First-Timers Travel Guide to St. Louis


On my latest getaway, I took a weekend trip to St. Louis, MO. While I have been to St. Louis several times before for work, this time was a completely different experience. My favorite way to experience a city is through the eyes of a dear friend who lives or was raised there. It dives a little deeper than the notion of “seeing it like a local,” and instead gives you a little context on how food and culture shape the personality of some of the people you love the most.

In a city known for its unmatched hospitality and charm, I was able to eat, drink, and bask in all the wonders of this amazing city. The warm embraced I received from the people of St. Louis will never be forgotten and there are now pieces of my heart scattered all over city. Here’s some flicks and just a few of my faves from the weekend.

My Top Picks

1. Uncle Bill’s Pancakes and Dinner House

A St. Louis breakfast spot that locals swear by! With menu options galore and an empty tummy in tote – you will leave with a full belly and a warm heart.

My pick: The Crepes Paree

2. Snarf’s Sandwiches

A local sandwich chain with a limited number of locations in Missouri, Illinois, Colorado and Texas. With fresh and filing sandwiches, my inaugural visit to Snarf left me begging for more.

My pick: The Turkey & Swiss Cheese

3. Rosalitas Cantina

Located in Downtown St. Louis, Rosalitas Cantina is vibrant and festive offering a menu of amazing St. Louis style Tex-Mex. As an added bonus the Margaritas are extra strong margaritas, and the chips and salsa are endless.

My picks: The Shrimp Tacos and Fried Cheesecake

4. The Grove Neighborhood

A progressive neighborhood with buzz-worthy nightlife and an eclectic crowd, you are sure to have a blast dancing the night away at Rehab or having some late night Ice Cream Martini at The Fountain on Locust.  For boozier drinks of the frozen variety take a trip to Tropical Liqueurs and be sure to grab some authentic “street meat” at their indoor food truck Guerrilla Streetfood .

My Picks: The Tiger Paw Slushee (Tropical Liqueurs) and The Bagnet Kare Kare Po’ Boy (Guerrilla St. Louis)

5. Gourmet Soul There is nothing like a home cooked meal that touches the soul and Gourmet Soul has this down to a science. Enjoy a solid selection of soul food that is fresh, fried and will leave you satisfied!

My picks: Fried Fish and Sweet Potatoes


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