The Five Best Neighborhood Restaurants in St. Louis

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Ian Froeb
The veal Parmesan sandwich at Biggie's
3. Biggie's (3332 Watson Road; 314-781-0060)

If you wanted to find the quintessential St. Louis neighborhood restaurant, look no further than Biggie's: dimly lighted, walls covered in sports memorabilia, maybe still a hint in the air of its many years without a smoking ban. The food is straightforward American and Italian-American fare, including a monster pork chop and a stellar veal-parm sandwich.

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Ian Froeb
Albóndigas caseras with patatas bravas at Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas
2. Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas (5046 Shaw Avenue; 314-771-4900)

You don't go to Guido's because you want to go to the Hill. You go to Guido's because you want to go to Guido's -- to be reminded again that the Carretero family serves up some of the most satisfying food in town, from pizza and pasta to albóndigas and grilled calamari. A late supper of crusty bread, Serrano ham and manchego, with a cold Peroni, is an unmatched St. Louis pleasure.

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Jennifer Silverberg
Quincy Street Bistro owners Mike Enright (left) and Kevin Winkler.
1. Quincy Street Bistro (6931 Gravois Avenue; 314-353-1588)

Many great neighborhood restaurants develop over time. Others arrive more or less fully formed, a happy coincidence of skill, timing and not a little luck. Such is the case with Quincy Street Bistro, which debuted in Princeton Heights this year but feels like it has been there, serving tasty burgers (try the "One-Eyed Jack" Burger, with barbecue sauce and onion rings), a deep-fried hot dog and St. Louis-style pizza that even the Provel-phobic might (might) enjoy, all along. Which is why Quincy Street Bistro is our "Best Neighborhood Restaurant" for 2011.

Location Info

Mama Josephine's

4000 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Piccadilly at Manhattan

7201 Piccadilly Ave., Maplewood, MO

Category: Restaurant

Biggie's

3332 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas

5046 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Quincy Street Bistro

6931 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant


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4 comments
PAT
PAT

MATENLEY'S IN FLORSSANT IS A GREAT PLKACE TO EAT.

Marysamuelson
Marysamuelson

Congratulations to Quincy Street Bistro on your award for best neighborhood restaurant 2011, from the crew at Mama Josephine's!

Peterrcrismon
Peterrcrismon

Albondigas at Guido's and a Spanish beer...now that's an awesome meal...

Douche_McGee
Douche_McGee

The Biggie's Veal parm on garlic bread = awesomeness. I'd never heard of the place until I saw it on one of the Top 100 things you guys did a year or so ago.

I'm due for another trip down there.

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