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Mar 26, 2010 08:13 AM

STL eats?

My wife and I will be staying at Drury Inn & Suites Convention Center, 711 North Broadway
next week for 4 days. Where's good to eat in the neighborhood? Where on The Hill? Our budget is a bit tight (whose isn't these days?). What's not to be missed? We like all cuisines. We'll have a car, so we can travel a bit for something not to be missed.

Drury Restaurants
N Mount Auburn Rd, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

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  1. Where to start? Here are a few good choices keeping in mind your budgetary and location requirements:
    For breakfast, Rooster:
    For barbecue, Pappy's Smokehouse:
    For a great Italian sandwich on The Hill, either Amighetti's (get a Special): ; or Adriana's:
    For a unique dining experience at lunch or dinner, Iron Barley: (their site seems not to be working at the moment. Find them on
    )To satisfy your sweet tooth, Ted Drewes (get a "concrete," thick frozen custard with your choice of mix-ins): and Crown Candy Kitchen (unique soda fountain, same location and unchanged decor since the beginning of time; get a chocolate or chocolate/banana malt):

    Please be sure to report back and give us your reviews.

    Iron Barley
    5510 Virginia Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63111

    Crown Candy Kitchen
    1401 Saint Louis Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63106

    Pappy's Smokehouse
    3106 Olive St, St Louis, MO

    9438 Manchester Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63119

    1. Right inside your Drury Inn is a favorite Irish Pub called Tigin's. I like the place, and all my friends who have tried it have been very happy with it.

      Within walking distance: a restaurant called "410 Olive" in the lobby of the Hilton. This was a 19th Century bank and they have done a fine job of renovating it. The restaurant serves nice food, at moderate prices.

      You can easily walk to Laclede's Landing, which is what remains of our 19th Century waterfront. Hannegan's is a replica of the US Senate dining room. Moderate prices.

      And you can walk to Lumiere Place. I go there for sushi at Asia. Go to the Four Seasons Hotel and have a rooftop drink at the swimming pool level.

      Also, you can walk west on Washington Avenue, where you will be overwhelmed by restaurants worthy of your attention. I like the London Tea Room for lunch. (Note you order at the counter here - so get a menu, choose a table, sit down, and then go back and order.) Mosaic is a popular restaurant on Washington. For moderate prices, turn south on 10th Street. You will come to 10th Street Italian (lunch and dinner) and Cafe Breve (sandwiches).

      Irish Pub
      PO Box 176, Montrose, SD 57048

      Cafe Breve
      120 S Central Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63105

      Hannegan's Restaurant
      719 N 2nd St, Saint Louis, MO 63102

      Drury Restaurants
      N Mount Auburn Rd, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

      10th Street Italian
      504 N 10th St, Saint Louis, MO 63101

      London Tea Room
      1520 Washington Ave Ste Frnt, Saint Louis, MO 63103

      10th Street Bar
      3948 NW 10th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73107

      Four Seasons Cafe
      116 Main St N, Lakota, ND 58344

      1. On The Hill, we really like Guido's for the italian food as well as Spanish Tapas and it's not super expensive (if you like the calamari, this is THE place IMO)

        If you see the chain restaurant O'Charley's and aren't familiar with them, they have a great mix of food (really good inexpensive steaks) as well.

        The absolute best po-boy sandwich outside of New Orleans has to be at the The Gumbo Shop (9501 Manchester Rd). It is a _hole in the wall_ at the juncture of 2 streets. But the po-boys and the Mississippi Mud pie will make you weep with joy!

        1. If you want excellent SOUL FOOD you have to try Sweetie Pies on Manchester at Tower Grove in the city. Can't be beat!

          Sweetie Pies
          9841 W Florissant Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63136

          1. Sanfilippo's, which is in the hotel, has Italian food in the style of the Hill. The family that runs it is part of a clan that have restaurants all over the area, when several waiters married a family of sisters. Sanfilippo's, however, has one dish not found elsewhere, a dessert called inis. They're also open for lunch. Drury has a nice practice of getting local restaurateurs to run the eateries on their properties, so you're not getting corporate food.

            Drury Restaurants
            N Mount Auburn Rd, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701