1. Calzones Fit For A King At Sauce On The Side

Calzones are usually just a side note on a menu dominated by pizzas, but at Sauce On The Side they are the star. And, doing what stars do best, these calzones shine. The 14 unique almost-gourmet selections create a new experience every time. The Meat Me In St. Louis is a popular choice, loaded with pepperoni, mouth-watering Italian sausage, provel, a mascarpone-ricotta blend in meat sauce, dazzled with garlic oil. Or put your surfboard down for a minute while you enjoy the Five-O, stuffed to the brim with pancetta, pineapple, peppers, smoked cheddar, mozzarella, mascarpone, ricotta, smoked chili and barbecue sauce. Sauce On The Side
903 Pine St
(314) 241-5667
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 311 reviews

2. Barbecue You’ve Been Waiting For At Pappy’s Smokehouse

When you walk into Pappy’s Smokehouse, you might notice the menu hanging on the wall penned by none other than late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel which reads, “Well worth the heart attack, thanks!” You’ll also notice the dozen or so other signed menus signed from Cardinals’ legends to Flava Flav that all stand to agree – you can’t go wrong with a meal at Pappy’s (yeah, boy!) There is also a sign from Pappy humorously reminding you that “You should know what you want to order by now. It’s all good.” And they’re right on both accounts. The wait is usually long, but it’s always worth it. Ribs, brisket, sweet potato fries, baked beans, fried corn… just order it all because it’s just not fair to leave anything out at this Hollywood of St. Louis barbecue pits. Pappy’s Smokehouse
3106 Olive St
(314) 535-4340
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 1309 reviews

3. The Shaved Duck Is The Place You Bring Your Friends

Sauce magazine billed The Shaved Duck as “the most underrated restaurant in town,” but after being featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives,” it’s safe to say that title no longer holds true. The Shaved Duck has quite the reputation in St. Louis and the lines to order from this quaint hotspot can sometimes start forming before the doors even open, so get there early. They’re well-known and beloved for their barbecue and soul food, but it’s the Smothered Fries everybody leaves talking about. Crispy, hand-cut fries loaded with pulled rib meat with a homemade cheese sauce that will keep you thinking about them for weeks to come. Order a plate of these, which really is big and delicious enough to double as your meal if you want it to, but definitely get yourself an order of the burnt ends. The Shaved Duck
2900 Virginia Ave
(314) 776-1407
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 522 reviews

4. A Unique Middle Eastern Taste At Sameem’s

St. Louis is a city full of diverse ethnic choices, leaving diners with a difficult choice in where to go, but Sameem Afghan Restaurant fills the Afghani cuisine void and does it well. Along with Afghani dishes, Sameem’s also offers Indian and Pakistani selections, which also helps the newbies feel comfortable in ordering the first few times. Start off with the Muntoo – a delicious tray of steamed dumplings filled with ground beef and onions and topped off with lentils, more ground beef and a yogurt-based sauce. The Mixed Grill gives you a variety of lamb, steak and ground beef skewers, all tender and masterfully seasoned. And if you’re in the mood to kick it up a notch, go for the lamb or chicken karahi in a tomato-based garlic sauce primed with green chilies. Sameem Afghan Restaurant
4341 Manchester Ave
(314) 534-9500
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 123 reviews

5. The Mud House’s Name Is Anything But Mud

Do you like breakfast? Of course you do, everyone likes breakfast. But do you also like music? Okay, again with the stupid questions. But I only asked so I could tell you about The Mud House, an eclectically charming café that will fuses both loves together in a way that you never knew you wanted until now. The Mud House stands as the only place in St. Louis where you can stuff yourself full of pancakes and buy a used Sonic Youth LP to add to your vinyl collection. Order yourself some of the best French toast in town and head out back to the courtyard to eat on the brick-laid patio on wrought iron furniture that makes this place feel more French Quarter than it does city coffee shop. And in case you’re wondering if the coffee is worth a shot, then wonder no more because it it’s worth more than a shot – it’s worth an entire cup. Or two. The Mud House
2101 Cherokee St
(314) 776-6599
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 341 reviews

6. Let’s Get Ready To Gyro

When you’re craving a gyro the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, head to The Gyro Company and get yourself a Gyro Supreme. But don’t rush, otherwise you might pass right by it. The front of the Gyro Company is rather unassuming, but don’t let appearances deceive. This small Mediterranean haven packs a big punch. And just because the name would have you believing that they pump out gyros on a conveyor belt –and they could, especially with how good the tzatziki sauce is – it’s well worth checking out the rest of the menu, too. The doner kabobs are a big hit, and the baklava is the perfect end to the meal. The Gyro Company
7240 Gravois Ave
(314) 832-2563
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 73 reviews

7. Groove Peruvian At Mango’s

A Peruvian good time is never far away on the streets of St. Louis thanks to Mango’s. This award-winning restaurant has walked away with numerous titles, including “Best South American Cuisine” by Alive and St. Louis magazine, Opentable.com’s “Diner’s Choice Award” and the “Best of St. Louis” for southern cuisine and for late night happy hour by The Riverfront Times. The ambiance in this trendy hot spot is just as rich as the food, with rust-orange colored walls accenting the exposed brick inside the dining area. Start with the plantain chips with salsa verde alongside one of their famous cocktails—namely the mango margarita. Order the jalea, calamari bites fried to a crisp, and the lomo saltado (beef tenderloin stir fried with sweet onions, tomatoes, garlic and Peruvian spices) tossed with steak fries over a bed of rice. Mango
1101 Lucas Ave
(314) 621-9993
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 386 reviews

8. Get Yourself A Slice Of The St. Louis Style Blues

You might think of bright lights and musicals when you hear Broadway, but after a stop in St. Louis, you’ll have oysters on your mind. But you won’t find anything about New York here; this Cajun-Creole dive is pure New Orleans. Bury yourself in a mound of crawfish or give the fried alligator a try for something new. But the house special Gumbo Ya Ya, made with shrimp, chicken and andouille sausage will have dancing at your table. And since oysters are probably what grabbed your attention, the menu features authentic style po’ boys. Order yourself up a mess of them and stuff yourself silly on Broadway’s beloved outdoor patio while listening to the smooth sounds filling the warm air. Broadway Oyster Bar
736 S Broadway
(314) 621-8811
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 362 reviews

9. Happy Hour Has Never Been So Happy As It Is At Bailey’s Chocolate Bar

Let’s face it, a name like Bailey’s Chocolate Bar essentially sells itself. High end booze and chocolate – what else could anyone possibly need to know before rushing over here? But for the sake of the review, let’s dive in because believe it or not, Bailey’s really does get even better. As featured on the show “Drinking Made Easy,” Bailey’s has some of the best desserts and cocktails in the city and in one of the coolest places around, too. The bar offers more than 90 beers and a variety of impressive cocktails including more than two dozen chocolate martinis. Bailey’s Chocolate Bar
1915 Park Ave
(314) 241-8100
Yelp: 4 stars, 273 reviews

10. Niche Breaks The Mold Without Breaking The Bank

The old adage goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But Chef Craft of Niche thinks that’s all hogwash. Even though Niche was doing perfectly well at its Benton Park location, Craft decided to breathe some new life into it by moving it to its newer, more vibrant spot in Clayton. And the menu is a reflection of the same ideals. Never getting too comfortable, always striving to break new molds, Niche is a work of passion, innovation and ambition. The prix-fixe menu allows you to dine on three courses of amazing food for around an astonishing $30 – which has got to be one of the best deals in town. But if you’ve got the extra cash sitting in your wallet, definitely splurge on the chef’s tasting menu. You’ll receive course after course of the most mind-blowing concoctions of Chef Craft paired with the perfect wine to wash it down. Niche
7734 Forsyth Blvd
(314) 773-7755
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 256 reviews

11. A Steak Worth Every Penny At 801

You’re admittedly going to need a lot of pennies if you’re eating at the 801 Chophouse. It’s a pricey night out, no way around it. But put on your Gatsby best and make a date, because it’s worth it. What you’ll find here is a menu full of the best cuts of meat for miles, wonderfully seasoned and cooked perfectly to your preference. And although sides are rarely what steakhouses are known for, 801 Chophouse is an exception, with pan-roasted Brussel sprouts and an extravagant macaroni and cheese layered with chunks of lobster and a Mornay sauce. The signature house salad is big enough for two to split, but is so good you probably won’t want to. And don’t forget to save a little room for the New Orleans-worthy beignets and delectable apple cobbler. 801 Chophouse St. Louis
137 Carondelet Plz
(314) 875-9900
Yelp: 4 stars, 33 reviews

12. Crown Candy Kitchen

It goes without saying that when a restaurant has been in business for over a century, they’re legit. So it’s almost silly to write a review about Crown Candy Kitchen, St. Louis’ oldest soda fountain and landmark of the city. But, for any locals who have been living under a rock for some weird reason or anyone new to town, it’s worth mentioning the place that will bring them a malt and the best B.L.T. of their lives. If you’re up for a food challenge you can always attempt to down five of Crown’s 24 ounce malts or shakes within 30 minutes to get your order for free and your name inscribed on a plaque in the store. Brave eaters beware, though, as even Adam Richman couldn’t conquer the malts on an episode of Man vs. Food. Crown Candy Kitchen
(314) 621-9650
1401 St. Louis Ave
Yelp: 4 stars, 290 reviews

13. The Scottish Arms

If you didn’t get to enjoy a game or two of The World Cup at The Scottish Arms, then you missed out on something truly fun and different in the St. Louis in a classic European pub environment. If you’ve got “trying haggis served by a man in a kilt” listed on your bucket list (and really, who doesn’t?), then this is the place to go. But the menu is full of much more than the infamous sheep stomach dish. Try not to giggle as you order the cock-a-leekie pie because you won’t want to miss it, it’s a creamy chicken style soup with a baked over flaky crust to die for, or the Ptarmigan which is essentially bacon-wrapped chicken. And don’t leave without trying one of their famous fried Mars bars for dessert. The Scottish Arms
(314) 535-0551
8 S Sarah St
Yelp: 4 stars, 214 reviews

14. Trattoria Marcella

In most cities, it’s a major challenge to stand out as the Italian star in a sea of worthy restaurants. But Trattoria’s easily and humbly takes the crown. The modest exterior is nothing in comparison the rustic warmth inside, full of rich color and quaint, simplistic charm. Prepare yourself for an indulgent night of carb overloading as you dive into a world full of toasted ravioli, lobster risotto and the Straw and Hay, a pasta filled dish covered in a rich, white sauce adorned with peas, mushrooms and chunks of flavorful ham. The desserts are traditionally predictable, but that doesn’t mean they won’t ensure your meal is full of buon cibo. Trattoria Marcella
3600 Watson Rd
(314) 352-7706
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 180 reviews

15. La Pizza

These 15 St. Louis Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth Sometimes the best nights out include a pair of jeans and a cardboard box full of cheese covered dough. And that’s when you head to La Pizza. St. Louis is known for having its own style pizza: super thin crust, provel cheese, and the immortal question of slicing – squares or triangles? La Pizza’s does keeps with the standard NYC-style thin crust but opts for 100% whole milk mozzarella and cuts their pies into the triangles over the squares. Still, it manages to make a name for itself in a city full of heated pizza opinions and that’s because they know how to do it right. And here, you can top your pizza with anything you can think of – lobster, crab, pineapple – they’d probably even top your pie off with another pizza if you called ahead and requested it. La Pizza
8137 Delmar Blvd
(314) 725-1230
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 88 reviews Feature Image Source: Crown Candy Kitchen Facebook What’s your go-to for grub in St. Louis? Tell us in the comments below!