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NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

A guide to local favorites in Botanical Heights

One of Union Loafers' bakers working on a batch of Light and Mild.
  • By Spencer Pernikoff
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Botanical Heights
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Botanical Heights has completely transformed from what it was just a decade ago. Modern houses line the streets leading up to the Tower Grove and McRee intersection, which can accurately be described as the best dining corridor in St. Louis. Choose from the best bread bakery in town, a Martha Stewart-approved French pastry shop, contemporary Israeli cuisine served out of a refurbished gas station and more.

Meet Spencer Pernikoff

Spencer was born and raised in St. Louis but found his passion for food in Singapore, where he lived for three years. Now, you'll find him photographing and writing about his hometown's food scene. He’ll pass on barbecue, but he’ll never turn down soup dumplings.

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Botanical Heights

Olio
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
Elaia
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
Indo
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
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
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
Union Studio
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
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Spencer Pernikoff
Spencer was born and raised in St. Louis but found his passion for food in Singapore, where he lived for three years. Now, you’ll find him photographing and writing about his hometown’s food scene. He’ll pass on BBQ, but he’ll never turn down soup dumplings.

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