St. Louis Restaurants

Hello all! This is my first post of my new blog. I’m from St. Louis and one of the questions and concerns I often hear is where to eat in St. Louis. I’ve put this list of places to eat in St. Louis numerous times so I’ve posted it hear for the world to see. I’ll update as I recall items.

Downtown Area:
Mike Shannon’s – a solid, unpretentious steakhouse
Mosaic Modern Fusion – the soups are good. The food can be hit and miss but the soups are good. 🙂
Mango – Peruvian that I liked
Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar – only get beer, not wine here. Try the Cooper’s Vintage Ale from Australia. Hard to find and they have it! The food is decent too. Just an all around fun place.
Sen Thai – may favorite STL Thai place. Try the drunken noodles if you like some spice and to “get drunk on the flavor”
Broadway Oyster Bar – like the name, the oysters are pretty good when they’re in season. Fun jazz/blues place and kinda feels like you’re in New Orleans.

Soulard/Benton Park Area:
Niche – this is probably STL’s nicest and most famous restaurant. The chef got top 10 new chefs in America a few years ago and made his restaurant somewhat famous. They sometimes try too hard but often they nail it. A bit expensive for STL but nice and usually worth it
Yemanja Brasil – solid Brazilian. Get the caiprihna (sp?) and a driver home. 🙂
Chava’s – damn, I love their salsa! Fish tacos are good but just great little neighborhood Mexican place to get a drink and taco
John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub – on the surface just another Irish pub and the food overall is fine but nothing special BUT… the Irish owner flies in small Irish bands to play downstairs while hosting them upstairs in an apartment. The patio is amazing and open year round. The potato soup is awesome.
International Tap House (i-Tap) – not a food place but they’ll let you order and have things delivered. They have menus. Ridiculous beer selection… huge! Lot’s of fun and bars around if you want to hop a bit
Clementine’s Bar – this is an older gentleman’s gay bar but the crab cakes in the restaurant are my absolute favorite. At least they were the last time I was there. The food as a whole is pretty good and reasonable too.

“The Hill” and surrounding areas:
Modesto – My favorite tapas place in STL
Farm Haus – amazing! a new addition to STL and the guy flys in FRESH seafood from the Gulf twice a week

Central West End (CWE) / Midtown Area:
The Good Pie – arguably my favorite pizza in STL. They imported an oven from Naples, Italy and make then Italian style, including the optional over easy egg on your pizza. Try it, it’s wonderful!
Vito’s – good Italian college (St. Louis Univ.) food
Pappy’s – I’ve never actually eaten here since I don’t eat meat but I’m told by many they have the best BBQ
Brasserie by Niche – see above about Niche in Soulard. A cheaper, tasty, French restaurant.
Tortillaria – good tacos
Pickles Deli – wonderful little deli. I love the rye and pretzel breads
Sub Zero Vodka Bar – an interesting bar. My NYC friend that now lives in Chicago is still amazed that larger cities like NYC and Chicago don’t have this kind of a place. They have a crazy large selection of vodkas around the world. They also serve OK sushi and American fare that is fine but nothing special
Brennan’s / Maryland House (at Brennan’s, upstairs and unmarked) – no food but if you like a fun place with decent wines/beers, check these out. Very unique and the clocks on the wall at Brennan’s are freaking funny

Other Area:
Dewey’s Pizza – this is technically a small regional chain out of Ohio I think. I love their green lantern and Socrates’s revenge pizzas

Let me know what you think in the comments!


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Hello! In my mind I'm a slightly shy, friendly geek. I enjoy having fun, socializing, technology, traveling, and all things related. These are my related musings.
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