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kschive Apr 16, 2011 06:54 PM

I'm going to be spending four days next week in the Gray Summit/Eureka area of Missouri. From what I can tell, the area is something of a culinary black hole, but I will have a car and am willing to drive up to 25 miles (or even a little more) for a good dinner. I like almost any kind of good food. so I'm open to any suggestions. And I was kind of hoping one suggestion might be for some good BBQ... But any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks! -Kim

  1. wekick Apr 17, 2011 09:20 AM

    If you don't mind the drive, you can take 44 right into St. Louis and have your choice of some of the best. Pappy's or Bogart,s(BBQ) would be about a 35-40 min drive. Also the Shaved Duck is good. I would look at some of the past threads for St. Louis if you want the best St. Louis has. There are threads on St. Louis specialties and some of the best restaurants. Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus just won Best New Chef of the Midwest from Food and Wine magazine. Harvest is one of my favorite places. We also have quite a few good ethnic restaurants.
    If you have to stick closer to where you are staying for some reason, Joe Boccardi's is probably the best of the ones in Eureka for dinner. American Bounty is pretty good in Washington and we like Wimpy's for hamburgers. There are a couple of places by Labadie but I haven't been there so can't comment.

    Joe Boccardi's
    128 Boccardi Ln, Eureka, MO 63025

    American Bounty
    430 W Front St, Washington, MO 63090

    Shaved Duck
    2900 Virginia Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63118

    3257 Ivanhoe Ave, St Louis, MO 63139

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    1. re: wekick
      Uncle Luigi Apr 21, 2011 07:27 AM

      As this isn't my hood, I wasn't aware that Joe Boccardi's had a location in Eureka, but if they do, that is your place for a great version of St. Louis-Style pizza. SUPER Thin and rectangular, cut into squares with provel cheese.
      My recommendation is to go simple with pepperoni here. IMO St. Louis crust can't support a lot of toppings. I think there is a good lunch special too.

      I also recommend a St. Louis favorite Fast Food place called Lion's Choice. It is roast beef sandwiches and really great horseradish sauce. Their fries are really good too. Total Fast Food, but a St. Louis classic that is starting to franchise into other cities. It is to Arby's what Ruth's Chris is to Ponderosa.

      St. Louis isn't a BBQ town, so I would skip it. People used to love Super Smokers, but since Pappys is the darling of town, I haven't heard much about it lately. I used to live in KC and South Texas, so I don't go for BBQ when I'm in St. Louis.

      Joe Boccardi's
      128 Boccardi Ln, Eureka, MO 63025

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      lemons Apr 17, 2011 02:43 PM

      Yes, many people drive much farther than that to go into St. Louis every day for work. Just be careful with your alcohol intake and you'll be fine.

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      1. re: lemons
        tonifi Apr 17, 2011 05:44 PM

        There is actually a bbq place in Eureka called Super Smokers that took a lot of awards some years ago, I haven't been in a million years, Eureka is way off my beaten path. I strongly second the rec for Shaved Duck, it is more of a restaurant than bbq joint, but the bbq is very good, and they do some interesting stuff with it. Also a nice beer selection, although as lemons points out, you are going to be on the road for 20-30 miles, so you want to watch your intake. Highway 44 will bring you right into the city, and it's not the highway that gets jammed, so you shouldn't have any problems. If you find yourself stuck in your hotel room some night, call Imo's and order a pizza, just so you know what everyone is yelling about when they tell you how much you'll hate it. (I love it, but I'm a native...) Get some toasted ravioli, too, for the full St. Louis experience.

        Shaved Duck
        2900 Virginia Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63118

      2. k
        kschive Apr 19, 2011 06:10 PM

        Thanks for the help and suggestions. Not sure how far out of the area my companions will be willing to travel, but it's nice to know there are some possibilities in the vicinity as well as in the city. Leaving tomorrow. Will let you know where I end up eating. Thanks again! -Kim

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        1. re: kschive
          FriendOfTheDevil Nov 4, 2011 08:03 AM

          I'm looking for rec's in the Washington area. If you are still out there, where did you end up going?


          1. re: FriendOfTheDevil
            kschive Nov 4, 2011 08:36 AM

            I ended up with companions who didn't want to travel (and a week of very bad weather--nobody wanted to hop in the car and drive when the tornado sirens were going off every hour, and my week ended with a tornado hitting the St. Louis airport delaying my departure for a few days). All that is to say that I didn't have much to report on... I ended up going to the Hawthorne Inn (http://thehawthorneinn.net/) in Labadie several times, mostly because it was the closest restaurant to the Purina Farms site in Gray Summit. Given that there was no competition in the area, it was surprisingly decent, and the fried spinach appetizer was more than decent--it was rather transcendent. In fact, I would go back just for that. I also went to a BBQ place one night that was pretty forgettable. Sorry not to be more helpful. That fried spinach was pretty amazing though...

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