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Top 10 Dishes of 2009 

From humble taqueria to the latest effort from the area's most celebrated young chef, each restaurant is unwilling to give St. Louis diners the same old same old. -Ian Froeb. Read full reviews of each of these restaurants.
Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
"#10: Enchiladas Michoacanas at Taqueria el Jalapeño
Taqueria el Jalapeño owner Juan Villa samples one of his restaurant's many dishes.

"These are corn tortillas sprinkled with chopped onions and a tangy
Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
"#9: Andhra Chicken Curry at Mayuri
LN Rao Chilakala, co-owner of Mayuri.

"The Andhra chicken builds its fire with each bite: It begins with a sharp heat tinged with fruity sweetness and a faint tang of yogurt. The chicken and
Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
"#8: Neapolitan Pizza at the Good Pie

"The key to any Neapolitan pizza is the quality of its crust, and at its best, the Good Pie's is very good: Crisp on the bottom, and even dotted here and there with char, but with an ever-so-tender
Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
"#7: Banh mi dac biet at Phuc Loi
Chau Van at Phuc Loi.

"Banh mi are delicious and shockingly cheap. At Phuc Loi $3.50 scores you the banh mi dac biet, which layers ham, headcheese and pât&e
Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
"#6: Seared Scallop in Charmoula Broth at Fond
In the kitchen at Fond.

"A single plump scallop, its top seared chestnut brown, was nestled among thickly sliced carrot. At tableside a server poured a vegetable broth sp
Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
"#5: Beef-Brisket Sandwich at Winslow's Home

"The brisket, from local butcher Baumann's Fine Meats, is roasted overnight and served with mayo and Havarti cheese on toasted flaxseed bread. It's damn tasty. The brisket is thickly sliced
Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
"#4: "Papasan Roll" at Miso on Meramec

The "Papasan Roll" is the standout of new chef's Eliott Harris' menu. Inside is a straightforward combination of cucumber, avocado and snow-crab meat. Draped atop the rice outside the roll is a pi
Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
"#3: Saturday Tasting Menu at Local Harvest Cafê & Catering
Local Harvest co-owner Patrick Horine.

"The morning of your meal, chef Clara Moore visits the market and from her purchases assembles your dinner. Mine took plac
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"#2: Garlic-Crusted Chicken Breast at Monarch
Executive chef Josh Galliano sips his morning coffee alongside chef Barbara Greenberg.

"Chicken dishes are often a sop to the unadventurous diner, but chef Josh Galliano's
Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
"#1: Octopus at Taste by Niche
The kitchen at Taste by Niche.

"Each serving -- each bite -- was a revelation. I didn't know octopus could be this delicious, or this tender. The tentacles are roasted with onion and olive oil be
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Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
"#10: Enchiladas Michoacanas at Taqueria el Jalapeño
Taqueria el Jalapeño owner Juan Villa samples one of his restaurant's many dishes.

"These are corn tortillas sprinkled with chopped onions and a tangy
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