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  1. Einstein Bros. Bagels
    Good for a quick bagel or coffee on your way to school.
  2. Brasserie by Niche
  3. Wildflower
  4. Kingside Diner
  5. Café Osage
    A classic brunch place with a cozy greenhouse interior that makes the (sometimes) long wait time fly by. The food is tasty, but also a little pricey. – Priyanka P., M1
  6. Southwest Diner
    Yummy food for a reasonable price. – Connie G., M1
  7. The Mud House
    This bustling brunch place has unique food and a lot of vegetarian options. It can get crowded on the weekends but the wait is worth it!
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  1. Becker Medical Library (Suite 220)
    Free coffee and tea for all students between 8:30 am – 5 pm. Perfect for a quick stop in between lectures!
  2. Kaldi’s Café (in FLTC and the Mid-Campus Center)
  3. Starbucks
    This Starbucks location is easily within walking distance, but removed enough from campus that it is not too populated with students, yet there are always other customers keeping the space lively and busy. They also have a variety of tabling setups - bar stools by a window, huge wooden tables, couches, and individual tables - for your every need! My favorite part is the ample amount of natural lighting from all the windows so you feel less sad about studying on the weekends. - Clara K., M1
  4. Coffee Cartel
    Small business coffee shop with lots of flavors and options, plenty of room to do work, and a cute painted piano. – Jaime M., M1
  5. Northwest Coffee Roasting
  6. Rise Coffee
    Cozy and eclectic vibe with amazing coffee and food. Although it can be busy, there is a dedicated quiet area upstairs, perfect for a day of studying. –Amisha P., M1
  7. Comet Coffee
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  1. Hot Box Cookies
  2. Insomnia Cookies
  3. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
    Good ice cream, unusual flavors, Ohio representation. – Reeti P., M1
  4. The Fountain On Locust
    This hidden gem is artfully decorated and has creative desserts AND dessert drinks. – Amisha P., M1
  5. Piccione Pastry
  6. Baileys’ Chocolate Bar
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East Asian Food

  1. West End Wok
    West End Wok has been pretty good. You can eat there cheaply (~$7-$8/meal), and the food tastes good to me. – Druv B., M1
  2. Thai 202
  3. Mai Lee
    Great food at a slightly higher price than CWE options, but a good place to take family when they come to visit. – Reeti P., M1
  4. Tai Ke
  5. Cate Zone
    Super authentic food! – Andrew Q., M1
  6. Mandarin House
    Their dim sum is great and quite affordable. Lots of things, especially the Custard buns, are delicious. Soup dumplings are unfortunately just okay. – Faith W., M1
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Grocery Stores

On that medical student budget and don’t want to eat out all the time? Fear not — here is a list of the most common grocery stores we frequently shop at!

  1. Whole Foods Market
  2. Schnucks (the local supermarket chain)
  3. ALDI
  4. Dierbergs Markets (the other local supermarket chain)
  5. Trader Joe’s
  6. Costco
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Italian Food

What is “The Hill”?

You might hear fellow students talking about “The Hill." So, what is it? The Hill is a vibrant Italian-American neighborhood located two miles south of Forest Park and is home to many Italian bakeries, groceries, restaurants, and businesses. It is also where the baseball greats Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola Sr. grew up!

  1. Bar Italia
    They're not "top notch" Italian Cuisine like you might get on the coasts, but they have very friendly staff, good wine, and the food tastes quite good. – Jamie M., M1
  2. Pi Pizzeria
  3. Zia’s On the Hill
  4. Charlie Gitto’s On the Hill
  5. Pastaria
    So far, this has been the best Italian food I've had in St. Louis. Yes, it's expensive, and there's often a long wait, but the food is worth it. The pasta is cooked perfectly al dente, and the sauces are delicious. The restaurant has an open layout looking into the kitchen, and it's possible to sit at the bar there and observe the fascinating logistics of a working restaurant kitchen. Bonus: the cocktails are pretty fabulous, and I say that as someone who doesn't usually drink. – Faith W., M1
  6. Katie’s Pizza and Pasta
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Late Night Foods

  1. St. Louis Children’s Hospital: Edison Café
    Open until 2 a.m., great to grab food for those late nights studying at school!
  2. Mission Taco Joint
    Open until 1:30 a.m., $2 tacos and tequila shots after 10 p.m.
  3. Taco Bell
  4. Uncle Bill’s Pancake & Dinner
    Open 24/7, on Kingshighway. It's my heaven. – Alex S., M1
  5. John’s Donuts
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Mexican Food

  1. El Burro Loco
    El Burro Loco is my absolute favorite. Huge entrees, amazing margaritas, and mariachi singers every night! – Caroline S., M1
  2. Mission Taco Joint
    $2 shots and tacos after 10 p.m.!
  3. Nixta
    NIXTA IS INCREDIBLE. It's one of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants in America in 2017 and the octopus is literally to die for. – Andrew Q., M1
  4. Pueblo Solis
    If you’re looking for more authentic Mexican cuisine, this place is worth the journey!
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Modern American Food

  1. Gamlin Whiskey House
    Pretty good food and one of the better options in walking distance. Probably an even better restaurant if you care at all about whiskey. – Faith W., M1
  2. Steak ‘n Shake
  3. Southern
  4. Pappy’s Smokehouse
  5. Salt + Smoke
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South Asian Food

  1. Rasoi
  2. Sameem Afghan Restaurant & Catering
  3. Gokul
    Gokul’s food is very tasty, their buffet is amazing and they have chaat! They also have student discounts if you pay in cash. – Amisha P., M1
  4. Ani’s Hyderabad House
    Ani’s Hyderabad House is Indian as Indian gets. Munch on massive portions (enough for 2-3 meals) for <$10 as you enjoy the carefully curated ambiance of Bollywood music videos, cricket reruns, and Zee TV. – Andrew Q., M1