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St. Louis first timer- Recs Please

I am heading to St. Louis for the first time in May with my wife and 18 month old daughter. What are the St. Louis institutions that can't be missed? Maybe something I won't be able to get here in Utah. Where do the local foodies eat? I am interested in lunches and dinners. One day we will be going to a Cardinals day game. We will be staying with relatives in the city so transportation won't be a problem. We love all types of food of all types of prices, but with the baby we would like to trend towards affordable kid friendly places (preferably with great beer and mixed drinks). Although, for the right place we might be able to get a babysitter and go somewhere better suited for adults.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Affordable kid friendly St. Louis institution? Don't miss Amighetti's (the original---on The Hill---St. Louis' Little Italy) for lunch. If it's a nice day, order through the window and sit on the patio. Get the Amighetti's Special sandwich, and a mostacolli. It'll be waaay too much food for the 3 of you, but you'll love it! Save a little room for either their cannoli, or a gelato.
    http://www.amighettis.com/

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    1. re: Anne

      This is what someone recommended I do when i first moved here and it was less than good. I find alot of places on the hill to be sub par and cheesy. I would stay away, esp if your a foodie. Modesto is good though. The italian grocery stores are really fun but most of the restaurants and bland and boring. Blue City Deli would be awesome and it is close to the city. I really love The Good Pie. They have great neopolatin pizza and salads aswell as and excellent beer selection. I would also hit up the vietnamese places on South Grand. Pho Grand is an accessable stand by for the novice, although their pho is just ok.

      1. re: CDollarsign

        Link to Blues City Deli, very busy but quite yummy. Agreed on Amighetti's. The Hill is more interesting for its stores than for many, but not all, of its restaurants. Look around at other threads here.

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        Blues City Deli
        2438 McNair, Saint Louis, MO

      2. re: Anne

        I like Amighetti's but I agree with CDollarsign about the food on The Hill generally. Just average red sauce Italian by and large. Don't waste any calories on the ubiquitous but completely forgettable mostaccioli, universally mispronounced "musk-a-cho-lee" in these parts.

      3. Schlafly Tap Room has great local beer that you won't likely find in Utah and has excellent and kid-friendly food at very reasonable prices. Of course, if you do decide to go for the more upscale, adult meal, don't miss Niche, whose praises have been sung loudly and often on this board. I'd recommend looking at previous threads, particularly the recent one titled "St. Louis for a Week."

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        Schlafly Tap Room
        2100 Locust St, Saint Louis, MO 63103

        1. Don't miss Crown Candy, also frequently praised on this site. Definitely kid friendly and a good time. http://crowncandykitchen.net/

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

          1. All of your criteria are met at Rooster. It is right downtown. I love the crepes. Their menu sports many varieties of mimosas and bloody marys.

            http://roosterstl.com/

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            1. re: MuteFOOD

              Have you searched the several posts on this subject before? I have not been to all of the restaurants on the Hill, but with the exception of LoRusso's and Trattoria Marcella...both slightly off the Hill proper and generally not purveyors of the huge portion of red sauce and cheese school of Italian cuisine - the only must-stop place I know of is Adriana's, wonderful sandwiches. Have not gotten to Five yet, but I know it is highly regarded, and not Italian. Modesto is one of the better Spanish tapas places, also on the Hill.

            2. This thread had quite a few of the St. Louis favs and people have their opinions on which are the best.
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/722086

              this one is about ethnic food
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/689531

              This an interesting place, not an institution or restaurant though.
              http://www.salumebeddu.com/

              1. If Utah does not have Bedouin restaurants, try Al Waha.
                If Utah does not have Bosnian restaurants, try Grbic.
                If Utah does not have adult soda fountains, try The Fountain On Locust
                If Utah does not have izakayas, try Izakaya Ren

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                Grbic Restaurant
                4071 Keokuk St, Saint Louis, MO 63116

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                1. re: Doug

                  Izakaya Ren?? Do tell. This is a new one on me.