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Old 02-09-2010, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Saint Robert, MO
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We (husband and I) will be in St. Louis for a woodworking show this weekend, Friday - Sunday. We have driven through St. Louis before but never really visited the city. I was wondering if there were any fun, unique places to eat that we should look for - anything that we wouldn't find anywhere else? Anything that's a St. Louis "must do"? It doesn't need to be any particular type of food or any particular price range... just looking for ideas on something that is uniquely St. Louis!

If it helps, we will actually be over towards O'Fallon during the day but can drive anywhere for dinners/brunch on Sunday. Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Saint Louis City
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My favorite restaurant in St Louis is Mosaic, located on Washington Avenue Loft District downtown, Mosaic - Modern Fusion Cuisine. It would be a great place for dinner Saturday night. After, head over to Lafayette Square for a drink at Baileys Chocolate Bar, this is a really gorgeous neigborhood and the drinks are fantastic, Baileys Chocolate Bar | St. Louis' Lafayette Square | Martinis, Desserts, Cheeses, Beer at the City's Most Romantic Restaurant. If you stay downtown you might want to check out Flamingo Bowl after dinner. It's a martini bar/boutique bowling alley down the street from Mosiac. If you like gambling, you can always go to the Lumiere Place casino on the Landing.
Another option is going to Bluberry Hill in the Loop, this is a St Louis landmark. There are a ton of places to go hang out after dinner up and down Delmar. You can also catch a movie at the Tivoli.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Saint Robert, MO
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fantastic - thanks so much!
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Clayton, MO
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We (husband and I). We have driven through St. Louis before but never really visited the city. I was wondering if there were any fun, unique places to eat that we should look for -


First off, St. Louis is blessed with an incredible local restaurant scene. Downtown St. Louis is ok and on the way back but it's the city neighborhoods that truly define St. Louis.

Must see neighborhoods include Central West End, Lafayette Square, and Soulard among others.

Soulard recommendations
McGurks in Soulard
1200 Russell Boulevard
St. Louis MO 63104
314-776-8309

Sidney Street Cafe
2000 Sidney Street
St. Louis MO 63104
314-771-5777


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Old 02-09-2010, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Saint Louis City
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First off, St. Louis is blessed with an incredible local restaurant scene. Downtown St. Louis is ok and on the way back but it's the city neighborhoods that truly define St. Louis.

Must see neighborhoods include Central West End, Lafayette Square, and Soulard among others.

Soulard recommendations
McGurks in Soulard
1200 Russell Boulevard
St. Louis MO 63104
314-776-8309

Sidney Street Cafe
2000 Sidney Street
St. Louis MO 63104
314-771-5777

The reason I didn't include Soulard or Benton Park is because its Mardi Gras this weekend and it will be next to impossible to eat dinner at any of those places. Otherwise, I always sent out of towners to Soulard. That is why I would concentrate on finding somewhere downtown, The Loop, Lafayette Square or the Central West End.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Saint Robert, MO
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Thanks for all the recommendations. We just moved to Fort Leonard Wood, so we are within driving distance. I'll keep those Mardi Gras areas in mind for a visit another time.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:23 AM
 
Location: South St Louis
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There are several fantastic city restaurants that I like to take guests and friends to: Aya Sofia (Turkish), Sage, Mama Campisi's, Smokin' Joe's BBQ, Atomic Cowboy (Tex-Mex), Three Monkeys, City Diner, Lou Boccardi's (Italian), Pappy's Smokehouse, Olympia Kabob House (Greek), Onesto (pizza, etc.), Joey B's on The Hill, Cicero's, Mango (Peruvian), Blueberry Hill, Cunetto's House of Pasta, Sweetie Pie's (Soul Food), and the Boathouse at Forest Park are some great ones.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Clayton, MO
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Very good point about Mardi Gras. It is a VERY BIG event here with hundreds of thousands of people flooding the soulard area.

Here is a suggestion for a great restaurant on the east side of the river in Edwardsville, il.

Erato On Main Edwardsville IL
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Old 02-09-2010, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Saint Robert, MO
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Again, thank you all so much. I would never have thought about Mardi Gras and probably would have wound up in the middle of it! ;-) Thanks for the heads up and all the great suggestions.
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