St. Louis continues to shine as a culinary hotspot, boasting an array of newish restaurants that are capturing the city’s vibrant food scene. This summer, six standout eateries are particularly on our radar as must-visit destinations. From innovative fusion dishes to classic comforts with a twist, these spots are making waves and promise to delight your palate and elevate your dining experience during the sunny season.

1. Damn Fine Hand Pies

4000 Shaw Boulevard in Historic Shaw neighborhood / Instagram 
Damn Fine Hand Pies, a local favorite at the Tower Grove Farmers Market, has opened in the former Five Aces Barbeque location in the Shaw neighborhood. Offering artisanal hand pies in both savory and sweet options, this eatery focuses on high-quality ingredients and creative fillings that appeal to a wide range of palates. Expect classic combinations like chicken pot pie and apple cinnamon, alongside innovative creations like pulled pork with smoked gouda and spiced pear with blue cheese. Other offerings include sourdough bread and legendary doughnuts. Located in a cozy corner of the city, Damn Fine Hand Pies promises a comforting, nostalgic dining experience with a modern twist.
Opened June 1, 2024

Damn Fine Handpies
Co-owners Madeline Hissong and Gene Bailey opened the brick-and-mortar location of Damn Fine Hand Pies on June 1, 2024..

2. Florentin

5090 Delmar Blvd in The Maker District / Instagram
From Ben Poremba’s Bengelina Hospitality Group comes Florentin, brining a taste of the Mediterranean to St. Louis, with a particular emphasis on Israeli cuisine. Named after the trendy neighborhood in Tel Aviv, Florentin features dishes that highlight fresh, vibrant flavors. Diners can look forward to a menu that includes a variety of mezze, shawarma, falafel, burekas, and freshly baked pita. The restaurant also boasts an impressive selection of Israeli wines and craft cocktails infused with Middle Eastern spices. The warm, inviting atmosphere makes it perfect for both casual meals and special occasions.
Soft opens June 7, 2024

3. peacemaker lobster & crab / 4 hands brewery

154 W. Argonne in downtown Kirkwood / Website / Instagram
The highly anticipated Peacemaker Lobster & Crab partnership with 4 Hands is set to open this weekend in downtown Kirkwood. With nearly 10 years at the Benton Park location, Kevin Nashan and his team will be offering best hits of 4 Hands downtown location and Peacemaker favorites. A great patio in a lively l pedestrian-friendly location, this western outpost of a St. Louis favorite promises to be a hit.
Opening June 7, 2024

4. Kim’s Bop Shop

2360 Hampton Avenue in The Hill Food Company space / Website / Instagram
At the heart of Kim’s Bop Shop is its diverse menu, which features an array of classic Korean dishes. From the iconic bibimbap, a colorful mixed rice bowl topped with vegetables, beef, and a sunny-side-up egg, to the savory bulgogi, marinated beef grilled to perfection, every dish is crafted with care and authenticity. The shop also offers a variety of Korean street foods, like tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) and kimbap (Korean sushi rolls), providing a comprehensive taste of Korean culinary culture.
Opened April 2024

5. Neon Greens

4176 Manchester in The Grove / Instagram / Website
Neon Greens is revolutionizing the plant-based dining scene in St. Louis with its vibrant, health-conscious menu. Focusing on locally sourced, organic ingredients, Neon Greens offers a variety of creative vegan and vegetarian dishes that don’t compromise on flavor. Highlights include innovative salads, hearty grain bowls, and decadent dairy-free desserts. The restaurant’s bright, lively decor and commitment to sustainability make it a standout choice for those seeking a nutritious yet indulgent meal. We can see this becoming a must-go for lunch whenever in the area.
Opened March 2024

6. Esca

5095 Delmar Blvd in The Maker District / Instagram
Also from Ben Poremba comes ESCA, inspired by the French and Italian Riviera, the Mediterranean menu is rustic, fresh, olive oil-drenched, simply prepared, and deeply flavored, with an emphasis on charcoal and wood cooking. Esca is a go-to destination for seafood lovers in St. Louis. This upscale restaurant showcases sustainably sourced seafood, prepared with a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques. The menu includes a range of options from raw bar selections like oysters and sashimi to elegantly plated entrees such as grilled octopus and seared scallops.
Opened March 2024