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Best St Louis Restaurants?

If we are talking cannoli-MO Baking Company on a visit to the Hill. Take cash, and be hungry!

May 18, 2015
ddfry3 in Great Plains

St. Louis: Pappy's or Bogart's?

I'd say it depends on what specific type of bbq. Bogart's for ribs, maybe Pappy's for brisket. The pastrami at Bogart's is really good. I am a big fan of the ribs at Spare No Rib. I don't like them falling off the bone, I like a little resistance.

May 17, 2015
ddfry3 in Great Plains
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Best St Louis Restaurants?

Hillfood - while the area can be crowded, you could go to the Soulard location of Mission Taco.
I like Juniper also, and Olio/Elaia (especially the latter) is about as good as it gets in StL, next to Blood and Sand. You might try to get a guest pass there.

May 08, 2015
ddfry3 in Great Plains

Great Burger at O'Connell's -- Best in StL?

Very tough to beat, I must say. I'd suggest trying the burger at one of Sugarfire's locations - a blend of brisket and beef. Under $10 for a single, and of course depending on what you get added to it.

Apr 15, 2015
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StL: Coastal Bistro v. Oceano on NYE

I enjoyed a recent visit to Coastal. Nice space, kind of intimate, food was very good. Have not been to the Clayton Oceano, just the Chesterfield one that folded. I am going to Elaia for NYE, which last year for NYE offered one of the best meals I've yet had in my 42 years of life.

Dec 30, 2014
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Best St Louis bbq for dinner?

Save some money...especially for 801 Chophouse! Got a very good review recently in the RFT (alternative paper). Niche is always a fine choice.

Oct 01, 2014
ddfry3 in Great Plains

St. Louis - Highlights from a Visiting Hound

Thanks for a great review - the dining scene in St.Louis over the last several years has really stepped up. Literally dozens of good choices in all price points. Come back and visit!

Jul 01, 2014
ddfry3 in Great Plains

Dinner within walking distance of Saint Louis University

Triumph Grill is solid and would have something for most anyone. I like Small Batch, beautiful space, especially the mezzanine level. The Jazz Bistro has decent food. Sweetie Pie's midtown location is a possibility too. Vito's is a solid choice also.

May 22, 2014
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Bar/lounge near Sidney St Cafe

Great - thanks for the feedback. Really like the food and drink at Ernesto's - it can get crowded and noisy inside though. Cheers!

Apr 23, 2014
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Bar/lounge near Sidney St Cafe

Also nice is Ernesto's Wine Bar in Benton Park.

Apr 16, 2014
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Easter Brunch - St Louis?

You might consider Bixby's at the MO History Museum.

Feb 23, 2014
ddfry3 in Great Plains

St. Louis: Has anyone been to Juniper yet?

I've not yet been to Juniper, thanks for the reminder. This is the first ongoing restaurant by the chef, who is very gifted and has run short-term concepts in this space (which is lovely) and underground dinners. More intimate space at Juniper, food and drink would be great both places.

Dec 11, 2013
ddfry3 in Great Plains

BBQ...near downtown St Louis...on a Sunday evening

I would try to work out a Pappy's visit. Try to get there before mid-afternoon.

Oct 10, 2013
ddfry3 in Great Plains

St. Louis visit - Open to additional ideas

Thanks for the great update. Yes, StL is now getting a rep as a great BBQ destination. I've not been to Rooster since it expanded. I was just at Bogarts today (I live nearby in Lafayette Square). They have smoked tri tip sandwiches now - OMG!

Sep 14, 2013
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Sherman's Deli (St. Louis) Cabbage Soup Recipe

Pretty sure the deli itself is closed, but the exchange might work for you.

Aug 01, 2013
ddfry3 in Great Plains

German bakeries in St. Louis

How in the world does an "anarchist bakery" work? Violent overthrow of the status quo with baked goods? Nobody has scheduled shifts?

Jul 15, 2013
ddfry3 in Great Plains

German bakeries in St. Louis

Try Four Seasons Bakery off 70 in St. Charles, highly recommended:

http://www.4seasonsbakery.com/

Jul 11, 2013
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rehearsal dinner - St. Charles, MO

Pios is not haute cuisine but might work. Another place that comes to mind is Beefeaters near 370. What about that banquet center near the casino? Never been there, not sure if it is still open.

Jun 17, 2013
ddfry3 in Great Plains

rehearsal dinner - St. Charles, MO

Hendricks is indeed good and a huge space. I've not yet been to Prasino or the Brazilian place in the Streets of St. Charles development (the old Noah's Ark site), but that might be worth checking out. Old school but pretty good food is Pio's across from the hospital in downtown St. Chuck. Sadly that area is still mostly full of chains...

Jun 17, 2013
ddfry3 in Great Plains

Clayton/St. Louis questions

Thanks for the follow up, glad you enjoyed. I often wonder as so many posters never post after their visit!

Jun 17, 2013
ddfry3 in Great Plains

Trip Report [STL] – Bogart’s Smokehouse, Rue Lafayette, Half and Half, Niche, Rooster, Bailey’s Range

Rue Lafayette has been closed for several months now. Sad, but due to a divorce between co-owners.

Jun 09, 2013
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STL general area (wide net) question

That's too bad...not sure I can justify their dinner prices last time I looked at the menu, given all else that's out there. I had a great pork chop entree at the Block in the CWE that was only $17!

Jun 07, 2013
ddfry3 in Great Plains

STL general area (wide net) question

Lemons, how recently did he move to Overlook? The last time I ate at Duffs (within the last year) I could have thought of 100 places in StL where I could get a better meal. Not sure what's up there or if their 40+ year run is coming to an end. Loved Overlook when Grandinetti was there, too far to go if they are on their "B or C" game there. Granted, I think the competition in StL is MUCH higher than it was 40 years ago, or even 4! And that is a great thing.

Jun 07, 2013
ddfry3 in Great Plains

STL general area (wide net) question

Wine Country Gardens is pretty good, I've been there a few times over the last couple of years for Mother's Day brunches and the like.

Jun 07, 2013
ddfry3 in Great Plains

STL general area (wide net) question

Overlook Farm had great food and a very good chef, but from what I understand things have gone downhill precipitously since his departure.

Jun 01, 2013
ddfry3 in Great Plains

STL general area (wide net) question

The food at Chandler Hill near Augusta is pretty good and there is a nice view and huge patio. What about the Hawthorne Inn in Labadie? No view, but good food.

May 27, 2013
ddfry3 in Great Plains

Two Great Burgers in StL -- O'Connell's and Fatted Calf

Yes, Fatted Calf is gone for good. It was once a small national chain in larger cities. I thought the new burger place in Clayton pretty good. Five Star has been open at least six months or more, Fatted Calf has closed more recently, I'm pretty sure.

My go to places for great burgers:
Price no object: Blood and Sand
$10 and under: Sassy Jacs (Soulard) - great meat, toasted brioche bun
O'Connell's Pub, Blueberry Hill

In between: Late night menu at Five Bistro on The Hill

May 22, 2013
ddfry3 in Great Plains

Cafe Luna closed, Champaign

I read with sadness about the closure of Cafe Luna. I lived in CU for the better part of 20 years, and remember well Luna at the 4th and Green location, which was some of the best dining around. It seems their decline started around the time I left in 2009. I admit I haven't been there for several years. I wonder what happened? I see online harrumphing about tapas style places, but it seems to me that the point is to order 4-5 things and share. Yes, it can get expensive if you aren't careful. Anyone want to chime in on what they think happened?

Jan 15, 2013
ddfry3 in Great Lakes

Jelly Doughnuts in St Louis

Not sure about Sunday, but John Donut on Broadway near Soulard is great. There are certainly Jewish folks in St. Louis, but more spread out than they used to be.

Dec 06, 2012
ddfry3 in Great Plains

Non-Chain Recommendations in Champaign-Urbana, IL

The last time I ate Garcia's at Glenn Park in Champaign, the last location of which I am aware, it was pretty dingy and the food not very good. This was several years ago.

Oct 04, 2012
ddfry3 in Great Lakes