German – Schneithorst

If you drive around town, you can find remnants of St. Louis’ German heritage: the old Lemp brewery in Benton Park, the shuttered Bavarian Inn near Gravois and Arsenal, or the still-turning Bevo Mill, now for sale. On the corner or Lindbergh and Clayton Road, Schneithorst’s Restaurant & Bar stands as a proud homage to this history. Like the others, it is steeped in the past, but unlike them, this still-bustling restaurant manages to translate traditional German food to modern-day diners. The massive restaurant and stunning rooftop biergarten has a strikingly traditional motif — the white stone building with black accents and orange-tiled roof might look more at home in Munich than across from Plaza Frontenac. Inside, the menu is just as traditional, with schnitzels, sausages and potato cakes. But you’ll also find contemporary touches like red pepper hummus and grilled salmon alongside that sour red cabbage. It’s this mix of old and new that keeps Schneithorst relevant — well, that and a fantastic German beer list. Photo courtesy of Instagram / natbunny69 via pikore.com.