by Nancy Stiles
Instagram was practically created for food. There are even some chefs creating dishes specifically to look good on the photo-sharing site -- it's essentially free advertising. There are tons of active foodies in St. Louis on Instagram, both creators and consumers of delicious dishes. We rounded up eight of our favorites last fall, but there are even more restaurants, chefs and experts you should be following.
Mofu is St. Louis' own handcrafted premium tofu manufacturer, and yes, that's a thing. It hosts ramen pop-ups, collaborates with the likes of Sump Coffee and makes tofu you actually want to eat. Its Instagram features menu previews, heirloom tomatoes and the founders' adorable kids and families. These snaps look so good, even Ron Swanson would try a Mofu chicken-fried biscuit.
Cassy Vires changes the menu at Home Wine Kitchen every week, so we do a lot of staring longingly at dishes we missed, thanks to the restaurant's Instagram account. Catch desserts from private rehearsal dinners, the gang at a Cards game or even beautiful table settings. There are even some snaps from our own Jennifer Silverberg.
Whiskey and Soba is the nom de Web of food blogger extraordinaire Spencer Pernikoff. He reviews local restaurants on his website, too, but Pernikoff's Instagram can't be beat. He's got the big guns, like Niche, next to sneak previews from brand-new places like United Provisions and the occasional pooch pic. We had a hard time even narrowing down examples of his account -- the stuff is seriously drool-worthy.
We named Pint Size the best bakery in town in 2012, and for good reason. The bakery's Instagram will make you want to wake up early and drive to south city every morning for a taste of something sweet. Owner Christy Augustin and her team post a bevy of cute and crazy cookies, cakes and more -- like Fruity Pebbles cereal treats.
Rick Lewis of Quincy Street Bistro got a James Beard Award nomination this year, but don't think his Instagram is all fancy award ceremonies. In fact, he says he's a certified hillbilly. Expect lots of fresh produce, fish, homemade creations and of course, that famous beard.
Believe it or not, the Instagram of one of St. Louis' best craft breweries isn't all beer, all the time. The guys behind Perennial Artisan Ales know how to enjoy food. Check out shots of new brewing equipment, a cooking pig's snout and behind-the-scenes looks at how its in-demand special releases are made. Did we mention the pig?
Juniper was one of our favorite new restaurants of last year, and its Instagram does not disappoint. There are lots of yummy dishes, peeks at underground dinners and even a nice note left by a customer. There are also lots and lots of cocktails.
It would be wrong to call Nate Hereford an up-and-comer in the St. Louis dining scene: He has arrived. Hereford is Gerard Craft's chef de cuisine at Niche and an enthusiastic forager. Go along for the ride as he searches for spruce tips in the forest, butchers a hog or dresses up his adorable son.
Such and Such is one of the cutest local farms with the Instagram photos to prove it. Check out a life full of heirloom tomatoes and green fields, complete with adorable animals. Seriously, sleeping baby ducks are the best. Live vicariously through Such and Such, without all the, you know, hard work that makes up farming.
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