Best Places in St. Louis to Watch the Super Bowl

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       Seahawks vs. Broncos. | Daniel Spiess

It's that time of year: the biggest game in football. This year, the Denver Broncos will be taking on the Seattle Seahawks. The great thing about the Super Bowl, though, is that it brings people who really don't even care about football together. It's like Thanksgiving, really. A national holiday. We've rounded up some of our favorite spots to watch the big game -- most aren't overtly sports bars, some are having specials, some aren't. Check out our suggestions after the jump and let us know where you'll be watching (and eating).

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Celebrate National Pie Day With the Best Pies in St. Louis

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       Pie Oh My, indeed. | Mabel Suen

We thought pie season was over, what with the holidays behind us and all. We were wrong! Today, January 23, is National Pie Day, and March 14, is, of course, Pi(e) Day. Plus, Tenacious Eats just did a whole movie-dinner built around pies last week. What more reason do you need?

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The 5 Best Biscuits in St. Louis

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       The biscuit at Juniper is pure Southern goodness. | Jennifer Silverberg

The biscuit is one of our favorite sides. But it has a lot of versatility, too -- it can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner, a la carte, smothered with gravy or replace bread in a sandwich. We've chosen a few of our favorites to get you started; these are all places where biscuits are available on their own. Let us know if we missed any in the comments!

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Best Places to Get Hot Chocolate in St. Louis

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We're getting warm just looking at it. | Elsie Hui

Usually we go straight for the booze when we want to warm up, but sometimes you just need to satisfy that sweet tooth. It's the perfect time for hot chocolate, and there are much better offerings around the city than Swiss Miss with fake marshmallows.

See also: Underrated/Overrated: What are St. Louis' Most Underrated Desserts?

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The 5 Best Italian Restaurants (Cheap) in St. Louis

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       Housemade fried cannelloni with tomato sauce at Tavolo V. | Jennifer Silverberg

Italian restaurants can be super-fancy dining. The tablecloths, the expensive wine, the veal. But you can get great Italian food in St. Louis without having to gouge out your paycheck. Go to a traditional (but affordable) place on the Hill or try a new joint from the guys behind the Tavern. Check out our current favorite cheap Italian restaurants to see where you can get some housemade meatballs, Italian wine and good conversation tonight.

See also: The 5 Best Italian Restaurants (Not Cheap) in St. Louis

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The Seven Best Bars for Food

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       Burgers and beers. | Nancy Stiles

Gut Check has had enough of holiday hams and turkeys, cranberry sauce and yams -- we say bring on the bar food. Whether it's greasy or fancy, bar food not only tastes delicious (especially around midnight), but it also comforts. Plus, no dishes and no relatives. We've compiled a list of places that ran the full spectrum -- find a bar that suits you and settle in.

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The 7 Best Eggnog-Flavored Treats to Brighten Your Holiday

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       Hey, it's OK if you don't like the liquid stuff. | Issac Wedin

Sometimes eggnog gets a bad rap. It may be an acquired taste, but there's more to enjoy besides those huge jugs of the pre-made stuff. Even if it's not your drink, plenty of bakeries and restaurants are offering eggnog-flavored treats to get you in the holiday spirit. It's basically the pumpkin spice of December. Check out our favorites after the jump.

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The 5 Best Italian Restaurants (Not Cheap) in St. Louis

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       The can't-miss "Hunter's Egg" at Mad Tomato. | Jennifer Silverberg

Traditionally, St. Louisans looking for great Italian food head straight to the Hill. These days, though, the love is spread out a little bit more. There are still decades-old, classic restaurants on the Hill, but it no longer has a monopoly for that perfect first date spot, complete with pasta and good wine. Check out our current favorites -- and let us know yours in the comments.

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The 5 Best Tapas/Small Plates Restaurants in St. Louis

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       Scallops at Robust. | Corey Woodruff

No, small plates are not going away. Embrace it, because it means you get to eat lots of different stuff, and it's usually paired with great cocktails or wine. Although some people are sticklers for what actually constitutes tapas, we lost that war long ago. Just go with it.

See also: More Than a Mouthful: Joyia Tapas has a lot to offer

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The Five Best Breakfast Spots in St. Louis

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       The most important meal of the day. | Jennifer Silverberg

Unlike its more glamorous sister, brunch, a classic breakfast evokes casual morning comfort. Sure, it's nice to be fancy, but sometimes, you just want to roll out of bed, hair uncombed, pajama pants on, and venture out for some cheesy eggs and strong coffee. Fortunately, St. Louis has a seemingly endless array of choices for the day's most important meal, but all of these options can overwhelm the bleary-eyed. To help with the decision, Gut Check has narrowed the field to the five best breakfast spots in the city.

See Also: The Five Best Brunch Restaurants in St. Louis

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