Spending time in Central West End? Get to know this St. Louis neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a cupcake spot to Thai food.
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. The Cup
Topping the list is The Cup, a spot to score desserts, coffee, tea and cupcakes. Located at 28 Maryland Plaza, it's the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 306 reviews on Yelp.
Check out the menu for classic cakes, such as the confetti cake and limited edition cupcakes, like the Black Forest flavor. There are also sweet treats, such as the chocolate cakewich on the menu.
2. Retreat Gastropub
Next up is cocktail bar, gastropub and New American spot Retreat Gastropub, situated at 2 N. Sarah St. With 4.5 stars out of 594 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite.
This modern pub with a rustic touch offers such menu items as rosemary truffle fries and pork toasts. Also try the Salmon Cake Benedict, along with wines and classic cocktails. (See the full menu here.)
3. Brasserie by Niche
French spot Brasserie by Niche is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 4580 Laclede Ave., 4.5 stars out of 578 reviews.
On the menu, expect to find options like the steak tartare with crostini and fine herbs, or the sea scallops with butternut squash and roasted apples. Saved room for dessert? Check out the frozen hazelnut mousse.
4. Thai 202
Thai 202, a Thai spot, is another neighborhood go-to, with four stars out of 248 Yelp reviews. Head over to 235 N. Euclid Ave. to see for yourself.
Choose from crab rangoon and pot stickers for an appetizer and check out the red curry. Also try the stir-fried teriyaki chicken from the menu.