October 21, 2017

22 St. Louis Neighborhood Restaurants Worth Leaving Your Neighborhood For

You know the quintessential neighborhood restaurant: that place just around the corner that you can depend on for good food, strong drinks and familiar faces. We all have a personal favorite in our neighborhood -- but which ones are worthy of leaving your own little corner of St. Louis to visit? We’ve gathered a list of some of our favorite restaurants across the city that fit that “neighborhood” bill. They may not be fancy, but you can count on friendly service -- and the food being consistently good.

You know the quintessential neighborhood restaurant: that place just around the corner that you can depend on for good food, strong drinks and familiar faces. We all have a personal favorite in our neighborhood -- but which ones are worthy of leaving your own little corner of St. Louis to visit? We’ve gathered a list of some of our favorite restaurants across the city that fit that “neighborhood” bill. They may not be fancy, but you can count on friendly service -- and the food being consistently good.

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22 St. Louis Neighborhood Restaurants Worth Leaving Your Neighborhood For
Layla
4317 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 553-9252
This spot in the Grove has a little something for everyone -- terrific cocktails, great burgers, even some really good shawarma. But unlike many of its neighbors, it's also kid-friendly, with a brief but creative kids' menu and crayons for families eager to get good food even with the young'uns in tow. Be ready to fight over the milkshakes. Photo courtesy of Layla.
Layla
4317 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 553-9252

This spot in the Grove has a little something for everyone -- terrific cocktails, great burgers, even some really good shawarma. But unlike many of its neighbors, it's also kid-friendly, with a brief but creative kids' menu and crayons for families eager to get good food even with the young'uns in tow. Be ready to fight over the milkshakes. Photo courtesy of Layla.
Lou C's
5800 Southwest Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139
(314) 646-8722
Everyone knows this laidback Southwest Garden spot is a perfectly good neighborhood bar -- but it's also a solid neighborhood restaurant, with surprisingly creative food offerings, big portions and reasonable prices. Why no one else ever thought to serve Buffalo chicken Rangoons in beyond us, because Lou C's version is amazing. Photo courtesy of Yelp / Christie T.
Lou C's
5800 Southwest Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139
(314) 646-8722

Everyone knows this laidback Southwest Garden spot is a perfectly good neighborhood bar -- but it's also a solid neighborhood restaurant, with surprisingly creative food offerings, big portions and reasonable prices. Why no one else ever thought to serve Buffalo chicken Rangoons in beyond us, because Lou C's version is amazing. Photo courtesy of Yelp / Christie T.
Mak's Pub and Grub
6109 Gravois Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63116
(314) 354-8148
Mac and cheese takes center stage at Mak's Pub and Grub in Princeton Heights. Here you can choose between six creative mac and cheese options, or opt for "the Meltdown," a mac and cheese-stuffed grilled cheese sandwich. You can balance out the cheesy goodness with options such as wings, salads and hummus, or even just chill at the bar to watch the game. Photo by Sarah Fenske.
Mak's Pub and Grub
6109 Gravois Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63116
(314) 354-8148

Mac and cheese takes center stage at Mak's Pub and Grub in Princeton Heights. Here you can choose between six creative mac and cheese options, or opt for "the Meltdown," a mac and cheese-stuffed grilled cheese sandwich. You can balance out the cheesy goodness with options such as wings, salads and hummus, or even just chill at the bar to watch the game. Photo by Sarah Fenske.
Union Loafers
1629 Tower Grove Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 833-6111
Sandwich lovers who haven't visited Union Loafers yet need to pay a visit ASAP. This bread-focused restaurant in Botanical Heights makes simply delicious salads, soups, pizzas and, of course, sandwiches. We're fans of the signature roasted pork sandwich, but really everything is good here. Photo by Mabel Suen.
Union Loafers
1629 Tower Grove Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 833-6111

Sandwich lovers who haven't visited Union Loafers yet need to pay a visit ASAP. This bread-focused restaurant in Botanical Heights makes simply delicious salads, soups, pizzas and, of course, sandwiches. We're fans of the signature roasted pork sandwich, but really everything is good here. Photo by Mabel Suen.
Lona's Lil Eats
2199 California Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 925-1888
Located in Fox Park, Lona's Lil Eats is committed to using fresh ingredients and no MSG, so the food both tastes great and makes customers feel great. On the menu you'll find Asian soul food with big flavor, giving you a delicious dinner you can feel good about for those nights when you're too lazy to cook. Photo by Mabel Suen.
Lona's Lil Eats
2199 California Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 925-1888

Located in Fox Park, Lona's Lil Eats is committed to using fresh ingredients and no MSG, so the food both tastes great and makes customers feel great. On the menu you'll find Asian soul food with big flavor, giving you a delicious dinner you can feel good about for those nights when you're too lazy to cook. Photo by Mabel Suen.
The Stellar Hog
5623 Leona St.
St. Louis, MO 63116
(314) 481-8448
The Stellar Hog, located inside Super's Bungalow, is a no-frills spot for some of the city's best barbecue. No worries about having the kids in tow; the Stellar Hog also has an outdoor picnic area/play yard filled with toys and yard sports. And, of course, there's plenty of beer for you. Photo by Mabel Suen.
The Stellar Hog
5623 Leona St.
St. Louis, MO 63116
(314) 481-8448

The Stellar Hog, located inside Super's Bungalow, is a no-frills spot for some of the city's best barbecue. No worries about having the kids in tow; the Stellar Hog also has an outdoor picnic area/play yard filled with toys and yard sports. And, of course, there's plenty of beer for you. Photo by Mabel Suen.
Taco Circus
4258 Schiller Pl.
St. Louis, MO 63116
(314) 320-8884
If you're looking for quality at an unusually affordable price tag, Taco Circus in Bevo is your place. Plus, it's one of the few places in town offering breakfast tacos. Be sure to try the breakfast sausage taco. Photo by Mabel Suen.
Taco Circus
4258 Schiller Pl.
St. Louis, MO 63116
(314) 320-8884

If you're looking for quality at an unusually affordable price tag, Taco Circus in Bevo is your place. Plus, it's one of the few places in town offering breakfast tacos. Be sure to try the breakfast sausage taco. Photo by Mabel Suen.
Mr. X Pizza
5924 Morganford Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63116
(314) 353-7060
Located in Bevo, Mr. X serves hand-tossed pizza with the traditional toppings, but also offers Bosnian-inspired menu items. Feeling really hungry or feeding a crowd? Go for the 30-inch pizza, also known as "the big one." Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
Mr. X Pizza
5924 Morganford Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63116
(314) 353-7060

Located in Bevo, Mr. X serves hand-tossed pizza with the traditional toppings, but also offers Bosnian-inspired menu items. Feeling really hungry or feeding a crowd? Go for the 30-inch pizza, also known as "the big one." Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
The Shaved Duck
2900 Virginia Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 776-1407
Tucked into the heart of Tower Grove East, the Shaved Duck offers food that's good enough to make it a destination, only with the sort of reasonable prices and friendly vibe that keep the neighbors coming back for more. Come for the burnt ends; stay for the live music, which keeps the place hopping every night but Friday. RFT photo.
The Shaved Duck
2900 Virginia Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 776-1407

Tucked into the heart of Tower Grove East, the Shaved Duck offers food that's good enough to make it a destination, only with the sort of reasonable prices and friendly vibe that keep the neighbors coming back for more. Come for the burnt ends; stay for the live music, which keeps the place hopping every night but Friday. RFT photo.