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Readers' Choice

    Best of St. Louis 2020 Readers' Choice

    We asked Riverfront Times readers for their picks on everything from best sushi to best sex shop. They voted on five categories: People & Places, Arts & Entertainment, Goods & Services, Sports & Recreation and Food & Drink. Take a look, and see if the voters got it right.

    PEOPLE & PLACES

    Best (Hypothetical) Place to Quarantine

    City Museum

    750 North Sixteenth Street, 314-231-2489

    Runner Up:Left Bank Books

    399 North Euclid Avenue, 314-367-6731

    Best Activist

    Cori Bush

    Runner Up: Ohun Ashe

    Best Disappearing Act

    Lyda Krewson

    Runner Up: Lacy Clay

    Best Lawyer

    Travis Noble, P.C.

    Runner Up: Tony Rothert

    Best Lightning Rod

    Kim Gardner

    Runner Up: Cori Bush

    Best Local Boy Gone Bad

    Larry Arnowitz

    Runner Up: Mark McCloskey

    Best Local Journalist

    Bill McClellan

    Runner Up: Rebecca Rivas

    Best Old Building

    Old Courthouse

    11 North Fourth Street, 314-655-1600

    Runner Up: St. Louis Public Library – Central Library

    1301 Olive Street, 314-241-2288

    Best Place for a First Date

    Saint Louis Zoo

    1 Government Drive, 314-781-0900

    Runner Up: Venice Café

    1903 Pestalozzi Street, 314-772-5994

    Best Place for a Last Date

    Arch Halo's St. Louis Vampire Ball

    Runner Up: The Gateway Arch

    11 North Fourth Street, 314-655-1600

    Best Place for a Grown-Up Birthday Party

    City Museum

    750 North Sixteenth Street, 314-231-2489

    Runner Up: Dave & Buster's

    13857 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights; 314-209-8015

    Best Place for a Kid's Birthday Party

    City Museum

    750 North Sixteenth Street, 314-231-2489

    Runner Up: Saint Louis Zoo

    1 Government Drive, 314-781-0900

    Best Place to Feel Small in the World

    The Gateway Arch

    11 North Fourth Street, 314-655-1600

    Runner Up: St. Louis Art Museum

    1 Fine Arts Drive, 314-721-0072

    Best Place to Get Away from It All

    Missouri Botanical Garden

    4344 Shaw Boulevard, 314-577-5100

    Runner Up: Forest Park

    5595 Grand Drive, 314-367-7275

    Best Place to Hold Hands

    Missouri Botanical Garden

    4344 Shaw Boulevard, 314-577-5100

    Runner Up: Forest Park

    5595 Grand Drive, 314-367-7275

    Best Place to Live

    Dogtown

    Runner Up: Tower Grove East

    Best Place to Meet Men

    The Midwestern

    900 Spruce Street, 314-696-2573

    Runner Up: Just John Club

    4112 Manchester Avenue, 314-371-1333

    Best Place to Meet Women

    Duke's

    2001 Menard Street, 314-833-6686

    Runner Up: The Midwestern

    900 Spruce Street, 314-696-2573

    Best Place to Remind Yourself to Try to Enjoy Life

    Forest Park

    5595 Grand Drive, 314-367-7275

    Runner Up: City Museum

    750 North Sixteenth Street, 314-231-2489

    Best Politician

    Cori Bush

    Runner Up: Tishaura Jones

    Best Renovated Building

    City Foundry STL

    3730 Foundry Way, 314-282-5714

    Runner Up: St. Louis Public Library – Central Library

    1301 Olive Street, 314-241-2288

    Best Villain

    Lyda Krewson

    Runner Up: Kim Gardner

    Best Voice or Best Person to Shepherd Us Through This Mess

    Cori Bush

    Runner Up: Donald J. Trump

    ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

    Best Art Gallery

    St. Louis Art Museum

    1 Fine Arts Drive, 314-721-0072

    Runner Up: Soulard Art Gallery

    2028 South Twelfth Street, 314-258-4299

    Best Comedian

    Nikki Glaser

    Runner Up: Brendan Olson

    Best Comic Book Store

    Apotheosis Comics & Lounge

    3206 South Grand Boulevard, 314-802-7090

    Runner Up: STL Comics

    10431 St. Charles Rock Road; St. Ann, 314-537-9971

    Best Film Series

    St. Louis International Film Festival

    Runner Up: SLAM Art Hill

    Best Live Stream (Music)

    The Roots FM

    Runner Up: Fresh Produce Beat Battle

    Best Live Stream (Theater)

    Muny

    1 Theatre Drive, 314-361-1900

    Runner Up: St. Louis Shakespeare Festival

    5715 Elizabeth Avenue, 314-531-9800

    Best Local Radio Podcast

    Ted Habeck

    Runner Up: The Coping Podcast

    Best Museum

    City Museum

    750 North Sixteenth Street, 314-231-2489

    Runner Up: Saint Louis Art Museum

    1 Fine Arts Drive, 314-721-0072

    Best Pivot

    St. Louis Shakespeare Festival

    5715 Elizabeth Avenue, 314-531-9800

    Runner Up: Muny

    1 Theatre Drive, 314-361-1900

    Best Place to Catch a Movie

    The Hi-Pointe Theatre

    1005 McCausland Avenue, 314-995-6273

    Runner Up: Landmark's Tivoli Theatre

    6350 Delmar Boulevard, 314-727-7271

    Best Place to Hear Live Music

    House of Soul

    1204 Washington Avenue, 314-504-7405

    Runner Up: The Pageant

    6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-6161

    Best Place to See Art in Person

    St. Louis Art Museum

    1 Fine Arts Drive, 314-721-0072

    Runner Up: Soulard Art Gallery

    2028 South Twelfth Street, 314-258-4299

    Best Place to See Natural Beauty

    Missouri Botanical Garden

    4344 Shaw Boulevard, 314-577-5100

    Runner Up: Forest Park

    5595 Grand Drive, 314-367-7275

    Best Recording Studio

    Gaslight Studio

    4916 Shaw Avenue, 314-496-0628

    Runner Up: Shock City Studios

    2200 Gravois Avenue #100, 314-771-3099

    Best Surprise

    National Blues Museum

    615 Washington Avenue, 314-925-0016

    Runner Up: Online Dating with Patsy Blog

    onlinedatingwithpatsy.com

    FOOD & DRINK

    Best Bar to Close in 2020

    Cousin Hugo's

    3233 North Laclede Station Road, 314-645-8484

    Runner Up: Ready Room

    4195 Manchester Avenue, 314-833-3929

    Best Bar to Visit During a Pandemic

    Broadway Oyster Bar

    736 South Broadway, 314-621-8811

    Runner Up: Narwhal's

    3906 Laclede Avenue, 314-696-8388

    Best Barbecue

    BEAST Craft/Butcher & Block

    4156 Manchester Avenue, 314-944-6003

    Runner Up: Super Smokers BBQ

    601 Stockell Drive, Eureka; 636-938-9742

    Best Brunch

    Carnivore STL

    5257 Shaw Avenue, 314-449-6328

    Runner Up: The Shack

    13645 Big Bend Road Suite 105, Valley Park; 636-529-1600

    Best Bar/Pub

    Duke's

    2001 Menard Street, 314-833-6686

    Runner Up: The Pat Connolly Tavern

    6400 Oakland Avenue, 314-647-7287

    Best Burger

    Hi-Pointe Drive-In

    1033 McCausland Avenue, 314-349-2720

    Runner Up: Layla

    4317 Manchester Avenue, 314-553-9252

    Best Cajun/Creole

    Broadway Oyster Bar

    736 South Broadway, 314-621-8811

    Runner Up: Sister Cities Cajun

    3550 South Broadway, 314-405-0447

    Best Chef

    Percy Parker, Duke's

    2001 Menard Street, 314-833-6686

    Runner Up: Ben Welch, The Midwestern

    900 Spruce Street, 314-696-2573

    Best Chicken Wings

    St. Louis Wing Company

    9816 Manchester Road, Webster Groves; 314-962-9464

    Runner Up: Kimchi Guys

    612 North Second Street, 314-766-4456

    Best Chinese

    Wonton King

    8116 Olive Boulevard, 314-567-9997

    Runner Up: Bo Fung Chinese Kitchen

    6810 Gravois Avenue, 314-353-8216

    Best Coffeehouse

    Sweet Em's Coffee & Ice Cream

    6330 Clayton Avenue, 314-875-9174

    Runner Up: Kaldi's

    3983 Gratiot Street, 314-727-9991

    Best Desserts

    Cyrano's Café

    603 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-963-3232

    Runner Up: Clementine's Naughty and Nice Creamery

    1637 South Eighteenth Street, 314-858-6100

    Best Doughnuts

    Old Town Donuts

    510 North New Florissant Road, Florissant; 314-831-0907

    Runner Up: Donut Drive In

    6525 Chippewa Street, 314-645-7714

    Best Drive-thru

    Chick-fil-A

    3801 Hampton Avenue, 314-832-2748

    Runner Up: Lion's Choice

    6630 Chippewa Street, 314-352-5466

    Best Fast Food

    Lion's Choice

    6630 Chippewa Street, 314-352-5466

    Runner Up: Chick-fil-a

    3801 Hampton Avenue, 314-832-2748

    Best Flavored Whiskey

    Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey

    Runner Up: Switchgrass Rock & Rye

    Best Food Truck

    Seoul Taco

    Runner Up: Burgers STL

    Best Fried Chicken

    The Original Crusoe's Restaurant

    3152 Osceola Street, 314-351-0620

    Runner Up: The Pat Connolly Tavern

    6400 Oakland Avenue, 314-647-7287

    Best Frozen Pizza

    Dogtown Pizza

    Runner Up: Lena's

    Best Greek

    Olympia Kebob House and Taverna

    1543 McCausland Avenue, 314-781-1299

    Runner Up: Apollonia

    6836 Gravois Avenue, 314-353-1488

    Best Indian

    House of India

    8501 Delmar Boulevard, 314-567-6850

    Runner Up: Himalayan Yeti

    3515 South Kingshighway Boulevard, 314-354-8338

    Best Italian

    Charlie Gitto's On the Hill

    5226 Shaw Avenue, 314-772-8898

    Runner Up: Anthonino's Taverna

    2225 Macklind Avenue, 314-773-4455

    Best Late Night

    J. Smugs GastroPit

    4916 Shaw Avenue, 314-499-7488

    Runner Up: Courtesy Diner

    1121 Hampton Avenue, 314-644-2600

    Best Margarita

    Mission Taco

    6235 Delmar Boulevard, 314-932-5430

    Runner Up: Taco Buddha

    7405 Pershing Avenue, University City; 314-502-9951

    Best Martini

    Drunken Fish

    1 Maryland Plaza, 314-367-4222

    Runner Up: The Fountain on Locust

    3037 Locust Street, 314-535-7800

    Best Meat Market

    Kenrick's Meats & Catering

    4324 Weber Road, 314-631-2440

    Runner Up: Bolyard's Meat & Provisions

    2810 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-647-2567

    Best Mexican

    Taco Buddha

    7405 Pershing Avenue, University City; 314-502-9951

    Runner Up: Mi Ranchito

    887 Kingsland Avenue, University City; 314-863-1880

    Best New Bar

    Millpond Brewing and Incubator

    308 East Washington Street, Millstadt, Illinois; 618-476-9933

    Runner Up: Up-Down STL

    405 North Euclid Avenue, 314-449-1742

    Best New Restaurant

    Sunny's Cantina

    6655 Manchester Avenue, 314-944-8226

    Runner Up: Orzo Mediterranean Grill

    11627 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur; 314-455-9035

    Best Outdoor Dining

    John D. McGurk's Irish Pub and Garden

    1200 Russell Boulevard, 314-776-8309

    Runner Up: Broadway Oyster Bar

    736 South Broadway, 314-621-8811

    Best Overall Restaurant

    Broadway Oyster Bar

    736 South Broadway, 314-621-8811

    Runner Up: Olive + Oak

    216 West Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-736-1370

    Best Pizza (Non-St. Louis Style)

    Dewey's

    559 North and South Road, University City; 314-726-3434

    Runner Up: Blackthorn Pub and Pizza

    3735 Wyoming Street, 314-776-0534

    Best Gay Bar

    Just John

    4112 Manchester Avenue, 314-371-1333

    Runner Up: Rehab

    4054 Chouteau Avenue, 314-652-3700

    Best Place for Day Drinking

    Millpond Brewing and Incubator

    308 East Washington Street, Millstadt, Illinois; 618-476-9933

    Runner Up: Broadway Oyster Bar

    736 South Broadway, 314-621-8811

    Best Place to Dine Alone

    The Original Crusoe's Restaurant

    3152 Osceola Street, 314-351-0620

    Runner Up: Mai Lee

    8396 Musick Memorial Drive, Brentwood; 314-645-2835

    Best Place to Find Food in the Wild

    Tower Grove Farmers' Market

    4256 Magnolia Avenue

    Runner Up: Bulrush

    3307 Washington Boulevard, 314-449-1208

    Best Place to Get Fresh Food

    Soulard Farmers' Market

    730 Carroll Street, 314-622-4180

    Runner Up: Tower Grove Farmer's Market

    4256 Magnolia Avenue

    Best Place to Try Some New Flavors

    Kimchi Guys

    612 North Second Street, 314-766-4456

    Runner Up: Balkan Treat Box

    8103 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves; 314-733-5700

    Best Rearrangement

    2nd Shift Brewing

    1601 Sublette Avenue, 314-669-9013

    Runner Up: Olio

    1634 Tower Grove Avenue, 314-932-1088

    Best Reinvention

    SHIFT Restaurant

    2655 Ann Avenue, 314-354-8488

    Runner Up: Taco Buddha

    7405 Pershing Avenue, University City; 314-502-9951

    Best Restaurant for Vegetarians

    SweetArt

    2203 South 39th Street, 314-771-4278

    Runner Up: Utah Station

    1956 Utah Street, 314-588-8099

    Best Restaurant Service

    The Blue Duck

    2661 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-769-9940

    Runner Up: Louie

    706 De Mun Avenue, Clayton; 314-300-8188

    Best Restaurant to Close in 2020

    Nora's

    1136 Tamm Avenue, 314-645-2706

    Runner Up: Feasting Fox

    4200 South Grand Boulevard, 314-352-3500

    Best Sandwich

    Blues City Deli

    2438 McNair Avenue, 314-773-8225

    Runner Up: The Gramophone

    4243 Manchester Avenue, 314-531-5700

    Best Seafood

    Broadway Oyster Bar

    736 South Broadway, 314-621-8811

    Runner Up:Peacemaker Lobster & Crab

    1831 Sidney Street, 314-772-8858

    Best Sports Bar

    Duke's

    2001 Menard Street, 314-833-6686

    Runner Up: The Post Sports Bar & Grill

    7372 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-645-1109

    Best St. Louis Style Pizza

    Imo's Pizza

    4479 Forest Park Avenue, 314-535-4667

    Runner Up: Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas

    5046 Shaw Avenue, 314-771-4900

    Best Steaks

    Tucker's Place

    2117 South Twelfth St, 314-772-5977

    Runner Up: Citizen Kane's Steak House

    133 West Clinton Place, Kirkwood; 314-965-9005

    Best Sushi/Poke

    Drunken Fish

    1 Maryland Plaza, 314-367-4222

    Runner Up: Café Mochi

    3221 South Grand Blvd #1013, 314-773-5000

    Best Swanky Takeout Experience

    Bulrush

    3307 Washington Boulevard, 314-449-1208

    Runner Up: Sidney Street Café

    2000 Sidney Street, 314-771-5777

    Best Taco

    Taco Buddha

    7405 Pershing Avenue, University City; 314-502-9951

    Runner Up: Mission Taco Joint

    6235 Delmar Boulevard, 314-932-5430

    Best Takeout (casual)

    Kimchi Guys

    612 North Second Street, 314-766-4456

    Runner Up: The Pat Connolly Tavern

    6400 Oakland Avenue, 314-647-7287

    Best Takeout (Fine Dining)

    Sidney Street Café

    2000 Sidney Street, 314-771-5777

    Runner Up: Elmwood

    2704 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-261-4708

    Best Thai

    King & I Thai Cuisine

    3155-3157 South Grand Avenue, 314-771-1777

    Runner Up: Pad Thai St. Louis

    12676 Lamplighter Square Shopping Center, 314-843-0999

    Most LGBTQ-Friendly Brand

    Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire

    Runner Up: Arch Apparel

    GOODS & SERVICES

    Best Antique Mall

    The Green Shag Market

    5733 Manchester Avenue, 314-646-8687

    Runner Up: Treasure Aisles Antique Mall

    2317 South Big Bend Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-647-6875

    Best Antique Store

    The Green Shag Market

    5733 Manchester Avenue, 314-646-8687

    Runner Up: The Bricoleur

    3400 Cherokee Street, 314-833-3002

    Best Bike Shop

    Big Shark Bicycle Company

    1155 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-862-1188

    Runner Up: St. Louis Bicycle Works

    2414 Menard Street, 314-827-6640

    Best Car Repair

    Big Bend Auto Center

    1710 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-645-4704

    Runner Up: Clark's Automotive

    600 Wiethaupt Road, Florissant; 314-837-5151

    Best Clothing Boutique

    Paperdolls Boutique

    7700 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-899-0446

    Runner Up: STL Style House

    3159 Cherokee Street, 314-898-0001

    Best Garden Center

    Garden Heights Nursery

    1605 South Big Bend Blvd #2207, Richmond Heights; 314-645-7333

    Runner Up: Flowers & Weeds

    3201 Cherokee Street, 314-776-2887

    Best Gift Shop

    STL Style House

    3159 Cherokee Street, 314-898-0001

    Runner Up: Glow Candle Co.

    7947 Big Bend Boulevard; Webster Groves

    Best Grocery

    Dierbergs

    8450 Eager Road, 314-962-9009

    Runner Up: Aldi

    6601 Gravois Avenue, 855-955-2534

    Best Hair Salon

    Homegrown Hair Co.

    3148 Morgan Ford Road, 314-261-0001

    Runner Up: Salon Mélange

    1218 Tamm Avenue, 314-651-5088

    Best Hardware Store

    Handyman True Value Hardware

    2635 North Highway 67, Florissant; 314-831-0220

    Runner Up: Rick's Ace Hardware

    11767 Manchester Road, 314-966-6611

    Best Jewelry Store

    Paramount Jewelers

    7348 Manchester Avenue, Maplewood; 314-645-1122

    Runner Up: Urban Matter

    3179 South Grand Boulevard, 314-769-9349

    Best Medical Marijuana Doctor

    Releaf Clinics

    19201 East Valley View Parkway Suite C, Independence; 816-897-4494

    Runner Up: Cannabis Doctors

    3006 South Jefferson Avenue Art Gallery, 888-420-1536

    Best Place to Spend $10

    Apotheosis Comics & Lounge

    3206 South Grand Boulevard, 314-802-7090

    Runner Up: Clementine's Naughty and Nice Creamery

    1637 South Eighteenth Street, 314-858-6100

    Best Sex Shop

    Ciggfreeds Liquid and Lace

    6839 Gravois Avenue, 314-300-8750

    Runner Up: Patricia's

    3552 Gravois Avenue, 314-664-4040

    Best Smoke Shop

    The Hill Cigar Co.

    5360 Southwest Avenue, 314-776-4455

    Runner Up: The Cigar Box

    590 Vance Road Suite 103, Valley Park; 636-529-1016

    Best Thrift Shop

    NCJW The Resale Shop

    295 North Lindbergh Boulevard, Creve Coeur; 314-692-8141

    Runner Up: Goodwill

    4200 Forest Park Avenue, 314-371-1296

    SPORTS & RECREATION

    Best Zoo Animal

    Penguin

    Runner Up: Polar Bear

    Best Attraction at the St. Louis Zoo

    Penguins and Puffins

    Runner Up: Polar Bear

    Best Cardinals Uniform

    Home White

    Runner Up: Baby Blue

    Best Dog Park

    Willmore Park

    7200 Hampton Avenue, 314-289-5300

    Runner Up: Norm West Brentwood Dog Park

    8754 Brentshire Walk, Brentwood; 314-963-8689

    Best Mini Golf

    Swing-A-Round Fun Town

    335 Skinker Lane, Fenton; 636-349-7077

    Runner Up: Aloha Pitch and Putt Valley Park

    13502 Big Bend Road, 314-330-4689

    Best New Hobby

    Frisbee Golf

    Runner Up: Biking St. Louis

    Best New Sports Team (Alive)

    St. Louis CITY SC

    Runner Up: BattleHawks (fingers crossed!)

    Best New Sports Team (Dead)

    BattleHawks

    Best Pandemic Sport

    Baseball

    Runner Up: Tennis

    Best Place to Have a Picnic

    Tower Grove Park

    4257 Northeast Drive, 314-771-2679

    Runner Up: Forest Park

    5595 Grand Drive, 314-367-7275

    Best Place to Ride Your Bike

    Katy Trail

    South Main Street at Boone's Lick Road, St. Charles

    Runner Up: Forest Park

    5595 Grand Drive, 314-367-7275

    Best Place to Start Exploring Missouri

    Forest Park

    5595 Grand Drive, 314-367-7275

    Runner Up: Shaw Nature Reserve

    307 Pinetum Loop Road, Gray Summit; 314-577-9555

    Best Public Park

    Forest Park

    5595 Grand Drive, 314-367-7275

    Runner Up: Tower Grove Park

    4257 Northeast Drive, 314-771-2679

    Best Running Trail

    Forest Park

    5595 Grand Drive, 314-367-7275

    Runner Up: Katy Trail

    South Main Street at Boone's Lick Road, St. Charles

    Best Skateboard Park/Place

    Peter Mathews Memorial Skate Park

    4415 Morgan Ford Road

    Runner Up: Jefferson Barracks Skate Park

    2900 Sheridan Road, 314-454-5714

    Best Sports Broadcaster

    Dan McLaughlin

    Runner Up: Chris Kerber



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