The Year in St. Louis Food Porn (So Far...) 

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2013 is half-over, seems like a fine time to look over our favorite food photos published in the RFT this year. Shots from restaurants old and new, food festivals and a tavern or two.
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Jennifer Silverberg
A display of the brisket, baby back ribs, housemade jalapeno sausage, baked beans and potato salad. See more photos: Inside the Sugarfire Smoke House.
Jennifer Silverberg
Falafel at Joyia Tapas at 4501 Manchester Avenue. See more photos: Inside Joyia Tapas in the Grove.
Jennifer Silverberg
A "Pick-Your-Pie" - 12" with goat cheese, tomato, and basil from Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. See more photos: Inside Downtown's Flying Saucer Draught Emporium.
Corey Woodruff
Lamb: Braised lamb shank pappardelle. See more photos: Inside Robust on Washington Avenue.
Jennifer Silverberg
A classic duck Confit over parsnip potato puree with Bordeaux sauce. See more photos: Inside Bar Les Freres in Clayton.
Jennifer Silverberg
Ribeye, presented with allium, hollandaise and Meyer lemon at Niche. See more photos: Inside Niche in Clayton.
Madelaine Azar
How many of these could you eat in a row? Photographed at a professionally sanctioned fried taco eating contest at the 50th Bethalto Jaycees Country Fair in June. See more photos: Scenes From a Fried Taco Eating Contest.
Kristan Lieb
The fifth-annual Off Broadway crawfish boil drew a packed house on May 25. See more photos: 225 Pounds of Crawfish Boiled at Off Broadway.
Jennifer Silverberg
Just off the I-64 exit for Collinsville Road in Fairmont City, and just past a gentle curve in the road, you will see a very small brick building on the left with a few cars and heavy-duty pickups in the parking lot beside it. This is Mi Tierra Tienda y Taqueria. This is your stop. See more photos: Eating the Terrific Tacos at Mi Tierra in Fairmont City.
Jason Stoff
The Bacon Fest St. Louis went down on Saturday, March, 23 at Kiener Plaza, celebrating all things bacon, including a 500-pound "hog log" in a custom smoker. See more photos: Bacon Fest St. Louis.
Jennifer Silverberg
Etouffee is a creole dish with peppers, onions, celery. Here, it's shown with crawfish, and served over a bed of rice. See more photos: Inside The Kitchen Sink near Forest Park.
Jennifer Silverberg
"James Laurinaitis" maki is a combination of tuna, cucumber, avocado and soy paper, topped with seared salmon, spicy crab, eel sauce, spicy mayo and tobiko. See more photos: Inside Takaya New Asian.
Jennifer Silverberg
Arancini with gorgonzola, steak, potato and roasted-tomato marinara. See more photos: Inside Pan D' Olive on McCausland.
Corey Woodruff
Photographed at Ocha Thai & Japanese (12967 Olive Blvd.) on Olive & 270. See more photos: Inside Ocha Thai & Japanese.
Jennifer Silverberg
Cutting the Skewer of Picanha, the house sirloin. See more photos: Inside Brazikat Brazilian Steak & Seafood House.
Jennifer Silverberg
The "Donald" is a wood-fired pizza with wild mushrooms, duck egg and truffles. See more photos: Inside Basso at the Cheshire Inn.
Mabel Suen
El Jibarito, a fried plantain "sandwich" with pork belly, tomato-chipotle jam, avocado and pickled red onion. Read more: Gringo Offers Taco Options Like Al Pastor, Octopus and Grasshopper in the Central West End [Photos]
Kaitlin Steinberg
The pastrami sandwich features rye bread, pastrami, kickapoo cheese, mustard, onions and pickles. Read more: The Market at the Cheshire Invites You to Belly Up to the Deli
Jennifer Silverberg
A "Double Chubbie Cheddar" comes stacked with two patties, cheddar and carmelized onions. Seen here with the addition of bacon and a side of crinkle fries. See more photos: Inside Chubbies in the Delmar Loop.
Jennifer Silverberg
Photographed at Olio, Bruschetta with fresh ricotta, braised beet stems, pecorino sardo. See more photos: Inside Elaia and Olio in the Botanical Heights neighborhood.
Jennifer Silverberg
Carnitas, crispy twice-cooked pork served with guacamole, pickled red onions, cilantro, and corn tortillas. See more photos: Inside Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina.
Evan C. Jones
Beef shawarma at Kaslik Restaurant. Read more: Kaslik Restaurant Offers Real-Deal Shawarma and More in Florissant
Mabel Suen
Clockwise from bottom left: The "Ooh La La" ($4.50) strawberry-pistachio tart, a "Bananas Foster Bombe" ($5) and a "Mille Crepe" ($4.25) flavored with white chocolate and Matcha. Read more: La Patisserie Chouquette Offers Desserts that Look (Almost) Too Good to Eat [Photos]
Mabel Suen
The Chrystal Roll with tuna, yellowtail, cilantro, jalapeno and cucumber rolled in rice paper with eel sauce, sweet chili sauce and avocado sauce. Read more: Takaya New Asian Rolls Out Modernly Plated Sushi and Fusion Dishes
Mabel Suen
A pulled pork sandwich and red pepper slaw. Read more: Wilson's BBQ Serves Up St. Louis-Style Barbecue in South City
Mabel Suen
"Original" cini filled with sausage, peas, parmigiano and pecorino cheese. Read more: Cini Serves Molto Bene Italian Food
Mabel Suen
Pulled pork ($7) in St. Louis BBQ sauce mixed with hoisin and topped with sliced dill pickles, pickled cilantro and Sriracha in steamed buns from Wei Hong Bakery. Read more: Downtown's MX Movies Makes Dinner and a Movie Way Too Easy
Madelaine Azar
Garlic-lovers left their breath mints at home in June during the fourth-annual Garlic Festival hosted by Carondelet Garden at Carondelet Park. See more photos: Scenes from Garlic Festival at Carondelet Park.
Evan C. Jones
Chicken lollipops with blue-cheese mousse. Read more: Inside Alumni St. Louis Downtown
Jennifer Silverberg
The "ASAP" is a beef-brisket sandwich slathered in spicy sauce and topped with hot link slices and crispy cole slaw. See more photos: Inside BBQ ASAP on Manchester.
Mabel Suen
The Chubbie Loco burger with pepper jack and lettuce. Read more: Chubbies Offers Burgers, Wings and Frozen Custard to Make You Nice and Pudgy [Photos]
Jennifer Silverberg
Raincrow Ranch smoked pork ribs with an Asian barbecue glaze. See more photos: Inside the Restaurant at the Cheshire.
Mabel Suen
A "Blue Ox" cornmeal waffle with caramelized onions, slow cooked brisket, bourbon lime sauce and blue cheese. Read more: Melt Serves Savory Waffles and More at New Location on Cherokee Street [Photos]
Jennifer Silverberg
From the appetizer menu, Hoy Jaw. Deep-fried dumplings with crab and shrimp mixed with minced pork, wrapped in tofu skin, and served with a Thai sweet chili sauce. See more photos: Inside Fork & Stix in the Delmar Loop area.
Mabel Suen
Pastry chef Victoria Lopez's raw, vegan and gluten-free banana torte. Read more: Tree House Serves Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw and Gluten-Free Bistro-Style Dishes on South Grand [Photos]
Mabel Suen
Spring vegetables with roasted hummus and chards. Read more: Panorama Experiments with the Art of Food in the Saint Louis Art Museum's New East Building
Mabel Suen
Spicy diavolo pizza with heritage Berkshire sausage, spicy marinated tomatoes, housemade mozzarella, chile oil and fresh Parmesan. Read more: Central Table Food Hall Offers Artisan Eats in the Central West End [Photos]
David Merritt
The charcuterie plate from The Dubliner. Read more: Gut Check Tags Along on First Dishcrawl Down Wash. Ave.
Mabel Suen
Prasino's polar bear roll with crab, white tuna, avocado, wasabi mayo, cucumber, unagi sauce and wasabi tobiko. Read more: Prasino Brings Self-Proclaimed "Eco-Chic" Contemporary American Cuisine to St. Charles [Photos]
Mabel Suen
Espresso hazelnut, pistachio and strawberry cannolis. Read more: Piccione Pastry Serves Cannoli, Cookies and Italian Coffee in the Delmar Loop [Photos]
Caillin Murray
The Belgian Pale Ale at Alpha. Read more: Alpha Brewing Company Opens on Washington Avenue
Mabel Suen
A Supreme-style slice of pizza with the works. Read more: Empire Deli & Pizza Serves East Coast Style Slices and Sandwiches Downtown [Photos]
Kaitlin Steinberg
The carrot cake is rich and decadent without being too sweet. Kaitlin Steinberg Read more: The Cakes at Brand-New Russell's on Macklind Are Almost Too Pretty to Eat. Almost.
Evan C. Jones
Occupying the former Outback Steakhouse space next door to the AMC Esquire 7 in Richmond Heights, Dynasty Hibachi Steak, Seafood and Sushi Buffet (6710 Clayton Road; 314-781-8888) offers a wide array of choices for diners (even for a Chinese buffet). Read more: Dynasty Hibachi Steak, Seafood and Sushi Buffet
Mabel Suen
A selection of Mission Taco Joint tacos including fillings such as roasted duck and Baja fish. Read more: Mission Taco Joint Preps Fresh Tortillas and West Coast Inspired Mexican Food in the Delmar Loop [Photos]
Kaitlin Steinberg
The St. Louis location of Flying Saucer Draught Emporium is the seventeenth in the franchise, which restaurateur Shannon Wynne founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1995. Read more: Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Caillin Murray
Chronicle Coffee's motto decorates every cup. Read more: Chronicle Coffee Opens on North Grand
Steve Truesdell
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (1755 Des Peres Road) held its annual Greek Festival in May, and this was on the menu. See more photos: The 2013 Greek Fest.
Jon Gitchoff
Gogi bowl spicy pork from the Seoul Taco food truck. See more photos: 2013 Iron Fork at the Union Station Hotel.
Kristan Lieb
Insalate Mista with mixed lettuces, red onion, grilled artichoke, parmigiano and red-wine-mustard vinaigrette. See more photos: Inside Marcella's Mia Sorella.
Schoemehl's Signature Salad featuring grilled chicken, corn, and cucumber with avocado cream dressing. See more photos: Inside Schoemehl's South Side Grill.
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Jennifer Silverberg
A display of the brisket, baby back ribs, housemade jalapeno sausage, baked beans and potato salad. See more photos: Inside the Sugarfire Smoke House.