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The 6 Best Southern Restaurants Near St. Louis

Updated: November 5, 2021

Shellfish, po’boy, cobbler - there is so much to love about Southern cuisine and these St. Louis spots do it best! We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top Southern restaurants. The fried chicken, beans, and collard greens at these St. Louis restaurants are best enjoyed with friends and family.

Find the perfect Southern restaurant

The Shaved Duck

American, $$, St. LouisAmerican, $$St. Louis, Tower Grove East
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

    The 5 best spots to score soul food in St. Louis

    Hoodline, 2019

Grace Chicken + Fish

American, St. LouisAmericanSt. Louis, Forest Park Southeast
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0

OL' Henry Restaurant

American, $$, St. LouisAmerican, $$St. Louis
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.0

Hodak's

American, $, St. LouisAmerican, $St. Louis, Benton Park
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5

Canyon Cafe

American, $$, St. LouisAmerican, $$St. Louis
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

American, $, MaplewoodAmerican, $Maplewood
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

How did we curate these results?

Figuring out the best Southern restaurants can take awhile. The restaurants in this list rose to the top after we analyzed the Yelp and Google ratings for 5278 restaurants in St. Louis, 823905 restaurant reviews, and exactly 147 lists and articles from experts at Hoodline and more. All with some boam magic. These top contenders have appeared in Hoodline - The 5 best spots to score soul food in St. Louis. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair fried chicken with Pale Ale

    To elevate your fried chicken experience, we recommend some Pale Ale to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this beer cleanses the palate.

  • Tempranillo and fried chicken


    Try coupling fried chicken with a red wine like fried chicken to balance its spicy flavours.

  • The perfect complement to fried chicken


    Experts recommend pairing a fried chicken with a glass of Riesling, a popular white wine.

Did you know?

  • May = Southern festival

    If you’re a big fan of Southern, then you should definitely consider visiting the Baton Rouge Soul Food Festivale in Louisiana, The United States

  • A speedy eater

    Andrew Thevenet ate an astounding 33 poundsof crawfish in only 120. The United States played host to this feat.

  • The record holder

    2,493 pounds is the record for the biggest fried chicken. We hope people were hungry!

Parking in the area

Parking has always been a challenge in St. Louis. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Southern spot.

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