RFT Readers Picked These Restaurants & Bars as the County's Best

We asked RFT readers which restaurants are the best in St. Louis -- and you answered, with winners in more than 60…

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Fast Casual - Doughocracy
    If you wander into Doughocracy and eye the spread of toppings, hand-tossed crust and freshly made sauces, one burning question will likely run through your mind: Why on earth did it take so long for fast-casual pizza? We’ve been building our own burritos for years now, but for some reason quick-service pizza has yet to catch on in a big way. Doughocracy shows what we’ve been missing in the form of delicious Neapolitan-style pies piled high with just about any topping you can imagine. Want a classic Margherita-style pizza? They’re about as real-deal as it gets without the trip to Naples. Prefer to load one up with salsiccia, eggplant, hot peppers and pesto? Hey, you do you. Nothing is off limits at this Delmar Loop gem — well, except leaving without stuffing yourself with the “Nutella Bomb” dessert pizza. A few bites of this decadent dish will leave you calling Chipotle the Doughocracy of burritos. Photo by Mabel Suen.
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RFT Readers Picked These Restaurants & Bars as the City's Best

We asked RFT readers which restaurants are the best in St. Louis -- and you answered, with winners in more than 60…

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Overall Restaurant - Anthonino’s
    Tucked into the charmingly old-school Hill neighborhood, Anthonino’s is about as far away from restaurant trends as you could possibly get — which is precisely why people have been flocking to this Italian-Greek hybrid for the last thirteen years. There may be spots in town with fancier cocktails and more exotic ingredients, but Anthonino’s staying power is a result of its insistence on the classics: good food, warm service and an inviting atmosphere. This beloved restaurant is the quintessential neighborhood eatery, equally welcoming to families, first dates and those looking for a quick business lunch. The food is uncomplicated Mediterranean comfort fare — solid pizzas, classic pastas (with freshly made noodles of course) and housemade toasted ravioli that is so good it nearly brought tears to Food Network star Guy Fieri’s eyes. Wear jeans or dress up — just don’t wear a Cubs jersey. Unfussy and understated, this timeless restaurant is as emblematic of St. Louis as it gets. Photo by Eric Frazier.
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Get a Sneak Peek Inside the Central West End's New Whole Foods

Take a sneak peak inside the new 28,480 square foot Whole Food Market located on West Pine in the Central West End.…

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Get a Sneak Peek Inside the Central West End's New Whole Foods
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20 St. Louis Food Trucks That Should Be on Your Bucket List

Sometimes, food just tastes better when served from a truck. Maybe it's the novelty of it, maybe it's the appetite you build…

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You'll find staples such as Guerrilla Street Food's chicken adobo and signature "Flying Pig" (slow-roasted pork, jasmine rice, Sriracha chile sauce and calamansi) on a regular basis. The chefs also like to try out inventive new dishes like duck poutine and watermelon gazpacho. Whatever you order from this award-winning truck, it will make that wait in line worth it. Photo courtesy of Instagram / merrilyevraftr.
    What are your favorite food trucks? Let us know in the comments!
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The 10 Best Meals in St. Louis for Curing That Hangover

Long story short: you had a crazy night. You had a little (or a lot) too much drink. And now, quite frankly,…

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The 10 Best Meals in St. Louis for Curing That Hangover
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RFT's United We Brunch 2016 Event Sold Out -- and These Photos Show Why

Nothing starts the weekend off right quite like brunch. Restaurants around the St. Louis area joined us at the Majorette space in…

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Kelli Mitts enjoys her morning. #champagnecampaign
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27 Amazing St. Louis Patios You Need to Visit

The best way to enjoy the last bit of warm summer weather is to visit a patio. Diners flock to these tables,…

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Element
    999 N. 2nd St.
    St. Louis, MO 63102
    (314) 881-5759
    
    Cinder House is the new spot from acclaimed St. Louis chef and restaurateur Gerard Craft. It's on the top floor of the Four Seasons Hotel downtown, and man, does it have a view. The South American concept is one close to Craft's heart: He grew up on many of the menu items thanks to his Brazilian nanny. Craft, who won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Midwest in 2015, is trained in French cooking. But he credits much of what he knows about South American food to her. Photo by Lexie Miller.
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20 St. Louis Coffee Shops That Are Better Than Starbucks

We have a message for all you coffee lovers and caffeine addicts out there: put that Starbucks cup down. St. Louis is…

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If you're a self-proclaimed coffee geek, try....Comet Coffee.
    5708 Oakland Ave.
    St. Louis, MO 63110
    (314) 932-7770
    
    Made up of a staff of “coffee nerds,” Comet Coffee makes coffee and makes it well. If you’re someone who views coffee as so much more than a cup of brown liquid, come on in to this Dogtown shop and join your fellow like-minded folks. All the coffee at Comet Coffee is hand brewed and sourced from quality roasters here in St. Louis and across the country. A similar philosophy is applied to the baked goods at Comet Coffee as well -- they’re made in-house with organic ingredients. So basically, if coffee is your life, then Comet Coffee is your place. Photo by Jules Brown.
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8 St. Louis Restaurants That Deliver for That Bad Case of the Munchies

If "4/20 enthusiast" accurately describes you, then you definitely know what it feels like to have a case of the munchies. But…

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Hot Box Cookies
    3 N. Euclid Ave.
    (314) 899-0909
    or
    3107 S Grand Blvd.
    (314) 899-0909
    A Mizzou student favorite since opening in Columbia in 2008, Hot Box has a steady fan club for a good reason -- these cookies are just so darn good, and you can get them delivered as late as 2 a.m. on weekends. From snickerdoodle to red velvet, there’s a cookie for you at Hot Box. Photo by Mabel Suen.
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21 Places in Missouri That Every Chocolate Lover Should Visit

Anyone with a sweet tooth will love Deborah M. Reinhardt’s new book, Delectable Destinations: A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Missouri. The author…

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21 Places in Missouri That Every Chocolate Lover Should Visit
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16 Excellent St. Louis Breweries That Aren't Anheuser-Busch

You know that St. Louis has a long history of beer excellence. You've been to the famed Anheuser-Busch Brewery for everything from…

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Old Bakery Beer Company
    400 Broadway Connector
    Alton, IL 62002
    (618) 463-1470
    
    The St. Louis area's amazing craft beer isn't limited to the Missouri side of the river. The brainchild of husband-and-wife team and Urban Chestnut alums Lauren Pattan and James Rogalsky, the Old Bakery Beer Company provides sustainable, handcrafted beer with organically grown American hops and malts. You'll find year-round beers as well as seasonal and guest taps to keep things interesting. Known as Alton's first craft brewery, the Old Bakery Beer Company is a must-visit for any beer connoisseur. Photo by Mabel Suen.
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8 Hole-in-the-Wall Donut Shops in St. Louis You Should Visit Now

You've heard the cliche, "Don't judge a book by its cover." Well, in this case, we're urging you: don't judge a donut…

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If you like variety, this is also a great place for you. Glazed, custard-filled, cruller, cinnamon twist, a ton of sprinkles -- you're sure to find a donut topped or filled with something you enjoy.
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17 Great St. Louis Bars for Cheering Your Team On

Sometimes, watching the game at home just doesn't cut it. Never fear -- St. Louis has a long list of sports bars…

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17 Great St. Louis Bars for Cheering Your Team On
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Here's Where to Find the Best Ice Cream in St. Louis

Maybe you're a tried-and-true ice cream devotee. Or maybe custard or gelato is more your style. Whatever your frozen treat of choice,…

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For the artisan: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
    389 N. Euclid Ave.
    St. Louis, MO 63108
    
    There are no synthetic flavorings, dyes, off-the-shelf mixes, stabilizers or emulsifiers here. As the Jeni's website explains, "We prefer the more complex process of building texture and flavor without them." The milk used in the ice cream at Jeni's is from small family farms no more than 200 miles from their kitchen, and their ingredients often come freshly picked from fields dedicated to their store. The end result of all this extra skill? Pure, delightful goodness. Photo by Mabel Suen.
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9 Great Irish Pubs in St. Louis for Celebrating St. Patrick's Day

When your stomach is demanding a hearty dose of corned beef and Guinness, there's no need to look further than right here in…

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9 Great Irish Pubs in St. Louis for Celebrating St. Patrick's Day
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9 St. Louis Brunch Spots Worth Getting Out of Bed For

To get up for brunch or catch some extra zzzzs -- that is the question. But after checking out these St. Louis…

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But no matter your breakfast of choice, you're sure to have a meal that made getting out of bed so completely worth it. Photo by Marvin Brown.
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20 of the Most Beautiful Bars in St. Louis

Looking for a side of elegance along with your drink? St. Louis has the bar for you. Whether it's a special occasion…

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20 of the Most Beautiful Bars in St. Louis
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10 St. Louis Lunches Under $5 You Should Be Eating ASAP

We get it: you don't want to break the bank at lunch. Like, you want to spend barely anything. Well, you're in…

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10 St. Louis Lunches Under $5 You Should Be Eating ASAP
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Here's Where to Find Awesome Margaritas in St. Louis

There are almost as many different kinds of margaritas as there are neighborhoods in St. Louis. While it's nearly impossible to choose…

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Here's Where to Find Awesome Margaritas in St. Louis
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St. Louis' Best Purveyors of Homemade Bread

This week we celebrate National Homemade Bread Day (really!), which is a great time to appreciate how many awesome places in town…

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Jenny Wilson and Jake Marks of Red Fox Baking preparing Rugbrød (a Danish bread) in the Grove East Provisions kitchen. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
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11 Local Breweries with Seasonal Beers That Aren't Pumpkin

St. Louis has no shortage of excellent beers. But come fall, many people think seasonal beers come in only a couple of…

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Ferguson Brewing Company will release its Vanilla Bourbon Porter around Thanksgiving. The beer is dark, rich and  a bit on the sweeter side with hints of oak and vanilla.
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PHOTOS: Activist Plated Up as Meat Downtown Today for PETA

What did you do for lunch today? Did you strip down and lie on a plate to promote a vegan lifestyle? It…

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The full meal deal.
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Vodka2- An RFT Event

Riverfront Times' First Annual Vodka2 Event.10/23/2015

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Vodka2- An RFT Event
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30 Reasons We Need To Squash The Pumpkin Spice Bullshit

We'll stick to regular the Pringles and vodka and...all of it, really.We'll stick to regular the Pringles and vodka and...all of it,…

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Pumpkin Spice Pasta Sauce
    Courtesy Flickr/Mike Mozart
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Your Picks for the Best Of 2015: Readers' Poll Winners

Our Best Of St. Louis issue has two different types of winners: ones that we, the editorial staff, research and deem The…

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Best Cardinal: Yadier Molina
    Photo courtesy Flickr/Herkie
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11 of the Best Places We Ate at in 2015

When it comes to our Best Of St. Louis issue, our Food & Drink category is a monster. From Best Cornbread to…

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Best New Restaurant: Público Is there any culinary concept Mile Randolph can't nail — Half & Half for breakfast, the Good Pie for pizza, Little Country Gentleman for tasting menus? Add to that list Público, his pan-Latin American restaurant that has been St. Louis' clear dining highlight of 2015. Público elevates Central and South American cooking to levels far beyond anything we've seen in this town — or perhaps in any other town, save for something on the level of Rick Bayless' revered Topolobampo in Chicago. Randolph's menu is ambitious — baby octopus served swimming in a caper- and paprika-spiked tomato sauce, sweetbreads simmered with pineapple and habanero, rice pudding topped with shaved foie gras torchon — though dishes like the grilled whole fish or the perfectly cooked bone-in pork chop prove he is equally comfortable with less-showy preparations. It's not just the food that makes Público so special. The bar program here is second to none, and the renovated storefront's good looks (designed by SPACE Architecture + Design) are as stylish as it gets in this city. This place is a winner in every regard. (Pictured: An array of dishes at this year’s best new restaurant, Público. Photo by Mabel Suen.) 6679 Delmar Boulevard, University City, 63130. 314-833-5780, www.facebook.com/publicostl.
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Sneak Peek: 9 Pictures from Sammy Hagar’s New Cookbook

St. Louis favorite Sammy Hagar will be signing copies of Are We Having Any Fun Yet?: The Cooking and Partying Handbook today…

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For Unlawful Carnitas Tacos 
    Photo courtesy Flickr/LexnGer
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Outtakes: Missouri Bourbon

Our August 19, 2015, feature story got to the bottom of the real reason for the bourbon shortage and how it's affecting…

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White oak barrels.
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