August 01, 2017

20 New St. Louis Restaurants that We Can’t Get Enough Of

Something is always happening in the St. Louis restaurant scene -- and in the last five months, that's meant a ton of interesting new openings. From cuisine influenced by a chef's roots in Laos to a new Bosnian-American hybrid, from a counter-service spot offering the hottest Chinese street food to a restaurant offering boiled seafood like that in Texas, there's something for everyone in this list of new and exciting openings. Use it as your cheat sheet to plan your next nights on the town.

Something is always happening in the St. Louis restaurant scene -- and in the last five months, that's meant a ton of interesting new openings. From cuisine influenced by a chef's roots in Laos to a new Bosnian-American hybrid, from a counter-service spot offering the hottest Chinese street food to a restaurant offering boiled seafood like that in Texas, there's something for everyone in this list of new and exciting openings. Use it as your cheat sheet to plan your next nights on the town.

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Tin Roof
1000 Clark Avenue, 314-240-5400
It makes sense that downtown’s newest hotspot, Tin Roof, has its roots in Nashville: The vibe may be casual, but the party goes on all night. Tin Roof has three bars, including one outside on the mid-sized patio, and a surprisingly ambitious food menu courtesy of executive chef Nowell Gata. Photo by Sarah Fenske.
Tin Roof
1000 Clark Avenue, 314-240-5400

It makes sense that downtown’s newest hotspot, Tin Roof, has its roots in Nashville: The vibe may be casual, but the party goes on all night. Tin Roof has three bars, including one outside on the mid-sized patio, and a surprisingly ambitious food menu courtesy of executive chef Nowell Gata. Photo by Sarah Fenske.
Try Tin Roof’s pub boards, which offer your choice of protein, including Nashville hot chicken or voodoo shrimp, along with two sides. Photo by Sarah Fenske.
Try Tin Roof’s pub boards, which offer your choice of protein, including Nashville hot chicken or voodoo shrimp, along with two sides. Photo by Sarah Fenske.
Shell City Crab Shack
1330 Aubert Avenue, 314-696-2799
The new restaurant now open in the city’s Fountain Park neighborhood has north city buzzing. Shell City Crab Shack offers large platters of seafood (crab, shrimp, even lobster) paired with goodies like corn, potatoes and sweet potato casserole, all served to-go. Photo by Taylor Vinson.
Shell City Crab Shack
1330 Aubert Avenue, 314-696-2799

The new restaurant now open in the city’s Fountain Park neighborhood has north city buzzing. Shell City Crab Shack offers large platters of seafood (crab, shrimp, even lobster) paired with goodies like corn, potatoes and sweet potato casserole, all served to-go. Photo by Taylor Vinson.
Chef/owner Ryan Martin is justifiably proud of his seafood mac & cheese at Shell City Crab Shack. Get an order and see what the neighborhood is talking about. Photo by Taylor Vinson.
Chef/owner Ryan Martin is justifiably proud of his seafood mac & cheese at Shell City Crab Shack. Get an order and see what the neighborhood is talking about. Photo by Taylor Vinson.
The Taco & Ice Cream Joint
2738 Cherokee Street, 314-224-5799
The Rico family’s big new restaurant on Cherokee Street, the Taco & Ice Cream Joint, is as brightly lit and fun as a street carnival. Tacos come undressed, so you can top them just the way you like them at the free salsa bar. Photo by Sarah Fenske.
The Taco & Ice Cream Joint
2738 Cherokee Street, 314-224-5799

The Rico family’s big new restaurant on Cherokee Street, the Taco & Ice Cream Joint, is as brightly lit and fun as a street carnival. Tacos come undressed, so you can top them just the way you like them at the free salsa bar. Photo by Sarah Fenske.
After you’ve had a few tacos at The Taco & Ice Cream Joint, you’ll surely be in the mood for something cool and sweet – and you’ll have several options, from scoops of house-made ice cream to delicious Mexican-style fruit popsicles. And did we mention the fudge-dipped bananas? Photo by Sarah Fenske.
After you’ve had a few tacos at The Taco & Ice Cream Joint, you’ll surely be in the mood for something cool and sweet – and you’ll have several options, from scoops of house-made ice cream to delicious Mexican-style fruit popsicles. And did we mention the fudge-dipped bananas? Photo by Sarah Fenske.
MK’s Asian Persuasion
6417 Hampton Avenue
Don’t let that goofy name fool you; MK’s Asian Persuasion knows its stuff. Chef MK Vongnarath is a native of Laos who also lived in Thailand before moving to St. Louis as a teenager. Photo by Cheryl Baehr.
MK’s Asian Persuasion
6417 Hampton Avenue

Don’t let that goofy name fool you; MK’s Asian Persuasion knows its stuff. Chef MK Vongnarath is a native of Laos who also lived in Thailand before moving to St. Louis as a teenager. Photo by Cheryl Baehr.
Previously the proprietor of MK’s Rolls and Wraps, Vongnarath is offering food that’s accessible and pan-Asian, with egg rolls and spring rolls, curries and pad thais. On weekend nights, part of the space becomes a karaoke spot; plan your visit accordingly. Photo by Cheryl Baehr.
Previously the proprietor of MK’s Rolls and Wraps, Vongnarath is offering food that’s accessible and pan-Asian, with egg rolls and spring rolls, curries and pad thais. On weekend nights, part of the space becomes a karaoke spot; plan your visit accordingly. Photo by Cheryl Baehr.
The Mad Crab
8080 Olive Boulevard, University City
The Ho family’s new spot on Olive replaces Kim Son Vietnamese Bistro and offers something totally new for St. Louis: a boiled seafood spot akin to the ones in Texas. Pick your protein, your seasoning and your spice level, and then get ready for servers to pour out the ocean’s bounty right onto your table. Photo by Sara Bannoura.
The Mad Crab
8080 Olive Boulevard, University City

The Ho family’s new spot on Olive replaces Kim Son Vietnamese Bistro and offers something totally new for St. Louis: a boiled seafood spot akin to the ones in Texas. Pick your protein, your seasoning and your spice level, and then get ready for servers to pour out the ocean’s bounty right onto your table. Photo by Sara Bannoura.
The offerings at The Mad Crab aren’t for the dainty; you’ll need to dig in with your hands and go to work. Not into seafood? You can always order sausage. Photo by Sarah Fenske.
The offerings at The Mad Crab aren’t for the dainty; you’ll need to dig in with your hands and go to work. Not into seafood? You can always order sausage. Photo by Sarah Fenske.