- Best American Traditional Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Bakery in St Louis
- Best Barbecue Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Breakfast Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Brewpub in St Louis
- Best Brunch in St Louis
- Best Burgers in St Louis
- Best Cafe in St Louis
- Best Cajun Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Caribbean/Tropical Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Coffeehouse in St Louis
- Best Contemporary Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Creole Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Crepes Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Dessert Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Diner in St Louis
- Best Fine Dining Restaurant in St Louis
- Best French Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Fried Chicken in St Louis
- Best Greek Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Home-style Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Hot Dogs in St Louis
- Best Ice Cream/Confections in St Louis
- Best Indian Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Irish/British Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Italian Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Japanese/Sushi Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Mexican Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Pizza in St Louis
- Best Ribs in St Louis
- Best Seafood Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Small Plates Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Soul Food Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Spanish Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Steak House in St Louis
- Best Subs/Hoagies/Po-boys in St Louis
- Best Thai Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Turkish Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Vietnamese Restaurant in St Louis
- Best Wine Bar in St Louis
- Best Wings Restaurant in St Louis
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Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Here are the winners and runners-up:
PIZZA: Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix (WINNER); DiFara Pizza, Brooklyn, NY; Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles
STEAK: Peter Luger Steak House, Brooklyn (WINNER); Cut, Los Angeles; Doe's Eat Place, Greenville, Miss.
TACOS: Taco Taco Cafe, San Antonio (WINNER); Taqueria del Sol, Atlanta; South Beach Bar & Grill, Ocean Beach, Calif.
Hamburgers: Bobcate Bite, Santa Fe, NM (WINNER); Taylor's Automatic Refresher, St. Helena, Calif; The Meers Store and Restaurant, Lawton, Okla.
FRIED CHICKEN: Willie Mae's Scotch House, New Orleans (WINNER); Price's Chicken Coop, Charlotte, NC; Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tenn.
RIBS: 17th Street Bar & Grill, Murphysboro, Ill (WINNER); Charles Vergos Rendezvous, Memphis; Jaspers, Plano, Texas.
IN THE NEWS: Riverfront Times' Ian Froeb reviews Oceano Bistro (44 North Brentwood Boulevard, Clayton; 314-721-9400) and notes the closings of Red Moon at 1500 St. Charles St. (on Aug. 21) and Jade Garden in Olivette. riverfronttimes.com ... StLouisJazzNotes.blogspot.com reports that Crossings Taverne and Grille, the Webster Groves restaurant and bar that has featured live jazz music several nights a week for the last few years, is closing. An item in Sauce magazine (saucemagazine.com) - scroll down to the entries for August 3 - says the establishment's landlords want to raise the rent when the current lease expires on August 20, and reports that Crossings' operators were disinclined to renew at the new rate. ... The Post-Dispatch's Joe Bonwich gives a B- in reviewing La Gra (1227 Tamm Avenue, Dogtown, 314-645-3972), while Betha Whitlow considers Bissinger's: A Chocolate Experience (32 Maryland Plaza, 314-367-7750, www.experiencebissingers.com) ... Bonwich also reports that Charlotte's Rib (15467 Clayton Road in Ballwin, 636-394-3332) has been rated "as good as we've ever had" by Vince Staten and Greg Johnson in the newly updated version of Real Barbecue: The Classic Barbecue Guide (Globe Pequot). Also cited in the book are the ribs and unusual black pepper-flecked sauce at C&K Barbecue (4390 Jennings Station Road in Pine Lawn, 314-385-8100). stltoday.com
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
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Tuesday, May 29, 2007
IN THE NEWS: The Post-Dispatch's Joe Bonwich gives a B in his review of T. Arcobasso's (1057 Wolfrum Road, Weldon Spring), while Stefanie Ellis stops by Nadoz Euro Bakery & Cafe (3701 Lindell Blvd.) Bonwich also reports, "Nicaraguan food returns to St. Louis with the opening of Fritanga at 2208 South Jefferson, in the space that was formerly Streetcart Express barbecue. ... Also newly opened, at 1220 Allen Avenue in Soulard, is a courtyard restaurant attached to the Lucas School House entertainment venue. ... And over in the Grove — the strip of Manchester Avenue in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood west of Vandeventer Avenue — work seems to have accelerated on Agave, a new Mexican restaurant and tequila bar from the owners of Chuy Arzola's. Look for a summer opening at the corner of Manchester and South Boyle avenues." stltoday.com ... RFT's Ian Froeb reviews the eatery Indian Food (8629 Olive Boulevard, University City). riverfronttimes.com
Monday, May 21, 2007
Lou's Pub & Package, Birmingham, Ala.; J Lounge, Golden Gopher, The Edison, The Broadway Bar, La Cita, Bordello, Redwood, and Bar 107, Los Angeles; Musso & Frank Grill, Hollywood, Calif.; The Polo Lounge, Beverly Hills; Beach Ball, Newport Beach, Calif.; Brennan's Pub, Marina Del Ray, Calif.; Bourbon & Branch, The Owl Tree, Vesuvio, and Zeitgeist, San Francisco; The Sportsman, Sonora, Calif.; Cruise Room, and El Chapultepec, Denver; Jimbo's, and Churchill's Pub, Miami; The Clermont Lounge, Atlanta; Lewers Lounge at the Halekulani Hotel, and La Mariana Sailing Club, Honolulu; The California Clipper, The Red Lion Pub, Bungalow, The Matchbox, Hideout, and Chipp Inn, Chicago; The Red Key, and Nicky Blaine's, Indianapolis; The Old Seelbach Bar, Louisville; The Chart Room, The Bar at Tujague's, Fritzel's European Jazz Pub, and Napoleon House, New Orleans; The Brewer's Art, and Shamrock Inn, Baltimore; B-Side Lounge, Cambridge, Mass.; No. 9 Park, Boston; Doyle's Cafe, Jamaica Plain, Mass.; The Bar at Seldom Blues, Detroit; Miller's Bar, Dearborn, Mich.; Bulldog NE, and Nye's Polonaise Room, Minneapolis; Half Time Rec, St. Paul; John D. McGurk's, St. Louis; Any bar on the Strip, Double Down Saloon, and Petrossian Bar, Las Vegas; Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel, Little Branch, The Bar at Keens Steakhouse, Minetta Tavern, Jimmy's Corner, The Angel's Share, The Brooklyn Inn, The Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel, Flatiron Lounge, The Saloon, San Domenico Restaurant, Spuyten Duyvil, 21 Club, Grassroots Tavern, Bill's Gay 90s, Julius', and Pegu Club, New York City; Freddy's Bar & Backroom, Brooklyn; Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, Queens; Thomas Street Tavern, Charlotte, NC; Andyman's Treehouse, Columbus, Ohio; The Library Bar & Grill, Norman, Okla.; Friendly Lounge, The Grey Lodge, and Southwark, Philadelphia; Dee's Cafe, Pittsburgh; Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, and Robert's Western World, Nashville; La Tuna, San Antonio; Donn's Depot, Austin; The Inwood Lounge, Dallas; Shooting Star Saloon, Huntsville, Utah; Sambar, Zig Zag Cafe, and Fu Kun Wu, Seattle; Hawk 'n' Dove, and The Tune Inn, Washington, DC; Holler House, Milwaukee.
IN THE NEWS: The St. Louis Business Journal reports about the rapid influx of eateries in suburban Chesterfield, "When Jim Valenta launched Wild Horse Grill in Chesterfield Valley seven years ago, there were only five other restaurants in the community. Today there are more than 50 sit-down restaurants -- and 150 overall -- in the Valley, an area with a radius of only 3 miles. Nearly all of them are operated by regional or national chains. The exceptions include Annie Gunn's, Villa Farotto and Wild Horse Grill, which are family owned. The national chain stores in Chesterfield include Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, California Pizza Kitchen, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Houlihan's, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Cheesecake Factory, The Old Spaghetti Factory and Olive Garden. The Pasta House Co. Pronto, Crazy Bowls & Wraps, Emperor's Palace, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Qdoba Mexican Grill and Yia Yia's Eurocafe are among the regional chain stores there." ... TheDailySauce.com reports that Slow Food St. Louis is once again hosting Lambstravaganza, on Sunday, June 10, at Prairie Grass Farms in New Florence, Mo. ... The Post-Dispatch's Joe Bonwich reviews Lester Miller's fine sports bar Lester's (9906 Clayton Road in Ladue), while Stefanie Ellis stops by Berix Coffeehouse & Deli (5053 Gravois Avenue). ... Bonwich also notes the openings of O'Fallon's Kitaro Bistro of Japan and Oceano Bistro in Clayton as well as the closings of Keith's after more than a decade in an outbuilding on the Chesterfield Mall property, and Lagniappe's at Ninth and Victor streets in Soulard, open since 1999. stltoday.com ... Riverfront Times critic Ian Froeb reassesses Harvest (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond). riverfronttimes.com
Monday, May 14, 2007
Forbes' Top 10 Restaurant Cities:
1. New York City
3. San Francisco
4. Los Angeles
5. New Orleans
7. Washington, D.C.
10. Las Vegas
Rankings were based on: Overall number of restaurants above the fast food level; Number of fine dining restaurants with national and international standing; Solid representation of regional American food; A wide segment of second-tier restaurants that would include seafood, steakhouses, and independently chef-owned restaurants; Breadth and depth of ethnic restaurants, especially if the city has neighborhood such as a Chinatown; A significant number of neigborhood restaurants where the locals tend to eat out regularly; A well-traveled clientele that regards eating out in that city one of the real pleasures of going there.
Ted Drewes on Top Ice Cream List
Just in time for summer, Mark DeCarlo, host of Travel Channel's Taste of America, lists his favorite 10 ice cream and frozen confections joints in USA Today (usatoday.com): Pinkberry, Los Angeles pinkberry.com; Angelo Brocato's, New Orleans, angelobrocatoicecream.com; Graeter's, Cincinnati (with other locations in Dayton, Columbus, Louisville and Lexington, Ky.), graeters.com; Leon's Frozen Custard, Milwaukee, foodspot.com/leons; Ghirardelli, San Francisco (for the hot fudge sundaes), ghirardelli.com; Otto, New York ottopizzeria.com/menu_gelato.html; Ted Drewes, St. Louis, teddrewes.com; Bobtail Ice Cream Co., Chicago, bobtailicecream.com; Valentino's, Las Vegas, venetian.com; Waiola Shave Ice, Honolulu.
IN THE NEWS: From Jake Wagman of the Post-Dispatch on May 14, "Attention, dog owners: If you enjoy dining out with your pet, you could be guilty of aiding and abetting a health code violation. Though little known and rarely enforced, a provision of the state health code prohibits all animals except service dogs from entering the premises of a restaurant, including outdoor patios and sidewalk cafes. That could change, in St. Louis anyway, if Alderman Lyda Krewson has her way. She has proposed legislation that would allow diners to enjoy the company of their canine companion while eating outside. And, because few political issues move faster than ones with four legs, the city action might spur the state to change its rules, too. Krewson introduced her dog-dining bill earlier this month after hearing from the operator of the Boathouse in Forest Park. Located between the Muny and the Zoo, the Boathouse restaurant is a favorite rendezvous for dog lovers looking to enjoy a mimosa or lemonade while on a weekend walk. Or, at least, it was until the Boathouse landed in the city Health Department's doghouse for flouting the rule against animals on restaurant property." ... Post-Dispatch critic Joe Bonwich raves about the double-decker pizza at the new JJ Twig's in Valley Park. Other reviews include Imogene's Tea Room (16635 Chesterfield Airport Road) and Bristol Seafood Grill (11801 Olive Boulevard in Creve Coeur). stltoday.com ... Riverfront Times critic Ian Froeb reviews Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant (3210 South Grand Blvd.) and Grand Mediterranean Kabob Café (4101 South Grand Blvd.) riverfronttimes.com ... From The Daily Sauce thedailysauce.com: Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant now boasts a St. Louis location, with the chef and other family members from Meskerem restaurants in New York and Charlotte, N.C. Address is 3210 S. Grand Blvd., in the space formerly occupied by the restaurants Jasoom and Le Petite Paris.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Chicago's Frontera Grill won Outstanding Restaurant of the Year and Michel Richard of Michel Richard Citronelle in Washington, D.C. was named Outstanding Chef at the 2007 James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony. Hosted by CBS Early Show anchor Hannah Storm, the Beard Awards were held May 7 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York's Lincoln Center. More than 60 awards were presented by the country's pre-eminent nonprofit culinary organization, in its 20th anniversary celebration, and more than 1,600 industry leaders attended the ceremony. Other top awards went to: New York's L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, named Best New Restaurant; Thomas Keller (The French Laundry, Yountville, Ca.) received the award for Outstanding Restaurateur; and David Chang (Momofuku Noodle Bar, New York) received the Rising Star Chef of the Year award. Celebrity and culinary superstar attendees included Stephanie March, Ted Allen, Katie Lee Joel, Martha Stewart, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Thomas Keller, Jose Andres, Tom Colicchio, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Padma Lakshmi, and Marcus Samuelsson. The Foundation's Media Awards took place at a separate event at the Hudson Theatre at Millennium Broadway Hotel on May 6. All Award winners received a bronze medallion etched with the image of the late James Beard, the esteemed chef, cookbook author, and food journalist. There are no cash awards. Established in 1990, the James Beard Foundation Awards recognizes outstanding achievement within the fine food and beverage industry in North America. For full awards results, please visit http://www.jamesbeard.org.
Beard Award highlights are:
AMERICA'S CLASSICS: Primanti Brothers, Demetrios Patrinos, Pittsburgh, Pa.; The Pickwick, Christopher Wisocki, Duluth, Minn.; Doe's Eat Place, The Signa Family, Greenville, Miss.; Aunt Carrie's, Elsie Foy, Narragansett, R.I.; I
Brookville Hotel, Mark and Connie Martin, Abilene, Kan.; Weaver D's, Dexter Weaver, Athens, Ga.
BEST CHEF, GREAT LAKES: Grant Achatz, Alinea, Chicago
BEST CHEF, MID-ATLANTIC: R.J. Cooper, III, Vidalia, Washington, DC
BEST CHEF, MIDWEST: Celina Tio, The American Restaurant, Kansas City, Mo.
BEST CHEF, NEW YORK CITY: David Waltuck, Chanterelle, New York, NY
BEST CHEF, NORTHEAST: Frank McClelland, L'Espalier, Boston
BEST CHEF, NORTHWEST: John Sundstrom, Lark, Seattle
BEST CHEF, PACIFIC: Traci Des Jardins, Jardinière, San Francisco
BEST CHEF, SOUTH: Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans
BEST CHEF, SOUTHEAST: Scott Peacock, Watershed, Decatur, Ga.
BEST CHEF, SOUTHWEST: Nobuo Fukuda, Sea Saw, Scottsdale, Ariz.
BEST NEW RESTAURANT: L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Chef-Owner: Joël Robuchon, New York, NY
OUTSTANDING CHEF: Michel Richard, Michel Richard Citronelle, Washington, DC
OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF: Michael Laskonis, Le Bernardin, New York, NY
OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT: Frontera Grill, chef-owner: Rick and Deann Bayless, Chicago
OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR: Thomas Keller, The French Laundry, Yountville, Calif.
OUTSTANDING SERVICE: Rick Tramonto, Gale Gand, and Richard Melman, Tru, Chicago
OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL: Paul Draper, Ridge Vineyards, Cupertino, Calif.
OUTSTANDING WINE SERVICE: Mark Slater, Michel Richard Citronelle, Washington, DC
RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR: David Chang, Momofuku Noodle Bar, New York, NY
IN THE NEWS: The Post-Dispatch's Joe Bonwich gives a B in his review of the German restaurant Roemer Topf in Mascoutah, Ill., while the Takeout column reviews The Original Soup Man ... RFT critic Ian Froeb reviews the venerable Balaban's, 405 N. Euclid, now under the ownership of Brendan Marsden and Harlee Sorkin and with Andy White (formerly of Harvest) in the kitchen. ... Meanwhile, RFT's Randall Roberts visits World's Fair Doughnuts, 1904 S. Vandeventer Ave. ... Sauce magazine reports, "To simplify your life, The Westin in St. Louis has introduced Unwind: A Westin Evening Ritual, which involves converting the lobby into party-central each weekday after work. Downtown professionals and hotel guests mingle together on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as the Clark Street Grill's culinary team shares appetizer recipes and samples. unwindstlouis.com for more info.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
-- Outstanding Restaurant: Boulevard, San Francisco; Frontera Grill, Chicago; Magnolia Grill, Durham, N.C., Picholine, New York; Spiaggia, Chicago.
-- Best New Restaurant: A Voce, New York City; Chochon, New Orleans; Cut, Beverly Hill, Calif; L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, New York City; Momofuku Ssam Bar, New York City; Restaurant Guy Savoy, Las Vegas.
-- Outstanding Restaurateur: Thomas Keller, The French Laundry, Yountville, Calif; Keith McNally, Balthazar, New York City; Richard Melman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (R.J. Grunts, Wildfire, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!), Chicago; Drew Nieporent, Myriad Restaurant Group (Tribeca Grill, Nobu, Rubicon), New York City; Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jean Georges restaurant, New York City.
-- Outstanding Chef: Tom Colicchio, Craft, New York City; Lee Hefter, Spago, Beverly Hills, Calif.; Jean Joho, Everest, Chicago; Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Chicago; Michel Richard, Michel Richard Citronelle, Washington, D.C.
-- Rising Star Chef: Nate Appleman, A16, San Francisco; Graham Elliot Bowles, Avenues at The Peninsula Hotel, Philadelphia; David Chang, Momofuku Noodle Bar, New York; Patrick Connelly, Radius, Boston; Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park, New York City.
Restaurant magazine just released its list of the world's top 100 restaurants. (http://www.theworlds50best.com/2007_list.html) Here are the U.S. entries:
The French Laundry, Yountville, Ca. (No. 4)
Per Se, New York City (No. 9)
Jean Georges, New York City (No. 18)
Le Bernardin, New York City (No. 26)
Charlie Trotter's, Chicago (No. 30)
Daniel, New York City (No. 32)
Alinea, Chicago (No. 36)
Chez Panisse, Berkeley, Ca. (No. 40)
Masa, New York City (No. 56)
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon at the Four Seasons, New York City (No. 64)
Peter Lugar, Brooklyn, NY (No. 69)
Nobu New York, New York City (No. 89)
Gramercy Tavern, New York city (No. 90)
WD-50, New York City (No. 91)
Zuni Café, San Francisco (No. 98)
Alex at Wynn, Las Vegas (No. 100)
IN THE NEWS: The Post-Dispatch's Joe Bonwich reviews sushi joint Sapporo, 15th Ave. East in Capitol Hill, while Stefanie Ellis takes on Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas, 5046 Shaw Ave. Crusoe's Restaurant and Bar, 3152 Osceola St. in St Louis, is featured in Gordon McKnight's Takeout column. Bonwich also reports on the openings of: Oscar's Cafe, 7520 Natural Bridge Road in Normandy; and Pickles Deli, scheduled to open in June in the former Great Frame Up space at 22 North Euclid Ave. www.stltoday.com ... RFT's Ian Froeb reviews Trattoria Toscana, 9416 Gravois Road, Affton. The paper's blog raves about Vietnamese favorite Banh Mi So #1-Saigon Gourmet, 4071 South Grand Blvd. www.riverfronttimes.com ... From St. Louis magazine's April issue, the area's seven must-have burgers: 7. O’Connell’s Pub; 6. The Royale; 5. Trainwreck Saloon; 4. Busch’s Grove; 3. Michael’s Bar & Grill; 2. Cardwell’s; 1. Annie Gunn’s. www.stlmag.com ... Speaking of burgers, national chain Hardee's spent. $1.2 million to build out its latest area restaurant, which opened April 1 in the former Wendy's location at Chestnut and Sixth streets, the St. Louis Business Journal reports. stlous.bizjournals.com