It is often the lot of travelers find themselves bereft of company when mealtime rolls around. Where to go to soften the ignominy of the solo repast? Plenty of eateries around St. Louis cater to the unaccompanied diner with a wide range of options. Here are some favorites.
Pop into Mississippi Mud at 1223 Pine St., downtown, for espresso and bakery items. The café is located in the Art St. Louis Gallery, which hosts themed, juried shows of work by regional artists; plus there’s free wi-fi.
If you’re a Cardinals fan, you can eat among friends at Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village across Clark Ave. from downtown’s Busch Stadium. And if you’re not, you might see your favorite team in action on one of the many TVs, including Ballpark Village’s monster 40-foot screen. Plus, you’re steps away from the Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum.
You can take a complimentary tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery complex or pay $25 for the St. Louis Beermaster Tour (totally worth it) or sign up for the St. Louis Beer School ($10, again, worth every penny). Then head over to the Biergarten for beer flights (17 on tap), brewmaster tastings, a full menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, wings and stews, and a meet-and-greet with a Clydesdale.
There are at least three reasons to dine at the Pin-Up Bowl: 1) bowling, 2) a menu of tasty noshes like quesadillas and pizza, and 3) The Loop, where the Pin-Up Bowl is located and which happens to be St. Louis’ most happening neighborhood.
Also in The Loop, Fitz's (the name of both the restaurant and the excellent root beer made on the premises) offers the opportunity to watch their vintage bottling line in action while noshing on the tasty, sports-bar-ish fare.
BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups actually has a food item in the name, which tells you how seriously this music club takes its menu. You can enjoy great local and regional performers every night of the week along with your gumbo, muffalaletta, burger, barbecue and pizza.