South Grand – Shaw

The South Grand community of St Louis is a trendy bustling district of local restaurants, bars, shops. For good reason, the area is known for it’s wide variety of authentic ethnic Asian restaurants as well as fine selection more familiar cuisines. South Grand is made up of several thriving neighborhoods like Tower Grove South, Shaw, Tower Grove East, and Compton Heights. The area offers a number of attractions such as Tower Grove Park, Missouri Botanical GardenCompton Park Water Tower. With a few exceptions, most of the restaurants and bars in the area are located on South Grand or the Morgan Ford strip.
The Tower Grove and Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis has a multi-faceted history based around three areas including Shaw, Tower Grove South, and Tower Grove East. Because each area has its own unique history, the neighborhood is diverse, and reflects the same cultural background as much of the rest of St. Louis. With a long history dating back to the 1800s and cultural pieces like the Missouri Botanical Gardens and Tower Grove Park. The following includes a history of each neighborhood.

St. Louis Restaurants Near South Grand 

  • 3 Monkeys             314-772-9800          American cuisine on Morgan Ford
  • Baida                      314-932-7950          Moroccan food on South Ground
  • Basil Spice             314-776-1530          Thai food on South Grand
  • Black Thorn          314-776-0534           Pizza and Bar on Wyoming
  • Cafe Mochi            314-773-5000           Sushi Restaurant on South Grand
  • Cafe Natasha         314-771-3411          Persian food
  • City Diner               314-772-6100          Diner on South Grand
  • Crafted                    314-865-3345          Burgers
  • Feasting Fox           314-352-2500          German restaurnat in South City
  • Friendly’s                314-771-2040          Sports Bar in Tower Grove area
  • Indo                          314-899-9333          Asian in Botanical Heights
  • Jay International    314-772-2552         International Grocery Store
  • King & I                    314-771-7777         Thai cuisine on South Grand
  • London Tea Room  314-241-6556         Tea Room near Tower Grove
  • Lulu’s                         314-300-8215        Vegetarian Cuisine
  • Pho Grand                 314-664-7435        Vietnamese food
  • Pizza Head                314-266-5400        Vegan Pizza on Grand
  • Riley’s Pub                 314-664-7474        Irish Pub
  • Shaved Duck             314-776-1407        BBQ near Tower Grove
  • Sheesh Restaurant   314-833-4321        Turkish cuisine
  • Stella Blues                314-762-0144        Morgan Ford Bar
  • Treehouse                  314-696-2100        Vegan Food
  • Urban Eats Cafe        314-665-2464        Cafe in Dutchtown
  • The Vine                     314-776-0991        Middle Eastern

A History of the Shaw Neighborhood:The Shaw Neighborhood is named after Henry Shaw who moved to the St. Louis area in the early 1800s. Shaw built his house and acquired a great deal of land. His garden, which would later become the Missouri Botanical Garden. Henry Shaw was in part responsible for the resulting neighborhood, as well as the Tower Grove Park, as he donated much of the land to the city in 1868. These St. Louis homes were slowly built up throughout the late 19th century, and by the end of the 20th century, the neighborhood was similar to how we know it today.

South Grand Restaurants

The Shaw Neighborhood is now a Historic District, and is one of the most well-preserved and oldest neighborhoods in St. Louis. With highly diverse architecture stemming from different cultures, well cared for gardens and buildings, and a history that dates back to the very early days of St. Louis. The neighborhood is an excellent stop for those who want to see the history of the city, as well as the Missouri Botanical Gardens or who wants to visit the historic Tower Grove Park.

A History of Tower Grove East: Tower Grove East borders the east entrance to Tower Grove Park. While today, the area is known for cultural diversity and a mostly German ethnicity, it was originally French. Named La Petite Prairie (The Little Prarie), the area was settled in around 1700s as farmland, with a communal commons and a small town. By the 1800s, this system fell out of use, and the land was parceled and sold, mostly to German immigrants, many of whom were moving from Germany to be nearer to family who had already moved to the nearby Compton Heights area, and to escape the German civil war. By the end of the 1850s, the area primarily belonged to German dairy farmers, who became quite prosperous, leading to their building many of the large and grand homes that are a signature of the neighborhood.

Today, Tower Grove East is a thriving culturally diverse area with immediate access to parks including the Tower Grove Park and the Missouri Botanical Gardens, access to the Grand Boulevard shopping area in Tower Grove South and a popular selection of nightlife, St. Louis restaurants and theaters.

A History of Tower Grove South:Tower Grove South, formerly Oak Hill is the newest of the Tower Grove/Shaw neighborhoods, as it was built up following the introduction of streetcar lines into the area. Because most of the neighborhood was built following the 19th century, it was mostly built up around people moving from more populated areas of the city into the suburban zone.

Today, Tower Grove South is in a period of revitalization and reinvestment, with new STL Food shops, stores and commercial areas being built and refurbished. With substantial growth in the form of new shops and reversal in the decline of houses and residential areas, the neighborhood is on an upswing.

Tower Grove Park: Tower Grove Park provides a centerpiece for the Tower Grove/Shaw neighborhoods. The park hosts multiple events including farmers markets and fairs as well as concerts, weddings and a wide variety of St. Louis food events. When nothing is going on, the area is home to artwork including statuary and Victorian era pavilions which were built based on themes from different countries, and a biodiversity not seen anywhere else in St. Louis.

Like much of St. Louis, the Tower Grove/Shaw neighborhood has a cultural diversity and history worth learning. While the people who built the area vary quite a bit in just a small space, this allows for a wide level of diversity, with pockets of different ethnicities and cultures celebrating all types of cuisines all found in a very small space. In the Tower Grove/Shaw area, this leads to a surprising and beautiful array of homes with influence from Germanic, French and Irish architecture. The result is a beautiful area that is not only one of a kind, but important as a historic part of the St. Louis area.