How to Celebrate Easter 4/20-Style


Easter Sunday is this weekend, and it also happens to be April 20 -- which is, of course, a notorious stoner holiday. Additionally, it's the seventh day of Passover. Luckily, Easter comes with lots of chocolates, candies and marshmallows covered with sugar in the shape of chicks. What could be better? Here are some suggestions for a weed-friendly holiday.

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The Best Easter Brunches in St. Louis: 2014

You should probably pick up some chocolate bunnies at Kakao aftewards. | Crystal Rolfe

Easter Sunday is the mack daddy of all brunches. When we were kids, it was all about the Easter egg hunt. Now it's waffles, bacon and lots of mimosas. It's also a time for many to get together with family, and brunch is an after-church tradition. There are lots of choices for your holiday brunch, but we've rounded up the ones we're dying to try.

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UPDATED Fish Fry Frenzy: A Gut Check Guide

       The famous Mexican fish fry at St. Cecilia's. | Rease Kirchner

Fun's over. It's Lent now, and our beloved Mardi Gras is gone for another year. But hey, that also means fish fries galore. St. Louis has strong Catholic roots, so there are lots of options for those of you who are opting out of meat for the next few Fridays. Check out our list after the jump -- we'll be updating it throughout Lent, but let us know if we missed your favorite.

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The Best Dog-Friendly Restaurant Patios in St. Louis

The tiny but adorable patio at Half & Half in Clayton. | Jennifer Silverberg

The weather we've all been waiting for is here, and you know what that means. Patios! There are few things better than enjoying a good meal in the sunshine. But when it's nice out, Fido wants to come too -- and you're not going to say no to those big, sad eyes. We've rounded up some of our favorite places that have dog-friendly patios. Some even offer dog bowls and treats! Put the leash on, and let's go for a walk.

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Where to Get King Cake for Mardi Gras

       Looks like Mardi Gras to us! | Angie Garrett

Mardi Gras isn't all boobs and beads. This weekend also calls for lots and lots of New Orleans flavor, from gumbo to Hurricanes and of course, king cake. The treat dates back to the 1700s in French Alabama and Louisiana. The name comes from the three kings (the Christmas ones) because believe it or not, Mardi Gras has to do with Easter. Lucky for us, St. Louis was also founded by those Carnival-celebrating Gauls, so there are king cakes galore for this weekend.

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The Gut Check Guide to Anti-Valentine's Day

       You'll need some of this. | Nancy Stiles

Maybe you're single. Maybe you don't need a holiday to show your love. Maybe you just really, really love House of Cards. Whatever it is, it's probably best to avoid any and all restaurants tonight. It'll just make you mad. Follow our guide instead.

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Valentine's Day Do-Over: Your Romantic Date Plan B

       A Valentine-ready tiramisu crepe cake at Crepes, etc. | Crepes etc.

So you forgot to make a reservation for Valentine's Day. Don't panic. There may be some spots left, but we've got a better idea. Lots of places are extending their romantic dinners all weekend or offering alternative activities. We're here to help -- you'll have such a good time, your significant other will forget it isn't actually February 14.

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The Seven Best Vietnamese Restaurants in St. Louis

        Pho for days. | Ian Froeb

Editor's note: It has come to our attention that some of the language in the recommendations below was excerpted from previous Riverfront Times' articles without giving proper credit to the writer who originally reviewed the restaurant. RFT is working on correcting this oversight and ensuring that it won't happen again.

In recent years, a spate of Vietnamese restaurants have popped up, bringing delicious Pho, a spice-filled broth served with noodles, to the masses. And we couldn't be happier. Lemongrass and ginger, rice and noodles, all fresh and remarkably healthy -- here are seven of our favorite spots to grab authentic Vietnamese cuisine.

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The Seven Best St. Louis-Based Chain Restaurants

        A nighthawk's paradise. | Mabel Suen

There are plenty of national chain restaurants in St. Louis, but go to any Midwestern city and you'll find a similar selection. Locally-based chains, however, are unique -- places we can claim as our own, and that usually end up defining (like it or not) St. Louis' culinary identity. Here's a list of some of our favorite restaurants with local origins that are doing their part to de-stigmatize the word "chain."

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

       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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