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Cooking Light Best Cities: St. Louis, Missouri

A list of must-sees, must-dos, and must-eats.

A love for local produce and healthful activities keeps this urban center well fed and on the move. You'll find outstanding architecture, unique neighborhoods, live music from opera to the blues, and plenty of parks.

Stroll up Delmar Boulevard to The Loop neighborhood. Here you'll find one of the first restaurants in St. Louis to focus on cooking with local products. Riddles Penultimate Café and Wine Bar (314-725-6985, offers a rotating daily menu that highlights the best of what's in season. Items like limited availability Black Forest ambrosia (cantaloupe grown on the banks of the Missouri River in Augusta, wrapped in paper-thin slices of Black Forest ham smoked on the south side of St. Louis) keep this venerable eatery packed.

Forest Park (314-367-7275,, at 1,293 acres, is one of the country's largest urban parks. For a guided, narrated bike tour, call City Cycling Tours (314-616-5724, They provide the gear needed and offer a 10-mile tour featuring 18 stops.

Just a few miles from Forest Park lies Tower Grove Park (314-771-2679, Its 289 acres of meandering paths give visitors places to picnic and pause. You'll find more than 325 varieties of trees scattered through the park (7,500 in all-the greatest variety in any of the country's urban parks.)