#61: Pumpkin Maple Latte at Kaldi's Coffee

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The pumpkin maple latte at Kaldi's Coffee. | Zoe Klein

This time of year, pumpkin spice lattes are about as ubiquitous as falling leaves and decorative gourds. There's something about that first chill in the air that whips folks into a squash-guzzling frenzy -- and everyone from beer brewers to dog-biscuit manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon.

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#62: Casconcelli at Giovanni's Kitchen

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Giovanni's Kitchen's casconcelli. | Mabel Suen

"Luxurious" is the word that kept coming to mind as I savored bite after bite of the casconcelli at Giovanni's Kitchen (8831 Ladue Road, Ladue; 314-721-4100). Chef Alessandro Bozzatto's handmade half-moon-shaped pasta is like edible silk -- good enough to be enjoyed on its own, but positively decadent when he tosses in a treasure trove of goodies.

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#63: Athlete Eats' Bibimbap Bowl

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The bibimbap bowl at Atlhete Eats. | Jennifer Silverberg

Simon and Angelica Lusky have a sacred responsibility: feeding the St. Louis Cardinals. Perhaps it is merely a coincidence that ever since Mr. Lusky came on the scene as their nutritionist, the Redbirds have been on a tear. (OK, they have always been winners, but Lusky has kept up the streak.) Could Atlhete Eats' (2837 Cherokee Street; 314-932-5566) bibimbap bowl be the key to their success?

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#64: Salt + Smoke's Beef Brisket

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The beef brisket at Salt + Smoke. | Jennifer Silverberg

St. Louis barbecue is a crowded field: It seems a new smokehouse opens every week, each one as delicious as the last. Just when the market seemed to be saturated, restaurateur Tom Schmidt decided to get into the game, turning his Mediterranean restaurant Nico into Salt +Smoke (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-0200), a temple of smoked meat.

See Also: Review: Salt + Smoke Distinguishes Itself in the Crowd of New St. Louis Barbecue

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#65: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites at Lulu's Local Eatery

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Buffalo cauliflower bites at Lulu's Local Eatery. | Jennifer Silverberg

Lulu's Local Eatery (3201 South Grand Boulevard; 314-357-7717) is vegan, and by extension healthy, nutritious and light -- the kind of place one visits, and afterwards considers signing up for a half marathon and home brewing kombucha. That's all fine and good, but what happens when the devil on the other shoulder begs for some guilt-inducing deep-fried fare?

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#66: Home Wine Kitchen's Shortbread Sea-Salt Biscuits

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Shortbread sea-salt biscuits with watermelon jam at Home Wine Kitchen | Cheryl Baehr

Narrowing down a favorite brunch item at Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676) is like choosing a favorite child. Red wine braised pork belly versus crab-covered poached eggs? It's just not fair.

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#67: Death in the Afternoon's Grilled Mahi Mahi Sandwich

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The grilled mahi mahi sandwich at Death in the Afternoon | Jennifer Silverberg

The grilled mahi mahi sandwich at Death in the Afternoon (808 Chestnut Street; 314-621-3236) is so beautiful it could grace the pages of a glossy food magazine. Its sesame-studded, perfectly round bun glistens with a buttery sheen, and the grill marks on the gossamer piece of fish look as if they were drawn on with a ruler's precision. One bite into this luscious sandwich, however, proves that it's more than just a pretty face.

See Also: Review: Death in the Afternoon Makes Lunch the Most Important Meal of the Day

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#68: The Brisket Burger at Three Flags Tavern

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The brisket burger at Three Flags Tavern. | Corey Woodruff

"You know," the bartender said as she leaned in a little closer. "The servers from O'Connell's [Pub] come in here for our burger."

It's no wonder she had such a hushed tone. O'Connell's Pub has legendary burgers. That some of the employees have been spotted bellying up to the bar at Three Flags Tavern (4940 Southwest Avenue; 314-669-9222) for the brisket burger is akin to catching a Schlafly employee with a bottle of Busch. But who can blame them? Three Flags Tavern's brisket burger is, without question, the town's reigning burger champ.


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#69: Siam's Kimchi Hot Pot

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Siam's kimchi hot pot. | Mabel Suen

Siam (4121 Manchester Avenue; 314-533-7426) is a happening 3 a.m. bar on one of the town's hippest streets, but there is more to this Grove hot spot than the booze, music and revelry. Chef Tyler Davis heads up Siam's kitchen, preparing updated takes on pan-Asian cuisine and makes sure that patrons have some good eats before hitting the dance floor.

See Also: Siam Aims to Be a Place to Eat, Drink and Be Bear-y: Review



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#70: Urban Chestnut's "Strammer Max"

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The "Strammer Max" sandwich at Urban Chestnut. | Jennifer Silverberg

Urban Chestnut's (4465 Manchester Avenue; 314-222-0143) chef Andy Fair says that people come to the Grove Brewery and Bierhall, first and foremost, for the beer. This may be true, but his creative twist on classic German food gives the suds a run for their money.

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