We're coming back to STL for an eight-day trip starting Saturday and need some more food ideas.
Places we've been already: Remy's Wine Bar; First Watch; the Cupcakery (totally mediocre); some creperie in the CWE (near the Chase Park Plaza, where we'll be staying again); Liluma; Ted Drewe's (while the concept of having cherry pie mashed up in custard is cool, it's no Kopp's); Queen of Sheba; The Dubliner; some incredibly dull overpriced restaurant in the CWE (near Bissinger's; it was newly opened in November); Bailey's Chocolate Bar; Modai Sushi Lounge (an accident, and not a good one); Saleem's; Soda Fountain Square.
Places we are already thinking about going: Crown Candy Kitchen, Taylana's, Pho Grand, Rooster, the Goody Goody Diner (I'm from Jersey; gotta have a diner), Blueberry Hill, Jilly's Cupcake Bar.
Cuisine I am most worried about not finding in STL: Mexican. Is there any authentic Mexican in STL?
Cuisine there is a surprising abundance of: Ethiopian! What a great surprise. We've only tried Queen of Sheba and thought it was fantastic; we'd love opinions on the others.
We are willing to drive probably up to a half hour. Recs for anything but Indian would be great (I can't eat it). For most meals we will have our seventeen-month-old with us, so fine dining is out. She's pretty well behaved, but we don't like to take any chances and we hate to be "those parents." (We always eat dinner out early just in case.) We will have time for one nice meal on our own but we don't want to have to get super fancy AND everything is being expensed but we don't want to go nuts.
We're moving to U City in June, so don't worry about giving too many suggestions - we'll try them all eventually!
(Please, no provel or fried ravioli.)