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Oct 3, 2009 05:48 PM

Visiting St. Louis


My wife and I will visit St. Louis for a weekend in mid-October. I'm looking for any suggestions for moderately priced restaurants (breakfast through dinner) with particular interest in neighborhood or institutions that are frequented by locals.

Thanks to all who may be able to help!


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  1. To help us answer this a bit better for you please tell us the following: Do you have any idea where you will be staying? Will you have a car or be using public transportation?

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    1. re: DetectDave

      We'll be staying downtown at, I believe, the Marriott. We will have a car with us as well and don't mind driving a bit if necessary.


    2. When you say you are looking for an institution visited by locals, Iron Barley pops into my mind immediately. Requires driving I-55 south from downtown, but it is still in the city.

      You didn't say which Marriott you are staying at, and you didn't say exactly what days you will be here, but if it is the Marriott at Union Station and if you are here on a weekday morning, try The White Knight on Olive and 18th. A hygenic pre-fab from the 1920's.

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      1. re: Doug

        Thanks very much. We'll be there on the weekend of the 16th, 17th and 18th. I believe we are staying at Union Station; we're meeting friends who are taking care of the accommodations.

      2. Pappy's Smokehouse, in the St. Louis University area, has terrific barbecue--by far the best I've had here. It's an easy drive from where you're staying. You're probably better off at lunch, only because they are known to run out of some items by dinner on occasion. Also, Blues City Deli has received high marks on this site, although I can't vouch for it personally. If you're interested in Vietnamese, you might head down Grand and visit Pho Grand or Banh Mi So #1.

        1. When we viist St. Louis (we used to live there), we often have breakfast at Kopperman's in the Central West End. Huge menu, but we usually get the potato pancakes and homemade applesauce and the eggs benedict with smoked salmon instead of Canadian bacon. Fun neighborhood to wander around, too.
          For lunch or dinner, we like Arcelia's, a Mexican restaurant on Lafayette Square. Our favorites there are the sour cream (white) enchiladas, and the Chile Colorado. While Arcelia's isn't much to look at, it's in a neighborhood of beautiful Victorian-era homes. If you're feeling indulgent, walk a block or two to Bailey's Chocolate Bar. My husband is addicted to their chocolate martinis!

          1. From Union Station it is a very short drive to one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in St Louis: Lafayette Square. It has the primo wine bar called "33" (note there is no sign so bring the address with you: 1913 Park Avenue). Very close is Ricardo's, renowned for its Italian food. Also close is Bailey's Chocolate Bar. All 3 are a few steps apart.