The Best of St. Louis’ Favorite Restaurants this Summer
St. Louis, MO/September 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Following the trends in St. Louis’ restaurant industry is what we do. We track the tastes of St. Louis diners too. Each week we examined thousands of customer reviews to bring you a list of the Top 10 restaurants in any number of categories. This summer was no exception. Over twelve weeks of summer we have spotlighted St. Louis diners’ favorite restaurants in twelve delicious categories.
So, this week, instead of bringing you a new Top 10 list, we thought we’d take a moment to highlight the restaurants that took top honors on our restaurant top 10 lists all summer. These restaurants are the very best at what they do. They’re each ranked #1 on the top ten list for their niche. These rankings, like the top 10 lists we publish regularly, are based on customer reviews, making them the favorites of St. Louis diners. So, here are the number one restaurants in their respective Top 10 categories for summer 2017:
Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice (4.71 stars/62 reviews) Central West End, 3906 Laclede Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 696-8388. This slushy bar for grown-ups opened in October 2016 near St. Louis University. Unlike the sugar-laden, artificially colored slushies of childhood, this nautically themed bar offers frozen alcoholic beverages flavored with infusions and purees scratch-made from real fruit and herbs. These frozen drinks drawn from slushy machines were St. Louis favorite way to enjoy cocktails this summer.
Tapas & Small Plates
Taste Bar (4.76 stars/469 reviews) Central West End, 4584 Laclede Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-1200. This Central West End hangout offers New American tapas and highly acclaimed signature cocktails. The small plates are full flavored bites that blend local produce with global flavors. Everything on the menu is thoughtfully prepared and served with care, making Taste St. Louis’ favorite place for small plates.
Maeva’s Coffee (4.74 stars/73 reviews) Alton, 1320 Milton Road, Alton, IL 62002, (618) 581-7510. Alton’s only independent coffee shop, Maeva’s Coffee, is a 100% crowd-sourced and independently funded community project. Maeva’s features fair-trade coffee and a signature espresso blend created especially for them by Goshen Coffee in Edwardsville. They’re also well-loved for their internationally inspired quiche menu, and their seasonal beverage menu.
Thai House (4.70 stars/149 reviews) Monroe County, 109 South Main Street, Columbia, IL 62236, (618) 281-2777. This authentic Thai restaurant has a spiced-to-order menu. Customers can choose their heat on a 1–5 scale. The restaurant also offers a warm, hospitable environment, and they have a kid’s menu, making this a great place to introduce young palates to the balanced flavors of Thai cuisine.
The Greek Kitchen (4.87 stars/82 reviews) Ellisville, 15939 Manchester Road, Ellisville, MO 63021, (636) 686-7200. This bright, cheerful, casual restaurant specializes in Greek classics that are prepared fresh in the semi-open kitchen. Here you will find traditional dishes like stuffed grape leaves and fried cheese, as well as excellent gyros and souvlaki (chicken kebabs), fresh hummus, falafel, and tzatziki. There’s also a nice variety of Greek pastries, including baklava.
Kruta Bakery (4.75 stars/169 reviews) Collinsville, 300 Saint Louis Road, Collinsville, IL 62234, (618) 344-1115. This fourth-generation family-owned bakery has been making delicious baked goods since 1919. This is a full-service traditional bakery, offering everything from bread and rolls to custom cakes, pastries, seasonal treats, and old-fashioned cheesecake. The neighborhood vibe goes well with the friendly, efficient service.
Melo’s Pizzeria (4.84 stars/61 reviews) Benton Park, 2438 McNair Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 833-4489. This is the little pizzeria that Blues City Deli owner Vince Valenza and his son Joey Valenza built into the garage behind the sandwich shop. The Valenzas create their own special interpretations of classic Neapolitan-style pizza in a beautiful wood-fired oven they had custom built and imported from Naples. In summer, dine on the patio. When it gets colder, Melo’s is more of a take-out joint, since they have almost no indoor dining space.
Bonus: Topping our list of the best chain pizzerias (establishments with three or more locations) is Papa Vito’s (4.51 stars/176 reviews) Belleville, 318 East Washington, Belleville, IL 62220, (618) 277-6200. This small, family-owned chain of pizzerias uses fresh ingredients and family recipes to create delicious pizza, apps, salads, and sandwiches. They’re known for great food and warm hospitality.
Fox & Hounds Tavern (4.74 stars/209 reviews) Hi-Pointe, 6300 Clayton Road, Saint Louis, MO 63117, (314) 647-7300. Stepping into this cozy tavern at the Cheshire Inn is like stepping into a different world. It’s modeled after an English stag parlor, with plush leather chairs, lots of dark wood, and a big stone fireplace. They offer dozens of varieties of Irish, Scotch, and American whiskey along with a nice small plate menu. Friday and Saturday nights add live music to the mix, making the Fox & Hound Tavern a terrific destination for a night out.
Spencer’s Grill (4.42 stars/156 reviews) Kirkwood, 223 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122, (314) 821-2601. This old-fashioned diner has been serving comfort food to locals since 1947. Spencer’s is especially well-loved for their breakfasts—fresh omelets, waffles, French toast, buttery pancakes with crispy edges, and scrapple. In classic diner fashion, this is the kind of place where you can go for a whole meal, or just a slice of pie with a side of neighborhood gossip. It’s the kind of place where they dish out comfort food and company.
Asian Cafe Bar & Grill (4.31 stars/122 reviews) O’Fallon, 1260 Bryan Rd (Hillman Farm Plaza), O’Fallon, MO 63366, (636) 272-4429. Open since 2010, the Asian Cafe Bar & Grill offers authentic Vietnamese and Chinese food, spiced to order. Their menu goes way beyond pho and bánh mì, although they offer a variety of delicious takes on both. They also have a full bar, which gives them an edge over many of the other Vietnamese restaurants in the St. Louis area.
Cheap Happy Hours
Tick Tock Tavern (4.61 star/80 reviews) Tower Grove East, 3459 Magnolia Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63118. This cash-only neighborhood bar offers kitschy decor (owls, clocks, bric-a-brac), plenty of draft and canned craft brews, and sometimes free live performances. This late 20th century watering hole had closed for a few decades before new owners reopened it in 2014. The old corner bar still offers the comfortable vibe of a neighborhood bar, but now instead of two-taps offering Busch beer, they have a rotating set of taps offering a host of locally made beers, ciders, and meads, along with a full bar.
Coma Coffee Roasters (4.70 stars/56 reviews) Richmond Heights, 1034 South Brentwood Blvd, Richmond Heights, MO 63117, (314) 250-1042. The cafe inside the University Club Tower draws in caffeine-craving customers who rave about all of the coffee and espresso drinks, but most especially, their cold brews. Coma Coffee is serious about cold brew, winning national accolades for their efforts. This is extremely good iced coffee, and a nice spot to chill.