St Louis near arch
I'm staying for several nights at the Hilton Ballpark. Any recommendations for good breakfasts and dinners?
There's a St. Louis Bread Company in the downtown area that is good for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you have a car with you, drive to Soulard (not far, five minutes or so) and visit McGurk's Irish Pub for dinner. There are a number of restaurants in the Soulard area that are excellent. You may also wish to check out the Sauce Magazine to pinpoint restaurants according to type and locations. http://www.saucemagazine.com/
There are a number of restaurants in the downtown area but much will depend on how comfortable you are with urban life. Washington Ave has a good selection but you will want to drive or be driven there, it's a distance if you are on foot and I don't recommend walking that far after dark. You won't be too far from Laclede's Landing but again, consider driving or taking a cab. St. Louis is a big city and while we love tourist dollars, you need to practice basic safety. I've lived here forever and I do.
If you do have your car with you, check out restaurants on South Grand, Clayton and the Central West End as well.
I second the Crown Candy rec. You must go there. A piece of history, juke box's on the table. Homemade ice cream and candy and awesome shakes. It's like you are in the 1920's or something. Also a sandwich place that I just tried after hearing alot about it that is FANTASTIC is Blue's City Deli. Located on McNair directly behind Hodaks. A must try. I hear the Muffaletta is excellent. I got the Benton Park and it blew anything Ammighettti's ever served away, and yes even from the old days...
A little bit of a walk south along 7th Street, you will come to the utlimate greasy spoon: Eat Rite (Eat Rite or Don't Eat At All). They are a historic Route 66 landmark, open 24-7. Cheap and quirky.
For the record, I made it to these places, all of which I enjoyed:
2. Bailey's Chocolate Bar
3. Smoki O's (mmm, Snoots!)
4. Roper's Ribs
5. Crown Candy
6. Maya Cafe