by Cheryl Baehr
2013 saw the St. Louis dining scene continue its forward momentum with the openings of several notable eateries. From established chefs to first-time restaurateurs, our beloved city was blessed with new cuisines, fresh concepts, and soon-to-be classics.
This week, I reflect on my favorite new dishes of 2013. Here's a standout from the new Central Table Food Hall -- the full year's review will be online tomorrow and in this week's issue. Until then, may the new year see these delectable goodies fill your plates with joy.
Popcorn Panna Cotta at Central Table Food Hall (23 South Euclid Avenue; 314-932-5595)
I've been waiting my whole life for an excuse to eat brown butter with a spoon. Thankfully, Central Table Food Hall made that dream come true with the brown butter ice cream on its popcorn panna cotta dessert. It was embarrassingly indulgent, made even more so by a topping of cracker jacks and some pop rocks. Without question, this was the dessert of the year.