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St. Louis' Most Famous Restaurants and Food Finds

Legendary Eateries and Shops Offer a True Taste of St. Louis


There's no shortage of places to eat in St. Louis. But when you want a uniquely St. Louis experience, try one of these famous spots around town.

Sweetie Pie's

If Oprah likes it, it must be good right? Sweetie Pie's has the endorsement of Ms. Winfrey and many others who love soul food. The restaurant is run by Robbie Montgomery who is famous in her own right as a former backup singer for Ike and Tina Turner. Sweetie Pie's menu includess traditional soul food favorites like fried fish, black eyed peas and collard greens. The restaurant has been featured on The Food Network, and had its own reality show on Oprah's OWN. Sweetie Pie's is located at 4270 Manchester Road in St. Louis.

Crown Candy Kitchen

St. Louis' most famous soda fountain has been feeding hungry residents and visitors since 1913. Crown Candy looks and feels like a soda fountain should. It's small with old, 1950's style decor. There's a line out the door most days, but it's so worth the wait. The menu has a variety of basic sandwiches, but do yourself a favor and just order the BLT. And of course, save room for a homemade malt or shake. Crown Candy Kitchen is located at 1401 St. Louis Avenue.

Blueberry Hill

Blueberry Hill is one of the most popular hot spots on the Delmar Loop. The restaurant and live music venue has been open for more than 40 years. The biggest draw is still the monthly concerts by rock-n-roll legend Chuck Berry, but there's also a lot more to see and do. Blueberry Hill serves up casual fare like burgers, salads and specialty entrees, in a unique atmosphere filled with nostalgia and memorabilia. Blueberry Hill is located at 6504 Delmar in the heart of the Loop.


When it comes to fine dining in St. Louis, no one does it better than Tony's. The restaurant is famous for its service, Italian food and extensive wine list. Tony's has received national awards from AAA, Mobil, Conde Nast Traveler and more. It's located at 410 Market Street in downtown St. Louis.

Ted Drewes

St. Louisans don't eat ice cream, they eat frozen custard. And when they eat frozen custard, they go to Ted Drewes. The iconic custard shop has been in business for more than 80 years serving up its famous concretes, sundaes and shakes. Try a specialty concrete like the Terramizzou, a blend of chocolate sauce and pistachios, or the Hawaiian, a combination of banana, coconut, pineapple and macadamia nuts. Ted Dewes has two locations in south St. Louis. The larger shop is located at 6726 Chippewa, along old Route 66. The smaller shop is at 4224 South Grand.


In the mood for bar-b-que? Then make the trip to Pappy's Smokehouse. It's often voted the best BBQ in St. Louis, and was also named one of the "Best 101 Places to Chow Down in America" by the Travel Channel. Expect long lines here too, but you'll forget all about the wait when you bite into those famous ribs. Pappy's is located at 3106 Olive Street in St. Louis.

For more ideas on eating out in St. Louis, see Top Restaurants on The Hill or St. Louis' Most Romatic Restaurants or Best St. Louis Restaurants for Breakfast or Brunch.

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