The Block is one of Our favorite restaurants of 2011.

1. The Block

8.9
American Restaurant · 146 W Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Bacon ice cream is no longer innovative or shocking, but the Block pulls it off nicely, with bacon playing a role similar to the role salt plays for caramel. (Joe Bonwich)

Bogart's Smokehouse is one of Our favorite restaurants of 2011.

2. Bogart's Smokehouse

9.5
BBQ Joint · Soulard · 1627 S 9th St (at Lafayette Ave.), St Louis, MO

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Some of the best ribs you'll ever eat, but get 'em while you can: Bogart's hours are less than perfect. (Joe Bonwich)

Home Wine Kitchen is one of Our favorite restaurants of 2011.

3. Home Wine Kitchen

7.9
American Restaurant · 7322 Manchester Rd, Maplewood, MO

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Try the tuna tartine, an open-face take on a tuna salad sandwich that reflects Home's stated goal of "elevated comfort food." (Joe Bonwich)

Mathew's Kitchen is one of Our favorite restaurants of 2011.

4. Mathew's Kitchen

8.6
American Restaurant · St. Louis Hills · 5625 Hampton Ave, St Louis, MO

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Chef Mathew Unger takes over the old Del Pietro's space and makes it his own with lobster-and-Gruyere mac and cheese, drop-biscuit chicken pot pie and other elevations of comfort food. (Joe Bonwich)

Riverbend is one of Our favorite restaurants of 2011.

5. Riverbend

Cajun / Creole Restaurant · Soulard · 1059 S Big Bend Blvd, St Louis, MO

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: For a real taste of New Orleans, try the shrimp creole, similar to Riverbend's etouffee, but amplified. (Joe Bonwich)

Salt is one of Our favorite restaurants of 2011.

6. Salt

New American Restaurant · Central West End · 4356 Lindell Blvd (btwn. Newstead and Boyle), St Louis, MO

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Salt's menu is always changing, but we like the seared scallop. Served in a small canning jar, it's a low-key attempt on molecular gastronomy. The scallop is large and well-caramelized. (Joe Bonwich)

7. Three Sixty Rooftop Bar

9.0
Hotel Bar · Downtown East · 1 S Broadway (Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark), St Louis, MO

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Try Three Sixty's signature dish, chopped house-smoked salmon served on elongated, crisp fresh potato chips, brought to the table on an elevated plank. (Joe Bonwich) Read more.

Via Vino is one of Our favorite restaurants of 2011.

8. Via Vino

7.4
Italian Restaurant · Frontenac, MO

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Try the large pork chop, richly flavored with a mushroom-enhanced jus, with porcini mushrooms, spinach and coin-size slices of roasted fingerling potatoes. (Joe Bonwich) Read more.