The Ten Best New Restaurants in St. Louis 2012

Selecting the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we're chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists, and to download the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis mobile app, visit our Best of St. Louis home page.

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Jennifer Silverberg
A dish from this year's "Best New Restaurant"
The past twelve months were a strange time for new restaurants in St. Louis -- wonderfully so, in our opinion. While many new restaurants debuted, few were high-profile affairs, with big-name chefs and big-budget buildouts. Indeed, several of this year's standouts are smaller spots -- smaller, that is, in size and scope, but no less impressive in their execution and no less bold in their flavors.

Before we proceed, a few answers to the questions that this particular category always prompts.

This says the "Best New Restaurants" of 2012, but there are three months left in the year. What gives?

The Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis calendar runs from October through September, so this year's awards can include restaurants reviewed in the final quarter of 2011, while those restaurants reviewed in the final quarter of 2012* will be fair game for next year's Best of St. Louis.

* - One exception: A forthcoming review deals with a restaurant that opened in fall of 2011 and, thus, is on this year's list.

Well, what about a restaurant like Pastaria or Little Country Gentleman, which opened before your Best of St. Louis issue was published?

The earliest we review a restaurant is two months after its opening, so a restaurant that opened in August or September won't be reviewed until October or November at the earliest. If they deserve it, they'll be on next year's list.

Does this bouncing between the actual year and the "Best of St. Louis" year give you a headache?

Often.

One more thing: I couldn't help but notice that MY favorite new restaurant isn't on your list.

We're sorry. It's nothing personal. Consider this a list of ten other new restaurants for you to try. It begins on the next page.


Location Info

Baileys' Range

920 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

J. Gilbert's Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood

17 W. County Center, Des Peres, MO

Category: Restaurant

St. Louis Pho - CLOSED

3863 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Kelly English Steakhouse - CLOSED

777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights, MO

Category: Restaurant

MEDIAnoche - CLOSED

8135 Maryland Ave., Clayton, MO

Category: Restaurant

Famous Szechuan Pavilion

8615 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Siete Luminarias - CLOSED

2818 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Pint Size Bakery & Coffee

3825 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Blood & Sand

1500 St. Charles St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Cleveland-Heath

106 N. Main St., Edwardsville, IL

Category: Restaurant


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