Clayton Restaurant Guide

The Psychological Associates Guide to Downtown Clayton

The past year has been an exciting one for Psychological Associates. Not only are we celebrating our 60th anniversary,  cheering on the successes of our consultants, and rolling out new products and services, but we’re also loving our new location at 8000 Maryland.

While we may only be a block away from our old offices, this move has given us a whole new perspective on our neighborhood here in Downtown Clayton — and we’re not just talking about the amazing view! So, when people ask us for the best lunch spots or our favorite happy hour specials, we’re ready to answer. If there’s one thing we appreciate here at PA (besides Q4 leadership, of course) it’s good food and tasty drinks.

Below is a roundup of our favorite places to eat, drink, and be merry in the neighborhood. Next time you come to our offices, make sure to try out a restaurant (or two), and let us know what you think.

Best Restaurants Within Walking Distance


Half and Half 

Our resident coffee fanatic, Cindy Lefton, says: “This place has great breakfast and awesome coffee. They work with local roasters and also host guest roasters from around the U.S.”

8135 Maryland Ave., Clayton, MO 63105


“If I ever have a reason for a ‘last meal,’ I’ll request dinner at Pastaria in Clayton.” Says Marketing and Communications Manager, Jill Pioter. “It’s a casual dining room, but the flavors are the best Italian you’ll find in St. Louis. I’m partial to the Cacio e Pepe, or the Bucatini all Amatriciana, but their wood-fired pizzas — and even their vegetable sides — are also out of this world.”

But don’t just take Jill’s word for it – Pastaria is the hands-down favorite for Kristi Addis as well. Her advice? “Make sure to try the risotto balls!”

7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, MO 63105

Downtown Clayton STL
Risotto balls are a MUST at Pastaria!

Nami Ramen 

This is a great lunch spot if you’ve got a craving for Japanese food. David Rowan recommends the Nami Signature Tonkotsu.

46 N Central Ave, Clayton, MO 63105

Downtown Clayton STL
This caramel apple crepe sounds like the next best thing to a trip to France, right?

City Coffee House & Creperie 

This one is a favorite of our co-founder, Dr. Robert Lefton. A block away from our office at Maryland and Brentwood, you’ll find delicious crepes, salads, and sandwiches.

36 N Brentwood Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105


We’re big fans of this casual Mediterranean spot here at Psychological Associates. Whether you’re in the mood for falafel or chicken kabob, this place has lots of healthy and delicious options.

 8143 Maryland Ave, Clayton, MO 63105

Downtown Clayton STL
We’re such big Garbanzo fans, we ordered it in for everyone!

Our Favorite Happy Hour Hangout

We asked around, and there truly was only one winner in this category!

Downtown Clayton STL
Is it happy hour yet?

5 Star Burgers

“5-Star Burgers has the best happy hour in Clayton, hands down. Everything is so cheap that it couldn’t possibly be good, right? But they offer great house wines, local craft brews are half-off, and the sliders and sides are delicious. My family of three can have a full dinner (plus drinks) there for under $20 — you can’t beat that.” Jill Pioter

8125 Maryland Ave, Clayton, MO 63105

Has our guide left you hungry for more? Make sure to check in with us for more recommendations next time you’re at Psychological Associates. Until then, happy eating!

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