Saint Louis, sometimes known as the “Gateway City,” is one of America’s finest Midwestern metropolises. Many people only know of St. Louis for its famous Gateway Arch, but there are numerous other free attractions all around this great city. Indeed, very few people are aware that this second-largest city in Missouri actually has a great reputation for its cuisine. If you’re into brunch, you’re going to absolutely love the following list. We’ve compiled five of the best restaurants in and around St. Louis that offer exceptional brunch dining experiences. After looking through this short list, you’ll have a good idea what the hottest spots in this remarkable city are before you take your own trip there.
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- Half & Half
OK, Half & Half is not technically in Saint Louis, but it’s only a 15-minute drive away from the city’s center. Trust us, we wouldn’t include this Clayton-based brunch eatery on our list if it wasn’t worth the short drive. Half & Half has become extremely popular with locals thanks to its innovative menu, extensive coffee list, and fresh seasonal ingredients. When Half & Half offers brunch every Saturday and Sunday, you can usually see a line outside the doors waiting to get in. If you want to visit this restaurant for brunch, it’s highly recommended you book a table in advance online.
- Brasserie by Niche
If you’re in the mood for some great French food, you must try Brasserie’s brunch. This Central West End restaurant serves up brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM-2PM. As the name suggests, Brasserie offers French staples like sweet beignets, eggs Benedict, quiches, and brioche French toast with a lemon curd. If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, Brasserie serves up various brews during their lunch hours such as mimosas, Bloody Marys and corpse revivers. Of course, you could also opt for a glass of orange juice or one of Brasserie’s fabulous coffee brews.
Dave Bailey’s Rooster restaurant in Downtown St. Louis proved so popular he had to add another one on South Grand. Some critics have claimed Rooster offers the best crepes and Bloody Marys for lunch in all of Missouri. Just a few of Rooster’s many crepe concoctions include three-cheese, chocolate chip, s’more, and even a smoked salmon crepe. A few other popular brunch items include Rooster’s Finnish pancakes, a ham & jam biscuit, and a fried egg sandwich. Rooster invites visitors from all over to enjoy a savory breakfast meal in the heart of Downtown St. Louis.
- Hiro Asian Kitchen
Located on Washington Avenue in Downtown St. Louis, Hiro Asian Kitchen has an interesting selection of brunch foods, all with an Asian twist. Some interesting menu options include the green tea waffles, breakfast ramen, and chai tow kway. All of the menu items at Hiro are designed to be shared. Brunch hours are from 11AM-3PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
- The Scottish Arms
The Scottish Arms, which is located in the Central West End section of the city, is open for brunch every Saturday and Sunday between 10AM-3PM. As the name suggests, Scottish Arms serves up numerous brunch dishes inspired by Scottish cuisine. A few foods you could order here include the smoked salmon bagel, fish & chips, or the Scottish breakfast, which includes two fried eggs, sausage, bacon, mushrooms, baked beans, and a roasted tomato. Of course, since this is a Scottish restaurant, expect the best of the best when it comes to whiskey selections.
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