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Missouri’s Tastiest Neighborhoods

By: Samantha Crespo

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Missouri encompasses a wide network of welcoming neighborhoods.

Together, they serve a variety of delicious dining choices, from the globally-inspired restaurants of downtown Springfield to the hip restaurant/lounges of Kansas City’s Westport district. Follow these tips to discover Missouri’s tastiest neighborhoods.

The Hill, St. Louis

In this largely Italian-American section of St. Louis, go to Zia’s for classic Italian dishes, such as veal saltimbocca. Take a modern approach at Five Bistro, which spotlights local ingredients and house-made pasta. Learn why high-end Giovanni’s has stayed in business for 40 years. (Hint: The food wins raves, including dishes such as decadent lobster risotto.)

The Hill is one of the most robust Italian-American neighborhoods in the USA, with a number of restaurants to prove it.

The Hill is one of the most robust Italian-American neighborhoods in the USA, with a number of restaurants to prove it.
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Tower Grove/Shaw, St. Louis

Lush green spaces, including the Missouri Botanical Garden, are central to these St. Louis neighborhoods. Fresh, inventive foods are popular here, such as crisped sea bass with braised fennel root at Elaia and creamy burrata cheese, drizzled with olive oil, at Olio, the wine bar and eatery next door. For barbecue and other fare inspired by the southern U.S. states, head to The Shaved Duck.

Fresh, inventive foods are popular here, such as those served at the exclusive Elaia restaurant and Olio, an adjacent wine bar and eatery.

Fresh, inventive foods are popular here, such as those served at the exclusive Elaia restaurant and Olio, an adjacent wine bar and eatery.
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Crossroads, Kansas City

Art-lovers will want to visit this historic Kansas City neighborhood packed with galleries. In between, try authentic Austrian food at Grünauer. Sample northern Italian specialties at Lidia’s Restaurant. Savor seasonal delights such as slow-cooked pork roast at Michael Smith, or bring a group and share tapas at Extra Virgin.

This creative Kansas City neighborhood is full of stylish restaurants. Gallery-hop, then stop into Lidia's for northern Italian specialties.

This creative Kansas City neighborhood is full of stylish restaurants. Gallery-hop, then stop into Lidia's for northern Italian specialties.
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Plaza/Westport, Kansas City

This Kansas City entertainment district is full of shops, nightlife spots and restaurants. Refuel with comfort food and a beverage at Gram & Dun or Beer Kitchen, where the short-rib grilled cheese is a must.

By day or night, Kansas City's Plaza/Westport district is full of shops, nightlife spots and restaurants.

By day or night, Kansas City's Plaza/Westport district is full of shops, nightlife spots and restaurants.
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Downtown/C Street, Springfield

This historic street has an eclectic vibe. Go for upscale Asian food at Kai, classic Italian dishes at Bruno’s, airy crepes at Aviary Café, perfectly cooked steaks at Flame Steakhouse, or Peruvian fare (with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free choices) at Café Cusco.

In downtown Springfield, C Street's eclectic vibe is deliciously evident in restaurants such as Aviary Café.

In downtown Springfield, C Street's eclectic vibe is deliciously evident in restaurants such as Aviary Café.
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The District, Columbia

With three nearby colleges, this vibrant area of downtown Columbia boasts historic architecture, shops, live music venues and dozens of bars and restaurants. Savor local meats, cheeses and vegetables at Sycamore; go for sushi at Kampai; sample Thai dishes at Bangkok Gardens, or satisfy your craving for Indian food at Taj Mahal. For a casual night-out, play pool and grab a juicy cheeseburger at Booches, order pizza at Shakespeare’s or gather around small plates and pints of beer at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing or Coley’s American Bistro. 

Downtown Columbia comes alive with live music venues, bars and restaurants. Start your evening with a pint of Missouri craft beer and upscale pub fare at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing

Downtown Columbia comes alive with live music venues, bars and restaurants. Start your evening with a pint of Missouri craft beer and upscale pub fare at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing
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A family picnics at a Mississippi River lookout point
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Galena

Driving along the Mississippi River on the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway
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Alton