Zagat Gives St. Louis Some Love with Must-Visit List

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We named Farmhaus the best restaurant to open in 2010. | Jennifer Silverberg

International food guidebook Zagat has really been giving St. Louis some love lately. A few weeks ago it named the new restaurant Spare No Rib as one of the fifteen hottest barbecue joints in the country. Now Zagat has released a guide to the hottest restaurants and bars in our fair city. It's pretty much the places you'd expect, but maybe people will recognize St. Louis' burgeoning culinary scene.

See also: Spare No Rib Lands on Zagat's 15 Hottest Barbecue Restaurants

The best breweries on Zagat's list are Perennial Artisan Ales and Urban Chestnut Brewing, which it says "is like a museum dedicated to the art and science of craft brewing."

For dinner, Zagat obviously chose (and not without merit) Niche, mentioning owner Gerard Craft's five James Beard Award nominations. The other pick is Farmhaus. Craft gets another nod for cocktails at Taste, as does Blood and Sand.

Sump Coffee was named one of the best for snacks -- "The off-the-beaten-path shop is a destination both for its reclaimed wood coffee bar and the single-origin coffees that it serves. You won't find sugar in this establishment, and milk is reserved for specific coffee drinks like dirty chai lattes and cortados." You can probably guess the other pick: Strange Donuts.

For brunch, Zagat likes Olio and calls out Ben Poremba's other culinary ventures. Bogart's Smokehouse gets a shoutout for lunch, but Zagat wisely advises readers to show up early.

You can read the full reviews here. Did Zagat get it right? What restaurant do you think should have been on the list?

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Location Info

Niche

7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, MO

Category: Restaurant

Perennial Artisan Ales

8125 Michigan Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

4465 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Farmhaus

3257 Ivanhoe Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Taste

4584 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Blood & Sand

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

Category: Restaurant

Sump Coffee

3700 S. Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Strange Donuts

2709 Sutton Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Olio

1634 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Bogart's Smokehouse

1627 S. 9th St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

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8 comments
mpt343
mpt343

I think the tasting menu at acero in maplewood is one of the most underrated culinary experiences in St. Louis

Basso
Basso

We're up there, too. Stop by and enjoy our 32 beers on tap!

Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin

Ironic...I am sitting at spare no rib as I read this!

Scooter Von Donaken
Scooter Von Donaken

I just licked that picture. Sometimes I disgust myself. Ick I just did it again.

Laura Jean
Laura Jean

It also lists Cielo at The Four Seasons, and Basso at The Cheshire, in case you missed that.

Maria Sparks
Maria Sparks

It's always the same few places. Where are the unknowns that are rockin' the STL?! Check out Layla and Rise in the grove or Tavalo V in the loop. All really great, below the radar places.

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