St. Charles MO
I am going to be in St. Charles next weekend (2 women no husbands no kids!) We will have a car but would be nice to just walk. Looking for great food: breakfast, lunch, dinner. (Food more important than atmosphere). Just tell me your favorite restaurant, I don't care what it looks like as long as the food and service are good. Nice places are OK too but the fanciest thing in my suitcase will be cords and a nice sweater. Thanks!
I'd love to help, but it's pretty bleak in St. Charles. Chains, and single shots that might as well be -- mostly.
I'm not gonna be much help, but I'll try.
I haven't been to St. Charles for quite a few years, but what I remember is in the old district. There was a brew pub, and several bar and grills. The brew pub was right at the south end of the district, and wasn't bad. There was a bar and grill about 2 blocks down that I posted about several years ago. They had a Rib Eye steak sandwich for 3.50 that was unreal. We went in, nobody there, the girl took my order, she came by a minute later with at least a 10 oz ribye, took it out the back door, threw it on a grill. Shortly after brought it in on a bun, with some ok fries. It was great. And I know beef.
Doubt if it still exist, places like that for some reason don't, but I think the name Steve, or something similar, was in the name. Someone in St. Charles will know.
I loved St. Charles. The river front area, the easy proximity to everywhere, it was one of my all time favorite places. And, oh, the 3.50 ribeyes.
They seem to have an inferiority complex.
To me, the St. Charles is best experienced by strolling and savoring. Just pop into a shop here, catch a view of the river there, people watch. I have not found terrific food in St. Charles, but there are lots of restaurants that fit into a day of leisurely strolling, and even it the food isn't terrific, it all fits in with the atmosphere of the town.
I am hearing good things about Tony's on Main Street. Kind of American/Continental. Trailhead Brewery has pretty good food. Rumples has a good burger in a bar type atmosphere. The Poison Apple is new and I have heard pretty cool. This was posted on another St. Louis Forum about it-
"Its a very nice place. Food is great. If you dig mushrooms try the excellent candied mushrooms They are just in a bad location. The place has massive amounts of potential. There are three levels, the main level has the bar a resturaunt, theres a "lounge" type area upstairs with leather couches and what not, and they have a lower level for live bands. "
There are lots of other places on Main Street that I do not know about but all of the above are good or in the case of Poison Apple, sound good.
The first two are off of Main Street and worth the short drive. A few blocks off main street on First Capitol is Miss Aimee B's tea room. They serve lunch and breakfast and have been in St. Charles forever. Very tasty salads and quiches-home made desserts. They have recipe books available with the real recipes from the restaurant. Closed Sunday
Another place off Main, at I70 ,Zumbehl Rd exit is Fratelli's. It's in a strip mall with Dierberg's grocery. Very good freshly prepared St. Louis style Italian. Crispy pizza with home made crust and sausage. Excellent home made "creamy Italian" salad dressing. Chicken Spedini on saturday nights. Family owned. It's open for lunch during the week and diner on the weekend.
On Main Street starting from the south is Magpie's open for lunch everyday and dinner on Friday and Sat. Limited indoor seating.
Little Hills Restaurant (Winery)is alot of fun but the food I've had in the past was just kind of average. They have alot of outdoor seating with outdoor fireplaces. Good place to have a glass of wine and apps maybe.
Tony's -Most people really like this place-always crowded.
I would like to try the Poison Apple south of Boonslick on S. Main but haven't yet so cannot make recommendations. I have eaten at almost all the other places up and down Main more than once and these are the ones that are consistantly good.
Oh alot of people also like Trailhead and Lewis and Clark. they're pretty good.
As I was lurking tonight and looking for a place to eat in St. Charles this weekend, I came across this and was too excited. We are flying in Saturday morning and needed a place for lunch before a wedding and all I could find from the hotel website were bad chain places. Thank you singing4supper for starting this as now I have a whole new attitude about my choices. I'm pretty sure the wedding dinner won't be spectacular, they usually aren't, so might as well have a good lunch.
Ok, So we checked out the Poison Apple this past weekend! The PA has a Great Amount of potential ; however, the service was less than desirable and the ladies restroom was extremely filthy. The food was good for what they had to offer.
Don't look for it any longer... I had a party for 75 people planned there for December 1,
the last time I was there to finalize things was November 27th. When we showed up for the party the place was dark and there were"Closed" signs on the door and no answer to my calls on the owners cell phone.
I'm a little slow on this one, but in case anyone is still interested, there is a really good German place on Main Street just South of the intersection with Resevoir Ave. called The Vintage House. We've only been there once, and it was on a weeknight, but our experience was very good and I can't wait to go back. It's kind of off the beaten path from all of the shops and everything, so it might not be within reasonable walking distance (at least not when it is freezing or below freezing out).
Don't know where exactly you are staying but with a car, you have a lot more options than you'd think. Here's a few:
Pio's http://www.piosrestaurant.com/ at 403 First Capitol Drive, next door to St. Joseph's Medical Center. Good Italian, good prices, huge portions. They have a seafood pasta that is wonderful and they are one of the few places around who still have fried chicken livers on the appetizer menu. Definitely good eats.
Culpeppers http://www.culpeppers.com/ at 3010 West Clay, just west of Zumbehl Road and I-70 (West Clay is the north outer road). Some may argue that Culpepper's is a chain but it's a St. Louis Chain and this location in particular has good St. Louis food. We eat here frequently. I love the Culpepper's Burger, their toasted ravioli and, of course, the excellent chicken wings. Their St. Louis style pizza is really good and the whole family loves the "ultimate cheese", even our dedicated carnivores. If you are there on Thur or Fri, the beer cheese soup is a must. If it's Sat or Sun, go for the stuffed baked potato soup.
If you are in the mood for old fashioned drive in food, don't miss Chuck-A-Burger! http://www.chuckaburger.com/ 3150 Elm Point Industrial Dr. St. Charles, MO. it's a step back in time with good food and even breakfast!
Crazy Sushi doesn't have a website but it's located at 422 Mid Rivers Mall Dr, Saint Peters, MO . This is just south of I-70 on Mid Rivers Mall Drive, in a small strip mall on the east side of the street immediately before the intersection with Mexico Road. This is the best sushi and Japanese in St. Charles County and holds it own against the St. Louis County options as well. It's family owned and you will be greeted warmly. Service is always good. A plus is that it's close to the mall so if you are planning to shop, it's not out of the way. I love most every piece of sushi available and they do it well here. There is a nice selection of rolls and prices are reasonable, especially compared to St. Louis. Their gyoza is a nice appetizer choice, as is the teriyaki wings. I love the miso soup and seaweed salad and use these as my standards when I eat Japanese elsewhere.
If you feel up to a 15-20 minute drive, go to McGurk's Public House at 108 S Main St
O Fallon, MO. You'll drive west on I-70 to the Hwy K exit and turn right (north). Hwy K is Main St when it's north of 70 and McGurk's is on the right just a few blocks up, before the railroad tracks.
There are many other options, particularly if you are willing to drive a few minutes. There are, of course, all the usual chains and a few less usual. I've stayed away from those but they are easy to find.