St. Louis Missouri – Central West End

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This is a neighborhood just East of Forest Park that started to gain popularity in the mid-to late 1970’s when I lived in St.Louis. There are many retailers, bars and restaurants along Euclid and the side streets.  You should check out:

Tenderloin Room:  This is a landmark restaurant at the Chase Park Plaza hotel since the 1960’s that is dark and comfortable, like a private club.  232 N. Kingshighway Blvd.

Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier:  Since 1845, this is a great spot to stop in for chocolates, dessert, wine or coffee.  32 Maryland Plaza.  The dark chocolate is excellent.

Juniper is recommended for Southern cooking at 360 N. Boyle.  Central Table at 23 S. Euclid Ave. is also recommended for its food stations featuring coffee, a deli, a wine bar, sushi, pizzas, pasta, sandwiches and other entrees in a communal atmosphere.

Well-known chef Gerard Craft has Brasserie by Niche at 4580 LaClede Ave. and Taste by Niche at 4583 LaClede St.

I always love seeing the wonderful old mansions on Westmoreland Place and Portland Place just west of Kingshighway off of Lindell.  Enter on Lake Ave. (It says private, but like Nike, just do it).

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