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Soulard St. Louis

jhojati Apr 27, 2010 04:35 PM

I'm planning a trip with some friends to St. Louis in August, and think we are renting a house in the Soulard area. On my last trip to St. Louis we went to McGurk's and loved it, and will probably head back at least once while we are there, but it may be only for drinks or lunch. I'm a foodie, but some of my friends aren't, so I'm looking for something in between. Gastropub style food is usually a great match for our group, but am open to anything that isn't too high end (for instance, my friends would never eat at Niche, although it's on my to-do).

Thoughts? It doesn't necessarily have to be in Soulard, but it's just a preference. What about bars in the area, where are the good spots? We are all mid to late 20s, and there should be 6-8 of us.

I don't care for St. Louis style pizza, so we can ignore pizza joints.

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  1. hill food Apr 27, 2010 06:51 PM

    I've always liked the patios at Broadway Oyster Bar and Venice Cafe, but honestly after all these years have never eaten at either.

    Broadway Oyster Bar
    736 S Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102

    1. alan Apr 28, 2010 05:51 AM

      You're not that far from Iron Barley, which is a frequently mentioned spot on this board and is certainly unique to St. Louis.

      Iron Barley
      5510 Virginia Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63111

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      1. re: alan
        jhojati Apr 28, 2010 05:56 AM

        Iron Barley is a place I wanted to go to last time I was in StL, but just didn't make it. It's on my list for next time - good advice!

        Broadway Oyster Bar sounds fun - big patio?

        Iron Barley
        5510 Virginia Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63111

        Broadway Oyster Bar
        736 S Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102

      2. mtoo Apr 28, 2010 06:31 PM

        Newstead Tower Pub is in the Grove neighborhood which is about 10 minutes from Soulard. It's a gastropub that sources a lot of its food locally. Great beer selection too.

        Iron Barley is also awesome. Inexpensive and delicious.

        Pi has awesome non St. Louis style pizza. The Central West End location is awesome and hip. Obama loves this pizza. http://www.restaurantpi.com/

        The bars I like in Soulard are Hammerstones (awesome live music jam session on Sundays from 4-7) and 1860's. Lots of laid back locals at those spots

        Iron Barley
        5510 Virginia Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63111

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          alan Apr 29, 2010 05:42 AM

          I followed my own recommendation and took an out of town friend to Iron Barley last night. The chef is butchering his own pork and preparing some terrific pork chops. They were also offering an appetizer of an assortment of house made sausages. Go there.

          Iron Barley
          5510 Virginia Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63111

          1. re: alan
            jhojati Apr 29, 2010 08:03 AM


            1. re: alan
              mtoo May 3, 2010 03:04 PM

              We went on 4/29 and my boyfriend ordered the housemade sausages. I am also crazy for the watermellon salad.

          2. jhojati Apr 29, 2010 08:04 AM

            Any suggestions on where to watch a game? Cubs and Cardinals that weekend (disclaimer: I am a huge Cubs fan).

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              greggold May 1, 2010 02:09 PM

              A place close to Soulard that will fit the bill for the foodies and the non-foodies might be Frazer's. Great casual food. One of my favorite boullibaises (sp?). Every steak I have had there has been great. Horseradish encrusted salmon is awesome. Lots of daily specials. Great thin pizzas. I love this place. Great sandwiches at lunch.

              1. ennuisans May 2, 2010 03:15 AM

                Soulard is not far at all from the great Mexican restaurants on Cherokee west of Jefferson. Not only good cheap food at El Torito and La Vallesana among others but also locally made ice cream, agua frescas and one or two bakeries. Also several fun artsy shops, but the area can get sketchy near dark.

                La Vallesana
                2801 Cherokee St, Saint Louis, MO 63118

                El Torito
                2753 Cherokee St, Saint Louis, MO 63118

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                1. re: ennuisans
                  hill food May 2, 2010 09:25 PM

                  I have been hearing great things about Vallesana. next time I'm in town in a week or two I NEED to go check it out. I hear it's even better than my most recent fave down on Bates and Grand.

                  1. re: hill food
                    ennuisans May 2, 2010 10:12 PM

                    La Vallesana is indeed good, as are any of the nearby alternatives. People really respond to the "taco shack" appeal of LV but the others' are priced about the same. In fact, since I'm sadly about to leave St Louis I may have to take a day and $20 to do a round of taco sampling, if nothing else to try out everyone's house salsa.

                2. d
                  Doug May 3, 2010 09:12 AM

                  Soulard has a New Jersey style pizza place called Ferraros


                  They have outdoor seating. And if you are from New England, you will probably skip the pizza in favor of the eggplant parmesan sandwich...

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                  1. re: Doug
                    p.j. May 5, 2010 02:23 PM

                    Doug -
                    FYI: Eggplant parm sandwiches are very big in NJ, too. Huge Italian population.

                  2. k
                    kitINstLOUIS May 4, 2010 12:33 PM

                    Off Broadway on Lemp (3509) is a couple of miles south of Soulard. No food there but a decent selection of beer and liquor. It's known more as a small concert venue. Great live acts, good sound system: www.offbroadwaystl.com. Um, disclaimer: my husband and I own the joint, I'm biased.

                    Don't miss The Venice Cafe for some good food, drink and a tremendously fun patio. Have to see to believe. It's at Lemp and Pestalozzi. No affiliation, just a great local place. I have celiac disease, so don't eat out, but my friends always like their food.

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                      hill food May 5, 2010 07:56 PM

                      kit: I've been to Off Broadway, it's a really good room for a show, you don't by any chance know Bob and Sherri at the Way Out or Joe at B-Hill just out of curiosity?

                      glad to hear OB is still around - used to go to shows when I lived there FT in the 80's

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