The Best Food in St. Louis, According to RFT Readers

From the best brunch to the best new restaurant, our readers know where to find all of the good stuff. Our "Best…

By Riverfront Times

Best Chicken Wings
Navin’s BBQ (3559 Arsenal Street, 314-449-1185)
Runner-Up: Hogtown Smokehouse (6301 Clayton Avenue, 314-899-0550)
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The Best Bars & Entertainment in St. Louis, According to RFT Readers

We asked and you answered! Here are your picks for the best bars and entertainment in St. Louis. Our "Best of St.…

By Riverfront Times

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE
The Factory (17105 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield; 314-423-8500)
Runner-Up: The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161)
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RFT's Best of Food & Drink in St. Louis 2022 [PHOTOS]

Mask mandates may be a thing of the past, dining rooms are at full capacity and diners have come back out in…

By Riverfront Times

Best Burger
Jack Nolen's
Jack Nolen’s (2501 South Ninth Street) owner Jim Grindstaff doesn’t have a phone in his Soulard establishment. What he does have is the city’s most quintessential smashburger, a stunning specimen created after he traveled the country on a quest to discover what makes for a delicious burger patty. He paid attention to the key details — the ideal blend of beef, the perfect melty cheese, the right type of bun — and the culmination of that effort is Jack Nolen’s double cheeseburger, a magical smashburger that is a perfection of the form. The key is the beef mix, a blend of brisket, chuck and short rib that is so well marbled it remains buttery and tender throughout when smashed on the flattop, save for the crispy edges that are like a beefy lace. Gooey American cheese seeps into every crevice, and a simple garnish of lettuce, tomato, onion and dill pickle slices crown the beauty before it’s tucked into a soft potato bun. That you can enjoy such a classic while bellied up to the bar at such a quintessential watering hole only adds to the mystique. It’s a good thing he doesn’t have a phone; it would be ringing off the hook. —Cheryl Baehr
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Kid-Friendly St. Louis Restaurants That Don’t Suck [PHOTOS]

Not all restaurants are for kids. And the restaurants that kids love are not always so great for parents, either. But these…

By Riverfront Times

Hi-Pointe Drive-In
(multiple locations including 1033 McCausland Avenue, HiPointeDriveIn.com)
Spectacular burgers, fries and shakes? They’re serving every kid’s dream meal each day.
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Find Some of the Best Mediterranean Food in St. Louis at Salve Osteria [PHOTOS]

Natasha Bahrami serves up a worthy successor to Cafe Natasha's at Salve Osteria on South Grand Boulevard. Read Cheryl Baehr's review: "Salve…

By Riverfront Times

Orecchiette with lamb sausage and broccolini.
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Black-Owned Restaurants You Can Support in St. Louis

We have four words for you: Support Black-owned businesses. St. Louis' Black-owned bars, restaurants and other businesses are central to our economy…

By Riverfront Times Staff

4 Hens Creole Kitchen
     (3730 Foundry Way)
    Find out more here.
    Photo credit: Cheryl Baehr
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Big Mama's BBQ Express Will Make Your Food Dreams Come True [PHOTOS]

From pig snoots to brisket to spare ribs to loaded fries, Big Mama's BBQ Express in East St. Louis has everything that…

By Riverfront Times

Pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw.
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St. Louis Restaurants That Have Been Featured on Reality TV

Yeah, yeah, so these days our food scene is getting raves from the national press. But we've long gotten raves from a…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Highway 61 Roadhouse
    34 S Old Orchard Avenue; 314-968-0061
    Featured on: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
    Guy Fieri called Hwy 61 Roadhouse "a really cool place; it's the kind of place he'd hang out in if he lived here in town. It just went really well," owner Bill Kunz says. "I think he ended up showing me the love in our episode, because traditionally they do three restaurants on an episode...Our episode was only two restaurants, and I got about twenty minutes of airtime, which is priceless."-Liz Miller
    Read more here.
    Photo: Highway 61 Roadhouse Facebook Page
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Maaji’s Street Kitchen Offers Traditional (and Tasty) Indian Food [PHOTOS]

If you want healthier versions of traditional Indian food without sacrificing any of the taste, Heena Chopra (chef-owner of Maaji's Street Kitchen…

By Riverfront Times

Matar paneer, an Indian cheese dish with peas.
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Rock Star Tacos Serves Up Smiles [PHOTOS]

From the "Poutina Turner" to the "Thai Your Mother Down" to the "There Goes My Gyro," the dishes at Rock Star Tacos…

By Riverfront Times

Tacos include Livin' On the Veg, There Goes My Gyro and Fish You Were Here.
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Top Places in the St. Louis Area To Get Pasta, According to Yelp [PHOTOS]

If you're looking for pasta heaven, St. Louis has quite the scene. And luckily, Yelp has a few spots that have climbed…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Anthonino's Taverna
( 2225 Macklind Avenue)
"Meatball (2) with fresh made pasta. The sauce was exquisite." - Mari S.
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50 St. Louis Area Bars and Restaurants With Great Patios [PHOTOS]

If you're looking for a great patio to chill on this summer, we know all the best spots.

By Riverfront Times Staff

The Wine Cafe
(703 S Main Street, St Charles; 636-410-8002)
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Sandwiches From Havana's Cuisine are a Revelation [PHOTOS]

Juicy, flavorful and served on imported bread, the sandwiches at Havana's Cuisine will have you drooling. You won't find a better Cuban…

By Riverfront Times

Cuban sandwich with roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles.
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Must-Try Breakfast and Brunch Spots in St. Louis [PHOTOS]

Brunch is a safe space. You wake up, maybe a little hungover, you don't want to mess with the stove to fry…

By Riverfront Times

Egg
(2200 Gravois Avenue; 314-202-8244)
Read Cheryl Baehr's review here.
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The Eat DuckBill Food Counter Inside Platypus Serves Perfect Snack Food [PHOTOS]

From popcorn chicken to roasted cauliflower to hand-cut fries and crispy tofu, Eat DuckBill has it all. And the drinks at Platypus…

By Riverfront Times

DuckBill's signature dish is Chooch's popcorn chicken.
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Naughty Bits STL Gets Creative With Its Waffles [NSFW PHOTOS]

St. Louis has a new comer on scene: The sexy waffle company Naughty Bits STL has the "best tasting dicks in St.…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Naughty Bits is a newcomer to the St. Louis food scene.
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RFT Restaurant Guide: Old Gems and New Spots in University City [PHOTOS]

We're kicking off our Restaurant Guide. Here's a look at one of the areas we're covering. Stay tuned for the rest. If…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Frank & Helen's Pizzeria
You’ll find the same cheesy-baked pastas, the same char-grilled ribeyes with sides of fettuccine and, of course, the same broasted chicken — a special way of pressure-frying the bird that results in impossibly succulent meat and a crispy, non-greasy coating. But if there is one thing you must order at Frank & Helen’s, it’s the pizza, one of the best St. Louis-style thin-crust pies in town. Beer and wine only. $-$$. Open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner.
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RFT Restaurant Guide: Old Gems and New Spots on The Hill [PHOTOS]

We're kicking off our Restaurant Guide. Here's a look at one of the areas we're covering. Stay tuned for the rest. The…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Gioia’s
An institution since 1918, Gioia’s Deli (1934 Macklind Avenue, 314-776-9410) began its life as a grocery store but is now a sandwich shop with three locations. The original is on the Hill, a friendly counter-service shop named an “America’s Classic” by no less than the James Beard Foundation.
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The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Will Be in St. Louis Tomorrow [PHOTOS]

She's back again! The Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up Truck is going to be parked at West County Center tomorrow where she'll offer…

By Jaime Lees

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Will Be in St. Louis Tomorrow [PHOTOS]
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New St. Louis Food And Drink Spots That Opened in 2022 [PHOTOS]

If you can believe it, the year is already halfway over. In the spirit of that, we've rounded up all the new…

By Riverfront Times

Fordo's Killer Pizza
(3730 Foundry Way)
Read more here.
Pictured: The classic Margherita pizza.
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Burger Week Brings Juicy $8 Burgers to St. Louis All Week [PHOTOS]

There's nothing better than a good burger. It's a fact of life, like the sky being blue or water being wet. With…

By Jenna Jones

Carnivore
(5257 Shaw Avenue, 314-449-6328)
Special: The Calabrian Burger. 
Read more here.
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Jalea Brings Peruvian Flair to St. Charles’ Main Street [PHOTOS]

Jalea brings a spectacular cevicheria experience to Main Street in St. Charles. Read Cheryl Baehr's review: "Jalea Dazzles with Traditional Peruvian Cuisine…

By Riverfront Times

Arroz con mariscos (rice and seafood) with aji panca, garlic rice, shrimp, littleneck clams, pei mussels, peas, cilantro, rocoto and lime.
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St. Louis Restaurants We've Lost So Far in 2022 [PHOTOS]

Some of these places are casualties of COVID. And some of these places closed because of other issues. But all will be…

By Riverfront Times

Courtesy Diner (South Kingshighway location closed indefinitely)
North Hampton
This famous diner had to (temporarily?) close because of lack of employees.
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Maize & Wheat Offers Some of the Best Colombian Food in St. Louis [PHOTOS]

Maize & Wheat has you covered on empanadas, arepas and more. Read Cheryl Baehr's review: "Maize & Wheat Brings Revelatory Colombian Cuisine…

By Riverfront Times

Arepas are available with a variety of fillings, such as a Colombian arepa with sausage, corn, yellow plantain and mozzarella.
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Head to Arber Cafe For Stunning Traditional Albanian Cuisine [PHOTOS]

This combination Italian-Albanian restaurant and coffee shop works magic in a small storefront off Gravois Avenue. Read Cheryl Baehr's review: "Arber Cafe…

By Riverfront Times

Olive salad with orange, lemon, onion, extra-virgin olive oil and oregano.
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St. Louis' Favorite Pizza Places [PHOTOS]

There's nothing more heavenly than a slice of pizza. Luckily, the St. Louis area is full of pizza — and 'za enthusiasts.…

By Riverfront Times Staff

Noto
(5105 Westwood Drive, St. Peters; 636-317-1143)
Noto offers “dishes to remember,” food critic Cheryl Baehr writes.
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Black Sheep Offers Classy but Casual Dining in Tower Grove South [PHOTOS]

For your next date night or casual family dinner, stop into Black Sheep. Located in the former Three Monkeys space in Tower…

By Jaime Lees

Pan-seared salmon with charred corn succotash, asparagus and hollandaise.
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Mission Taco and Salt + Smoke in CWE Damaged by Fire [PHOTOS]

St. Louis woke up to sad news today when it was reported that Mission Taco Joint and Salt + Smoke in the…

By Jaime Lees

Mission Taco and Salt + Smoke in CWE Damaged by Fire [PHOTOS]
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Gay Bars of St. Louis Past [PHOTOS]

Gay bars in St. Louis have long been some of the best places in town to build community, to meet new faces…

By Jaime Lees

JJ's Clubhouse, 2015
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Gather Offers Quality Sandwiches and More in McKinley Heights [PHOTOS]

For easy daytime fare that is both high-quality and delicious, visit this cozy neighborhood cafe in McKinley Heights. Read Cheryl Baehr's review:…

By Riverfront Times

Breakfast sandwich with egg, bacon, greens, tomatoes, white cheddar and aioli on a croissant.
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