Trendy Cocktails and Sky-High Sandwiches: The Central West End

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Kopperman's Delicatessen
(386 N. Euclid Avenue; 314-361-0100)
Kopperman's is the quintessential New York delicatessen that just so happens to be a St. Louis institution. This place is serious about sandwiches: they're towering stacks of meats and cheeses, including one of the city's standout roast beef sandwiches ("Love at First Bite"). Oversized antique circus posters have decorated the walls for ages, and the outdoor seating area is maybe the best spot to take in the comings and goings of Euclid. The breakfast/brunch has to be one of the best in St. Louis (including the do-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar). One tip: Kopperman's is open late into the night on weekends, which means potato pancakes and slingers are waiting after you're kicked out of the bars.

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Dressel's
(419 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361-1060)
Though located at the far northern end of Euclid, Dressel's is the heart of the CWE. The Welsh-pub-inspired atmosphere is one of the very best spots in town for a pint of good beer and cultured conversation. But what's more, the food is creative and delicious. The dishes are simple but elegant and deeply flavored -- not traditional pub fare. The pretzels are perhaps the pub's best-known menu item, having been named the Best in St. Louis by the RFT, which should be all you need to hear. But if that's not enough, the food is locally sourced whenever possible, which makes specific recommendations difficult because the menu changes with the seasons. But we can pretty much guarantee that no matter when you go, Dressel's will bring its A game.

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