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    Best of St. Louis: Reader's Choice
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    We asked, and you answered. Here are your picks for the 2021 Best of St. Louis Readers' Choice winners.

    FOOD & DRINK

    Best Ramen
    Nudo House
    Multiple locations including 6105-A Delmar Blvd. / 314-370-6970
    Runner Up: Midtown Sushi & Ramen, 3674 Forest Park Ave., 314-328-2452

    Best Restaurant to Close in the Past 12 Months
    Southtown Pub
    3707 South Kingshighway Blvd.
    Runner Up: Gamlin Whisky House, 236 North Euclid Ave.

    Best Chicken Wings
    Syberg's
    Multiple locations including 7802 Gravois Rd., 314-832-3560
    Runner Up: Navin's BBQ, 3559 Arsenal St., 314-449-1185

    Best Bakery
    Nathaniel Reid Bakery
    11243 Manchester Rd., 314-858-1019
    Runner Up: Federhofer's Bakery, 9005 Gravois Rd., 314-832-5116

    Best Greek Restaurant
    Olympia Kebob House and Taverna
    1543 McCausland Ave., 314-781-1299
    Runner Up: Michael's Bar & Grill, 7101 Manchester Ave., 314-644-2240

    Best Place for Day Drinking
    Broadway Oyster Bar
    736 South Broadway, 314-621-8811
    Runner Up: Duke's, 2001 Menard St. / 314-833-6686

    Best Sushi Restaurant
    Cafe Mochi
    3221 South Grand Blvd. #1013 314-773-5000
    Runner Up: Sushi Ai, 910 Olive St., 314-558-7888

    Best Seafood
    Broadway Oyster Bar
    736 South Broadway, 314-621-8811
    Runner Up: Peacemaker Lobster & Crab, 1831 Sidney St., 314-772-8858

    Best Burger
    Mac's Local Eats
    1821 Cherokee St., 314-393-7713
    Runner Up: O'Connell's Pub, 4652 Shaw Ave., 314-773-6600

    Best St. Louis Style Pizza
    Dogtown Pizza
    dogtownpizza.com
    Runner Up: Syberg's, multiple locations including 7802 Gravois Rd., 314-832-3560

    Best Burger (Non-Beef Division)
    Frida's
    622 North and South Rd. 314-727-6500
    Runner Up: Mac's Local Eats, 1821 Cherokee St., 314-393-7713

    Best Fast-Casual Restaurant
    J's Pitaria
    91 Concord Plaza Shopping Center,
    314-270-8005
    Runner Up: Syberg's, multiple locations including 7802 Gravois Rd., 314-832-3560

    Best Tacos
    Mission Taco Joint
    908 Lafayette Ave., 314-858-8226
    Runner Up: Taco Circus, 4940 Southwest Ave., 314-899-0061

    Best Desserts
    Russell's on Macklind
    5400 Murdoch Ave., 314-533-9994
    Runner Up: Cyrano's Cafe, 603 East Lockwood Ave. 314-963-3232

    Best Frozen Pizza (Local)
    Dogtown Pizza
    Runner Up: Syberg's, multiple locations including 7802 Gravois Rd., 314-832-3560

    Best Thai Restaurant
    King and I
    3155-3157 South Grand Blvd.,
    314-771-1777
    Runner Up: Pearl Cafe, 8416 North Lindbergh Blvd., 314-831-3701

    Best Margarita
    Chava's Mexican Restaurant
    925 Geyer Ave. #3921, 314-241-5503
    Runner Up: Mission Taco, 908 Lafayette Ave., 314-858-8226

    Best Steaks
    Tucker's Place
    2117 South 12th St., 314-772-5977
    Runner Up: Twisted Tree Steakhouse, 10701 Watson Rd., 314-394-3366

    Best Mexican Restaurant
    La Catrina
    5220 Hampton Ave., 314-883-3357
    Runner Up: Mi Ranchito, 887 Kingsland Ave., 314-863-1880

    Best Cocktails
    Planter's House
    1000 Mississippi Ave., 314-696-2603
    Runner Up: Frazer's Restaurant & Lounge, 1811 Pestalozzi St., 314-733-8646

    Best Brunch
    Carnivore STL
    5257 Shaw Ave., 314-449-6328
    Runner Up: Russell's on Macklind, 5400 Murdoch Ave., 314-553-9994

    Best Bartenders
    Duke's Soulard
    2001 Menard St., 314-833-6686
    Runner Up: Kari McGinness (Cleveland-Heath), 106 N Main St., Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-307-4830

    Best Doughnuts
    Donut Drive-In
    6525 Chippewa St., 314-623-7714
    Runner Up: Old Town Donuts, 510 North New Florissant Rd., 314-831-0907

    Best Neighborhood Restaurant
    Pit Stop - STL
    2130 Macklind Ave., 314-696-2999
    Runner Up: The Original Crusoe's Restaurant, 3152 Osceola St., 314-351-0620

    Best Italian Restaurant
    Anthonino's Taverna
    2225 Macklind Ave., 314-773-4455
    Runner Up: Trattoria Marcella, 3600 Watson Rd., 314-352-7706

    Best Chef
    Percy Parker (Duke's Soulard)
    2001 Menard St., 314-833-6686
    Runner Up: Tyler Layton (Twisted Tree Steakhouse), 10701 Watson Rd., 314-394-3366

    Best 3 a.m. Bar
    The Gramophone
    4243 Manchester Ave., 314-531-5700
    Runner Up: Patrick McKeane's Pub, 3152 Osceola St., 314-351-0620

    Best Patio
    Molly's in Soulard
    816 Geyer Ave., 314-241-6200
    Runner Up: Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 South Broadway, 314-621-8811

    Best Barbeque
    Hogtown Smokehouse
    6301 Clayton Ave., 314-899-0550
    Runner Up: BEAST Craft BBQ Co., 20 South Belt West, Belleville; 618-257-9000

    Best Indian Restaurant
    House of India
    8501 Delmar Blvd., 314-567-6850
    Runner Up: India Rasoi, 25 North Euclid Ave., 314-361-6911

    Best New Bar
    Twisted Tavern STL
    3606 West Outer Rd.,
    314-900-1331
    Runner Up: Golden Hoosierm 3707 South Kingshighway, 314-354-8044

    Best Chain Restaurant
    Syberg's
    Multiple locations including 7802 Gravois Rd., 314-832-3560
    Runner Up: Lion's Choice, 6630 Chippewa St., 314-352-5466

    Best Restaurant for Vegetarians
    Tree House Restaurant
    3177 South Grand Blvd.,
    314-696-2110
    Runner Up: Frida's, 622 North and South Rd., 314-727-6500

    Best Restaurant When Someone Else Pays
    Twisted Tree Steakhouse Restaurant
    10701 Watson Rd., 314-394-3366

    Runner Up: Tony's, 105 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-221-7007

    Best Takeout/Curbside
    J's Pitaria
    91 Concord Plaza Shopping Center,
    314-270-8005
    Runner Up: Syberg's, multiple locations including 7802 Gravois Rd., 314-832-3560

    Best Food Truck
    Tuk Tuk Thai
    @tuktukthaistl

    Runner Up: Seoul Taco, seoultaco.com/truck

    Best Cajun/Creole
    Broadway Oyster Bar
    736 South Broadway, 314-621-8811
    Runner Up: Sister Cities Cajun Restaurant, 3550 South Broadway, 314-405-0447

    Best Chinese Restaurant
    Wonton King
    8116 Olive Blvd., 314-567-9997
    Runner Up: LuLu's Local Eatery, 3201 South Grand Blvd. 314-300-8215

    Best Fried Chicken
    Original Crusoe's
    3152 Osceola St., 314-351-0620
    Runner Up: Hodak's, 2100 Gravois Ave., 314-776-7292

    Best Martini
    Cleveland-Heath
    106 N Main St., Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-307-4830
    Runner Up: The Gin Room, 3200 South Grand Blvd. 314-771-3411

    Best Bar
    Duke's Soulard
    2001 Menard St., 314-833-6686
    Runner Up: Helen Fitzgerald's Irish Grill & Pub, 3650 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 314-984-0026

    Best Pizza That Isn't St. Louis Style
    Blackthorn Pub & Pizza
    3735 Wyoming St., 314-776-0534
    Runner Up: Katie's Pizza & Pasta, 9568 Manchester Rd., 314-942-6555

    Best Coffeehouse
    Sweet Em's Coffee & Ice Cream
    6330 Clayton Ave., 314-875-9174
    Runner Up: Rise Coffee, 4176 Manchester Ave., 314-405-8171

    Best Deli/Sandwich
    Blues City Deli
    2438 McNair Ave., 314-773-8225
    Runner Up: Gioia's Deli, 1934 Macklind Ave. / 314-766-9410

    Best New Restaurant
    Navin's BBQ
    3559 Arsenal St., 314-449-1185
    Runner Up: Twisted Tavern STL, 3606 West Outer Rd., Arnold 314-900-1331

    Best Sports Bar
    Duke's Soulard
    2001 Menard St., 314-833-6686
    Runner Up: Syberg's, multiple locations including 7802 Gravois Rd., 314-832-3560

    Best Gay Bar
    Just John
    4112 Manchester Ave. 314-371-1333
    Runner Up: Rehab Bar and Grill, 4054 Chouteau Ave., 314-371-1333

    Best Comfort Food
    Grace Meat+Three
    4270 Manchester Ave., 314-553-2700
    Runner Up: Piccadilly on Manhattan, 7201 Piccadilly Ave. / 314-646-0016

    Best Outdoor Dining
    Pit Stop - STL
    2130 Macklind Ave., 314-696-2999
    Runner Up: John D. McGurk's Irish Pub and Garden, 1200 Russell Blvd., 314-776-8309

    Best Flavored Whiskey
    Jack Daniel's Honey
    Runner Up: Jack Daniel's Apple



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    GOODS & SERVICES

    Best Gift Shop
    STL Style House
    3159 Cherokee St., 314-898-0001
    Runner Up: Urban Matter, 3179 South Grand Blvd., 314-769-9349

    Best Thrift Shop
    Goodwill
    Multiple locations including 1727
    Locust St., 314-241-3464
    Runner Up: Savers, 9618 Watson Rd., 314-849-1179

    Best Hardware Store
    True Value
    Multiple locations, including 7320 Manchester Rd., Maplewood;
    314-647-1411
    Runner Up: Edele & Mertz Hardware, 1822 South Broadway, 314-421-2131

    Best Garden Center
    Frisella Nursery
    550 Highway F, Defiance;
    636-798-2555
    Runner Up: Flowers & Weeds, 3201 Cherokee St., 314-776-2887

    Best Smoke Shop (General)
    Coughing Cardinal
    2131 Barrett Station Rd.,
    314-996-2473
    Runner Up: Emporium, 6254 Delmar Blvd., 314-721-6277

    Best Car Repair
    Webster Groves Complete Auto Repair
    #2 S Old Orchard Ave., Webster
    Groves, 314-961-2728
    Runner Up: Coates Brothers Auto Repair, 6405 Manchester Ave., 314-647-2334

    Best Medical Marijuana Dispensary
    North Dispensary
    1709 Hwy Z, Pevely; 636-224-2885
    Runner Up: 3Fifteen Primo Cannabis, multiple locations including 5501 Chippewa St., 314-330-2118

    Best Clothing Boutique
    STL Style House
    3159 Cherokee St., 314-898-0001
    Runner Up: Paperdolls Boutique, 12095 Manchester Rd., 314-858-9355

    Best Pet Groomer
    Dogtowne Grooming
    1138 Tamm Ave., 314-645-7008
    Runner Up: Four Muddy Paws, 1211 Park Ave., 314-773-7297

    Best Jewelry Store
    Paramount Jewelers
    7348 Manchester Ave.,
    314-645-1122
    Runner Up: Vincent's Jewelers, 11733 Olive Blvd., 314-989-9030

    Best Salon
    Formation Salon and Spa
    8369 Olive Blvd., 314-733-5363
    Runner Up: Salon Melange, 1218 Tamm Ave., 314-651-5088

    Best CBD Shop
    CBD Kratom
    Multiple locations including 3161 Morgan Ford Rd., 314-202-8330
    Runner Up: Root 66, Multiple locations including, 3737 South Grand Blvd., 314-257-0816

    Best Florist
    Flowers and Weeds
    3201 Cherokee St., 314-776-2887
    Runner Up: Walter Knoll, 2765 Lasalle St., 314-352-7575

    Best Sex Shop
    Hustler Hollywood
    9802 Natural Bridge Rd., 314-428-5069
    Runner Up: Patricia's, 3552 Gravois Ave., 314-664-4040

    Best Comics Store
    Apotheosis Comics & Lounge
    3206 South Grand Blvd. 314-802-7090
    Runner Up: StL Comics Toys & More, 4117 Old Highway 94 South, 314-537-9971

    Best Grocery
    Schnucks
    Multiple locations including 3430 South Grand Blvd., 314-772-5500
    Runner Up: Straub's, 8282 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314-725-2121

    Best Hotel
    Moonrise
    6177 Delmar Blvd., 314-721-1111
    Runner Up: Angad Arts Hotel, 3550 Samuel Shepard Dr. 314-561-0033

    Best Mall
    West County Center
    80 West County Center Dr. 314-228-2020
    Runner Up: Saint Louis Galleria, 1155 Galleria, 314-571-7000

    Best Antique Store
    Emporium St. Louis
    9410 Manchester Rd., 314-962-7300
    Runner Up: Gringo Jones, 4740 Shaw Blvd., 314-664-1666

    Best Place To Get a Mani/Pedi
    Beautiful Nails
    Multiple locations including 8721 Manchester Rd., 314-968-9973
    Runner Up: Central West End Nails & Spa, 4904 Laclede Ave., 314-776-9090

    Most LGBTQ-Friendly Brand
    Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire
    Runner Up: Arch Apparel, 2335 South Hanley Rd., Brentwood; 314-601-3122



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    ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

    Best Radio Show
    The Rizzuto Show
    Runner Up: The Roots' Friday Happy Hour, hosted by Charlie Hubbard

    Best All-Ages Venue
    The Factory
    17105 North Outer 40 Rd.,
    314-423-8500
    Runner Up: The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., 314-726-6161

    Best Blues Club
    BB's Jass, Blues & Soups
    700 South Broadway,
    314-436-5222
    Runner Up: Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 South Broadway, 314-621-8811

    Best Local Album
    Turtle Circus — Emperor of Fools
    Runner Up: Andrew & the Dolls — Gasoline

    Best Live Music Venue to Close in the Past 12 Months
    Bootleg at the Atomic Cowboy
    4144 Manchester Ave.
    Runner Up: The Ready Room, 4194 Manchester Ave.

    Best Movie Theater
    Hi-Pointe Theatre
    1005 McCausland Ave.,
    314-995-6273
    Runner Up: The Chase Park Plaza, 212 Kingshighway Blvd., 314-367-0101

    Best Hip-Hop Club
    Pepper Lounge
    2005 Locust St., 314-241-2005
    Runner Up: Al's Lounge, 2731 US-67, 314-839-9850

    Best Band Name
    Saint Boogie Brass Band
    Runner Up: Aaron Kamm and the One Drops

    Best Concert of the Past Year
    The Roots at the Factory
    Runner Up: Foo Fighters at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

    Best Radio Station
    The Roots FM
    Runner Up: KDHX

    Best Jazz Club
    Jazz at the Bistro
    3536 Washington Ave.,
    314-571-6000
    Runner Up: The Dark Room at the Grandel, 3610 Grandel Square, 314-710-5643

    Best Recording Studio
    Shock City Studio
    2200 Gravois Ave. #100,
    314-771-3099
    Runner Up: Gaslight Studio & Lounge, 4916 Shaw Ave., 314-499-7488

    Best Live Music Venue
    The Factory
    17105 North Outer 40 Rd.,
    314-423-8500
    Runner Up: Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 South Broadway, 314-621-8811

    Best Local Artist
    Saint Boogie Brass Band
    Runner Up: Aaron Kamm and the One Drops

    Best Film Series
    St. Louis International
    Film Festival
    Runner Up: America's Last Little Italy: The Hill

    Best Dance Company
    Big Muddy Dance
    Runner Up: Saint Louis Ballet

    Best Rock Club
    Old Rock House
    1200 South 7th St., 314-588-0505
    Runner Up: The Factory, 17105 North Outer 40 Rd. 314-423-8500



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    SPORTS & RECREATION

    Best Gym
    Big Fitness Personal Training
    1904 Washington Ave., 314-384-8273
    Runner Up: House of Pain Gym, 12632 Dorsett Rd., 314-451-1010

    Best Camping within an Hour of St. Louis
    Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
    Runner Up: Tom Sauk Mountain State Park (drive fast)

    Best Bike Path
    Grant's Trail
    Runner Up: Forest Park

    Best Hiking Trail
    Castlewood State Park
    Runner Up: Forest Park

    Best Day Trip Destination
    Ste. Genevieve
    Runner Up: Elephant Rocks

    Best Public Park
    Forest Park
    Runner Up: Tower Grove Park

    Best Public Pool
    Maplewood Family Aquatic Center
    7550 Lohmeyer Ave.,
    314-636-3665
    Runner Up: Shaw Park Aquatic Center, 111 South Brentwood Blvd. 314-290-8590

    Best Bike Shop
    Big Shark Bicycle Company
    1155 South Big Bend Blvd.,
    314-862-1188
    Runner Up: Mike's Bikes STL, 324 North Euclid Ave., 314-875-0080

    Best Running Trail
    Forest Park
    Runner Up: Creve Coeur Lake

    Best Yoga Studio
    Brick City Yoga
    2759 Wyoming St., 314-802-8770
    Runner Up: Urban Breath Yoga, 4237 Manchester Ave., 314-421-9642

    Best Bowling Alley
    Saratoga Lanes
    2725 Sutton Blvd. A,
    Maplewood; 314-645-5308
    Runner Up: Tropicana Lanes, 7960 Clayton Rd., Richmond Heights, 314-781-0282

    PEOPLE & PLACES

    Best Neighborhood to Live
    Dogtown
    Runner Up: The Hill

    Best Cardinals Player
    Yadier Molina
    Runner Up: Adam Wainwright

    Best Politician
    Cori Bush
    Runner Up: Josh Hawley

    Best Journalist
    Bill McClellan
    Runner Up: Kevin Johnson

    Best Place for a Last Date
    Forest Park
    5595 Grand Dr.
    Runner Up: Ted Drewes, 6726 Chippewa St., 314-481-2652

    Best Villian
    Stan Kroenke
    Runner Up: Rex Sinquefield

    Best Blues Player
    Ryan O'Reilly
    Runner Up: Jordan Binnington

    Best Attorney
    Jennifer Mocabee
    Runner Up: Jeff Singer

    Best Place for a First Date
    Missouri Botanical Garden
    4344 Shaw Blvd., 314-577-5100
    Runner Up: Forest Park, 5595 Grand Dr.

    Best Place to Live
    Dogtown
    Runner Up: Tower Grove

    Best Cheap Thrill
    City Museum
    750 North 16th St., 314-231-2489
    Runner Up: The St. Louis Wheel, 201 South 18th St., 314-923-3960

    Best Activist
    Cori Bush
    Runner Up: Kayla Reed


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Best of St. Louis: Reader's Choice 

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT



Best Radio Show
The Rizzuto Show
Runner Up: The Roots' Friday Happy Hour, hosted by Charlie Hubbard

Best All-Ages Venue
The Factory
17105 North Outer 40 Rd.,
314-423-8500
Runner Up: The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., 314-726-6161

Best Blues Club
BB's Jass, Blues & Soups
700 South Broadway,
314-436-5222
Runner Up: Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 South Broadway, 314-621-8811

Best Local Album
Turtle Circus — Emperor of Fools
Runner Up: Andrew & the Dolls — Gasoline

Best Live Music Venue to Close in the Past 12 Months
Bootleg at the Atomic Cowboy
4144 Manchester Ave.
Runner Up: The Ready Room, 4194 Manchester Ave.

Best Movie Theater
Hi-Pointe Theatre
1005 McCausland Ave.,
314-995-6273
Runner Up: The Chase Park Plaza, 212 Kingshighway Blvd., 314-367-0101

Best Hip-Hop Club
Pepper Lounge
2005 Locust St., 314-241-2005
Runner Up: Al's Lounge, 2731 US-67, 314-839-9850

Best Band Name
Saint Boogie Brass Band
Runner Up: Aaron Kamm and the One Drops

Best Concert of the Past Year
The Roots at the Factory
Runner Up: Foo Fighters at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Best Radio Station
The Roots FM
Runner Up: KDHX

Best Jazz Club
Jazz at the Bistro
3536 Washington Ave.,
314-571-6000
Runner Up: The Dark Room at the Grandel, 3610 Grandel Square, 314-710-5643

Best Recording Studio
Shock City Studio
2200 Gravois Ave. #100,
314-771-3099
Runner Up: Gaslight Studio & Lounge, 4916 Shaw Ave., 314-499-7488

Best Live Music Venue
The Factory
17105 North Outer 40 Rd.,
314-423-8500
Runner Up: Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 South Broadway, 314-621-8811

Best Local Artist
Saint Boogie Brass Band
Runner Up: Aaron Kamm and the One Drops

Best Film Series
St. Louis International
Film Festival
Runner Up: America's Last Little Italy: The Hill

Best Dance Company
Big Muddy Dance
Runner Up: Saint Louis Ballet

Best Rock Club
Old Rock House
1200 South 7th St., 314-588-0505
Runner Up: The Factory, 17105 North Outer 40 Rd. 314-423-8500



(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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