Best Culinary Francophile

Eddie Neill

OK, so first (after dabbling with a place called T.P. Neill's and subsequently running other people's restaurants) he introduces St. Louis to the rustic joys of the Provençal style of French cooking and later expands to a second location. A few years later, he augments his beef daube with onglet, opening a more citified spot called Eddie's Steak & Chop. Then comes a partnership with Leon Bierbaum to turn the French-rooted name of Laclede Avenue into a Parisian side street with the gorgeous façade and luscious cooking of Chez Leon. And in his latest coup, Monsieur Eddie Neill takes over the landmark St. Albans destination restaurant Malmaison. Bon appétit!
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