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This St. Louis landmark has been serving creamy, old-fashioned frozen vanilla custard since 1929. The flavors expand beyond vanilla to include chocolate chip and Heath Bar, along with concoctions that include nuts, fruit, and candies. Plus, you'll definitely want to try a "concrete." This frozen dessert is so thick that it won't budge, even when you turn it upside down! Ted Drewe's is popular with locals, so don't be surprised if you have to wait, especially when the weather's warm.

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Enjoy coffeehouse culture at its finest while listening to rock music, playing a board game, or shooting pool in laid-back surroundings. The menu includes coffee, espresso, latte, cappuccino, chai tea and iced drinks, along with light soup, sandwiches, salad and desserts. Vegetarian, vegan and organic options are featured, and live folk music is performed on the weekends.

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This eclectically styled, laid-back coffeehouse features a mural, pressed tin ceiling, concrete floors and colorfully painted walls. Order coffee in limitless variations, including espresso, latte and cappuccino, in single, tall, grande and molto grande sizes. Smoothies are available in most any flavor, along with iced teas, chai teas, lemonades and Italian sodas. A variety of satisfying baked goods helps fill the void in the morning, as do breakfast sandwiches and hot oatmeal.

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The best breakfast bargain in town! Feast on bacon, eggs, sausage and potatoes. The regular menu features Huevos Rancheros, a meat loaf omelet, and an omelet made with oysters, bacon and cheese. The authentic decor includes black-and-white checked linoleum floors, vinyl booths and a low counter with chrome and vinyl-topped round seats. The walls are accented with Hollywood photos, albums and other memorabilia.

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Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in a casual environment decorated with rattan and interesting memorabilia. There is lots of seating indoors, and outdoor seating under green market umbrellas is also an option. The extensive menu at this popular restaurant-delicatessen features such specialty breakfasts as lox platters, Idaho trout, and corned beef hash, along with blintzes, croissants, French toast and omelets.

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Owned by the same folks who run the popular Tony's restaurant next door, this downtown bar does a booming business at lunch time and after work. Great drinks stand alongside a menu that includes burgers, salads, pasta dishes, sandwiches and appetizers. A casual, yet decidedly who's who atmosphere pervades the space.

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In spite of a slightly crowded dining room, hungry patrons flock to this cozy Vietnamese restaurant, more than willing to wait for delicacies like muc xao khom (calamari with pineapple chunks, tomatoes, and onions) and banh xeo (pan-seared rice flour crepe stuffed with pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts). Although names on the menu may be unfamiliar, there really is something for every taste: myriad soups; beef, chicken, and rice dishes; seafood; noodle dishes; vegetarian plates; and even lau thap cam – specialty campfire pots.

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Eat hearty at this popular dining spot, where chicken-fried steak and salsicce are savory breakfast meats. Lighter fare is offered as well, and one tasty, heart-healthy option is the buckwheat pancakes. Dine in a bright and friendly atmosphere on the sunny, glassed-in porch.

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Vito's Sicilian Pizzeria and Ristorante
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If you're in the mood for Italian but want to avoid the glut of restaurants on The Hill, try this wallet-friendly Midtown spot. A comfortable, wood-floored interior welcomes customers who clamor for Vito's delicious, hand-tossed pizzas. Created with dough that's made fresh daily, pies come topped with ingredients from the standard to the sublime: among them, mushrooms, roasted eggplant, fresh basil, feta cheese, shrimp, buffalo mozzarella, and pine nuts. Try your pizza with pesto for a change of pace.

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When you tire of what often passes for Mexican food – pools of refried beans and cheese – head to this adventuresome, authentic Mexican eatery. Ask for a seat on the patio to escape the often-crowded dining room, and then savor dishes like richly textured potato quesadillas, homemade tamales, and escabeche (marinated fish served cold). The restaurant's innovative approach to food draws a varied crowd, from professional thirty-somethings to young couples with grandparents and kids in tow.

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