Everyone loves a good dining hall meal, but the area around Washington University in St. Louis—specifically in the neighboring communities of University City, Clayton, Maplewood, Richmond Heights and Brentwood—has some great options when students are ready to venture off campus.
Here's a list at some of the local spots to try. You can find more St. Louis restaurants to visit by checking out Patch's Places directory.
- City Coffeehouse & Creperie — A huge selection of crepes and coffee in the heart of downtown Clayton.
- First Watch — Any day of the week, the breakfast chain in Clayton provides breakfast and lunch until 2 p.m.
- Schlafly Bottleworks — Schlafly's regular beers, available year-round on tap and in bottles, include Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, Kolsch, Oatmeal Stout, APA and Pilsner. Seasonal brews are available at different times throughout the year.
- Clayton features two of the St. Louis-based coffee shops. Kaldi's Coffee House in downtown Clayton and the original Nadoz Euro Bakery & Cafe.
- Meshuggah Cafe on the Delmar Loop is another favorite spot for studying.
- Katie's Pizzeria — The local pizza joint is located on Clayton Road near campus.
- TwinOak Wood Fired Fare — In the mood for pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven?
- Barristers Restaurant — A great pub in downtown Clayton featuring brunch, a great dinner selection and several televisions to watch English Premiere League football and other sporting events.
- Market Pub House — The pub boasts the largest patio on The Loop.
- Three Kings Public House — Good beer and food selection on the Delmar Loop.
- Al-Tarboush Deli
- Flaco's Cocina
- Gokul Indian: Gokul, located in the Delmar Loop, has a buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. everyday except Tuesday.
- Gyros in the Loop
- House of India Restaurant
- Las Palmas
- Maya Cafe — Try the sangrias.
- Thai Country Cafe
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- Blueberry Hill — The iconic rock 'n roll themed restaurant in the Delmar Loop is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2012.
- Carl's Drive In — Great burgers served the same way they have been for years.
- Fitz's Bottling Co. — Watch them bottle root beer as you eat.
- Imo's Pizza — Have you been introduced to St. Louis-style pizza? Imo's is known for its thin crust, provel cheese St. Louis pies. Be sure to grab an order of toasted ravioli while you're there.
- Kolache Factory — The Kolache Factory in Brentwood serves up the sweet buns filled with any number of toppings.
- Porter's Fried Chicken — Southern cooking with a St. Louis twist in Maplewood.
- The Pasta House Co. — Reasonably priced Italian food from a chain that's been in St. Louis for decades. Locations in Clayton, Maplewood and University City.
- Winslow's Home
- HIRO — In the Delmar Loop.
- Tani Sushi Bistro — The sushi bar in downtown Clayton has an impressive menu. Try the signature "Oh My God" roll.
- Barcelona — For great small plates, try this Spanish tapas restaurant in downtown Clayton.
- Sasha's — Sasha's Wine Bar on DeMun in Clayton has a variety of wines, from the reasonably priced to more expensive. The restaurant also features a number of small dishes and a great crepe menu for those with a sweet tooth.