Dogtown: Where to Eat and Drink In St. Louis' Hibernian Hot Spot
(1420 Tamm Avenue; 314-647-6000)
Erika Frank is a born artist. Her canvas is cake, fondant and buttercream, and she produces true works of art. Her mastery of the craft began so early that she did, in fact, complete a wedding cake at age fourteen Since then, she has put a greater emphasis on the decorative side of baking, with elaborate, innovative designs -- that innovation is what has made the business a success, and has kept Frank and her team immensely busy during wedding season. Call for a custom order or go in for cookies, cupcakes, cakewiches, double deckers or specialty flavor cupcakes (pumpkin, lemon, strawberry, banana and red velvet).
- Ericka Frank of the Cakery and the Cup: Recipe for German Chocolate Icing
Tamm Avenue Grille
(1227 Tamm Avenue; 314-261-4902)
Tamm Avenue Grille is a solid addition to the Dogtown neighborhood -- lots of patio space, a simple menu with a pick-your-toppings option for both the pizza and pasta, and friendly service. For dessert, go with a slice of chocolate peanut butter pie, rich and delicious. One of the favorites here is the pulled-pork nachos that go particularly well with a rotating selection of drafts doled out by attentive bartenders.
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1121 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO