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Even though we've named Riverbend Restaurant & Bar (701 Utah Street; 314-664-8443) one of the best Cajun/Creole restaurants in St. Louis ever since it's been open, it's perpetually underrated. Owner Sam Kogos thinks it may be because of Riverbend's out-of-the-way location. If you do find it, Kogos is certain you'll be surprised by the food.
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"We're serving what I think is the most authentic Cajun/Creole food in town," Kogos tells Gut Check. "Me and my cousin, who is my chef -- we're the only ones in town who actually were born and raised in New Orleans, had a restaurant in New Orleans, cooked in New Orleans."More »