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Guidebook for University City

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Guidebook for University City

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Amazing mexican food for a great price! This was voted #1 Mexican Restaurant in St Louis. Parking is horrible but it's about half a mile from our house if you're up for a walk. Also the wait is usually so long, we order ahead of time on the phone and pick it up to bring back to the house. Our favorite dish is the shrimp chimichanga!
Mi Ranchito
887 Kingsland Ave
Amazing mexican food for a great price! This was voted #1 Mexican Restaurant in St Louis. Parking is horrible but it's about half a mile from our house if you're up for a walk. Also the wait is usually so long, we order ahead of time on the phone and pick it up to bring back to the house. Our favorite dish is the shrimp chimichanga!
Delicous St Louis style BBQ!! This is a sit-down style restaurant. We always share the $15 bestie - pick 2 meats (the burnt ends are amazing), double cracker mac n cheese, and it comes with a delicous bacon brioche bun! Use the No Wait app if you're dining in to get your name on the waiting list. And don't wait too late to go on a busy night - they'll likely start selling out of certain meats!
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Salt + Smoke
6525 Delmar Boulevard
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Delicous St Louis style BBQ!! This is a sit-down style restaurant. We always share the $15 bestie - pick 2 meats (the burnt ends are amazing), double cracker mac n cheese, and it comes with a delicous bacon brioche bun! Use the No Wait app if you're dining in to get your name on the waiting list. And don't wait too late to go on a busy night - they'll likely start selling out of certain meats!
We love Sugarfire! The St Louis Style BBQ is amazing here! You order your food and then go sit down. It's a great place for families. The desserts are amazing, try the pie shakes!! They literally blend a whole piece of pie with ice cream, delicious! Don't go too late in the day or they may be sold out of the best meats!
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Sugarfire Smoke House
9200 Olive Boulevard
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We love Sugarfire! The St Louis Style BBQ is amazing here! You order your food and then go sit down. It's a great place for families. The desserts are amazing, try the pie shakes!! They literally blend a whole piece of pie with ice cream, delicious! Don't go too late in the day or they may be sold out of the best meats!
This is one of our favorite chinese places. My husband thinks it's amazing but I think it's pretty typical chinese takeout. It looks super sketch but it's legit. It's super close to our house and super cheap! We always split one meal and can't finish it. They take cash only. There is really no place to sit down, this would be something to pick up and bring back to the house.
Chung's Chop Suey
7194 Page Ave
This is one of our favorite chinese places. My husband thinks it's amazing but I think it's pretty typical chinese takeout. It looks super sketch but it's legit. It's super close to our house and super cheap! We always split one meal and can't finish it. They take cash only. There is really no place to sit down, this would be something to pick up and bring back to the house.
This is our favorite sushi restaurant in St Louis! The rolls are delicious and affordable! It feels very authentic. You can either eat in or order online and pick up.
I Love Mr Sushi
9443 Olive Blvd
This is our favorite sushi restaurant in St Louis! The rolls are delicious and affordable! It feels very authentic. You can either eat in or order online and pick up.
Ted Drewes is probably St Louis' most famous dessert shop. You can get frozen custard here, which is basically like delicious ice cream if you've never had frozen custard before. They make "concretes" also which are basically blizzards. It's not on the menu, but you can ask for a tunnel in the middle of your concrete such as a "tunnel o' fudge" or whatever other favorite sauce you like. Ted Drewe's always looks super crowded but the line moves very fast. However, there's not really places to sit down, as you walk up to a window to order. If you want to take it to go, you can ask for that and ask for dry ice in your bag. They'll pack it for free for you.
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Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
6726 Chippewa Street
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Ted Drewes is probably St Louis' most famous dessert shop. You can get frozen custard here, which is basically like delicious ice cream if you've never had frozen custard before. They make "concretes" also which are basically blizzards. It's not on the menu, but you can ask for a tunnel in the middle of your concrete such as a "tunnel o' fudge" or whatever other favorite sauce you like. Ted Drewe's always looks super crowded but the line moves very fast. However, there's not really places to sit down, as you walk up to a window to order. If you want to take it to go, you can ask for that and ask for dry ice in your bag. They'll pack it for free for you.
Sweetie Pie's is famous for their reality tv show on Oprah's television network. It's delicious soul food! The price isn't bad and you get a ton of food. I have only been to their original location, which is now closed. This location is up north - and the northern half of st louis is where there are more rough neighborhoods. This is very close to Ferguson. I would drive there during the day, but I'd be hesitant to go at night.
Sweetie Pie's
9841 W Florissant Ave
Sweetie Pie's is famous for their reality tv show on Oprah's television network. It's delicious soul food! The price isn't bad and you get a ton of food. I have only been to their original location, which is now closed. This location is up north - and the northern half of st louis is where there are more rough neighborhoods. This is very close to Ferguson. I would drive there during the day, but I'd be hesitant to go at night.
I love Winslow's home! It's kind of a posh foody bakery / cafe / restaurant. You walk up and order and they bring the food to your table. It's average pricing, not super cheap, and smaller portions than you might imagine. But that's because they grow their own food at their farm. Everything tastes very wholesome! There are vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. The bakery items are delicious. The cafe is ok. It's small but I've never had an issue finding a table. There is both indoor and outdoor seating. It's also a really cool gift shop!
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Winslow's Home
7213 Delmar Blvd
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I love Winslow's home! It's kind of a posh foody bakery / cafe / restaurant. You walk up and order and they bring the food to your table. It's average pricing, not super cheap, and smaller portions than you might imagine. But that's because they grow their own food at their farm. Everything tastes very wholesome! There are vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. The bakery items are delicious. The cafe is ok. It's small but I've never had an issue finding a table. There is both indoor and outdoor seating. It's also a really cool gift shop!
Snow factory is a really cool experience for adults and kids! They homemake the ice cream in front of you, and chisel it into rolls, like fruit rollup rolls. It's kind of hard to explain until you see it. If you don't pick a sweet flavor, it won't be super sweet. Literally whatever you pick is what is put in it to make it, they don't all have the same sweet ice cream base. If you like thai ice tea, try their thai flavored roll! Warning, there's not a lot of seats here and they're usually full. Also, this is in the Loop. That means traffic on Delmar is usually super slow. You'll want to find parking in one of the free lots behind the stores on the north side of Delmar.
Snow Factory Roll Ice Cream
6602 Delmar Blvd
Snow factory is a really cool experience for adults and kids! They homemake the ice cream in front of you, and chisel it into rolls, like fruit rollup rolls. It's kind of hard to explain until you see it. If you don't pick a sweet flavor, it won't be super sweet. Literally whatever you pick is what is put in it to make it, they don't all have the same sweet ice cream base. If you like thai ice tea, try their thai flavored roll! Warning, there's not a lot of seats here and they're usually full. Also, this is in the Loop. That means traffic on Delmar is usually super slow. You'll want to find parking in one of the free lots behind the stores on the north side of Delmar.
Ah, I love Fitz's! It's delicious American food! Fitz's is a brand of soda and you can see how it's made here. But I would come just for the food. They have a lot of seating and it's great for families. Beware, this is in the Loop. That means traffic on Delmar is usually super slow. You'll want to find parking in one of the free lots behind the stores on the north side of Delmar.
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Fitz's
6605 Delmar Boulevard
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Ah, I love Fitz's! It's delicious American food! Fitz's is a brand of soda and you can see how it's made here. But I would come just for the food. They have a lot of seating and it's great for families. Beware, this is in the Loop. That means traffic on Delmar is usually super slow. You'll want to find parking in one of the free lots behind the stores on the north side of Delmar.
I love Momo's! I'm not even crazy about Greek food but everything here is freaking delicious! They always have groupons that get you $30 of food for $15. The restaurant is beautiful and there's lots of seating. You'll love anything you order here!
Momos Greek Tavern
630 N and South Rd
I love Momo's! I'm not even crazy about Greek food but everything here is freaking delicious! They always have groupons that get you $30 of food for $15. The restaurant is beautiful and there's lots of seating. You'll love anything you order here!
Jeni's has been rated one of the top 10 ice cream shops in the US. That doesn't even do it justice. This isn't any ordinary ice cream. First of all, it's super rich and creamy. Secondly, the flavors are bizarre. They mix real ingredients like alcohol, spice, flowers, cheese, etc into their ice cream. It sounds gross but tastes amazing! They're all about letting you try as many flavors as you want. My favorites are pear riesling, wildberry lavendar, anything with goat cheese, and super dark chocolate. Get a trio, not a single scoop. It's a WAY better value. This shop is pricey but super worth it. It's open until 11pm and the neighborhood is very safe.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
389 N Euclid Ave
Jeni's has been rated one of the top 10 ice cream shops in the US. That doesn't even do it justice. This isn't any ordinary ice cream. First of all, it's super rich and creamy. Secondly, the flavors are bizarre. They mix real ingredients like alcohol, spice, flowers, cheese, etc into their ice cream. It sounds gross but tastes amazing! They're all about letting you try as many flavors as you want. My favorites are pear riesling, wildberry lavendar, anything with goat cheese, and super dark chocolate. Get a trio, not a single scoop. It's a WAY better value. This shop is pricey but super worth it. It's open until 11pm and the neighborhood is very safe.
If you want authentic vietnamese food, this is it. It's delicious. I love how they use so many fresh vegetables and herbs. Parking is kind of crazy here on South Grand. You can usually find parallel parking off one of the residential streets nearby. This is a small sit-down restaurant.
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Pho Grand Restaurant
3195 South Grand Boulevard
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If you want authentic vietnamese food, this is it. It's delicious. I love how they use so many fresh vegetables and herbs. Parking is kind of crazy here on South Grand. You can usually find parallel parking off one of the residential streets nearby. This is a small sit-down restaurant.
Imo's is Iconic St Louis style Pizza. If you don't know what St Louis pizza is, it's super thin crust with provel cheese. Provel is a combination of provolone and mozzarella, based out of St Louis. You can also get toasted ravioli here, which is very much a St Louis food. It's delicious here as well! This is within walking distance to our house. There's not really seating inside so you'll want to get pickup.
Imo's Pizza
6845 Olive Blvd
Imo's is Iconic St Louis style Pizza. If you don't know what St Louis pizza is, it's super thin crust with provel cheese. Provel is a combination of provolone and mozzarella, based out of St Louis. You can also get toasted ravioli here, which is very much a St Louis food. It's delicious here as well! This is within walking distance to our house. There's not really seating inside so you'll want to get pickup.
If you don't know what Domino's is, it's a major pizza chain across the country. This is within walking distance to our house. We love getting the garlic white sauce pizza with chicken and bacon, cooked well. There's nowhere to sit so you'll need to get takeout.
Domino's Pizza
6963 Olive Blvd
If you don't know what Domino's is, it's a major pizza chain across the country. This is within walking distance to our house. We love getting the garlic white sauce pizza with chicken and bacon, cooked well. There's nowhere to sit so you'll need to get takeout.
This is the closest fast food to us. Jack in the Box is kind of like Burger King & McDonald's. You can easily walk here. They have breakfast also.
Jack in the Box
6950 Olive Blvd
This is the closest fast food to us. Jack in the Box is kind of like Burger King & McDonald's. You can easily walk here. They have breakfast also.
Jilly's is pretty popular in St Louis for their cupcakes. They are expensive but huge. Honestly you can share it, unless it's going to be your dinner! They are usually very rich. They do close by 6pm on most days but 4pm on Sundays. Also check for groupons.
Jilly's Cupcake & Ice Cream Bar
8509 Delmar Boulevard
Jilly's is pretty popular in St Louis for their cupcakes. They are expensive but huge. Honestly you can share it, unless it's going to be your dinner! They are usually very rich. They do close by 6pm on most days but 4pm on Sundays. Also check for groupons.
Pieces is a locally owned restaurant that's centered around playing board games. You pay $5 per person and can play any game they have. They have soooo many games. It's a really neat way to try new games too. Try Exploding Kittens Party Style. For each drink / food item you order, you get $1 less per person on your $5 game price. They can have a several hour wait since it's very popular. But they do have one private room they let you reserve. I think it opens up exactly 1 week ahead of time for reservations, so if you're planning in advance, that's a great way to go! We walked to a nearby restaurant and ate there after getting our names on the wait list at Pieces.
Pieces Board Game Bar And Cafe
1535 S 8th St
Pieces is a locally owned restaurant that's centered around playing board games. You pay $5 per person and can play any game they have. They have soooo many games. It's a really neat way to try new games too. Try Exploding Kittens Party Style. For each drink / food item you order, you get $1 less per person on your $5 game price. They can have a several hour wait since it's very popular. But they do have one private room they let you reserve. I think it opens up exactly 1 week ahead of time for reservations, so if you're planning in advance, that's a great way to go! We walked to a nearby restaurant and ate there after getting our names on the wait list at Pieces.
There's a free tour of the beer making process where you get 2 free beers. Need I say more? If you're really interested, you can pay for a longer or more in-depth private tour.
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Anheuser-Busch St. Louis Brewery
1200 Lynch Street
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There's a free tour of the beer making process where you get 2 free beers. Need I say more? If you're really interested, you can pay for a longer or more in-depth private tour.
Entertainment & Activities
This zoo is free and amazing! Parking does cost money unless you're willing to park on the street and walk a bit.
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Saint Louis Zoo
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This zoo is free and amazing! Parking does cost money unless you're willing to park on the street and walk a bit.
I have never been to Grant's Farm but there's a lot of things for children to do here. Even my adult friends go for apple picking and hanging out. Definitely check out their website. It's a very popular place in St Louis.
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Grant's Farm
10501 Gravois Road
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I have never been to Grant's Farm but there's a lot of things for children to do here. Even my adult friends go for apple picking and hanging out. Definitely check out their website. It's a very popular place in St Louis.
City Museum was a 10-story factory converted into a HUGE playground! You can spend half a day here easily. Most of it is indoors too which is great for poor weather days. This is not just for children, adults love it too. The main playground area has so many tunnels, hidden slides, caves, things to climb, etc. Be super careful bringing children 12 & under - it's very easy to get lost. I lost my adult friends for over an hour before. This is really best for kids age 7. But there is so much to do - arts & crafts section, food, 10-story slides, ferris wheel, performances, a skate park, a ball pit, etc. Admission for one adult is about $14. This is a must-do activity if you have active children.
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City Museum
750 North 16th Street
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City Museum was a 10-story factory converted into a HUGE playground! You can spend half a day here easily. Most of it is indoors too which is great for poor weather days. This is not just for children, adults love it too. The main playground area has so many tunnels, hidden slides, caves, things to climb, etc. Be super careful bringing children 12 & under - it's very easy to get lost. I lost my adult friends for over an hour before. This is really best for kids age 7. But there is so much to do - arts & crafts section, food, 10-story slides, ferris wheel, performances, a skate park, a ball pit, etc. Admission for one adult is about $14. This is a must-do activity if you have active children.
The science center is free and very cool for all ages! They have a huge dinosaur, experiments, a planetarium, and more! They do close early though.
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Saint Louis Science Center
5050 Oakland Ave
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The science center is free and very cool for all ages! They have a huge dinosaur, experiments, a planetarium, and more! They do close early though.
Roller coaster theme park and also a water park!
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Six Flags St. Louis
4900 Six Flags Road
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Roller coaster theme park and also a water park!
Hidden Valley has skiing and snow tubing. The bunny hill is great for beginner snowboarders and skiiers. They have lessons also. It's nothing like skiing in colorado, but it's all we have in st louis. It's basically two hills, man made snow, long wait lines, and usually pretty icy. You can't bring your own food but they do have a very basic food service inside; brauts, hamburgers, hot dogs.
Hidden Valley Ski Resort
17409 Hidden Valley Drive
Hidden Valley has skiing and snow tubing. The bunny hill is great for beginner snowboarders and skiiers. They have lessons also. It's nothing like skiing in colorado, but it's all we have in st louis. It's basically two hills, man made snow, long wait lines, and usually pretty icy. You can't bring your own food but they do have a very basic food service inside; brauts, hamburgers, hot dogs.
You can find pretty cheap tickets for Cardinals games. However, parking nearby is $20, otherwise you can walk for something cheaper. Otherwise, use the Delmar Metro Rail Park n Ride. Rail tickets are $2.50 each way per adult. The metro has a stop right by the stadium and is pretty safe to use before and after cardinals games since there's so many people.
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Busch Stadium
700 Clark Avenue
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You can find pretty cheap tickets for Cardinals games. However, parking nearby is $20, otherwise you can walk for something cheaper. Otherwise, use the Delmar Metro Rail Park n Ride. Rail tickets are $2.50 each way per adult. The metro has a stop right by the stadium and is pretty safe to use before and after cardinals games since there's so many people.
Seeing the arch up close is a really neat experience. Going up to the top is pretty cool too. It's about $15 per person to go to the top. Be sure to stay for the theater documentary if you do that. It's about 45 minutes long and very interesting, especially if you're into architecture. There's a great gift shop at the arch also. Parking can be rough though.
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קשת השער
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Seeing the arch up close is a really neat experience. Going up to the top is pretty cool too. It's about $15 per person to go to the top. Be sure to stay for the theater documentary if you do that. It's about 45 minutes long and very interesting, especially if you're into architecture. There's a great gift shop at the arch also. Parking can be rough though.
There's a great big outdoor pool here! There's also a gym inside, and a huge park outside. The park is basically across the street from our house, but it's very big. The far side of the park has playgrounds and ball fields. If you are going to the community center, it may be easier to drive.
Heman Park Community Center
975 Pennsylvania Ave
There's a great big outdoor pool here! There's also a gym inside, and a huge park outside. The park is basically across the street from our house, but it's very big. The far side of the park has playgrounds and ball fields. If you are going to the community center, it may be easier to drive.
There's not a lot of screens here but every seat is a huge recliner! There's no more comfortable way to watch a movie than this! Even in the front row, you can just lean all the way back and you still get a great view, it's awesome! I recommend buying seats ahead of time online. This is in Clayton, which is a very rich and very safe neighborhood, close to our house.
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AMC Esquire 7
6706 Clayton Road
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There's not a lot of screens here but every seat is a huge recliner! There's no more comfortable way to watch a movie than this! Even in the front row, you can just lean all the way back and you still get a great view, it's awesome! I recommend buying seats ahead of time online. This is in Clayton, which is a very rich and very safe neighborhood, close to our house.
Parks & Nature
This is the largest metropolitan park in the nation. Designed by the same man who designed Central Park, but Forest Park is even larger than that! It includes a skating rink, golf course, paddle boats, free Science Center, free History Museum, free Art Museum, free zoo, and tons of great walking trails.
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Forest Park
5595 Grand Drive
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This is the largest metropolitan park in the nation. Designed by the same man who designed Central Park, but Forest Park is even larger than that! It includes a skating rink, golf course, paddle boats, free Science Center, free History Museum, free Art Museum, free zoo, and tons of great walking trails.
Essentials
This is literally 3 houses down from us, on the major intersection right by our house. Schnucks is the main grocery store in St Louis. You can also pick up diapers, baby food, and some other essentials here. They are open until midnight.
Schnucks University City
6920 Olive Boulevard
This is literally 3 houses down from us, on the major intersection right by our house. Schnucks is the main grocery store in St Louis. You can also pick up diapers, baby food, and some other essentials here. They are open until midnight.
This is the closest walmart to our house. This walmart is very large and does have a grocery store section. It's only open until midnight though.
Walmart Supercenter
1900 Maplewood Commons Dr
This is the closest walmart to our house. This walmart is very large and does have a grocery store section. It's only open until midnight though.
This is not the closest Schnucks to our house but it is the closest that's open 24/7. Schnucks is the main grocery store in St Louis. You can get diapers, baby food, and other essentials here. Clayton is a very rich and safe neighborhood. You will be fine to travel here in the middle of the night, should the need arise.
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Schnucks Richmond Ctr.
6600 Clayton Road
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This is not the closest Schnucks to our house but it is the closest that's open 24/7. Schnucks is the main grocery store in St Louis. You can get diapers, baby food, and other essentials here. Clayton is a very rich and safe neighborhood. You will be fine to travel here in the middle of the night, should the need arise.
This is not the closest walmart to us, but it is the closest walmart that's open 24/7, should you need to make a run in the middle of the night. Kirkwood is a safe neighborhood, so this is a safe place to drive to at night. It is a bit of a drive though.
Walmart Supercenter
1202 S Kirkwood Rd
This is not the closest walmart to us, but it is the closest walmart that's open 24/7, should you need to make a run in the middle of the night. Kirkwood is a safe neighborhood, so this is a safe place to drive to at night. It is a bit of a drive though.
Arts & Culture
I've never been here but the history museum is free!
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Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Boulevard
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I've never been here but the history museum is free!
I have never been but my husband says it's cool and the art museum is free!
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Saint Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive
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I have never been but my husband says it's cool and the art museum is free!