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Mar 19, 2018
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2012 Results:


Favorite new restaurant
106 N. Main St., Edwardsville, Ill., 618.307.4830, clevelandheath.com
2nd: Baileys’ Range
3rd: Nico and Home Wine Kitchen (tie)
Honorable mention: EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery

My hands-down favorite restaurant
Sidney Street Cafe
2000 Sidney St., St. Louis, 314.771.5777, sidneystreetcafe.com
2nd: Niche
3rd: Farmhaus
Honorable mention: Eleven Eleven Mississippi

This restaurant has been around forever and I still can’t get enough
Sidney Street Cafe
2000 Sidney St., St. Louis, 314.771.5777, sidneystreetcafe.com
2nd: Blueberry Hill
3rd: Harvest
Honorable mention: Annie Gunn’s

Chef of the Year
Gerard Craft, Niche family of restaurants
2nd: Eric Heath, Cleveland-Heath
3rd: Kevin Nashan, Sidney Street Cafe
Honorable mention: Kevin Willmann, Farmhaus

I wish my house looked as good as this restaurant
131 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.725.6777, araka.com
2nd: Salt
3rd: Josephine’s Tea Rooms and Gift Shops
Honorable mention: Cielo

This brunch gives me a reason to roll out of bed
Half & Half
8135 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.0719, halfandhalfstl.com
2nd: Brasserie by Niche and Rooster (tie)
3rd: Three Monkeys
Honorable mention: Vin de Set

If I won the lottery, I’d eat here once a week
1831 Sidney St., St. Louis, 314.773.7755, nichestlouis.com
2nd: Tony’s
3rd: Sidney Street Cafe
Honorable mention: Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Favorite cheap eats
Fast Eddie’s Bon Air
1530 E. Fourth St., Alton, Ill., 618.462.5532, fasteddiesbonair.com
2nd: Carl’s Drive In, Hodak’s and La Vallesana (tie)
3rd: Pho Grand
Honorable mention: Nora’s

Favorite restaurant to wow out-of-towners
Blueberry Hill
6504 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.727.4444, blueberryhill.com
Niche (tie)
1831 Sidney St., St. Louis, 314.773.7755, nichestlouis.com
2nd: Sidney Street Cafe
3rd: Pappy’s Smokehouse
Honorable mention: Herbie’s Vintage 72

No one rolls their eyes at my dietary needs here
Local Harvest Cafe
3137 Morgan Ford Road, St. Louis, 314.772.8815, localharvestcafe.com
2nd: VegaDeli
3rd: Home Wine Kitchen
Honorable mention: De.lish Cheesecake Bakery and Café

The service here makes everyone feel like a VIP
410 Market St., St. Louis, 314.231.7007, saucecafe.com/tonys
2nd: Eleven Eleven Mississippi
3rd: Niche and Sidney Street Cafe (tie)
Honorable mention: Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill

I could hang out in this coffee shop all day
Kaldi’s Coffee
Various locations, kaldiscoffee.com
2nd: The Mud House
3rd: Café Ventana and Sacred Grounds Cafe (tie)
Honorable mention: Park Avenue Coffee

This place is farm-to-fork at its best
3257 Ivanhoe Ave., St. Louis, 314.647.3800, farmhausrestaurant.com
2nd: Local Harvest Cafe
3rd: Five Bistro
Honorable mention: Annie Gunn’s

I’ll follow this food truck all over town
Pi on the Spot
Twitter: @PiTruckSTL
2nd: Guerrilla Street Food
3rd: Seoul Taco
Honorable mention: Cha Cha Chow

My pup begs to come here
Boathouse Forest Park
6101 Government Drive, St. Louis, 314.367.2224, boathouseforestpark.com
2nd: Sasha’s
3rd: The Royale
Honorable mention: Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

This is the most underrated restaurant in town
The Grove Deli
8144 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314.962.9078, thegrovedeli.com
The Shaved Duck (tie)
2900 Virginia Ave., St. Louis, 314.776.1407, theshavedduck.com
2nd: Anthonino’s Taverna on The Hill
3rd: Stellina
Honorable mention: Riverbend Restaurant & Bar

The best flippin’ burger in town
O’Connell’s Pub
4652 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, 314.773.6600, saucemagazine.com/oconnells
2nd: Blueberry Hill
3rd: Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Honorable mention: Seamus McDaniel’s and Carl’s Drive In (tie)


Bartender of the Year
Matt Seiter, Sanctuaria
2nd: Ted Kilgore, Taste by Niche
3rd: TJ Vytlacil, Blood & Sand
Honorable mention: Seth Wahlman, Eclipse

The cocktails here are truly top shelf
Taste by Niche
4584 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, 314.361.1200, tastebarstl.com
2nd: Sanctuaria and Eclipse (tie)
3rd: SubZero Vodka Bar
Honorable mention: Blood & Sand

Favorite brewery
2100 Locust St., St. Louis and 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood, 314.241.2337, schlafly.com
2nd: Ferguson Brewing Co.
3rd: Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.
Honorable mention: 4 Hands Brewing Co. and Perennial Artisan Ales (tie)

Favorite winery
Chandler Hill Vineyards
596 Defiance Road, Defiance, 636.798.2675, chandlerhillvineyards.com
2nd: Montelle Winery and Mount Pleasant Winery (tie)
3rd: Stone Hill Winery
Honorable mention: Chaumette Winery and Vineyards

Favorite wine bar
706 DeMun Ave., Clayton, 314.863.7274, sashaswinebar.com and 4065 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, 314.771.7274, facebook.com/sashasonshaw/info
2nd: Robust Wine Bar
3rd: Cork Wine Bar
Honorable mention: 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar

Favorite pub
Llywelyn’s Pub
Various locations, llywelynspub.com
2nd: O’Connell’s Pub
3rd: John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub and Garden
Honorable mention: Dressel’s Public House

This places makes the best cup of coffee in town
Kaldi’s Coffee
Various locations, kaldiscoffee.com
2nd: The Mud House and Northwest Coffee Roasting Co. (tie)
3rd: Sump Coffee
Honorable mention: 222 Artisan Bakery

When I need just one more, I head here for a nightcap
4198 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.535.9700, sanctuariastl.com
2nd: Baileys’ Chocolate Bar
3rd: Brennan’s Wine, Food & Tobacco
Honorable mention: Fox & Hounds Tavern and Gettemeier’s Bar & Grill (tie)

I drink here way too often
The Royale
3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, 314.772.3600, theroyale.com
2nd: Sasha’s
3rd: International Tap House and Robust Wine Bar (tie)
Honorable mention: Trueman’s Place

I practically set up camp on this patio when the weather’s warm
6177 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.726.2222, eclipsestlouis.com
2nd: John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub and Garden
3rd: Cielo and Hendel’s Market Cafe (tie)
Honorable mention: Sasha’s on Shaw

Here’s where the glitterati gathers
Cafe Napoli
7754 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.863.5731, cafenapoli.com
2nd: 360
3rd: Cielo and Herbie’s Vintage 72 (tie)
Honorable mention: Lucas Park Grille

This is sports fans’ home base
Lester’s Sports Bar & Grill
Various locations, lestersrestaurant.com
2nd: The Post Sports Bar & Grill
3rd: Mike Shannon’s Steaks and Seafood
Honorable mention: Stadium Sports Bar and Grill and St. Louis Sports Zone (tie)

This place does happy hour right
Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant
5257 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, 314.772.8272, modestotapas.com
2nd: Llywelyn’s Pub
3rd: Nick’s Pub
Honorable mention: Café Mochi


Favorite farmers market
Soulard Farmers Market
730 Carroll St., St. Louis, 314.622.4180, soulardmarket.com
2nd: Tower Grove Farmers’ Market
3rd: Ferguson Farmers’ Market
Honorable mention: Kirkwood Farmers’ Market

Favorite grocery store
Trader Joe’s
Various locations, traderjoes.com
2nd: Dierbergs
3rd: Straub’s
Honorable mention: Schnucks

Favorite butcher shop
Kenrick’s Meats & Catering
4324 Weber Road, St. Louis, 314.631.2440, kenricks.com
2nd: Paul’s Market
3rd: Baumann’s Fine Meats and Straub’s (tie)
Honorable mention: G&W Sausage Co.

Favorite place to buy cheese
Whole Foods Market
1601 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, 314.968.7744 and 1160 Town and Country Crossing Drive, Town and Country, 636.527.1160, wholefoodsmarket.com
2nd: The Wine and Cheese Place
3rd: Trader Joe’s
Honorable mention: Di Gregorio’s Market

Favorite coffee roaster
Kaldi’s Coffee
700 St. Bernard’s Lane, St. Louis, 314.727.9991, kaldiscoffee.com
2nd: Chauvin Coffee Co.
3rd: Goshen Coffee Co. and Northwest Coffee Roasting Co. (tie)
Honorable mention: Shaw’s Coffee

Favorite local bread
Various locations, companionstl.com
2nd: Black Bear Bakery
3rd: Great Harvest Bread Co.
Honorable mention: Missouri Baking Co.

Favorite cakes and pastries
McArthur’s Bakery
Various locations, mcarthurs.com
2nd: Helfer’s Pastries
3rd: The Cup and Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Cafe
Honorable mention: Sugaree Baking Co.

Favorite place to buy chocolate and candies
Kakao Chocolate
2301 S. Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, 314.771.2310 and 7272 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314.645.4446, kakaochocolate.com
2nd: Bissinger’s
3rd: Crown Candy Kitchen
Honorable mention: Merbs Candies

Favorite doughnut shop
Old Town Donuts
508 New Florissant Road, Florissant, 314.831.0907 and 3941 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, 636.447.0907, oldtowndonuts.com
2nd: World’s Fair Donuts
3rd: Donut Drive-In
Honorable mention: Ray’s Donuts

Favorite kitchenware store
Sur la Table
295 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.993.0566, surlatable.com
2nd: Williams-Sonoma
3rd: Cornucopia
Honorable mention: Kitchen Conservatory

Favorite specialty food shop
Di Gregorio’s Market
5200 Daggett Ave., 314.776.1062, digregoriofoods.com
Global Foods Market (tie)
421 N. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, 314.835.1112, globalfoodsmarket.com
2nd: Manzo Sausage Kitchen & Market
3rd: Extra Virgin, An Olive Ovation
Honorable mention: Jay International Food Co.

Favorite liquor store
Various locations, shoprandalls.com
2nd: Lukas Liquor Superstore
3rd: Friar Tuck
Honorable mention: The Wine and Cheese Place

Favorite wine shop
The Wine and Cheese Place
Various locations, wineandcheeseplace.com
2nd: The Wine Merchant
3rd: Randall’s
Honorable mention: Saint Louis Cellars

Favorite caterer
Hollyberry Catering
284 East Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.9239, hollyberrycatering.com
2nd: Butler’s Pantry Catering & Events
3rd: Russo’s Catering
Honorable mention: Gourmet to Go


Favorite barbecue
Pappy’s Smokehouse
3106 Olive St., St. Louis, 314.535.4340, pappyssmokehouse.com
2nd: Bogart’s Smokehouse
3rd: PM BBQ and Phil’s Bar-B-Q (tie)
Honorable mention: Main Street BBQ

Favorite Cajun/Creole
Broadway Oyster Bar
736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314.621.8811, broadwayoysterbar.com
2nd: Riverbend Restaurant and Bar
3rd: The Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen and The Gumbo Shop (tie)
Honorable mention: Molly’s in Soulard

Favorite Chinese
Lu Lu Seafood & Dim Sum
8224 Olive Blvd., University City, 314.997.3108, luluseafoodrestaurant.com
2nd: Chinese Noodle Café and Wang Gang Asian Eats (tie)
3rd: House of Wong
Honorable mention: Yen Ching

Favorite deli/sandwiches
Blues City Deli
2438 McNair Ave., St. Louis, 314.773.8225, bluescitydeli.com
2nd: Mom’s Deli
3rd: Fozzie’s Sandwich Emporium
Honorable mention: Nora’s and Pickles Deli (tie)

Favorite Eastern European/Bosnian
Grbic Restaurant
4071 Keokuk St., St. Louis, 314.772.3100
2nd: Bosna Gold
3rd: Berix Restaurant
Honorable mention: Aya Sofia

Favorite English/Irish/Scottish
The Scottish Arms
8 S. Sarah St., St. Louis, 314.535.0551, thescottisharms.com
2nd: John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub and Garden
3rd: Llywelyn’s Pub
Honorable mention: Dressel’s Public House

Favorite French
Brasserie by Niche
4580 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, 314.454.0600, brasseriebyniche.com
2nd: Franco and Vin de Set (tie)
3rd: LaBonne Bouchée
Honorable mention: Bistro 1130

Favorite frozen desserts
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
6726 Chippewa St., St. Louis, 314.481.2652 and 4224 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.352.7376, teddrewes.com
2nd: Fitz’s Root Beer
3rd: Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream
Honorable mention: Doozle’s Frozen Custard

Favorite German
1600 S. Lindbergh Road, Ladue, 314.993.4100, schneithorst.com
2nd: Feasting Fox Restaurant & Pub
3rd: Dreamland Palace
Honorable mention: St. Louis Gast Haus

Favorite Greek
Olympia Kebob House & Taverna
1543 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, 314.781.1299
2nd: Michael’s Bar and Grill
3rd: Momos Greek Tavern
Honorable mention: Gyro House

Favorite Indian
House of India
8501 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314.567.6850, hoistl.com
2nd: India Palace and Rasoi (tie)
3rd: Gokul Indian Restaurant
Honorable mention: Saffron Indian Cuisine

Favorite Italian
Trattoria Marcella
3600 Watson Road, St. Louis, 314.352.7706, trattoriamarcella.com
2nd: Cunetto House of Pasta
3rd: Mad Tomato Italian Kitchen
Honorable mention: Zia’s on The Hill

Favorite Japanese/sushi
Various locations, wasabistl.com
2nd: Tani Sushi Bistro
3rd: Nobu’s Japanese Restaurant and Nori Sushi & Japanese Grill (tie)
Honorable mention: Drunken Fish Sushi Restaurant & Lounge

Favorite Korean
U-City Grill
6696 Enright Ave., St. Louis, 314.721.3073
2nd: Seoul Taco
3rd: Everest Café & Bar
Honorable mention: Korea House

Favorite Mexican
Las Fuentes
680 Lindbergh Blvd., Florissant, 314.831.5057
Pueblo Solis
5127 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, 314.351.9000, pueblosolisstl.com
2nd: La Vallesana
3rd: Milagro Modern Mexican and Mi Ranchito
Honorable mention: Ruiz Mexican Restaurant

Favorite Middle Eastern
200 N. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, 314.984.8899 and 6501 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.726.6874, ranoush.com
2nd: Aya Sofia
3rd: Cafe Natasha’s Kebob International
Honorable mention: The Vine Mediterranean Café and Market

Favorite pizza
Pi Pizzeria
Various locations, restaurantpi.com
2nd: Peel Wood Fired Pizza
3rd: Katie’s Pizzeria Cafe, The Good Pie and Faraci’s Pizza (tie)
Honorable mention: PW Pizza and Black Thorn Pub & Pizza (tie)

Favorite seafood
Oceano Bistro
44 N. Brentwood Drive, Clayton, 314.721.9400, oceanobistro.com
2nd: Bristol Seafood Grill
3rd: Broadway Oyster Bar
Honorable mention: Bob’s Seafood

Favorite soul food
Sweetie Pie’s
9841 W. Florissant Ave., Ferguson, 314.521.9915 and 4270 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.371.0304, sweetiepieskitchen.com
2nd: Mama Josephine’s
3rd: Goody Goody Diner
Honorable mention: Yummie’s

Favorite South American/pan-Latin
Yemanja Brasil
2900 Missouri Ave., St. Louis, 314.771.7457, yemanjabrasil.com
2nd: Mango Peruvian Cuisine
3rd: Fritanga Nicaraguan Cuisine
Honorable mention: Maya Cafe

Favorite Spanish
Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant
5257 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, 314.772.8272, modestotapas.com
2nd: Barcelona Tapas Restaurant
3rd: Guido’s Pizzeria & Tapas
Honorable mention: Sanctuaria

Favorite steakhouse
Citizen Kane’s Steak House
133 W. Clinton Place, Kirkwood, 314.965.9005, citizenkanes.com
2nd: Tucker’s Place
3rd: Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Honorable mention: Prime 1000 and Porter’s Steakhouse

Favorite Thai
King and I Thai Cuisine
3157 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.771.1777, thaispicy.com
2nd: Pearl Café
3rd: Sen Thai Asian Bistro
Honorable mention: Thai Cafe and Simply Thai (tie)

Favorite Vietnamese
Pho Grand
3195 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.664.7435, phogrand.com
2nd: Mai Lee
3rd: LemonGrass Vietnamese Cuisine
Honorable mention: Banh Mi So

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