Best Restaurants in The Grove

Let’s talk about the newest hotspot of dinning in the Lou, “The Grove.” With culinary havens like Sauce on the Side, The Gramophone, RISE coffee and The Atomic Cowboy; it’s no wonder foodies flock to this creative center. Speaking of foodies, perhaps one of the biggest names in the STL culinary scene, Chef Rick Lewis, is headed to the Grove this summer. His new restaurant will be in the space once occupied by Sweetie Pie’s, 4270 Manchester Ave. Lewis first helped shape Quincy Street Bistro into a dinning destination, and it was here that he earned himself a nomination for the coveted “James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year, 2014.” But for the past two years he has been the face of Southern, famous for their Nashville-style hot chicken (one of our personal favorites). We are eager to see where this new venture will lead him.

Now, let’s break down our favorite culinary destinations in The Grove.



Sauce on the Side

It’s no secret we are HUGE fans of Sauce on the Side. Sauce on the Side is a fast casual concept specializing in calzones and seasonal salads. The one thing you won’t find at Sauce on the Side is a freezer. They serve only the freshest local ingredients.

Must try menu item:

Meat Me in St. Louie – Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Provel, Mascarpone-Ricotta Blend, Garlic Oil, Meat Sauce.

For more on Sauce on the Side click here. 

The Gramophone

Also known as SANDWICH heaven, we are not kidding – this place has some of the best sandwiches in town. The Gramophone started in 2008 as an intimate concert club in the Grove. After seven years, the space changed concepts, and became a “Sandwich Pub”, specializing in gourmet sandwiches and crafts brews. They serve their full sandwich menu until 2:30 in the morning, have over 20 beers on tap and still feature live music. Not to mention their pool tables, darts, etc. In short, check this place out! It is a fun time!

Must try menu item:

Elvis – Crunchy peanut butter, grape jelly, bacon & sliced banana topped with honey. Served on toasted sourdough.

RISE Coffee


When you enter RISE, you are immediately greeted by a large mural, and you know this place is something special. RISE features local specialty coffee, fresh baked goods, and Chef Scott Davis’s meticulously assembled plates. You immediately feel the love of the Grove community when you dine at RISE. Everything is carefully crafted and cooked to perfection.

Must try menu item:

Hash (vegeterian) – seasonal vegetables, sweet potato puree, carrot hollandaise. Served with a sunny egg or sub tofu for a vegan version.

The Atomic Cowboy

The Atomic Cowboy specializes in three things: food, spirits, and music. The space itself is impressive – complete with tall ceilings, a long, dark wood bar, unique lighting, and several large rooms. Atomic Cowboy specializes in Fresh Mex cuisine. Along with creative dishes, they are also known for their entertainment and have live music every night of the week.

Must try menu item:

Paco’s Street Tacos – smoked, pulled brisket, pickled onion, cilantro, lime & Cotija cheese.

Mangiamo! (Let’s Eat) 




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