Where to Eat When Touring St. Louis

Refuel in action at these St. Louis restaurants at the city's casinos, museums, parks and more

Smart travelers know how to multitask, like dining and sightseeing at the same time. Here are few attraction/restaurant options in St. Louis to help you fuel on the go.

Odds are good for a great breakfast at River City Casino. Lewy Nine’s Café serves breakfast Sunday-Thursday 7-11am, and extends breakfast from 11am-1pm Saturday and Sunday. The menu is a gallery of classics, like French toast, biscuits & gravy, eggs Benedict, waffles, pancakes and Denver omelet, but you can go international with items like breakfast burrito, Mediterranean omelet and German chocolate pancakes. Go light with steel-cut oats and house-made granola, or hearty with lobster frittata and steak omelet. You’ll be full even without a full house.

Lewy Nine's Café

You might also try The Kitchen Buffet and Bistro at Lumiere Place Casino, serving breakfast Monday-Saturday at 6am. And come back for the buffet dinner featuring a different specialty every night. Of course, a late night menu will keep you fortified until 4am. Party on.

You’ve just wandered through the 21 spacious new galleries of the Saint Louis Art Museum’s East Building (opened last June) marveling at the museum’s formidable collection of modern and contemporary art. Now it’s time to eat. Take in the view and the elegant menu at Panorama, the museum’s new restaurant serving local and sustainable dishes cooked from scratch. And then head back to the main building, the original Beaux Arts structure, for a look at all the reinstalled galleries that took advantage of the exhibition space freed up by the East Building.

Saint Louis Art Museum's East Building

Or you could head over to the Missouri History Museum, where the "250 in 250" exhibit surveys the city's 250-year existence, and head upstairs to Bixby's, named by Travel + Leisure Magazine as one of America's best museum restaurants. This is some of the most beautiful yet affordable and delicious food in the city. Quite a view from up there, too.

If the weather’s nice, you might just want to take a paddleboat for a spin on Forest Park’s waterways, which flow under bridges and past the occasional heron to the fountain-festooned Grand Basin. If it’s not, skip the cruise, but in either case, you’ll want to charter a table at the Boat House (pictured at top) and dive into a delicious dinner overlooking Post-Dispatch Lake. The dinner menu offers an eclectic array of noshes designed to please a flotilla of palates: salads, pizzas, hummus, nachos, and main dishes like half-pound burger, veggie burger, fish & chips, salmon BLT, tilapia reuben and baby back ribs.

David Lancaster
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David Lancaster is an accomplished artist and photographer whose work has been shown in galleries in St. Louis, Chica...