While the polar vortex is officially over (we hope), winter isn’t done yet and February is the perfect time to get cozy and enjoy a hearty meal. Whether it’s complemented by live music, cool cocktails, or a great view, Grand Center Arts District has some delicious comfort food options to warm you up from the inside out.

A Toast To Jazz | The Dark Room at The Grandel
Comfort food just tastes better in the company of live music, which is why you must head to The Dark Room to enjoy their version of Shrimp & “Grits” (made with creamy English white cheddar polenta, blistered cherry tomatoes and topped with chili oil), set to the tune of a romantic set.

The Morning After | Turn
Down-home, fresh, and farm-raised, Turn takes comfort food seriously, and their biscuits and gravy – made with fluffy, handmade biscuits and flavorful sage gravy with turkey sausage – are as serious as it gets. Coffee (or a Bloody Mary) completes the cure.

A Casual Affair | Sweetie Pies Upper Crust
Sweetie Pie’s and comfort food are synonymous, so when you head there, you can’t go wrong with any combination at this meat + three. Whatever your main dish, try it with the mac & cheese, mashed potatoes & gravy, and collard greens – and be sure to end your meal with a piece of their signature caramel cake.

A Quick Bite | Best Steak House
The classic, cafeteria-style pre-show staple specializes in food that will stick to your ribs – and ribs! But their best selling 6oz Steak and Monterey Chicken (served with a baked potato, side salad, and Texas toast) is one you need to try the next time you want a hearty and fast meal.

A Romantic Culinary Adventure | Grand Tavern
For comfort food with a “wow” factor, David Burke’s new STL dining concept marries the unexpected in a variety of must-try dishes. For an upscale option, try the Grilled Filet Mignon with BBQ shrimp & grits and cold-weather succotash.

Pre-Show Date Night | LoRusso’s
Their Fettucini Leonardo, named after the family’s first grandson, features the perfect combination of cream, butter, and imported parmesan. Try it with the ravioli starter for a signature, St. Louis-style Italian meal.


The Girl Who Cried ‘Pizza’ | Vito’s Sicilian Pizza & Ristorante
While the pasta is more than tempting, their signature Vito’s pizza will definitely earn a place on your favorites list. For a near-perfect combo of both, try the Mama’s Meatball pizza featuring chunks of their signature handmade meatballs, Italian parsley, and just the right amount of mozzarella cheese.