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Dining Guide

Dining Guide

The world’s changed a lot over the past year, to say the least. That’s especially true for the St. Louis dining scene and the restaurant industry in general. Today, restaurant owners face a triple threat. First, there’s guarding against COVID-19: Some establishments are now requiring proof of vaccination for inside dining, and increased safety and sanitization measures remain de rigueur. Second, many restaurants remain short-staffed in the short-term, so slow service and limited hours can be expected. (All the more reason to show patience and understanding.) Third, supply-chain interruptions and the ever-increasing cost of food and labor translate to higher menu prices—another bitter pill for customers to swallow. Yet it’s not all doom and gloom. Despite the upheaval caused by the pandemic, some real progress has been made. Restaurants have continued to reinvent themselves by streamlining pickup and delivery, offering to-go cocktails, and putting an emphasis on convenience. The region has seen the addition of a food truck garden and food hall. There are also more outdoor dining options than ever before. And while some restaurant operators elected to close or remain temporarily closed, others have moved, opened additional locations, or launched exciting new concepts. While the information contained herein was current at press time, remember that restaurants are still recovering from the pandemic, so it’s best to call ahead or research online, as hours and days of operation may have shifted. As we know all too well by now, things will continue to change.

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