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A Taste of St. Charles

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An October 2003 trip to St. Charles by Re Carroll

St. Charles Shopping Photo, St. Charles, Missouri More Photos
Quote: St. Charles was Missouri’s first state capital and is a great little place to get away from the big city pace of St. Louis. During a week spent visiting family in nearby O’Fallon, my sister and I discovered the addictive joys of dining and shopping in St. Charles.

47 Port Street Grill

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47 Port Street Grill Photo, St. Charles, Missouri
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The Port Street Grill is located in The Ameristar Casino at the end of Main St. in downtown St. Charles. The casino complex reminded me of Disneyland’s Main Street USA and the many stores, games arcade, restaurants and attractions, as well as the casino felt more like an amusement park for adults. Upon entering the restaurant with its oversize leather booths, heavy dark wood tables, high ceiling, large framed art prints and dimmed lighting we felt like we were walking into the study of an English country manor. The impressive wine room in the middle of the restaurant and the open kitchen in the rear reminded us that this was all about food. Port Street is the place to come for beef ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 8, 2004

47 Port Street Grill
1260 S. Main Street
St. Charles, Missouri
(636) 940-4471

Mother in Law House The

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Restaurant | "The Mother In Law House Restaurant"

Mother in Law House The Photo, St. Charles, Missouri
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When Francis Krammer built this house in 1866, he wanted his mother-in-law close, but not too close, which resulted in the first duplex ever built west of the Mississippi. A picture of his mother-in-law still adorns the building's entrance way. The main floor of this historic building is now a restaurant decorated throughout in a Victorian theme with oil lamps, antique clocks and a six foot antique mirror near the entrance. The interior was a bit under lit and the old fashioned furniture, lace curtains and floral wallpaper reminded me of an elderly aunt’s house from my childhood days. Service was extremely pleasant and it felt like we were having lunch at a friend’s house. The lunc...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 8, 2004

Mother in Law House The
500 S. Main Street
St. Charles, Missouri 63301
(636) 946-9444

Winery of the Little Hills Restaurant

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Winery of the Little Hills Restaurant Photo, St. Charles, Missouri
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After a long afternoon of shopping, this restaurant place is the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine and an appetizer. In good weather it is fun to sit outside, under one of the large umbrellas in the terraced garden. Even if it’s a bit chilly, large gas fire braziers ward off the chill. In inclement weather the two tiered interior seating has lots of large windows to allow diners to observe the shopping action on Main Street. Lunch entrees and appetizers are in the $8 range and there is a very good selection of Missouri wines as well as a full bar. The menu here has everything from fried catfish to steaks and even a few vegetarian options including a portabella mushroom burger. M...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 8, 2004

Winery of the Little Hills Restaurant
501 S. Main Street
St. Charles, Missouri 63301
(636) 946-9339

Annie Gunn's

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Annie Gunn's Photo, Chesterfield, Missouri
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Although not actually in St. Charles, Annie Gunns is not far away and the extensive menu as well as the market next door makes this a good choice for lunch or dinner. The restaurant is huge and also has a covered outdoor dining area. The interior is separated into two large sections each with an impressive wood and glass bar. Decor is brick and dark wood with a large wood burning fireplace and booths along the wall. I found it strange that they didn’t accept reservations, at least for lunch, and was told there is often a wait to get a table. The menu is varied enough to appeal to all tastes: from burgers and salads to steaks and chops, the food is well prepared, attractively prese...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 8, 2004

Annie Gunn's
16806 Chesterfield Airport Road
Chesterfield, Missouri 63005
(636) 532-3314

St. Charles Shopping

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St. Charles Shopping Photo, St. Charles, Missouri
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Food isn’t the only thing we developed a taste for in St. Charles. Near the river front, Main Street stretches for blocks and is home to an extremely wide and varied collection of unique and one of a kind stores, many in historic buildings which make investigating even more enjoyable. My October visit was the perfect time to start thinking about Christmas gifts and I got lots of ideas (and presents) from stores such as:Main Street Marketplace: 708 S. Main St 636 940 8626 For gourmet cooks or those who just like to eat, this is the place. It is filled with cookbooks and accessories and all manner of coffees, teas, jams and spices. It has an extremely wide and varied assortment o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 8, 2004

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St. Charles, Missouri

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Re Carroll

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