Quick Guide to St. Louis Food and Drink

quick_guide_coverThis guide offers quick reviews on many local eateries, breweries, cafes, confectioneries, coffee spots and tap houses I have sampled in the Saint Louis region. Ratings are solely the opinion of this writer: sometimes based on one experience—often times based on multiple experiences; and with the understanding that every restaurant has it’s good and bad days. This is by no means a comprehensive guide to St. Louis area restaurants. I hope you find these insights valuable as you chart your own path through our Saintly Cities and the boroughs that surround them. I have focused predominantly on local establishments. There are a handful of chains mentioned.

Thanks for checking this out. Your feedback is always welcome.

THE RATING SYSTEM:
POOR  * | FAIR  ** | GOOD  *** |  VERY GOOD  ****  | EXCELLENT *****
AUTHOR FAVORITES:  Highlighted and Colored

BREAKFAST

LOCAL
Allin’s Diner (Saint Charles) ****
Benton Park Café (Benton Park) ***
Crooked Tree Coffeehouse (Saint Charles) **
Foundation Grounds (Maplewood) ****
Half & Half (Clayton) *****
Living Room (Maplewood) ****
Maggie’s Lunchbox (Fenton) ****
Picasso’s (Old Saint Charles) ***
Picasso’s (Streets of Saint Charles) ***
Rooster (Downtown)—See AMERICAN: BAILEY’S
Tree House (South Grand/Tower Grove) *****
Winslow’s Home (University City) ***

BAGELS
The Bagel Factory (Creve Coeur) *****

DONUTS
Donut King (Saint Charles) ***
Mario’s (Saint Peters) ****
Midtown Market (Saint Charles) ***
Old Towne Donuts (Fenton) ***
Paul’s Donuts (Harvester) ****
Strange Donuts (Maplewood) *****

LUNCH & DINNER

AMERICAN: GENERAL
28-65 Brew House (Saint Charles) ****
Bar Louie (Streets of Saint Charles) ****
Big A’s on the Riverfront (Old Saint Charles) ***
Blueberry Hill (U City/Delmar Loop) ***
Culpeppers (Saint Charles) ***
mud_houseDeath in the Afternoon (Downtown STL) ***
Fitz (Delmar Loop) ***
Fountain on Locust (SLU) *****
Lewis & Clarks (Saint Charles) **
Llewelyns (Saint Charles) **
Lulu’s Local Eatery (South Grand) *****

Prasino (Streets of Saint Charles) ****
Magpies (Old Saint Charles) ***
Mattingly’s (Saint Charles) ***
Little Hills Winery (Saint Charles) **
The City Diner (Tower Grove) ***
The Boat House (Forest Park) ****
The Malt Shop Carry Outs (Fenton) ***
The Mud House (Cherokee) *****
The Tap House (O’Fallon, MO) ****
Three Kings (Kirkwood) ***
Three Kings (Loop) ****

AMERICAN: BAILEY’S RESTAURANTS
Bridge (Downtown) *****
Range (Downtown) *****
Small Batch (SLU) ****
Rooster (Downtown STL) ***

BBQ
Bogarts Smokehouse
(Soulard) *****
Hendricks (Old Saint Charles) ***
Sugarfire Grill (Saint Charles) ****
Sugarfire Grill (Fenton) ***

CHINESE
China King (Belleville, IL) **
China King (Saint Charles) *****
Green China (Saint Charles) ****
Ho Ho (Zumbehl/Saint Charles) **
Hunan House (5th St/Saint Charles) **
Lona’s Lil Eats (Fox Park) *****
PF Chang’s China Bistro (Chesterfield) ***

DELI/SANDWICHES: LOCAL
Kayak’s (Forest Park) ****
Maggie’s Lunchbox (Fenton) ****
Russell’s (Fenton) *****

GREEK
Spiros (Saint Charles) ****
Spiros (Ladue ) ***

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Akshar Foods (St. Charles Rock) ***
Aroma Indian Grill (Florissant) **
Bombay Food Junkies (St. Ann) ****
Copper Chimney (Mid Rivers) ***
Flavor of India (Olive) ***
House of India (Delmar) ***
India Palace (Airport) ****
India Palace (Downtown STL) ****
Kabab & Kurry (Saint Charles) ****

Mayuri India (Olive) ****
Priyaa (Dorsett) ***

ITALIAN: CHAIN: MAGGIANO’S
Maggiano’s (Brentwood) ****

ITALIAN: STL CHAIN: PASTA HOUSE
Pasta House ***

ITALIAN: CHAIN: P’SGEHTTI’S
P’Sgehttis (Mehlville) **

ITALIAN: LOCAL
Bar Italia (Central West End) ****
Fratelli’s (Saint Charles) ***
Frankie Tocco’s (Old Saint Charles) ***
Mama Campisis’s (The Hill)***
Massa’s
(Saint Charles) ****
Via Vino (Frontenac) ****

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KOREAN: FUSION
Seoul Taco (Delmar Loop) ****
Seoul Taco (Food Truck) ****


MEDITERRANEAN
Taze Medeterranean Street Food (Downtown) ***

MEXICAN
Azteca (Fenton) ***
Chava’s Mexican (Soulard) ***
El Tio Pepe (Saint Charles) **
El Maguey (Saint Charles) ***
El Mariachi (Saint Charles) ****
El Agave (Saint Charles) ****
Lareda Mexican Restaurant (Belleville, IL) ****
Que Pasa! (Fenton) **

MEXICAN: TAQUERIA
Mission Taco (Delmar) *****
Nachomamas (Manchester) ***

MIDDLE EASTERN
Ranoush (Delmar) ***

PERSIAN
Café Natasha
(South Grand) *****

PIZZA: CHAIN: DEWEY’S
Dewey’s (Kirkwood) ****
Dewey’s (U City) *****
Dewey’s (Saint Charles) ****

PIZZA: DINE IN
Fortels (Belleville, IL) ***
JJ Twiges Puzza & Pub ****
MOD Pizza (Lindenwood/Saint Charles) ****
Padavan’s NY Restaurants (New Town) **
Racanelli’s New York Style (Webster Grove) ***
RT Weiler’s (Saint Charles) ***
Sauce On The Side (Downtown STL) ****
Talayna’s (Saint Charles) ***

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PIZZA: LOCAL: MULTI: PI
Pi (U City/Delmar) *****
Pi (Manchester) ***
Pi (Central West End) ***
Pi (Downtown/Washington) ****


PRETZELS
Gus’ Pretzels (Benton Park) ****

SOUTH AMERICAN
Mango
(Peruvian) *****

SWEDISH
IKEA Restaurant/Bistro (SLU) ***

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VEGETARIAN
Lu Lu’s Local Eats (South Grand) *****
Seedz Café (De Mun) *****
Tree House (South Grand) *****

THAI
Thai Kitchen (Saint Peters) ****
Thai Gai Yang Café (Delmar Loop) *****

SWEETS

BAKERY/PASTRIES/CUPCAKES
Jilly’s Cupcakes (Delmar) ***
Cupcakery (Central West End) ****
Piccione Pastry (Delmar Loop) ****
Russell’s (Fenton) ****
Sucrose (Saint Charles) ****

CHOCOLATE/CONFECTIONS
How Sweet Is This (Forest Park) ****
J Noto (Old Saint Charles) ****
Kakao Chocolate (Maplewood) *****
Kilwin’s (Old Saint Charles) ***
Riverside Sweets (Old Saint Charles) ****

ICE CREAM/CUSTARD/GELLATO
Doozles (Saint Charles) ****
Lyons (Saint Charles) **
The Malt Shop Carry Outs (Fenton) ***
Riverside Sweets (Old Saint Charles) ****
Ted Drew’s (Chippewa) ***

COFFEE

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Blue Print *****
COMA Coffee (University Tower) ****
La Cosecha Coffee Roasters ****
Mississippi Mud Coffee ****
Northwest Coffee Roasting ***
Park Avenue Coffee ****
Shaw Coffee ****
Sump *****

 

COFFEE: ROASTERS: LOCAL: AVAILABLE IN STORES
Chauvin  ****
Goshen *****
Kaldi’s *****
Kuva ***
Ronnoco  ***
St Louis Coffee Roasters ***
Stringbean ****
Thomas ***

COFFEEHOUSES: LOCAL
Bikestop (Saint Charles) ***
Blue Print (Delmar Loop) *****
Coffee Cartel (Central West End) ***
rise_cvrComet Coffee (Dog Town) ****
Crooked Tree (Saint Charles) ***
Figuero’s Coffee (Saint Charles) ***
Foam (Benton Park) ***
Foundation Grounds (Maplewood) ****
Kayaks (Skinker/Forest Parkway) ****
La Cosecha (Maplewood) ***
Living Room (Maplewood) ****
Meshuggah (Delmar Loop) ****
Mud House (Cherokee) *****
Piccione Pastry ****
SLAM Café ***
Rise Coffeehouse (The Grove) *****
Soulard Coffee Garden (Soulard) ***
Sump (Jefferson) *****

COFFEEHOUSES: LOCAL: MULTI: KALDI’S
Kirkwood ****
Chesterfield ***

COFFEEHOUSES: LOCAL: MULTI: PICASSO’S
Old Town St. Charles ****
Streets of St. Charles *****

COFFEEHOUSES: LOCAL: MULTI: PARK AVENUE
Lafayette Square ***
Downtown  ****

BEER

BEER: LOCALS AVAILABLE IN STORES
Anheuser-Busch (InBev)
Cathedral Square
Charleville
Four Hands
O’Fallon
Schlafly
Urban Chestnut

BEER: BREWERY: TOURS
Budweiser
(Soulard) *****
Schlafly (Maplewood) *****

BEER: BREW PUBS / TAP ROOMS
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Earthbound (Cherokee) *****
Ferguson Brewing Company ***
Granite City Brewery ***
Heavy Rif Brewing Company ****
Schlafly Bottleworks ****
Schalfly Tap Room ****
Six Row *****
Square One ****
Standard  Brewing Company ****
Trailhead ***
Urban Chestnut (The Grove) ****

BEER: TAPS & BOTTLES
28-65 Brew House (Saint Charles) ****
BridgeSee AMERICAN: BAILEY’S
Cicero’s ****
Domain Street Wine Bar (New Town) ***
International Tap House (Chesterfield) ***
Millstream (Saint Charles) ****
RT Weilers (Saint Charles) *****
The Tap House (O’Fallon, MO) ****
Three Kings Public House (Manchester) ****
Three Kings Public House (Loop) ****
Undertow (Old Saint Charles) **

BEER/WINE/LIQUOR: RETAIL
Bombay Liquor (Saint Charles) ****
Dierbergs (Multiple Locations) ***
Elm Street Wine and Spirits (Saint Charles)***
Friar Tucks (Multiple Locations) ***
Midtowne Grocery (Saint Charles) ***
Saint Louis Hop Shop (Cherokee)*****
Schnucks/Culinaria  (Multiple Locations) ****
Total Wine & Beer (Multiple Locations) ****
West Clay Package Liquor (Saint Charles) ***

BEER: LIVE MUSIC SPOTS
Ciceros ****
Firebird ***
Foam ****
Fubar ***
Jazz at the Bistro *****
Pops ***
The Pageant ****
The Ready Room ****

WINE

WINERIES
Chandler Hill Vineyards ***

TEA & SODA

DRINK: OTHER: RETAIL
Bubble Tea (Delmar Loop) ***

SODA: FOUNTAIN
Little O’s Soda Shop (Old St Charles) *****

SODA: PLANT
Fitz Soda ****

SODA: RETAIL
Rocket Fizz ***