Recently, an RFT
writer's uncle sent her an e-mail saying he'd be coming into town on business. He asked where he should take his clients for dinner. "When I think of St. Louis, all I think of is Applebee's," he wrote. That may have been the case a few years back, but not any more. St. Louis now has some of the best restaurants in the nation. Period. An American Place serves up fresh, first-rate feasts on par with the best of San Francisco, with polished service and lush appointments to match. Red Moon has wowed food-mag critics nationwide with its French-Asian fusion. And speaking of fusion, we've got a trifecta of restaurants -- Mirasol, Mosaic, Momos -- that have perfected that trendy cuisine, not just aped it for show. Chicago'd better watch its back.