Eater "Heat Maps" St. Louis

The national food-restaurant blogging empire Eater has yet to open up a St. Louis branch and give us local food-media types a serious case of agita. But the folks at Eater definitely have us on their radar, and they recently asked me to help assemble a "Heat Map" of St. Louis hottest new(ish) restaurants.

The choices include some of the highest profile openings of the past few months: Gerard Craft's Pastaria (7734 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-862-6603), Marcella's Mia Sorella (14426 Clayton Road, Ballwin; 636-333-1015) and Little Country Gentleman (8135 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-0719).

There is barbecue from Sugarfire Smokehouse (9200 Olive Boulevard, Suite 114, Olivette; 314-997-2301), burgers from 5-Star Burgers (8125 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-720-4350) and Korean-Mexican fusion from the bricks-and-mortar Seoul Taco (571 Melville Avenue, University City; 314-863-1148).

And even though it's been open for a while longer than these other places, I'm still buzzing about my visits to Blood & Sand (1500 St. Charles Street; 314-241-7263).

Alas, two ventures that are certain to be much-discussed entered their soft-opening phases only after we put this list together: Ben Poremba's Elaia and Olio and Zoë Robinson Pidgeon's Bar Les Frères. All the more reason for Eater to return sooner rather than later.

Location Info


7734 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Sugarfire Smoke House

9200 Olive Blvd., Olivette, MO

Category: Restaurant

Five Star Burgers

8125 Maryland Ave., Clayton, MO

Category: Restaurant

Seoul Taco

6665 Delmar Blvd, University City, MO

Category: Restaurant

Blood & Sand

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

Category: Restaurant

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