Getcha Grub on!
If you have been keeping up with my YouTube account then you probably did enough to burn some calories so you may want to refill and get something to eat. There are many places to eat around the St. Louis area which offer different variety of foods. Whether your diet is meat, veggies or vegan you wont have to worry because the area has lots of choices to choose from.
1. Crown Candy Kitchen
Taking a colossal step back in time to 1913 You may have spotted the vintage juke box and other collectibles and may not be aware that Crown Candy Kitchen is one of St. Louis' oldest and popular attractions. Harry Karandzieff and his best friend Pete Jugaloff opened in 1913 and with their skills from Greece, along with a dream of providing a friendly family atomphere to enjoy their creations.
Harry's son George took over the business from the 50's and built what it is today. I first seen Crown Candy Kitchen on Man Vs. Food when Adam Richmand did the shake challenge haha. So I had to go visit and see what it was all about. I ordered the Grilled Ham and Cheese for $6.99 and it was so good! I recommend trying it along with some sort of shake and if you're feeling daring then try the shake challenge - Drink five in thirty minutes. If you do comment and let me know that you did!
2. Smash Burger
Smashburger opened in 2007 with a simple mission - "to put burgers back into people's lives. They want to change the way people think about burgers and the way they feel when they have a burger. Despite any other place you can get a burger like the fast food places and other burger joints like fuddruckers, Smash burger crafts the best-tasting burger around. Their burgers are made-to-order, never frozen and smashed to perfection.
Smash burger offers "healthier" burgers. What do I mean healthier? I mean, a lot healthier than going to McDonald's and eating a Big Mac. Smash burger has burgers from the Avocado Club which has fresh avocado, apple-wood smoked bacon, veggies, condiments, and a multi-grain bun. Sounds a lot better than that Big Mac right? to chicken and salads like the Classic Chicken and Harvest Salad you should be pretty clear of what diet you have. I'd recommend the Classic Smash if you can't decide what to get and if you like avocado then go with the Avocado Club. They have a great environment and nice staff and don't forget to invite me hehe.
3. City Museum
Voted number one family attraction in the world by Trip.com awards. The museum opened for visitors in 1997 to the riotous approval of young and old alike. The City Museum is a play house museum, consisting largely of re-purposed architectural and industrial objects, housed in the former International Shoe building in the Washington Avenue Loft District of St. Louis. The brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly, a classically trained sculptor and serial entrepreneur. His name may sound familiar to you from some of my latest BLOGS like, Wandering Wednesday's: The Show Me State where I explored an abandoned cement factory with my god sister and her two friends where he was in the process of conducting yet another masterpiece.
The City Museum has a lot of food to choose from from your classic hot dogs to a good old fashioned pizza for those who think they are a ninja turtle. I ordered a cheese pizza with mushrooms on it which was pretty good but you aren't a fan of canned mushrooms then I would leave them off because they gave the pizza a weird taste so I kinda picked them off. You can spend all day here so I highly recommend staying at the museum and getting your grub on here vs leaving to go somewhere else, plus they wont let you re-enter anyhow. The cafe is fairly large but it gets crouded really fast and if you're the type of person who's a germaphob then being at this place let alone the cafe is probably not you're thing considering it brings thousands of people climbing and crawling, sweating and touching everything while coming into the cafe, hopefully they wash their hands before eating.
4. MOD Pizza
What if you could get exactly what you wanted on your pizza, made fresh on demand (kinda like Subway), for as little as possible? I mean, a large pizza from Imo's costs 14.45$. And what if employees were paid as much as possible and given real opportunities for growth, even second chances? First off! Who's a pizza fan? Drop it in the comments, I wanna hear your favorite or unless you prefer "cowwabunga". What was founded in 2008 by husband and wife, Scott and Ally Svenson, in their hometown of Seattle. Let's just say these folks didn't want to pay 14.45$ for a pizza so they started to wonder if there were a better way of doing pizza – and business.
I had the pleasure of getting Marilyn (pardon me of I misspelled your name, doll) and I had an absolute great experience with her and being my first time at MOD. She broke every little bit of the crafting of pizza to the kind of dough like gluten or original to the sauce and finishing it off with some sri-rancha or hot buffalo sauce. From over 30 craveable toppings, red sauce from scratch. house-roasted vegetables, and all prepped daily to ensure the most vibrant fresh flavors. She was super smiley and filled with joy helping me go through this process because it was a bit overwhelming with all the choices and laid front in your face to choose. Marilyn made it super easy and she was pretty efficient at getting me through the line even though I'm terrible at deciding! I finally cashed out at 9.79$ I said, "bye to Marilyn and thanked her with her sweet appreciation vibes - thank you Marilyn! When I took my first bite of this beautifully hand crafted pizza I got a sudden shot of awe! I firmly believe when someone prepares your food it is simply made with love, and I loved my meal! If you're up for something new to try and maybe even a vegan or vegetarian this will be a place to come check out! Be sure to tell Marilyn hello for me!
5. Annie Gunns: The Smokehouse Market
Dating all the way to 1937 in July when there was the "Great Flood" Annie Gunn's and the Smokehouse Market was destroyed. Owner Thom Sehnert was dedicated to rebuild and take both businesses to the next level of quality, service, and value. Seven months and $3 millions after the flood waters receded Annie Gunn's was ready for business again, today.
Annie gunn's Smokehouse Market Place is a great place to go for lunch I usually go around 11:30am to beat the lunch rush because this place is ALWAYS hopping no matter what time. It's great to take that girl or boy for a nice picnic because they offer an outside patio or take your BLT - Pecan Wood Smoked Bacon on Ciabatta with Mustard Aioli, Bibb Lettuce, Local Tomato and Irish Chips to a near by park. The BLT that I get is $6.99 plus tax and its so very good! Don't forget to get a blueberry pie! For that special occasion like a birthday or anniversary you can go in the restaurant where the environment is very up scaled and you're waited on at a professional level with great service and seating. A friend of mine took me here for my birthday and it was amazing. The food was top quality and service was great. Its only once in awhile kinda thing considering the bill was $300 including tip.
6. 54th Street Grill & Bar
54th Street is KRM, Inc owned company based in Kansas City, MO. You can expect to walk in casually and feel relaxed with the retro feel atmosphere. This place will make you keep coming back for the "gringo" dip and incredible variety of salads.
This place is so yummy! I love walking into this place because you get recognized quickly by the hosts and get straight down to business. After walking in and sitting at your table you get a nice, comfortable feel with all the vintage decor with old race cars to Marilyn Monroe posters. You can wear almost whatever you feel comfortable in, although don't dress like a slob either. The servers, hosts and staff are all kind and coming by to see how you're doing and quick on getting your food. I'd recommend the "Triple Crown Burger" which comes with fries. Don't forget to order a thing of "Gringo" dip and potato skins! Proceed with caution because it can fill you up.
7. Lulu's Local Eatery
Fairly new and only established in 2012 Spring. Husband and wife Robert Tucker and Lauren Loomis (Lulu) dreamed for years of owning a restaurant together, and they found that inspiration for Lulu's whiling living abroad in New Zealand and Australia where they worked on organic Farms in exchange for room and board. As they worked on these farms they began to learned and experienced firsthand how food gets to a plate. After months of research and a emerging food truck scene they both purchased a food truck and drove it to St. Louis, MO. May 2014 they decided to plant permanent roots and opened a brick and mortar space located in the popular south Grand Dining District.
This place puts off such a great feeling, it no kidding as that "hippie" chill relax environment. It has beautiful neural colors and all earthy. The staff are super chill with you and the menu is so great! If you're a vegan then this is the place to go. I got the "The BBQ Jack". It's so worth it and way more to handle, they give you a great amount of food for $7.95
8. Trainwreck Saloon Westport
There is this Western-themed restaurant & bar providing American food, frequent live music, outdoor seating, and a super bad-ass train that circles the restaurant in West Port Plaza in Maryland Heights. There are a couple locations which the second Trainwreck Saloon Westport opened April in 1991 which is the one in West Port where it reminiscent of the saloon in the old cowboy movie! If you haven't seen the movie I totally recommend it, I'm not one for that genre but It was interesting comparing the two. You'll definitely get the feel with the swinging saloon doors, planted floors, and of course the model train that circles the bar. Over the years the restaurant delivers on its reputation with venues which may I add, the most popular live music and even happy hour! I absolutely recommend this place to anyone who's wanting to know any good restaurants in St. Louis. The location is super easy to find being it's neighbor is Starbucks. I don't know about you, but I enjoy a good java or a hot chocolate from Starbucks.
Let me start with the positive: The Cobb salad at Trainwreck is amazing! The hostess was amazing and kind when she sat us down and shortly after our waitress arrived. Dawn ordered the wings and that is the only thing she gets from here, because they are just super yummy goodness! I tried one myself and I have never had a wing that tasted so good, I mean..there was no need for any commandments it was so good! As to service, I ran out of water and I didn't have to ask nor hunt anyone down, our waitress came and refilled, which is super awesome! I know it gets super busy so her just keeping an eye on us just means the world. Although, we aren't perfect which is super OK however we did wait a good bit before our lady came over and asked if we were ready to order and get our food, I remember well because Scotty had to go teach a class so we were crunching on some time towards the end of our meals.
9. Tree House Restaurant
There really isn't much history that I could find on this place, I believe it's very new to the area. If you're either vegetarian or vegan then you'll wanna visit this place.
This place was super chill and relaxed like Lulu's. Very earth friendly and kind smiley people. Everything was clean and felt calming. The food here was so good and healthier for you considering it's also a vegetarian and vegan establishment. I got the "Blast" which was a BLT type of sandwich and it was really good. I recommend it and the "beats" as a side.
10. Wehrenberg Marcus Chesterfield 14 cine
In 1904, Fred Wehrenberg explored the St. Louis World’s Fair and saw something that changed his life. The one-time blacksmith who ran a saloon/grocery/butcher shop saw a simple film clip of passengers riding a train while scenery rushed by in the background. After surviving the Great Depression in 1948 Fred and his son opened the first drive-in! After the death of Fred and now up to 23 year old Ron Krueger to continue with his fathers plans which in the 70's he saw another surge in the movie industry, multiplexes. in 2004 Wehrenberg grew in size with two more theaters and the one being right here in Chesterfield, MO.
I know this kinda throws you off because this is a movie theater but this theater has a Five Star Lounge and a Fred's with the option of the mega screen and ultra screen! You don't have to take advantage of the Five Star Lounge to experience the great food of Fred's. It almost feels like traveling to the 50's to the drive-in theater food except you're eating indoors. I'd recommend getting the nachos and cheese with jalapenos If you're going to come on any day then you should go on Tuesday's because that's when you get a movie for 5$ and free popcorn!
Born on September 22nd, 1986 and raised in Sullivan, Missouri