St. Louis has plenty of barbecue spots, but Salt & Smoke is the move when you want to eat great ribs, and still go somewhere nice. This Delmar Loop staple is always slammed, but just go grab a seat at the bar and work through their pages-long bourbon menu or drink a cocktail while you wait. Once you get seated, go for the the prime brisket and ribs, along with the white cheddar cracker mac and cheese and green beans, if you’re truly in need of vegetables.
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With a jukebox collection and basement music venue, Blueberry Hill in the Delmap Loop is a great for kids during the day and just adults at night.
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Vicia is an airy, upscale restaurant in Central West End that serves vegetable-focused food, and has a tasting menu option.
Half & Half
Come to Half & Half Clayton for breakfast or brunch, you might have to wait, but their s’mores french toast is worth it.
Crown Candy Kitchen
Crown Candy Kitchen in Downtown is an old school diner serving luncheonette classics like a massive BLT and malted milkshakes.
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Wild Flower Restaurant, Bar & Catering
With indoor and outdoor seating and the large menu, Wild Flower in Central West End is a great option with a group for dinner or brunch.
If you only eat barbecue once, make sure it’s at Pappy’s in Midtown, and don’t leave without the house specialty ribs.
Going to Sardella in Clayton is like a little getaway, from the blue-tiled walls to the creative Italian dishes.
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