Celebrating the tastemakers of 2017


It is truly an honor to meet with and learn from the swelling ranks of chefs, bartenders, farmers, purveyors and creative souls doing incredible work in St. Louis and helping to put this city on the map. Cheers to another great year!



||   VICIA

why: stunning setting for vegetable-forward, inventive cuisine in the Cortex Innovation District


||   The U.R.B.

why: the opporunity to sample the latest brews, learn about beer and provide your opinion

Best Sustainable CHEF

||   Logan Ely

why: rethinking the production of food, flavor and presentation

BEST Barbecue

||  The Wood Shack

why: uses smoke as an ingredient in big-flavor sandwiches featuring a specific wood for each protein

Best Bar supply Store


why: unique collection of hard-to-find spirits, gorgeous antique glassware, books - plus classes

BEST Taco shop

||   Taco Buddha

why: from-scratch tacos with flavors from the American Southwest and across the globe

Best Ramen

||   Nudo House

why: unctuous comfort food full of umami flavor and satisfying texture  

Best Biscuits

||  Turn

why: the restaurant's menu was literally built around these from-scratch, buttery biscuits

Best Coffee Shop For Lingering

||   Kaldi's Citygarden

why: great coffee, farm-fresh fare, sweets and cocktails in St. Louis' urban sculpture garden

Best hyper-local eats

||   Squatter's Cafe

why: re-imagined breakfast and lunch with wholesome ingredients and a touch of whimsy

Best CHEF's Table

||   Tyler Davis

why: ever-changing menus for the chef's table at Brennan's

Best Neighborhood Coffee shop

||  Fiddlehead Fern

why: stylish, garden-inspired cafe offering great coffee in a community-centered space