If you’re looking for a neighborhood dining guide, and some of the best eats in St. Louis, you’ve come to the right place. Rather than list all the great eateries in the city though, it’s easier to break things down by area. Among the many fantastic STL hotspots to stop at are The Hill, home to nationally renowned Italian food at Charlie Gitto’s, Dominic’s, Lorenzo’s Trattoria and more; Clayton, which includes great upscale options like 801 Chophouse, Sardella and The Crossing; and Tower Grove, where you can find excellent casual fare at Guerrilla Street Food, The Shaved Duck and Eat Sandwiches. We hope you’re hungry. There’s no shortage of food to choose from on our neighborhood dining guide to the best eats in St. Louis.
It’s just a short stretch of the city, but South Grand packs quite a punch. Choose from cuisines from around the world for a lunch or dinner. The King & I and Pho Grand have excellent Thai and Vietnamese fare, respectively. Meskerem serves some of the best Ethiopian food in the city. Mangia Italiano is a great place for pasta, and Gelateria del Leone offers great coffee and gelato. Don’t miss The Vine either, where you can dine on Mediterranean delights for next to nothing.
There aren’t as many upscale dining options here, but there are great options for dining. The Delmar Loop boasts more than its share of quality fare, from the barbecue at Salt + Smoke to Middle Eastern food at Ranoush, from the pub fare at Three Kings to the tacos at both Mission Taco and Seoul Taco. Don’t miss The Melting Pot if you’re in the mood for fondue either.
In a small area, but The Grove is home to several great places to eat. Sameem provides outstanding Afghan food. Everest Cafe & Bar features Nepalese, Korean and Indian cuisines. At Urban Chestnut, you can combine some excellent sandwiches and German-influenced food with terrific beer. Confluence Kombucha serves a variety of fresh small plates, while The Gramophone offers tasty sandwiches. And Layla’s burgers and shakes are first rate.
The restaurants on Cherokee Street combine longstanding and delicious Mexican restaurants with new and exciting options. Try traditional tacos at Taqueria El Bronco or Tower Taco or the Asian-Mexican fusion food at Kalbi Taco Shack. Vista Ramen is a key part of the food scene here. Not that hungry? The Mud House serves tasty coffee and more.
Don’t sleep on downtown. The food options are probably not as heralded as in other neighborhoods, but there are great dining available. Rooster and Pi both have locations here — great spots for brunch or pizza, respectively. Medina Mediterranean Grill has delicious but inexpensive dishes, and Bailey’s Range serves delicious, gourmet burgers. Broadway Oyster Bar serves cajun food in a fun atmosphere
A Boston native, contributing editor Ben Szanton has embraced St. Louis but is still learning more about his new city by the day. A young entrepreneur and exercise enthusiast, he's always happy to share the new song he can't stop listening to or taco place he just discovered. He covers a wide range of St. Louis topics for SELECT.