Just like the person you’ve been seeing who told you, “we’re not dating, but we’re not not dating,” Sardella is hard to define, but keeps you coming back. It works equally well for a casual lunch or a celebratory dinner; the food is Italian, but includes dishes with green curry and soy caramel; and the airy, brightly-tiled space feels like it should be overlooking the Mediterranean instead of a street in Clayton. Head here with a group and order a bunch of their small plates, like the burrata and octopus, along with a few of their pastas (they come in full and half sizes). And while you wait for dessert, you can try to convince the rest of your party that you’re just not that into labels.
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Come to Half & Half Clayton for breakfast or brunch, you might have to wait, but their s’mores french toast is worth it.
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Pi Pizzeria serves some of our favorite pizza in the city, and we’re especially fans of their Delmar Loop location for the outdoor seating.
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If you’re looking for barbecue but don’t want to eat standing up off a paper plate, head to Salt and Smoke for a sit down meal full of the classics.
Nixta in Tower Grove is one of the best and most uniquely decorated spots in the city, serving Mexican food that you need to try.
When you need an spot to bring a date or your parents, head to I Fratellini in Clayton for very good Italian food and a long, affordable wine list.
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