Chez Leon 7927 Forsyth Last Meal Served: May 15 Why We Think It Closed: Its niche—fewer people are dining at pricey, special-occasion restaurants. Where to Go Now: Drive a half mile west on Gravois Avenue to Quincy Street Bistro, and raise a glass to Nathan and Griffin Walker. Not to be missed here is the popular, ever so cheeky Tiki cocktail menu. Taqueria Durango Slowly braised and grilled meats, melted cheese, and vegetables pressed between halves of oblong bread—the decadent and addictive sandwich known as a torta—might have Dagwood-esque qualities, but the sandwich is rarely the knife-and-fork variety. Although Brazell seems like he has his tongue firmly in cheek, you can taste his enthusiasm and joie de vivre in every bite of his bird-based cuisine. This special is available M-F from 11 am to 2 pm.
The Mediterranean-focused restaurant offers dishes like olive oil poached cobia a fish known by many names with grapefruit, pomelo, watermelon, serrano, and rosewater. Not to be missed, however, is the Elysian Fields Farm rack of lamb: Truffles is one of the few restaurants not owned by Thomas Keller to serve the dish. We make it fresh for you! Talley engineered a superb seven-course menu—as well as the temporary and reusable structure that served as both prairie kitchen and dining area. The Israeli-inspired menu is designed for sharing, with an entire section dedicated to mezze and hummus, and a Jerusalem bagel that you should dip into everything. The food—like tomato-ginger bisque, chili-braised halibut with lime butter, and duck crepes—is the stuff of gastronomic dreams. Louis and love being the word-of-mouth guide for locals and visitors alike to discover the hidden and not-so-hidden gems.
Maplewood Offering hand-cut, pasture-raised pork, chicken, beef, and lamb from locally sourced farms seems like a no-brainer. The other was the x-ray. If you do come for lunch, the french onion roast beef melt and Polish dill pickle soup are two things you should try, along with an egg cream. Louis a welcome change of pace to the climate of big-city dining. Louis, many of them in University City on Olive Blvd.
And when they eat frozen custard, they go to Ted Drewes. Clayton There is an inviting earnestness to the food created by chef Matt Bessler of The Libertine. The shop does not take credit or debit cards. There are so many memories there… I remember the night I paraded our brand-new baby through Niche. This Italian spot in Clayton serves classics like linguine with clams, along with some more creative dishes like pistachio-crusted trout. Sides, like finger-thick carrots, green beans, and Brussels sprouts—all roasted to bring out their natural sugars—or sweet, crunchy fried okra are delightful.
Then we took a bottle of that Siduri home. Presented in alphabetical order, here are the top romantic restaurants in St. Central West End Taste is built solidly on craft cocktails that range from whimsical to cerebral as well as outstanding small plates. For a menu that ranges as widely as this one, Scape covers all of its options well, including a deeply intriguing set of raw-food items that are worth investigating for the culinarily curious and adventurous eater. Three Sixty Only a private jet provides a better aerial view. This was our first time at Bloom Café and we were very impressed. From pillowy gougères to silky chocolate mousse—served on close-set, paper-topped tables in a lively, always-packed room—a meal here is as good for the soul as a trip to Paris, start to finish.
This Delmar Loop spot serves Latin-inspired small plates like tostadas and arepas, along with a few larger dishes like a whole roasted fish. Kilgore is an adroit completist, proud to offer over 100 different types of whiskeys and over 400 varieties of spirits. They also stay open until 3am every night, which means you can still get oysters and wings at 1am when those two things suddenly sound like the right move. And just like that, one of our favorite night spots became even better. A standout among the constellation of estimable eateries in Maplewood, Home Wine Kitchen shows that neither swank settings nor pretentious gastro—razzle-dazzle are necessary for restaurant excellence. Maybe you got a promotion and want a brunch spot with patio space and drinking options.
A cultivated tippler's Eden, the space also houses the Bullock Room upstairs. It lacks Edison lightbulbs which adorn every new restaurant, but it is a beautiful and simply outfitted space with pragmatic touches. Frangipane tarts are filled with glistening seasonal fruits while classic cakes like Opera and Sacher Torte stand tall and fancy. Try a specialty concrete like the Terramizzou, a blend of chocolate sauce and pistachios, or the Hawaiian, a combination of banana, coconut, pineapple and macadamia nuts. Louis sweets, another top destination is World's Fair Donuts near the.
Would you ever give up the Niche building? Where to Go Now: Head for Bistro 1130 in St. The food was delicious, other than the scrambled eggs got cold a bit too quickly, and the selection of coffees was an extra bonus. You can choose between the cornmeal crusted deep dish and the thin crust, or just try one of each if you come with friends. There are a few outposts around St. Louis: 9841 West Florissant and 3643 Delmar.
The food changes almost weekly, but the zucchini steak and roast pork with peach mustard are two dishes to keep an eye out for. Benton Park Kevin Nashan, the chef and owner of Sidney Street Cafe for almost 15 years, makes dishes that are erudite, innovative, and mindfully constructed. Brentwood, 314-721-9400; 16125 Chesterfield Parkway West, 636-536-9404;. Located inside a former car showroom from 1916, Fountain on Locust is a great spot for a casual lunch or weeknight dinner. Milagro Modern Mexican Jason and Adam Tilford are known in St. The menu features snacks and hearty fare, but we prefer nibbles from the cheese menu, with products from Europe and the Midwest. Louis dining on the national stage.