Maplewood is one of the first suburbs of St Louis mostly due to the fact that is right on the outskirts of STL city. Currently supporting a little more than eight thousand people, Maplewood features many historic buildings, streets, and homes that were built around the turn of the 20th century. Manchester is Maplewood’s “main strip” and has a number of unique restaurants, bars and shops. If you haven’t visited Maplewood lately, check it out. You will be glad that you did!
History of Maplewood: Originally built in the early 1900’s as a bedroom community, or small city suburb, Maplewood was advertised as homes for the wealthier St. Louisans who wanted to get out of the city, but still retain jobs inside of St. Louis. Homes were sold in the early 1900’s, and are often still in the same family. The city was also notably placed on the end of one of St. Louis’ famous streetcar lines, marking it as the ‘end stop’ by which the route was named. Today, Maplewood is being revitalized and built up as not just a community of houses, but filled with restaurants, businesses and shops, especially around main of the city which includes Manchester Avenue, Sutton Avenue, and the Greenwood Historic District.
Food and Restaurants in Maplewood
Michael’s Bar and Grill 314.644.2240 Fantastic American Cuisine with Compliments from Greece. Michael’s Bar & Grill offers a complete menu that features a wide array of Burgers, Steaks, Sandwiches & More.
Greenwood Historic District: Maplewood’s main tourist draw, the Greenwood Historic district features the ‘whistlestop’, from the Missouri Pacific railroad line. While the stop is now defunct, it serves as a historic reminder of St. Louis’ history in the railroad industry. While many of the buildings have been converted, some have also been restored to reflect their original construction, which makes the site an excellent place for historical and architecture lovers.
|St. Louis Restaurants in Maplewood||Phone||Attributes|
| La Cosecha
|Michael’s Bar and Grill||314-644-2240||Greek / American|
|Porter’s Fried Chicken||314-781-2097||American|
|The Post Sports Bar & Grill||314-645-1109||Sports Bar|
|Reed’s American Table||314-899-9821||American|
Tourist Attractions: Other than the Greenwood Historic District, Maplewood features a bevy of small creative shops, early 1900’s architecture that has been well preserved and cared for, and one of the oldest bowling alleys west of the Mississippi. With a variety of small restaurants, many of which are award winning, as well as a full brewery tour for beer and history lovers, Maplewood is a very quiet town, but can be peaceful and relaxing for anyone looking to explore the history of St. Louis.
Getting to Maplewood: Maplewood is located in inner St. Louis, making it relatively easy to get to. Situated near the city’s famous ‘Forest Park’, Maplewood can be accessed via the I-64/Highway 40 where drivers can simply take the Hampton or McCausland avenues south to Manchester and turn west.
While not generally very exciting, Maplewood is a very clean and beautiful part of St. Louis. With scheduled trash, leaf, and debris pickups, the city is kept in excellent condition by both government and citizens. Houses are well cared for and are often excellent examples of early 1900’s architecture which can be appealing to fans of the era, as well as to architects.