Best Takeout Counter (Gourmet) St. Louis 2011 - The Smokehouse Market
If you were to judge restaurants and markets by deliciousness per square foot, the Smokehouse Market would be the runaway victor. This gourmet market is tiny -- if it's even moderately busy, passing a fellow shopper in one of its aisles becomes an intricate dance -- but you can't move an inch without spotting, at a conservative guess, three dozen things you want to eat right this second. The deli turns out top-notch sandwiches featuring the Smokehouse's incredible smoked meats; you can also make a sandwich of your own from the market's barbecue (the pulled pork and beef brisket are especially good). Planning a picnic? The Smokehouse Market offers incredible smoked sausages and a wide selection of gourmet cheeses, plus housemade pasta salads. Need to impress the company you invited for dinner? The market has meats and sides ready for you -- and did we mention that it shares its address with one of the area's top restaurants, Annie Gunn's? Don't worry. We won't give away your secret.