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dalaimama Feb 5, 2008 09:10 AM

I will be in St. Louis in April and staying in the Westport area. Any recommendations near the Sheraton? Any type of food is fine and we would especially love to find a good "brewpub" type place.

(I've scanned the boards and notice that the sushi place, Drunken Fish, has had recent health code violations - scary for sushi. And the Mexican place is Casa Gallardo which wasn't too great the last time I went to one (admittedly eons ago).)

A short drive is OK, but we will be cabbing it and would prefer not to have to go too far. Thanks in advance.

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    jlawrence01 RE: dalaimama Feb 5, 2008 10:51 AM

    Personally, I like Ozzie's Sports Bar which has pretty good food and is a good place to catch a game.

    One warning. In Westport, there are TWO Sheraton hotels. A great number of people get really confused as to which is which.

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      jlawrence01 RE: jlawrence01 Feb 6, 2008 04:36 PM

      By the way, most of the hotel shuttle bus drivers will drop you off at a restaurant that is close to the hotel while they are on a run to the airport. In most cases, you will have to cab it back to the hotel.

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      nolaal RE: dalaimama Feb 5, 2008 02:26 PM

      i'm not sure about the cab ride to this first place but I just read a positive review of it -

      http://www.saucemagazine.com/website....

      alternatively - Pujols' restaurant is in Westport

      http://www.pujols5grill.com/

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        Doug RE: dalaimama Feb 6, 2008 06:36 AM

        There is a Chinese restaurant that serves dim sum on the weekends: it's on Page a couple of miles east of the Westport complex.

        Otherwise, I will go with the other suggestions: Ozzie's is a hopping sports bar full of energy; Pujols 5 is a more subdued sports bar and you will find a few Dominican items on the menu.

        Also be warned: The St. Louis Bread Company in Westport is actually a Panera Bread Company - do not go there expecting to find something uniquely St. Louis...

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          dalaimama RE: Doug Feb 6, 2008 08:36 AM

          Thanks for the warning. I don't mind Panera for lunch or whatever. At least I know I won't get poisoned there. The weekend is a conference, so I'm looking for good basic food rather than really Chowish stuff ;>

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            Phaedrus RE: Doug Feb 8, 2008 05:55 AM

            The dim sum place is called Hunan Gardens, its on Page next to an office supply place. It was the original dim sum place in St. Louis, kind of ironic since they don't have dim sum in Hunan. They do a good job of it, they also have Chinese style hotpots during the winter. I have not been there in years, mainly becuase there are upstart dim sum places that are more convenient to get to.

            Up 275 just off of Dorsett is a southern Indian place called Priyaa, great dhosas and vadas. The biryanis are also excellent.

            The Growler's Pub on Olive is pretty close, and its pretty decent. The food is inconsistent, some of it is outstanding, some, well, I wouldn't let my enemy's dog eat it.

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            FriendOfTheDevil RE: dalaimama Feb 6, 2008 02:15 PM

            This place is only 2 or 3 miles away. Casual and pretty good food including the ubiquitous toasted ravioli and St Louis style Pizza.

            FOTD

            http://www.stldinnerclub.org/balducci...

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              edc5u RE: dalaimama Feb 7, 2008 09:23 PM

              There's a location of Growler's Pub near Westport, not too far for the cab. They have fantastic food and a massive beer selection. Highly recommended! http://www.saucemagazine.com/growlers...

              In Westport itself, try the Westport Pizza Co. They do a good pizza by the slice. The service at Pujols often leaves something to be desired, but they do have good food. Ozzie's and the Trainwreck both have good food and decent prices.

              1. hill food RE: dalaimama Feb 13, 2008 09:29 AM

                forget Casa Gallardo, it's a chain and going there for Mexican is like going to Roma's for ribs. STL has the benefit of a really decent and good increase in Mexican and Central American restaurants. Unfortunately all the ones I've tried are in the very South Grand area (not a short drive from Westport).

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                  dalaimama RE: hill food Feb 13, 2008 09:49 AM

                  I'm from Texas, so I'm pretty uninterested in eating Mexican while in STL. I am subject to the whims of those I'm travelling with, however, so I'm going to be a good sport if I have to ;>

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                    ngtybtnice RE: hill food May 10, 2008 06:15 AM

                    What other Mexican restaurants would you recommend, other than Casa Gallardo?

                    Something within a short drive from the Sheraton Westport Chalet.

                    Thanks.

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                      sheriffblalock RE: ngtybtnice May 10, 2008 06:33 AM

                      Near the airport there are a couple of Mexican places that are pretty good. It's an easy drive, since it is all highway.

                      http://www.riverfronttimes.com/locati...

                      Taqueria los Tarascos is very authentic, as described in the review that's on that page. A little more Americanized is Las Palmas, but it is still very good.

                      http://www.riverfronttimes.com/locati...

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                        Phaedrus RE: sheriffblalock May 10, 2008 12:31 PM

                        Las Palmas has two dishes I recommend highly. They have menudo on weekends and they have sopa de marisco on their regular menu. In addition to that the carne asada is pretty good too.

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                          ngtybtnice RE: Phaedrus May 11, 2008 04:01 AM

                          Las Palmas looks like our best bet. Good food and within a short drive.

                          Thanks.

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