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!

 

Best RESTAURANT

||   VICIA

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


Best BEER TASTING ROOM

||   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

||   INTOXICOLOGY

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