Our 20 Favorite Restaurant Openings of 2013

Collage made up of photos by Jon Gitchoff and Jennifer Silverberg.
Collage made up of photos by Jon Gitchoff and Jennifer Silverberg.

As the year winds ever closer to its end, we here at Gut Check are getting awfully nostalgic for the year that is and was 2013. In celebration, we compiled a list of the twenty restaurants, coffee shops, bars, burger shacks, BBQ joints, and so on that opened for business in 2013 and changed the dining landscape of St. Louis for the better.

This list is in alphabetical order with the exception of the top spot, which in 2013 goes to The Libertine (7927 Forsyth Boulevard), Josh Galliano's new Clayton restaurant. The other nineteen are listed but not ranked. All the love.

See also: Impeccable Element Is Lafayette Square's Newest Jewel

The Libertine
[Opened in May]

The dining room at the Libertine -- a "neighborhood eatery" in Clayton -- which opened in May. - Jennifer Silverberg
Jennifer Silverberg
The dining room at the Libertine -- a "neighborhood eatery" in Clayton -- which opened in May.
The twice-cooked duck egg, garden-vegetable salad and chicken-fat sherry vinaigrette. - Jennifer Silverberg
Jennifer Silverberg
The twice-cooked duck egg, garden-vegetable salad and chicken-fat sherry vinaigrette.
Ramen -- soft poached egg, noodles, molasses bacon and pickled shiitakes -- from the lunch menu. - Jennifer Silverberg
Jennifer Silverberg
Ramen -- soft poached egg, noodles, molasses bacon and pickled shiitakes -- from the lunch menu.

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Adam's Smokehouse
[Opened in October]

A tri-tip sandwich. - Mabel Suen
Mabel Suen
A tri-tip sandwich.
A smoked salami sandwich with a sampling of ribs, potato salad and coleslaw. - Mabel Suen
Mabel Suen
A smoked salami sandwich with a sampling of ribs, potato salad and coleslaw.
Order at the counter to eat in or carry out. - Mabel Suen
Mabel Suen
Order at the counter to eat in or carry out.

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