Need Help for dining this weekend in St. Louis!
We will be there for 3 dinners and 2 lunch/brunch...and a snack here or there ;) I have been doing research on here and there seems like a few good ideas...so far I'm leaning towards these as possible options:
The Shaved Duck
One of the Niche places
An American Place
Hodaks for some fried chicken?
A piece of Pie...where? Yes i will try the Provel ;) it doesnt sound scary to me ;)
I'm not a dessert person but sounds like my bf should hit up Crown Candy Kitchen & Ted Drewes for sweet stuff?
But what is "traditional" St. Louis food? I can't seem to figure out if there is such a thing? We are coming from San Francisco and love hole in the walls and high end...but just want to get a local flare on where ever it is we go.
We will actually be staying at Harrahs, outside the city but we will be renting a car and will drive anywhere , up to about an hour, maybe a little more for something really good ;)
Also..any suggestions for live music is much appreciated.
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For chicken -about a 40 min drive from where you are -
They have a family style chicken dinner on Sundays and serve fried chicken on the other days too. I have heard Hodak's is kind of bland but a lot of people like it.
For Pizza, you are pretty close to Fratelli's.
http://www.fratellisristorante.com/ home made dough, sauce and sausage
They also have good chicken spedini on Sat.
UNIQUE to or originating in St. Louis food-
gooey butter cake
St. Paul Sandwiches
pizza with provel-stick with the family places
BBQ pork steaks
This is a pretty good recent thread
2100 Gravois Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104
I'll try and hit at least some of your questions and then fill in later. Going in reverse order. For live music info your best source is the Riverfront Times, a weekly newspaper. RFT.com. Best venue IMO is the Pagaent in U City but not sure who is playing there. RFT will have the info.
St Louis foods- Toasted ravioli(Almost anywhere), Gooey butter cake(Most bakeries), Frozen custard(Ted Drewes and many other frozen custard stands) St. Louis style pizza(Imo's and many other places). Americanized Italian with heavy sauces (Most of the italian restaurants). I'm missing a few but I'm sure others will chime in.
Now if you were visiting and I was in charge, here is a list of the places to give you both a taste of St. Louis and show that we aren't just a fly over city when it comes to food.
Lunch-Crown Candy Kitchen, real old style soda fountain type of store. Blt or some other sandwich but mainly there for a Chocolate or Chocolate banana malt or other flavor of your preference.
Pappy's BBQ, Some of the best BBQ in St. Louis and I put it under lunch since they only smoke a set amount per day so when it runs out it's gone. An early dinner would probably be safe too.
Dinner-Farmhuas, locally sourced creative american food but you mentioned it so you may have read some things already.
Niche, locally sourced creative american food and again you mentioned it but if you want to change things up a bit Brasserie by Niche is less expensive bistro style food. If you go that direction Bissingers Chocolates in the Central West End would be a stop afterwards.
Monarch is unfortunetly closed for remodeling otherwise that would have been my third choice.
Iron Barley, kind of comfort food with a twist but very good.
A diffferent direction on the Pizza would be Pi which is not St. Louis style at all but our current president was impressed enough to fly them to the Whitehouse to make their pizzas.
To wrap up on your post:
Hodaks, ok fried chicken and an institution but nothing special.
Shaved Duck, haven't been there since they changed things.
American Place, haven't been there since the chef left.
We have some really good ethnic restaurants but since you are from SF I pretty much avoided them since admittedly you guys do most of those better. BTW based on where you are staying there isn't much in the immediate area but most everything can be reached in 1/2 hour or less in non rush hour traffic.
Other sources for food info
5510 Virginia Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63111
310 Cedar St, Wilton, IA 52778
2100 Gravois Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104
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2900 Virginia Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63118
Brasserie by Niche
4580 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
Annie Gunn's is good, but I think overpriced for what you get. Also good in the steak genre is Citizen Kane's in Kirkwood (also west of the city, not as far as AG) at a more reasonable price point. I'd also consider Sidney Street Cafe, in the same neighborhood as Niche, Crown Candy is a must stop and the real deal. For brunch, I recommend Nadoz in the Grand Center/Midtown area. I am not that crazy about Ted Drewes, but it is a local institution. Another great dessert place (and no, I don't live in the area) is also In Midtown, Fountain on Locust, some of the most decadent ice cream sundaes/desserts you could imagine. I should also add they have some eclectic and very delicious sandwiches, salads, and othe non-dessert items.
Sidney Street Cafe
2000 Sidney St, Saint Louis, MO 63104
Fountain on Locust
3037 Locust St, Saint Louis, MO
16806 Chesterfield Airport Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63005
A short drive from Harrah's is one of my favorite places to hang out on a summer weekend day. It is the Creve Coeur Lakehouse.
The food will not win awards like any of the other restaurants listed here. The only thing local is horseradish mayonaisse (99% of all horseradish consumed in the US comes from St. Louis). But the place overlooks a small lake, lots of bicyclists whizzing by, dogs are welcome, and it will lower your blood pressure by a few notches.
And has music some evenings.
If you want great pie, go to Sugaree Bakery in the Dogtown neighborhood and buy a mini one to go -- they are fabulous. Sugaree is open Fridays and Saturdays.
If you want a very good Italian place, try either Lorenzo's on the Hill (and steer clear of places like Rigazzi's and Cunetto's) or Trattoria Marcella on Watson. Great tapas - very authentic -
can be found at Modesto, also on the Hill. In Clayton area, BarCelona is also an excellent tapas place.
We love Franco in the Soulard area for French/continental food and interesting cocktails.
Have fun and bon appetit!
3600 Watson Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63109