St Charles is known throughout Missouri as ‘historic St Charles’, yet that doesn’t mean that you can’t also find innovative and modern food. Discover a town of classic comfort food and contemporary restaurants with our guide to St Charles’ finest venues.
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Bella Vino Wine Bar
Bella Vino is a tapas restaurant with a penchant for big and well-balanced flavors. The restaurant is situated in a converted house, giving the restaurant a unique feel that makes visiting Bella Vino akin to a real getaway.
Bike Stop Cafe
Bike Stop Cafe is a popular family-run venue that offers handmade lunchtime favorites as well as bike hire. Stop here for delicious coffee, sandwiches, salads and pastries to eat in or to take with you as you continue along the trail. What’s more, the Bike Stop Cafe is a socially responsible company dedicated to building strong communities and encouraging healthy living.
Fratellis serves classic Italian food. Their thin crust pizzas are made with their own home-recipe tomato sauce and the menu offers a comprehensive selection of the best of Italian home-style comfort food. Their parmigianas, both chicken and eggplant, are particular highlights.
Lewis & Clark’s
Named after the famed explorers asked to find a route from St Charles to the Pacific Coast, Lewis & Clark’s serves typical American food. Dining takes place over three floors with an eclectic menu featuring Missouri fare.
Little O’s Soda Shop
Take a step back in time with Little O’s Soda Shop. This is an authentic old-time soda shop straight out of the ‘American Graffiti’ world of soda jerks, old style candy and proper milkshakes with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Their recipes have been updated to fit in with modern tastes. Their most popular treat is the gooey butter milkshake made from an original recipe.
Picasso’s Coffee House
Apart from a well-curated and extensive range of coffees, Picasso’s is also famed for its customer service. Their staff really make an effort to tailor your drink to your individual preference. The cafe also serves snacks and lunches: choose from options such as salads, paninis and a delicious espresso cheesecake. In addition to this, every weekend sees live performances from local creatives.
The name of this award-winning restaurant is Greek for ‘green and Prasino is a restaurant that prides itself on being eco-friendly. All their ingredients are high quality, with optimum freshness guaranteed by their farm-to-table commitment to sustainability.
Quintessential is set across multiple floors and boasts a rooftop terrace. There’s live entertainment in the evenings and a varied international menu. What’s more, it has lounges and bars for those looking for less formal dining or just a quick, expertly prepared drink. Quintessential does its utmost to live up to its name, making it a great choice for a special occasion or event.
Tony’s on Main Street
Owner Tony Bethmann began cooking by his mother’s side at the age of five. Now, at Tony’s on Main Street, the mother and son duo serve American classics from the center of historic St Charles. Try popular menu choices such as their award-winning garlic shrimp.
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