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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