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The Top Ten Dishes of 2007: #8

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This week I'm counting down my ten favorite dishes of 2007 -- and the absolute worst thing I ate all year.

#8. Baby-Back Ribs at 17th Street Bar & Grill

Mike Mills' award-winning ribs are smoked in a pit over apple- and cherrywood for as long as seven hours. The result is a wonderful exterior -- a little crisp, but not overly charred -- and a tender, pink-hued interior that tastes like it came from a pig raised on pure autumn sunshine. They are served with just a squiggle of the restaurant's signature tangy-sweet sauce.

-- from "Cue Ball" (June 7, 2007)

17th Street Bar & Grill
1711 West Highway 50, O'Fallon, Illinois
618-622-1717

-Ian Froeb

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