When someone asks: “Where shall we go to eat?” chances are I’ll suggest one of the following places shown below. A lot depends on distance and the adventuresome nature of my companions.
I checked my records to see where I’d eaten most often in recent years. Some of the restaurants are close to where I live or shop, which makes them convenient. But many are in the City nearer to where my family lives.
A Work in Progress
I’ve not come close to eating at most of the restaurants in the St. Louis area. It’s a work in progress and I got far behind during the COVID years. So look for updates.
But sometimes people ask what my favorites are, so I thought I’d make a list of those that I’ve found especially appealing to me—so far. (I’m eagerly anticipating Bar Moro (Spanish, Mediterranean on Wydown) and Sado (formerly Nippon Tei moving to The Hill). Both are due to open soon.
Don’t Look for Agreement
Family and friends that I ran this list by, were not always in agreement with my selections, but that just shows the variety of tastes facing the various restaurants. Here are my usual haunts by category, but in no particular order.
If you have a STL favorite, let our local foodies know.
- Thai: Fork & Stix
- Chinese: Corner 17; Soup Dumpling
- Vietnamese: Mai Lee; Banh Mi So (carryout only); Saigon Cafe, Snõ
- Burger: 5-Star Burger in Clayton
- Seafood: Oceana; Peacemaker
- Italian: Anthonino’s Taverna; Cafe Napoli; Louie’s; Charlie Gitto’s; Zia; Adriana’s; Bar Italia
- Mediterranean: Olio; Aya Sophia; Sultan; Sheesh; Pan d’Olive
- Asian: Akar; Indo
- Sandwich: Gioia’s Hot Salami; Banh Mi So #1’s Meatball
- Night Out: Brasserie; The Crossing; Tony’s; Bistro La Floraison; Capital Grill; Sidney Street; Vicia; Acero; Truffles; Elaia; Pepe’s Apt. 2; Scape; Casa don Alfonso
- Fusion: Saucy Porka
- Small Plate: Olio; Benevolent King; Yellowbelly; Bulrush, Crushed Red, Vicia, Little Fox
- Bakery: Diana’s; La Patisserie Chouquette; Nathaniel Reid
- Southern: Grace Meat + 3; Juniper
- Patio Dining: Little Fox, Olio; Cafe Napoli; Brio; Vin de Set; Boathouse; Bishop’s Post; Brasserie; Vicia; Bar Italia, Taco Buddha, John D. McGurk
- Upscale Chain: Brio Italian; Maggiano’s; Bricktop; Bonefish
- Cajun: Broadway Oyster Bar
- Retro: Crown Candy; Piccadilly on Manhattan, Carl’s Drive In
- BBQ: Pappy’s Smoke House
- Breakfast: Southwest Diner; City Coffee & Creperie
- European: Balkan Treat Box; Scottish Arms
- Latin: Maize and Wheat, Havana Cuisine
- Ice Cream: Crown Candy; Ted Drewes; Fountain on Locust
- Pizza: Anthonino’s; Pi Pizza
- Deli: Pickles; Blues City Deli; Mom’s, Fozzie’s Sandwich Emporium, Carl’s Deli
- Mexican: I’m still in search of the ultimate cheese enchilada.
LaRee DeFreece says
Yay! Thank you for this list, my handy new go-to guide for quick decisions. I am always looking for the best chile relleno and so far, it’s at La Fiesta, an old South County hole in the wall.
Thanks for the tip. Let me know if you find a good cheese enchilada.