Tony's, St. Louis, MO

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Tony's may actually be the city’s best restaurant, period. With the casual trend sweeping America, jacket-and-tie joints can at times seem like a lost art. Not so here. This downtown St. Louis institution goes back to the 1940s and, along with a mandatory dress code, it upholds another lost art: tableside preparations. There's an extensive wine list and a menu featuring upscale versions of old-school Italian: ziti, scampi, and osso buco. One of Tony's signatures is the lobster albanello served in a white wine cream sauce with shallots and mushrooms. But there's a five-course tasting menu for two with wine pairings for $210—if you'd rather someone make up your mind for you.

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Tony's, St. Louis, MO

Tony's may actually be the city’s best restaurant, period. With the casual trend sweeping America, jacket-and-tie joints can at times seem like a lost art. Not so here. This downtown St. Louis institution goes back to the 1940s and, along with a mandatory dress code, it upholds another lost art: tableside preparations. There's an extensive wine list and a menu featuring upscale versions of old-school Italian: ziti, scampi, and osso buco. One of Tony's signatures is the lobster albanello served in a white wine cream sauce with shallots and mushrooms. But there's a five-course tasting menu for two with wine pairings for $210—if you'd rather someone make up your mind for you.

saucecafe.com/tonys

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