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Kids in Downtown St. Louis

BarbecueCatfish Jul 26, 2012 10:12 AM

I'm headed to St. Louis for about 24 hours with my wife and 3 kids ages 7, 4, and 2.

We're driving up and headed to the City Museum right after lunch.

I can't decide between walking to the Schlafly Tap Room or taking the Metro Link to the Delmar Loop for Fitz's or Blueberry Hill.

We're staying Downtown and won't have access to a car. Any other suggestions for a brood of small children?

  1. hill food Jul 30, 2012 07:07 PM

    if the food trucks are around downtown when you're there, carry-out at the City Garden (no relation to the Museum) is an idea. kids love climbing on the sculptures and esp. playing in the splash fountain, but then there's not much shade and I think it's better in the early evening anyway.


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      steveb Jul 27, 2012 01:43 PM

      They have food at the City Museum. Make it easy. Take them there for lunch.

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      1. re: steveb
        brownhound Jul 30, 2012 03:01 PM

        1. I wouldn't travel to the Loop for what you're thinking of: Fitz's is cute but the food is very standard family stuff; Blueberry Hill is a bar-grill. Both are kid-friendly, Fitz's moreso, but neither worth the trip. If you want the Loop, Pi is better food and kid-friendly.

        2. If downtown, there's a new Pi pizza outlet there (on Washington) and there's Bailey's Range, which is good for both kids (burgers, fries, ice cream) and adults (beer, creative toppings). I recommend those over anything else you suggested. It's filled with families at kid-friendly hours (e.g., before 6).

        3. I find the food at the Schlafly outlets to be pretty mediocre: I've been about ten times and each time said "well I'll never eat THAT again." Fine if you want their beer, but that's about it. Frankly, the beer selection and food is better at Bailey's Range.

        4. Down the street from Washington is Tavolina Gelateria, which kids need on days like we've been having.

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        sub_english Jul 27, 2012 01:17 PM

        I don't recommend Fitz's. Their food hasn't been any good for years. During the day, Tap Room and Blueberry Hill are both appropriate for kids. I have never been that enthused about Tap Room's food, I find it on the bland side. LOVE Blueberry Hill's onion rings, and there is a lot for the kidlets to see there, but it is kind of a hike from the Metrolink station.

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          shannonstl Jul 27, 2012 05:06 AM

          Two other kid-friendly options in the Loop are Pi Pizza (which is much closer to the Delmar Metrolink station than Blueberry Hill and Fitz's) and also Cheese-ology. The latter serves about a dozen different types of mac-n-cheese. Cheese-ology was pretty popular with my little guy, but I could take it or leave it.

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            tonifi Jul 27, 2012 06:57 AM

            I don't know why the Tap Room is not working for kids on this board. I think the food is pretty superior to the food at either Blueberry Hill or Fitz's, and we've been taking ours there since they were born. I'd say take them to the Loop if you think they would really enjoy riding the train, and the Delmar Loop is a nice street to wander up and down...but if you just want a decent lunch, the Tap Room is fine.

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              shannonstl Jul 27, 2012 07:08 AM

              Do you find the food at the Tap Room better than that at Bottleworks in Maplewood? For me, I am not really a fan of Bottleworks food so I tend to discount the food at Tap Room as well.

              1. re: shannonstl
                alan Jul 27, 2012 10:43 AM

                I like Tap Room for kids and for adults. Good food, good service, great beer, no reservations.

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            shannonstl Jul 26, 2012 05:44 PM

            I am going to disagree. Although the root beer at Fitz's is great, I think the food is subpar and my kids don't really like it either (the food. They love the root beer!). We all prefer Blueberry Hill to Fitz's. The City Museum is fabulous!

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            1. re: shannonstl
              ddfry3 Jul 26, 2012 09:28 PM

              Agreed on the forgettable food at Fitz's. BH would have better food. Downtown is not super kid-dining friendly, but in Laclede's Landing Old Spaghetti Factory would work. Food is acceptable, and reasonable. The area is pretty dead though unless there is a game or big event of some sort.

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              kroppinkris Jul 26, 2012 10:38 AM

              I would concur with the Fitz's recommendation. My kids love the bottomless soda mug where you can sample almost all of their flavors.

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                FriendOfTheDevil Jul 26, 2012 10:18 AM

                In my mind, of the three places you named, Fitz's is the only place I would bring the kids.

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