On the Road Eats: St. Louis

Hotel:  Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis
Upgrade:  Yes but lounge is nothing special
Would I stay again? Probably not. The parking garage was not convenient (come in at the top level and go down two levels to exit on a one way street, bottom levels were quite dark and as a woman, not the safest feeling. Rooms were outdated and I prefer something more modern and clean. If you must, location was central and you can walk to restaurants in Clayton.

Restaurants:

Lunch:  Yellowbelly
Would I dine again? Yes. Brussels were awesome and the toast was quite interesting.

Dinner:  Billie|Jean
Would I dine again? Yes.  Solo diner so I had a great seat at the bar and saw all the food being prepared and plated.  The eggplant was awesome although the soup would not be my first choice.  Wish I had been hungrier – the short rib looked amazing.

Lunch:  Sugarfire Smokehouse
Would I dine again? Yes – Second time to this spot!  I was late to the airport so I got this to go and had a good meal on the plane!

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Brisket sandwich with potato salad

On the Road Eats: St. Louis

Hotel: Residence Inn St. Louis West County
Would I stay again? It was fine.  The people were nice and the service was good.  Was a newer hotel.  Not the most convenient to where I needed to be but close to the highway and a mall.

Restaurants:

Lunch: J.Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood 
Would I dine again? Nope.  I had the crab bisque and the crab melt.  The soup was better than the sandwich but not one of my better choices.  I assume dinner is better as long as you order a steak.

 

Dinner: Reeds American Table
Would I dine again? Yes.  Solo dinner, brought my laptop and got awesome service.  Plus I arrived during happy hour so I got a deal on food and wine.

 

Breakfast: Russell’s
Would I dine again? Yes.  Cute coffee shop/cafe with adult poptarts and their sandwich menu sounded great.

 

Lunch: Pastaria
Would I dine again? Yes, I have been here quite a few times and always come back. So good!!

 

On the Road Eats: St. Louis

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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.image
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

photo 1If 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
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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!

 

Pastaria
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.
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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!

Lusso
sid-princess

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!

 

 

Have any other recommendations for me the next time I am in town?
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