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The Greatest Thing I Ever Ate

Delectable picks from 27 discerning St. Louisans

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Photography by Jonathan Gayman; Food styling by Carrie Province

SLM readers hear from our stable of critics and food writers in every issue—what we like, where we go, what rockets our taste buds into the stratosphere. This month, we changed things up. We asked 27 well-known St. Louisans for their opinions, what they crave, what local dish they just can’t live without. Their answers range from the expected to the “Really?” And who knows? The next time you visit Paul Manno’s, you might just see sportscaster Joe Buck eating what’s quickly becoming known around the restaurant as “Joe’s fish.”


What's the greatest thing you've ever eaten in St. Louis?


Erin Bode


Sam Koplar

Vince Bommarito Sr.

John Londoff Jr.

Joe Buck

Kathleen Madigan

John Carney

Kim Massie 

Mike Claiborne

John Mozeliak

Ted Drewes

Carl McConnell

Joe Edwards


Mike Emerson

Pam Nicholson

Tim Ezell

Zoe Robinson

Dave Glover

Lou Rook III 

Steve Gontram

Ozzie Smith

Ellie Kemper 

Chris Sommers

Virginia Kerr

Sharon Tucci






Find out the most-mentioned dish. “It looks so rich, you wonder how you’re ever going to eat all of it,” says chef Gerard Craft." “Then you can’t control yourself, and you just destroy it—every morsel.”

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What's the greatest thing you've ever eaten in St. Louis?

Ok, St. Louis: what local dish can you not live without? Tell us about it in the comments below, or tweet it with the hashtag #GTIEA


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Jan 26, 2013 09:34 pm
 Posted by  JoanR1801

Where can I find the recipe for the warmed brioche bread pudding? I subscribe to the magazine and it said that I could find the recipe on line.

Jan 27, 2013 01:27 am
 Posted by  KD

I too would like to find the bread pudding recipe cited in this month's article about favorite foods. Where is it posted?

Mar 11, 2013 06:44 pm
 Posted by  ardbeg_lover

This is the bread pudding recipe link

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