Naturally, I fall back on food to explain myself. Here's my favorite meal to prepare at home — my favorite meal, period. Nothing in it is particular to St. Louis, but when I think of the times I've been happiest here, I think of the occasions I've prepared and enjoyed this dinner.

It's utterly simple and, assuming I don't screw it up, as flavorful as any of the other 99 dishes on this list: a roast chicken (I follow the basic recipe at the very beginning of Thomas Keller's Bouchon cookbook; all you need is a chicken — a fryer is the perfect size for two — butcher's twine, salt and pepper); potatoes, also roasted in the oven; and Brussels sprouts sautéed in bacon fat because hell, yeah, bacon.

Putting together this list of my 100 favorite St. Louis dishes has been a blast. While some of these dishes have been drawn from recent reviews, most are old favorites I was more than happy to revisit. Still, after working on the project for more than a year, I've had my fill of looking back — for now, anyway. There are dozens of new restaurants I have yet to try, dozens of towns and neighborhoods on both sides of the river that, shamefully, after eight years, I have yet to visit.

Behold No. 3: Harvest's bread pudding.
Kholood Eid
Behold No. 3: Harvest's bread pudding.

Location Info


Sidney Street Cafe

2000 Sidney St.
St. Louis, MO 63104

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: St. Louis - Soulard

Those who think there are more than 100 St. Louis dishes worth celebrating or that I picked the wrong 100 will be pleased to know that my fellow Gut Check writers will soon begin a new countdown of their 100 favorites. If there's a dish you think they should try, don't hesitate to let them know.

As for me, if my next list of 100 favorite St. Louis dishes isn't at least half composed of dishes from restaurants I have yet to visit — restaurants that might not even exist yet — then I'll have failed in my mission as a food writer.

So here's to the next 100 — and the 100 after that.

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