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Any good recommendations for East St. Louis? I occasionally have to go to City Hall on business, and would love to find a good place nearby. Thanks.

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  1. I would do my business in E. St Louis City Hall and leave immediately after. Not a city to hang out in.

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    1. re: marymac

      I don't know about that. I've heard the clubs over there serve a very nice lunch buffet. :D

    2. I used to work in East St. Louis. The question I have to ask the scary posters is : Have you ever been to East St. Louis?

      There was a soul food place right by the train stop on Missouri Ave. Sandy's BBQ is down the other direction. If you can transportation , try the steak, potato, and peas restaurant with the white table cloth at the stockyards.

      East St. Louis: good people, good food, and don't do anything stupid.

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      1. re: fred the fressor

        I have enjoyed Sandy's BBQ over the years. And occasionally headed a few miles down the road to Our Lady of the Snows Shrine which has a heck of a nice restaurant.

        Personally, areas of St. Louis City and County that I have worked in were more threatening than ESL.

        1. re: fred the fressor

          Thanks for the suggestions. Look forward to trying them.

          I agree that ESL does not deserve its reputation. If there are any nice spots there, I'd like to support them.

        2. I figured I better weigh in here being an east side resident. I too have frequented Sandy's a number of times and found it to be okay. Other than that, it's pretty slim pickings. One alternative is Koke's in Fairmont City which is just up the road. Good authentic Mexican and good drinks. I don't know if this your thing but some of the clubs in Sauget do a pretty good businessman's lunch, particularly the Platinum Club. I've had some pretty decent pasts and red meat there. Hopefully my rep as a serious chowhound won't be marred by that suggestion. I love the Shrine soup and salad lunch. 10 or so all you can eat soups and great salad.