Whether you're planning a dinner-and-a-movie date or looking for a quick bite before or after a film — though definitely not anything you have snuck in to eat during the movie — restaurant critic Ian Froeb suggests some restaurants near the area's cinemas.
Where Chase Park Plaza Cinemas, 212 North Kingshighway
The Hi-Pointe Theatre is within walking distance of Hi-Pointe Drive-In and the Cheshire, home of Basso and Boundary. A longer walk or a very short drive brings you to the magnificent Louie. You had better plan ahead for dinner at Louie, though.
Where Hi-Pointe Theatre, 1005 McCausland Avenue
AMC Esquire 7
Grab an Italian beef, chicken Parmesan or other sandwich at Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium, or sit down for a hearty dinner of tagliatelle with Bolognese at the revived Del Pietro's. You are also not far from the Cheshire, where Nick Blue (Sardella, Sugarfire Smoke House) has given Boundary a new menu.
Where AMC Esquire 7, 6706 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights
The 24:1 Cinema is about a five-minute drive from the Delmar Loop and its numerous restaurants (see the Tivoli Theatre entry that follows), but if you drive west on Page Avenue into Overland, you can dine at STL 100 honoree Taqueria Durango or my favorite wing restaurant in St. Louis, O! Wing Plus. (Get the Beast Mode wings if you like heat.)
Where Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City
The play here is to leave the Saint Louis Galleria and Richmond Heights entirely for nearby Brentwood and go to Mai Lee or, if you want something quicker, Lion's Choice. If you don't want to venture that far, try Yen Ching across the street from the mall.
Where Galleria 6, 1155 Saint Louis Galleria, Richmond Heights
AMC Classic Creve Coeur 12 and Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Where Marcus Des Peres Cinema, 12701 Manchester Road, Des Peres
AMC Dine-In West Olive 16
OK, so you are probably not grabbing a bite to eat before or after going to a dine-in theater. But if you are, the AMC Dine-In West Olive 16 is close to two Indian restaurants, Mayuri and Anis Hyderabad House, as well as the turkey- and chicken-intensive barbecue restaurant, Gobble Stop Smokehouse.
Where AMC Dine-In West Olive 16, 12657 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur