#80: A Buttermilk Cake Doughnut from O'Fashion Donuts

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O'Fashion's buttermilk cake doughnut.| Cheryl Baehr

Like most patrons, I'd been going to O'Fashion Donuts (1904 South Vandeventer Avenue; 314-776-9975) for years without realizing I didn't know it's name. "You know -- that little place on Southwest" is how people typically refer to this tiny doughnut shack. What it lacks in name recognition it makes up for in taste, and nowhere is this more evident than in its buttermilk cake doughnut.

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#81: Cantina Laredo's "Torta De Carnitas"

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The "Torta de Carnitas" sandwich from Cantina Laredo. | Courtesy Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo (7710 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-725-2447) looks less like a Cantina in Laredo and more like a polished golf resort in Scottsdale. Naturally, one questions whether this trendy Dallas-based chain is capable of producing food with substance. The "Torta De Carnitas" erases any doubts.

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#82: The Chicken Schwarma Sandwich from Al-Tarboush Deli

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The tastiest isn't always the prettiest. | Cheryl Baehr

The chicken schwarma sandwich from Al-Tarboush Deli (602 Westgate Avenue, University City; 314-725-1944) is not exactly pleasing to the eye: It's sloppy, falling apart and looks like a mess to eat. These characteristics may be bad for aesthetic value, but they're what make this classic Middle Eastern wrap a flavor masterpiece.

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#83: Provel Cheese Sticks at Biggie's Restaurant & Bar

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Provel cheese sticks at Biggie's Restaurant & Bar. | Kate Bockhold

Biggie's Restaurant & Bar (3332 Watson Road; 314-781-0060) may be Gawker's worst nightmare: It's located in south St. Louis, arguably the most "St. Louis-y" part of town. It coats beef tenderloin in white wine, mushrooms and ham, serves all of its pastas with an optional cheesy-bake and -- as its biggest offense -- serves hand-breaded Provel sticks as its signature appetizer.

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#84: The Kale, Artichoke & Smoked Bacon Dip at the Restaurant at the Cheshire

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The kale, artichoke and smoked bacon dip at the Restaurant at the Cheshire. | Nancy Stiles

When our server at the Restaurant at the Cheshire (6300 Clayton Road; 314-647-7300) placed the dish of molten kale and bacon-flecked dip before us, she made a bold claim: "This is going to change your life." She wasn't joking.

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#84: Crispy Pig Tails at the Libertine

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Crispy pig tails at the Libertine. | Jennifer Silverberg

When chef Josh Galliano cooked at the James Beard house last October, he prepared dishes for his Along the Mighty Mississippi feast that best represented his cooking style. It's no surprise, then, that the first item out of the kitchen was the Libertine's (7927 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-862-2999) signature dish: crispy pig tails.

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#85: The Meatball Sandwich at Leonardo's Kitchen and Wine Bar

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The meatball sandwich at Leonardo's Kitchen and Wine Bar. | Mabel Suen

On its own, a loaf of fresh-from-the-oven cheese garlic bread may be the world's most perfect food. Top it with housemade meatballs like they do at Leonardo's Kitchen (2130 Macklind Avenue; 314-664-1410), and it becomes sandwich bliss.

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#86: The Bone-In Strip Steak at 801 Chophouse

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A perfectly cooked strip steak at 801 Chophouse. | Jennifer Silverberg

801 Chophouse (137 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-875-9900) may be the city's most luxe dining experience, and that opulence comes at a price. If one is going to fork over a week's hard-earned salary for dinner, the steaks had better deliver. They do.

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#87: The Roasted Chicken Spinach Flatbread at Cooper's Legendary American Pub

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The flatbread at Cooper's Legendary American Pub steals the show. | Mabel Suen

The bars of Main Street in St. Charles tend to blend in with one another, and from the outside, Cooper's Legendary American Pub (140 North Main Street, St. Charles; 636-724-5505) is no exception. However, step inside this humble bar and grill, order the roasted chicken spinach flatbread, and it quickly becomes clear that Cooper's is a standout.

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#88: Ramen at Death in the Afternoon

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A hot bowl of Death in the Afternoon's ramen for a cold winter day. | Jennifer Silverberg

No matter how many layers one dons, it's nearly impossible to stay warm in this frigid February weather -- unless one heads to Death in the Afternoon (808 Chestnut Street; 314-621-3236) for a bowl of its steaming hot ramen.

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