Affton – Saint Louis, MO

The neighborhood of Affton lies just south of St. Louis, providing residents with a charming, small-town community possessing city heart and spirit. Much of Affton features the rugged and rustic country life, though the vibrancy of St. Louis spills in along Gravois Road, ensuring the neighborhood can provide something for everyone.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

The majority of Affton's activity centers around route 30, also known as Gravois Road. This central location ensures activity and entertainment are always awaiting residents just down the road. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Ambrosia Restaurant & Bar brings a taste of Greece to the traditional American breakfast menu. Fans of gyros and Greek entrées can find much to choose from for dinner, but those looking for something unique should try the gyro- and tzatziki-filled Affton Special Omelette. Conveniently, Ambrosia Restaurant & Bar serves breakfast all day long. Located on Pancho Drive just off of Mackenzie Road, Mackenzie Deli offers Affton residents south of Gravois Road delicious sandwiches a little closer to home. The toasted sandwiches are all worth a try, though fans of French dip should pay particular attention to the Big Angus Beef French Dip, served on garlic cheese bread. St. Louis barbecue enthusiasts have already familiarized themselves with the city's smoked pork steaks and soaked ribs. If you're looking to educate yourself or already a long-time fan in search of a nearby fix, you can't go wrong with the SharpShooter Pit and Grill. Located inside the St. Louis shooting range, SharpShooter serves up smoked meats in all your favorite combinations. Quick service makes the food great for take-out or dining in. SharpShooter shooting range members receive a 15 percent discount on all orders. Whether you're looking to catch the latest Cardinals game alongside die-hard fans or just out to have a fun evening, Affton's bars have you covered. The Clubhouse Bar and Grill can be found at 9420 Gravois Road. Built for the sports fan, The Clubhouse's 16 televisions are spread throughout the establishment to ensure your favorite team is never snubbed. Specials are on offer whenever NFL games are played. The Clubhouse even serves up free brunch at 1:30 p.m. when Sunday football games air. If the game isn't going your way, blow off some steam in the game room or swing by on Friday or Saturday evenings to catch the live D.J.

History & Culture

Affton derives its name from Johann Aff, a general store owner who set up shop at the Ten Mile House on the corner of Gravois and Tesson Ferry. The name Ten Mile House comes from its designation as a landmark, identifying a distance of ten miles from the St. Louis courthouse. Though Affton has grown and developed substantially, it retains that small-town feel despite its proximity to the big city. If you're looking for an artistic diversion on a quiet afternoon, you can find some of the city's greatest entertainment just a short ride away. Northwest of Affton along Interstate 44, Webster University contains three performance halls showcasing plays as well as opera pieces. Those with children will want to head over to Kirkwood's The Magic House, which engages children as it educates and features frequently rotating exhibits.

Transportation

Routes 30 and 366 run through Affton, and Interstate 55 winds its way along the neighborhood's southeastern edge, allowing mobility beyond the area. For those traveling locally, other options are available. In addition to the Lyft and Uber services, a range of taxi cab companies from the greater St. Louis area provide transportation to and from Affton. Metro Transit of St. Louis services bus stops along Mackenzie, Laclede, Gravois and Tesson Ferry. Public parking is available for a fee near high-traffic sections of Gravois Road. Bike lanes remain absent from most major city streets, relegating city bikers to side streets. The division between residential blocks and the commercial district means those living near the city's corners will require a vehicle unless you're up for a lengthy bus commute.

Cost

Affton's cost of living averages out to only 3 percent higher than the overall average for St. Louis. A bus ride into downtown St. Louis costs $3 for a two-hour transfer pass, and a one-day pass good for both the bus and city MetroLink is $7.50. A typical one-bedroom apartment costs $550 on average for one month's rent, and a pint of beer runs $5 at most local pubs. The Affton gas average hovers around 14 percent lower than the national average.

Shopping

Gravois Road runs east and west through central Affton and contains most of the major businesses in the area. This commercial hub ensures accessibility for all local residents, whether in search of name brands or seeking out specialty shops. The Grasso and Affton Plazas flank Gravois just west of Tesson Ferry in west Affton. Each center collects a variety of well-known businesses in one place for your convenience, allowing you to knock out all your errands in one stop. Swing by Ace Hardware and pick up the tools needed to finish that project, handle all your shipping needs at the UPS store, grab a couple films from the Redbox for a night in and choose between the local Schnucks chain or Walgreens to stock the fridge and get those prescriptions filled. If you've worked up an appetite for something quick, stop by the Breakfast and Burger House before heading home. Me Sleep Boutique specializes in luxury sleepwear, and patrons can find an array of fabrics and designs for gowns, robes, pajamas and more. Online orders in excess of $50 receive free shipping, though Affton locals can stop by and work with the friendly staff to be sure that nightgown feels just right. Another local shop, Off the Wall Florist & Gifts allows you to find the perfect flowers for each occasion. Specializing in one-of-a-kind and unusual designs, the florists at Off the Wall pride themselves on customer service and creativity. Local grocery store options include ALDI, Schnucks and Walgreens, all of which are spread conveniently along Gravois Road in central Affton. In addition, a variety of small convenience stores dot residential corners, with 7-Eleven, Circle K and Klas Market providing options closer to home when you just need the essentials. Webster Groves Farmers Market is located north of Affton along Interstate 44 and is available from May through October. Take your dog along as your browse products from more than 50 local farmers, butchers and arts and crafts vendors. The market accepts purchases made with S.N.A.P. and EBT cards.

Parks

Affton possesses two public accessible parks maintained by St. Louis. Local residents desiring fresh air or a family picnic trip don't have to travel far to meet their needs. Originally named Gravois Creek Park, the dog-friendly Clydesdale Park in southwest Affton offers visitors expansive greenspace, a shaded picnic area, sports fields and a number of jogging paths, making it a great weekend excursion for the whole family. Situated off Forman Road just before Interstate 55, Ohlendorf Park's many pavilions make this another perfect spot for family gatherings. Comprised of over 17 acres of land, both friends looking to play a pick-up football game and children who just need to run can have all the space they need.
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