St. Louis is full of locally owned, one-of-a-kind, delicious restaurants that are popular with students. Immediately north of SLU's campus is Grand Center, the arts district of St. Louis, which attracts a lot of great restaurants. The most famous restaurant located in the SLU Midtown neighborhood is Pappy's Smokehouse. It has been featured on the Travel Channel and rated the best barbecue in St. Louis. Other notable student favorites are Pickleman's, a sandwich and pizza shop that stays open late night; Vito's, known for their $5 pizzas on Monday nights and phenomenal Italian entrees; The Fountain on Locust, a retro ice cream fountain with homemade soups and sandwiches; and City Diner, known for its late-night breakfast and shakes. Midtown St. Louis features convenient, inexpensive, and delicious food for students looking for a change from on-campus dining. There is also a variety of fast food restaurants in close proximity to SLU, including McDonald's, Arby's, Jack in the Box, Subway, Qdoba, St. Louis Bread Company (Panera), White Castle and Rally's.
Once you venture outside of Midtown, the St. Louis neighborhoods each offer a different flavor of food. The Central West End has a variety of trendy restaurants and is home to the student favorite The Cup, a gourmet cupcake shop. Washington Avenue is known for its bars that can also serve up some good eats. The Schlafly Tap Room is home to the St. Louis microbrew king, Schlafly Beer, but also features unique entrées and appetizers. The Hill is famous for delicious Italian food that ranges in price from inexpensive and casual to fancy places to go with your parents. The South Grand neighborhood features ethnic foods from the Middle East, Asia, and the Mediterranean. Although not all neighborhoods are accessible by public transportation, it's worth finding a car to explore all of St. Louis' culinary options.