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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.

DECADENT DELIGHTS – NATHANIEL REID BAKERY

Nathaniel Reid Bakery

Kirkwood Scores the Nathaniel Reid Bakery

KIRKWOOD, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) It may have taken ten years to get to the point of opening his very own bakery that bears his name, but for Nathaniel Reid, it’s been a lifelong- dream come true, no matter how long it took to get here.  The Nathaniel Reid Bakery in Kirkwood made its debut on August 1st.

The 36 year old Reid, a Farmington native returned to St. Louis in 2013.  By then he was already a star.  After graduating from the highly acclaimed Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, he went on to win the U.S. Pastry Competition and was named Pastry Chef of the Year in New York City in 2010.  Then in 2012, he was recognized as one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America by Dessert Professional Magazine.  And he’s never looked back since.

Reid specializes in contemporary bakery creations with a European finesse.  He wears many different hats, operating as a pastry chef, consultant, and educator.  He most recently served as pastry chef at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.  Before that he held positions at prestigious places like the St. Regis Hotel, a Forbes Five-star and AAA Five-Diamond resort in California, and with Michelin Three-Star Joël Robuchon Restaurant at The Mansion Hotel (MGM Grand) and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, both in Las Vegas.

But his success never distracted him from his dream to open his own bakery.  The Nathaniel Reid Bakery is co-owned with his pastry chef wife, Lee Lee. It’s not a huge shop but quaint and comfy and plenty big enough to sit and delight in any one of Reid’s decadent creations.  It’s like being in a jewelry store looking at the most unique and beautiful gems.

There’s sinful chocolate cake with a layer of raspberry filling, and a mousse filled with raspberry tea and garnished with white chocolate & raspberry glaze, a cinnamon bun made of brioche dough with butter, brown sugar, and pecans—then topped with even more butter, brown sugar, and pecans, a signature, a twice-baked chocolate croissant cut in half, stuffed with homemade almond paste and chocolate topped with almonds and baked again.

So whether you’re in for one of Nathaniel’s signature breakfast pastries, tarts or a fresh croissant with your morning coffee, a salad and sandwich for lunch, perhaps a homemade chocolate bar for a snack, or that to-die-for layered yogurt cake with apricot-passion fruit filling topped with white chocolate for a party, there’s simply no way to go wrong.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact information:

Nathaniel Reid Bakery

11243 Manchester Road

St. Louis, MO 63122

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Phone: 314-858-1019

Email: contact@nrbakery.com