Eat out at one of 100-something restaurants in the greater St. Louis area on Thursday, and you won't just be filling your belly.
You'll also be contributing at least one-fourth of your check to support the work of Saint Louis Effort for AIDS -- the local nonprofit agency that provides services for those suffering from HIV, and also works to prevent its spread.
This year's Dining Out for Life will be the 22nd annual iteration. Last year's raised $240,000 locally.
And for those of you who insist on going for extra credit, and who aren't content simply to see a 25 percent donation, here's a cheat sheet to the restaurants going above and beyond. Some have promised to donate 50 percent of your bills; others, 35 percent. Either way, it's a really good way to help a really important cause.
Committed to 50 percent donation Baileys' Chocolate Bar -- dinner Bailey's Range -- lunch, dinner Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar -- lunch, dinner The Fountain on Locust -- lunch, dinner Miss Leon's -- dinner Molly's in Soulard -- dinner Pappy's Smokehouse -- lunch, dinner Pickles Deli - CWE -- breakfast, lunch, dinner Pickles Deli - Downtown -- breakfast, lunch Rehab Bar and Grill -- lunch, dinner Rooster -- breakfast, lunch Rooster South Grand -- breakfast, lunch Shameless Grounds -- breakfast, lunch, dinner Small Batch -- dinner
Committed to 35 percent donation Chava's Mexican Restaurant -- lunch, dinner Katie's Pizza & Pasta Osteria (Rock Hill) -- dinner Mathew's Kitchen -- lunch, dinner Olympia Kebob House & Taverna -- lunch, dinner The Purple Martin -- dinner SqWires -- lunch, dinner Tucker's Place Soulard -- dinner Tucker's Place West -- dinner
See the complete list of participating restaurants. And then go spend some money!
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