The ladies who lunch often reside in Ladue, Clayton, Frontenac and Town & Country, and long-time favorite Cardwell's is an oh-so-convenient stop after a morning of running "errands" at Plaza Frontenac. The ambience is casual — feel free to come straight from Pilates — but the food is great, and no one raises an eyebrow if you order a glass (or bottle) of wine at lunch. Bill Cardwell himself writes the menus and mans the stove every day but Sunday, making it a no-brainer for women who demand the best. There's also an outdoor patio where said ladies can nibble on the award-winning calamari or just focus on those midday cocktails. Then it's back to the drudgery of choosing an outfit for whichever benefit or gala is next — luckily, both Saks and Tiffany & Co. are just a few steps away.
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