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The Best of St. Louis’ Favorite Restaurants

The Best of St. Louis’ Favorite Restaurants

Spotlight on the Top of the Top 10s – The Best of St. Louis’ Favorite Restaurants

ST. LOUIS, MO/ (STLRestaurant.News) – The culinary offerings in St. Louis are flavorful, varied, and ever changing.  The restaurants across the metro area offer a little something for every taste—from down home cookin’ to experimental cuisines—the dining experiences offered are both extensive and exceptional.  And St. Louis is a city of hungry diners with varying appetites.  We’re always on the hunt for our next great meal.  That’s where customer reviews and culinary top ten lists come in really handy!  We use them to find our next great dining experience, and to help our readers satisfy their cravings as well.

This column is our chance to highlight the very best of St. Louis’ favorite restaurants by focusing on the establishments that have earned the #1 position on the many restaurant top ten lists.  This week we cover five categories that take you through your day, from that first morning bite to a great spot for a night cap.

Breakfast

Nathaniel Reid Bakery (4.82 stars/77 reviews) Kirkwood, 11243 Manchester Road, Saint Louis, MO 63122, (314) 858-1019.  This is art for breakfast.  After just over seven months in business, St. Louis diners have deemed this Kirkwood bakery their favorite stop for breakfast.  Internationally recognized pastry chef Nathaniel Reid and his wife, pastry chef Lee Lee create delectable works of art.  But the bakery goes beyond amazingly buttery croissants for breakfast.  It’s the kind of place you can grab coffee and an artisan pastry for breakfast.  (Also a great stop for a quick lunch, or to pick up some macarons for the office).

Tacos

Rosy’s Cakes & Paco’s Tacos (4.742 stars/70 reviews) St. Peters, 6240 Mexico Road, Saint Peters, MO 63376, (636) 244-4599.  At Rosy’s & Paco’s every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday!  They do tacos seven different ways.  Everything is made fresh and in-house—these aren’t fast food tacos.  St. Louis area diners may love the tacos, but they also do burritos, quesadillas, nachos, and more Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites.  Their also known for their tres leches cake and specialty desserts!

Asian Cuisine

Kounter Kulture (4.80 star/46 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 3825 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63109, (314) 781-4344.  Asian food means a lot of different things to different people.  So it’s not too surprising that an Asian fusion restaurant with a rotating menu that includes Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese.  Local sourcing has made this carry-out joint St. Louis’ favorite Asian restaurant.

Steakhouses

Annie Gunn’s Restaurant (4.49 stars/667 reviews) Chesterfield Valley, 16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005, (636) 532-7684.  This long-time local favorite relies on local family farmers for the freshest ingredients, expertly prepared under the direction of Executive Chef Lou Rook, III.  Annie Gunn’s is St. Louis’ favorite destination for really terrific steaks like the Angus reserve aged filet mignon and the 34-ounce American Style Kobe Tomahawk Chop, an award winning wine list, and their family-friendly, pub like vibe.

Wine Bar

Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas (4.54 stars/265 reviews) St Charles, 325 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301, (636) 724-3434.  St. Louisans love great wine and comfortable places to drink it.  And this cozy wine bar in Historic Old Town St. Charles is a favorite stop for drinks before or after dinner, and as a dining destination that combines a global wine list with tapas, or small plates in the Spanish tradition.  You’ll find a menu that includes some classic choices that pair well with wine, including a cheese and meat board, chorizo stuffed dates, four cheese fondue, plus salads, flatbreads, and desserts.  They also have a terrific fireplace, and a really nice patio.  Bella Vino is a great way to end an evening.

St. Louis Diners Choose Their OpenTable Favorites

St. Louis Diners Choose Their OpenTable Favorites

OpenTable Releases 2017 St. Louis Diner’s Choice List – OpenTable Favorites

St. Louis, MO/March 1, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) OpenTable Favorites — As lovers of great food know, St. Louis is full of terrific culinary experiences.  We have everything from great take out and sidewalk cafés to artisan food crafters and fine dining destinations.  It is a culinary scene that is as delicious as it is dynamic.  Just as some restaurants seem to vanish, new ones are constantly taking their places.  We, the dining public, have fickle taste too.  Sometimes we want the newest edible in town.  Sometimes we want our old favorite haunts.  Whatever we’re craving on any given day, we want a great meal experience.  And St. Louis restaurants deliver!

Each year OpenTable, the San Francisco-based online reservation service, publishes their Diners’ Choice list to recognize restaurants their users found to be most excellent.  The list is unique because it’s based only on diners who’ve used the site to make reservations to eat at the restaurants they’ve rated.  The 2017 list was just released, and there have been some big changes in diner’s favorites since last year.  Not surprisingly, a St. Louis classic tops the list, but there are some relatively new faces too.  Here are St. Louis’ 2017 OpenTable Diners’ Choice winners:

1. Tony’s, downtown, 410 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63102, (314) 231-7007.  This is one of St. Louis’ most acclaimed restaurants and a St. Louis landmark.  It features executive chef Vincent P. Bommarito’s award-winning signature menu, along with exemplary service and ambiance for more than 40 years.  Tony’s has been recognized year after year with the AAA Four-Diamond Award and the Forbes (formerly Mobil) Four-Star Award, among others.

2. Anthony’s Bar, downtown, 10 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102, (314) 231-7007.  Owned by the venerable Tony’s restaurant around the corner, Anthony’s Bar shares its kitchen and its philosophy of providing guests with an incomparable dining experience.  This more casual venue is a weekday power lunch hot spot, a favorite stop for Cardinal’s fans before a game, and a relaxed, but impeccable dinner choice.

3. Napoli 2, West County, 1054 Town & Country Crossing, Town and Country, MO 63017, (636) 256-9998.  This classic Italian restaurant in the heart of Town and Country specializes in fresh fish, meat, and pasta that’s handmade in house daily.  They are always on the short list of best Italian restaurants in St. Louis.

4. The Crossing, Clayton, 7823 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105, (314) 721-7375.  This fine dining establishment features “farm to table” food sourced from local farmer in Missouri and Illinois.  Owner/Executive Chef Jim Fiala has created a series of delicious tasting menus that are a combination of classic French and Italian influences.

5. Annie Gunn’s, Chesterfield, 16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005, (636) 532-7684.  This St. Louis classic has been a long-time favorite.  Housed in the unpretentious structure of the historic Smokehouse Market, Annie Gunn’s focuses on “Foods and wines inspired by the richness of country life.”  Chef Lou Rook, III creates irresistible, sophisticated cuisine influenced by the rhythm of the seasons.  They boast an award-winning wine list too.

6. Elaia, Shaw, 1634 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110, (314) 932-1088. Don’t try booking a table on the day you want to eat there.  It takes a week or more to get reservations at this upscale, Modern European style restaurant.  Elaia showcases original and global cuisine with a nuanced approach to fine dining: creating a rare and delicate combination of elegance and rustic charm.  Their unique and extensive wine program is nationally recognized too.

7. The Ritz-Carlton Grill, Clayton, 100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63105, (314) 863-6300 ext. 433.  One of the best hotels in town also happens to have one of St. Louis’ favorite restaurants.  One of the secrets is the same attention to detail and service that the hotel is known for.  The Grill pairs traditional elegance with a more relaxed, contemporary flair.  Enjoy rare wines from every continent or craft beers from around the corner as you indulge in seasonally-inspired cuisine.

8. Sapore Italian Cafe, Kirkwood, 451 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122, (314) 909-7575.  Sapore means flavor in Italian, and this classic restaurant delivers.  They offer classic Italian dishes made with the freshest local and seasonal ingredients.  Executive Chef and owner Paul Buzzetta says he had the best school of teaching, his nonna Elena and mother Lia.  They taught him the most important rule to good food: “use simple ingredients and the food will speak for itself.”

9. The Tavern Kitchen & Bar West, Valley Park, 2961 Dougherty Ferry Road, Suite 101, St. Louis, MO 63122, (636) 825-0600.  This is American fine dining in a well-appointed space, relaxed with the decorative use of reclaimed wood, and an open kitchen. There’s something pretty wonderful about hearing your steak sizzle on the grill.  They offer exquisite comfort food made with familiar flavors that have been artfully and deliciously reinvented.

10. Addie’s Thai House, Chesterfield Plaza, 13441 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017, (314) 469-1660.  This is a distinctive, full service restaurant that offers authentic Thai cuisine at moderate prices in an elegant setting.  Don’t let the simplicity of the concept fool you though.  It can take a week or more to get a reservation for this fabulous Asian restaurant.