from left, mike johnson, heather doughtery, laron richards, melanie pritchett, veronica schuster, kat wallace and adam pritchett photo by izaiah johnson

2019 Sauce Readers' Choice Winners

Favorite New Restaurant of 2018
Yellowbelly
4659 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 314.499.1509, yellowbellystl.com 
2nd: Billie-Jean 
3rd: The Chocolate Pig, The Clover and the Bee (tie)
Honorable Mentions: Carnivore, Cinder House


Favorite Restaurant
Sugarfire Smoke House
Various locations, sugarfiresmokehouse.com
2nd: Peacemaker Lobster & Crab 
3rd: Olive + Oak 
Honorable Mention: Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Grace Meat + Three 


Chef of the Year
Matt Glickert, Sugarfire 44
932 Meramec Station Road, Valley Park, 636.825.1400, sugarfiresmokehouse.com
2nd: Michael Gallina, Vicia
3rd: Rick Lewis, Grace Meat + Three 
Honorable Mentions: Jesse Mendica, Olive + Oak; Nick Bognar, Nippon Tei


Favorite Fine Dining
Olive + Oak
102 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.736.1370, oliveandoakstl.com
2nd: Sidney Street Cafe 
3rd: Louie, Tony's (tie)
Honorable Mentions: Polite Society, Vicia 


Favorite Diner
Southwest Diner
6803 Southwest Ave., St. Louis, 314.260.7244, southwestdinerstl.com 
2nd: Uncle Bill's Pancake and Dinner House 
3rd: City Diner 
Honorable Mentions: Chris' Pancake & Dining, Courtesy Diner 


Favorite Food Truck
Seoul Taco Food Truck
Twitter: @seoultaco
2nd: Mission Taco Truck 
3rd: Guerrilla Street Food
Honorable Mentions: Balkan Treat Box, Sarah's Cake Stop 


Favorite Deli/Sandwich Shop
Blues City Deli
2438 McNair Ave., St. Louis, 314.773.8225, bluescitydeli.com
2nd: Gioia's Deli 
3rd: Mom's Deli 
Honorable Mentions: Adriana's on The Hill, The Gramophone 


Favorite Barbecue
Sugarfire Smoke House
Various locations, sugarfiresmokehouse.com
2nd: Pappy's Smokehouse 
3rd: Salt + Smoke 
Honorable Mentions: Beast Craft BBQ Co., Bogart's Smokehouse 


Favorite Sushi
Nippon Tei
14025 Manchester Road, Ballwin, 636.386.8999, nippon.teistl.com
2nd: Drunken Fish
3rd: Wasabi Sushi Bar 
Honorable Mentions: BLK MKT Eats, Sushi Ai 


Favorite Steakhouse
Annie Gunn's
16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, 636.532.7684, anniegunns.com
2nd: Tucker’s Place
3rd: Twisted Tree Steakhouse 
Honorable Mentions: 1818 Chophouse, Citizen Kane's Steak House 


lobster turnovers at sidney street cafe // photo by carmen troesser

Favorite Romantic Spot

Sidney Street Cafe

2000 Sidney St., St. Louis, 314.771.5777, sidneystreetcafestl.com

2nd: Bar Les Frères

3rd: Louie, Cinder House (tie)

Honorable Mentions: Olive + Oak, Tony’s 


Favorite Pizza Place
Peel Wood Fired Pizza
Various locations, peelpizza.com 
2nd: Imo’s Pizza
3rd: Katie's Pizza & Pasta Osteria 
Honorable Pizza: Pi Pizzeria, Pirrone's Pizzeria 


Favorite Brunch
Shack Breakfast & Lunch
Various locations, eatatshack.com
2nd: Hendel's Restaurant, Rooster (tie)
3rd: Half & Half 
Honorable Mentions: Brasserie By Niche, Egg


Favorite Italian
Charlie Gitto's on The Hill, Cunetto House Of Pasta (tie)
5226 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, 314.772.8898, charliegittos.com; 5453 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis, 314.781.1135, cunetto.com
2nd: Pastaria
3rd: Zia's on The Hill 
Honorable Mentions: Anthonino's Taverna, Trattoria Marcella 


Favorite Chinese
Mai Lee
8396 Musick Memorial Drive, Brentwood, 314.645.2835, maileestl.com
2nd: Lona's Lil Eats 
3rd: China King
Honorable Mentions: Lu Lu Seafood & Dim Sum, Wang Gang Asian Eats 


Favorite Fried Chicken
Hodak's Restaurant & Bar
2100 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314.776.7292, hodaks.com
2nd: Southern 
3rd: Grace Meat + Three 
Honorable Mentions: Byrd & Barrel, King Edward’s Chicken & Fish 


Favorite Chicken Wings
Syberg’s
Various locations, sybergs.com
2nd: Sugarfire Smoke House 
3rd: Peel Wood Fired Pizza 
Honorable Mentions: Grace Meat + Three, Southtown Pub 


Favorite Burger
Hi-Pointe Drive-In
1033 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, 314.349.2720; 634 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 314.405.8274, hipointedrivein.com
2nd: Mac’s Local Eats, Stacked STL 
3rd: O'Connell's Pub 
Honorable Mentions: Carl's Drive-In, The Dam


Favorite Frozen Dessert
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
6726 Chippewa St., St. Louis, 314.481.2652; 4224 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.352.7376, teddrewes.com
2nd: Clementine's Naughty and Nice Creamery 
3rd: Fritz's Frozen Custard 
Honorable Mentions: The Fountain on Locust, Ices Plain & Fancy 


Favorite Tacos
Mission Taco Joint
Various locations, missiontacojoint.com 
2nd: Seoul Taco 
3rd: Taco Circus 
Honorable Mentions: Chava's Mexican Restaurant, Las Fuentes Mexican Restaurant


Favorite Mexican
El Maguey
Various locations, elmagueystl.com
2nd: Hacienda Mexican Restaurant 
3rd: El Burro Loco
Honorable Mentions: Mi Ranchito, Rosalita's Cantina 


Favorite African
The Benevolent King
7268 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314.899.0440, thebenevolentking.com
2nd: Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant 
3rd: African Palace Bar & Grill 
Honorable Mentions: Simba Ugandan Restaurant, Ye Ethiopian Restaurant 


Favorite Cajun/Creole
Broadway Oyster Bar
736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314.621.8811, broadwayoysterbar.com
2nd: Gulf Shores Restaurant & Grill 
3rd: Boogaloo 
Honorable Mentions: Evangeline's Bistro & Music House, Sister Cities Cajun 


Favorite Indian
Himalayan Yeti
3515 S. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, 314.354.8338, himalayanyetistlouis.com
2nd: House of India
3rd: Everest Café & Bar 
Honorable Mentions: India Palace, Rasoi 


Favorite Korean
Seoul Taco
6665 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.863.1148; 46 Four Seasons Shopping Center, Chesterfield, 314.548.6868, seoultaco.com
2nd: Kimchi Guys 
3rd: Seoul Garden
Honorable Mentions: K-Bop Food Truck, Oriental Spoon 


Favorite Greek
Olympia Kebob House and Taverna
1543 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, 314.781.1299, olympiakebobandtavern.com
2nd: Spiro's Restaurant 
3rd: Michael's Bar & Grill 
Honorable Mentions: Anthonino's Taverna, My Big Fat Greek Truck


Favorite Mediterranean/Middle Eastern
Balkan Treat Box
8103 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314.733.5700, balkantreatbox.com
2nd: Aya Sofia Turkish/Mediterranean Cuisine
3rd: Layla 
Honorable Mentions: The Vine Lebanese Cuisine & Juice Bar, Café Natasha’s


Favorite Soul Food/Southern
Grace Meat + Three
4270 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.533.2700, stlgrace.com
2nd: Sweetie Pie's Upper Crust 
3rd: Southern 
Honorable Mentions: Juniper, Mom's Soul Food Kitchen 


Favorite Thai
King and I Thai
3157 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.771.1777, kingandistl.com
2nd: Fork & Stix 
3rd: Pearl Café 
Honorable Mentions: Pad Thai St. Louis, Thai House 


Favorite Vietnamese
Mai Lee
8396 Musick Memorial Drive, Brentwood, 314.645.2835, maileestl.com
2nd: Pho Grand 
3rd: Lemon Grass Restaurant
Honorable Mentions: Banh Mi So No. 1, Little Saigon Cafe 


Favorite Ramen
Nudo House
11423 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.274.8046, nudohousestl.com
2nd: Robata
3rd: The Blue Ocean 
Honorable Mentions: Nami Ramen, Ramen Tei 


Favorite Vegetarian/Vegan
Lulu's Local Eatery
3201 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.300.8215, luluslocaleatery.com
2nd: Lona's Lil Eats 
3rd: Small Batch Whiskey & Fare, Tree House 
Honorable Mentions: Pizza Head, Urban Eats Cafe


Favorite Patio
John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub and Garden
1200 Russell Blvd., St. Louis, 314.776.8309, mcgurks.com
2nd: The Boathouse at Forest Park
3rd: Billy G’s Kirkwood
Honorable Mentions: Broadway Oyster Bar, Vin de Set 


Bartender of the Year
Ted Kilgore, Planter’s House
1000 Mississippi Ave., St. Louis, 314.696.2603, plantershouse.com
2nd: Morgaine Segura, Olive + Oak 
3rd: Terry Oliver, Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge
Honorable Mentions: Tim Wiggins, Yellowbelly; Tony Saputo, The Midwestern Meat & Drink


Favorite Cocktails
Planter’s House
1000 Mississippi Ave., St. Louis, 314.696.2603, plantershousestl.com
2nd: Olive + Oak 
3rd: Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge, Taste (tie)
Honorable Mentions: Blood & Sand, Narwhal’s Crafted 


Favorite Brewery
4 Hands Brewing Co.
1220 S. Eighth St., St. Louis, 314.436.1559, 4handsbrewery.com
2nd: Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. 
3rd: Schlafly 
Honorable Mentions: 2nd Shift Brewing, Civil Life Brewing Co. 


Favorite Local Winery
Grafton Winery & Brewhaus
300 W. Main St., Grafton, 618.786.3001, thegraftonwinery.com
2nd: Chandler Hill Vineyards 
3rd: Cedar Lake Cellars 
Honorable Mentions: Montelle Winery, St. James Winery 


Favorite Beer Bar
Three Kings Public House
Various locations, threekingspub.com 
2nd: International Tap House 
3rd: The Side Project Cellar 
Honorable Mentions: Gezellig, Global Brew Tap House 


Favorite Wine Bar
Sasha's Wine Bars
706 Demun Ave., St. Louis, 314.863.7274, 4069 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, 314.771.7274, sashaswinebar.com 
2nd: Cork Wine Bar 
3rd: Robust Wine Bar and Cafe
Honorable Mentions: 33 Wine Shop & Bar, Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar


Favorite Games Bar
Westport Social
910 Westport Plaza Drive, Maryland Heights, 314.548.2876, westportsocial-stl.com
2nd: Blueberry Hill 
3rd: Parlor 
Honorable Mentions: Pieces, Start Bar 


the patio at mcgurk's // photo by virginia harold

Favorite Pub
John D. McGurk's Irish Pub and Garden
1200 Russell Blvd., St. Louis, 314.776.8309, mcgurks.com
2nd: The Scottish Arms Public House
3rd: Llywelyn's Pub 
Honorable Mentions: O'Connell's Pub, Seamus McDaniel’s 


Favorite Sports Bar
Syberg's
Various locations, sybergs.com
2nd: Amsterdam Tavern 
3rd: The Post Sports Bar & Grill 
Honorable Mentions: Billy G's Kirkwood, Mattingly's 


Favorite Coffee Shop
Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Co.
Various locations, kaldiscoffee.com
2nd: The Mud House 
3rd: Park Avenue Coffee 
Honorable Mentions: Blueprint Coffee, Sump Coffee 


Favorite Happy Hour
Mission Taco Joint
Various locations, missiontacojoint.com
2nd: Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge
3rd: Helen Fitzgerald’s Irish Grill & Pub
Honorable Mentions: Basso, Three Kings Public House 


Favorite Butcher Shop
Kenrick's Meats & Catering
4324 Weber Road, St. Louis, 314.631.2440, kenricks.com
2nd: Bolyard's Meat & Provisions 
3rd: G & W Meat & Bavarian Style Sausage Co..
Honorable Mentions: LeGrand's Market, Mannino's Market 


Favorite Bread
Union Loafers Café and Bread Bakery
1629 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, 314.833.6111, unionloafers.com
2nd: Companion
3rd: Amighetti's Bakery & Cafe
Honorable Mentions: Missouri Baking Co., Vitale's Bakery 


Favorite Cakes/Pastries
Nathaniel Reid Bakery
11243 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, 314.858.1019, nrbakery.com
2nd: Jilly's Cupcake Bar 
3rd: La Patisserie Chouquette 
Honorable Mentions: Missouri Baking Co., Russell's on Macklind 


Favorite Doughnut Shop
Old Town Donuts
508 N. New Florissant Road, Florissant, 314.831.0907, oldtowndonuts.com
2nd: Strange Donuts 
3rd: Donut Drive-In 
Honorable Mentions: Vincent Van Doughnut, World's Fair Donuts 


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 Mentions: Kirkwood Farmers Market, Land of Goshen Community Market 


Favorite Local Grocery
Dierbergs
Various locations, dierbergs.com
2nd: Schnucks 
3rd: Straub's 
Honorable Mentions: DiGregorio's Italian Market, Global Foods Market 


Favorite Specialty Shop
Crown Candy Kitchen
1401 Saint Louis Ave., St. Louis, 314.621.9650, crowncandykitchen.net
2nd: Bob's Seafood 
3rd: Volpi Foods 
Honorable Mentions: Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier, Kakao Chocolate


Favorite Bottle Shop
Randall's Wines & Spirits
Various locations, shoprandalls.com
2nd: The Wine & Cheese Place 
3rd: Lukas Wine & Spirits, Saint Louis Hop Shop (tie)
Honorable Mentions: Intoxicology, The Wine Merchant

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