kanafeh from afandi sweets & cafe photo by michelle volansky

The best things we ate in St. Louis in 2021

To go along with our Best New Restaurants of 2021 list, here are some of the local dishes we're still thinking about long after we ate them.


Meera Nagarajan, executive editor
Roasted pumpkin with green curry - Indo
Cauliflower tacos - Fresh Gatherings
Vegetable kebab – Sultan Mediterranean Restaurant
Aloo gobi - Copper Chimney


 Liz Wolfson,  managing editor
Spring vegetable soup - Root Food + Wine
Baklava with pistachios - Afandi Sweets & Cafe
Prosciutto di parma with peaches – Louie


onion rings from perennial on lockwood // photo by izaiah johnson



Lauren Healey, digital editor
Charred cabbage salad - Elmwood
Burrata pizza - Noto Italian Restaurant
Kale salad with chicken thigh and sauteed mushrooms - Planter’s House


Adam Rothbarth, staff writer
Squash blossom machete - Fonda La Poblanita
Onion rings - Perennial on Lockwood
Sampler platter - Chez Ali


Michelle Volansky, senior designer
Kanafeh - Afandi Sweets & Cafe
Roasted sawara - Indo