St. Louis is a culinary paradise, and it's no wonder that it's a great place for chefs to work. From Chris McKenzie's Mac's Local Eats to Loafers Union Bakery, there are plenty of restaurants that offer unique and delicious dishes. For sushi lovers, China Bistro in a Pan-Asian supermarket and Taquería El Toluco & Grocery are must-visit spots.
Nudo House and The Foundry Bakery also offer amazing dishes that will tantalize your taste buds. Mac's Local Eats is the place to go for the best burger in St. Louis. The thin hamburger is cooked until it is ultra-crisp and dry-aged for an extra special flavor.
Loafers Union Bakery is the best bakery in the city, with its famous Light & Mild bread, huge Bavarian pretzel, and 18-inch New York-style pizzas topped with spinach, bacon, garlic, and lemon butter. For a unique date night experience, head to the speakeasy-style bar Grace. The cocktail menu changes with the season and includes classics as well as unique concoctions. The food menu also changes daily and offers small plates, larger main courses, and desserts.
Don't miss out on the French sauce or seasonal tartine option! Tai Ke Shabu Shabu is St. Louis' unofficial Chinatown restaurant. It serves raw shrimp every day and peel-and-eat oysters from the East Coast. The pan-Asian supermarket next door is the largest international grocery store in Missouri, and it's home to a Korean restaurant with window service that serves snow crabs dipped in Gochujang butter.
Vicia is another must-visit spot for chefs looking for a great place to work. It offers fried catfish with cornmeal, harvested barbecue, fried shrimp shank, crackling cornbread, bittersweet vegetables, succotash, macaroni and cheese, and strawberry and lemon bread pudding. Finally, don't miss out on Lucky Accomplice, where you can find Yucatecan cuisine made with local Missouri ingredients by chef Alex Henry. Try his cochinita pibil (pork roasted with citrus fruits) or pork chicharrones tacos for an unforgettable experience!.