Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

It's OK to Play with Your Food Variety of Eateries Offer a Little Gamesmanship with the Vittles

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

It's OK to Play with Your Food Variety of Eateries Offer a Little Gamesmanship with the Vittles

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It's the same situation every weekend -- "What do you want to do?" "I don't know, what do you want to do?"

Followed by: "Well, let's get something to eat. Where do you want to go? "I don't care -- where do you want to go?"

There's got to be an alternative to dinner and a movie, you think. Where can a bunch of pseudo-grown-ups go out and do something these days? And what have they got to eat?

Have no fear -- there are plenty of places in St. Louis where you can have something to eat and something to do and talk about as well.

Roll Your Own

Milo's Tavern, tucked away in the heart of The Hill neighborhood, is one of the best places to get out and play. The warm spring evenings and hot summer nights can be spent within the friendly confines of Milo's outdoor bocce garden.

For those unfamiliar with bocce, it lends itself quite well to one-handed participation -- leaving the other free for the food or beverage of your choice.

If you're looking to feed the whole team, order the jumbo-sized serving of 50 wings for only $12.50 -- $15 if you need a pitcher of beer to wash them down. The bocce lanes are free and open nightly until 10:30 p.m.

If you prefer lawn bowling with four walls, a roof, and air conditioning, then Bella Bocce is the place to be. Two indoor lanes are av ailable daily, and reservations are accepted. Each lane rents for $5 an hour.

After you work up an appetite with all of this "physical" activity, try one of the house specialties such as the Tootsie Roll -- grilled salsiccia smothered with beer-broiled green peppers and provel cheese on a warm Italian roll.

Board Stiffs

If you're looking for a quick round of darts, Blueberry Hill in University City is the place. But if you're feeling a little more cerebral in your quest for adventure, plunk down your $5 deposit to rent the pieces to board games such as Monopoly, back gammon or chess. Table tops are inlaid with eight different boards, including Scrabble, Parcheesi, checkers, and Clue.

While you munch on the famed burgers and fries, take a trip back in time to the days when you actually had all the pieces to Mono poly. …

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