The thing I love most about St. Louis is it’s pride in locally owned businesses. More importantly, it’s pride in locally owned eateries. There’s a higher level of creative freedom in recipe making, meal preparation, and atmosphere at local restaurants. They wear their hearts on their plates in a way. These are the places you’ll visit over and over and can afford to because shopping local usually costs less. You’ll only pay around $9 - $12 per person. These are the spots you’d find out about if you had a good friend who just happened to be a foodie that lived in St. Louis. These aren’t your mother’s favorite restaurants. This list pushes local culinary limits with offerings that are delicious and a little daring.