Foodies Guide To St. Louis

St. Louis is one of the cities this year that took me by surprise and on a culinary adventure. I was able to eat through the city with a friend and it felt like we were in a constant state of  “wow this is so good!” We ate for four days taking in the best of the city and now I am ready to share with you my favorite foodie stops in St. Louis! From breakfast to dinner and snacks in between, the cities culinary scene is booming.

Nathaniel Reid Bakery 

Never in my life have I met someone so fiercely passionate about their craft. Nathaniel Reid really stood out on my food tour through the city because he went over everything in his bakery, told his background story of working in Las Vegas, and explained how basically everything .. down to crusts, fillings, and even jams – are made in the bakery. This bakery is taking in no shortcuts in providing high quality food and the customer service is top notch – in the 40 or so minutes I was there Nathaniel greeted most customers (many whom were return customers) and his staff was equally as friendly. I think that says a lot about a business – but the food was equally exceptional. Do not miss the quiche and basically any of the pastries or desserts. Everything I tried was incredible.

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Nathaniel Reid Bakery

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Nathaniel Reid Bakery

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Nathaniel Reid Bakery

Rooster

Specializing in crepes – I went off the deep end and deviated from my normal sweet crepes and went for a savory. Now let me say this – I have never had a savory crepe because the idea just sounded off, but one on the menu stood out that had goat cheese and BACON – so here we are, trying new things, and LOVING them.

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Rooster

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Rooster

Vicia

I cannot possibly give enough accolades to Vicia as the chef Michael was just named by Food & Wine as one of the best new chefs! What I loved was all the freshness of the food, the abundance of green (lord knows I don’t eat enough of it) and creating these dishes that just paired well(here’s looking at you cold asparagus soup!). I highly recommend the soup, their ice cream sandwich, the potato salad, AND the cold brew mint chocolate coffee!

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Vicia

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Vicia

Retreat Gastropub

Although the space is small, the menu is fierce. When we sat down we got a menu that was three pages with a heavy focus on craft cocktails and beers. Retreat Gastropub is that restaurant you go to when you are looking to be inspired by a drink or a dish that the owners have carefully curated.

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Retreat Gastropub

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Retreat Gastropub

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Retreat Gastropub

Fitz’s

One simply doesn’t go to St. Louis and NOT get a Fitz’s root beer float. This place is an institution and should not be missed.

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Fitz’s – floats

Sardella

I found Sardella to be an interesting restaurant. They play with food in ways I have never seen it – for example, I ordered brussels sprout toast with a poached egg. I have never seen this anywhere in my life (and I eat a lot) and I could not get over how incredible it was. They brought out an order of their ricotta pancakes (something I also have never had before) and let me tell you how good they are. My friend and I both took a bite and they were piping hot, but they were so good we continued to eat them. That’s right – we actually risked burning our mouth for how damn good these pancakes are.

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Sardella

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Sardella

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Sardella

 

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Disclaimer: This is written in partnership with the St. Louis Tourism Board. As always, opinions are entirely my own. 

Checking In: The Chase Park Plaza St. Louis

I remember arriving to The Chase Park Plaza Hotel and its location is in a neighborhood in St. Louis that is easily walk-able. This urban oasis is bringing a lot of bang for the buck when it comes to luxury hotels.

 

After you stay in a lot of hotels, they start to blend together – so I try and find something about each property that is memorable & unique in helping me to remember my stay there. I didn’t even have to go far in finding something – it hit me right in my senses when I walked into the hotel. The smell of fresh buttery popcorn! That’s right, the hotel has a movie theater connected to it and you can walk right in from the lobby area. When it comes to unique – this takes the cake as I have never been to a hotel that had a movie theater.

The movie theater is just one of the great things about the hotel that stood out to me. That staff took the time to get to know me and remembered my name, the amazing craft cocktails I went for every night just because the bartender, Joe, was incredible to watch, that fact that the bars hotel The Preston actually carried a 23 and 15 year Pappy Van Winkle – both of which made my soul happy, the beautiful outdoor pool, the guest laundry facilities (and they even provided laundry soap), and I could keep going on for days. In summary – my stay in The Gateway City felt complete staying at The Chase Park Plaza Hotel.

The Rooms:

With over 380 rooms in the hotel and multiple categories to choose from, you are sure to find a room that fits your needs. During my stay I checked into a 1 Bedroom Suite and loved how spacious (840 square feet), bright and comfortable the room was. As someone who works on the road, I like having desk space and a separate work area from the bedroom. This suite really encompassed the ideal room offering the separate living space, 2 TV’s, ample desk space, a full living ares with several seating options, large closet, bathroom with a shower and tub combo, and plenty of light leaking in.

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1 Bedroom Suite

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1 Bedroom Suite

Room amenities:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Balconies (select)
  • Coffee makers
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Complimentary newspapers
  • Tasteful décor
  • Pillow-top beds
  • Fine cotton sheets
  • Premium toiletries
  • Thick terry robes
  • Elegant bathrooms
  • Living rooms
  • Room service
  • Pool and city views
  • In-room safes

 

Dining:

The hotel offers 3 dining venues and in-room dining. During my stay I had breakfast twice and drinks nightly at The Preston and had a drink and the BEST short rib mac & cheese at the Chase Club. If you only go to the hotel to eat – this mac & cheese should not be missed. It may be one of the best things I have ever eaten (and sadly I ordered it late at night and did not have my camera so I don’t even have a photo to share).

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Breakfast at the Preston

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The Preston

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The Preston

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Chase Club

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Chase Club

Extras:

The hotel does have a gorgeous pool on site that should not be missed as well as a spa! In addition they have the easy access to the movie theater inside the lobby as well – that delicious smell of popcorn will draw you right in!

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Chase Park Plaza Pool

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Chase Park Plaza Pool

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Movie Theater – retrieved from Sonesta

 

Attractions:

A lot of the main attractions in St. Louis are relatively close to the hotel.

Read More: 9 Experiences to have in St. Louis 

  • St. Louis Arch 6.4 miles
  • Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis 0.6 miles
  • Saint Louis Zoo 2.1 miles
  • Missouri Botanical Gardens 2.4 miles
  • Busch Stadium 5.4 miles
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Cardinals Game

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Botanical Garden – Climatron

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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Additional Information:

  • Address: 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd. St. LouisMO 63108
  • Phone: 1.314.633.3000
  • Distance from St. Louis Lambert International Airport: 11.2 miles
  • Parking: valet and self both available
  • Uber friendly city

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Disclaimer: I was hosted by Explore St. Louis and Chase Park Plaza, but as always, opinions are entirely my own.

9 Experiences To Have In Saint Louis

I just returned from St. Louis and had a nice long weekend to explore the city and take in some great experiences. I actually had not been back to Missouri since 2004 so it was nice to return and see the state in tourist mode. I put together my top things to do, as a visit to The Gateway City would not be complete without these experiences.

Visit the Botanical Garden

Easily the MOST beautiful botanical garden I have ever been to! What I love about this location is that the gardens are broken down into sections and spread out.Visiting could easily take up half a day to leisurely stroll through everything they have to offer. My favorite attraction is the Climatron – which is a dome like ecosystem housing plants and even a couple waterfalls.

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Botanical Garden – Climatron

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Botanical Garden – Climatron

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Botanical Garden – Japanese Gardens

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Botanical Garden – Climatron

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Botanical Garden – Climatron

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Botanical Garden – Climatron

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Botanical Garden – Japanese Gardens

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Botanical Garden – Climatron

Take in a sunset 

You know I can’t visit a city and not find a sunset – that is my favorite thing to do. I say to find a sunset with the Arch in it as it is far more dramatic and the arch is an icon of the city.

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St. Louis Arch Sunset

Blues Museum 

A trip to St. Louis would not be complete without a stop at the Blue Museum. The museum is not very big or overwhelming and can be easily done in under an hour. Learning about the history of Blues, its artists and even making your own track is part of the magic the museum offers.

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Blues Museum

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Blues Museum

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Blues Museum

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Blues Museum

See a Cardinals game 

Visiting Busch Stadium was not like visiting any other baseball game I have ever been to. You could feel the sense of hometown pride and it was not chaotic – it was a family event. You really get that Midwest vibe (something I miss as I am from Michigan but live in D.C.) and feeling of community.

Don’t forget to get a Nathan’s hot dog and a beer – true staples.

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Cardinals Game

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Nathan’s hot dog

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Beer

Saint Louis Zoo 

Its free AND its one of the best in the United States .. I think that’s the two best reasons to go!

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Sample beer at Schlafly Bottleworks 

I love finding craft breweries in new cities and I especially love when they are passionate about their work. I had the opportunity to meet the owner and one of the founding brewers, Stephen Hale. I honestly don’t think I have ever met two people more passionate about beer. Both of these guys are an excellent resource and knowledge base in the brewery and I would recommend a tour.

Something that I loved right inside the brewery was a computerized monitor that showed you everything they have on tap with alcohol content, tasting notes, etc so you would know what you want before you reached the bar.

I loved the passion fruit beer! It was not overpowered by citrus, it was actually just the right amount.

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Schlafly Beer

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Schlafly Beer

Relive your childhood at the City Museum 

It is true – I am 34 .. but I make sure to take time everyday to laugh and to keep the child in me alive. The City Museum is housed in an old shoe company that has been turned into a big play park with a bar. Several story slides, ball pits, a ferris wheel and school bus on the roof, jumping rocks pretending its lava, fun flooring, and unique finds around each corner – you are in for a great time. Kids or not – visit and go play your heart out.

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City Museum

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City Museum

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City Museum

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City Museum

 

Visit Forest Park 

Forest Park is a spacious park in St. Louis that is home to the Saint Louis Zoo, Art Museum, Science Center, The Muny, and the Missouri History Museum. In addition, you can drive/walk around the park and see how gorgeous the land is. My two favorite areas were the Pagoda Circle and Jewel Box.

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Pagoda Circle

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Jewel Box

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis 

I am always on the hunt for architecture that will blow me away and that is exactly what you feel inside the Basilica.  The domes on the ceiling offer the most gorgeous grandeur and you will not be able to stop staring in awe. No matter what your beliefs, visit. The amount of work that went into  this building is worth seeing with your own eyes.

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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Eat your way through the city!

I don’t want to leave out the best part of St. Louis, and that is the food and drinks. I was taken by surprise at the bustling foodie scene that the city offers. Some of my favorite finds were Fitz’s enormous root beer floats, Nathaniel Reid Bakery’s pastries and quiche, the mint chocolate cold brew coffee and potato salad at Vicia, and the candied bacon and craft cocktails at Retreat Gastropub. If those are the only things you eat while in town – consider it a success!

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Vicia – Potato Salad

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Vicia – mint chocolate cold brew

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Retreat Gastropub – Craft Cocktail

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Retreat Gastropub – bacon!

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Fitz’s – floats

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Nathaniel Reid Bakery – pastries

 

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Disclaimer: this post is written in partnership with the Explore St. Louis Tourism Board. As always, opinions are entirely my own.