The “Tried & True” Restaurants of the St. Louis area

ST. LOUIS, MO – We see “best” lists for restaurants and bars all the time. Best new restaurants. Best Italian. Best burgers.  Here are a few “tried and true” restaurant in the St. Louis area.  The ones that, for decades, have consistently given customers quality food and friendly service in a great environment.  These four restaurants reflect our great city’s personality and history.

West County: Balaban’s ( Since 1972, people have dined, partied, and entertained at this great establishment.  Balaban’s is known for its award-winning wine selections and bistro style environment.  The owners’ early influence on St. Louis with innovative dishes and a celebratory atmosphere cannot be understated.  The warm bistro décor is the perfect backdrop for enjoying the cuisine with friends.

Soulard: 1860 Saloon, Game Room & Hardshell Café ( Located in the heart of historic Soulard, 1860’s has offered live blues and classic rock 365 days a year for over 35 years.  The three separate rooms, all with the same menu, offer something for everyone.  A saloon with antique backbar for music, a fun game room with high top tables, and the café with Mardi Gras feel-good vibes.  The complimentary shuttle to Cardinals and Blues games makes a visit to the city much more relaxing.

St. Charles: Lewis & Clarks American Restaurant ( The historic location alone is enough reason to visit! It’s located on a picturesque downtown cobblestone street with a view of the Missouri River.  The three-story brick building has fun historic touches to give homage to the famous explorers and their time in this area.  Lewis & Clarks is a great gathering place and accommodates small dinner parties as well as large events.

North County: Hendel’s Restaurant ( Hendel’s tagline says it all: Food. Drink. History.  The building was purchased by the Hendel family over 100 years ago.  It’s evolved in to the restaurant it is today in Old Town Florissant.  Indoor dining instantly improves with a grand piano in the room!  And the outdoor patio is just what one would imagine, with trees, flowers, great lighting and privacy.


By: MB