Restaurants in St. Louis, MO

St. Louisans have an extraordinary number of peculiar edible enthusiasms, reflecting a River City personality that is mostly Midwestern but with a shot of the South and the spice of ethnic heritage that still defines its neighborhoods. Unique St. Louis dishes include Americanized versions of old-world fare, such as Italianate toasted ravioli and the Chinese-restaurant St. Paul sandwich, which is egg foo yung on white bread, its name’s origin a mystery. Some of the city’s specialties are so obscure that they are barely known elsewhere: gooey butter cake, slingers, Provel-topped bar pizza. In addition, there is great barbecue, where many menus feature snoots and ears; divine caramel cake; and definitive custard at Ted Drewes, which invented the Concrete — a milk shake so thick that it is handed to the customer upside down to demonstrate its density.

St. Louis’s Most Famous Dishes

A thin square of gooey butter cake dusted with powdered sugar shows a chewy edge and custard-soft center

Gooey Butter Cake

Chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting ... all butter all the time

Chocolate Dishes

Creamy potato salad

Potato Salad

Two rib bones are laden with a great mass of spice-crusted, smoke-cooked beef

BBQ Ribs

St. Louis’s Best Restaurants

Bissinger’s

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Hodak’s

ST. LOUIS, MO

Blueprint Coffee

ST. LOUIS, MO

Pappy’s Smokehouse

ST. LOUIS, MO

Donut Stop

ST. LOUIS, MO

Amighetti’s

ST. LOUIS, MO

Ted Drewes - Blueberry Concrete
Ted Drewes

ST. LOUIS, MO

O’Connell’s Pub - Roast Beef Sandwich
O’Connell’s Pub

ST. LOUIS, MO

Connelly’s Goody Goody Diner - Wilbur
Connelly’s Goody Goody Diner

ST. LOUIS, MO

Ceramic pan holds a hamburger topped with eggs, chili, hash browns, cheese, and onions
Chris’s Pancake & Dining

ST. LOUIS, MO

Crown Candy Kitchen - Chocolate Malt
Crown Candy Kitchen

ST. LOUIS, MO

Riley’s Pub

ST. LOUIS, MO

Portion of traditional gooey butter cake shows crisp edge, soft middle.
Park Avenue Coffee | St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

ST. LOUIS, MO

C&K Barbecue

ST. LOUIS, MO

Capitalist Pig

ST. LOUIS, MO

Cafe Osage

ST. LOUIS, MO

Carl’s Drive-In

ST. LOUIS, MO

Winslow’s Home

ST. LOUIS, MO

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