The Best of the Restaurant Top 10s

Restaurant Top 10s – Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill

St. Louis’ #1 Restaurants

St. Louis, MO/February 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Each week we look at the top of the top 10 restaurant lists and bring you the highlights.  What follows is not a top 10 list, but a compilation of restaurants that are ranked #1 on a top ten list.  Just like the top ten’s we publish every week, these rankings are based on customer reviews. So the restaurants featured here are the favorites among St. Louis diners.

As we look at the top of the restaurant charts this week, we find some longtime St. Louis favorites still leading in their particular culinary niche.  But there are some relatively new restaurants too.  St. Louis is a city of culinary adventurers, movers and shakers.  So it’s not surprising that some of the newest restaurants in town have quickly become some of our favorites.  Some filled a void in St. louis’ dining scene; others just do it better than anyone else.

Here are ten of St. Louis’ favorites.  Whether an old favorite, or a hot new place, each is exemplary in its own right, and that’s why each holds the top spot in their respective Top 10 categories:

Brunch:

Egg (4.62 stars/164) Benton Park, 2200 Gravois Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 202-8244.  This has been a top 10 brunch spot since it first began as a pop up event inside the original Spare No Rib location.  It’s since taken over that spot, and the top of the brunch top 10 with hearty, delicious brunch fare, including Bloody Marys that customers rave about.

Kid friendly:

Fitz’s Restaurant (4.03 stars/1183 reviews) The Loop, 6605 Delmar Blvd, University City (314)726-9555.  With a menu of pizza, burgers, crispy chicken strips, and monster ice cream sodas, this may be kid paradise! Bonus: you can watch the soda being bottled while you eat!

Pet friendly:

Edibles & Essentials (4.72 stars/85 reviews) Saint Louis Hills, 5815 Hampton Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 328-2300.  This artisanal New American cafe specializes in high quality ingredients (think house-cured bacon).  They are known for their charcuterie boards, changing special menus, and a terrific, dog-friendly patio!

Italian:

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill (4.50 stars/893 reviews) The Hill, 5226 Shaw Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 772-8898.  The birthplace of Toasted Ravioli, this place is a St. Louis classic, with an upscale Italian menu famous for its perfectly prepared pasta, veal, chicken, steaks, and seafood.  Gitto’s wine list is also highly praised and customers love the old world elegance of this distinctive restaurant.

Cajun/Creole:

Broadway Oyster Bar (4.5 stars/870 reviews) Downtown, 736 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 621-8811.  One of St. Louis’ most popular restaurants, Broadway Oyster Bar has been serving up fresh Gulf shrimp, po’boys, and great music in downtown St. Louis for the last 35-years.  Their Alligator Sausage & Shrimp Cheesecake is legendary.

Middle Eastern:

Sameem Afghan Restaurant (4.65 stars/458 reviews) The Grove, 4341 Manchester Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 534-9500.  This is Missouri’s first and only Afghan restaurant. Sameem serves predominantly traditional Afghan cuisine consisting of lamb, chicken, hearty stews, kabobs, chops and rice dishes, including halal meat.  They also have a nice vegetarian selection. It’s so good, you’ll need a reservation on weekends.

Mexican:

Mission Taco (4.22 stars/ 440 reviews) The Loop, 6235 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130, (314) 932-5430.  This is St. Louis’ original gourmet street-taco specialist, offering great food and creative cocktails in a rustic cafe with a San Francisco vibe.  This location in The Loop was the first for Jason and Adam Tilford.  Now there are three locations in St. Louis, with plans for additional Taco Joints in St. Peters and Kansas City.

Wings:

O! Wing Plus (4.6 stars/66 reviews) Overland, 10094 Page Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63132, (314) 395-0180.  This family owned restaurant fuses this classic bar fare with the exotic flavors of Korea, Southeast Asia and beyond.  They offer nine sauces that run from mild and sweet teriyaki to the super spicy “Beast Mode,” creating wings that will have you smiling as you lick your sticky fingers.

Pizza:

Melo’s Pizzeria (4.92 stars/50 reviews) Benton Park, 2438 Mcnair Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 833-4489.  This is a case of the new kid on the block is coming out on top.  Melo’s sits in the garage behind another St. Louis favorite, Blues City Deli.  After just over a year in business, Melo’s authentic wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza made with simple, high quality ingredients has become St. Louis’ favorite.

Irish Pubs:

Morrison’s Irish Pub (4.61 stars/59 reviews) Alton, 200 State Street, Alton, IL 62002, (618) 433-8900.  This is what an Irish pub is supposed to be—authentic pub ambiance, plenty of Irish spirits, and home-cooked dishes like Irish stew, Bubble & Squeak, Bangers & Mash, and Colcannon.  On the 12 taps you’ll find a nice selection of local and imported beers, ales, and stouts.  Weekends add authentic Irish music to the mix.

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