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The beer display at Schlafly Bottleworks.
NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

A guide to local favorites in Maplewood

The beer display at Schlafly Bottleworks.
  • By Spencer Pernikoff
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Maplewood
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In a way, the main Maplewood drag feels like a jump back in time. It was one of St. Louis’ first suburbs, predominantly built in the early 20th century, and many of the homes, buildings and signs are original. The only difference is those shops are now filled with innovative restaurants and boundary-pushing artisans, not to mention a hidden bowling alley and two of the country’s best craft breweries.

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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Maplewood

Side Project Cellar
Continuously voted one of the world’s best breweries, Side Project and its sour beers are not to be missed. Stop by the cellar for a drink, or, if you’re in town on the weekend, walk down the street to its brewery.
Side Project Cellar, 7373 Marietta Ave. Maplewood, Mo. 63143
Schlafly Bottleworks
St. Louis’ largest craft brewer, Schlafly, makes Maplewood its home. Pop in for a meal, a brewery tour or the obvious: a beer. With 16 taps, plus bottled options, you’re sure to find something great.
Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave. Maplewood, Mo. 63143
Eddie’s Guitars
If you are a guitar aficionado, you have to stop at Eddie’s (if you can, call and make an appointment first). This is a serious shop, with handmade guitars upwards of $15,000.
Eddie’s Guitars, 7362 Manchester Rd. Maplewood, Mo. 63143
Saratoga Lanes
Walk off Sutton Boulevard, head up the steps of an unassuming old office building, and enter the 100-year-old Saratoga Lanes, a hidden-away eight-lane bowling alley and 1950s time capsule.
Saratoga Lanes, 2725 Sutton Blvd. A, Maplewood, Mo. 63143
Elmwood
Two restaurant vets got together to create one of the sexiest and most adventurous dinner experiences in St. Louis. Elmwood is all about sharing and trying new things.
Elmwood, 2704 Sutton Blvd. Maplewood, Mo. 63143
Acero
Local Missouri ingredients combine with classic Italian cooking in this gem of a restaurant. The “create-your-own” four-course tasting menu is a steal at $40/person. You must get the egg raviolo.
7266 Manchester Rd. Maplewood, Mo. 63143
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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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