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husband's birthday dinner in STL....help!

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My hubs and I just moved to St Louis, and I'd love to take him somewhere great for his birthday dinner. He likes everything, but what really piques his interest are places that are unique, non-chain. Really likes veg and seafood, likes beef but it's not usually the first thing he'll gravitate to on a menu. I would say that he also tend to like places that are ethnic or ethnic inspired, but that's not a deal-breaker. I'd like to take him somewhere nice, but not too formal. Places we have recently enjoyed on the casual side include Pho Grand, Yemanji, Flaco's Cocina.....any suggestions?

Another thought I has was to take him to a winery that has a great restaurant on site, but I'm not having much luck finding anything yet......

thanks!

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  1. Casual but very nice, not horribly expensive (entrees low $20s), specializing in seafood -- Oceano Bistro in Clayton on Maryland. One of you order the scallops, the other get the mussels (listed as a starter, but a very large portion), get the spinach as a side, and share. If it is a nice evening, request a table on their streetside patio section. Be sure to leave room for dessert -- the bread pudding with caramel sauce was a highlight. Their website includes a menu with prices: www.oceanobistro.com.

    1. Since birthdays should be special, I suggest The Boathouse in Forest Park. You get to view the lake, and the food is good.

      1. Sidney Street Cafe is, in my mind, one of the top two restaurants in STL. Eclectic and impeccably prepared menu, plenty of fish, upscale casual environment in old brick building in Benton Park, and best of all the bread they serve before the meal is a very fresh basket of beignets with a slightly sweet herb butter. I would go for the beignets alone. http://www.sidneystreetcafe.com/

        1. Niche, Niche, Niche, The Crossing, Niche, An American Place, Niche, Sidney St. Cafe, Vin de Set, 1111, Niche(detect a trend here?) For a special event, not formal, just excellent food, done creatively and well.

          1. Trattoria Marcella is where we celebrate since coming to St. Louis . They seem to have the best italian in town and prices are always right.