More St. Louis Love from Eater, Food & Wine
The national nods to St. Louis restaurants continue. We've already noted that, as part of its weeklong celebration of cocktails, national food-blogging empire Eater has Taste (4584 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-1200) among its "38 Essential Cocktail Bars" nationwide and Blood & Sand (1500 St. Charles Street; 314-241-7263) among the "21 Hottest Cocktail Bars Across the U.S."
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Today, Eater includes two St. Louis establishments on its list of "15 Over-the-Top Bloody Marys Across the U.S.": Half & Half (8135 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-0719) and Mosaic (1001 Washington Avenue; 314-621-6001).
Eater salutes Half & Half for its Bloody Mary garnished -- if something that nearly covers the entire top of the glass can be called a garnish -- with a Schlafly-beer-battered pickle. Mosaic receives notice for its "inside-out" Bloody Mary, a sort of vodka maritini with frozen cubes of Bloody Mary mix.
Other "over-the-top" Bloody Marys on Eater's list include one topped with a smoked pork rib and another garnished with a long skewer of pickles, cheeses, olives and even a fried chicken wing.
Meanwhile -- and we're a little behind on our magazine reading, so we're a little late with this -- the December issue of Food & Wine magazine names Gerard Craft of Niche, Brasserie by Niche, Taste and the new, thermonuclear-hot Pastaria one of its ten "Empire Builders" for 2012.
As for why the magazine picked Craft, the magazine states, "Because he's giving St. Louis culinary credibility, with everything from a modern American restaurant to a French brasserie and a cocktail bar."
1500 St. Charles St., St. Louis, MO
8135 Maryland Ave., Clayton, MO
1001 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO
7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, MO
4580 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, MO
4584 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, MO
7734 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO