On Friday, I was treated to a Valentine’s Dinner at Guido’s Pizzeria and Tapas on The Hill (if you are not familiar with “The Hill,” it is the name for the Italian neighborhood in St. Louis). The food was delicious, and the atmosphere was upscale without being overly priced. I thought I would blog and tell you about my experience there, but I instead, I would love to talk about several St. Louis restaurants that you might want to try.
Guido’s Pizzeria and Tapas:
As I mentioned above, I visited this Italian and Spanish restaurant on Friday. As per their heritage, they serve both Italian and Spanish entrees, and have a list of tapas you can order. Other menu items include appetizers, desserts and drinks. There were classic dishes I’ve heard of before, as well as dishes with Spanish influence that you wouldn’t find at most Italian restaurants. On this trip, I stuck with the classics and ordered fettuccini alfredo; my boyfriend ordered cannelloni, pasta tubes stuffed with meat and covered in marinara sauce and cheese. The food was creamy, flavorful, and steeped in garlic. My portion was large, although my boyfriend’s was smaller. We also ordered cheese garlic bread as an appetizer, which came in a good-sized portion. But beware! The cheese on the garlic bread is provel, that St. Louis engineered cheese that looks like plastic. But if you’re a fan, go for it.
Fitz’s is a restaurant located in the Delmar Loop that is famous for its root beer, which you can purchase bottled at many St. Louis locations. This restaurant serves American-style food such as burgers, sandwiches and chicken strips. I wouldn’t say that American food is my favorite, but the atmosphere of the restaurant is worth the visit. The inside is full of exposed brick and reminds me of an old factory…like a root beer brewery, perhaps? Jokes aside, if you are a fan of soda (or pop) you should visit Fitz’s and give their root beer a try.
City Coffeehouse and Creperie:
If you love breakfast food, and if you can manage a little wait time, you should give this creperie a try! Crepes, like thin pancakes wrapped around a filling, come in both savory and sweet types at this restaurant, located in downtown Clayton. I went on a Saturday morning, and although the restaurant was packed, the line moved quickly. I ordered the “St. Louis” crepe, which is a savory crepe filled with grilled chicken, artichokes, spinach and a parmesan cheese filling. I also tried a fruit and cream filled crepe—both were delicious. Like the other two restaurants I’ve mentioned, the City Coffeehouse and Creperie is not a chain restaurant, so you can only find it in St. Louis!
Located in downtown Maplewood (only a few minutes from Fontbonne!), Strange Donuts is a small donut bakery selling imaginative donut creations beyond your typical glazed or cake selections. Their regular menu of original donuts and creations is supplemented by a special “stranger” donut that changes every so often. Some of their strange concoctions have been a pizza donut, a chicken and waffles donut, and a maple bacon donut (which I have heard was actually delicious). Strange Donuts is open every morning from 6:00am-2:00pm and on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays they reopen from 9:00pm to midnight for the late snacking crowd.
I was going to continue with some other restaurants that serve more foreign cuisine, but, as my blog is already running long, I think I’ll save those for next week. Have a happy Monday! Try something new!