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Jan 22, 2012 03:56 PM

Restaurant near St Louis airport

Four couples driving into St Louis next Sunday afternoon to sleep overnight and fly out bright and early Monday morning. We are going to stay at a hotel with Park and Fly near the airport. Looking for a rec on a restaurant not too far away.

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  1. Give us a little more idea of what bright and early means. Is this a 7 a.m. flight? Will you have a car?

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    1. re: lemons

      Sorry, we are looking for a rec for dinner Sunday night. We will have cars but we prefer a restaurant near the airport so we don't have too far to drive after dinner and drinks.

      1. re: curedman

        One of the old St. Louis Italian restos has an outlet near the airport, walking distance of a couple of the hotels. Too distracted by football to google it for you but it should be easy to find. There are also some good, inexpensive Mexican restaurants not far away but will call for your car. Either Los Tarascos or Las Palmas are family-owned and tasty, a little beyond the usual Mex-American, if you're up for that, but combination platters for the hesitant. They're on Woodson Rd., which runs north right into the airport.

        What the hey, the lombardo's is on Natural Bridge Rd.; the website for them is There's a 'que place nearby, Bandana's, which is sometimes okay and sometimes not. I'm sure you'll have more suggestions from others.

        1. re: lemons

          Thanks for the help. We had zeroed in on Lombardo's but they are closed on Sundays.

          1. re: curedman

            There have been several recent threads on this (last 6 months or less I think) if you search the archives.

            Lombardo's is not bad. I think Bandana's is not worth going to.

            India Palace is very good Indian in a time-warp tiki bar on the top floor of a Best Western (go figure, a lot of the best places in St. Louis are in strip malls or random locales).

            Spiro's (Greek-American) on Natural Bridge is not bad.

            For a very pleasant ambiance and small plates, head to Cork Wine Bar in Ferguson (just east of Lambert, exit Florissant Rd. off I-70 and head north about 1.5 miles or so.) Across the street from that is a microbrew place, Ferguson Brewing Co. which has above average pub fare and good in-house brews.





            1. re: ddfry3

              I've heard good things about Cork (Ferguson, who'd a thought? - I get to say that since I spent a chunk of childhood there)

              another good Mexican place is la Tejana in a strip mall on Lindbergh South of the airport, cross street something like White Manor (there's a light). excellent carnitas and asada tacos.

              will have to check out India Palace for the kitsch factor

              Bandana's is ok (chain) but I wouldn't send anyone there and does not represent what STL has to offer in the world of the grill. but then again could easily handle the 8 people in your party.

    2. Between it being Sunday and near the airport, I don't think you are going to find alot of great choices. I would suggest you drive out a bit. St. Louis is a very close together city.
      Where are you from?
      What sort of food do you guys like?


      1. It's like only a 10 or 12 minute drive into Clayton, which is the option that offers the most alternatives. I'm almost positive that Oceano is open on Sunday. Not sure about Pomme, but worth a check. Luciano's may also be open. Don't think Araka is.

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        1. re: Wayno

          Oceano is. Luciano's has just had a major pipe break this weekend and they're unsure about when they'll re-open.

          Oceano Bistro
          44 N. Brentwood, Clayton, MO 63105