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I'll be attending a conference at the Sheraton Clayton next week and heard Clayton is a good foodie destination. I have a few recs for dinner places (Remy's, Pomme, Portabella (which I see also does lunch)), but I was wondering if you could point me to some breakfast and lunch places for a lone diner within walking distance (or an easy public transportation ride) from the hotel. Should I narrow it down more? I love ethnic food and don't care about atmosphere at all--it's all about the food. I'm also quite happy to pick up some good meats and cheeses or take-out and have a picnic in my hotel room. Thanks for your help!

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

Portabella Restaurant
15 North Central, Clayton, MO 63105

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  1. fortunately Metrolink runs not too far from there so if you have the time to get out, it will take you near the U City (Delmar) loop, Central West End and downtown easily (if maybe not so quick, there's a transfer involved) for STL it really is a good location to be carless and looking for food, I'd use those neighborhood names for a search, there have been a few threads, and things don't change that fast.

    http://www.metrostlouis.org/Default.aspx will your organization expense short cab rides? opens up a lot of possibilities.

    in addition to firsthand accounts on CH, the Riverfront Times online has a fairly comprehensive section on unusual places.

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    1. re: hill food

      Clayton is not a hotbed of ethnic dining, but Rearn Thai is in easy walking distance and does lunch. Pomme Cafe (a couple of doors from the restaurant) does breakfast, and there's a diner-type place on Central about 4 doors south of Forsyth that does one of the St. Louis signature dishes, the slinger, which involves eggs, hash browns, hamburger patties, chili and cheese...but I may have left something out. Someone else will come up with the name. Alas, a potentially wonderful b'fast spot is not open yet, called Half and Half. Companion Baking, however, has good coffee and pastries and also does oatmeal and some baked egg-type breakfast. St. Louis Bread Co. is known as Panera in the rest of the country, but it began here; it's next door, more or less, to the diner. Ichigo Modern Japanese is a little more of a hoof from the hotel, but my NY kinfolk would consider it a short stroll.

      That should get you started.

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

      Pomme Cafe & Wine Bar
      44 N Central Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63105

      Rearn Thai Restaurant
      7910 Bonhomme Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63105

      1. re: lemons

        Thanks very much for all the suggestions so far--it's great to know of some places within walking distance and some areas to to go when I have more time.

      2. re: hill food

        Cafe Barcelona. One of the best little Tapas Bars around. (Downtown Clayton)
        also, Lemoncello If it is still there.

        1. re: KCandy

          You haven't been here in a while, eh? No, Lemoncello is gone for quite some time. Chez Leon, once in the CWE, is now located there.

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          Chez Leon
          4580 Laclede Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108