An extraordinarily Tasteful Year

Best Cocktail

Hollywood & Vine
||   Juniper

why: rye whiskey with the perfectly balanced flavors of allspice, honey, grapefruit, dry orange curacao and egg white

Best Burger #2

Duck Burger
||   Planter's House

why: moist duck breast topped with a perfectly runny sunny side up egg

Best Missouri Winery

||   Chaumette Winery

why: crisp Chardonel paired with stunning scenery

Best Local Groceries

Weekly Harvest Box (CSA)
||   Local Harvest

why: beets and beet greens prepared with the week's harvest

Best Holiday Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner
||   Cielo

why: the very best versions of traditional favorites and inspired new holiday dishes

Best Cocktail #2

Apply Ever After
||   Rooster

why: refreshing, tart blend of Granny Smith apples, ginger, vanilla bean, white balsamic vinegar and cava

Best Destination

Farm-To-Table Dinner
||   Claverach Farm

why: organic farm just outside of St. Louis

Best Ice Cream

||   Clementine's Creamery

why: hand-crafted, small batch, all-natural ice cream

Best Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits
||   Juniper

why: buttery, flaky, served piping hot with jam and butter

Best Calamari

Calamari Salad
||   Acero

why: tastes like it was just plucked from the sea

Best Burger

Cheshire Burger
||   The Fox and Hounds Tavern at the Cheshire

why: premium blend of brisket, sirloin and chuck with English cheddar and a rasher of bacon

Best "BLT"

Salmon Club
||   The Block

why: grilled salmon, tangy tomato jam, sauteed greens and crispy bacon

Best New Bar

||   Publico

why: the intricate bar detail takes center stage

Best Butcher

||   Bolyard's Meat and Provisions

why: hand-butchered premium "nose to tail" meats and broths


Best Lamb

Lamb Tagine
||   Baida

why: comfort-food stew of lamb, peas, carrots and olives cooked and served in a traditional tagine