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St. Louis Business Dinner Recomendations?

Dallas-based Chowhound heading to St. Louis next week for business . . . have one night (unfortunately a Sunday) for a nice meal on the company;s dime. I'll be dining with two co-workers of whom have far less culinary interests than I. Long story short, I need some help with recommendations for a great meal on a Sunday night (probably around 9:30pm or 10pm) that would not be too frou-frou.

After reading the boards here it seems clear that places like Niche, Terrene, Atlas, Franco etc all serve great food, but would they be too romantic for three male co-workers to grab some dinner. These guys would probably be happy with a good steak (or any grilled meats), a good plate of pasta etc.

If I had the choice to myself, Niche or Terrene seem like great foodie options. Would "regular guys" hate these places? Is King Louie a good option? Or LoRusso's? Is Seamus McDaniel's to be avoided? Is Iron Barley purely for tourists?

We definitely do NOT want a touristy place and we have a rental car . . . so driving is not a problem. We'll be staying right near the Gateway Grizzlies minor league ballpark (I-255 exit 15 Mousette Lane).

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide us!

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  1. I think you have the right places. My personal favorites are Atlas, Niche, and King Louie.

    Iron Barley is very good, I doubt there are very many tourists going there. It is kind of a small space though.

    Now, one plus for Terrene is that if they didn't like the dinner, the Scottish Arm is right down the street and you can do some drinking there, English beers, Scottish scotch, and cigars, very macho.

    I really like Niche a lot, you can indulge in a red meat blood lust there, I don't think that will be a problem.

    1. I would have strongly backed the Iron Barley recommendation (and no, I don't think it's a particularly touristy place), but I'm fairly certain that they are not open on Sunday. You might want to double check www.saucecafe.com (which has a listing of St. Louis restaurants) for Sunday hours, it could narrow down your choices quite a bit.
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      1. Finding a meal at 10:00 PM on a Sunday is a problem. Since you are staying out in the boonies, I suggest you head to downtown to Mike Shannon's Steak and Seafood at 620 Market Street, which is open later than most places (the bar is open until 3:00 AM). It is a iconic restaurant in a new location near Busch Stadium, but still has the feel that Frank Sinatra may be dropping in for a steak dinner...

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        1. re: Doug

          Mike Shannon's has great steaks but it is definitely on the touristy side.

          1. re: Doug

            How late is the Frontenac Cardwell's open? My wife and I always sort of use it as our defacto weird time slot meal, because it's practically always open since it's in a mall (albeit a hoity toity an upscale mall).

            1. re: bobzemuda

              Lunch
              Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
              Dinner
              Monday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
              Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
              Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

              http://www.saucemagazine.com/cardwell...

          2. If you like prime rib, I would suggest Kreis Steakhouse on Lindbergh

            1. Kreis's is excellent for Prime Rib. Annie Gunn's is excellent. Your Sunday night is going to be a huge problem. Dinner is almost non-existent at that hour on a Sunday.... Iron Barley is not touristy at all. I doubt if any tourists know about it.O'Connels would be a great choice for a burger or even better the Roast Beef. It may actually be open on Sunday night also...

              FOTD

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              1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

                Thanks to everyone here on your great feedback. I started checking the hours of operation for several of the aforementioned restaurants and you're indeed correct . . . getting a good meal at 10pm on a Sunday in St. Louis (or any city outside of NYC I would assume) is a difficult task. I'll run Mike Shannon's, Kreis's, Annie Gunn's, O'Connell's etc past my co-workers and see what I can sell them on.

                Thanks again St Louis Chowhounds . . .you folks are VERY helpful. If anyone needs any Dallas, TX recs, please contact me and I'm happy to help.