Good Morning - Going to be in St. Louis 2 nights next week.
Staying down town, have access to transport.
What are some good places to consider that are not wallet busters, have great wine selections (by the glass) and inventive cuisine.
I eat all foods, my compadres....am not so sure about.
What are options for say... Italian (northern), Tapas, or other unquely good experiences in St. Louis?
Your italian options are kind of limited due to price. I wouldnt really mess around with any italian place on the hill, its not really that good. I Fratelli in clayton is good but its expensive. For tapas I would say goto modesto, it is close to downtown and very good. I would also recommend famrhaus for a good wine list and inventive food. Brasserie by Niche is very good french and you can get out of there fairly cheap. Theres alot of really good vietnamese on south grand if your looking for good cheap eats. As for things uniquely st louis I would skip toasted ravioli and imos pizza. For good pizza and good beer check out Pi. Something uniquely st louis is a slinger for breakfast. I think that eat-rite on chouteau is the best aswell as a fun experience as the place is as small as a shoe box. Courtesy Diner has a good one as well. I would also check out Blues City Deli for lunch and Frazers for dinner. Blues City Deli is super fun and will be pack on saturday afternoon. If you goto Frazers make sure you stop in Venice cafe for a couple beers, the place is a trip. If you have any other questions dont hesitate to post.
Blues City Deli
2438 McNair, Saint Louis, MO
3153 S Kingshighway Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63139
Brasserie by Niche
4580 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
LOVE the Eat-Rite, way better than Courtesy. place is a hoot, location looks sketchy as hell and the staff is usu. bickering about whose turn it is to clean the grease trap. folks from the nearby Soulard market dropping in to buy a bag of 20 sliders for their co-workers (and these aren't the trendy things that have been popping lately, they've always been here) and hey about $2 for a full-size real ceeseburger what's not to like?
You might also look around at other St. Louis posts on this thread; we've had several inquiries on this same subject fairly recently. And as far as wallet busters go, that depends on what your frame of reference is; our New York relatives are stunned by how inexpensive the high-end restaurants are here. You obviously travel a lot, to judge from your CH history, but everyone's frame of reference is different.