St. Louis boasts much more than the Cardinals and the Gateway Arch, especially when it comes to food. Known for Italian cuisine, thin-crust pizza and a dessert discovered by accident, these STL staples are found at a restaurant in every neighborhood. Explore our “home-grown” foods and see why they’re must-haves for any visitor or St. Louis native.
Toasted ravioli is an undisputed St. Louis favorite. Filled with meat or cheese, this breaded and deep-fried version of the classic makes a delicious appetizer or meal and is best enjoyed sprinkled with Parmesan and a side of marinara.
There’s a special place in every St. Louisian’s heart for a thin crust slice of pie. Topped with Provel cheese, a special blend of provolone, Swiss and white cheddar rarely found outside of the 314, our thin-crust creation is as synonymous with St. Louis as The Arch.
Experience the other white meat with this St. Louis barbecue favorite. Whether you prefer it rubbed, brined, marinated or slathered in barbecue sauce, pork steaks are a must-eat when dining in St. Louis.
This delicious dessert was created in the 1930s when a local baker unknowingly switched the types of butter used in his cake recipe. A happy accident for St. Louis, the unique sugar-laden mix of butter, cream cheese, eggs and yellow cake is now a namesake dessert.
A St. Louis diner standard and Midwest specialty, this savory combination of eggs, hash browns, meat, chili and cheese is perfect for a 4am (or 4pm) craving. You’re sure to find a classic or creative take on this hometown favorite in diners, cafes and restaurants across the city.
Comic strip character Buster Brown was licensed by St. Louis-based Brown Shoe Company in 1904, and Buster Brown Shoes became one of the most popular shoe brands for children?