Another extraordinarily Tasteful Year



||   Blood and Sand

why: from top to bottom, inside and out, everything about these cocktails is stunning to behold and to taste

Best Kebob

||   Cafe Natasha

why: deliciously seasoned, tender medium-rare meat -- all you've ever dreamed about for a kebob

Best Champagne Bar

||   Curtain Call

why: NEW || extensive selection of bubbly by the bottle or by the glass amidst grand Art Deco decor

Best Raw oysters

||   Publico

why: NEW || fresh, crisp and served chilled only with lime

Best Sandwich Shop

||   Union Loafers

why: NEW || expertly crafted bread and perfectly paired flavors


Best Spring Flavors

||   Five Bistro

why: the treasured flavors of spring in a bowl -- Spring onions, asparagus and kale over crab meat


Best Bakery

||   Whisk

why: seasonal, hand-made, from scratch... absolutely exquisite, every single one

Best Cocktail

||   Olive + Oak

why: NEW || the most delicious pumpkin cocktail in all the land

Best Rooftop Event Space

||   The FOOD Roof

why: NEW || St. Louis' first rooftop urban garden affords gorgeous views and special events with top-tier chefs

Best Burger

||   Retreat Gastropub

why: Je ne sais quoi -- the smoked cheddar? Whatever it is, it's simply the BEST

Best Carnitas

||  Mi Tierra Taqueria

why: street food style -- warm corn tortillas filled with crisp, fatty shredded pork and topped fresh onion and cilantro


Best nursery for the home gardener

||   Bowood Farms

why: largely local, superior quality, rare finds and expert master gardeners