“Where should we eat?” – The top spot in St. Louis may surprise you

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – It’s Friday night. You’ve had a long week – too long, as far as you’re concerned – and what you could really use is a delicious, hassle-free dinner to ring in the weekend. But then comes the dreaded question: “Where should we eat?”

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who like to choose specific cuisine first, and those who prefer to explore their options in a given neighborhood. Whichever of the two you are, our data experts at FindTheBest crunched the numbers in order to guide your crucial decision-making process.

First, they found the most popular types of food in St. Louis by counting the number of restaurants in the area. Though the city has a wealth of restaurants, some neighborhoods boast much more choice in a walkable distance from each other.

Cheltenham, a neighborhood just south of Forest Park  (also known as part of “Dogtown”) is the clear winner, with 246.7 restaurants per 10K residents, followed by Downtown St. Louis. Mark Twain – I-70 Industrial lags in last place with only 57.7 restaurants per capita.


Quick Statistics about restaurants per capita:

  • There are 10.1 restaurants per 10,000 residents in St. Louis.
  • There are 10.1 restaurants per 10,000 residents in St. Louis City.
  • There are 4.6 restaurants per 10,000 residents in Missouri.
  • There are 4.4 restaurants per 10,000 residents in The United States.

St. Louis Neighborhoods with the most Restaurants Per Capita

Types of Restaurants in St. Louis

St. Louis Restaurant Density Heat Map



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