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When Christine asked me where I wanted to go on my birthday I didn’t even have to think about it: Sanctuaria!  Ever since we first came here it has been one of our favorites.  The flavors, atmosphere, and superb drinks are to die for.

Ceviche

Ceviche

And “to die for” is a very appropriate phrase to use for Sanctuaria as the inner decor is a mixture between Gothic cathedral and Día de Muertos, not to mention tons of old-timey advertisement posters featuring devils and angels. I would have taken some pictures, but on this blog the food is the star.

Blue Cheese and Leek Cigars

Blue Cheese and Leek Cigars

It’s a tapas style restaurant, so almost everything is a small plate, but that is a wonderful thing as it allows you to try a wide variety of items. If you are a meat eater then the full of flavor and incredibly tender Cuban-style sliders are a must-have. If you are a vegetarian then try out the black bean stuffed piquillos, which are an unbelievable burst of Latin flavors.

Cuban Pork and Chorizo Sliders

Cuban Pork and Chorizo Sliders

And if you like cocktails, Sactuaria is a mixed drink mecca that must be visited regularly. The bar used to be managed by Matt Seiter (who is taking time off to raise a family) and his impeccable taste for incredible drinks has given Sancturia an extensive arsenal of jaw-droppingly good concoctions that are without a doubt the best I’ve ever had anywhere. They have an extensive drink meny and if you do not like anything listed there (or feel adventurous) ask to see “the book”, which contains countless off-menu drinks that are almost guaranteed not to disappoint. Try the Dances with Dire Wolves; it’s my favorite.

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon Wrapped Dates

So, if you haven’t been to Sanctuaria yet, please go. It is one of the best places to eat and drink in St. Louis.

  • Pros: Best place to get tapas in St. Louis. Great flavors and stupendous cocktails.
  • Cons: Another dimly lit bar, but it goes well with the Día de Muertos decor.
  • Charlie’s Favorites:  Cuban Pork Sliders, Black Bean Stuffed Piquillos, Dances with Dire Wolves
  • Christine’s Favorites: Blue Cheese and Leek Cigars, Bacon-Wrapped Dates, Ceviche

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