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I like St. Louis. It’s a quick trip by plane, the people are super nice and there are lots of great dining options. I stayed in Clayton at a new Hampton Inn(good service, brand new, still trying to figure things out) but ventured out to find some good local options. I even had a few minutes to explore a great boutique!
DeMun Oyster Bar
My first stop – lunch. I had a private dining experience at the oyster bar.
I walked in at 11a and had the whole restaurant to myself for a full 45 minutes. It was a rainy day and due to the slow (nonexistent) lunch crowd, I got great service. I ordered the oyster chowder(which was more of a broth) but the flavors were nice. Oysters, bacon, potato- I enjoyed it even though it was not exactly what I was expecting. I grew up in the Northeast so in my mind, chowder should be thick and comforting and warm you from head to toe. Then I ordered the shrimp po’ boy, recommended by the bartender, and it was good. Simple and good. I hope that the dinner crowd is a bit more lively.
Brasserie by Niche
If I could return tomorrow, I would. I drove over to the Central West End and was excited to try this spot. I love French food. I had a glass of red and the braised beef for dinner. Ask for Layla at the bar- she will make great recommendations. Dinner- Delicious. Braised beef, bacon lardons, potato puree, glazed carrots, I didn’t need anything else. I wish I had put this on my list three years ago to try but then I probably would have kept coming here rather than trying other spots. This makes my lunch decision easy. Niche Food Group, who own this restaurant, own a spot in Clayton called Pastaria. Been there before- time to go back.
Half & Half
It was recommended to me on Chowhound that I try the donuts. And who am I to decide to have a healthy breakfast when the sugar and citrus donuts are a highlight on the menu?
So, I order my coffee and donuts and decide this is a great way
to start the day!
My third visit. I love this restaurant. This restaurant is located in Clayton, next to Niche, the fine dining restaurant. I usually sit at the bar and watch them cook. Pizza or pasta- choose a side.
I always get the same thing- the Strozzapreti with the Pastaria bolognese. And now they offer a lunch special so I was able to try something new, a chopped salad. Romaine, chickpeas, pistachios, pepperoni, red wine vinaigrette- Fantastic! If in Clayton, this is usually at the top of my list for a casual spot with great food!
A fabulous boutique located in Clayton right down the street from the Ritz Carlton. Clothing, jewelry, a selection of gifts and home decor. I collect Sid Dickens plaques and luckily for me, they had a large selection.
Stop in….super nice and wonderful items!