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IKEA Meatballs Won't Be Here Until 2015; Here Are the Best Local Meatballs to Try Now

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Meatballs from Filomena's. | Jennifer Silverberg

This week, St. Louis lost its collective mind over the official announcement that, yes, IKEA is really coming to St. Louis. The opening date is projected for 2015.

One of the things folks are most excited about are the Swedish meatballs available in the chain's inexpensive cafeterias. In one report, someone went so far as to suggest that meatballs will replace toasted ravioli as the "finger food of choice for St. Louis."

WHOA. Let's not go losing our heads here. Besides, it'll be at least two years until the store is open, and guess what? There are a ton of great meatball options you can try right here, right now. Here are just a few of our favorites.

See also: Craft Beer Cellar Set to Be Our New Favorite Store

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Sugo's meatballs. | Ian Froeb.

Italian-style meatballs
Whether served on a bed of spaghetti or in the maw of a hoagie roll, there are a ton of great options.

1. Sugo's Spaghetteria (10419 Clayton Road, Frontenac; 314-569-0400)
So good we named them one of 100 best dishes in St. Louis: "Exactly two meatballs, to be precise, each about the size of a tennis ball. The interior is tender not only at the center but also, remarkably, not too far underneath the browned surface. The seasoning is mild, unobtrusive."

2. Adriana's (5101 Shaw Avenue; 314-773-3833)
Adriana's has been hand-rolling its famous meatballs for more than twenty years, and it's safe to say it has got this thing down to an art. We declared its meatball and salsiccia sandwich to be the must-order item on the menu when we crowned Adriana's one of the best, inexpensive Italian restaurants in St. Louis.

3. Filomena's Italian Kitchen (9900 Manchester Road, Glendale; 314-961-9909)
Although the arancini are to die for, don't leave without a package of its homemade meatballs under your arm. Rich, meaty and served with a bright, garlicky marinara, this is the best way to bring an Italian grandmother's kitchen home to your own.

4. J Greene's Pub (10017 Manchester Road, Warson Woods; 314-394-2330)
When RFT food critic Cheryl Baehr gave J Greene's a rave review earlier this year, she had so many good things to say that she didn't have room to mention the housemade meatballs, available both as a sandwich and on spaghetti. One might be skeptical of meatballs from a pub, but it's an old family recipe handed down to the chef from his Italian mother.


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24 comments
Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Three years after they open they will close. Lovely neighborhood

Phylis Schiro Cummings
Phylis Schiro Cummings

Can not wait for Ikea to be built. LOVE LOVE LOVE Ikea!!! Welcome to St. Louis!!!

James David
James David

IKEA meatballs are probably missing a few parts anyway.

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

Vito's for spaghetti & meatballs, Gallagher's (in Waterloo) for meatball sandwich. Neither made the list. Your food "critic" needs to get out more. 

Diane Haller
Diane Haller

they're not THAT good…Pasta House STL beats Ikea by a zillion miles!

Harrison Elfrink
Harrison Elfrink

I'd rather get my meatballs from an Italian restaurant than a trendy (though I heard reasonably priced) furniture store.

ryanbrockschmitt
ryanbrockschmitt

The meatballs Feraro's slices and puts on its pizzas are delicious. Get a deep-dish pie with meatballs. 

Stephanie Roesslein
Stephanie Roesslein

Bartolino's Osteria at 44 and Hampton have by far the greatest meatballs ever!

Nic Clark
Nic Clark

Guess you've never been to Vino's.

Danny Boy Kalzoni
Danny Boy Kalzoni

Never heard of them. Do that come in a box too? Ill be spending my money with a locally owned company

Rob Adams
Rob Adams

P.S The meatballs suck at IKEA!

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