Top Choice Sweets in St Louis

Ted Drewes

Don't dare leave town without licking yourself silly on this super-creamy ice-cream-like treat at historic Ted Drewes, west of the city center. There's a smaller summer-only branch south of the city center at 4224 S…
Top Choice Cafe in St Louis

Crown Candy Kitchen

An authentic family-run soda fountain that's been making families smile since 1913. Malts (hot fudge, yum!) come with spoons, the floats, well, float, and you can try the famous BLT. Homemade candies top it off. It'…
Modern American in St Louis

Eleven Eleven Mississippi

This popular bistro and wine bar fills an old shoe factory. Dinner mains draw on regional specialties with a farm-to-table vibe. Other options on the seasonal menu include sandwiches, pizzas, steaks and veggie dishe…
Cajun in St Louis

Broadway Oyster Bar

Part bar, part live-music venue, but all restaurant, this joint jumps year-round. When the sun shines, people flock outside where they suck down crawfish and other Cajun treats. It's nuts before and after Cardinals …
American in St Louis

Shaved Duck

A South Grand stalwart, the Shaved Duck fires up its grills early in the day and turns out excellent BBQ, including the signature smoked duck. Options include fab sandwiches and veggie sides. Live music weeknights.
Top Choice Market in St Louis

Soulard Farmers Market

A local treasure with a range of vendors selling regional produce, baked goods and prepared foods. Picnic or snack yourself silly. Dating to 1779, it's pretension-free.
Top Choice Italian in St Louis


Redolent of herbs, this Italian deli serves up fresh salads and sandwiches (get the meaty Hill Boy) to ravenous lunching crowds.
Barbecue in St Louis

Pappy's Smokehouse

Named one of the nation's best joints for barbecue, Pappy's serves luscious ribs, pulled pork, brisket and smoked turkey. With fame, however, comes popularity, so be prepared for long lines and crowded communal din…
Italian in St Louis

Mama Toscano's

More grocery than cafe, this corner Hill legend is renowned for its ravioli. Get an order toasted and enjoy outside at a picnic table (it's table-free inside). Other highlights include the sandwiches, especially th…
Bistro in St Louis

Brasserie by Niche

This tres bon French-style brasserie has an alluring line-up of specialties including garlic soup, steak frites, coq au vin and all the desserts you'd expect. Watch for seasonal specials, and try for a table outside…