Yes, St. Louis relishes its iconic dishes and libations — toasted ravioli, gooey butter cake, “square” pizza, frozen custard, bread-sliced bagels, and Clydesdale beer. But our chefs, bakers, and brewmasters are also pushing beyond local traditions and earning national acclaim for their delectable creations.

A Nationally Recognized Food Community

Innovative Ozark cuisine. Bakeries that win top honors. Balkan treats for lunch. Modern East Asian restaurants. Food trucks (of course). Plant-forward fare. Thai food recognized by the government of Thailand. James Beard-nominated and award-winning chefs. And that’s just an appetizer for any description of our food in the region. You could eat out every night, try something new, have something delicious and still never eat your way through the incredible options on the menu here. Get your fork ready, Sauce Magazine has all the details about dining in St. Louis. 

USA Today’s Best Beer Scene

St. Louis is proud of our beer heritage. Our experience began in the mid-1800s when brewers like Anheuser-Busch began using the caves beneath the city to store their beer. Today, the St. Louis beer scene is still hopping. In fact, USA Today voters have crowned St. Louis as America’s Best Beer Scene three of the past four years. Thanks to local brewers like 4 Hands, Urban Chestnut and Schlafly, a stellar selection of local microbreweries and craft beer makers, including Side Project (boasted as one of the top barrel programs in the world), a variety of beer festivals, plus a thriving homebrew community, there’s plenty here to quench your thirst. Visit any of the eclectic beer bars and brew pubs scattered throughout St. Louis, and you’ll be surprised by all the international and domestic brews, ciders, hard seltzers, and non-alcoholic beers on tap. For a more in-depth look at our brewery scene, here’s the low down.  

Photo of Chef Lasse Sorensen by Jason Pinkston