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Jan 20, 2010 08:20 PM

need St. Louis recs


coming in to see speakeasy open for umhrey's mcgee on thursday feb 4th and have thu and fri night.

need recs for thu late night eats, fri breakfast, and friday dinner.

fri dinner can be any price.

we like thai, steak, italian, laid back guy places without a strict dress code. it's me and my brother in law for 2 quick nights. any help would be appreciated.

thank you.
mike c

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  1. Do you have a car? Where are you staying? Where is the show?
    Don't know exactly what a "laid back guy place" is, but you can get terrific food in a very laid back setting in the Delmar Loop at Riddle's Penultimate, which focuses on local foods and has an extensive wine list. There are a couple of good (not great) Thai restaurants in the same neighborhood. Late night eats can be tough in this town. You might look at for recommendations because that site allows you to search for restaurants by a number of attributes, including, I believe, late night dining. You can get a classic St. Louis breakfast (slinger: in a diner atmosphere at Goody Goody Diner.

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    1. re: alan


      staying downtown at the old renesiance (bad spelling!) we will have a car. show at the Pageant. thanks for the recs

      1. re: mcegielski

        Another uniquely St. Louis option that will take you to south city is Iron Barley. Their website is down as I write this but here's a review:

    2. Umphrey's McGee will be at the Pageant on FEB 4.

      If you like Thai, the Pageant is surrounded by a plethora of Thai restaurants. I have no idea which one is best. The Pageant is in "The Loop", where there are many places to eat and they are almost all "laid back guy" places.

      I second Riddle's Penultimate. It has local food and live music and has not changed its decor since it opened its doors decades ago. It is in The Loop.

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      1. re: Doug

        thanks doug! yes, I love Umphreys. the opening band Speakeasy played my wedding so I am very excited. Thanks for the recs.

      2. Pi, right across from the pageant has fantastic Pizza. (Deep Dish especially).
        The Thai places in the loop (the area you will be in) don't rock my boat so much. The King and I is really good on South Grand.
        Iron Barley rec is a good one. Cool place.
        For "late night" you are probably best in the loop . They will be open the latest pretty much.


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        1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

          We hit Pi on our st. louis trip a few weeks ago, it did rock. great beer selection and we got the deep dish, somewhat similiar to a due's or uno's from chicago yet not as heavy. it was awesome! thank you

          1. re: mcegielski

            Your welcome ! And thanks for coming back and letting us know. So many people don't do that and you don't know if your rec's are on the money or not.

            i appreciate it.