Dining Guide: St. Louis

While I no longer live in St. Louis, it is my hometown and there are plenty of awesome restaurants.  I thought I'd share a few of my favorites.  This is by no means an all inclusive list.

Paul Manno's 

75 Forum Shopping Center, Chesterfield, MO

My first pick is classic Italian.  St. Louis is known for amazing Italian, and while Paul Manno's is not on "the Hill," his food is always a hit.  Located in Chesterfield, about thirty minutes from downtown, expect fresh seafood and pastas, great wines and classic Italian dishes.  This restaurant is actually located in an old strip center, but don't let the outside fool you.  Inside, you'll feel like you walked into a classy, old school Italian eatery with the walls covered in photos of famous, former diners.  

At Manno's you can't go wrong with the seafood, lamb chops, steaks or pasta.  While it's not always on the menu, make sure you order some St. Louis famous toasted ravioli.  If you've never had toasted ravioli you are in for a treat.  His are some of the best.  This restaurnt is a little on the pricey side and attire is business casual, although you will be welcomed in jeans and a polo.

Mosaic Tapas St. Louis

1001 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Mosaic is a trendy tapas restaurant in downtown St. Louis.  They also have a location in West County and at Lambert Inernational Airport.  Visit Mosaic online for all of their locations and a peek at their menu.  I've eaten at their downtown location a few times and the food never disappoints.  The tapas are creative, flavorful and they always have a good variety.  During my recent visit I had amazing tuna tartare, scallops that cut like butter and a decadent smores dessert (pictured above).  Come with a group and order a variety of items to share and try.

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

6726 Chippewa, St. Louis, MO

No trip to St. Louis is complete without a visit to Ted Drewes.  Don't let the long lines and crowds scare you away, the lines move fast.  Ted Drewes sells frozen custard.  To be called frozen custard this frozen treat must have at least 10% butterfat and 1.4% eggyolk.  Frozen custard also has less air than ice cream giving the custard a silky smooth consistency.  Ted Drewes will put whatever you like in your custard and they serve it in a variety of ways.  I consider the old classic concrete to be their iconic treat.  This is custard blended with your favorite topping into a frozen mixed goodness.  Ted Drewes has two locations.  Their Chippewa location is on historic Route 66.  Check out Ted Drewes online for locations, hours and more information.

Park Avenue Coffee

1919 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Don't get me wrong, I love Starbucks, but when I want something different I enjoy local coffee hangouts.  You can't go wrong at Park Avenue Coffee.  They serve good coffee and they are known for their gooey butter cake, which has even been featured on Food Network.  You can see locations, hours and other goodies on Park Avenue Coffee's website.

Other Options

There are plenty of other great restaurants in St. Louis, but this is my rundown of some great options from breakfast through to dessert.  If you're staying near downtown, make sure you check out Washington, Avenue.  This street has been under revitalization for the past fifteen years and is home to some incredible restaurants and bars.  If you have time, also check out Soulard Farmer's Market on the south side of downtown.