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St. Louisans now have three more good reasons not to get their morning latte at the java chain drive-thru.

 

The latest venture from Mike Randolph of The Good Pie fame, Half & Half recently opened at 8135 Maryland Ave. in Clayton, taking over the space that used to house Manjelou’s Pizzeria. The new shop features a coffee bar with a rotating list of caffeinated beverages, as well as a menu of breakfast and lunch offerings. Mike Marquard, formerly of Kaldi’s, is the general manager and all-around “coffee guru,” so customers are sure to get a quality cup of joe.

Lafayette Square favorite Park Avenue Coffee recently opened a second location downtown at 417 N. Tenth St. The menu is delightfully identical to the original and includes its signature gooey butter cake, named the city’s best on Food Network’s “Food Feuds.” The new space has about twice the seating of the original location.

For an out-of-the-box coffee or lunch break, look no further than Shameless Grounds, one of the latest additions to hit Benton Park at 2650 Sidney St. A venue to enjoy good food and drink in a friendly, sex-positive atmosphere, the biz is touted as a place to hold classes, workshops and social gatherings. But whatever your reason for visiting, don’t miss the expansive lending library with a variety of material related to human sexuality, entertainment and education for a true out-of-the-coffee-shop experience.

 

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Snickers Gooey Butter Cake at Park Avenue Coffee

Snickers Gooey Butter Cake at Park Avenue Coffee

 

Photo credit: By Bill Pappas

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