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Missouri River, S. Dakota to St. Louis

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I'll be following the Missouri River from Chamberlain, SD to St. Louis (along the Louis and Clark trail) this summer and am looking for OUTSTANDING places to eat! From fancy to home cookin' so long as it's great food.
Any suggestions?

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  1. Hey Shannon, I've hesitated to jump in since I can only contribute to the very last bit of your journey. But here's a few of my St. Louis favorite places. We have some great Italian places...Trattoria Marcella on Watson (great food, you'll need a reservation), or Brazie's (I've never had a meal there that wasn't wonderful) on Hampton. Both in the $10 pasta, $17 entree range...great service, friendly and helpful. Or take a stroll down South Grand and check out Pho Grand or Mekong, both very reasonable Vietnamese (try the Shaking Beef at Pho.)
    For a great Saturday go to Soulard Farmer's Market in the morning & get some fruit, (look for the farm stands, you can tell, the vendors look like farmers and they park their dusty pick-up trucks behind the stall)for local berries or peaches...go to the Hill (Little Italy) to Viviano's (a bonus, all the Viviano boys are very cute...) or DiGregorio's grocery for bread & meats...and then go have lunch at the little park across from the Humane Society on Macklind Avenue. Then go across the street & pet some doggies.
    For dinner wash the doggie-spit off your hands and go to one of the places I mentioned earlier. Have a great time! I guess I should have asked if you'll have a car in St. Louis. Everything I mentioned is on the South Side and within the city limits proper. Not huge distances, but you would probably need a car.

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    1. re: toni

      I second all of those, especially Brazie's. I have not had any good (or bad!) Italian food since I moved here, with the notable exception of Di Fara in New York. Now I AM homesick! pat

      1. re: Pat Hammond

        Thanks guys, I'll check at least one of those places out.

        1. re: Pat Hammond

          I don't know about Maine, but since you mentioned DiFara in NYC, I'll assume you've tried Italian food other than pizza in NY. If this is the case and you haven't found better Italian in NY than in STL, you are definitely doing something wrong.

      2. i used to live in Omaha, and remember fondly a fish place on the west bank of the Missouri just north of town. It was called Surfside and was one of the classic local hangouts. I don't know if it is still there. Everything was fried and nothing was healthy -- but it was good.