September 25, 2013 Slideshows

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Best of St. Louis, 2013: Food & Drink 

With more than 275 winners crammed into this year's Best of St. Louis issue, there's again a lot to see in St. Louis, which is sort of our point. Inside the Food & Drink section of this year's edition, we have plenty of places worth scoping out. Here's a sort-of random sampling of the 2013 Best of St. Louis winners in the Food & Drink category. Congratulations to our winners. Now make your reservations at, or just walk-into, any of these places.
Jennifer Silverberg
"Best Chinese Restaurant - Famous Szechuan Pavilion

A onetime snow-cone stand, Famous Szechuan Pavilion now draws crowds eager to experience authentic dishes from China's Szechuan province as prepared by owner and chef Xin Lin.

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Mabel Suen
"Best Cupcakes - Whisk: A Sustainable Bakeshop

Flashy, giant, goo-filled cupcakes with increasingly wacky flavors have been all the rage lately, but they can turn off even the sweetest of teeth.

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ennifer Silverberg
Jennifer Silverberg
"Best Local Chef - Cassy Vires

This is Cassy Vires' moment. With a second successful restaurant under her belt and a nomination for Food and Wine's "People's Best New Chef-Midwest," 2013 has been a very good year for the Illinois nativ
Jennifer Silverberg
"Best Italian Restaurant (Inexpensive) - Filomena's Italian Kitchen

Filomena's Italian Kitchen, the charming, fast-casual restaurant housed in a former Wolf Camera shop, combines convenience with the satisfaction of a home-cooked meal.
Jennifer Silverberg
"Best Beer Selection - Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar

The number of excellent craft-beer bars in St. Louis continues to grow, but with 55 taps and more than 200 bottles, Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar sits atop the list.

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Jennifer Silverberg
"Best Food Truck - Cha Cha Chow

Try one of Cha Cha Chow's seasoned french fries. Maybe two? Oh, you've been so good, why not? Get that hand in there and do what your heart tells you.

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Jennifer Silverberg
Jennifer Silverberg
"Best Coffeehouse - The Mud House

The Mud House serves some of the best breakfasts in town, though there can be a wait any morning of the week.

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"Best Neighborhood Bar (City) - The Haven

Like any good neighborhood bar, the Haven (family owned since the late '40s) feels just like home.

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Mabel Suen
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"Best Steak - Tucker's Place in Soulard

Sometimes it's nice to get all gussied up and head out to a fancy steak house with its expensive cuts of beef, shamefully pricey wine lists and sumptuous surroundings. Other times you just want meat. On
"Best Italian Restaurant (Not Cheap) - Giovanni's on the Hill

With a guest list that includes Oprah Winfrey, Frank Sinatra and multiple presidents, Giovanni's is not exactly the place to go for some t-ravs and pizza. It is, however, the place
Jennifer Silverberg
"Best Place for Daytime Drinking - Gringo

Step 1: Pull up a bar stool. Step 2: Leave your sunglasses on. (The rays pouring through the wall-to-wall windows of this new, Central West End cantina allow for the legitimate use of indoor shades.)<
Mabel Suen
"Best Burger - Iowa Buffet

Iowa Buffet cooks up the best little affordable burger between buns that you've probably never heard of — until now. Sorry, regulars, but this old-fashioned hideaway is just too good to not share.

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Jennifer Silverberg
"Best Place to Meet Women - Blood & Sand

Many a young lady can be found unwinding here after a long day at the office, waiting demurely for a gentleman who is bold enough of spirit to implore the barkeep to allow his approach. It may be gimmi
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Jennifer Silverberg
"Best Chinese Restaurant - Famous Szechuan Pavilion

A onetime snow-cone stand, Famous Szechuan Pavilion now draws crowds eager to experience authentic dishes from China's Szechuan province as prepared by owner and chef Xin Lin.

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