Need a last minute STL recommendation
I'm at a conference in the Forest Park area (Eric Newman Center), right on the Metrolink. I am seriously considering skipping out of tonight's rubber chicken banquet. Does anyone have a recommendation for somewhere good, but casual? Somewhere that is an easy on-off from the Metrolink or a quick cab ride? Somewhere a singleton diner won't feel too out of place? I think the Hill is nearby, but I don't know anything about the restaurants there (and I won't really have time to do much research this afternoon while sitting in break-out sessions). I'd love some local Italian flavor, but I'm really not a picky eater.
Sorry this is so last minute. I am making a game-day decision on the banquet after reviewing the lunch spread!
Thanks for the last minute suggestions. I ended up at Bar Italia. A coworker who is not a very adventurous eater tagged along, and Italian sounded like a good choice. I had the soup of the day, which was a clam chowder (the weather demanded it). Lots of clams and very tasty. Followed with fettucini with a flavorful red sauce with sausage, chicken, and veal. Maybe a little undersalted.
Looks like there were a lot of interesting bars and restaurants in the general vicinity. I am trying to talk my husband into a weekend getaway.
You are in the Central West End, which is full of restaurants, all of which are within an easy walk or very short cab ride. There are other restaurants a Metro stop or two away. Here are some places you could go:
Bar Italia. Not your usual red sauce Italian. I give it very high marks: http://www.saucemagazine.com/website.php?e=74
Bobo Noodle House. This is a casual Southeast Asian spot. http://bobonoodle.com/
Atlas. Somewhat more upscale but very good food. http://www.atlasrestaurantstl.com/
Liluma. French/Italian. Walking distance. (Website is a bit out of date): http://web.mac.com/thecrossing/LILUMA...
Be sure to report back.
I second the Atlas recommendation. It is a short cab ride away.
Moxy at 4584 Laclede St. Louis, MO 63108,,314-361-4848 is just a couple of blocks north of where you are. Good, but can be noisy.
Luciano's (172 Carondelet Plz.,Clayton,314-863-9969)
is a couple of blocks west of the Forsyth metro link stop (head west on the Blue/Shrewsbury line). Also good food.
Good luck. Sorry about the lousy weather. p.j.