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Readers' Choice

2013 Results:

DINE


This is my favorite new restaurant.
PASTARIA
7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.862.6603, pastariastl.com
2nd: Sauce on the Side
3rd: Elaia & Olio
Honorable Mention: Basso

This is my hands-down favorite restaurant.
SIDNEY STREET CAFE
2000 Sidney St., St. Louis, 314.771.5777, sidneystreetcafe.com
2nd: Niche
3rd: Cleveland-Heath
Honorable Mention: Trattoria Marcella

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: Trattoria Marcella
3rd: Annie Gunn’s
Honorable Mention: Cunnetto House of Pasta

This chef really killed it this year.
GERARD CRAFT
Niche family of restaurants
2nd: Eric Heath
3rd: Justin Haifley
Honorable Mention: Kevin Willmann

I wish my house looked as good as this restaurant.
BLOOD & SAND
1500 St. Charles St., St. Louis, 314.241.7263. bloodandsandstl.com
and
NICHE (tie)
7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.773.7755, nichestlouis.com
2nd: Salt
3rd: Cielo Restaurant & Bar
Honorable Mention: Bar les Frères and Basso (tie)

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

If I won the lottery, I’d eat here once a week.
NICHE
7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.773.7755, nichestlouis.com
2nd: Sidney Street Cafe
3rd: Tony’s
Honorable Mention: Annie Gunn’s

At this restaurant, the eatin’ is good, and I can practically pay in change.
FAST EDDIE’S BON AIR
1530 E. Fourth St., Alton, Ill., 618.462.5532, fasteddiesbonair.com
2nd: Hodak’s Restaurant & Bar and Mi Ranchito (tie)
3rd: Mai Lee
Honorable Mention: Seoul Taco

This is my favorite restaurant for impressing out-of-towners.
NICHE
7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.773.7755, nichestlouis.com
2nd: Cielo Restaurant & Bar
3rd: Sidney Street Cafe
Honorable Mention: The Fountain On Locust and Vin de Set (tie)

No one rolls their eyes at my dietary needs here.
FRIDA’S DELI
662 North and South Road, St. Louis, 314.727.6500, fridasdeli.com
and
LOCAL HARVEST CAFE & CATERING (tie)
815 Olive St., St. Louis, 314.241.3196 and 3137 Morgan Ford Road, St. Louis, 314.772.8815, localharvestcafe.com
2nd: Mango Peruvian Cuisine
3rd: PuraVegan Cafe
Honorable Mention: Sweet Art

The service here makes everyone feel like a VIP.
TONY’S
410 Market St., St. Louis, 314.231.7007, tonysstlouis.com
2nd: Cleveland-Heath
3rd: Niche
Honorable Mention: Eleven Eleven Mississippi

I could hang out in this coffee shop all day.
THE MUD HOUSE
2101 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314.776.6599, themudhousestl.com
2nd: Park Avenue Coffee
3rd: Foundation Grounds and Sacred Grounds Cafe (tie)
Honorable Mention: Sump Coffee

This place is farm-to-fork at its best.
FARMHAUS
3257 Ivanhoe Ave., St. Louis, 314.647.3800. farmhausrestaurant.com
2nd: Local Harvest Cafe and Catering
3rd: Cleveland-Heath
Honorable Mention: Winslow’s Home

I’ll follow this food truck all over town.
SEOUL TACO
facebook.com/seoultaco, twitter.com/seoultaco
2nd: Guerrilla Street Food
3rd: LuLu’s Local Eatery
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: Square One Brewery & Distillery
3rd: Russell’s on Macklind
Honorable Mention: Molly’s in Soulard

This is the most underrated restaurant in town.
FIVE BISTRO
5100 Daggett Ave., St. Louis, 314.773.5553, fivebistro.com
2nd: Oriental Spoon
3rd: Dressel’s Public House
Honorable Mention: Atlas and Veritas Gateway to Food and Wine (tie)

This is the best flippin’ burger in town.
O’CONNELL’S PUB
4652 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, 314.773.6600, saucecafe.com/oconnells/
2nd: Baileys’ Range
3rd: Five Star Burgers
Honorable Mention: Blueberry Hill

This is the place to go when late-night food cravings strike.
UNCLE BILL’S PANCAKE & DINNER HOUSE
3427 S. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, 314.832.1973 and 14196 Manchester Road, Ballwin, 636.394.1416
2nd: City Diner
3rd: Courtesy Diner
Honorable Mention: Eclipse

The buffet spread at this place puts cruise fare to shame.
THE RITZ-CARLTON
100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.863.6300, ritzcarlton.com
2nd: The Great Food Exposition at River City Casino
3rd: Bristol Seafood Grill
Honorable Mention: The Kitchen Buffet and Bistro at Lumière Place Casino & Hotels

Favorite barbecue
PAPPY’S SMOKEHOUSE
3106 Olive St., St. Louis, 314.535.4340, pappyssmokehouse.com
2nd: Bogart’s Smokehouse
3rd: Sugarfire Smoke House
Honorable Mention: Hendricks BBQ

Favorite Cajun/Creole
BROADWAY OYSTER BAR
736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314.621.8811, broadwayoysterbar.com
2nd: Riverbend Restaurant & Bar
3rd: Boogaloo
Honorable Mention: Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen and Mollys in Soulard (tie)

Favorite Chinese
WANG GANG ASIAN EATS
4 Club Centre Drive, Edwardsville, Ill., 618.655.0888, wanggangasian.com
2nd: Lu Lu Seafood and Dim Sum
3rd: Yen Ching
Honorable Mention: Wei Hong Bakery and Restaurant

Favorite deli/sandwiches
BLUES CITY DELI
2438 McNair Ave., St. Louis, 314.773.8225, bluescitydeli.com
2nd: Pickles Deli
3rd: Fozzie’s Sandwich Emporium and Mom’s Deli (tie)
Honorable Mention: Amighetti’s

Favorite Eastern European/Bosnian
GRBIĆ RESTAURANT & BANQUET CENTER
4071 Keokuk St., St. Louis, 314.772.3100, grbicrestaurant.com
2nd: Bosna Gold Restaurant
3rd: Aya Sofia
Honorable Mention: Berix Restaurant

Favorite English/Irish/Scottish
THE SCOTTISH ARMS
8 S. Sarah St., St. Louis, 314.535.0551, thescottisharms.com
2nd: 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: Café Provencal
3rd: Vin de Set
Honorable Mention: La Bonne Bouchée

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: Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream
3rd: Annie’s Frozen Custard
Honorable Mention: Fritz’s Frozen Custard

Favorite German
SCHNEITHORST’S
1600 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Ladue, 314.993.4100, schneithorst.com
2nd: Feasting Fox
3rd: Dreamland Palace German Restaurant
Honorable Mention: St. Louis Gast Haus

Favorite Greek
OLYMPIA KEBOB HOUSE & TAVERNA
1543 McCausland Ave., Richmond Heights, 314.781.1299
2nd: Momos
3rd: Apollonia Greek Restaurant and Michael’s Bar & Grill (tie)
Honorable Mention: Spiro’s Restaurant

Favorite Indian
HOUSE OF INDIA
8501 Delmar Blvd., U. City, 314.567.6850, hoistl.com
2nd: Rasoi
3rd: India Palace
Honorable Mention: Taj Indian Cuisine

Favorite Italian
PASTARIA
7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.862.6603, pastariastl.com
2nd: Trattoria Marcella
3rd: Cunetto House of Pasta
Honorable Mention: Vincenzo’s Italian Ristorante

Favorite Japanese/sushi
WASABI SUSHI BAR
Various locations, wasabistl.com
2nd: Tani Sushi Bistro
3rd: Nobu’s Japanese Restaurant
Honorable Mention: Drunken Fish

Favorite Korean
ORIENTAL SPOON
229 Harvard Drive, Edwardsville, Ill., 618.655.9633, orientalspoon.net
2nd: Seoul Taco
3rd: Seoul Garden Korean Restaurant
Honorable Mention: U-City Grill

Favorite Mexican
PUEBLO SOLIS
5127 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, 314.351.9000
2nd: Milagro Modern Mexican
3rd: La Vallesana and Mi Ranchito (tie)
Honorable Mention: El Palenque Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Favorite Middle Eastern
RANOUSH
200 N. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, 314.984.8899 and 6501 Delmar Blvd., U. City, 314.726.6874, ranoush.com
2nd: Aya Sofia and Café Natasha (tie)
3rd: Saleem’s West
Honorable Mention: Al-Tarboush Deli and The Vine Mediterranean Café and Market (tie)

Favorite pizza
PI PIZZERIA
Various locations restaurantpi,.com
2nd: Peel Wood Fired Pizza
3rd: The Good Pie and Katie’s Pizzeria (tie)
Honorable Mention: Mad Tomato Italian Kitchen

Favorite seafood
BRISTOL SEAFOOD GRILL
11801 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.567.0272 and 2314 Technology Drive, O'Fallon, 636.625.6350, bristolseafoodgrill.com
2nd: Broadway Oyster Bar
3rd: Bob’s Seafood
Honorable Mention: The Tavern Kitchen & Bar

Favorite soul food
SWEETIE PIE’S AT THE MANGROVE
4270 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.371.0304, sweetiepieskitchen.com
2nd: Mama Josephine’s
3rd: The Kitchen Sink
Honorable Mention: Diner’s Delight

Favorite South American/pan-Latin
MANGO PERUVIAN CUISINE
1101 Lucas Ave., St. Louis, 314.621.9993, mangoperu.com
2nd: Fritanga Nicaraguan Cuisine
3rd: Yemanja Brasil
Honorable Mention: Maya Cafe

Favorite Spanish
MODESTO
5257 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, 314.772.8272, modestotapas.com
2nd: BARcelona
3rd: Guido’s Pizzeria & Tapas and Mojo Tapas Restaurant and Bar (tie)
Honorable Mention: One 19 North Tapas and Wine Bar

Favorite steakhouse
CITIZEN KANE’S STEAK HOUSE
133 W. Clinton Place, Kirkwood, 314.965.9005, citizenkanes.com
2nd: Ruth’s Chris Steak House
3rd: Kreis’ Skteahouse & Bar and Tucker’s Place (tie)
Honorable Mention: Mike Shannon’s Steaks and Seafood

Favorite Thai
KING AND I
3157 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.771.1777, thaispicy.com
2nd: Sen Thai Asian Bistro
3rd: Addie’s Thai House and Basil Spice Thai Cuisine (tie)
Honorable Mention: Pearl Café

Favorite Vietnamese
MAI LEE
8396 Musick Memorial Drive, Brentwood, 314.645.2835, maileerestaurant.com
2nd: Pho Grand
3rd: LemonGrass
Honorable Mention: Banh Mi So


DRINK


This bartender deserves a gold-plated Boston shaker for his/her work behind the stick this year.
MATT SEITER AT SANCTUARIA
2nd: Ted Kilgore at Taste
3rd: Jayne Pellegrino at Blood & Sand
Honorable Mention: Seth Wahlman at Eclipse

The cocktails here are truly top shelf.
TASTE
4584 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, 314.361.1200, tastebarstl.com
2nd: Sanctuaria
3rd: Blood & Sand
Honorable Mention: Eclipse

The best beer is poured at this brewery.
SCHLAFLY
The Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust St., St. Louis and Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood, 314.241.2337, schlafly.com
2nd: Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.
3rd: Ferguson Brewing Co.
Honorable Mention: 4 Hands Brewing Co. and Perennial Artisan Ales (tie)

Whether I’m drinking red or white, this wine bar always pours the perfect glass.
ROBUST WINE BAR
227 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.963.0033 and 635 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 314.287.6300, robustwinebar.com
2nd: Sasha’s Wine Bars
3rd: Cork Wine Bar
Honorable Mention: Erato on Main

This place makes the best cup of coffee in town.
SUMP COFFEE
3700 S. Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, 917.412.5670, sumpcoffee.com
2nd: 222 Artisan Bakery and The Mud House (tie)
3rd: Corner Coffee House
Honorable Mention: Foundation Grounds

When I need just one more, I head here for a nightcap.
PIN-UP BOWL
6191 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314.727.5555, pinupbowl.com
2nd: Fox & Hounds Tavern
3rd: Baileys’ Chocolate Bar
Honorable Mention: Sasha’s on Shaw and Taste (tie)

No day trip is complete without a visit to this winery.
CHANDLER HILL VINEYARDS
596 Defiance Road, Defiance, 636.798.2675, chandlerhillvineyards.com
2nd: Montelle Winery
3rd: Mount Pleasant Winery
Honorable Mention: Chaumette Vineyards and Winery and Stone Hill Winery (tie)

I practically set up camp on this patio when the weather’s warm.
VIN DE SET
2017 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, 314.241.8989, vindeset.com
2nd: John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub and Garden and Sasha’s on Shaw (tie)
3rd: Cielo Restaurant & Bar
Honorable Mention: Molly’s in Soulard and Wild Flower Restaurant & Catering (tie)

Here’s where the glitterati gather.
CAFE NAPOLI
7754 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.863.5731, cafenapoli.com
2nd: Three Sixty
3rd: Cielo Restaurant & Bar
Honorable Mention: Lucas Park Grille

This is a sports fans’ home base.
LESTER’S
Various locations, lestersrestaurants.com
2nd: The Post Sports Bar & Grill
3rd: Mike Shannon’s Steaks and Seafood
Honorable Mention: Friendly’s Sports Bar and Grill and St. Louis Sports Zone (tie)

This place does happy hour right.
MODESTO
5257 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, 314.772.8272, modestotapas.com
2nd: Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge
3rd: Café Mochi
Honorable Mention: Herbie’s Vintage ‘72


SHOP


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
DIERBERGS
Various locations, dierbergs.com
and Whole Foods Market (tie)
Various locations, wholefoodsmarket.com
2nd: Trader Joe’s
3rd: Schnucks
Honorable Mention: Straub’s

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
Honorable Mention: Straub’s

Favorite place to buy cheese
THE WINE AND CHEESE PLACE
Various locations, wineandcheeseplace.com
2nd: The Wine Merchant
3rd: Trader Joe’s
Honorable Mention: Whole Foods Market

Favorite coffee roaster
GOSHEN COFFEE CO.
110 First Ave., Edwardsville, Ill., 618.659.0571, goshencoffee.com
2nd: Chauvin Coffee Co. and Shaw’s Coffee (tie)
3rd: Northwest Coffee Roasting Co.
Honorable Mention: Sump Coffee

Favorite local bread
COMPANION BAKING
8143 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.721.5454 and 9781 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314.218.2280, companionstl.com
2nd: Great Harvest Bread Co.
3rd: 222 Artisan Bakery
Honorable Mention: Black Bear Bakery

Favorite cakes and pastries
MCARTHUR’S BAKERY
Various locations, mcarthurs.com
2nd: Cose Dolci Bakery
3rd: La Bonne Bouchée and Pint Size Bakery & Coffee (tie)
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 Handcrafted Chocolatier
3rd: Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Co.
Honorable Mention: Crown Candy Kitchen

Favorite doughnut shop
WORLD’S FAIR DONUTS
1904 S. Vandeventer Ave., St. Louis, 314.776.9975
2nd: Old Town Donuts
3rd: Donut Drive-In
Honorable Mention: The Donut Palace

Favorite kitchenware store
SUR LA TABLE
295 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.993.0566, surlatable.com
2nd: Chef’s Shoppe
3rd: Kitchen Conservatory
Honorable Mention: Williams-Sonoma

Favorite specialty food shop
GLOBAL FOODS MARKET
421 N. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, 314.835.1112, globalfoodsmarket.com
2nd: Manzo Sausage Kitchen & Market
3rd: DiGregorio’s Market and Viviano’s (tie)
Honorable Mention: Extra Virgin, an Olive Ovation

Favorite liquor store
RANDALL’S
Various locations, shoprandalls.com
2nd: The Wine and Cheese Place
3rd: Friar Tuck and Lukas Liquor (tie)
Honorable Mention: The Wine Merchant

Favorite wine shop
THE WINE MERCHANT
20 S. Hanley Road, Clayton, 314.863.6282, winemerchantltd.com
2nd: The Wine and Cheese Place
3rd: Parker’s Table
Honorable Mention: Bin 51 Wine & Spirits

Favorite caterer
HOLLYBERRY CATERING
284 East Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.9239, hollyberrycatering.com
2nd: Butler’s Pantry
3rd: Patty Long Catering
Honorable Mention: Catering St. Louis

Favorite artisan food producer
SALUME BEDDU
3467 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, 314.353.3100, salumebeddu.com
2nd: Kakao Chocolate
3rd: Companion Baking
Honorable Mention: The Billy Goat Chip Co. and Manzo Sausage Kitchen & Market (tie)

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