This year’s FEAST 50 draws a colorful picture of the St. Louis dining and drinking landscape. No list of St. Louis’ favorite destinations is complete without a stop in The Loop, and readers illustrated just how much they enjoyed the Three Kings Public House for comfort food.

If you’re interested in dining there, too, we suggested making a day out of it by checking out The Loop’s Second Annual Chalk Festival. On Sat., Sept. 1 – or Sun., Sept., 2, if there’s rain – artists of all levels will converge for the festival. Adults, students and kids who register will receive all the supplies they need and a place to create their colorful images. There will be prizes that range from gift certificates from various Loop businesses to cold, hard cash.

Round out your art-filled day with equally creative dishes at Three Kings. A starter with a little something for everyone is the Middle Eastern Sampler. The platter that arrives is loaded dolmas, stuffed grape leaves that are tender and savory; a roasted head of garlic; red pepper hummus; grilled eggplant relish; tzatziki; and grilled flatbread. The elements on the plate are worthy of mixing and stacking so that every bit has a different burst of flavor.

For dinner, the Moroccan Spiced Pork Shanks make for a satisfying, soulful meal that gets better bite after bite. The fall-off-the-bone pork shanks (three to an order) are at once savory and sweet, and the meat mixes beautifully with the apricot and date chutney and Israeli couscous dotted with just-crisp-enough veggies.

Three Kings Public House, 6307 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.721.3355,

Every Thursday, Amy Burdge recommends a restaurant to attend before a local cultural event for a great night out. Missed one of her Dinner & A Show columns? Get them all here. Outside of FEAST, Burdge writes Eat It, St. Louis!, a blog dedicated to the pure love of food, the artistry and passion of those who create it and the sheer experience it provides.

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