Thursday, December 8, 2011 / 8:45 AM
Relish just picked up a copy of the 2012 edition of Zagat’s “America’s Top Restaurants,” an annual publication of the now-familiar maroon-jacketed restaurant guide. Therein are quite a few interesting facts and betcha-didn’t-know-that’s:
Personally, and for what it’s worth, I’ve always found the Zagat guides to be a pretty accurate barometer of a city's restaurant scene, and more concise than Urbanspoon, TripAdvisor, Metromix, or Yelp. Joe Pollack has been the editor for the local Zagat guide for several decades. (He comments on some St. Louis Zagat history here.) Once again, he and his wife, Ann Lemons Pollack (restaurant critics for SLM and curators of stlouiseats.com), have organized the comments for this year's Zagat’s St. Louis guide (one that's now available only online). Individual numerical ratings get compiled in New York. Joe Pollack explains: "Zagat sends us print outs with scores and comments from diners, with ratings to several decimal points. The latest Zagat site for St. Louis lists 126 restaurants within a 30-mile radius of St. Louis."
Some of the highlights, taken from the abbreviated guide above, are below:
Niche was the highest scoring restaurant, with an aggregate score of 28/30 (an average score based on Food, Decor, and Service). Stellina Pasta, Paul Manno’s, Sidney Street Café, Trattoria Marcella, and Tony’s followed with 27/30; and Dominic’s, Pappy’s, Annie Gunn’s, Harvest, The Crossing, Pomme, and Atlas scored a 26. (It should be noted that newer restaurants or those with an insufficient number of responses, such as Brasserie by Niche and Farmhaus, received comments and a mention, but not a numerical rating.)
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