4 Quick Notes: St. Louis

Stratton’s Cafe: A far better breakfast than you’d expect in the shadow of the Ritz Carlton. I had a truly excellent breakfast burrito; biscuits and gravy were quality too.

La Vallesana: Tiny dive of a restaurant in St. Louis’ Mexican-dominated Cherokee Street. Well-worth the trip south on Jefferson. Great tacos, unparalleled people-watching, low wallet-impact.

Llywelyn’s: Had a couple here come completely unglued on my for propping my feet up in a chair. On plastic lawn chairs in the deserted beer garden outside. Amongst the bird droppings and Bambino’s-level formality. Almost fisticuffs, no joke. The fish and chips were forgettable.

The City Museum: Amazing climbing/mayhem center. A truly kickass place for kids. Without kids in tow, it’s a monument to $24 very poorly spent.


Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

4 thoughts

  1. I assume the Llewellyn’s location you went to was the Soulard one? I agree: what a-wipes! We went to the Webster Groves location when hubby lived there and was not overly impressed there, either….

  2. I didn’t realize there was more than one Llewelyn’s. About 15-20 years ago we always went to the one in the Central West End, it was good.


  3. Skip Llewellyn’s and try one of the two Schlafly’s locations if you want interesting bar food. I prefer the downtown location (The Tap Room). Goat cheese rarebit is my favorite app, love the portabella mushroom sandwich w/ fries. Schlafly’s sticky toffee pudding frequently appears on the best desert in StL list. Koppermans in the CWE has good breakfast too.

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