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Schlafly Tap Room

The Schlafly Tap Room has been open for almost a quarter-century now, and 1991 will always be a landmark in the history of St. Louis craft brewing. For the restaurant, however, rather than the beer, the year I celebrate is 2008. That’s when Andy White took over the kitchen, improving the food with the skills he’d honed in such upscale restaurants as Harvest and Balaban’s. This is still pub fare — fish and chips, pretzels with white-cheddar sauce, shepherd’s pie — but it’s really delicious pub fare. You certainly can’t go wrong with the Tap Room burger or the fried bologna and egg sandwich with a side of top-notch fries.