New St. Louis Renaissance Hotel eatery offers Midwest twist

The design of this restaurant near the St. Louis Airport incorporates nods to the city’s biggest traditions.

The Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel debuted its newest restaurant: Eero’s, which specializes in contemporary American cuisine with a decidedly Midwestern twist.

Formerly known as Norah’s Crafted Food & Spirits, Eero’s owes its new nomenclature to Eero Saarinen, the early 20th-century Finnish-American architect. Saarinen was the visionary behind St. Louis’ Gateway Arch as well as other notable structures like the Washington Dulles International Airport.

As a name, Eero’s is particularly apt: The design of this restaurant near the St. Louis Airport incorporates nods to the city’s biggest traditions, including the soulfulness of the blues, the camaraderie of the regional breweries and the innovation of the aerospace industry.

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Eero’s showcases local ingredients within its often hearty and always savory dishes. Guests can sit down to a St. Louis pork steak or crawfish au gratin if they crave stick-to-your-ribs fare. Or they can try a roasted-beet kale salad if they’re in the mood for something lighter. Whatever one orders, each dish offers a taste of the area’s culinary traditions – and ingredients – that leaves everyone hungry for more.

Complementing the menu is a selection of indulgent desserts (think salted-caramel bread pudding) as well as locally sourced craft beers that are available on tap. Breweries like 2nd Shift Brewing, Broadway Brewery, 4 Hands Brewing and others enjoy pride of place on the menu.

Guests can also order a flight of beers for the sort of edification that pairs well with dinner, or they can opt for something stronger: Eero’s offers a wide range of regional whiskeys. Also on the menu is specialty coffee by the St. Louis company, Kaldi’s, and an international wine list.

True to its Midwestern sensibilities, Eero’s creates a sense of place through curated events. Guests can try one of the daily punch rituals made with local spirits, grab a table during one of the weekly performances by local musicians or drop in during a monthly meet-and-greet with the local art community.