by Debbie Monterrey

One of the most frustrating things for those of us who love St. Louis is knowing that tourists who come for events and stay downtown rarely, if ever, get to see and experience the amazing neighborhoods of the City or experience their fabulous history and food.

That said, there are plenty of folks who’ve lived in the Metro area for years who’ve never “done” the Central West End or the Delmar Loop.

Enter…the walking food tour. Lunch, exercise, sightseeing, fellowship.

Logo courtesy of Savor Saint Louis Food Tours

Logo courtesy of Savor Saint Louis Food Tours

Several food tour companies have sprung up locally in the last several years. I recently had the opportunity to do Savor Saint Louis’ final Central West End walking tour of 2015 (resuming in spring 2016).

The walking tour takes three hours, approximately, and visits five eateries. Along the way, the guides give out information on the area, nuggets about famous people or events that took place in the area, point out architecture and more.

On this day, our guides were Savor Saint Louis co-owners, Susie Smith and Jennifer Schmid, a most enthusiastic mother-daughter team.

Photo Courtesy of Savor Saint Louis Food Tours

Photo Courtesy of Savor Saint Louis Food Tours

On this occasion there were no out-of-towners, per se. A couple from Ellisville who’ve done food tours all over the world; two friends who are teachers and recently did a food tour in Italy; a couple from Chesterfield who’d recently moved to the CWE once all their kids flew the nest; and a couple from Creve Coeur via Latvia.

By the end of the three hours, we all felt like fast friends as we shoved cake in our faces and said our good-byes.

“Savor Saint Louis is the perfect way to get a visual and culinary experience in a neighborhood known for its beautiful architecture and restaurants,” says Chris Sommers, owner of Pi Pizza, a featured restaurant on the tour. “The walking nature of the tour connects the participants with the rich history of the Central West End and helps work up an appetite to indulge!”


The Smith family are no strangers to food and entertainment. Popular South City hangout, The Royale on Kingshighway, was opened by the family a decade ago. Recently, Steven Fitzpatrick Smith, a City cheerleader and well-known face around town, opened the Tick Tock Tavern in Tower Grove East, which adjoins Steve’s Hot Dogs (also on The Hill).

If you’re looking to do something fun and different, or entertaining out-of-town guests, consider a food tour. Gift certificates available through Savor Saint Louis.

Walking through the Central West End (Photo by Debbie Monterrey)

Walking through the Central West End (Photo by Debbie Monterrey)


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