Dining Guide: Multiple Locations – St. Louis Magazine

An essential compendium of restaurants across metro St. Louis, SLM’s Dining Guide was current at press time, in late October. With restaurants still facing uncertain times, be sure to call ahead or research online.
November 11, 2021
8:41 AM
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This article appears in St. Louis Magazine’s Dining Guide, published alongside the December issue. Written from an insider’s point of view by SLM’s dining team, it’s an essential compendium of more than 500 restaurants across the metro region. (The information was current at press time, in late October, though be sure to call ahead or research online.)
Bartolino’s
Italian. Bartolino’s opened in 1969 on The Hill. Today, two locations—one in South County and another in a Drury Inn—serve a menu of Italian specialties, seafood, fine meats, pastas, risotto, sandwiches, and St. Louis–style pizzas. 2103 Sulphur, 314-644-2266; 5914 S. Lindbergh, 314-487-4545; bartolinosrestaurants.com. $$$
Bristol Seafood Grill
Seafood. The fish is fresh, the sides are attractive, and the service is polished. The lobster bisque might even have healing powers. 11801 Olive, 314-567-0272; 2314 Technology, O’Fallon, Mo., 636-625-6350; bristolseafoodgrill.com. $$$
Charlie Gitto’s
Italian. Classic Italian accommodates both dressing up and dressing down. The eggplant Napoleon is a culinary wonder, and Nunzio—as in Gitto’s signature veal dish—is apparently Italian for Oscar. 5226 Shaw, 314-772-8898; Hollywood Casino, 314-770-7663; charliegittos.com. $$$
Chicken Out
American. Fried chicken sandwiches? They’re everywhere. But not with Duke’s mayonnaise, Crystal hot sauce, and potato buns like they have at this charming little spot from the Sugarfire Restaurant Group. 6197 Delmar, 314-384-1010; 10463 Manchester, 314- 858-1021; chickenoutchicken.com. $
Circle 7 Ranch Taphouse & Grill
Bar & Grill. This rustic taphouse and grill features table taps—the first in Missouri—that allow patrons to pour their own beers. The menu offers hearty bar food favorites, with an extensive burger, wrap, sandwich, and salad selection, as well as mac and cheese 11 ways. 14412 Clayton, 636-220-9707; 11769 Manchester, circle7ranch.com. $$
Companion Café
Café. This lunch favorite serves bread, daily soups, and fresh ingredients in an airy café. No meal is complete without a cookie. (Maryland Heights location temporarily closed.) 9781 Clayton, 314-218-2280; 2331 Schuetz, 314-627-5262; companionstl.com. $
Crushed Red
Pizza. Individual pizzas are built to order, along with tasty chopped salads. The atmosphere is informal, happy, and convivial; the ingredients are flawless and delicious. See website for locations, crushed-red.com. $
Dao Tien Bistro
Vietnamese. The pho and banh mi are excellent here, but this is the place to venture into less-familiar Vietnamese fare. Claypot casseroles, sweet-sour soups, and “broken” rice dishes piquant with pickled vegetables are all worth trying. 8600 Olive, 314-995-6960; 820 Olive, 314-405-8868; daotienbistro.com. $$
Dewey’s Pizza
Pizza. This gourmet pizza chain  serves inventive specialty pizzas, as well as seasonal offerings. Rotating craft beers are on tap, and the wine list includes Dewey’s own line from Novy Family Wines. (Call ahead for details regarding service availability.) See website for locations, deweyspizza.com. $$
DD Mau
Vietnamese. A fresh, healthy fast-casual spin on Vietnamese fare featuring bowls, banh mi, bao sliders, pho, and more, each available with a wide choice of protein options. 11982 Dorsett, 314-942-2300; 20 Allen, Ste. 120, 314-926-0900; ddmaustl.com. $$
Drunken Fish
Japanese/Sushi. Though sushi gets the most attention, consider the donburi, bowls filled with rice and generous toppings of chicken or fish. See website for locations, drunkenfish.com. $$$
Egg
Café. The imaginative menu includes several Benedicts, hashes, breakfast tacos, and even sopes. There’s a full bar, too, if more than fresh orange and grapefruit juice is required. 2200 Gravois, 314-202-8244; 3100 Locust; eggstl.com. $$
Fitz’s
American. Known for its root beer and bottling line, Fitz’s offers a full menu of classic American food. Grab a burger, wings, or nachos with Fitz’s soda—on tap in “bottomless” mugs—or a float. Try the classic root beer or newer flavors like Pi ginger beer. (Delivery available at South County location.) 6605 Delmar, 314-726-9555; 5244 Lindbergh, 314-626-1777; fitzsrootbeer.com. $
Fletcher’s Kitchen & Tap
American. Pastas, burgers, and sandwiches are served in a friendly atmosphere. You’ll sniff the hickory smoke a block away; the grilled ribs and thick burgers are as good as they smell. 6101 W. Main, Belleville, 618-239-3317; 1521 Clinton Hills, 618-416-8088, Swansea; fletcherskitchen.com. $$
Gioia’s Deli
American. Oil tanker–size sandwiches are the attraction at the downtown location, whose roots stretch back nearly a century. Build your own, or go with a classic such as the Porknado or Hogfather. 1934 Macklind; 623 N. New Ballas; 314-776-9410; gioiasdeli.com. $
Gulf Shores Restaurant & Grill
Cajun/Creole. The étouffées, jambalaya, and po’ boys are authentic. The atmosphere is New Orleans–meets–college bar—but with better food. And live music and daily drink specials add to the fun. 12528 Olive, 314-878-3306; 215 Harvard, Edwardsville, 618-650-9109; gulfshoresrestaurantandgrill.com. $$$
Hi-Pointe Drive-In
American. The hippest hamburger joint in town keeps a few top-secret menu items under wraps. Ask for the Double Secret Probation Burger, a double bacon cheeseburger run through the garden and nestled in fried chicken buns.1033 McCausland; 634 Washington, 314-349-2720; 951 S. Kirkwood, 314-394-1150; hipointedrivein.com. $
Java Plus
American. With locations in downtown St. Louis and Clayton, the cafés serve fresh sandwiches, salads, wraps, and other healthy options for dine-in, pickup, or catering. Java Plus is also a preferred caterer at the Missouri History Museum. See website for locations, java-plus.com. $$
JJ Twig’s Pizza & Pub
Pizza. With three area locations, JJ Twig’s has a well-established clientele. Order the signature Double-Decker, which allows customers to build two layers of toppings for the monstrous double-crust pie. See website for locations, jjtwigsstl.com. $$
Joe Boccardi’s Ristorante
Italian. There’s an extensive menu of Italian favorites for lunch and dinner, but pizza remains the top seller. Try traditional choices such as Joe’s Special Original or the meat-laden Raffaele. See website for locations, joeboccardis.com. $$
Joey B’s
Bar & Grill. A big menu of appetizers, burgers, wings, sandwiches, and even steak Modiga keeps crowds coming back. The pizza is remarkably satisfying. Don’t miss the tower of hand-breaded onion rings. See website for locations, joeybsmanchester.com. $$
Kaldi’s
Café. The metro area’s largest third-wave coffee roaster serves up a range of hand-brewed, drip, and espresso coffee drinks and teas, alongside a tasty selection of breakfast and lunch items. (Some locations temporarily closed; see website for details.) See website for locations, kaldiscoffee.com. $
Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria
Italian. Pizzas are topped with such fresh ingredients as figs and dandelion greens. The pastas are even more entertaining, dressed with such ingredients as wild boar ragù and caviar. 9568 Manchester, 314-942-6555; 14171 Clayton, 636-220-3238; katiespizzaandpasta.com. $$
Kimchi Guys
Korean. Here, Munsok So, owner of the Drunken Fish, introduced spicy, double-fried, Seoul-inspired fried chicken to St. Louis. 282 N. Skinker, 314-735-0600; 612 N. Second, 314-766-4456; kimchiguys.com. $
Kingside Diner
American. Looking for a chess-themed restaurant with a great short stack? Check. How about a kale salad? Check. The view from the patio at the CWE location is fit for king, queen, or bishop. 236 N. Euclid, 314-454-3957; 8025 Bonhomme, 314-230-9020; kingsidediner.com. $
Layla
Bar & Grill. Surprising dishes at St. Louis’ only gourmet burger–and–shawarma joint include smoky mango wings and gooey butter baklava. The extensive burger menu includes beef, lamb, turkey, bison, and veggie. 4317 Manchester, 314-553-9252; 20 Allen, 314-395-6649; laylastl.com. $$
Llywelyn’s Pub
Bar & Grill. It’s boisterously happy—and not just because of that beer menu that’s longer than a Stephen King novel. It’s suitably pub-ish, with old brick and dark wood. See website for locations, llywelynspub.com. $$
Lombardo’s
Italian. Classic and cultivated, this longtime local favorite offers urbane Italian dining. The lunch menu’s Italian sausage sandwich is the best in town. 10488 Natural Bridge, 314-429-5151; 201 S. 20th, 314-621-0666; lombardosrestaurants.com. $$$
McGurk’s Public House
Bar & Grill. Chunky Guinness stew. Live maudlin music. Corned beef and cabbage. Yeah, it’s Irish and a pub. What distinguishes the Soulard spot is a huge outdoor garden and traditional Irish music. 1200 Russell, 314-776-8309, mcgurks.com; 108 S. Main, O’Fallon, Missouri, 636-978-9640, mcgurkspublichouse.com. $$
Mike Duffy’s Pub and Grill
Bar & Grill. Duffy’s is a classic neighborhood sports bar, with sandwiches, wings, pizza, and TVs everywhere. Myriad burger varieties are available on the “Burger Heaven” menu. See website for locations, mikeduffys.com. $
Mission Taco Joint
Mexican. The specialties are house-made corn tortillas and authentic Mexican street food reminiscent of the offerings in San Francisco’s Mission District. Carne asada fries and brisket birria are also notable. And Mission Taco is a great spot for a handcrafted cocktail. See website for locations, missiontacojoint.com. $
Mr. Currys India Restaurant
Indian. The food is delicious, with a choice of heat levels, and the Sunday buffet is a bargain. Curries, biryani, and masalas are all glorious—and the southern Indian dosa are fat and flavorful. 612 Olive, 314-241-2877; 7403 Marine, Edwardsville, 618-692-3892; mrcurrys.com. $
Nudo House
Japanese. At Qui Tran’s popular restaurant, you’ll find a happy fusion of the noodle dish’s classic version mixed with innovative riffs. Try a pho dip with a banh mi sandwich or a traditional miso pork ramen. 11423 Olive, 314-274-8046; 6015A Delmar, 314-370-6970; nudohousestl.com. $$
The Original Pancake House
American. Fluffy flapjacks, golden clouds of hash browns, and sunrises of eggs draw regulars. It’s a whole morning of happiness on a plate. 8817 Ladue, 314-932-1340; 17000 Chesterfield Airport, 636-536-4044; originalpancakehousestlouis.com. $
Pappy’s Smokehouse
Barbecue. This award-winning spot serves arguably the best Memphis-style barbecue in its class. Sample the dry-rubbed ribs and pulled pork to see why people don’t mind waiting in long lines. 3106 Olive, 314-535-4340; 5246 N. Service; pappyssmokehouse.com. $$
The Pasta House Co.
Italian. For decades, this St. Louis pasta chain has been a go-to for favorite Italian dishes, such as pasta con broccoli, fettuccine Alfredo, eggplant Parmigiana, and toasted ravioli. Pizza, burgers, and sandwiches are also available. See website for locations, pastahouse.com. $$
Peel Wood Fired Pizza
Pizza. Pizzas are topped with innovative ingredients: barbecue pork, duck sausage, roasted sweet potatoes… In O’Fallon, Illinois, there’s an entire brewpub upstairs. 921 S. Arbor Vitae, Edwardsville, 618-659-8561; 104 S. Cherry, O’Fallon, Illinois, 618-726-2244; 208 S. Meramec, 314-696-2515, peelpizza.com. $$
Pho Long
Vietnamese. Pho Long is an outpost for lovers of this Vietnamese soup, with traditional flavors of charred onion, cinnamon, and clove lurking in an oh-so-beefy broth that promises to keep you coming back for more. 8627 Olive, 314-997-1218; 2245 S. Grand, 314-833-4333; pholongstl.com. $
Pi Pizzeria
Pizza. President Barack Obama’s favorite pizza comes in thin-crust and deep-dish styles, with Pi’s distinctive cornmeal dough. Consider the neighborhood-themed pizza specials. See website for locations, pi-pizza.com. $$
PokeDoke
Asian. The poke shop offers half a dozen build-it-your-way protein options atop hot rice, cold noodles, fresh greens, or fried wonton chips. 8 S. Euclid, 314-833-5900; 6316 Delmar, 314-553-9440; 130 S. Kirkwood; pokedokestl.com. $$
Prime 55
American. At this steak-and-seafood destination, a Cajun flavor tickles several dishes without overwhelming. The lobster fries are life-affirming. 6100 Delmar, 314-553-9595; Second location coming soon to 1019 Pine, prime55stl.com. $$$
The Post Sports Bar and Grill
Bar & Grill. This haven for sports fans has an extensive appetizer menu. “Post-Its” come in three varieties: garlic cheese bread bites, bacon chicken ranch, and pepperoni pizza. See website for locations, thepostsportsbar.com. $
Revel Kitchen
American. Cardinals nutritionist Simon Lusky hit the proverbial home run when he created a gluten-free menu that’s both delicious and inexpensive. Choose from various healthful items, including juices, salads, bowls, and takeout meal plan options. (Clayton location temporarily closed.) 11215 Manchester, 8388 Musick Memorial, 314-647-2222; 7447 Forsyth, eatrevelkitchen.com. $
Rooster
Café. At downtown’s top breakfast destination, guests line up for the cheese-laden crêpes, loaded scrambles, and lavish French toast in a light-filled space. The South Grand location has a communal layout and pictures of roosters drawn by local children. 1104 Locust, 314-241-8118; 3150 S. Grand, 314-772-3447; roosterstl.com. $$
Rosalita’s Cantina
Mexican. You’ll find an array of the usual taco-burrito-chimichanga standards, but consider such specialties as the Oaxacan grouper, pepita-encrusted salmon, and fried quail. Margaritas flow, dinner portions are generous, and a tableside guacamole is sabrosisimo. 12796 Manchester, 314-441-7060; 1235 Washington, 314-621-2700; rosalitascantina.com. $$
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Steakhouse. Ruth’s Chris is ideal for those moments when you’ve just gotta dress up and eat a week’s worth of protein paired with gorgeous wine. The atmosphere is opulent, and service shines. 16493 Wild Horse Creek, 314-783-9900; 315 Chestnut, 314-259-3200; ruthschris.com. $$$$
Salt + Smoke
Barbecue. A singular focus on “barbecue, bourbon, and beer” translates to loads of meat, craft and barrel-aged cocktails, and more than 40 bourbons. The burnt-end T-ravs are a must. See website for locations, saltandsmokestl.com. $$
Sasha’s
Wine Bar. At the flagship, on DeMun, enjoy a wine flight on the always-lively patio before taking a stroll in the seminary grounds across the street. The Shaw location boasts two bars, funky décor, and an equally fetching patio. 4069 Shaw, 314-771-7274; 706 DeMun, 314-863-7174; sashaswinebar.com. $$
Sauce on the Side
Italian. The concept is brilliant in its simplicity: half a dozen salads and 15 kinds of calzones, with 10 sauces “on the side” for dipping. The Nutella/banana dessert calzone is mandatory. See website for locations, eatcalzones.com. $
Seoul Taco
Korean. Owner David Choi mashes up such Korean staples as bulgogi and spicy pork with Mexican musts like tacos and burritos. Choi’s 24-hour meat marination process almost guarantees a return visit. See website for locations, seoultaco.com. $
The Shack
American. Omelets and skillets lead the breakfast menu; lunch features piled-high sandwiches, such as the Leftovers dish—bacon-wrapped meatloaf topped with melted Provolone. See website for locations, shackstl.com. $
Shake Shack
American. When restaurateur Danny Meyer finally opened an outpost in his hometown, much joy ensued. The menu includes those celebrated burgers, crinkle fries, and alchemical shakes. 60 N. Euclid, 314-627-5518; 8885 Ladue, 314-582-6352; and 17321 Chesterfield Airport; shakeshack.com. $
Spiro’s
Greek. Specialties include steak krasato and rack of lamb with scallops. Created tableside, a Greek salad is a nice touch. Save room for baklava. See website for locations, spiros-restaurant.com. $$$
Sugarfire Smoke house
Barbecue. Sugarfire boasts inventive dishes and the most exquisite brisket outside Texas. It’s fun and decidedly informal, with patrons eating daily specials off metal trays. See website for locations, sugarfiresmokehouse.com. $$
Sugo’s Spaghetteria
Italian. Affordable Italian specialties are whipped up by a well-known chef who can duplicate Nonna’s classics. 10419 Clayton, 314-569-0400; 243 Harvard, Edwardsville, 618-659-4640; sugoscucina.com. $$
Sunisa’s Thai Restaurant
Thai. Working your way through Sunisa’s extensive menu is a rewarding tour of Thai cuisine. Specialties include thick rad na noodles and sweet black sticky rice. 6057 Mid-Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters, 636-922-4888; 1735 Chesterfield Airport, 636-537-9997. $$
Super Smokers
Barbecue. Now under the tutelage of pitmaster Jeff Fitter, this legendary bastion of barbecue boasts excellent brisket, baby back ribs, pulled pork, and above-average side dishes. The Fenton location adds Cajun specialties like three kinds of etouffee, jambalaya, and an award-winning recipe for seafood gumbo. 9527 Gravois, 314-833-3700; 601 Stockell, Eureka, 636-938-9742; supersmokers.com. $$
Three Kings Public House
Bar & Grill. The menu includes upscale pub grub, as well as seafood stew, pan-roasted chicken, and a pub chips platter with Irish cheddar rarebit. The tap list features an impressive rotating selection. See website for locations, threekingspub.com. $$
Tucker’s Place
Steakhouse. Portions way past “generous” are standard at this longtime favorite steakhouse. The ribeyes, buttery prime rib, and suitcase-size baked potatoes are legendary. It’s renowned for low prices on protein. See website for locations, tuckersplacestl.com. $$
UKRAFT
American. Catering’s become more popular than hand sanitizer of late. What began as a food truck has morphed into a downtown eatery that provides boxed breakfasts and lunches for just you or your whole company. The choices are varied and tasty.  8182 Maryland; 701 Market, 314-757-7075; ukrafteats.com. $
Walnut Grill
American. This upscale-casual chain surprises with such unusual fusions as Thai pork mac and cheese. Try the chicken salad, something of a cross between a Rich & Charlie’s salad and a slinger. See website for locations, eatwalnut.com. $$$
Wasabi Sushi Bar
Japanese/Sushi. The popular local chain serves up sushi, noodles, and other Japanese fare. Go with the Wasabi combinations, or consider the generously portioned bento. See website for locations, wasabisushibars.com. $$
Who Dat’s Southern Food
Cajun/Creole. Who Dat’s is a spicy slice of New Orleans—with gooey butter cake for dessert. Portions of jambalaya, étouffée, and gumbo are indulgent. The feel is pure family-style Cajun. 123 S. Main, Columbia, 618-281-2229; 118 E. Main, Collinsville, 618-855-9779; whodatsrestaurant.com. $
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