Today Eater returns to St. Louis, Missouri to focus on the newish bars and restaurants that have been garnering some serious buzz. Once again, Eater has asked St. Louis Post-Dispatch restaurant critic Ian Froeb for his picks of the hottest openings of the past 12 months.
On the list: A national headline-grabbing revamp of an iconic local restaurant (Sardella, formerly known as Niche); an unassuming barbecue gem hiding in a suburban strip mall (Big Baby Q and Smokehouse); and, to the surprise of anyone tracking the Sqirl effect, a hipster breakfast joint amazingly devoid of fancy toasts or grain bowls (Yolklore). Keep an eye out for modern Mexican fare (Nixta), no-frills steakhouse dining (Twisted Tree), and cheffed up ramen (Vista).
Without further ado — and in geographic order — the Eater Heatmap to St. Louis:Read More