maryland lump crabcakes at oceano bistro photo by dave moore

4 delicious St. Louis deals for $10 or less

1. Oceano Bistro in Clayton offers seafood so fresh, you’d think we were all living on the coast. Visit Monday through Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. or Saturdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and sample signature appetizers for as little as $6. Try the Maryland lump crabcakes served with roasted red pepper and chipotle aioli or the amber glazed salmon flatbread. Get a little more bite for you buck and spend $10 for blackened big eye tuna rolls or jumbo coconut shrimp.

2. Sometimes after work, you just want to nibble, not nosh. Llywelyn’s in St. Charles has small bites available that pair well with its amazing draft beer list. For only $5, get a generous portion of Nashville-style hot chicken alongside a Belgian waffle with maple syrup, Southwest eggrolls stuffed with chicken and veggies or crispy fried artichokes served with Parmesan and a balsamic reduction.

caipirinhas from texas de brazil // photo by caitlin lally

3. Patio season is so popular in St. Louis, it could be considered a city holiday. Celebrate the weather at the new outdoor space at Texas de Brazil at The Galleria and try out its new happy-hour menu, complete with budget friendly small plates and drink specials, available Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sip on $5 caipirinhas – the national drink of Brazil – made with lime and cachaça, while noshing on the Brazilian “antipasti:” lobster bisque, bites of Brazilian sausages, bacon-wrapped filet mignon, garlic sirloin and more.

4. Weber Grill Restaurant in The Galleria is the perfect place for barbecue enthusiasts to learn more about the craft and try some delicious smoked meat. Get a taste at Weber’s insanely budget-friendly happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. It features house-smoked salmon dip, hickory-smoked beef brisket nachos and teriyaki-glazed skirt steak skewers, all for just $5. Only have a handful of change at your disposal? Snag a black Angus cheeseburger slider for a $2.

Kevin Korinek is a freelance journalist and photographer.