Wine Spectator 2012 Awards Promotes One, Omits Three St. Louis Restaurants

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We learned last week that Wine Spectator magazine's 2012 awards for restaurant wine lists would promote Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar (1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-449-6700) from its first-tier "Award of Excellence" to the grammatically knotty second-tier "Best of Award of Excellence." Now, we have a copy of the awards issue here at Gut Check International Headquarters, and the list of area winners is largely -- thought not entirely -- unchanged from last year's.

In total, Wine Spectator honored 3,795 restaurants worldwide this year. That honor comes at a cost, however: Each restaurant must pay a $250 entry fee when it submits its list for consideration.

No new restaurants joined the list this year, and Balaban's received the only promotion. Three restaurants that were on last year's list are gone from this year's: Cafe Napoli (7754 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-863-5731), Cardwell's at the Plaza (1701 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-997-8885) and Monarch (7401 Manchester Road, Mapelwood).

Monarch, of course, closed in March of this year. Toni Collins, general manager at Cardwell's, tells Gut Check that the restaurant decided not to apply this year. We have a call in to Cafe Napoli to see if that's also the case there.

Award of Excellence 2012

Charlie Gitto's (5226 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8898)
Charlie Gitto's (15525 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield; 636-536-2199)
Eleven Eleven Mississippi (1111 Mississippi Avenue; 314-241-9999)
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar (1855 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-567-7610)
J. Buck's (101 South Hanley Road, Clayton; 314-725-4700)
Lucas Park Grille (1234 Washington Avenue; 314-241-7770)
The Melting Pot (6683 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-725-4141)
The Melting Pot (Clayton Road & South Woods Mill Road, Town & Country; 636-207-6358)
Mike Shannon's Steaks and Seafood (620 Market Street; 314-421-1540)
Morton's the Steakhouse (7822 Bonhomme Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-4008)
Remy's Kitchen & Wine Bar (222 South Bemiston Avenue, Clayton; 314-726-5757)
Tony's (410 Market Street; 314-231-7007)
Vin De Set (2017 Chouteau Avenue; 314-241-8989)

Best of Award of Excellence 2012

Annie Gunn's (16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield; 636-532-7684)
Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar (1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-449-6700)
Gerard's Restaurant (1153 Colonnade Center, Des Peres; 314-821-7977)
Truffles (9202 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314-567-9100)

Location Info

Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar

1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, MO

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Napoli

7754 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, MO

Category: Restaurant

Cardwell's at the Plaza

94 Frontenac Pl Dr, St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Monarch Event Space

7401 Manchester Road, Maplewood, MO

Category: Restaurant

Charlie Gitto's-The Hill

5226 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Charlie Gitto's-Chesterfield

15525 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO

Category: Restaurant

Eleven Eleven Mississippi

1111 Mississippi Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

1855 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

J. Buck's

101 S. Hanley Road, Clayton, MO

Category: Restaurant

Lucas Park Grille

1234 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Melting Pot-University City

6683 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO

Category: Music

Mike Shannon's Steaks and Seafood

620 Market St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

The Melting Pot-Town & Country

Clayton Road and S. Woods Mill Road, Town & Country, MO

Category: Restaurant

Morton's The Steakhouse

7822 Bonhomme Ave, Clayton, MO

Category: Restaurant

Remy's Kitchen & Wine Bar

222 S. Bemiston Ave., Clayton, MO

Category: Music

Tony's

410 Market St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Vin De Set Rooftop Bar and Bistro

2017 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Annie Gunn's

16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, MO

Category: Restaurant

Gerard's Restaurant

1153 Colonnade Center, Des Peres, MO

Category: Restaurant

Truffles

9202 Clayton Road, Ladue, MO

Category: Music


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