Restaurant Guide–St Louis

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  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Alton, IL

Morrison’s Irish Pub–200 State St. (Irish) Closed Mon.  An Irish pub that puts as much emphasis on the food as it does the drinks (has a very interesting menu selection). Note: temporarily closed–due to reopen in Sep. 2019 (7-5-19)

Creve Coeur, MO

Mayuri–12513 Olive Blvd. (Indian) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Very good south Indian food with thali available. However, customers are disappointed if they get the buffet or if they order north Indian food (this restaurant is best for south Indian). Dosas are recommended. (6-21-19)

Edwardsville, IL

Bann Thai–4 Club Centre Ct. (Thai) Open Daily.  Probably what makes it stand out is that they have many good dishes that are not on the menu of most Thai restaurants (so it is a good place to experiment with new dishes). (7-5-19)

Cleveland-Heath–106 N. Main St. (New American) Open Daily.  Serves locally sourced food. Some dishes are Asian (ginger tofu, etc) and Mexican (tacos, etc). The Asian dishes get better reviews, though. Everything here is healthy and good (at least if you appreciate fresh flavors as opposed to things being highly salted or spiced). (7-5-19)

Eureka

Super Smokers BBQ–601 Stockwell Dr. (BBQ) Open daily to 7 pm (8 pm on weekends).  Gil recommends this is one of the best he has tried. Ribs, pulled pork, and brisket are all said to be among the best anywhere. (2-6-19)

Granite City, IL

Itty-Bitty–512 E. Chain of Rocks Rd. (American). A small diner with good burgers, fish sandwich, chicken and dumplings, etc. Breakfast is also popular. (4-21-17)

Petri Cafe–1416 20th St. (American) Breakfast & lunch only. I found the following information about this restaurant that is interesting: (1) it has been in the same family since 1946, (2) serves a bowl of chili that is very popular and seems to be a good representation of the regional style here, (3) Hungarian cabbage soup is another very popular dish. The bottom line is that it is an authentic diner that may have ethnic roots. The fish sandwich is another recommended dish. (2-6-19)

O’Fallon, MO

Asian Cafe–1260 Bryan Rd. (Vietnamese) Closed Tue (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  For those looking for authentic Vietnamese, this is a good find for those in the suburbs. (2-23-19)

Sugarfire Smokehouse–9955 Winghaven Blvd. (BBQ) Open Daily.  Seems to be one of the best bets for barbecue in the St. Louis area. Ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and turkey are recommended. Note: there are other locations in the metro area, but this is one of the ones with the best reviews. (Takeout and delivery only 7-7-20)

Thai Kitchen–8632 Mexico Co. (Thai) Open Daily.  Authentic flavors and spice level. Ginger stir fry is one of the recommended dishes. Some reviewers say this is the best Thai in the St. Louis area, or even the state. (2-6-19)

Olivette, MO

Sugarfire Smokehouse–9200 Olive Blvd. (BBQ) Open 11 am to 7 pm (closes at 8 pm Fri & Sat).  One of the top barbecue restaurants in SL, but the reviews are more inconsistent than some of the other restaurants. Pulled pork and brisket have good reviews (and many like the smoked turkey). Many say the sauces are one of the big draws, and desserts are a must. (Takeout and delivery only 7-7-20)

Overland, MO

Chef Ma’s–2336 Woodson Rd. (Chinese) Closed Wed.  A small restaurant in an old Taco Bell that has a short menu of the owner’s special dishes (mostly Hong Kong and Cantonese style). Braised tofu is popular. Prices are very cheap (probably the cheapest in St. Louis for authentic Chinese food). Note: apparently some items are pictured on the wall but are not listed on the menu. (Takeout only 7-7-20)

Haveili Indian–9720 Page Ave. (Indian) Closed Sun & Mon (and closed from 2 to 4 pm).  Probably the most authentic Indian restaurant in town, based on the reviews of people from Indian. (Dining room is open 7-7-20)

Sides of Seoul–10084 Page Ave. (Korean) Closed Sun.  Reviewers say this is one of the best Korean restaurants in the Midwest. Small place where you order at the counter. (5-23-19)

St. Charles, MO

Big Woody’s BBQ–1821 Zumbehl Rd. (BBQ) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  This is apparently one of the best rated BBQ places in the SL area, but is a little bit off the radar of most people. Ribs and pulled pork are recommended. People are also complimentary of the side dishes. (6-12-19)

Hendricks BBQ–1200 S. Main St. (BBQ) Open Daily.  This is considered one of the top barbecue restaurants in SL, but Yelp reviews are not quite as high as some others. It is still very good, though. The strength here is that you don’t just go for the BBQ–it is a family restaurant and the total meal (with sides and dessert) is a very good dining experience. (6-12-19)

Spiro’s–2275 Bluestone Dr. (Greek) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Upscale restaurant with Mediterranean food, but the most popular items are Greek (such as the saganaki). I think you have a choice of very expensive dinners or more moderate (but still good) ones. (Dining room is open 7-7-20)

Tango–2012 Campus Dr. (Argentinian) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Empanadas are the specialty. (6-12-19)

St John, MO

El Comal–8724 St. Charles Rock Rd. (Mexican) Open daily 10 am to 9 pm.  Owner is from Oaxaca and has a few Oaxacan items on the menu, but can prepare a few others by special request (reviewers say they were very happy with this food). (2-6-19)

St. Louis, MO

Anthonino’s Taverna–2225 Macklind Ave. (Greek & Italian) Closed Sun.  Serves both Greek and Italian food, and reviewers say both are excellent. Most go for the Italian food, though, because there are more menu items and many say this is some of the best Italian food they’ve ever had (pizza is the most recommended item). Greek menu is limited. (Dining room is open 7-7-20)

Blues City Deli–2438 McNair Ave. (Sandwiches) Open 10:30 am to 3 pm (closed Sun & Mon).  Said to have very good sandwiches that would bring you here just for that, but it has the added attraction of live blues music Sat. and on Thursday evening. (Takeout only and I think no live music for the time being 7-7-20)

Bulrush–3307 Washington Blvd. (New American) Open 4 pm to 7 pm (Wed-Sat only).  Owner formerly had the Curious Kumquat in Silver City, NM. Has a seasonal menu. Food is said to be a home cooking style “Ozark” cuisine. (Dining room is available only for a very limited number of groups, there is one seating per evening, and reservations are required. The hours posted–4 to 7 pm are for takeout orders. 7-7-20)

Chaparritos–2812 Cherokee St. (Mexican) Open Daily.  A highly rated authentic Mexican restaurant, but one which is not upscale and does not charge alta cocina prices (this restaurant specializes in tacos and similar dishes). (Delivery only according to Yelp 7-7-20)

Italian on the Hill (these are some of the most famous Italian restaurants in the city):

  • Cunetto House of Pasta–5453 Magnolia Ave. Closed Mon; closed Sat & Sun lunch. Best known for its chicken spedini (but locals order quite a few other dishes). The house salad is very highly acclaimed. (Takeout only 7-7-20)
  • Guido’s–5046 Shaw Ave. Open daily (dinner only). Best known for its pizza. People also recommend their tapas and the salad. (Dining room is open 7-7-20)
  • Lorenzo’s–1933 Edwards St. Closed Mon (dinner only).  Northern Italian style. Risotto, penne with eggplant, and gnocchi are some of the specialties.  (Dining room is open 7-7-20)
  • Trattoria Marcella–3600 Watson Rd. Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Menu is very representative of “St. Louis style” Italian food. The popular dishes here are the Italian standards–lasagna, ravioli, rigatoni, etc. (Dining room and patio are open 7-7-20)

Nixta–1621 Tower Grove Ave. (Mexican) Dinner only (closed Mon & Tue).  Reviewers really like the mole negro, and everything else seems to be good as well. Alta cocina food that is authentic in the “modern” tradition of Mexican food. The menu on Yelp showed the mole as costing $29, but a lot of other dishes are considerably less expensive. (Dining room and patio are open 7-7-20)

Onesto Pizza–5401 Finkman St. (Italian) Dinner only (open daily).  Has a full menu, but it’s best known for its east coast style pizza. (4-1-19)

Pappy’s Smokehouse–3106 Olive St. (BBQ) Lunch only (closed Mon & Tue).  World class BBQ, especially the ribs and burnt ends (according to reviewers). Line is long but customers say don’t panic–you will get a table. (Takeout and delivery only 7-7-20)

Sidney Street Cafe–2000 Sidney St. (Fine Dining) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Excellent food at expensive prices. The owner is the grandson of the couple who opened La Tertulia in Santa Fe (the best New Mexican food I have ever experienced). Some sources say the restaurant serves some of the dishes from La Tertulia, but there are none listed on the Feb. 2019 menu  (but a possibility would be the chef’s tasting menu). Still, I’m listing the restaurant in case they have other choices on other menus. (Dining room is open 7-7-20)

The Shaved Duck–2900 Virginia Ave. (Soul Food) Open Daily.  This appears to be a very upscale restaurant but does not have “fine dining” prices. Meatloaf and BBQ (ribs, pulled chicken, etc.) are some of the most popular entrees. Cornbread, mac & cheese, and smothered fries are recommended side dishes. There is not a dish to avoid, but some say the burnt ends are not up to KC standards. In 2019 this was the number 1 rated restaurant on Yelp in the St. Louis area. (2-6-19)

Wei Hong–3175 S. Grand Blvd. (Chinese) Open 11 am to 9 pm (closed Tue).  Cantonese food (has authentic Chinese menu). Reviewers recommend the dim sum. (Takeout only 7-7-20)

University City, MO

Cate Zone–8148 Olive Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Mon (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Sichuan style food that can be fiery hot (ask about it if you’re not sure). Reviewers say the food is excellent. (5-23-19)

Dao Tien–8600 Olive Blvd. (Vietnamese) Closed Mon (and closed between 2 and 5 pm).  Broken rice with pork chop is the favorite. Large menu. (Takeout and delivery only 7-7-20)

Private Kitchen–8106 Olive Blvd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Some call this upscale, but it is mainly because they have some upscale dishes such as Peking duck. It specializes in Shanghai style food, though, so a good choice is the Lion’s Head soup or the soup dumplings. One diner also mentioned the baby pork rib in plum sauce. (Takeout and delivery only 7-7-20)

Salt + Smoke–6525 Delmar Blvd. (BBQ) Open daily (open late night).  One of the top barbecue restaurants in SL. Probably the biggest strength here is that all meats are good, so order something you normally would not choose at other restaurants. (5-23-19)

Tai Ke–8604 Olive Blvd. (Taiwanese) Closed Tue (and closed from 2 to 5 pm).  Reviewers say this is the real deal. It has cheap prices and a large menu. Dishes are a little different from those in most Chinese restaurants, but they have many “safe” dishes along with the more adventurous ones. Web site says this is Taiwanese street food. (Takeout and delivery only 7-7-20)

Wei Hong Seafood Restaurant–7740 Olive Blvd. (Chinese) Open daily 11 am to 8 pm (closed Tue).  Authentic Cantonese food. Has dim sum, but reviews seem to indicate that the St. Louis location has better dim sum. (Takeout only 7-7-20)

Wildwood, MO

Thai Bistro–2436 Taylor Rd. (Thai & Lao) Lunch Tue-Sat; dinner Tue-Sun.  People say the food is flavorful and owner talks to customers to see if they want anything specially prepared. Reviewers say the pad thai is especially good (I see this a lot for restaurants which serve Lao food). (2-6-19)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (St. Louis)

Gil’s Thrilling (and filling) Blog

Google Maps

St. Louis Magazine (St. Louis Italian Food)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (St. Louis)

Zomato (St. Louis)

 

 

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