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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Yes Indeed, St. Louis Is One of the Most Exciting Food Cities in the U.S.

Posted By on Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 6:55 AM

Hi-Point Drive-In: monstrously good. - MABEL SUEN
  • Hi-Point Drive-In: monstrously good.

The national buzz just keeps coming for the St. Louis food scene — now Zagat thinks we're awesome too.

In a roundup of the 30 "most exciting food cities in America," the Google-owned site placed St. Louis at No. 17 — ahead of heavyweights Minneapolis and Nashville and just two spots behind New York City. Hot damn!

Writes Zagat,
This year, chefs in The Gateway City prove there’s no place like home. Vicia — the year’s biggest opening and a Bon Appétit best new restaurants finalist — brought chef Michael Gallina (previously Blue Hill at Stone Barns) back to his hometown, and NYC’s Danny Meyer makes a homecoming of his own with the opening of the state’s first Shake Shack.
The item also praises Balkan Treat Box, Guerrilla Street Food, Nudo House, Nixta, Hi-Pointe Drive-In and Mac's Local Eats (all of them the recipients of raves from the RFT, thank you very much).

And special mention goes to chef Mike Randolph, the only chef with two spots to make the list, along with newcomer Logan Ely: "Local chefs are working to present elevated concepts in an accessible way, like Privado from chef Mike Randolph (Público, James Beard semifinalist), serving intimate tasting menu dinners twice a week, and Square1 Project, a pop-up concept at a secret location from St. Louis native Logan Ely." Yay, team!

It's worth noting that many of the same places were also featured in Food & Wine's recent plug, which argued that the St. Louis restaurant scene is "seriously good right now." If the national experts keep saying it enough, do you think all those nattering nabobs lurking in local comment sections might finally start believe it? Hey, a civic booster can dream!

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