UMSL alumn shows off new restaurantChef and restaurant owner Ben Poremba (BA philosophy 2003) is helping revitalize the Botanical Heights neighborhood in St. Louis with the four businesses he opened on Tower Grove Avenue.

Food writers generally mention seven foods that originated in St. Louis or which are more popular here than in other parts of the U.S.:  toasted ravioli, gooey butter cake, barbequed pork steaks, provel cheese (especially on St. Louis style pizza), slingers, the St. Paul sandwich, and frozen custard.   Some of the iconic food places to visit are:  Ted Drewes, Crown Candy Company, and Imo’s Pizza.

The St. Louis area has a great diversity of dining options.  The Hill, a neighborhood originally settled by immigrants from northern Italy, is well-known for its many restaurants featuring Italian and Italian-American food.  It is on the Hill that “toasted ravioli” was created.

South Grand Boulevard and the Delmar Loop areas are noted for their diversity including the following styles of food:  American, Brazilian, Chinese, Ethiopian, Filipino, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Lebanese, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Persian, Swiss, Thai, Turkish, Vegan, Vegetarian, and Vietnamese.  Other restaurants in the area offer Afghan, African, Bosnian, German, Kosher, Mongolian, Russian, Scottish, Spanish, and Welsh cuisine.

Most of the national fast-food and casual dining companies have restaurants in the area and there are frozen custard stands, ice cream shops, juice bars, gelaterias, pastry shops, snow cone stands, and cupcake restaurants.

In addition to the iconic Anheuser-Busch Brewery which offers a large selection of beers at their Biergarten and at the Budweiser Brew House at Ballpark Village, there are a number of microbreweries in the area including:  Alpha Brewing, Civil Life Brewing, Ferguson Brewing, 4 Hands Brewing, Morgan Street Brewery, Schlafly Bottleworks, Schlafly Tap Room, Square One Brewery, Trailhead Brewing, and Urban Chestnut Brewing.