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The foodie's guide to snacking between screenings

Occupy those empty stomachs at these nearby pit stops


Laura Idle and Jon Westhoff sit in the Uprise Bakery on Hitt Street cutting up tickets and making a calendar for the night's shows at the Ragtag Theater.

March 1, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST

Everybody knows you can get caffeine, food and cocktails from Uprise while at Ragtag. But what can you do when you are west of Hitt Street? Vox breaks the District down by location and shares picks for quick, easy, on-the-go stops that will keep you going during a film-filled weekend.

North of Cherry Street (The Blue Note, Forrest Theater)

ENERGY FIX: Lakota Coffee is offering 20 percent off your total tab when you present a True/False ticket stub. If that’s packed, Coffee Zone and Kaldi’s are close by.

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QUICK BITE: The Forrest Theater is located upstairs from the newly opened Velvet Cupcake. Its triple chocolate ganache or tiramisu cupcakes are customer favorites. “The tiramisu cupcake is so light that you don’t feel like you have to extend the door to get out,” cashier Catie Kelly says. Sparky’s also reopens True/False weekend, offering hearty Nutella crêpes. Broadway Brewery and Red and Moe Pizzeria are both selling pizza by the slice throughout the weekend.

COCKTAILS: Before your evening film, try Vault, a dimly lit upscale bar below the Forrest Theater. It offers happy hour specials from 5 to 8 p.m., which includes $3 martinis and $6 choice cocktails selected by the bartender nightly. The Blue Note also has a full bar open for its film showings.

South of Cherry Street (The Missouri Theatre, The Picturehouse, Jesse Auditorium)

ENERGY FIX: The Picturehouse will have in-house coffee service featuring brews from Lakota. Caffeine doesn’t come only in coffee form, however. YogoLuv, located on the corner of Locust and Ninth streets, sells hot chocolate, the official cure for standing out in the cold. Jesse Auditorium theater goers can always head up Ninth Street to Starbucks, which is gearing up for a frenzied weekend.

QUICK BITE: Sub Shop and Chipotle are ideal places to grab food you can take with you. The Missouri Theatre will also have in-house concessions in the form of soft drinks, beer and light snacks. The Picturehouse will have granola, fruit, yogurt, coffee and juice in the morning as well as salads, sausage and cheese plates, fruit and veggie trays, red and white wines and Missouri beers later in the day. For Noodles & Company, ordering off the American menu is the quickest, manager Rachael Plaggenperg says. Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, Chicken Noodle Soup and Caesar Salad are usually ready to go in five minutes or less.

COCKTAILS: Nothing is faster than a shot, and newly opened The Shot Bar couldn’t be more central (Page 7). Shakespeare’s has a full bar (including bucket-sized mixed drinks). The Heidelberg offers happy hour specials on draft pint beers, Long Island and Long Beach teas (with buy-one-get-one-free appetizers). At both places, expect a mob of college students at the bar on Saturday afternoon. The MU’s men’s basketball team plays Texas Tech at 3 p.m.


We hate to see a grande go to waste. Ragtag Cinema, the Picturehouse and Forrest Theater allow people to bring food and drinks inside the theater. Jesse Auditorium, Missouri Theatre, The Blue Note and the Globe Theater, on the other hand, do not allow outside food and drinks.

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