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The Top of the Restaurant Top 10s – Best Restaurants in St. Louis

Best Restaurants in St. Louis

Best Restaurants in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Best Restaurants in St. Louis – As a major outlet for restaurant, brewery, winery, and craft food maker news in the St. Louis region, we’ve certainly kept up with which restaurants are on top.  We’ve analyzed thousands of customer reviews to find which restaurants St. Louis diners like best.  We’ve used that data to bring you lists of the Top 10 restaurants in every category from seafood to burgers, and Cajun to Italian.  Most recently, we wrote about the top 10 pizzerias in town just in time for National Pizza Day.

We thought it would be fun to take a moment to shine the spotlight on the top slots on all those lists.  So in this new feature, we’ll be writing about the restaurants that are St. Louis diners’ absolute favorites in each category.  And since there are so many ways to categorize restaurants, we’ll bring you 10 seasonably relevant #1s each week.

Without further ado, here are 10 St. Louis favorites that hold the top spot in their respective Top 10 categories:

Coffee Shops:

The Mud House (4.5 stars/764 reviews) Benton Park, 2101 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 776-6599.  This is a special spot along Cherokee Street’s Antique Row.  It’s cozy, with a friendly staff and relaxed coffee house vibe.  So whether you stop in for an espresso, a macchiato, a mocha, a rosemary & honey latte, or a simple cup of coffee, the Mud House brews a divine cup.  They do specialty teas, brunch, breakfast, and lunch too.

Bakeries:

Missouri Baking Company (4.9 stars/521 reviews) The Hill, 2027 Edwards Street, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 773-6566.  This family owned business has been offering Italian sweets and other pastries, breads, and desserts—everything from cannoli to Napoleons, and biscotti to gooey butter cake since 1924.

Fine Dining:

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill (4.5 stars/893 reviews) The Hill, 5226 Shaw Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 772-8898.  This storied St. Louis institution has been one of the very best restaurants in town for decades.  This elegant restaurant in the Hill neighborhood offers an upscale menu of Italian favorites including pasta, veal, chicken, steaks, and seafood.  Customers praise the food, the wine, and the impeccable service of this distinctive restaurant.

Fusion:

Kounter Kulture (5.0 stars/40 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 3825 Watson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 781-4344.  This is a relatively new brick-and-mortar take-out restaurant from the same team that gave Saint Louis locally-sourced, freshly-prepared foods at the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market.  It’s the same rotating, locally sourced menu of inventive, Asian fusion fare, but you can get it every Monday – Saturday 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sushi:

Sushi Tatsu (4.5 stars/129 reviews) Metro East, 5725 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights, IL 62208, (618) 277-5554.  This unassuming, family owned restaurant makes specialty sushi rolls as well as Japanese & Korean dishes.  There’s a warm, friendly vibe here, even at the bar—a place that intimidates some.  If you’ve never done so, this place is the perfect opportunity to sit at the sushi bar and watch the chefs prepare your food using classic Japanese techniques.

Seafood:

Broadway Oyster Bar (4.5 stars/1895 reviews) Downtown, 736 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 621-8811.  This decidedly Cajun/Creole joint has been serving up some of the best seafood in St. Louis for about 35 years.  With fresh oysters, live music nightly, and a killer patio, it’s easy to see why BOB is St. Louis’ favorite.

Burgers:

Stacked Burger Bar (4.6 stars/397 reviews) Patch, 7637 Ivory Street, Saint Louis, MO 63111, (314) 544-4900.  This quirky restaurant has been the best burger joint in South St. Louis since opening three years ago.  With more than seven different patties available, including bean and locally-sourced, grass fed beef, plus six buns, seven different cheeses, ten sauces, and dozens of other toppings available, there are literally hundreds of possible combinations.  You could make a dozen trips to this Ivory Triangle gem and only begin to try everything Stacked Burger Bar has to offer.

Barbecue:

Pappy’s Smokehouse (4.5 stars/5299 reviews) Midtown, 3106 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 535-4340.  This Midtown barbecue joint offers slow smoked Memphis style BBQ in a rustic, down-home setting.  Since opening in 2008, the accolades just keep rolling in, including being named the #1 ribs in the country by Food Network.  Pappy’s Smokehouse is #1 on the list of top rated barbecue restaurants, and one of St. Louis’ very favorite places to eat.

Craft Brewery:

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. (4.4 stars/436 reviews) Midtown, 3229 Washington Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 222-0143.  This German inspired brewpub has quickly become a St. Louis favorite and the company is growing almost as fast in size as popularity.  This is UCB’s original microbrewery and biergarten.  It serves up a rotating selection of beers that run from the old-school Bavarian lagers like Zwickel to bitter, hoppy ales like the STLIPA.  Brewmaster Florian Kuplent brings nearly two decades of beer-making experience to UBC.  There’s also a small food menu with German biergarten staples like sausages, pretzel bread, and cheese, as well as soup, salad, and sandwiches.

Desserts:

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard (4.5 stars/3036 reviews) St. Louis Hills, 6726 Chippewa Street, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 481-2652.  This is St. Louis’ original frozen custard.  We’ve been lining up for their delicious, hand-dipped cones, concretes, shakes, malts, sundaes, and floats since 1929.  It’s a popular stop after visiting the Arch, the Muny, the Zoo, or a Cardinal’s baseball game—a truly multigenerational treat!  And lucky for us, the St. Louis Hills location just reopened Feb. 9 for the 2017 season.

An Old World Experience – Missouri Baking Company

Missouri Baking Company, St. Louis, MO

Sweeten Your Holidays at the Missouri Baking Company

St. Louis, MO/December 17, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) The Missouri Baking Company is not just a bakery; it is literally an institution on the “Hill.”  Back in September it took the #1 spot on our Top 10 Best Bakery list.  There aren’t many establishments that can say they’ve been in business almost 100 years and have been passed down from generation to generation.

The shop was founded by the three Gambaro brother’s in 1923.  Their sons and daughters grew up working in the bakery a long side the family and eventually took over the business.  Ninety-three years later, this family legacy is still impressing customers from near and far.

Missouri Baking Company has a way of taking each and every visitor back to their childhood days.  The original freezer and the old-fashioned cabinets, and the rows of tables with heavenly baked items, bring you back to the olden days…a time when all things seemed so much more innocent and life was so much simpler.

And with Christmas right around the corner and dreams of sugar plums dancing in our heads…it’s the perfect place to make a visit to for some traditional Italian Christmas cookies and other delectable treats.  The magnificent aroma of freshly baked goods reaches your senses the minute you step through the front door.

You’ll find counter after counter of the most superb looking sweet treats and warm loaves of bread.  It’s a gold mine for someone looking to buy something delicious for a holiday party or perhaps to give as a gift.  Keep in mind when you visit that you won’t find anything artificial tasting here.  Everything is made from scratch.

There are way too many goodies to name them all but to me a few stands out above the rest.  Of course, there’s the 2015 award winning Gooey Butter Cake that melts in your mouth.  The Ricotta or Italian Cream Cannoli’s are heavenly, the Tiramisu to die for, and the fabulous Italian butter cookies are gloriously rich and sinfully good.  One sweet is simply better than the next, which means you can’t go wrong on anything you purchase.

There are also four kinds of biscotti, and additional cookies such as Chocolate Drops, delicate Shortbreads, Nut-Based Crunchy Squares, and Amaretto Macaroons.  A few of the items might sound foreign to some but if you haven’t tried them, then you should.  One is the Cuccidati made with figs, raisins, pine nuts, chocolate chips and orange zest.

Another is the Panetone bread, pronounced with the correct Italian emphasis, Pan-e-tone-a. I only know about it because I’m Italian and grew up having it at my Nona’s home every Christmas.  It’s a sweet yeast bread of Milanese origin, considered a Christmas classic for Italians everywhere.  What could be more festive than a tall, puffy, round bread studded with raisins and candied citron?  Especially our version… soaked in rum.

For an Old World experience and some of the best confectioneries that will ever cross your lips, make time for a holiday visit to Missouri Baking Company.

Missouri Baking Company (on The Hill)

2027 Edwards

St. St. Louis, MO

Phone: (314) 773-6566

Hours: Sun 7:30am-12pm

Tue-Fri 7am-5:30pm

Sat 7am-5pm

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TOP 10 BAKERIES IN ST LOUIS, MO

Top 10 Bakeries

TOP 10 BAKERIES

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Top 10 Bakeries: do you know anybody that does not like baked desserts?  I don’t!  I know its my biggest weakness.  However, I tend to enjoy the junk baked goods like Little Debbie products.  Swiss Cake Rolls to be more specific.  However, don’t worry.  There are much better alternatives than store bought 20 year old baked desserts for your enjoyment.  Also there is nothing wrong with the taste of a Hostess Honey Bun, but some of the bakeries listed might not agree.

Missouri Baking Company, our #1 rated position has been in business since 1924 according to their Facebook page.  That is an impressive number.  Almost 100 years old and in the same family.  Can’t find those family traditions on every street corner.  Congratulations to Missouri Baking Company.  Keep up whatever it is that you’ve been doing for almost 100 years.

Our Top 10 Bakeries in St. Louis, MO are:

  1. Missouri Baking Company – rated #1 out of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 342 reviews resulting in a 5 Star rating
  2. Old Town Donut Shop – rated @2 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 116 reviews resulting in a 5 Star rating
  3. Piccione Pastry – #3 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 73 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating
  4. Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe – #4 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 142 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating
  5. Donut Drive In – #5 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 55 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating
  6. World Fair Donut – #6 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 46 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating
  7. The Cup – #7 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 28 reviews resulting in a 5 Star rating
  8. La Patisserie Chouquette – #8 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 27 resulting in 5 Star rating
  9. Pharaohs Donuts – #9 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 14 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating
  10. Nothing Bundt Cakes – #10 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 12 reviews resulting in a 5 Star rating