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I know this is last minute -- but maybe there are some folks out there who can help.

Just found out two friends from the DC Area will be stopping in STL just tonight (3.22) as they drive across country. They called this morning and want me to pick a great dinner place and maybe some place for after drinks.

I've relatively new to STL myself so I'm looking for some help. I'm in the South City area -- so I'd like to stay in the city or no further than UCity. I was thinking some places in The Grove?

Here is what they want:

Good food -- maybe something they've never tried before (they are adventuresome eaters)

One of them mentioned "I'd rather have an funky hole in the wall with great food than any place trendy."

Reasonable price (entrees no more than the $15 range)

Fun atmosphere -- we are in our mid-30s -- but nothing super dressy

Good cocktails or a good bar near by

I know those requirements are super vague - but they do rule out some places.

I was thinking of a place like MoMos -- but I've been there so many times I'd personally like to try something new.

Any suggestions?

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  1. Have you tried The Pitted Olive on S. Hampton? They're right around $15 an entree, and have a nice little wine list.

    http://www.thepittedolivedeli.com/din...

    Newstead Tower Public House may be another good option for you.

    http://www.newsteadtowerpub.com/

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    1. re: sheriffblalock

      Love the Pitted Olive but, unfortunately, they are closed for a week starting today. (We were hoping to go there tonight until I discovered this sad bit of news.) Iron Barley is a great suggestion. Let us know where you ended up.

    2. Take 'em to Iron Barley. It's south city and definitely funky, w/ good and hearty food, and a fun vibe. Search the board for comments about it and check their website.

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      1. re: Wayno

        Or Stellina Pasta close to Hampton and Watson. Not as funky, but really good.

      2. Thanks everyone. We ended up dining at Everest Cafe and Bar in The Grove and having drinks at the Atomic Cowboy afterwards. It was fun.