The Top 25 St. Louis Restaurants of 2019, According to Yelp

Sometimes reviewers on Yelp actually get things right. When looking over the top 25 best restaurants in St. Louis list we think…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Sugarfire Smokehouse
    (9200 Olive Boulevard, 314-997-2301)
    "We LOVED Sugarfire came in from Cincinnati and had a blast in St. Louis and had a great meal here. Brisket, ribs, smoked turkey, jalapeño smoked sausage, Cole slaw, fries and Cornbread was BANGIN !!!!! We will be back great customer service. But you better know what you want to eat when you get up to order your food lol! You can really taste the hickory in the food it's smoked to perfection!!!!!" - Olivia L. via Yelp
    Photo credit: Mabel Suen
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Where to Find the Best Food and Drinks at Enterprise Center

After their remarkable season that resulted in the franchise's first Stanley Cup win, the St. Louis Blues are back for the 2019-2020…

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Sugarfire Smoke House
    
    At the Sugarfire Smokehouse concession stand inside Enterprise Center, the local barbecue joint serves 'cue and sandwiches including the new Big Muddy, with smoked brisket, jalapeño-cheddar sausage, lettuce, pickles, St. Louis sweet sauce and Alabama white sauce.
    
    
    Photo by Mabel Suen.
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Best of St. Louis Food and Drink in 2019

These are the places to go, food to eat and bars to drink in for 2019, curated for you by the Riverfront…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Best Seafood
    Bait
    4239 Lindell Boulevard, 314-405-2797
    As soon as a server walks out of the kitchen with Bait’s seafood boil, all eyes in the dining room turn to this stunning seafood feast. A giganti, bubbling cauldron of the sea’s bounty, this masterpiece is to Cajun seafood boils what the A5 Wagyu is to beef: pure and utter perfection . Chock-full of thick crab legs, plump jumbo shrimp, andouille sausage and potatoes so butter-soaked they may as well be a sponge, the marvelous dish dazzles at every turn — especially the caramelized bits of seasoning, browned butter and garlic that, when scraped off, serve as a mouthwatering tapenade you’d want to butter bread with. And this is only one of Bait’s impressive seafood dishes. At every turn, the Central West End restaurant impresses with dishes like a whole red snapper, fish and chips that could rival what’s served in the best English pub and “flaming” prawns served in a fiery bowl. Like all of Bait’s dishes, it’s a feast for the eyes, though it’s your palate that’s in for the real show.
    Photo credit: Mabel Suen
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50 St. Louis Area Bars We Love

In our past bar guides, we’ve offered various guides to various bar genres: best craft breweries (2015), best dive bars (2016), best…

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Brennan’s
    Cheeky, cosmopolitan Brennan’s (4659 Maryland Avenue, 314-497-4449) has something for everyone. There are cigars in the private club upstairs, ping pong in the basement below, and whiskey and wine throughout. There is sidewalk seating and bar stool seating and intimate little tables with still more seating. There is food, which includes not only a burger, but “Limoncello Gooey Buttercake.” And now, thanks to the BHIVE, which opened in 2015, Brennan’s even has a coworking space. You might stop by in the morning and never actually leave, which, whether or not you actually set up your office here, is very much a Brennan’s thing. How many times have you met a friend for a drink on the sidewalk only to end up staying for a flatbread or two, then moving upstairs for more drinks and then downstairs for a game or two and then finally ending things at 1 a.m.? Far more than it’s prudent to admit, but that’s the charm of this Central West End mainstay. Kevin Brennan was 33 when he first opened the place and had no inkling it would become the juggernaut it has. “I didn’t really want to open a bar,” he says. “It just happened over time.” As he tells it, it was originally a store that also had a bar, and all the various levels and extra rooms have simply flowed from there as demand kept increasing and he and his staff kept tinkering. Sixteen years later, not only does the tinkering continue, but Brennan’s remains the bar of choice for many of the city’s most discriminating drinkers. 	 -Sarah Fenske
    Photo credit: RJ Hartbeck
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25 Wild St. Louis Restaurants Everyone Should Visit at Least Once

From restaurants that serve penis on a plate to restaurants that will (literally) spank you, these are the best places in the…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Social House Soulard
    (1551 S. 7th Street, 314-241-3023)
    Some places are known for their good food or their live music, but the Social House brand is known for its painted ladies. The employees here are usually decked out in body paint and not much else — and that's the way the customers like it.
    Photo credit: Steve Truesdell
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The 25 Best Restaurants in St. Louis Right Now, According to Yelp

Tired of us telling you where to eat? Here are some other people's opinions. Whether a hole-in-the-wall joint or a sophisticated dining…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Blues City Deli
    (2438 McNair Avenue, 314-773-8225)
    "This is such an awesome sandwich place! For a place to have hundreds and hundreds of reviews and maintain 5 stars, this was a must try for my boyfriend and I when visiting St Louis. We went at a weird time in the afternoon, around 2pm, however it still had a line! Not huge, but it's still there. Even our driver was jealous we were going to eat there for lunch." - Mimi H. via Yelp
    Photo credit: RFT file photo
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24 Bars to Watch the Blues Win the Stanley Cup

The time has finally come for St. Louis to take what is ours. These are the best places in town to go…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Bluenote Sports Bar & Grille
    (3133 N. Lindbergh Boulevard, Maryland Heights; 314-298-2583)
    This hockey-themed bar in Maryland Heights is one of the best places in town to enjoy all things Blues. The moment you walk in, you are greeted by life-sized wall decals of Blues players, and the theme carries throughout the bar. If you want to feel like you're drinking in the middle of an all-Blues heaven, this is the spot.
    Photo credit: Cheryl Baehr
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10 Fun Rooftop Patios For Summer Drinking in St. Louis

It's the perfect time to hit a rooftop patio. Being outside is great, but being outside up on a roof is fantastic.…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Frisco Barroom
    (8110 Big Bend Boulevard; 314-455-1090)
    Webster had been lacking in rooftop patios until Frisco Barroom came along and gave its citizens everything they desired.
    Photo credit: Lexie Miller
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The Best Neighborhood Bars in St. Louis

Every city has its bars, but few cities have perfected the good old-fashioned neighborhood version quite so well as St. Louis. These…

By Riverfront Times Staff

The Geyer Inn
    If you picked up a south-city dive bar and dumped it in Kirkwood, you'd have the Geyer Inn (220 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood; 314-814-9402). This old stone bar looks more like Grandma's cottage than a dive bar. Inside, the cozy interior sports a loose hockey theme, with a mish-mash of Blues memorabilia, a hockey foosball game and a jukebox. Originally built as a gas station in 1904, the property was converted to a tavern in the 1930s and updated again in 2010. It offers a full bar, a handful of taps and a minimal beer selection dominated by AB products. If you show up at this watering hole with more than three friends, you'll feel as if you rented out the whole place. The crowd is all local and mainly in their 50s or older; eavesdroppers should expect to overhear plenty about their glory days at Kirkwood High.
    Photo credit: Tom Hellauer
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The 18 Best St. Louis Restaurants When You're Broke AF

Great food doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. These 18 St. Louis restaurants are the best in town when…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Gioia's Deli
    1934 Macklind Avenue, 314-776-9410
    More than a century ago, an Italian immigrant named Charlie Gioia landed in St. Louis' Hill neighborhood with little to his name but an old family recipe for salam di testa. With that as his secret weapon, he opened Gioia's Deli as a grocery store, but garnered so much attention for what came to be known as "hot salami" that it would become his defining legacy, turning his humble store into one of the country's best sandwich shops. These days, members of the Donley family are the steward of his secret recipe, cranking out massive batches of the hot salami in the same room and with the exact same process that Mr. Gioia used all those years ago.
    Photo credit: Mabel Suen
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11 St. Louis Bars Where You Can Drink at 6 a.m.

Sometimes you have to get the party started early. Really early. And in St. Louis, you can start drinking before the sun…

By Riverfront Times Staff

The Tavern at Clifton Heights
    (2817 Watson Road; 314-645-4033)
    Opens at 6 a.m. every day
    Sophie’s Place may be no more, but the Tavern at Clifton Heights (2817 Watson Road, 314-645-4033), which opened in its longtime home, hasn’t altered much since the place changed hands: same bartenders and same pool tables, free on Sundays and Mondays. They've retained Sophie's fan base, too -- a line of regulars is often waiting for the doors to open in the mornings. 
    Photo credit: Daniel Hill
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15 St. Louis Restaurants Our Critic Is Raving About This Spring

Spring has sprung and, man, we are excited about it. It’s time to stretch out, soak up the sun and chow down…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Sultan Mediterranean Restauran
    (84200 Manchester Avenue, 314-390-2020)
    Your first clue that Sultan is something special comes courtesy of its dolmas. It's not that their presence is novel; you can find rice-stuffed grape leaves at just about any Mediterranean restaurant. Usually, though, they are basic and often even from a can, plopped next to some shawarma as an afterthought. To liken Sultan's dolmas to such a mass-produced product, however, would be like comparing A5 Wagyu beef to a sirloin from Ponderosa. Here, the grape leaves serve as a delicate wrapper for flawlessly cooked rice, fresh herbs and lentils that are bound together with just a touch of spice-perfumed tomato sauce. The heaping platter also includes halved red and white onions, eggplant and zucchini, all stuffed with the same delectable filling.
    Photo credit: Mabel Suen
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The Angad's New Rooftop Bar Is Open and Ready to Be Your Summer Hangout

Last night, the rooftop bar at the Angad Arts Hotel -- A.R.T. Angad Rainbow Terrace (634 N. Grand Boulevard) -- officially opened…

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The Angad's New Rooftop Bar Is Open and Ready to Be Your Summer Hangout
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25 St. Louis Restaurants That Are Totally Worth the Wait

The restaurant may be packed, the lines might be long and reservations may require a three-week notice -- on a Monday. Still,…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Mission Taco
    (multiple locations including 6235 Delmar Boulevard, 314-932-5430)
    The original location of what's grown into a taco empire is always hopping, with crowds of Wash U students, neighborhood denizens and tourists bellying up to the bar and taking tables as fast as they open even during off hours. Good news if you're dying for a margarita fix: They stay open late, and a late-night happy hour means it's even cheaper when the boring people are in bed. Maybe try your luck at midnight? 
    Find out more here.
    Photo credit: Jennifer Silverberg
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The RFT's 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Throwdown Was a Cheesy Good Time

The RFT's third annual Mac & Cheese Throwdown drew restaurants from across the metro area to Union Station on Saturday, with heavyweights…

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The RFT's 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Throwdown Was a Cheesy Good Time
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The 10 Best 3 a.m. Bars in St. Louis

If there's one thing that can be said about St. Louis — the real St. Louis — it's that we're a thirsty…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Atomic Cowboy
    (4140 Manchester Avenue, 314-775-0775)
    Atomic Cowboy is more of an entertainment complex than simply a bar. The Grove mainstay has expanded and grown continuously since it opened fourteen years ago, with a dining area, a dance floor, a companion venue (the neighboring Bootleg) and a sprawling patio with its own bar and stage as well. Atomic is known for its regular live music and events, its kitchen churning out some of the tastiest burgers in town and a drink program sure to please your taste buds, regardless of the late hour.
    Photo credit: Ryan Gines
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The 15 Best St. Louis Fish Fry Feasts

Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of fish fry season, and in St. Louis we take this very seriously. We…

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The Best Fish Fry Fiesta
    Parroquia Santa Cecilia
    (906 Eichelberger Street; 314-351-1318)
    Parroquia Santa Cecilia, a.k.a. St. Cecilia, is the unofficial church for Mexican-American Catholics in St. Louis. Families come together for its Lenten events and bring to the table an entire new universe of fish-fry fare, with the emphasis on fare, as opposed to fish. St. Cecilia fish fries are perhaps best known for their chiles rellenos — big-ass mildly spicy poblano peppers jammed full of cheese, then dipped in batter and fried till the exterior browns and the cheesy depth-charge inside achieves molten status. Praise the Lord and pass the cervezas; these calorie bombs are addictive to the very last gooey bite. Read more about it here.— Rease Kirchner
    Find out more here.
    Photo credit: Kelly Glueck
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Kid-Friendly St. Louis Spots Where Parents Can Get a Damn Drink

Parenting is hard. Some days you just have to push though until you get through to the next day. And sometimes you…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Civil Life Brewing Co.
    (3714 Holt Avenue; no phone)
    Small breweries are havens for parents of young children who are still trying to have a social life. Gather together with all of your other friends with young children and let hem run around the patio of Civil Life while you sip suds. Playdate and beer? Everybody gets what they want!
    Photo credit: Robert Rohe
    
    These gentlemen were more than happy to share their collected knowledge on beers and brewing.
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United We Brunch 2019 Brought Big Crowds to the Chase Park Plaza

Bottomless mimosas, bellinis, bloody marys and spiked coffees, along with food from more than 40 terrific St. Louis restaurants -- you may…

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photo by Simone Liston
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St. Louis Restaurants That Have Been Featured on Reality TV

Yeah, yeah, so these days our food scene is getting raves from the national press. But we've long gotten raves from a…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Highway 61 Roadhouse
    34 S Old Orchard Avenue; 314-968-0061
    Featured on: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
    Guy Fieri called Hwy 61 Roadhouse "a really cool place; it's the kind of place he'd hang out in if he lived here in town. It just went really well," owner Bill Kunz says. "I think he ended up showing me the love in our episode, because traditionally they do three restaurants on an episode...Our episode was only two restaurants, and I got about twenty minutes of airtime, which is priceless."-Liz Miller
    Read more here.
    Photo: Highway 61 Roadhouse Facebook Page
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The 33 Best Brunches in St. Louis

These 32 St. Louis restaurants excel at our favorite late-morning meal. Let's face it: Much as we regularly stake our reputation on…

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Best Sustainable Brunch: Indie Eatery
    There aren't a ton of family-owned restaurants serving fresh, local and sustainable food in St. Peters. This was a problem that Shannon Thompson sought to solve when she debuted Indie Eatery (7827 Mexico Road, St. Peters; 636-387-1000) in fall 2018. Her journey to opening her own restaurant and catering business is an unlikely one: For twelve years, Thompson served in the U.S. Air Force, which afforded her the chance to travel around the world (meanwhile, her husband, A.J., spent six years in the Missouri Air National Guard). After retiring from the military, the couple launched a catering company, Indie4, as an outlet for sharing the food they'd enjoyed around the globe. Two years later, the Thompsons opened the cafe, which serves organic and sustainable comfort food. With Indie Eatery's menu, Thompson is trying to put her own fresh and healthy spin on hearty classics; for instance, the cafe's take on waffles for brunch offers organic brown butter waffles with espresso brownie pieces, sea salt caramel, all-natural vanilla bean ice cream and vanilla bean whipped cream.—Liz Miller
    Photo: courtesy Indie Eatery
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The Cheesiest Foods in St. Louis

Cheese is the best thing in the world. If you’re hungry and only something cheesy will hit the spot, these are some…

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DEEP-DISH PIZZA
    The Black Thorn Pub
    3735 Wyoming Street; 314-776-0534
    The amount of cheese on the deep-dish pizza at Black Thorn Pub borders on outrageous, but we bet they've never had a complaint. The thick cheese, savory sauce and golden crust here is a thing of beauty.
    Photo courtesy of Jenna Murphy
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St. Louis Restaurants We Can't Wait to Try

The St. Louis restaurant scene is on fire. New places are sprouting up all the time, pop-ups are taking over the city…

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Estrella's "La Tripleta" sandwich at Alphateria combines steak, pork and ham on toasted Cuban bread. Let's hope she has this as Good Bowl, too.Read more here.
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The Very Best Things We Ate in St. Louis in 2018

We ate at a whole lot of St. Louis restaurants this year and we tried hundreds of dishes. These are the meals…

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The Soulard Primer at the Wood Shack
    1862 S 10th Street, 314-833-4770
    This prime-rib sandwich puts to shame every roast-beef sandwich that came before it. Hunks of inch-thick prime rib, kissed with hickory and mulberry-wood smoke and so tender you could butter your bread with them, are cooked to a quintessential, well-rested medium-rare. Grillers at the city's top-dollar steakhouses should take note of such perfectly cooked beef.
    Check it out here.
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The Best New St. Louis Restaurants of 2018

Nudo House on the cover of Food & Wine. Zoe Robinson in Vogue. Travel and Leisure touting St. Louis as America’s next…

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The restaurant’s South American slant is a beautiful love song to Assuncao, made even more thrilling by being sung in such a stunning setting (the view from the eight floor of the Four Seasons is simply awe-inspiring). Assuncao passed away in 2009, living long enough to see Craft established as a chef, but not so long as to see the restaurant she inspired. With Cinder House, Craft makes sure her memory lives on — and that her world-class cooking can touch all of us. 
    
    Read about it https://www.riverfronttimes.com/stlouis/cinder-house-is-a-chefs-dazzling-tribute-to-the-woman-who-taught-him-to-love-food/Content?oid=28543277.
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The Waiting Room's Promo Art Is Totally Insane, and Also Amazing

For years, Scott Fogelbach, co-owner and bartender at the Waiting Room (10419 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Ann; 314-890-8333) has been creating…

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The Waiting Room's Promo Art Is Totally Insane, and Also Amazing
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The Best Boozy Brunches and Bottomless Mimosa Deals in St. Louis

Let's face it: Sometimes you don't necessarily need farm-fresh ingredients or a chef's careful touch. Sometimes, when you're at brunch, you simply…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Herbie's
    
    8100 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-769-9595
    The restaurant offers a classic unlimited bloody-mary bar every Saturday and Sunday for $18. Unlimited mimosas are also $18.
    Photo courtesy of Herbies Vintage 72 | Heidi Newmyer
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Take a Virtual Tour Through a Redesigned Aldi in St. Louis

Aldi is in the process of remodeling 37 of its stores in the St. Louis area. This $49 million project has been…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Booze! Lots of it!
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33 St. Louis Italian Restaurants Better Than That Crap Over at Olive Garden

St. Louis is stuffed like a cannoli with Italian restaurants. And we're spoiled with options: From the elegance of Tony's to the…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Del Pietro's
    
    (1050 S. Big Bend Blvd., 314-224-5225)
    The Del Pietros have been reigning over one of the city's dining mainstays for more than three decades by serving up unapologetically American-style Italian comfort dishes like veal parmigiana, chicken piccata and sweet Italian-dressed salads. - Cheryl Baehr
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The RFT's 'Shuck Yeah!' Party Was the Shucking Best

We didn't let a little rain stop us from having a shucking great time on Sunday at our "Shuck Yeah!" event. If…

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The RFT's 'Shuck Yeah!' Party Was the Shucking Best
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