The best seafood in St. Louis
The Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Company
A lobster hut fell in love with a crab house and spawned this rustic local favorite. Cooking crabs, lobsters, clams, clams – it’s a taste of the coast that was planted in a historic area of the Midwest. 1831 Sidney, 314-772-8858, peacemakerstl.com.
Seafood flown in daily and a fantastic veranda continue to take guests to one of the best seafood restaurants in town. 44 N. Brentwood, 314-721-9400, oceanobistro.com.
Everything is chic and elegant at the lavish seafood restaurant in St. Louis, and the wine list is sparkling. The best of the oceans appears with a minimum of fuss – the emphasis is on the fish itself. 172 Carondelet Plaza, 314-875-9636, 801fish.com.
LuLu Seafood & Dim Sum
The menu features flavors from Sichuan, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. The long-standing restaurant is known for its dim sum. 8224 Olive, 314-997-3108, lulustlouis.com.
Bristol Seafood Grill
Seafood. The fish is fresh, the sides are attractive, and the service is polished. The lobster bisque cream might even have healing powers. 11801 Olive, 314-567-0272; 2314 Technology, O’Fallon, Mo., 636-625-6350, bristolseafoodgrill.com.
Seafood. Think of Yellowbelly as a downtown tiki bar of sorts – meets red lobster (cheddar cookies, anyone?) That combines tropical libations with a menu that focuses on Pacific seafood. 4659 Lindell, yellowbellystl.com.
Seafood. Charbroiled oysters, lobster rolls, and choices as lavish as salmon and sea bass are paired with mashed sweet potatoes and squid noodles. 4239 Lindell, 314-405-2797, baitstl.com.
Over the past decade, seafood Cajun restaurants have grown in popularity across the country. The best seller is usually a bag or bucket of seasoned seafood – shrimp, crab, lobster, clam, lobster, or a combination – as well as potatoes, corn on the cob, and sometimes sausage and hard-boiled eggs tossed right on the seafood table in New Orleans -Style. Krab Kingz Seafood opened two subway locations with two different franchisees last year. The Mad Crab opened at 8010 Olive and added a second store in Bridgeton, 12490 St. Charles Rock Road. Storming Crab is a popular seafood spot in Kirkwood. Hook & Reel opened its first Missouri location at 4860 Chippewa. There is a new location at 9616 Olive for The Kickin ‘Crab, a nine year old Californian chain with 20 units. And the Deer Creek Center in Maplewood has had a banner for Blue Crab Juicy Seafood for months. No signs of aquatic life yet.
A road trip to Grafton, Illinois offers some great opportunities for fresh catfish. In addition to serving food, Beasley Fish operates a year-round fish market. 618-786-3697.
Just down the street from Bob’s is a whole different shopping experience. Seafood City offers a lot more than just seafood. For those looking for a bargain there are fish in the freezers whose names are unknown (Dace, Saury) but are reasonably priced. Most are flaky and pitted, but the bellies are visible in the plastic wrap. 314-993-2800.
Starrs recently expanded its seafood selection. The handpicked, seasonal high-end fish arrives on Friday lunchtime and is often sold out by Saturday evening. These include wild king salmon, California halibut, and petrale sole. 314-781-2345.
Our inland town is lucky enough to have Bob’s Seafood. Depending on the season, both the well-known (salmon, flounder) and perhaps not known (ice skate, bluefish) are offered. There is a free brochure about fish types and how to prepare them. Also, check the freezer cases – there are often things of interest in them.
FISH & TIPS
- Freshness is mandatory so look for a busy place.
- Monday is not a good day except for the frozen products. These fishing boats don’t go out on Sundays.
- You wouldn’t order lasagna in an Asian restaurant. At a freshwater river fish market, you can buy catfish, carp, and buffalo, not salmon.
- Always smell your fish before buying it. Some fish smell fishy, but it shouldn’t smell like ammonia. This is a deal killer.