VanBuskirk leaves no vice untried. You will find European-style truffles in flavors like caramelized pear—and—goat cheese, fair-trade coffee made with old-school pour-over equipment, ice cream in deer flavors like chocolate-banana-curry, chocolate martinis made with all-natural ingredients, craft beer, a thoughtful wine list, great pizzas, and even rare cigars. The most target-rich environment for St. Louis—area gourmets must be at The Cheshire in Clayton. The Market, in rustic Tudor splendor, features breakfasts and lunches of deli-type fare.
Sarah,theblockrestaurant. Are you serious? Grand,meskeremstl. Vegetarian food rarely reaches this level of inspired deliciousness—or addresses your jones for fenugreek. Grab a hunk of airy, spongy injera sourdough and give this aromatic mixture of tastes and textures a try, to see just how amazing a nonmeat meal can be. Fried chicken; moist and crunchy smothered chicken; candied yams; greens; mac and cheese; and sticky bread pudding compete for your attention across the item buffet—and all for a single bargain price. Not only that, but the restaurant is also open late enough that it just might defeat your hangover before it can begin.
They cut a meatball-size chunk from the meaty half of the pork belly, spice it, roll it in sweet barbecue sauce, wrap a slice of bacon around it, place it in the smoker for a little while, then resauce and resmoke it. This is the ultimate indulgence. When Sauce on the Side opened its doors last year, we got excited. The humble calzone would be the basis for an entire menu—and what a menu!
Regulars aim for the monthly specials with outrageous flavors and names, like the Hot Muther Clucker and the Kung Pow Zone. With grilled sandwiches like the S. Not sold?
This blissful pairing turns sinful when dressed in a generous two-tone drizzle of golden olive oil and light amber maple syrup. Chouquette: Tower Grove,simonefaure. Piccione Pastry: Delmar,piccionepastry. As bakeries continue to take over St. Louis, two stand above the rest.
The first is French, housed in an elegantly quaint tearoom, with dusky blue and gold accents, marble, and a jewelry display case solely for macarons ; the owner, Simone Faure abovehails from New Orleans and was formerly the pastry chef at The Ritz-Carlton, St. What do juicy meatballs and Provel, pan-fried eggplant and mozzarella, cracked—black pepper turkey and Swiss have in common? Neighboring Marconi Bakery makes the chewy halves of muffuletta daily for the most unique sandwich experience on The Hill.
Main, St. Charles,hendricksbbq. And the impressive cocktail program and spirit list think bourbon and moonshine feel right at home among sauce-filled squeeze bottles and cast-iron skillets of cornbread. When Gerard Craft moved his intimate, thoughtful, and utterly delicious eatery to Clayton, patrons debated how the compelling dining experience could improve.
Overlooking the immaculate new kitchen, diners are treated to progressive tasting menus in a spot where interaction with the kitchen staff is encouraged. Watch chefs cook and plate, ask questions, and dive into course after course of remarkable culinary creativity. After reinventing itself into a high-end steakhouse of sorts, this Ladue restaurant has taken its wedge salad, that genre-defining classic hunk of iceberg, and turned it into something extraordinary by topping it with some delicious goodies: fried crawfish, spicy ranch dressing, oven-roasted tomatoes, crunchy brioche croutons, and best of all bacon lardons that are delightfully chewy, like pork jerky.
Yes, popsicles—and from a bakery. The flavors would give the Good Humor man naughty dreams: The ice pops come in peach-basil, Vietnamese coffee, Mexican hot chocolate… Hint: Your favorite will be the salted caramel apple—sicle. The intensity of tastes detonates icy explosions on your tongue with every lick.
Clinton,citizenkanes. The advertising folks at Guinness had a word for it: Brilliant! Order this, and thank us later: the rib-eye, a Rosebud salad with Mayfair dressing, and a side of creamed spinach. Main, Edwardsville, Ill. Ask for one warm from the oven and topped with a sumptuous scoop of Serendipity ice cream. Hanley,jbucks. If we have a bone to pick with the wings at J. Diners are asked to choose between ranch or blue-cheese dressing. Since Pastaria opened, its savory cooking has received much praise.
The rotating selection ranges from the ordinary chocolate but not really, as it uses small-batch Askinosie chocolate from Springfield, Mo. Fifth,prasino. One of our all-time favorites—eggs Benedict—just hopped over the pond to become a little better. You could travel from Chicago to St. The dish is savory, salty, golden-crusted, and glistening with richness. With a resin-sharp brightness of rosemary and garlic fragrance in every bite, this boneless preparation of pork roast defines tender goodness. This is dining very high on the hog.
The only kitchen in town offering authentic Bombay street food is actually on the street. Try the Bombay burger, a fried potato—and—chickpea flour patty on a bun with sweet or spicy chutney. Addictive Indian-style pizza is palak paneer cooked spinach and cheese atop spicy tomato sauce and dough.
Wash it down with a sweet mango lassiand finish with a dessert of kulfimade with frozen cream, saffron, cardamom, and ground nuts. But oh, what a hamburger it is: a chewy, baked-daily bun cradles a charred patty of pastured Missouri beef ensconced in melted fontina cheese, onion jam, and pancetta. The Carrie Underwood of restaurateurs cranks out hit after hit. The affable and glamorous Robinson works the room the same way she decorated it—effortlessly. The de playfully pairs gilt-framed portraits and red walls with a mob of deer antlers.
For a restaurant to be successful, the personnel needs to match the vibe, and that should start at the top. At Niche, it does. And throw in the whimsy award for good measure: He served gator ribs using alligator sourced from a Cajun buddy when Mizzou played Louisiana State University, and he reintroduced St. Louis to the brain sandwich—while dressed as a zombie. Second,lumiereplace. Both lists offer rare finds—from Lebanon, Israel, Slovenia—plus s of fortified wines.
Is it possible that the best servers might also be the least experienced? But for St. Last spring, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis undertook one of the most genius approaches to creative place-making that the city has ever seen, with its Cherokee-flavored version of The Tempest. Residents and business owners starred alongside professional actors. The free play drew audience members, despite the cold April weather. Louis for several years, but none like The Hinge. The atmosphere is magical and out-of-time, and so events here always feel exciting and special.
And RAF has plans for jazz, blues, and local arts programming, too. Gass spent nearly 30 years writing his dark masterpiece, The Tunnel. This one took him, oh, only Last year, the commission launched the ambitious Artists Count Survey to discover what St. More than 3, individuals responded, making it the largest study of its kind ever conducted in the U.
The findings? Many artists have been working two or three jobs to get by and have had to patchwork together hours to pursue their arts.
Louis—buying them the time and resources needed to finish creative projects. Our hero, Detective Gould, is an unstoppable crime-fighter, thanks to an arsenal of whiz-bang, high-tech tools.
Founded inthe Hall of Fame has never had its own accessible storefront space—until now. When its newly rehabbed space opens in September, the museum will bring together world-class photography and rare artifacts, from Edison Kinetoscopes to 19th-century magic lanterns. The wine bar has all the draws of the original—an extensive wine menu, an on-site sommelier, an inviting atmosphere, small plates, wine tastings, live music on Thursdays—plus an a la carte brunch and juice bar on weekends.
The main difference from the Webster Groves location? There are no train tracks behind the MX but there is a MetroLink station a block away.