Florissant, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, was originally named ‘Fleurissant’; a French word meaning ‘blooming’. And the small city is still blooming today, its flourishing restaurant scene only adding to its charms. Try one of these top local restaurants in Florissant for a great meal.
Hendel’s Restaurant is a landmark building in Old Town Florissant. The historic building was built in 1873 and is named after the Hendel family who owned and ran it as a grocery store and butcher shop for 78 years. The building has been remodeled and is now complete with a new dining room and a custom-made oak bar where you can enjoy craft beers, wine, or a specialty drink. Hendel’s uses fresh fish, meats, and produce in their dishes, creating high-quality meals that make customers return time after time. Order a fresh, crisp salad, a pasta dish, or a juicy burger from the extensive menu.
Angelo’s Pizzeria is the best spot for fantastic St. Louis-style pizza. St. Louis pizzas are recognizably square with rectangle slices, topped with deliciously creamy Provel cheese and made with a cracker-like thin crust. Angelo’s is a no-frills restaurant, sparsely decorated and serviced by a small staff, but the pizzas are piled with fresh vegetables and savory meats and served hot. The mom-and-pop shop also has pasta and wings.
Helfer’s is a bakery/deli that uses quality ingredients and takes pride in preparing its baked goods and lunch items the ‘good old fashioned way’, from frosted cupcakes to ornate special occasion cakes. The deli also serves a small selection of breakfast options, salads, and specialty sandwiches along with plenty of side dishes.
Have a fun lunch at Florissant’s specialty hot dog restaurant, Dogs ‘n Frys. Try the nacho-style dog with cheese, jalapeños, pico de gallo, and sour cream or the dynamite dog with bacon, queso, and spicy raspberry sauce. Fries come loaded with different sauces and toppings such as turkey bacon and sour cream or queso and pineapple habanero. The small, hole-in-the-wall restaurant fills up fast around the lunchtime rush, so show up early.
Kaslik Mediterranean Cuisine is a real favorite among locals, with each dish filled with authentic flavors and fresh, quality ingredients. Try the cheese kalaj, thin bread with cheese in the center, or the shish tawuk, grilled and skewered chicken cooked with a lemony garlic marinade. The Kaslik veggie platter is a great appetizer for the table, with five different vegetarian appetizers including hummus, baba ganoush (an eggplant-based sauce), and falafel. End your meal with a refreshing and palate-cleansing mint tea.
Satisfy your spicy cravings at Ruiz’ Mexican Restaurant. The Ruiz family brought Mexican food to St. Louis in 1966 when it was a rarity in the area. They opened the restaurant in the small town of Florissant, and soon didn’t have enough tables for all of the interested customers. Four generations have worked in the restaurant, perfecting their family recipes. Try the puerco asado, a grilled marinated pork tenderloin served with chipotle tomato salsa. The recently added fish tacos are also a hit, with tilapia seared and served in corn tortillas with chipotle aioli, queso fresco, and cilantro.
Flavorful and fragrant spices make irresistible dishes of rice or noodles served with tofu, tender meats, and plenty of fresh vegetables at Simply Thai Restaurant. The servers and restaurant owners go above and beyond to satisfy their loyal customers. Try the tomkha soup, a savory, spicy broth with chicken, and Simply Thai’s spring rolls, served with sweet and sour sauce and perfectly crisp and filled with tasty ingredients. The menu also features Thai favorites such as Bangkok noodles, curries, and pad Thai.
The accommodating owners at African Palace serve consistently great West African food including melt-in-your-mouth catfish and tasty shrimp fried rice. The small restaurant gets crowded on a Friday night, but the delicious food is worth it so come early. Try the suya, a popular Nigerian dish made of skewered, marinated meat, for your appetizer. The classic, flavorful jerk chicken is also a hit for an entree, served with rice and fried plantain.
Cugino’s Italian Bar & Grill is the place to go in Florissant for a filling meal and a cold beer. The restaurant’s prominent bar has 56 beers on tap, and the current selection is updated on their website daily. Run by a close-knit family, the restaurant offers American-Italian cuisine. Try the fresh pasta or a pizza, such as The Big Dave topped with Italian sausage, pepperoni, ground chuck, bacon, and ham.
It may be a stretch to qualify a donut shop as a restaurant, but you can’t visit Florissant without stopping in Old Town Donuts. The shop was founded in 1968 and is owned by the same family today. Despite competition from big name brands, Old Town Donuts has managed to stay the number one donut shop in town. The staff is friendly, and the donuts are guaranteed to be the freshest and most delicious in the area.