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Your guide to the 3 top spots in St. Louis's Central West End neighborhood

Your guide to the 3 top spots in St. Louis's Central West End neighborhood
Photo: Retreat Gastropub/Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on June 02, 2020.

Looking to uncover all that Central West End has to offer? Get to know this St. Louis neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a diner to a Chinese spot.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Central West End, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. Kingside Diner

Photo: kingside diner/Yelp

Topping the list is diner and breakfast and brunch spot Kingside Diner. Located at 4651 Maryland Ave., it's the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting four stars out of 237 reviews on Yelp.

This local chain has one other location in St. Louis. The spot serves up breakfast staples like country fried steak, French toast, chicken & waffles and huevos rancheros. Lunch options include burgers, sandwiches and salad. (Check out the full menu here.)

2. Retreat Gastropub

Photo: maggie h./Yelp

Next up is cocktail bar, gastropub and New American spot Retreat Gastropub, situated at 2 N. Sarah St. With 4.5 stars out of 622 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite.

On the menu, look for appetizers like candied bacon and poutine, along with burgers and entrees like seared trout and braised pork sandwiches.  At the bar, the business' website states that Retreat Gastropub creates cocktails using  "fresh quality products, many of which are made in-house, such as our cold-pressed juices, syrups, shrubs and tinctures." It also carries more than 20 craft beers.

3. West End Wok

Photo: zara k./Yelp

Chinese spot West End Wok is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 4577 Laclede Ave., four stars out of 100 reviews.

The restaurant offers fried rice and noodle dishes, along with chicken, beef and shrimp combos. Look for specific menu items like the crab rangoon, the sesame chicken and the sweet and sour soup. (Explore the entire menu here.)


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