St. Louis Restaurants: Reviews & Recommendations
Posted 03 November 2010 - 07:55 PM
My favorite lunch was at an old haunt, the Shlafly Brewery/Tap Room not far from downtown @ 20th and Locust. We started with fried frog legs and spiced shrimp, went on to great burgers with perfect hot, skinny french fries served with homemade spicy ketchup and green peppercorn mayo for dipping. And let's not forget the excellent microbrewed beers--mine was a Scottish ale, really smooth. Upstairs, good local music in the evenings, though sadly I didn't have time during this visit.
Posted 03 November 2010 - 09:17 PM
Edited by Alex, 03 November 2010 - 09:21 PM.
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Posted 05 July 2011 - 05:59 PM
We also stopped at a very old school Italian roadhouse, Frank & Helen's, also on Olive. The "broasted" (actually pressure fried, but that's the tradename the equipment manufacturer/seasoning supplier requires) was quite good: moist, tender, crunchy exterior. The pizza looked to be typical St. Louis Provel, which I avoid, but the red gravy basics appeared to be decent. I went with the Wednesday special, country fried steak (can't find one I won't choke on in Phia.), my sister the broasted chicken. Plus toasted ravioli (not greasy) accompanied by a fine red gravy.
Overall all, a cheap meal, filling, tasty. They are what they are and what they do they do well. Just don't expect anything hifalutin'.
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:04 PM
Since the temperatures were in the low 80s, the frozen dessert hit the spot. Only one flavor, vanilla, but you can have it mixed with a couple of dozen different flavors, or build various sundaes. Along with gooey butter cake and "toasted" ravioli, Ted Drewes is one of the Gateway City's great contributions to the American culinary tradition. (Wisconsin is big on frozen custard, too, and I'll try that late next month.)
The other culinary high points of my visit: a return visit to Lulu's for chicken feet and a lamb burger at the Schlafly Tap Room, a brewpub downtown, which makes a far better brew than its larger St. Louis competitor.
A decided miss was the pastrami served by Lester's Sports Bar & Grill. I was sent there by a local who original hails from central New Jersey. He claimed Lester's pastrami was better than Carnegie Deli's. I doubted that, but I still should have known better. Even though the restaurant is owned by a Brooklyn-born octagenarian millionaire, the pastrami was a royal flop. The flavor wasn't terrible but the meat was all wrong. Where Carnegie, Katz's and Philadelphia's Herschel's and Famous use beef navel, Lester uses brisket. Good for corned beef. Wrong for pastrami.
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Posted 04 July 2012 - 05:24 PM
Posted 14 August 2012 - 04:52 PM
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 06:31 PM
If you have a car, frozen custard at Ted Drewes is a classic. Gooey butter cake may kill you but it is good. I loathed the St Louis style pizza (cracker crust, provel cheese...don't ask) but you may want to say that you've tried it.
St. Louis has a very large Bosnian community and there are some good family style restaurants in South St. Louis. The bread is addictive, even the New York Times agrees.
You can also get surprisingly decent cajun food in St. Louis. Crawfish abounds at the some of the blues bars in town.
There are a number of microbreweries in STL, but I don't know all the new ones. When in town I still go to the Tap Room for Schlafly's beer, which is great, and their burgers and fries are wonderful.
Posted 07 August 2013 - 01:37 PM
I've got a friend going to St. Louis in the next week. She's looking for something in the $30-$40 per person range. She didn't specify any particular cuisine. Any recommendations? I haven't been to St. Louis in years, so I'm out of date.
Posted 08 August 2013 - 01:08 PM
I suggest two excellent newer restaurants:
Olio: Very new, eclectic, casual and inexpensive, http://oliostl.com/menu_food.html
Stellina Pasta: This is a greatly overlooked fabulous Italian restaurant. Everything is freshly made every day. www.stellinapasta.com/#menu-item-261