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Aug 31, 2006 02:19 PM

Kirkwood MO recs for next weekend

We are hosting a family event next weekend in Kirkwood (staying at the Kirkwood Inn, Lindbergh and I-44)and will be eating all our meals out. The hotel has a breakfast but we need lunch and dinner recs near the hotel. Our group runs the gamut from kids, teenagers, boomers and old folks. Anything chowish, not expensive or yuppyfied would be appreciated. Is Spencer's Grill worthy for lunch or dinner? And where is the closest best pizza (not St. Louis style)? Thanks in advance.

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  1. It is often said that the best steakhouse in the StL area is Citizen Kane's, which is in Kirkwood. Do a search of the old board posts for references to Citizen Kane's.

    1. Dewey's pizza is a great pizza place in Kirkwood. I think it would be good for a lunch. Whenever I try to go for dinnner, it is so packed and the wait is forever. Definitely get their house salad and try one of the specialty pizzas.

      1. how many minutes are you willing to drive?

        What I mean is, there are things off 44 worth going to and with your being right there, you could get to them fairly quickly.

        Nachomama's is on Manchester Road in Rock Hill not far from Kirkwood, and I think that'd be a good lunch choice.

        I've not eaten at Spencer's, but people seem to like it as a breakfast/hangover spot, but that's all I've heard of it.

        Cafe Provencal is actually in Kirkwood, and it's always a pretty good value for the money. If not leaving Kirkwood, and wanting something truly nice, it'd be my number one choice.

        There is a First Watch in Kirkwood as I recall. I think it's overated and bland, but many seem to like it (I'm an extremely harsh critic).

        1. Love Deweys- must ry the meat ball pizza; I am fond of Peperoni, but the meat ball beats all. Good when paired with the wild mushroom pizza since WM has their oil sauce and the MB has tomato sauce. Salads are good. The wait is tough on the kids but there is pizza making to watch.
          Just up the way, west on Big Bend from Lindburgh/Kirkwood road is a good hole-in-the-wall B-B-Q place- YUMM. I posted about it before and cannot remember the name off the top of my head. It would be great to get take-out and have it at Laumeir Sculpture park just S of 44 and west of Lindburgh.
          44 can take you in to the Hill(- often mentioned on the board) and to Ted Drew's . On Kingshighway South and imediatly on the left is O'Connell's- great bar food. Further South/down Kingshighway on the right is the crazy all night breakfast place called Uncle Bills- local tradition.
          Also north of 44 at Hampton you will get to Forest Park- the boat House is a good multi generational option. The boats will keep many busy and worn out.

          1. Run, don't walk, RUN to Citizen Kanes. One of the the best steak places anywhere.

            Dewey's is very good. Nice pizzas and the salads are good.

            Spencer's is also excellent for breakfast. But that is the only meal I have had there.

            Blue Water Grille, on Kirkwood/Lindbergh, just north of the Big Bend intersection is pretty good for seafood. They are above average in execution but really lack imagination.

            The BBQ joint is pretty good, easy to miss, it is tucked behind the Beef and Rice Chinese Restaurant, which was OK many many years ago.

            Going South on Kirkwood/Lindbergh is a waste: the food at Helen Fitzgerald's, Smuglas(sp?) Pizza and Growler's Pub are less than stellar. Whatever anyone tells you, don't go.

            There are a bunch of chain stuff right there on that valley next to 44: Texas Road House, Uno's, etc. Not so good.

            Also, further up Kirkwood/Lindbergh are Culpepper's, Amici's, and Kirkwood Ice and Fuel, all less than stellar.

            I f you want to go further up on Kirkwood/Lindbergh, up to I-64, there is Brio's, a chain italian place. Not bad. Cardwell's in the Plaza, pretty good, and Flemings, over priced and overhyped chain steak place. I would go to Citizen Kane's over Fleming's any day.

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            1. re: Phaedrus

              I've only eaten at Blue Water once, but I was really impressed, as far as imagination goes. The dish I had was scallops stuffed with goat cheese and I beleive pistachios. It was amazing.