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Oct 19th, 2010, 07:43 PM
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St. Louis: Restaurant suggestions for this itinerary

Hi St. Louis experts:
We are driving from Chicago area on Thursday, arriving in the afternoon. Staying at the Drury at the Arch. Family trip with our 10 year daughter and my husband's mother. This is our plan:
Thursday afternoon/evening: Arch and City Garden if time
Friday: City Museum
Saturday: Zoo (maybe Science Museum if gets too rainy)
Sunday: Grant's Farm in the morning and then leave for home

What would you suggest for restarants on the various days? Don't necessarily need "kid-friendly" restaurants. Our daughter loves Italian so she is looking forward to a "Hill" restaurant. We are not-quire foodies, but enjoy good/different food (we always have to negotiate who is getting what and all share).

Any comments on itinerary are also welcome. Thanks!
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Oct 21st, 2010, 07:50 AM
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I think your itinerary is fine although I'm not sure your MIL will really want to stay too long at the City Museum. Your daughter, however, will love it.

A couple of good breakfast/lunch/brunch ideas downtown

Rooster http://roosterstl.com/

London Tea Room http://thelondontearoom.com/

Rooster can get very busy on weekends, just so you are forewarned.

London Tea Room is not far from City Museum. They have nice quiches and grilled sandwiches. They have Cream Tea anytime (Tea, scone, clotted cream and jam) as well as an expensive, by reservation only, afternoon tea. Might be a nice post City Museum activity.

I'm not a big fan of most of the restaurants on the Hill. The best Italian almost on the hill is Trattoria Marcella http://www.trattoriamarcella.com/home.html Reservations required.

If you must eat on the Hill, I think Gian-Tony's might be an ok choice. Fairly casual, old-timey St. Louis Italian, not too expensive. I haven't eaten here in years, and the reviews I just read online are mixed...

If you end up in Forest Park for the Zoo, Science Center, History Museum or Art Museum a good choice for lunch would either be the Boathouse in the Park itself http://www.boathouseforestpark.com/

Or head to University City and the Loop area. Blueberry Hill would be my recommendation, your daughter will think it's fun. You might too. They have good burgers and my fave fried zucchini strips http://www.blueberryhill.com/


One of the best places to search for St. Louis Restaurants is Sauce Magazine. http://www.saucemagazine.com/

Any other type of food you're interested it? There are plenty of restaurants downtown, not far from your hotel, but I'm not sure how upscale you are looking for. I would stay away from Laclede's Landing as an area to eat.

We have had beautiful weather for weeks, but it is supposed to rain a lot this weekend. But there should be enough inside activities.
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Oct 21st, 2010, 10:00 AM
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We liked the Drury at the arch. Do they still offer the complimentary breakfast and a hosted cocktail hour in the evenings?

Duff's restaurant, in the Central West End, is a class act, in a great neighborhood and with a creative daily menu.

A big Yes, also, to Blueberry Hill. If you are lucky, Chuck Berry will be performing, too!
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Oct 21st, 2010, 02:21 PM
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Cunetto's is an Italian restaurant on the Hill that we ate at. Quite delicious!!!
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