The best things we ate in 2012
Mad Tomato Italian Kitchen is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

1. Mad Tomato Italian Kitchen

8000 Carondelet Ave (Meramec), St Louis, MO
Italian Restaurant · 29 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of 2012: Hunter’s Egg at Mad Tomato, 8000 Carondelet Avenue, Clayton. Submitted via Twitter by @ChrisSpurlock Read more.

Everest Café is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

2. Everest Café

711 Olive St (btw 7th & 8th), St Louis, MO
Indian Restaurant · Downtown East · 10 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of 2012: Matar paneer at Everest Cafe, 711 Olive Street, downtown. Submitted by @endoftheshow Read more.

Pastaria is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

3. Pastaria

9.4
7734 Forsyth Blvd (btwn S. Bemiston Ave. & S. Hanley Rd.), Clayton, MO
Italian Restaurant · 51 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of 2012: Chitarra at Pastaria, 7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton. Spaghetti strands with olive oil, garlic and chiles is “so simple, exactly what I look for in pasta,” tweets @amveats. Read more.

SweetArt is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

4. SweetArt

8.9
2203 S 39th St (Flad Avenue), St Louis, MO
Café · Shaw · 45 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: The Sweet Burger was a highlight of our veggie-burger roundup, and the "fauxtess" cupcake, Sweet Art’s take on a Hostess cupcake, is a perfect finishing touch. (Evan S. Benn) Read more.

Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

5. Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar

9.2
1004 Locust St (at 10th St), St Louis, MO
Wine Bar · Downtown East · 100 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Smoky Strip Club sandwich with 2nd Shift Brew Cocky at Bridge, 1004 Locust Street, downtown. Submitted by @dar787s Read more.

Sub Zero Vodka Bar is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

6. Sub Zero Vodka Bar

8.8
308 N Euclid Ave (at Maryland Ave), St Louis, MO
Cocktail Bar · Central West End · 99 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Ancho-and-coffee-rubbed burger with jalapeño cheese sauce and avocado at SubZero Vodka Bar, 308 North Euclid Avenue, Central West End. Says @Cerriwin: “omg!” Read more.

The Good Pie is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

7. The Good Pie

3137 Olive St, St Louis, MO
Pizza Place · Midtown · 33 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Chorizo pizza with Green Flash West Coast IPA at the Good Pie, 3137 Olive Street, midtown. Submitted by @mvemjsunp Read more.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

8. Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

9.2
3229 Washington Ave (at Compton Ave.), St Louis, MO
Brewery · Grand Center · 71 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Bier and Brat plate. Weisswurst from G&W Sausage served with German-style mustard on a Companion pretzel roll is a seamless pairing with earthy, nutty Winged Nut. (Evan S. Benn) Read more.

J. McGraugh's Bar And Grill is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

9. J. McGraugh's Bar And Grill

7.3
8405 Maryland Ave (Crandon), St Louis, MO
Bar · 14 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: BBQ pork tenderloin sandwich with fries and an ice-cold Bud Light at J. McGraugh’s, 8405 Maryland Avenue, Clayton. Submitted by @shanefeld Read more.

Castelli's Restaurant at 255 is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

10. Castelli's Restaurant at 255

7.8
3400 Fosterburg Rd, Alton, IL
Italian Restaurant · 17 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Fried white- and dark-meat chicken at Castelli’s Moonlight Restaurant at 255, 3400 Fosterburg Road, Alton. Submitted by Chris Teske Read more.

Rooster is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

11. Rooster

9.3
1104 Locust St (at 11th St), St Louis, MO
Breakfast Spot · Downtown East · 169 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Slinger at Rooster, 1104 Locust Street, downtown. Submitted by @DChen0407 Read more.

Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

12. Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas

8.5
5046 Shaw Ave, St Louis, MO
Tapas Restaurant · The Hill · 35 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Pan tumaca at Guido’s, 5046 Shaw Avenue, the Hill. “Simple and perfect,” @Pipes4Strength says of this appetizer of bread rubbed with garlic and tomato. Read more.

Seamus McDaniel's is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

13. Seamus McDaniel's

8.9
1208 Tamm Ave (at Victoria Ave.), St Louis, MO
Pub · Clayton-Tamm · 67 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Cheddar burger at Seamus McDaniel’s, 1208 Tamm Avenue, Dogtown. “Medium-rare, no veggies or condiments, with a side salad with ranch. #sooooogood,” tweets @DenzelFoSho. Read more.

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

14. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

9.5
6726 Chippewa St (at Prather Ave), St Louis, MO
Ice Cream Shop · St. Louis Hills · 219 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Blueberry marshmallow macadamia concrete at Ted Drewes, multiple locations. Submitted by @Wenabar Read more.

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

15. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

9.0
4224 S Grand Blvd (Meramec St.), St Louis, MO
Ice Cream Shop · Dutchtown South · 37 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Blueberry marshmallow macadamia concrete at Ted Drewes, multiple locations. Submitted by @Wenabar Read more.

The Shack PubGrub is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

16. The Shack PubGrub

3818 Laclede Ave, St Louis, MO
Gastropub · Midtown · 22 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: The original Shack-Wich, crammed with a selection of meats, plus slaw, fries and cheese, is a heck of a sandwich. (Evan S. Benn) Read more.

Adriana's on The Hill is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

17. Adriana's on The Hill

9.1
5101 Shaw Ave (Hereford St.), St Louis, MO
Sandwich Place · The Hill · 39 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Mambo siciliano, Adriana’s, 5101 Shaw Avenue, the Hill. Submitted by @brassclarkson Read more.

Tortillaria is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

18. Tortillaria

8.9
8 1/2 S Euclid Ave, St Louis, MO
Mexican Restaurant · Central West End · 51 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Fish tacos at Tortillaria, 8 South Euclid Avenue, Central West End. Submitted by @iDanLadd Read more.

Tucker's Place Soulard is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

19. Tucker's Place Soulard

8.8
2117 S 12th St, St Louis, MO
Steakhouse · Soulard · 48 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Salmon with baked potato and salad with ranch at Tucker’s, 2117 South 12th Street, Soulard. “Always get a loaded potato. Sooo good,” says @notjustanotherj. Read more.

Iron Barley is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

20. Iron Barley

9.2
5510 Virginia Ave (at Bates), St Louis, MO
American Restaurant · Carondelet · 63 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Seafood barley paella at Iron Barley, 5510 Virginia Avenue, St. Louis. “Best food in the city! Can you say YUM?” asks @Jennifreynolds. Read more.

Mai Lee is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

21. Mai Lee

8.9
8396 Musick Memorial Dr (at Hanley Rd.), St Louis, MO
Vietnamese Restaurant · 94 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Seafood charred rice at Mai Lee, 8396 Musick Memorial Drive, Brentwood. “Simply amazing,” says @rhubarbandhoney. Read more.

Nobu's Japanese Restaurant is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

22. Nobu's Japanese Restaurant

8.0
8643 Olive Blvd, St Louis, MO
Japanese Restaurant · University · 11 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Sushi for two at Nobu’s. My order always includes a few pieces each of kanpachi, ika, hamachi, sake and tai, plus a negihama roll and green tea ice cream. (Evan S. Benn) Read more.

Tony's is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

23. Tony's

8.2
1 S Broadway (Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark), St Louis, MO
Italian Restaurant · Downtown East · 16 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Fried softshell crab and swordfish “filet mignon" is part of what earned Tony's four stars from the P-D. (Evan S. Benn) Read more.

Sidney Street Cafe is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

24. Sidney Street Cafe

8.7
2000 Sidney St, St Louis, MO
American Restaurant · Benton Park · 38 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Scallops and brown-butter grits at Sidney Street Cafe, 2000 Sidney Street, Benton Park. Submitted by Betsy Gee Read more.

Baileys' Range is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

25. Baileys' Range

9.2
920 Olive St (at 10th St.), St Louis, MO
Burger Joint · Downtown East · 201 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Breakfast burger with a peanut butter and chocolate milkshake at Baileys’ Range, 920 Olive Street, downtown. Submitted by @kjs535 Read more.

Mai Lee is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

26. Mai Lee

8.9
8396 Musick Memorial Dr (at Hanley Rd.), St Louis, MO
Vietnamese Restaurant · 94 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Bo luc lac (No. 89) at Mai Lee, 8396 Musick Memorial Drive, Brentwood. Submitted by @bpgates Read more.

Half & Half is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

27. Half & Half

8.6
8135 Maryland Ave (btwn Forsythe Blvd & Brentwood Blvd), St Louis, MO
Breakfast Spot · 72 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Short-rib bibimbap at Half & Half, 8135 Maryland Avenue, Clayton. Crunchy, fresh, salty, spicy, with a runny egg yolk on top. Just awesome. (Evan S. Benn) Read more.

Annie Gunn's Restaurant is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

28. Annie Gunn's Restaurant

9.3
16806 Chesterfield Airport Rd, Chesterfield, MO
Steakhouse · 59 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Medium-rare ribeye and “pop tart." Pastry chef Danielle Bush’s fruit-filled take on the classic junk food is a sweet counter to chef Lou Rook’s massive and savory chops. (Evan S. Benn) Read more.

Winslow's Home is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

29. Winslow's Home

9.2
7213 Delmar Sr (Midland), St Louis, MO
Restaurant · 65 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Brisket at Winslow’s Home, 7213 Delmar Boulevard, University City. Submitted by @alammichael Read more.

Rich & Charlie's Italian Restaurant is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

30. Rich & Charlie's Italian Restaurant

8.1
4487 Lemay Ferry Rd, St Louis, MO
Italian Restaurant · 22 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Beef mudega at Rich and Charlie’s, 4487 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis. Submitted by anonymous via email Read more.

Jimmy The Greek's is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

31. Jimmy The Greek's

7.6
1856 E Broadway, Alton, IL
Greek Restaurant · 8 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Pork chop special at Jimmy the Greek’s, 1856 East Broadway, Alton. Submitted by @GnautyChild Read more.

Bogart's Smokehouse is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

32. Bogart's Smokehouse

9.5
1627 S 9th St (at Lafayette Ave.), St Louis, MO
BBQ Joint · Soulard · 92 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Ribs at Bogart’s, 1627 South Ninth Street, Soulard. Submitted by @guerrillastreet and @Thirsty_Pilgrim Read more.

PW Pizza is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

33. PW Pizza

9.2
2017 Chouteau Ave, St Louis, MO
Pizza Place · Downtown West · 43 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Honey-wheat pizza with garlic, olive oil, mozzarella and capicola at PW Pizza, 2017 Chouteau Avenue, St. Louis. Submitted by @big_troutt Read more.

Bogart's Smokehouse is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

34. Bogart's Smokehouse

9.5
1627 S 9th St (at Lafayette Ave.), St Louis, MO
BBQ Joint · Soulard · 92 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Pulled rib sandwich with baked beans and potato salad at Bogart’s, 1627 South Ninth Street, Soulard. Submitted by @carln26 Read more.

Pi Pizzeria at MX is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

35. Pi Pizzeria at MX

8.9
610 Washington Ave (at 6th St.), St Louis, MO
Pizza Place · Downtown East · 63 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Grove Pi with Charleville Oatmeal Stout pudding at Pi. The pizza comes with salami, red chiles and spicy tomato sauce; I added jalapeños for an extra kick. By Evan S. Benn Read more.

Blood & Sand is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

36. Blood & Sand

9.2
1500 Saint Charles St, St Louis, MO
American Restaurant · Downtown West · 25 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Truffled tater tots, carbonara and house bacon at Blood & Sand, 1500 St. Charles Street, downtown. Add a cocktail, and this meal turns into one you won’t want to end. By Evan S. Benn Read more.

Five Bistro is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

37. Five Bistro

8.8
5100 Daggett Ave, St Louis, MO
New American Restaurant · The Hill · 18 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Charcuterie plate at Five Bistro, 5100 Daggett Avenue, the Hill. The best charcuterie plate in town, hands-down, could be a meal of itself. But you’ll want to share. By Evan S. Benn Read more.

Eleven Eleven is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

38. Eleven Eleven

9.1
1111 Mississippi Ave, St Louis, MO
New American Restaurant · Lafayette Square · 47 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Wild-boar ravioli and ribeye at Eleven Eleven Mississippi, 1111 Mississippi Avenue, Lafayette Square. Submitted by @craigyoung5 Read more.

Guerrilla Street Food is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

39. Guerrilla Street Food

9.4
3559 Arsenal Street, St Louis, MO
Food Truck · Downtown East · 22 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Duck poutine at Guerrilla Street Food truck. “Brought it to @iTAPbeer and couldn’t shut up about it,” says @Ericstl6. Read more.

Little Country Gentleman is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

40. Little Country Gentleman

8135 Maryland Ave (Forsyth), Clayton, MO
New American Restaurant · 5 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Pickled beef cheeks at Little Country Gentleman, 8135 Maryland Avenue, Clayton. “I forever want (them) at every meal I eat,” says @allisonkieffer. Read more.

Sidney Street Cafe is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

41. Sidney Street Cafe

8.7
2000 Sidney St, St Louis, MO
American Restaurant · Benton Park · 38 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Corned sweetbread hash, veal dumplings, applewood-smoked duck and “Snickers” bar at Sidney Street Cafe, 2000 Sidney Street, Benton Park. Submitted by @JasonARorie Read more.

Home Wine Kitchen is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

42. Home Wine Kitchen

7322 Manchester Rd, Maplewood, MO
American Restaurant · 25 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: No-Menu Monday at Home Wine Kitchen, 7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood. “Had a burger with a fried duck egg. Still dream about that burger,” says @mizzoudavis. Read more.

Saint Louis Zoo is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

43. Saint Louis Zoo

9.5
1 Government Dr (at Washington Dr), St Louis, MO
Zoo · 203 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Newt Gingrich’s hand at St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park. Submitted by @STLPenguin Read more.

Riverbend is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

44. Riverbend

1059 S Big Bend Blvd, St Louis, MO
Cajun / Creole Restaurant · Soulard · 30 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Turtle soup at Riverbend Restaurant and Bar, 701 Utah Street, St. Louis. Submitted by Mike Emerson via email. Read more.

Taste By Niche is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

45. Taste By Niche

9.1
4584 Laclede Ave (Btw S. Euclid & N. Taylor), St Louis, MO
Cocktail Bar · Central West End · 71 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Chef Matthew Daughaday is crushing it at Tastes. No dish stands out more than his lamb sugo, a hauntingly tender display of lamb and tomatoes served on grilled bread. (Evan S. Benn) Read more.

Farmhaus is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

46. Farmhaus

9.0
3257 Ivanhoe Ave (btw Bradley & Fyler), St Louis, MO
American Restaurant · Lindenwood Park · 45 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Nachos, bacon-wrapped meatloaf and “breakfast” at Farmhaus, 3257 Ivanhoe Avenue, St. Louis. Submitted by @coryb23 Read more.

Acero is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

47. Acero

8.0
7266 Manchester Rd, St Louis, MO
New American Restaurant · 25 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Four-course tasting menu at Acero, 7266 Manchester Road, Maplewood. Submitted by @AmuseDouche11 Read more.

Hwy 61 Roadhouse is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

48. Hwy 61 Roadhouse

8.5
34 S Old Orchard Ave (Big Bend), St Louis, MO
Cajun / Creole Restaurant · 57 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Sunday brunch at Highway 61 Roadhouse, 34 South Old Orchard Avenue, Webster Groves. Submitted by @GusGusFunBus Read more.

Brasserie is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

49. Brasserie

9.0
4580 Laclede Ave (at Euclid Ave.), St Louis, MO
French Restaurant · Central West End · 57 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Warm bread, escargots, steak frites at Brasserie, 4580 Laclede Avenue, Central West End. “And an inexpensive rosé. Best meal of the year by a long shot,” says @kadesoto. Read more.

Cunetto House of Pasta is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

50. Cunetto House of Pasta

8.2
5453 Magnolia Ave (at Southwest), St Louis, MO
Italian Restaurant · Southwest Garden · 34 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Vitello con granchio at Cunetto’s House of Pasta, 5453 Magnolia Avenue, Hill. “Veal with crab and delicate cheese sauce, generous side of pasta with free house wine,” says @robhutti. Read more.

Lu Lu Seafood Restaurant is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

51. Lu Lu Seafood Restaurant

7.5
8224 Olive Blvd (at Grant Dr.), St Louis, MO
Dim Sum Restaurant · 33 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: The dim sum carts on weekend mornings contain sights and smells to behold. It’s hard to say no to any of the Hong Kong-style small plates, especially the many dumplings. (Evan S. Benn) Read more.

Tavolo V is one of The best things we ate in 2012.

52. Tavolo V

8.4
6118 Delmar Blvd (at Rosedale Ave.), St Louis, MO
Italian Restaurant · Skinker DeBaliviere · 17 tips and reviews

Go! MagazineGo! Magazine: Best of '12: Huge housemade meatballs are enough to take some home, which will definitely be the case if you start your meal with a plate of oven-charred cauliflower floret. (Evan S. Benn) Read more.