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Award-winning wine lists, authentic Greek eats, and gourmet Asian fusion fast food; Chesterfield, Missouri’s, dining scene is putting the St. Louis suburbs on the map. Here, The Culture Trip rounds up the city’s best local restaurants, from fine dining bistros to casual, laid-back joints.
Barbecue connoisseurs Paul Lamer and Mark Ruck had already gained quite the following at local competitions and farmer’s markets when they decided to open PM BBQ in 2010; they have since won a whole host of awards from local magazines for their slow-smoked, Memphis-style barbecue. Local favorites include the juicy, tender brisket (winner of the Riverfront Times’ Best Beef Brisket of 2011 award) and the smoked chicken, but plenty more barbecue staples, like baby back ribs and pulled pork, are served alongside sandwiches, salads, sides, and a few specialty dishes like smoked chicken and sausage gumbo or spicy brisket chili.
PM BBQ, 161 Long Rd #103, Chesterfield, MO, USA +1 636 536 1966
Unique cuisine and a commitment to doing fast food right has made Kimcheese, a family-owned and -operated joint that opened in 2012, one of Chesterfield’s most popular casual restaurants. Asian fusion fare (with a focus on Korean, Mexican and American flavors) is Kimcheese’s specialty, and with several nods of approval from St. Louis Magazine, including being named one of 2014’s Best Very Casual Restaurants, guests are guaranteed a great, but affordable, meal. Choose from dishes like steak and cheese burger or kimchi pork belly burritos and team them with sides like wings, cheese fries, and pot stickers or go for a traditional Korean bibimbap.
Kimcheese, 13435 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO, USA +1 314 485 1408
Serving some of the best-loved pizza pies in all of Chesterfield, East Coast Pizza is the place to be for casual Italian-American eats in laid-back surroundings. All pizzas feature hand-tossed dough, homemade sauce, and fresh mozzarella, and guests can choose from New York-style pizzas, calzones, stromboli, and a number of specialty pizzas. East Coast Pizza also serves hearty sandwiches, soups, salads, and sides and offers a beer list, featuring both big name domestics and locally brewed craft beers from the likes of St Louis-based Schlafly Beer, bound to impress any dedicated ale fan.
Its name translates as ‘hello,’ and a trip to Thai Sawadee is just that; a perfect introduction to authentic, traditional Thai cuisine and its typically exciting and exotic flavor combinations. Alongside familiar staples like pad Thai (rice noodles with chicken, shrimp, egg, beansprouts, and scallion, topped with ground peanuts) and beef panang curry with bell peppers and basil leaves, guests will find tempting specialty dishes like seafood-lemongrass hot pot and crispy golden frog legs with Chinese eggplant and Thai spices. Authenticity extends to Thai Sawadee’s dessert menu, too, with sweet treats like fried bananas and honey sauce or coconut sticky rice with fresh mango.
Thai Sawadee, 71 Hilltown Village Center, Chesterfield, MO, USA +1 636 728 0308