"There is no denying the pedigree behind St. Louis' most talked about new restaurant, the Libertine. Executive chef Josh Galliano is a veritable legend in the St. Louis culinary community, best known for his time at the acclaimed, yet now shuttered, Monarch. He has garnered several James Beard Award nominations and last year won Food and Wine's 'People's Best New Chef-Midwest' award. In other words, he is kind of a big deal."
We review the twenty restaurants that opened for business in 2013 that in some way changed the dining landscape of St. Louis. This list is in alphabetical order with the exception of the top spot, which in 2013 goes to The Libertine (7927 Forsyth Blvd.), Josh Galliano's new Clayton restaurant.
The Libertine, a trendy Clayton eatery and craft cocktail bar, is brought to life by Food and Wine’s “People’s Best New Chef-Midwest 2012” John Galliano. Billing itself as a neighborhood eatery, the menu features an eclectic array of American, farm-to-table style small plates and entrée size options with a slight nod to Galliano’s Southern heritage. The Three Little Birds, an outstanding stack of juicy game hen, chicken and quail, served atop creamy grits, is a well-deserved Libertine signature. Also notable are the fiery scorched peppers (they are quite spicy) with molasses bacon and the whimsical buffalo style “pig tails” with whipped gorgonzola and brown butter polenta. For burger aficionados, do not pass up the diner burger an oozing stack of locally raised beef, molasses bacon caramelized onions and house made “cheese whiz” (white cheddar foam). The rich bun, griddled in bacon fat, makes this sandwich positively sinful. The Libertine is equal part craft cocktail bar where the mixologists use seasonal ingredients and house-made cordials and bitters to create inspired libations. Patrons will notice classics like the Manhattan or rum and Coke all dressed up with The Libertines special twist.