Where to Eat in East Saint Louis: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Brandee Mangan

East St. Louis is a city in St. Clair County, Illinois, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri, in the Metro-East region of Southern Illinois. Once a bustling industrial center like many cities in the Rust Belt, East St. Louis has been severely affected by loss of jobs due to deindustrialization during the second half of the 20th century. In 1950, East St. Louis was the fourth largest city in Illinois when population peaked at 82,366. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 27,006, less than one-third of the 1950 census.
Things to do in East Saint Louis

1. Blues City Deli

2438 McNair Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104-2815 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch +1 314-773-8225
Excellent
79%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 276 reviews

Blues City Deli

This is a delicious little deli that has 77 reviews on Google Maps but I can't seem to find it here on trip advisor. Thought you might want to add it.

Reviewed By flatfootfoodie - San Jose, California

It’s a five green ball deli next to a five green ball pizzeria...yeah, that’s a ten green ball experience. Blues city is great stop for sandwiches alone, but all that is only enhanced significantly by the decor, and the staff. Bottom line...an authentic muffuletta from...MoreThank you Thank you Thank you so much for the kind words! We love servin' you up what you love to eat drink and listen to at the deli! Come back and see you soon.

2. Crown Candy Kitchen

1401 Saint Louis Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63106-3920 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch SGD 26 +1 314-621-9650
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 931 reviews

Crown Candy Kitchen

Reviewed By WarEglTX - Saint Louis, Missouri

Quaint atmosphere oozing with history/nostalgia. Sandwiches are excellent. Fresh and large portions. Ingredients are top shelf. Can’t go wrong with any dessert.

3. Fountain on Locust

3037 Locust St, Saint Louis, MO 63103-1328 Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Late Night SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 314-535-7800
Excellent
67%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 567 reviews

Fountain on Locust

The most photographed restaurant in St Louis. And Home of The Ice Cream Martini ~ with delicious FRESH-MADE food, fine ice creams, chocolates and retro cocktails - all in a one-of-a-kind, handpainted Art Deco interior. Exceptional SOUPS!

Reviewed By Mary S - Indianapolis

This is a treat of a restaurant, with a retro building that retains the splash of our grand past. The menu is similarly delightful, featuring daily homemade soups that are to die for, each one different daily. There are also sandwiches, wonderful salads, desserts to...MoreThank you for choosing Fountain on Locust! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed our mini chocolate sunday and the very small cone! Please visit us again soon!

4. Bogart's Smokehouse

1627 S 9th St, Soulard area, Saint Louis, MO 63104-3827 Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 39 +1 314-621-3107
Excellent
76%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bogart's Smokehouse

Reviewed By GRWLR51 - O'Fallon, Illinois

Limited seating to probably 20 or so but great food. The Pulled Pork sandwich was delicious even though the pulled pieces were bigger than i like. The sauce was great. The coleslaw was out of this world good and especially on top of the sandwich. You have to try it.

5. Bailey's Chocolate Bar

1915 Park Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104-2536 Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American Late Night, Drinks +1 314-241-8100
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 259 reviews

Bailey's Chocolate Bar

Reviewed By Cardzfan1 - Bethalto

The only time we visit is for drinks, but oh the drinks. Any of the chocolate martinis are to die for. Also talked into trying a beer milkshake...YUM!!

6. Pappy's Smokehouse

3106 Olive St, Saint Louis, MO 63103-1213 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 314-535-4340
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Pappy's Smokehouse

Reviewed By Rj H

I've had barbeque in Kansas City, Myrtle Beach, Gallup and Albuquerque New Mexico, Pigeon Forge, and Nashville and everywhere I've been the ribs just don't taste right to me because of Pappy's. Easily my favorite place to eat on Earth all the meat is incredible and the sweet potato fries taste like heaven as well.

7. Broadway Oyster Bar

736 S Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102-1602 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options SGD 26 +1 314-621-8811
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Broadway Oyster Bar

Casual French Quarter style restaurant, bar and music venue specializing in award winning Cajun, Creole and Seafood cuisines. Live music 7 nights per week and twice on almost everyday except Friday. Some music is free and some requires a cover charge. Music style includes blues, rock, reggae, funk, New Orleans, R&B, soul, jam, outlaw country and whatever else we hear and like. Open till 3AM with full menu served till 10PM Sunday- Thursday and 11PM on Friday and Saturday and after Cardinal home night games. Late night food till 2 AM on Friday and Saturday night.

Reviewed By PawPawSlim - Edwardsville, Illinois

Four of us stopped here for an early dinner before going to a blues show across the street at Beale on Broadway. Staff were fine, and my order of shrimp and grits was superb.
My second draft Forest Park Pils [the first one was very tasty] came out cloudy, and the server was great at first bringing out another one and then returning it to the bar and taking it off of the tab [cloudy, murky beer that is not supposed to look like an unfiltered wheat beer can be dangerous to my lower unit]. Food came out as oredered and in speedy fashion, so this was a great place to stop before heading to another place for some Kim Massie blues.

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