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My 5 Top Spots in the CWE

The Central West End has it goin’ on. Something new is always happening in this vibrant neighborhood, and it seems like every month an exciting restaurant or venue is opening its doors to the public. Among the many new spots that are opening up, here are my top five favorite spots that are a must-see in the CWE.

1. Mission Taco Joint

If you love tacos, then you will love Mission Taco Joint. Hands down. The ever-creative Tilford Brothers just opened up this fabulous taco joint in the CWE and it does not disappoint. Highlights of their menu include house-made chorizo tacos, BBQ duck (you don’t see that every day) with an ancho-agave glaze, and a fried shrimp battered in 4 Hands Incarnation IPA and topped with fresh mango salsa. Yum. Mission Taco Joint actually makes its own masa, which is the corn-based dough used to make tortillas, so it’s no surprise that these are some of the freshest tacos I’ve ever eaten. With regular live music from local musicians and delightful picnic table-style patio seating that sits right in the middle of the CWE, a trip to Mission Taco Joint won’t disappoint.

Mission Taco Joint
398 N. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108

2. Living Collective

Living Collective is a quirky women’s lifestyle shop that definitely will appeal to the millennial-minded. When you walk in, you’re greeted by a bright and airy space, a charming staff, and, of course, a wide array of adorable dresses, tops, statement-making jewelry, and other goods that are pure fun. It’s the perfect shop to find a unique gift for someone or to indulge your sartorial wild side.

Living Collective
4703 McPherson Ave.
St. Louis, MO

3. Scarlett’s Wine Bar

Feeling particularly classy? Head to Scarlett’s Wine Bar. Here you can toast to your good health with a glass from their impressive wine selection, which boasts 17 whites, 17 reds, and 10 rosés. The adorable Art Deco-furnished atmosphere is both laid back and elegant. Wine not your thing? Try one of their craft beer cocktails or enjoy Neapolitan pizza, a charcuterie plate, or one of their other delicious entrees. Scarlett’s Wine Bar is the place for a date or an intimate gathering with beloved friends.

Scarlett’s Wine Bar
4253 Laclede Ave.
St. Louis, MO

4. Scape Goat Tavern & Courtyard

The highly anticipated Scape Goat is truly a unique taste experience. Located in Maryland Plaza, Scape Goat offers simple yet technically complex small plates (like a peach and burrito flatbread and French-style buffalo wings) that are perfect for a late afternoon, pre-dinner nosh. But the true draw of Scape Goat is their specialty drink menu. A favorite of mine is The Juice—a tantalizing concoction of their house Orangecello, pomengranate vodka, ginger beer, and red wine float. Fizzy, refreshing, and downright delicious, this is the best drink you’ll have all summer.

Scape Goat Tavern & Courtyard
52 Maryland Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63108

5. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Ice cream has never been so delicious and, well, artistic. The brainchild of ice cream wizard Jeni Britton Bauer, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams treats ice cream like an art—an art that’s meant to be devoured with particular childlike glee. Made from grass-grazed milk from family farms in Ohio (Jeni has locations in cities across the country), this buttercream ice cream is silky smooth and the flavors are anything but ordinary. Try the churro, brambleberry crisp, or the roasted strawberry buttermilk—you’ll never buy grocery store ice cream again. It’s always an ice cream-flavored adventure at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
389 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108

The Central West End is proof that living in St. Louis is fun, vibrant, and exciting. What are your favorite spots in the CWE? Let me know in the comments below!