St. Louis Recommendations - Washington Univ
Greetings from California,
A family friend will be moving to STL from Seattle in August to attend Washington U. She has sophisticated tastes for someone her age (23) and she will be on a student's income.
Recommended by someone from STL but not a gourmand, I bought gift certificates to Imo's and Ted Drewe's. I want to give her a gift certificate to a restaurant or two that aren't too expensive, are close to WU or somewhere else she must see with good, interesting food where a student could get a meal for $15 - 20 or so. She likes all kinds of food.
Please recommend or refer to a previous link.
Will she have a car? Also, at 23 it sounds like she will be attending a grad program -- if it is med school or nursing, those are not on the primary campus.
A first suggestion might be Brasserie by Niche, in the Central West End.
Brasserie by Niche
4580 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
lots of decent places within that price point and 5 minutes of either the main campus or the medical campus. given the age I would imagine the U City Loop and downtown along Washington Avenue or Maplewood or South Grand would be 'fun'
heh Imo's - good in a pinch (but don't get us started on STL pizza w/o a careful read of the raging debate on this and other boards and forae) 'you can't go wrong with Drewe's' is a fairly universal attitude (has anybody EVER said anything bad about Drewe's except for the lines on a Saturday summer night post-game?)
, Saint Louis, MO 63101
I suggest a gift certificate to Coco Louco Brasil in the Central West End. 512 N Euclid Ave · Saint Louis · (314) 367-1600. They have a fabulous Sunday brunch, including both familiar brunch items and Brasilian brunch items. The Brasilian equivalent of tres leches cake is not to be missed.
My wife and I recently ate an absolutely miserable meal at Coco Louco Brasil (and it pains me to say this since I live in the neighborhood). It was a weeknight and no-one else was in the restaurant. The "feijoada" more closely resembled beans and franks than anything remotely Brazilian--I'm convinced the sausage was a hotdog. My wife's vegetarian beans were no better. I fear this is a restaurant about to enter history, and not in a good way.
My daughter is a student at wustl. She and her friends like Gokul. It's a vegetarian Indian buffet, and now they have a location in the Loop, not far from the Danforth campus. We also really like Guido's on the Hill. It's an interesting place, Spanish and Italian food. I really like the Spanish food there, and they have a good version of St. Louis-style pizza.
Gokul's location on Page is quite good, but the Delmar spot in the Loop, despite its kosher certification, is...lacking. They are still, I believe, only doing their buffet, nothing a la carte, and are repeatedly slow to refill the items, leaving one with rice, sauce, and a few vegetables. (It's vegetarian at both locations.) Just a FYI.