May 7, 2022
St. Louis, MO

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St. Louis is a patchwork of neighborhoods and municipalities, each with its own stories and soul. While you're visiting, here are a handful of household favorites. You can tell we like to eat.

Venice Café

1903 Pestalozzi Street, St. Louis, MO 63118
, (314) 772-5994

Not to be missed. Live music, one of the finest bathrooms in the city located on the 2nd floor, and drinks both low and high brow. Be sure to check out the patio, even if it's a little bit chilly. You'll find new things here every time you visit.

Small Change STL

2800 Indiana Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63118

Stepchild of Planter's House, Small Change pairs elevated cocktails with hoosier staple pints, and a killer happy hour.

Bluewood Brewing

1821 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118
, (314) 261-4079

Solid craft brewery steps away from the venue.

The Mud House

2101 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118
, (314) 776-6599

Home to one of Maddi's favorite breakfast sandwiches, great house-roasted coffees, and a fantastic espresso. Try the breakfast burrito!

Courtesy Diner

3153 South Kingshighway Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63139
, (314) 776-9059

A late night favorite. If you've never had a slinger (STL specialty; don't let the Chicagoans try to take credit), this is your opportunity. Cash only, and open 24 hours. If you forget to bring bills, there's an ATM.

Mayo Ketchup

2001 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104
, (314) 696-2699

Delicious semi-authentic Puerto Rican fare. Can't go wrong with anything here, but strongly recommend a plate of empanadas, the cubano, jibarito, buffalo tostones, and red beans and rice.

O'Connell's Pub

4652 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
, (314) 773-6600

Home to one of our favorite pub style burgers. Grab some fried mushrooms and onion rings with house-made mayfair dressing, a burger with cheddar, and a shot of Tully and a Civil Life Brown.

Eovaldi's Deli

2201 Edwards Street, St. Louis, MO 63110
, (314) 771-5707

St. Louis' own Satriale's. Giant, affordable Italian sandwiches.

DiGregorio's Italian Market

5200 Daggett Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
, (314) 776-1062

Great Italian market for cold cuts, imports, wine, memorabilia and knickknacks.

Civil Life Brewing Co.

3714 Holt Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63116

Order the Brown Ale.

4 Hands Brewing Co

1220 South 8th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104
, (314) 436-1559

Home to some of the most vibrant craft beers in St. Louis. Quite respectable kitchen program ran by Peacemaker.

Hair of the Dog

1212 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103
, (314) 241-3644

Classic dive bar Downtown.

Irish Corner Pub

1900 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118
, (314) 899-0000

Stalwart for pub grub and pints of Civil Life Brown. Steps from the venue.

Forest Park

5595 Grand Drive, St. Louis, MO 63112

Home to free museums and attractions. Take advantage of the Art Museum, which is one of the best in the country. The Zoo is huge, and free, and luckily, the weather should not be swelteringly hot. The Missouri History Museum also offers fresh and innovative programming.

Gioia's Deli

1934 Macklind Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
, (314) 776-9410

Visit for an epic sandwich. Gioia's makes their salami in-house daily. If you like us, order it toasted on garlic cheese bread with Provel, topped with a ton of lettuce, onion, black olives, giardiniera, and oil and vinegar. Also, skip the long line by ordering online and picking up at their walk-up to go order window.

Grace Meat + Three

4270 Manchester Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
, (314) 533-2700

Order the fried chicken extra hot.

Don Carlos Restaurant

2800 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118
, (314) 773-1707

Our favorite spot for street tacos. Quaint, reasonably priced, and has a market attached.

Sister Cities Cajun

3550 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63118
, (314) 405-0447

Household favorite for cajun cuisine. Humungous patio, recipes and seafood straight from New Orleans. Locals might think of Broadway Oyster Bar first, but this is a sleeper.

White Castle

1002 South Vandeventer Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
, (314) 533-3530

A guilty pleasure. Bonus points for 24/7 breakfast!

The Gramophone

4243 Manchester Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
, (314) 531-5700

Home to some of the largest, and best sandwiches in St. Louis. Bonus points for being open until 3AM.

Pie Guy Pizza

4189 Manchester Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
, (314) 899-0444

Great spot for NY style pizza by the slice, and one of our favorite salads, the STL Chop. Attached to Gezellig, a bottle house full of hundreds of a la carte beers, as well as a solid draft offering.

Angad Arts Hotel

3550 Samuel Shepard Drive, St. Louis, MO 63103
, (314) 561-0033

Great rooftop views with a bar and bites.

Sophie's Artist Lounge

3333 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103
, (314) 710-5647

Great DJ vibes, sippable cocktails, small open-air rooftop.

The Scottish Arms

8 South Sarah Street, St. Louis, MO 63108
, (314) 535-0551

By far the best brunch in the city.

Sugarfire Smoke House

605 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63101
, (314) 394-1720

Classic STL style BBQ with creative sandwiches and sides

Chris' @ The Docket

100 North Tucker Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63101
, (314) 977-4615

No frills breakfast, endless mimosas and bloody marys.

Blondie's Coffee & Wine Bar

1301 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103
, (314) 241-6100

Great coffee, street and people watching, and bites.


1025 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63101
, (314) 241-8118

Brunch mainstay Downtown. Expect long lines.

The Crow's Nest

7336 Manchester Road, Maplewood, MO 63143
, (314) 781-0989

Metal themed dive pub and home of Heavy Metal Brunch on the weekends. Don't miss the chili cheese waffle fries and cheese curds.

Southwest Diner

6803 Southwest Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63143
, (314) 260-7244

Fantastic New Mexico-inspired breakfast, brunch, lunch, mimosas and bloodies. Get the breakfast burrito 'christmas style', the Fiery Scramble, or the green chili smash burger. Really can't go wrong with anything here.

The Dam

3173 Morgan Ford Road, St. Louis, MO 63116
, (314) 771-3173

Low brow smash burgers and Belgian dip fries. Immediately next door to Amsterdam, a divey football pub with large patio. The Dam will happily deliver to you as you sip on a Civil Life Brown.

The Bellwether

1419 Carroll Street, St. Louis, MO 63104
, (314) 380-3086

New-American entrees and appetizers and some handmade pastas, coupled with a massive open air 3rd floor patio make this spot a standout.

Frazer's Restaurant & Lounge

1811 Pestalozzi Street, St. Louis, MO 63118
, (314) 773-8646

Solid new American spot for great cocktails, appetizers, and entrees.


1641D Tower Grove Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
, (314) 899-9333

Incredible nigiri, sashimi, and southeast asian fusion and small plates.

Planter's House

1000 Mississippi Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104
, (314) 696-2603

Incredible drinks, barreled bourbons. Do not miss the dill fries, sambal eggs, or thighs and fries.

Wei Hong Bakery

3175 South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63118
, (314) 773-8318

Order the Chinese Style Hot Braised Chicken and bring some tissues.


7930 Olive Boulevard, University City, MO 63130
, (314) 925-8711

For when you need to clear your sinuses with some delicious authentic Sichuan cuisine.

Blueberry Hill

6504 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63130
, (314) 727-4444

No frills pub grub with darts, low brow tap list, arcade games and pop culture memorabilia displays.

Mom's Deli

4412 Jamieson Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109
, (314) 644-1198

Snag a Mom's Special and a can of Vess.

Trattoria Marcella

3600 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63109
, (314) 352-7706

Our favorite Italian in St. Louis. We've had many an anniversary dinner here. Handmade pastas, great appetizers, killer drinks. Free hummus for the table!

Lion's Choice

1605 South Hanley Road, St. Louis, MO 63144
, (314) 644-6340

The greatest location. A St. Louis born roast beef sandwich chain. Arby's lovers be damned!

Olive + Oak

216 West Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119
, (314) 736-1370

Killer menu. Literally everything here is great.

Peacemaker Lobster & Crab

1831 Sidney Street, St. Louis, MO 63104
, (314) 772-8858

Home to a James Beard awarded chef, Peacemaker has a killer seafood lineup that is freshly flown in daily. Awesome raw bar.

Brasserie by Niche

4580 Laclede Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108
, (314) 454-0600

The greatest roasted chicken, ever, lives here. Warm French vibes. Escargot is fantastic.

Perennial Artisan Ales

8125 Michigan Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63111

Consistently hailed nationally for their craft brews.

Imo's Pizza

1701 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63103
, (314) 241-6000

Provel isn't for everyone, and that's because they order from the wrong Imo's franchise, or order the wrong toppings. Follow Brett's advice: never add green peppers or mushrooms, and always order your pizza well done. When properly browned, Provel transforms from goopy mess into a bonding agent for culinary beauty. Topping suggestions: Sausage and Pepperoncini, Jalapeno and Bacon (their Jalaps are actually spicy), Hamburger and Onion. Snag some toasted ravioli as well. You're in St. Louis, after all.

Joanie's To Go

804 Russell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63104
, (314) 865-5800

Another pizza option with in-house delivery. Go with Provel on the thin crust, and order it well done. Joanie's salads are humungous as well, and their house made vinaigrette is knockout. Grab some toasted ravioli while you're at it.

The Pat Connolly Tavern

6400 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139
, (314) 647-7287

Classic dive bar and pub grub. Close to Forest Park for any late afternoon bite after a trip to the zoo.

The Schlafly Tap Room

2100 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63103
, (314) 241-2337

Downtown West tap room, home to St. Louis' original craft brewery. Solid pub grub menu.

The Sliced Pint

1511 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103
, (314) 696-8787

Solid draft menu, slices, and toasted ravioli.

Chao Baan

4087 Chouteau Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
, (314) 925-8250

Killer authentic thai recipes with great cocktails. Try the Nam Sod or the papaya salad.

Fort Taco

8106 Manchester Road, Brentwood, MO 63144
, (314) 647-2391

Home to 'puffy' tacos. They're huge, satisfying, and worth every penny.

Bogart's Smokehouse

1627 South 9th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104
, (314) 621-3107

Some of the best ribs in the City.

Soulard Farmers Market

730 Carroll Street, St. Louis, MO 63104
, (314) 622-4180

Grab a bloody mary and stroll rows of produce, knickknacks, and cuisine.

Sump Coffee

3700 South Jefferson Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63118
, (917) 412-5670

High end artisanal house-roasted coffee in quaint digs.

Blueprint Coffee

4206 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63109
, (314) 266-6808

Excellent house-roasted coffees in a reinvented auto repair shop.

Square One Brewery & Distillery

1727 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104
, (314) 231-2537

Reasonable craft pints in a historic pub. Totally decent food menu as well.

33 Wine Shop & Bar

1913 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104
, (314) 231-9463

Quaint spot for great wines, whiskeys, and pints.

2nd Shift Brewing

1601 Sublette Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
, (314) 669-9013

A favorite for sours, stouts, and a pizza kitchen included.


401 Pine St., St. Louis, MO 63102

Great cocktails and historical digs in Downtown.

Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar

1004 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63101
, (314) 241-8141

Great small plates, cocktails, wines, and taps in cool digs Downtown.

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