And, here is the second half of A Couple in the Kitchen's Culinary Guide to St. Louis.
Root beer, actually. Fitz's, in the area known as The Loop, makes their own sodas on the premises. Watch as their concoctions are blended, bottled and capped, then sit and enjoy one plain or as a float. The root beer was smooth, sweetened with real cane sugar, and had nice hints of birch - so refreshing on a hot day!
The Central West End is a fantastic area for restaurants and shopping. It was there that we discovered Scape and had our favorite appetizer in St. Louis - Barbecued Shrimp with Cheddar Grits. Three large, sweet, tangy, peppery grilled shrimp were stacked over creamy, cheesy grits for an amazing mingling of flavors. We were thisclose to ordering a second round. So delicious was this creation that t.v. personality and food expert Phil Lempert reviewed it and printed the recipe here. If you can't go there, make it at home!
You're in St. Louis. You're going to visit The Arch (it's a must-do!). Why not start with an amazing champagne brunch first? That's what we figured! The Millennium Hotel's Top of the Riverfront restaurant is a revolving restaurant near the Arch with a top-notch brunch of over 100 items and plenty of bubbly. We loved the food almost as much as the incredible views of the city, the Arch and the Mississippi River.
This one's a tie. We loved Bridge Tap House for its modern decor, hip atmosphere and knowledgable, friendly bartenders. We loved it more for its extensive menu - over 200 beers, over 100 wines, and a wide variety of unique liquors, plus charcuterie, cheeses, desserts and other snacks. Excellent for late-night visits. Then there's The Fountain on Locust - technically an ice-cream parlor, with an incredible art-deco interior. Homemade ice creams, like Zanzibar chocolate and champagne sherbet, are featured in sundaes, old-fashioned sodas, and cocktails like the Sparkline Champagne Float (pictured), which could be Amy's most favorite drink ever.