St. Louis HELP: Looking for Christmas Eve and/or Day Restaurant for Husband's Birthday Lunch or Dinner!
One more idea, if it's not too late. The other night I went for the first time to Juniper Grill down in Soulard. It is wonderful! A locally owned neighborhood restaurant with an intimate vibe, stellar food focused on fresh imaginative new American fare with a creole twist, and it's moderately priced. I normally wouldn't necessarily recommend a small neighborhood place for a special occasion, but the food is just outstanding. The owners are wonderful and the place is definitely worth checking out. I know they're open for New Years, but give them a call to check out the situation for tonight/tomorrow:
I Fratellini, in Clayton (Wydown and Hanley) - trattoria Italian, but not St Louis style (ie, diff than what you'll find on the hill). Small and intimate.
1111 Mississippi, in Lafayette Park -- new american/napa/bistro fare. I haven't been, but tons of folks I know keep recommending it.
Bar Italia, in the Central West End (I know this was mentioned, I second the suggestion) -- great Italian, also not St Louis style, very euro.
Zoe's Pan Asian Cafe, in the Central West End -- good veg options, lots of flavorful stuff, lovely romantic atmosphere.
Frazer's Brown Bag, by the Brewery -- great seafood/new american, great atmosphere, but not a ton of veg options.
Aya Sofia, on Chippewa -- turkish/middle eastern, tons of veg, great atmosphere, near Ted Drewes!
I don't know which of these are open on xmas, but all are worth checking out. ;)
If you want to eat out on Christmas Day, find a place now and make a reservation. You will probably be eating earlier in the day as most of the places serve in the afternoon on Christmas Day.
Do NOT do as we did about fifteen years ago. We left home at 5 pm Christmas Day, drove 60 miles around St Louis City and County ending up eating dinner at Naugles (now Del Taco).