by Nancy Stiles
International food guidebook Zagat has really been giving St. Louis some love lately. A few weeks ago it named the new restaurant Spare No Rib as one of the fifteen hottest barbecue joints in the country. Now Zagat has released a guide to the hottest restaurants and bars in our fair city. It's pretty much the places you'd expect, but maybe people will recognize St. Louis' burgeoning culinary scene.
For dinner, Zagat obviously chose (and not without merit) Niche, mentioning owner Gerard Craft's five James Beard Award nominations. The other pick is Farmhaus. Craft gets another nod for cocktails at Taste, as does Blood and Sand.
Sump Coffee was named one of the best for snacks -- "The off-the-beaten-path shop is a destination both for its reclaimed wood coffee bar and the single-origin coffees that it serves. You won't find sugar in this establishment, and milk is reserved for specific coffee drinks like dirty chai lattes and cortados." You can probably guess the other pick: Strange Donuts.
You can read the full reviews here. Did Zagat get it right? What restaurant do you think should have been on the list?
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