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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED St. Louis Steakhouse Restaurant Review: St. Louis Steakhouse is often seen in the newspaper column that covers the movin'-and-shakin' gang. Located near Silly Hall and the courts, it was originally a Ruth's Chris; when lease problems arose, someone else stepped in to make sure the lawyers and politicians didn't become malnourished. Mostly, it hasn't changed much. The subterranean décor is opulent and white-tablecloth, but guys in open collars, even polo shirts, are welcome. Diners are mostly male, with a generous sprinkling of couples after work or an afternoon event at Busch Memorial Stadium or Kiel Center, each a few blocks away. The menu is traditional steakhouse, with a few riffs in the direction of seafood, but you should go here for slabs of steer and Ruth's New Orleans habit, rather peculiar to us, of offering them with melted butter on top. The quality, butter or not, is high, and all are large enough to feed a battalion, but fall short of the excellence the prices demand. Caesar salad has a good, traditional dressing, but croutons can be stale. A seared tuna appetizer scores with a ginger-mustard dressing. All the traditional sides, and a few non-traditional ones, like a baked sweet potato, can be excellent, but they are priced separately (and very steeply). The kitchen cooks steaks well, but the plates are dangerously hot, which continues the cooking; we've seen plates removed to reveal scorch marks on the tablecloth. Still, perhaps because of the location, this place gets a lot of traffic.