3. The "Hunter's Egg" at Mad Tomato (8000 Carondelet Avenue, Clayton; 314-932-5733) The "Hunter's Egg," one of the antipasti on the menu at Vito Racanelli Jr's latest venture, is an egg poached in tomato broth and then served in that broth over thick polenta, with tomato, al dente white beans and chopped pancetta. It could easily be a satisfying main dish for one. It is rich, yes, with the egg yolk and the creamy polenta, but the brightness of good tomatoes keeps it in check. This is the sort of dish you crave on the first cold morning of fall. (from "Hear, Hear," September 1, 2011)

2. The seared scallop at Salt (4356 Lindell Boulevard; 314-932-5787) Chef Wes Johnson sears a single plump scallop, dresses it in a cracked-mustard sauce and then seals scallop and sauce with a puff of cedar smoke inside a Mason jar. The aroma strikes you as soon as you open the jar and then, having whetted your appetite, quickly dissipates. It's a clever trick — it isn't Johnson's own, nor does he claim it to be — and it would be nothing more than that if the scallop weren't so tasty, its buttery sweetness nicely offset by the sharply flavored sauce and your memory of the woodsmoke. (from "Duck Yeah," July 28, 2011)

The burger at 
Home Wine.
Jennifer Silverberg
The burger at Home Wine.

Location Info


Market Grill

728 Lafayette Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: St. Louis - Soulard

La Tejana Taqueria

3149 N. Lindbergh Blvd.
Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Category: Restaurant > Market

Region: Maryland Heights

Riverbend Restaurant & Bar

701 Utah St.
St. Louis, MO 63118

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - South City

Joy Luck Buffet

8030 Manchester Road
Brentwood, MO 63144

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: Brentwood


4584 Laclede Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Central West End

Home Wine Kitchen

7322 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO 63143

Category: Restaurant > Contemporary

Region: Maplewood

Bogart's Smokehouse

1627 S. 9th St.
St. Louis, MO 63104

Category: Restaurant > Barbecue

Region: St. Louis - Midtown

Mad Tomato

8000 Carondelet
Clayton, MO 63105

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Clayton


4356 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: St. Louis - Central West End

Salume Beddu

3467 Hampton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: St. Louis - The Hill

1. Pork ribs at Salume Beddu (3467 Hampton Avenue; 314-353-3100) An occasional special at the acclaimed south-city salumeria, which began serving lunch this spring, these ribs are the most beguiling — and delicious — thing I ate all year. The dish begins with a dry rub called ras el hanout, a Moroccan blend of more than twenty different, warming spices; ginger, mace, clove, nutmeg, cardamom and even a little ground-up rose petal among them. After curing, the ribs are steamed at low temperature for three to four hours and then, when you order them, given a quick charring. The flavor is almost indescribable. An initial hit of olive oil and lemon slices through the browned exterior then gives way to the complexity of the ras el hanout, whose warmth and pungency fills out the pork's natural blend of savor and sweetness. The meat is so tender that if you didn't know, you might assume it had cooked low and slow over smoldering wood. (from "Grand Salami," May 26, 2011)

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