6 Places Perfect for Dining Out During the Holidays

By Kelsey Waananen
In Food

Dining out can be hectic during the holiday months. Let these places treat you and your loved ones right.


Photo by Jennifer Silverberg

Dining out with friends:

Central Table
When you’re feeling a little spendy with friends, Central Table is your perfect destination. With a menu that offers everything from small plates (think crispy garlic shrimp served with dashi, asparagus and creme fraiche) to pork belly ramen and pizza, friends with varying cuisine preferences will be satisfied. Entrees $13-28

Mission Taco Joint
Grab a group of eight and make your way to either Mission Taco Joint location. With beautiful community tables and a warm atmosphere, Jason and Adam Tilford’s street-taco spot is the perfect solution for a large group that has diverse tastes but is on a budget. For a fun, and potentially cheaper, evening, make it a late night: Most tacos are $3 and shots are $2 after 10pm. Tip: Make sure you bring cash, or that all your friends have the Venmo app. Checks can’t be split. Entrees $9-12

Dining out with family:

Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.
Voted ALIVE’s Best New Restaurant in our We Heart STL Awards, Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. is exactly the place to take your parents for a slightly upscale evening. For a fancier flair, go with a lobster roll (served in your choice of two styles) and oysters, or have a little hands-on fun with the Maryland blue crab boil and a lobster Frito pie for the table. Entrees $15-24 (more for market-priced items)

Grove East Provisions
For an intimate gathering with close family, make it a no-fuss outing. Grove East Provisions offers sandwiches (on Red Fox bread), soups, gelato and a varying meal of the day (roast chicken, fish tacos, etc.) in the Tower Grove East deli/grocery store. Grab a beer from the case, settle into a booth and enjoy some quality time with the family while checking out the newest items on the shelves. Entrees $7-8 ($10-14 for the meal of the day)

Dining out  your significant other:

Taking your other half to the top two floors of a renovated warehouse might not sound like you have a special night in store, but Element offers just that. Whether you cozy up to the bar in the lounge or grab a table in the dining room, the hip vibe sets the right mood. Share small plates, like the pork belly with broccoli, serrano and puffed rice or the scallop with crab and corn chowder, and then save room for dessert—which in this case should be one of Element’s carefully crafted cocktails. Entrees $20-25

Dressel’s Public House (pictured)
For a more rustic atmosphere, head to the Central West End. Combining Irish pub fare with a dedication to farm-to-table cooking, Dressel’s is great for a special occasion without the pressure of “fine dining.” Stay casual with sandwiches (we love the lamb burger), or splurge on any of their daily specials, like the
pork shank over polenta. Entrees $12-24

This story originally appeared in the December 2015 issue.

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