St. Louis has areas renowned for Italian cuisine, pockets of posh "see and be seen" establishments, swaths of delectable dining from every world culture you can imagine, and more...forks up!
Where St. Louis goes to mangia bene: great Italian in every style, from the elegance of Charlie Gitto's (5226 Shaw Ave., 314.772.8898) to casual, family-friendly Mama's on The Hill (2132 Edwards, 314.776.3100). Great wine lists, too, like the one at LoRusso's Cucina (3121 Watson, 314.647.6222).
The region's heart boasts a concentration of worthy meals, whether you're seeking a fuel for a day of sightseeing (try Stefano's breakfast pizza; 504 N. 10th St., 314.241.7722), a spicy lunch (noodles at Sen Thai, 1221 Locust, 314.436.3456), or classic Italian and stunning views (Kemoll's, 211 N. Broadway, 314.421.0555).
Stunning Victorian neighborhood boasts a brewery/distiller (Square One Brewery, 1727 Park Ave., 314.231. ALES), Belgian brasserie (Tripel, 1801 Park Ave., 314.678.7787), rooftop French bistro (Vin de Set, 2017 Chouteau, 314.241.8989), and much more.
The sheer number of restaurants in Clayton rates a mention: the business heart of the county boasts everything from steakhouses (Ruth's Chris, 1 N. Brentwood, 314.783.9900) to wine bars (Pomme Café, 44 N. Central Ave., 314.721.8801). The mini-empire of renowned chef Gerard Craft (including Niche, 7734 Forsyth, 314.773.7755) lives here, too.
This charming suburb scores high on walkability, so park the car! From locally sourced pub grub (Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave., 314.241.BEER) to the Cuban/Creole mashup at Boogaloo (7344 Manchester Rd., 314.645.4803), there's plenty of variety to keep you happy along the main drags of Manchester and Sutton.
Central West End
The city's classic artsy/bohemian neighborhood, this leafy locale boasts delis (Pickles Deli, 22 N. Euclid, 314.361.3354), pubs (Llywelyn's, 4747 McPherson, 314.361.3003), and sweet spots (chocolatier Bissinger's, 32 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.7750, and cupcakery The Cup, 28 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.6111).
Long known as a hub of numerous ethnicities, this is a great area for sushi (Cafe Mochi, 3221 S. Grand, 314.773.5000), pho (Pho Grand, 3195 S. Grand, 314.664.7435), tajins (Baida, 3191 S. Grand, 314.932.7950), and kebobs (The Vine, 3171 S. Grand, 314.776.0991).
Nearby Washington University keeps this strip hopping, and spots from Mission Taco Joint (6235 Delmar, 314.932.5430) to Three Kings Public House (6307 Delmar, 314.721.3355) buzz day and night. Hit up Fitz's for STL-made root beer and sodas (6605 Delmar, 314.726.9555).
Its reputation as a hip club district solidified, the area also includes good eats from Nepalese (Everest Café, 4145 Manchester, 314.531.4800) to Tex-Mex (Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester, 314.775.0775).
Don't miss: Midtown Alley (BBQ at Pappy's, 3106 Olive, 314.535.4340); Benton Park/Cherokee (taquerias like La Vallesana, 2801 Cherokee, 314.776.4223); Webster Groves (N'awlins-inspired grub at Hwy 61 Roadhouse (34 S. Old Orchard Ave., 314.968.0061); and Ferguson (Ferguson Brewing Co. is a gathering spot, 418 S. Florissant Rd., 314.521.2220).