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The best of St. Louis from TripAdvisor

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Staff  October 25, 2013 10:17 AM

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By Alexa Dibenedetto, Globe Correspondent

Heading to St. Louis for the World Series? Here are some of the best destinations to sample, sip, and dine your way through the Gateway City, according to TripAdvisor.

Five restaurants to try

Bogart's Smokehouse
1627 South 9th Street (Soulard area)
(314) 621-3107

One reviewer said:“For me and my group, including 2 picky eaters, everyone was in love with the food. The meats, the sides, and the sauces were all raved over and praised throughout the dinner. As a multi time visitor to St. Louis I felt like our trip to Bogart's gave us a perfect feel for the city.”

Dewey's Pizza
559 N And South Rd
(314) 726-3434

One reviewer said: “I love this place! We tried it for the first time and I seriously just love it. Everything was fantastic...calzone, wild mushroom pizza, pepperoni pizza, peppercorn ranch salad....I would eat it all again. My husband loves pizza and was so excited that I loved this place because it means we will definitely have pizza during our next visit to St. Louis. “

Roberto's Trattoria
145 Concord Plaza
(314) 842-9998

One reviewer said:“This is my go to place for a delicious meal. Roberto greats you at the door and makes you feel special. The lobster bisque is to die for along with the scallops. This is a wonderful place to dine.”

Pappy's Smokehouse
3106 Olive Street
(314) 535-4340

One reviewer said: “Ribs were perfect. So glad Pappy's was recommended by a friend. Some of the best ribs I have ever had. The pulled pork was good but not great. The sides were very good.”

Cardwell's At The Plaza
94 Plaza Frontenac
(314) 997-8885

One reviewer said: “I have been coming to Cardwell's for many years and am amazed how the restaurant has been able to maintain it's high standards. Had another delightful dinner today. The chevre torte was superb. Can't wait to come back!”

Five bars to visit

John D. McGurk's Irish Pub
1200 Russell Blvd
(314) 776-8309

One reviewer said:“We were directed by the staff at Busch Stadium to try this place. The food was delicious, staff was friendly, and the atmosphere was great. Bonus that they offered a military discount too! More that what we expected!”

Tucker's Place
2117 S 12th St.
(314) 772-5977

One reviewer said:“We came here for lunch on a Friday during our first visit to St. Louis..the food was very good and reasonably.priced for the value. The atmosphere was also nice--very eccentric and casual”

Seamus McDaniel's
1208 Tamm Ave.
(314) 645-6337

One reviewer said:“Great atmosphere. Great bar food. Awesome beer selection! I love this place, the people who frequent here and the location. If you wanna feel at home, go to Seamus McDaniels.”

Tigin Irish Pub
333 Washington Ave.
(314) 241-8666

One reviewer said:“Great atmosphere and central location. Small menu but something for everyone. Drinks menu was fairly extensive.”

Scottish Arms
8 S Sarah St.
(314) 535-0551

One reviewer said:“Friends we were visiting took us here for Sunday brunch. The food was outstanding! It was unlike anything I'd ever had before. You must try the Scottish eggs.”

Five attractions to see

Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw St
(314) 577- 9400

One reviewer said:“Wow, the Botanical Gardens never disappoint! Even in October! I have never in my life seen hanging baskets of mums as big as we did there this month! Although there are a few areas they are getting ready for winter, it was impressive how many flowers are still in bloom or are new for fall.”

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
4431 Lindell Blvd
(314) 373- 8200

One reviewer said:“Beautiful mosaic tile work is what this Cathedral is best known for, but that is just the beginning. This is a world class Cathedral, as good as any I have seen throughout Europe. The art, the stained glass, the woodwork and the design all come together in this easy access location. Once inside you could be anywhere in the world. Save the airfare and come here.”

St. Louis Zoo
1 Government Dr.
(314) 781-0900

One reviewer said:“This zoo is wonderful, and never disappoints. We somehow spend several hours there, and when we left realized we never spent a dime. We even found free parking on a Sunday morning around 10:30 AM. Around 1:00 the zoo started getting crowded, so go early for a more enjoyable experience.”

Powell Symphony Hall
718 North Grand Blvd.
(314) 533-2500

One reviewer said:“A superb symphony and a venue to match. Hands down, amazing! The acoustics are stunning but the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. St. Louis is proud to have top-notch attractions without all that stuffiness!”

City Museum
701 N 15th St.
(314) 231-2489

One reviewer said:“What a fun place to experience! In town on business and do not have my children with me...this is still a place to visit and enjoy!”

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