January 25, 2019

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 megaphone that, if anything, is even bigger: The shows on the Food Network. Everyone from Guy Fieri to Andrew Zimmern loves what we're cooking, and we've got the highlight reel to prove it. Use this list to follow in their footsteps as you eat your way around town -- or just find a new restaurant or two. Either way, you won't be disappointed.

Yeah, yeah, so these days our food scene is getting raves from the national press. But we've long gotten raves from a megaphone that, if anything, is even bigger: reality TV shows and features on the Food Network. Everyone from Guy Fieri to Andrew Zimmern loves what we're cooking, and we've got the highlight reel to prove it. Use this list to follow in their footsteps as you eat your way around town -- or just find a new restaurant or two. Either way, you won't be disappointed.

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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

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
Smoki O's Bar-B-Que & Catering
1545 N Broadway; 314-621-8180
Featured on: Bizarre Foods America
On the north side, at the corner of Mullanphy Street and Broadway, trails of smoke can be seen billowing out behind Smoki O's known as one of the best barbecue joints in the city. A family operation, Smoki O's has been pulling pork and slicing brisket since 1997, receiving many accolades along the way (including from the Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern) and devoted fans along the way.-Zach Garrison
Read more here.
Photo: Blake Eastwood

Smoki O's Bar-B-Que & Catering

1545 N Broadway; 314-621-8180

Featured on: Bizarre Foods America
On the north side, at the corner of Mullanphy Street and Broadway, trails of smoke can be seen billowing out behind Smoki O's known as one of the best barbecue joints in the city. A family operation, Smoki O's has been pulling pork and slicing brisket since 1997, receiving many accolades along the way (including from the Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern) and devoted fans along the way.
-Zach Garrison


Read more here.

Photo: Blake Eastwood
Crafted.
3200 Shenandoah Avenue, 314-865-3345
Featured on: Bar Rescue
"Pressed” drinks are the centerpiece of the menu. They come in coffee presses, alongside a chilled glass. The idea is to “press” the ingredients at the bottom with the liquor several times to infuse the flavor into your drink and then pour it into your glass. We've drank at bars across St. Louis, yet it's safe to say these are some of the best cocktails we've had. -Matt and Angie Stockel
Read more here.
Photo: Crafted Staff

Crafted.

3200 Shenandoah Avenue, 314-865-3345

Featured on: Bar Rescue
"Pressed” drinks are the centerpiece of the menu. They come in coffee presses, alongside a chilled glass. The idea is to “press” the ingredients at the bottom with the liquor several times to infuse the flavor into your drink and then pour it into your glass. We've drank at bars across St. Louis, yet it's safe to say these are some of the best cocktails we've had.
-Matt and Angie Stockel


Read more here.

Photo: Crafted Staff
Crown Candy Kitchen
1401 Saint Louis Avenue; 314-621-9650
Featured on: Best Sandwich in America and Man vs. Food
Crown Candy Kitchen is an institution in Old North. Its "Heart Stopping BLT" contains, by a conservative estimate, an entire pig's worth of bacon. Possibly two pigs. There are a few tomato slices and some lettuce, but, really, this is a bacon lover's dream, crisp slice after crisp slice tucked between plain white toast.-Ian Froeb
Read more here.
Photo: Ian Froeb

Crown Candy Kitchen

1401 Saint Louis Avenue; 314-621-9650

Featured on: Best Sandwich in America and Man vs. Food
Crown Candy Kitchen is an institution in Old North. Its "Heart Stopping BLT" contains, by a conservative estimate, an entire pig's worth of bacon. Possibly two pigs. There are a few tomato slices and some lettuce, but, really, this is a bacon lover's dream, crisp slice after crisp slice tucked between plain white toast.
-Ian Froeb


Read more here.

Photo: Ian Froeb
The Famous Bar  
5213 Chippewa Street; 314-832-2211
Featured on: Drinking Made Easy
There's no denying that the minute you grab a pool cue, a certain feeling of utter coolness comes over you. You are slick and smooth, your moves are calculated and your face serious, with a snarled lip and one keen, squinting eye to intimidate your opponents. Why not play on a table that matches? The Famous Bar offers just that — the dark, wooden arches and elegant bar give the room a Rat Pack feel, making you want to order a high ball and adopt an old-timey accent.-RFT
Read more here.
Photo: Eric Frazier

The Famous Bar

5213 Chippewa Street; 314-832-2211

Featured on: Drinking Made Easy
There's no denying that the minute you grab a pool cue, a certain feeling of utter coolness comes over you. You are slick and smooth, your moves are calculated and your face serious, with a snarled lip and one keen, squinting eye to intimidate your opponents. Why not play on a table that matches? The Famous Bar offers just that — the dark, wooden arches and elegant bar give the room a Rat Pack feel, making you want to order a high ball and adopt an old-timey accent.
-RFT


Read more here.

Photo: Eric Frazier
Pappy's Smokehouse
3106 Olive Street; 314-535-4340
Featured on: Top 5 Restaurants, Man vs. Food and Food Feuds
At this iconic St. Louis barbecue joint, the menu is straightforward: pulled pork, pulled chicken, beef brisket, turkey breast, hot links and pork ribs. You choose a meat and then (except for the ribs) either a sandwich or a platter and either regular or large. Sandwich meat is served on a soft roll, platter meat atop thick white bread. Everything, including the ribs, comes with your choice of two sides. The results are, frankly, spectacular.-Ian Froeb
Read more here.
Photo: Monica Mileur

Pappy's Smokehouse

3106 Olive Street; 314-535-4340

Featured on: Top 5 Restaurants, Man vs. Food and Food Feuds
At this iconic St. Louis barbecue joint, the menu is straightforward: pulled pork, pulled chicken, beef brisket, turkey breast, hot links and pork ribs. You choose a meat and then (except for the ribs) either a sandwich or a platter and either regular or large. Sandwich meat is served on a soft roll, platter meat atop thick white bread. Everything, including the ribs, comes with your choice of two sides. The results are, frankly, spectacular.
-Ian Froeb


Read more here.

Photo: Monica Mileur
Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill 
5226 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8898
Featured on: Top 5 Restaurants and Delicious Destinations
There are few surprises the menu at Charlie Gitto's, but the kitchen handles its roster of Italian and Italian American classics — you know it well, of course: veal Parmesan, chicken spiedini, shrimp scampi — with aplomb. The saltimbocca (veal or chicken, take your pick) strikes a tasty balance between the meat itself, the Fontina, verdant sage and the salt and funk of prosciutto, all of it focused by a bright lemon-white wine sauce. -Ian Froeb
Read more here.
Photo: Eugene Kim / Flickr

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill

5226 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8898

Featured on: Top 5 Restaurants and Delicious Destinations
There are few surprises the menu at Charlie Gitto's, but the kitchen handles its roster of Italian and Italian American classics — you know it well, of course: veal Parmesan, chicken spiedini, shrimp scampi — with aplomb. The saltimbocca (veal or chicken, take your pick) strikes a tasty balance between the meat itself, the Fontina, verdant sage and the salt and funk of prosciutto, all of it focused by a bright lemon-white wine sauce.
-Ian Froeb


Read more here.

Photo: Eugene Kim / Flickr
The Fountain on Locust
(3037 Locust Street; 314-535-7800)
Featured on: Late Nite Eats
If you want great food with a side of style, stop into the Fountain on Locust. This retro restaurant is decorated in over-the-top Art Deco design and the food is simply stunning. Many patrons swear by the Fountain’s famous pickle soup, but we like the boozy ice cream treats for a late-night treat.
Read more here.
Photo: Kristen Klempert

The Fountain on Locust

(3037 Locust Street; 314-535-7800)

Featured on: Late Nite Eats
If you want great food with a side of style, stop into the Fountain on Locust. This retro restaurant is decorated in over-the-top Art Deco design and the food is simply stunning. Many patrons swear by the Fountain’s famous pickle soup, but we like the boozy ice cream treats for a late-night treat.


Read more here.

Photo: Kristen Klempert
Anthonino's Taverna
2225 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455
Featured on: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
"On the Hill we couldn't be just Italian," says Anthony Scarato of Anthonino's Taverna, where he and brother Rosario combine their parents' Greek and Italian family traditions to do something different. In creating the menu for Anthonino's, which opened in 2003, the Scaratos drew from the heritages of both their mother, who was born in Greece, and their father, whose parents immigrated from Italy. Many of the recipes are for dishes they grew up eating. -Katie Moulton
Read more here.
Photo: Katie Moulton

Anthonino's Taverna

2225 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455

Featured on: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
"On the Hill we couldn't be just Italian," says Anthony Scarato of Anthonino's Taverna, where he and brother Rosario combine their parents' Greek and Italian family traditions to do something different. In creating the menu for Anthonino's, which opened in 2003, the Scaratos drew from the heritages of both their mother, who was born in Greece, and their father, whose parents immigrated from Italy. Many of the recipes are for dishes they grew up eating.
-Katie Moulton


Read more here.

Photo: Katie Moulton
Bogart's Smokehouse 
1627 S 9th Street; 314-621-3107
Featured on: Bizarre Foods America
Pork is the main attraction at this terrific barbecue joint from Pappy's Smokehouse pitmaster Skip Steele. Give the prime rib a try, though. You can order it naked, with sides, and enjoy the thinly sliced, impossibly tender, mildly smoky meat soaked in its own rich juices. But for the full effect, opt for the hoagie sandwich version, on which strands of smoked onion bring just the right amount of bite — and a bonus hit of smoke — to the party.-Ian Froeb
Read more here.
Photo: Jennifer Silverberg

Bogart's Smokehouse

1627 S 9th Street; 314-621-3107

Featured on: Bizarre Foods America
Pork is the main attraction at this terrific barbecue joint from Pappy's Smokehouse pitmaster Skip Steele. Give the prime rib a try, though. You can order it naked, with sides, and enjoy the thinly sliced, impossibly tender, mildly smoky meat soaked in its own rich juices. But for the full effect, opt for the hoagie sandwich version, on which strands of smoked onion bring just the right amount of bite — and a bonus hit of smoke — to the party.
-Ian Froeb


Read more here.

Photo: Jennifer Silverberg