Contemporary Israeli cuisine in a refurbished 1930s gas station. No, it’s not a Mad Lib; it’s one of St. Louis’ most unique and enjoyable casual restaurants and bars. Order the famous egg salad.
Olio, 1634 Tower Grove Ave. St. Louis, Mo. 63110
Olio’s sister restaurant, Elaia, is an intimate 28-seater with food reflecting its chef and owner, Ben Poremba, and the high-quality produce of Missouri. The choose-your-own-adventure tasting menu is great for meat eaters and vegetarians alike.
Elaia, 1634 Tower Grove Ave. St. Louis, Mo. 63110
La Patisserie Chouquette
Whimsical cakes, modern and classic French pastries, and cookies that could easily be mistaken as art fill the display cases at this wonderland of a patisserie.
La Patisserie Chouquette, 1626 Tower Grove Ave. St. Louis, Mo. 63110
Japan meets Southeast Asia at Indo. Try one of their signature raw plates, like the Thai-infused Isaan hamachi, or the Nikkei-style madai ceviche with leche de tigre, herbs, hominy, and aji amarillo, pictured above.
1641 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110
Union Loafers might as well be called the Temple of Carbs. Easily the best bakery in St. Louis, Loafers also offers great sandwiches for lunch and massive 18-inch pizzas for dinner.
Union Loafers, 1629 Tower Grove Ave. St. Louis, Mo. 63110
Honeycomb sells toys, clothes and other children’s gifts that are sustainably made and meant to last. The store was designed for “shop and play,” so while you peruse, your kids can have fun.
Honeycomb, 1641B Tower Grove Ave. St. Louis, Mo. 63110
This cute shop features only items made by local designers and creators, making it a great stop to find something unique. Offerings change often, but you’re sure to find jewelry, wall art, tableware and more.
Union Studio, 1605 Tower Grove Ave. St. Louis, Mo. 63110