21 Delicious Reasons To Be In Downtown St. Louis
Chefs from more than 21 restaurants are preparing their best for the 12th annual Downtown Restaurant Week, from Sept. 19-25. This massive party of the palate drew more than 15,000 foodies last year and this year’s affair is expected to topple that number thanks to a range of expanding options for the culinary curious.
In a city center often sullied by the notion that the area’s only dining options are ballpark fixings and fast food, the number of exceptionally great Downtown eateries seldom fails to impress as chefs get their creative juices flowing at various destinations. There’s a catching spirit to DRW that stems from a passion for adventure and civic pride, a point not lost on these establishments whose vision and tenacity enables them to serve up bling over bland.
For their hungry patrons, feasting is easy and without fuss; there are no passes, tickets, coupons, wrist bands or punch cards. Diners simply choose a place to go. It could be a forgotten favorite or a new place with a hot buzz, or an intimate bistro serving specialized cuisine with an international flair. Once seated they can choose creations from a specially curated three-course dinner menu for $25 or $35 per person, not including tax and tips.
With so much gastronomical zest to choose from here are five recommended DRW restaurants we know ALIVErs will love.
1/Mango (1001 Washington Ave.)
Every meal at this relaxed eatery is an explosion of flavor for vegetarians and carnivores. The mango sorbet is top.
2/ Lombardi’s Trattoria (201 South 20th St.)
Seriously kicking it old school since 1934, this is a romantic, upscale spot that features a menu of signature pastas, steaks, seafood and poultry.
3/ The Wheelhouse Bar & Restaurant (1000 Spruce St.)
This new sports bar-nightclub hybrid is All-American themed with mac and cheese fritters, vegetable ratatouille and blackberry bread pudding.
4/ Three-Sixty (1 South Broadway)
Enjoy the view atop the Hilton Ballpark and dig into perfectly pan-seared salmon, Moroccan lamb or mushroom tacos. It’s national recognition has made it a must-stop location.
5/ Hiro (1405 Washington)
Lobster Rangoon this good is just not right. Hiro’s Pan Asian menu experiments with the sassy and traditional, with champagne popsicles, Vietnamese ice cream soy chicken and pork belly.
Downtown Restaurant Week is once again partnering with Operation Food Search by asking diners to provide an “extra helping” donation of $5 or more to their final bill which will enable the organization to continue its mission of feeding the city’s other hungry population of over 200,000 people.
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