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The Top 10 Breakfast Restaurants Across St. Louis

The Top 10 Breakfast Restaurants Across St. Louis

Start Your Day Right at One of STL’s Top 10 Breakfast Spots

St. Louis, MO/May 6, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Top 10 Breakfast – They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Fortunately, you don’t have to pry open your bleary eyes and make your own.  There are lots of terrific spots to grab a great breakfast on the way to work, or any day.  We checked the customer reviews to find the ten best breakfast restaurants in St. Louis.

Topping the list is Nathaniel Reid Bakery at 11243 Manchester Road in Kirkwood. Open since August 2016, this is one of the newest jewels in St. Louis’ culinary crown.  Chef Nathaniel Reid is an award-winning pastry chef, considered by many as one of the very best pastry chefs in the U.S.  His bakery offers fresh baked goods that in some ways more closely resemble art than food.  But don’t let the beauty of these scratch made goodies fool you—they taste even better than they look.  Customers flock for the fresh-made breakfast pastries, croissants, and Danishes.  There’s a ham and cheese croissant that practically melts in the mouth, and the quiche is a velvety slice of deliciousness.  There’s also a full-service coffee bar, and breakfast platters can be ordered for group dining to-go.  There is a small dining area or you can take your meal to go.  No matter what you order at NRB, everything is beautiful, fresh, and scrumptious.

Whether you’re looking for a sit-down meal with china and silver, a quick nosh to go, or something in between, these customer favorites will get your day started on the right foot:

1. Nathaniel Reid Bakery (4.82 stars/77 reviews) Kirkwood, 11243 Manchester Road, Saint Louis, MO 63122, (314) 858-1019
2. Kitchen House Coffee (4.67 stars/52 reviews) Compton Heights, 3149 Shenandoah Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 732-0009.
3. Egg (4.62 stars/172 reviews) Benton Park, 2200 Gravois Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 202-8244.
4. Sweet Spot Cafe (4.58 star/59 reviews) St. Ann, 3586 Adie Road, Saint Ann, MO 63074, (314) 770-9977.
5. Caruso’s Deli (4.56 stars/131 reviews) Downtown Loft District, 1000 Washington Ave, Ste. 101, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 588-1096.
6. Gooseberries (4.46 stars/56 reviews) Dutchtown, 2754 Chippewa Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 577-6363.
7. The Abbey Espresso Bar and Café (4.48 stars/83 reviews) Belleville, 5801 West Main Street, Belleville, IL 62223, (618) 277-8373.
8. The Mud House (4.42 stars/774 reviews) Benton Park, 2101 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 776-6599.
9. Spencer’s Grill (4.41 stars/145 reviews) Kirkwood, 223 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122, (314) 821-2601.
10. Russell’s on Macklind (4.41 stars/421 reviews) Southampton, 5400 Murdoch Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 553-9994.

A few of our favorites didn’t quite make it onto this elite list of breakfast spots, so we’re including them here as Honorable Mentions. Each brings something unique to the breakfast table:

Southwest Diner (4.40 stars/469 reviews) Ellendale, 6803 Southwest Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63143, (314) 260-7244.  American diner meets Tex/Mex cuisine at the corner of Southwest and Abbott in the western edge of the city.  Where else are you going to get sopapillas, Carne Adovada, and buttermilk cornmeal pancakes for breakfast?

2Schae Cafe (4.35 stars/161 reviews) DeBaliviere Place, 275 Union Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-5333.  This is a cozy, quick-service cafe at the corner of North Union and Pershing.  It has a homey, relaxed vibe, terrific French toast and creative breakfast sandwiches.  Plus, the owners and staff are very friendly.

Allin’s Diner (4.35 stars/154 reviews) St. Charles, 130 North Kingshighway Street, Saint Charles, MO 63301, (636) 946-5556.  This is an old-fashioned, classic American diner in the heart of St. Charles.  They offer hearty breakfast fare, including omelets, pancakes, French toast, hash browns, and eggs.  Their menu has a great tutorial about how to order eggs so they’re cooked just the way you want them.

The Best of St. Louis’ Favorite Restaurants

The Best of St. Louis’ Favorite Restaurants

Spotlight on the Top of the Top 10s – The Best of St. Louis’ Favorite Restaurants

ST. LOUIS, MO/ (STLRestaurant.News) – The culinary offerings in St. Louis are flavorful, varied, and ever changing.  The restaurants across the metro area offer a little something for every taste—from down home cookin’ to experimental cuisines—the dining experiences offered are both extensive and exceptional.  And St. Louis is a city of hungry diners with varying appetites.  We’re always on the hunt for our next great meal.  That’s where customer reviews and culinary top ten lists come in really handy!  We use them to find our next great dining experience, and to help our readers satisfy their cravings as well.

This column is our chance to highlight the very best of St. Louis’ favorite restaurants by focusing on the establishments that have earned the #1 position on the many restaurant top ten lists.  This week we cover five categories that take you through your day, from that first morning bite to a great spot for a night cap.


Nathaniel Reid Bakery (4.82 stars/77 reviews) Kirkwood, 11243 Manchester Road, Saint Louis, MO 63122, (314) 858-1019.  This is art for breakfast.  After just over seven months in business, St. Louis diners have deemed this Kirkwood bakery their favorite stop for breakfast.  Internationally recognized pastry chef Nathaniel Reid and his wife, pastry chef Lee Lee create delectable works of art.  But the bakery goes beyond amazingly buttery croissants for breakfast.  It’s the kind of place you can grab coffee and an artisan pastry for breakfast.  (Also a great stop for a quick lunch, or to pick up some macarons for the office).


Rosy’s Cakes & Paco’s Tacos (4.742 stars/70 reviews) St. Peters, 6240 Mexico Road, Saint Peters, MO 63376, (636) 244-4599.  At Rosy’s & Paco’s every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday!  They do tacos seven different ways.  Everything is made fresh and in-house—these aren’t fast food tacos.  St. Louis area diners may love the tacos, but they also do burritos, quesadillas, nachos, and more Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites.  Their also known for their tres leches cake and specialty desserts!

Asian Cuisine

Kounter Kulture (4.80 star/46 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 3825 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63109, (314) 781-4344.  Asian food means a lot of different things to different people.  So it’s not too surprising that an Asian fusion restaurant with a rotating menu that includes Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese.  Local sourcing has made this carry-out joint St. Louis’ favorite Asian restaurant.


Annie Gunn’s Restaurant (4.49 stars/667 reviews) Chesterfield Valley, 16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005, (636) 532-7684.  This long-time local favorite relies on local family farmers for the freshest ingredients, expertly prepared under the direction of Executive Chef Lou Rook, III.  Annie Gunn’s is St. Louis’ favorite destination for really terrific steaks like the Angus reserve aged filet mignon and the 34-ounce American Style Kobe Tomahawk Chop, an award winning wine list, and their family-friendly, pub like vibe.

Wine Bar

Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas (4.54 stars/265 reviews) St Charles, 325 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301, (636) 724-3434.  St. Louisans love great wine and comfortable places to drink it.  And this cozy wine bar in Historic Old Town St. Charles is a favorite stop for drinks before or after dinner, and as a dining destination that combines a global wine list with tapas, or small plates in the Spanish tradition.  You’ll find a menu that includes some classic choices that pair well with wine, including a cheese and meat board, chorizo stuffed dates, four cheese fondue, plus salads, flatbreads, and desserts.  They also have a terrific fireplace, and a really nice patio.  Bella Vino is a great way to end an evening.


Nathaniel Reid Bakery

Kirkwood Scores the Nathaniel Reid Bakery

KIRKWOOD, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) It may have taken ten years to get to the point of opening his very own bakery that bears his name, but for Nathaniel Reid, it’s been a lifelong- dream come true, no matter how long it took to get here.  The Nathaniel Reid Bakery in Kirkwood made its debut on August 1st.

The 36 year old Reid, a Farmington native returned to St. Louis in 2013.  By then he was already a star.  After graduating from the highly acclaimed Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, he went on to win the U.S. Pastry Competition and was named Pastry Chef of the Year in New York City in 2010.  Then in 2012, he was recognized as one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America by Dessert Professional Magazine.  And he’s never looked back since.

Reid specializes in contemporary bakery creations with a European finesse.  He wears many different hats, operating as a pastry chef, consultant, and educator.  He most recently served as pastry chef at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.  Before that he held positions at prestigious places like the St. Regis Hotel, a Forbes Five-star and AAA Five-Diamond resort in California, and with Michelin Three-Star Joël Robuchon Restaurant at The Mansion Hotel (MGM Grand) and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, both in Las Vegas.

But his success never distracted him from his dream to open his own bakery.  The Nathaniel Reid Bakery is co-owned with his pastry chef wife, Lee Lee. It’s not a huge shop but quaint and comfy and plenty big enough to sit and delight in any one of Reid’s decadent creations.  It’s like being in a jewelry store looking at the most unique and beautiful gems.

There’s sinful chocolate cake with a layer of raspberry filling, and a mousse filled with raspberry tea and garnished with white chocolate & raspberry glaze, a cinnamon bun made of brioche dough with butter, brown sugar, and pecans—then topped with even more butter, brown sugar, and pecans, a signature, a twice-baked chocolate croissant cut in half, stuffed with homemade almond paste and chocolate topped with almonds and baked again.

So whether you’re in for one of Nathaniel’s signature breakfast pastries, tarts or a fresh croissant with your morning coffee, a salad and sandwich for lunch, perhaps a homemade chocolate bar for a snack, or that to-die-for layered yogurt cake with apricot-passion fruit filling topped with white chocolate for a party, there’s simply no way to go wrong.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact information:

Nathaniel Reid Bakery

11243 Manchester Road

St. Louis, MO 63122

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Phone: 314-858-1019

Email: contact@nrbakery.com