midwest Hounds!

I'm a Boston-based hound who grew up in StL, and travel back for the holidays to see family and friends. This year, Mr.Lit and I would love to take my adventurous parents out for dinner to someplace worthy. The dining scene has changed so much since last I lived in StL (mid 90s), and though I visit regularly, the visits don't usually include a lot of dining out, so I've kind of missed out on the newly vibrant restaurant culture there. When we do go out for meals, it's with friends, and those events tend to center around hearty cheap ethnic fare and late night wine tastings at 33's in Lafayette Park. I hear the vague thing every now and then about this or that new restaurant, and my parents dine out at the mid-to-somewhat-high-end range with their friends.

Here're the parameters I'm looking at...
-Not too expensive (trying to keep it at no more than $20 per entree)
-Quality that's really worth the $
-Imaginative or inventive fare
-I don't think we want to go as far as Chesterfield, but we're open to a very wide radius starting from the Downtown/UCity/Clayton/Brentwood/Kirkwood/etc corridor
-Pretty much any cuisine is good, but no steak houses -- we're just not really steak house people -- and I'm gonna go ahead and rule out Italian, since I've fairly well explored the StL Italian scene

Though ideally we're looking for a nice/fun evening out, I'd be open to a cheapie-cheap place, as long as the food was excellent and it could be an "experience."

Bonus: is there anywhere these days that's putting a focus on either locally grown or sustainably harvested produce/meats?

I'm anxious to hear your thoughts, and if there's a place you love that doesn't meet some of the parameters, I want to hear about that too. I can be convinved of other ideas...