St. Louis: A spirit of renewal at the Gateway to the West
St. Louis’ beating heart seems to grow stronger by the year, said Elaine Glusac in The New York Times. The city, which rose to prominence when rails and rivers made a natural point of continental convergence, has a downtown rich in grand architecture, and it’s filling up again with new hotels, apartment buildings, and cultural venues. For a taste of the new mix, grab a Schlafly at Saint Louis Brewery, which has been making its craft brews in a handsome 1901 brick pile since 1991. Then search out these flag-bearers.
Cinder House The latest venture from James Beard Award winner Gerard Craft explores South American cuisine, so you can count on grilled prawns and steaks and stews such as feijoada. Cinder House sits on the riverfront inside the Four Seasons Hotel, and if the weather doesn’t allow caipirinhas on the patio, you can still get Instagrammable views from the glass-walled dining room. 999 N. 2nd St., (314) 881-5759
Balkan Treat Box In just two years, the Balkan Treat Box food truck has become the pride of the city’s Balkan community, which arose a generation ago in the Bevo Mill district. Now the truck has a brick-and-mortar sibling just outside the city, and both specialize in cevapi—a grilled sausage—and pide, a flatbread baked in a wood-fired oven. 8103 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, (314) 733-5700
Vicia Chef Michael Gallina, a veteran of New York’s famed Blue Hill at Stone Barns, offers a vegetable-centric menu at his seasonal farm-to-table restaurant, but you might also find fork-tender grass-fed beef with whey onions or pork tacos with shells made from paper-thin turnip slices. 4260 Forest Park Ave., (314) 553-9239 ■