Our 20 Favorite Restaurant Openings of 2013

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Collage made up of photos by Jon Gitchoff and Jennifer Silverberg.

As the year winds ever closer to its end, we here at Gut Check are getting awfully nostalgic for the year that is and was 2013. In celebration, we compiled a list of the twenty restaurants, coffee shops, bars, burger shacks, BBQ joints, and so on that opened for business in 2013 and changed the dining landscape of St. Louis for the better.

This list is in alphabetical order with the exception of the top spot, which in 2013 goes to The Libertine (7927 Forsyth Boulevard), Josh Galliano's new Clayton restaurant. The other nineteen are listed but not ranked. All the love.

See also: Impeccable Element Is Lafayette Square's Newest Jewel

The Libertine
[Opened in May]

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Jennifer Silverberg
The dining room at the Libertine -- a "neighborhood eatery" in Clayton -- which opened in May.

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Jennifer Silverberg
The twice-cooked duck egg, garden-vegetable salad and chicken-fat sherry vinaigrette.

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Jennifer Silverberg
Ramen -- soft poached egg, noodles, molasses bacon and pickled shiitakes -- from the lunch menu.

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Adam's Smokehouse
[Opened in October]

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Mabel Suen
A tri-tip sandwich.

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Mabel Suen
A smoked salami sandwich with a sampling of ribs, potato salad and coleslaw.

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Mabel Suen
Order at the counter to eat in or carry out.

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Baida
[Opened in September]

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Nancy Stiles
Eggplant stuffed with grouper.

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Nancy Stiles
Tomatoes stuffed with a goat cheese sauce.

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Nancy Stiles
Zaaluk, fresh eggplant and tomato blended with olive oil, cilantro, garlic and cumin, with herb crostini.

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Blueprint Coffee
[Opened on Labor Day]

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Nancy Stiles
Cesmach coffee: It's better from a beaker.

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Nancy Stiles
Toasted French peasant bread with Havarti cheese and Cesmach coffee.

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Nancy Stiles
People watching on Delmar.

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Central Table Food Hall
[Opened in May]

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Jennifer Silverberg
Decadent bone marrow with grilled bread, watercress and shallots.

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Jennifer Silverberg
Wine in the beverage cooler at Central Table Food Hall.

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Jennifer Silverberg
Martell Barnett prepares a tomato-basil panini.

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Chubbies
[Opened in February]

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Jennifer Silverberg
A "Double Chubbie Cheddar" comes stacked with two patties, cheddar and carmelized onions. Seen here with the addition of bacon and a side of crinkle fries.

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Jennifer Silverberg
Chubbie's facade, 6227 Delmar Boulevard. "Just read the words printed across the windows burgers, wings, frozen custard and envision the hordes of hungry students walking back from campus to their new Wash. U. digs." -- Ian Froeb

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Jennifer Silverberg
Frozen custard with Oreos.


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Corner 17
[Opened in August]

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Mabel Suen
Ramen with beef and bok choy.

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Mabel Suen
Milk tea.

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Mabel Suen
Co-owner Guang Zhao behind the counter.

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Cucina Pazzo
[Opened in November]

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Nancy Stiles
Housemade linguini with shrimp and clams.

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Nancy Stiles
Swordfish with spinach and potatoes.

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Nancy Stiles
Get a front-row seat to Euclid Avenue.


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Element
[Opened in August]

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Corey Woodruff
Element's hamburger is served on a brioche bun with cheddar, bacon and egg.

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Corey Woodruff
Element's dining room.

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Mabel Suen
Element's Reuben sandwich with side salad.

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Juniper
[Opened in October]

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Mabel Suen
Juniper's chicken and waffles dish with pickled watermelon rind.

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Mabel Suen
Kale salad with cornbread croutons.

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Mabel Suen
Outside Juniper in the Central West End.


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La Patisserie Chouquette
[Opened in March]

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Mabel Suen
Clockwise from bottom left: The "Ooh La La" ($4.50) strawberry-pistachio tart, a "Bananas Foster Bombe" ($5) and a "Mille Crepe" ($4.25) flavored with white chocolate and Matcha.

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Mabel Suen

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Mabel Suen

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Melt
[Opened in March]

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Mabel Suen
The "Violet Beauregarde" with bleuberry coulis, blueberries.

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Mabel Suen
A "Blue Ox" cornmeal waffle with caramelized onions, slow cooked brisket,

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Mabel Suen
Inside Melt on Cherokee Street.


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Mi Linh
[Opened in May]

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Jennifer Silverberg
The dac biet combination plates comes with grilled and shredded pork, paste egg cake, egg over easy and bean curd skin-wrap with shrimp.

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Jennifer Silverberg
Mi Linh's dining room.

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Jennifer Silverberg
Mi vit tiem, the five-herb duck, is slow-cooked and served over egg noodles and baby bok choy.

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Mike Shannon's Grill
[Opened in March]

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Jennifer Silverberg
The "BBBB" is barbecued burger made of a blend of bison, blue cheese and bacon on a brioche bun.

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Jennifer Silverberg
The "Moscow Mule" is vodka, ginger beer and lime.

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Jennifer Silverberg
The bar at Mike Shannon's in Edwardsville.


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Mission Taco
[Opened in February]

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Jennifer Silverberg
The tacos offered at Mission Taco, from left to right, are: napoles (roasted cactus, poblano, caramelized onion, goat cheese, roasted jalapeno salsa); roasted duck (shredded chile-roasted duck, crisp pork belly, avocado serrano sauce); Mofu tofu (chile grilled local tofu, avocado, arugula, ancho barbecue sauce, grilled onions); carne asada (grilled flank steak, baby arugula, creamy avocado serrano sauce, queso fresco); Yucatan chicken (achiote marinated chicken, pickled onion, fiery arbol salsa, queso fresco); Cochinita pibil (achiote marinated pork shoulder, slow roasted in banana leaf with pickled onion and ancho barbecue sauce); Baja fish tacos (wood grilled or fried, chipolte baja sauce, cabbage, pico de gallo, queso fresco); beef brisket birria (slow-roasted brisket, pork belly carnitas, avocado, fiery arbol sauce). Shown with grilled-vegetable quinoa and roasted street corn.

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Jennifer Silverberg
The Chorihuevo torta brings chorizo, fried egg, pickled jalapeno, smashed black beans, Chihuahua, garlic lime mayo.

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Jennifer Silverberg
Owner and chef Jason Tilford's ten-year-old son, Julian, eating some roasted street corn.

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Piccione Pastry
[Opened in April]

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Mabel Suen
Espresso hazelnut, pistachio and strawberry cannolis.

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Mabel Suen
Chocolate and coffee checker cassata cake, a rum soaked sponge cake.

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Mabel Suen
Inside Piccione Pastry, located in the Delmar Loop.


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Rise
[Opened in September]

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Mabel Suen
Co-owner Jessie Mueller prepares coffee with a kalita wave dripper.

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Mabel Suen
Rise's latte ($4).

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Mabel Suen
A variety of options from Whisk Bakeshop.

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Strange Donuts
[Opened in October]

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Jon Gitchoff
Jason Bockman, left, and Tyler Fenwick, right, work in the kitchen as patrons begin lining up outside Strange Donuts.

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Jon Gitchoff
The Bart's Revenge donut which is chocolate with a Butterfinger topping.

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Jon Gitchoff
The pumpkin spice classic donut.


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Table
[Opened in June]

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Jennifer Silverberg
The lobster roll comes with white truffle mayo, shaved celery, matchstick fries and tomato jam.

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Jennifer Silverberg
Country-style pork ribs with red wine barbecue sauce.

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Jennifer Silverberg
"The Table" at Table.

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Tree House
[Opened in June]

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Jennifer Silverberg
Obaachan's -- or Grandma's -- udon soup is a bowl of noodles, vegan dashi, red miso, cabbage, shiitake mushroom, scallion, tofu and a side of kimchi. Here, it's seen with the optional hard-boiled egg.

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Jennifer Silverberg
Like everything else here, the jambalaya is vegetarian, made with smoked spicy vegan sausage, brown rice, bell pepper, tomato, celery, garlic and onion, and served with cornbread.

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Jennifer Silverberg
Bar manager Billy Holley crafts cocktails.

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The Libertine

7927 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO

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15 comments
Annette Pentecost
Annette Pentecost

I've only heard of Mike Shannons and Strange Donuts but haven't been to any on the list.

Stacey Barbeau
Stacey Barbeau

need to go to delmar... lots of yummies on that stretch!

DontBeEvilMan
DontBeEvilMan

@RiverfrontTimes I'm a little sad Starr's new BBQ place is not on this list.... but then I remember our 8 other restaurants and I understand

DontBeEvilMan
DontBeEvilMan

@RiverfrontTimes I'm a little sad Starr's new BBQ place is not on this list.... but than I remember our 8 other restaurants and I understand

johndoe
johndoe

Alumni downtown should have got a sniff. 

Tom Halaska
Tom Halaska

Lots of friends on this list. Can't wait to see what 2014 brings!

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