Guess Where I'm Eating These Brussels Sprouts and Win $20 to La Tejana (UPDATE)

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Brussels sprouts -- but from where?

UPDATE on July 10: It's been a month, and we have no winner, so we're just going to give this answer away. We were dining at Robust Wine Bar in Webster Groves. We're awfully pleased to have evaded detection!

Also, because so many people have indicated problems with our commenting system, we're going to put the next one of these on hold until we can achieve our switch to our new website and new commenting system. We're trying to make that happen as soon as possible, but we suspect it may not be until September. We'll see you then for more giveaway fun.

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Brussels sprouts have become shockingly ubiquitous in recent years. From an unloved vegetable to a small plates must-have, they've been gussied up with everything from a rash of bacon to a fresh-cracked egg and Siracha.

But what caught our eye about this particular presentation is how light and summery it is. No heavy flavors here; at this restaurant, the chef has steamed the wee cabbages and served them with a soft cheese over polenta. Delicious -- and different.

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Guess Where I'm Eating This Pizza and Win $25 to DePalm Tree (UPDATED)

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Where I am eating this pizza, pray tell?

Update: We have a winner! As Robin guessed, we were eating at Thurman Grill & Provisions in the Shaw neighborhood. This was a hard one, so we have to give Robin total props for cracking the mystery.

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St. Louis-style pizza gets no respect. It's been derided as ketchup on a cracker. Deadspin called it a "war crime." Some chick in Dallas who goes under the nom de plume "Foodbitch" pronounced its signature ingredient "bullshit." Such vulgarity!

But sometimes, when you're in a certain mood, nothing else will do but thin crust, tangy sauce and hot Provel. It hits the spot, and then some.

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Guess Where I'm Eating This Eggs Benedict and Win $20 to Apollonia

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Eggs benedict ... but whose?
Is there any brunch dish more ubiquitous than eggs benedict? It's almost the perfect late-morning snack: filling, but not too filling. Eggy, but not boring. It's got carbs, and it's got protein, but not too much of either. It hits all the right notes.

The version we've photographed here includes a bit of twist: Instead of the normal ham slices, it includes two tasty crabcakes. It's a good version for shellfish lovers, and even more apropos on a bright sunny day.

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Guess Where I'm Eating This Flatbread and Win $20 to La Tejana

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Summery weather calls for simple dishes: salads, crab cakes, avocado toast. And because man cannot live on veggies alone, summer also calls for flatbread.

While this dish comes in many sizes and variations, it's typically lighter than pizza and tastier than just pita bread -- and if you get the meaty version, it combines all four food groups in an appetizer you can scarf with your hands.

So where did we eat the flatbread in question?

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Guess Where I'm Eating This Pasta Pomodoro and Win $20 to Chinese Noodle Cafe

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Pasta pomodoro. But where is it from?
UPDATE: Our reader "SuperMegaChoad" was the first to guess this one correctly... the pasta dish in question came from Tavolo V in the Delmar Loop. We've gotten in touch to get him his prize. Go, Choad!

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"Pomodoro" is the Italian word for tomato -- a word that literally translates to "golden apple." And that makes Pasta Pomodoro one of the simplest options on any pasta menu. It typically involves olive oil, fresh tomatoes and basil. Sometimes, as in the preparation depicted above, it'll contain a soft cheese, like goat.

So where did we eat the plate of pasta in question? Could be any one of St. Louis' dozens of Italian restaurants, and we're not about to make things any easier by giving you a hint.

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Guess Where I'm Eating This Shrimp Po'Boy and Win $25 to Cyrano's (UPDATED!)

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A delicious po'boy. Is that side of cucumber salad a clue? You tell us.
UPDATE: We have a winner! As reader Arzzp9 first guessed correctly, the sandwich in question comes from Benton Park Cafe. We'll be sending her prize in the mail shortly. Thanks to all who played, and see you again next week.

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Ah, the classic shrimp po'boy -- a Louisiana invention featuring meat of some sort on a French baguette, crusty on the outside, soft in the middle. Get it dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mayo, and gobble it down.

There's plenty of good 'Nawlins-style food to be had in St. Louis, even at places that don't necessarily specialize in it. Thank the Mississippi, which kept our cultures connected even as St. Louis became identified with the Midwest rather than the South.

Think you know where we ordered this particular po'boy? Leave your best guess in the comments. If you're the first correct answer, we'll give you $25 to Cyrano's (603 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-963-3232).

Rules: To be eligible, you must leave a valid e-mail address (or Twitter handle or Facebook profile URL) in the comment-entry field. One guess per e-mail address. Employees of the restaurant in question and the Riverfront Times are not eligible.

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Guess Where I'm Eating This Pizza and Win $20 to La Tejana [UPDATED]

Neapolitan-style pizza with white bechamel sauce, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Fresh Mozzarella, fresh garlic, fresh rosemary and hand-grated parmesan. | Nancy Stiles

UPDATED: Commenter Pythagoras314 was the first to get it right: We were at Pizzeoli [1928 S 12th Street, Soulard, (314) 449-1111]. Thanks to all who played!

Dare we say it: St. Louis is enjoying a pizza renaissance. We know the trendy food right now is fried chicken, but we're seeing a boom in Neapolitan pizzerias. This is especially good news for those of you who just can't stand St. Louis-style pizza. If you think you know where we got this pizza with white sauce, olive oil, mozzarella, garlic, rosemary and parmesan, you could win free food.

See also: Guess Where I'm Eating This Burger and Win $25 to Cyrano's [UPDATED]

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Guess Where I'm Eating This Burger and Win $25 to Cyrano's [UPDATED]

A classic burger and fries. | Nancy Stiles

There's really nothing better than a great burger. We were lucky enough to visit one of our favorite burger joints last week -- do you know where it was? If you can guess, we'll hook you up with some free food.

UPDATE: Commenter kevindern got it right -- we were at Carl's Drive-In (9033 Manchester Road, Brentwood; 314-961-9652).

See also: Guess Where I'm Eating This Barbecue Plate and Win $50 to Hwy 61 Roadhouse [UPDATED]

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Guess Where I'm Eating This Barbecue Plate and Win $50 to Hwy 61 Roadhouse [UPDATED]

Pulled pork, mac & cheese, bologna and fries. | Nancy Stiles

Ever since the temps have gone up, barbecue has been calling our name. We got a delicious barbecue plate last week with pulled pork and bologna. Think you can guess where we ate it? Be the first to get it right and you'll win some free grub.

[UPDATE:] Commenter sauerpower83 was right -- we were at Salt + Smoke (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-0200).

See also: Guess Where I'm Eating This Tortellini and Win $20 to La Tejana [UPDATED]

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Guess Where I'm Eating This Tortellini and Win $20 to La Tejana

Meat-filled tortellini in a light cream sauce, mushrooms and peas, seasoned with prosciutto. | Nancy Stiles

We are champing at the bit for patio season, but it's just out of our reach. Unfortunately, we ate this hearty tortellini dish inside, but it was still awesome. Think you know where we got it? Take a guess and you could win some free food.

UPDATE: Commenter dudd got it right -- we were at Bar Italia (13 Maryland Plaza; 314-361-7010).

See also: Guess Where I'm Eating Kale Caesar Salad and Win $30 to La Tejana [UPDATED]

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