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I know its not an easy task, but if someone could give me the name of a chow-worthy restaurant near the airport/Renaissance hotel you would make a friend forever........Preferably one that can handle a group of eight or ten. TIA!!!!

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  1. There is a mexican place for mexican people, it is relative nice decor wise and they can handle a larger group. Its on Woodson, really close to the Renaissance. Las Palmas. Authentice mexican. Serves menudo and sopa de marisco.

    Otherwise the selections are pretty grim. Lombardos does a decent Italian at the Drury Inn. Decent being the operative word, i.e. Oh I know it dont thrill you, I hope it dont kill you.

    1. Head to Lombardo's as it is about the only restaurant in the area that I would recommend. If you have to eat at one of the three boring hotel restaurants, the lobby restaurant at the Marriott is better than the Hilton or the Renaissance.

      I would NOT recommend walking airport area in St. Louis. It is not a great area.

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      1. re: jlawrence01

        Oh, if only you knew how tired we all are of Lombardo's. This group meets at the Renaissance a lot and that is the default place to eat. Sure, its edible but it gets boring about the fourth time in a row. I almost said "Not Lombardo's" in my post but I was hoping someone would come up with something else on their own...

        Both the Mexican AND the Indian place mentioned below sound WAY better to me. Now I just have to work on the rest of the group (some are pretty non-houndish) to see if I can get anyone to agree. Unfortunately, going on my own without the group is NOT an option. I am under strict orders to keep them within sight and hearing at all times. You know the old saying about keeping your friends close and your enemies closer....?

        1. re: janetofreno

          Egads, I am often sentenced to attending meetings at the Renaissance. Because I use Priceline, at least I am able to stay over at the Marriott.

          The question is the availability of transportation. Personally, I take the shuttle over to the Lambert Main Terminal and catch the MetroLink and take it to the Kingshighway station and try one of the many Indian places close to Barnes-Jewish-Christian Hospital in the city. Or I would head into the downtown area and head to Shannon's or one of the other DT restaurants.

          Or are you willing to use a cab? The problem is that you'll spend about $15-20 on a trip to any of the major restaurant areas.

          The choices in the immediate area of the airport are very limited. And given the area and the decline of Lambert Airport, I don't see that happening soon.

          1. re: janetofreno

            Indian Palace is above average when it comes to the ubiquitous Indian lunch buffet. I liked it better than much of the other Indian buffet's around, but its not my favorite Indian restaurant. If you all have wheel there is always the St. Charles Rock strip.

          2. re: jlawrence01

            Oh come on...it's a lot better than most cities airports. The biggest reason not to walk isn't that it's dangerous for any reason other than there are no sidewalks and you might get pegged by a car.

          3. There's always the India Palace atop the Howard Johnson's hotel next to the airport. It receives favorable reviews among Indians and non-Indians.

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            India Palace
            4534 N Lindbergh Blvd # 11, Bridgeton, MO

            1. I think it is cool that people said things about the Airport Marriott. I used to work in the kitchen there. Their Friday night buffet was always good. They had all you can eat crab legs, along with chicken, lasagne, and all kinds of other stuff. I don't know if they still do the buffet, but it is worth a try.

              1. India Palace. Bar none.