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Traveling from Texas to St Louis soon for our first visit there and need great food recommendations.

We are staying downtown so looking for ideas there and within reasonable distance, preferably by rail but will take taxis for excellent eats and atmosphere.

Where should we go for Italian?

What else is outstanding? Trendy is OK as along as its really good.

Good brunch within somewhat easy striking distance of the baseball stadium?

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  1. My vote for Italian is Trattoria Marcella in SW city. However, since you want to stay close to downtown, your best bets would be Lombardo's (201 S. 20th) or Kemoll's (1 Met Square).

    Other good downtown choices are Red Moon (15th & St. Charles) and Mosaic (1101 Lucas).

    A short taxi ride will take you to 1111 Mississippi in Lafayette Square. I would recommend this place to anyone.

    1. Another excellent choice would be An American Place (9th and Washington).


        1. If you are into brewpubs, you can stop at The Tap Room.


          1. Fast Food- Lions Choice...its only in St. Louis area....excellent roast beef dip sandwiches.

            1. For pasta, you can check out Zia's or Cunetto's on "The hill", the Italian part of town. It's a little bit of a cab ride, but worth it.

              1111 Mississippi is always popular, and much closer. Jacksons on Manchester is also good. You can take the metrolink (rail) to Forest Park and cab from there. Given time constraints, you are probably best to stay downtown.

              1. Don't neglect Broadway Oyster Bar and BB's Jazz Blues and Soups on South Broadway (close to downtown).

                1. Went to St. Louis last year and found recommendations on this board for the Iron Barley. It's a bar, light on decor but with great food. I'd go back. It's five minutes from downtown -- can't name the neighborhood -- and there's a Ted Drewes' ice cream stand a short drive away (for dessert).