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Aug 23, 2010 11:15 AM

LA Chowhound Needs Help in STL

My wife and I will be in Saint Louis over the Labor Day weekend. We are going to the Cardinals game on Friday nite and need recommendations for restaurants walking distance from Busch Stadium (we are taking Metro to the game). Also, is there anything served in the stadium that is worth trying?

Last, we need recommendations for breakfast places. We are staying in Richmond Heights but, as Chowhounds, we will drive anywhere for great food.

Thank you very much.

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  1. Mike Shannon's is a great steakhouse next to the stadium. Great baseball vibe during game days while stile remaining professional. Sunday brunch definetely at Brasserie by Niche in the Central West End.

    Brasserie by Niche
    4580 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108

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    1. re: blipa80

      You're very close to Clayton, staying in Richmond Heights, and there are plenty of good restaurants there. Fabulous breakfasts on weekdays are hard to find here unless you're into a chain like First Watch, which isn't real fabulous to me, but YMMV. Just off the Euclid Ave. strip of restaurants on Delmar is the Delmonico Diner, a soul food spot that does good, folksy breakfasts. On Euclid, Koppermann's Deli does a pretty good breakfast, with some excellent potatoes. Euclid is in the Central West End, and runs 1 block east of and parallel to the eastern end of Forest Park, lots of restaurants and shops, going from Delmar south to the Barnes BJC hospital complex and the WashU Medschool, and the Metro stops there, too.

      One of our favorite pre-game meals is at Anthony's Bar, which is the casual part of Tony's. You can leave your car with the valet and pick it up after the game, for free, but of course you'll tip.

      1. re: lemons

        Near Richmond Heights in downtown Clayton is Pomme Cafe and Wine Bar which offers a very good breakfast in a nice, French cafe-ish atmosphere.

        Pomme Restaurant
        40 N Central Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63105

    2. One of my favorite downtown restaurants is across the street from Busch Stadium: the Clark Street Grill in the Westin Hotel. The hotel is in a renovated historic building.

      And since you are staying in Richmond Heights, you have a short drive to one of my favorite non-downtown restaurants: Harvest.

      Clark Street Grill
      811 Spruce Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

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      1. re: Doug

        Ditto on Harvest Restaurant. Fabulous place in Richmond Heights, Clayton area.

        And I'd skip First Watch as a breakfast place, reheated hash brown squares are more like McDonald's in my opinion.

        A great and more homemade breakfast place is in Clayton, which is right next door to Richmond Heights. Great restaurants and I'd recommend breakfast at......

        Companion Bakehouse & Cafe -
        Location: 8143 Maryland Clayton, MO 63105 - Map
        Phone: 314-721-5454
        Hours: Every day 6:30 am - 3:00 pm

        Another recommendation a block away from Companion Bakery which I've heard good things about is...
        City Coffee House & Creperie
        Location: 36 N. Brentwood Clayton, MO 63105 - Map
        Phone: 314-862-2489
        Hours: Mon. - Fri. 6:30 am - 4:00 pm, Sat. - Sun. 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
        Breakfast, luncheon and dessert crepes (white flour or buckwheat), Belgian waffles, pastries, sandwiches, salads, soups.
        Retail artisan bakery, coffees, pastries, breads. Breakfast and lunch specials daily.

        Downtown: Tony's is terrific and a St. Louis landmark. It is an experience so call ahead for reservations. And I would ditto the Mike Shannon's steak recommendaiton.

        So if you are willing to travel a little from your Richmond Heights consider the Clayton neighborhood or go the other direction to Maplewood which borders you on the south. If in Maplewood Monarch restaurant which has been a long-time successful spot just reopened with a new menu and I suspect it will be great like the previous incarnation.

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