4 delicious food-and-drink deals for $10 or less in St. Louis

1. Basso at The Cheshire celebrates classic Italian fare with modern American flair, offering shareable plates and a drink menu that includes more than 60 craft beers. Check out its happy hour menu Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. and enjoy budget-friendly specials on drinks and appetizers, or sink your teeth into one of its delicious, wood-fired pizzas for a hot $7.

cocktail at taste // photo by andrew trinh for taste

2. With a phenomenal menu of snacks and crave-worthy small plates, Taste in the Central West End provides intimate digs for first dates, meetings with long-lost friends and endless conversation. Get your week off the ground and enjoy an aperitif from its classic cocktail menu for only $7 on Monday. Choose from drinks like a crisp Paloma made with grapefruit and tequila, or something with a little more bite like a gin martini.

chicken tenders at southern // photo courtesy of southern

3. School is back in session, and Southern in Midtown is giving college students a study break with its Welcome Back Special. This month, aspiring scholars with a valid student ID can stop by the Midtown chicken shack from 2 to 4 p.m. and late lunch on two chicken tenders, a side and a drink for only $6.50. But be smart about it; the offer is only good until Sept. 30.

burger at peacock diner // photo courtesy of peacock diner

4. While we’re all anxiously awaiting to ride the actual trolley, Peacock Diner on the Delmar Loop entices our taste buds with a unique menu item. This month, try the special Loop Trolley Burger for only $8.50. Two fresh, ground beef patties, topped with melted cheddar cheese, crisp bacon, a crunchy onion ring and glazed with homemade barbecue sauce. Ding ding!

Kevin Korinek is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine.