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A-List Winners 2013

The top restaurants, shopping, night life, sports and more of the year

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Readers’ Choice Award Winners




New Restaurant of 2012: Pastaria

7734 Forsyth, 314-862-6603,
Unlike Gerard Craft's flagship, Niche, this is a restaurant for the masses—and their children. Handmade pastas, wood-fired pizzas, superb gelato, and reasonable prices translate to "gourmet on the cheap."


Burger: Blueberry Hill

6504 Delmar, 314-727-4444,
This landmark restaurant on The Loop offers up delicious burgers from the famous 7-ounce burger to an 8-ounce Australian Wagyu version and more.


Cupcake: Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café

8509 Delmar, 314-993-5455,
It's hard to go wrong with this two-time winner of the Food Network's Cupcake Wars. Try an everyday favorite, like the Turtle Cheesecake, or check out their monthly seasonal flavors.


Date-Night Restaurant: Eleven Eleven Mississippi

1111 Mississippi, 314-241-9999,
Impress your sweetie with a romantic dinner at this Lafayette Square dining spot known for its rustic Tuscan cuisine and inventive items, like braised rabbit with goat-cheese polenta and grilled salmon with tarragon butter sauce.


Diner/Drive-In/Dive: City Diner

Multiple locations,
Whether you're looking for a quick meal or a late-night snack, this place hits the spot. The menu is served all night on Friday and Saturday.


Food Truck: Seoul Taco

Named one of the top 101 food trucks in America by The Daily Meal, this traveling gourmet show serves up Korean BBQ tacos, pot stickers, and more.


French Fries: Schlafly Tap Room

2100 Locust, 314-241-2337,
French fries and good brews go hand-in-hand, so it's no surprise that some of the best french fries in town can be found at one of the best beer destinations. Try the Tap Room Fries with the
spicy ketchup, green peppercorn, and truffle aioli dipping sauces.


Modern Italian: Pastaria

7734 Forsyth, 314-862-6603,
Appearing for the second time on this list, Pastaria shines with its menu of modern Italian cuisine at an affordable price. Step out of the classic lasagna-and-spaghetti box and try the garganelli, pappardelle, or chitarra.


Patio Dining: Vin de Set

2017 Chouteau, 314-241-8989, 
You'll be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful view on a nice evening. This rooftop bistro puts an American spin on French staples—plus it has the best bread service in town.


Thai: King and I Restaurant

3157 S. Grand, , 314-771-1777,
A St. Louis ethnic-food destination for more than 25 years, this South Grand establishment serves some of the best Thai food in town, from classic Pad Thai to inventive curries.




Art Destination: Saint Louis Art Museum

1 Fine Arts, 314-721-0072,
Home to more than 33,000 pieces of art, the Saint Louis Art Museum showcases everything from ancient American art to modern photography. Visitors can put a wish on Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree and browse exhibitions featuring postwar German art and the 1858 sketchbooks of Carl Ferdinand Wimar beginning June 29.


Museum (Non-Art): City Museum

701 N. 15th, 314-231-2489,
The City Museum isn’t just for kids. With an ever-expanding collection of vintage opera posters and an architecture museum showcasing a cross that once hung in the hospital from The Exorcist, this downtown trademark created by internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly might bring out the child in anyone.


Music Festival/Series: Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts

Presented by the Fair Saint Louis Foundation, the 2013 Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts will begin on July 12 with a show by acclaimed country artist Josh Turner and continue throughout the month with performances by The Urge, K’naan and Needtobreathe.


Theater/Theater Company: Fox Theatre

527 N. Grand Boulevard, 314-534-1678,
Every year, the Fabulous Fox hosts fresh-from-Broadway shows as well as touring bands and solo entertainers such as Diana Krall and Food Network personality Alton Brown.


Night Life


Brewpub Menu: Schlafly Tap Room

2100 Locust, 314-241-2337,
Housed in a turn-of-the-century brick building downtown, the Tap Room serves European pub fare, including beer cheese soup, pretzels, and poutine, along with more than 16 Schlafly beers on draft.


Casino: Lumière Place

999 N 2nd, 314-881-7777,
This downtown landmark is more than just a place to play the slots. Lumiere's numerous dining options and entertainment offerings, along with the adjacent HoteLumière and Four Seasons St. Louis, make it a night-life destination.


Cocktails: Taste

4584 Laclede, 314-361-1200,
Taste's bar menu reads like an encyclopedia of inventive cocktails. Led by bar manager Kyle Mathis, Taste serves up everything from bourbon to mojitos and more.


Dance Spot: Novak’s Bar & Grill

4121 Manchester, 314-531-3699,
A landmark in The Grove, Novak's serves up cheap drinks and thumping dance music—the perfect combination for a dance-the-night-away destination.


Lounge: Three Sixty

1 S. Broadway, 314-241-8439,
Although relatively new, Three Sixty has been popping up on lists of the best rooftop bars across the country. It's swanky interior, bird's-eye view into Busch Stadium, and large rooftop patio make it one of the hottest spots in town.


Nightcap: Fox & Hounds Tavern

6300 Clayton, 314-647-7300,
Chill out in one of the large red wing chairs by the stone fireplace in this English-inspired lounge at The Cheshire. Try one of the dozens of varieties of Irish, American, and Scottish whiskey, and order a bite off the small-plates menu. Don't miss the live music every Friday and Saturday night from 8 to 11 p.m.


Sports Bar: Lester’s Sports Bar & Grill

Multiple locations,
If you don't have a ticket to the game, head to Lester's to cheer on your St. Louis favorites. With nearly 70 TVs, you won't miss a thing.


Shopping & Service


Athletic Gear: Alpine Shop

Multiple locations,
Whether you're hitting the slopes or just taking a hike, the Alpine Shop is the go-to shopping spot for both the casual adventurer and the daredevil outdoorsman.


Gift Store: Christopher’s

127 E. Argonne, 314-909-0202,
For unique gift ideas, home accessories, and tabletop decor, Christopher's is a one-stop shop.


Men’s Boutique (Non-Chain): Mister Guy

9831 Clayton, 314-692-2003,
Terry and Carla Felumb's famed store sells menswear from Johnnie-O, Hickey Freeman, and more.


Women’s Boutique (Non-Chain): Paperdolls Boutique

Multiple locations,
Visit fan-favorite Paperdolls Boutique for dresses for every occasion, as well as jeans, tops, shoes, purses, and accessories—all priced below $250 (with much of it below $100). Follow Paperdolls Boutique on Facebook, where they frequently post photos of their new arrivals.


Resale: ScholarShop

Multiple locations,
A yearly A-List winner, ScholarShop benefits The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis and features upscale resale for women, men and children, including designer apparel, jewelry, handbags, shoes, ties, scarves, hats and fine collectibles.


Bike Shop: Big Shark Bicycle Company

Multiple locations,
Big Shark Bicycle Company is more than a place to buy a bike. The store offers bicycle fitting, a service department, classes, bike rentals, and more.


Caterer: Russo’s Catering

9904 Page, 314-427-6771,
For more than 50 years, Russo's has provided delicious catering for local weddings, events, and more. Stop by Russo's Cafe (9904 Page, 314-427-8535) for lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Farmers’ Market: Soulard Farmers Market

730 Carroll, 314-622-4180,
Open Wednesday through Saturday year-round, this farmer's market features locally grown and shipped-in goods, including fresh produce, meats, cheeses, spices, flowers, baked goods, and more.


Florist: Walter Knoll Florist

Multiple locations,
For 130 years, Walter Knoll has been providing beautiful florals across St. Louis. Visit one of their seven retail stores for an arrangement or to shop for a unique gift.


Furniture Store (Chain): Carol House Furniture

Multiple locations,
Who doesn't like nice things? Carol House, located in Valley Park and Maryland Heights, carries more than 100 brands of home furnishings at both of their 3.5-acre locations.


Furniture Store (Non-Chain): Good Works

6323 Delmar, 314-726-2233,
This store on The Loop features stylish, contemporary furnishings at affordable prices.


Pet Boutique (Chain): Three Dog Bakery

Multiple locations,
Treat your pooch with an all-natural, nutritious treat at this doggie bakery from biscuits and bagels to rawhide and more.


Pet Boutique (Non-Chain): Four Muddy Paws

Multiple locations,
This one-stop shop for your pet offers self-service dog washing, professional grooming, and a selection of pet food, accessories, and toys.


Health & Fitness


Hair Salon: Ginger Bay Salon and Spa

Multiple locations, 314-966-0655,
All haircuts at Ginger Bay Salon and Spa include a consultation session, a scalp, neck and shoulder massage and a make-up touch-up. Additional services offered include damage repair treatments, special occasion styling and perms.


Manicure/Pedicure: Beautiful Nails

Multiple locations,
Clients at Beautiful Nails can expect spa treatment during their manicures and pedicures. The salon offers services ranging from simple polish color alteration to reflexology massages of the hands, arms, feet or legs.


Spa: Ginger Bay Salon and Spa

Multiple locations, 314-966-0655,
Ginger Bay Salon and Spa allows its male and female clients to indulge themselves through a variety of facial and body treatments, massage therapies and nail care services.


Yoga and Pilates: Big Bend Yoga Center

88 N. Gore, 314-918-9642,
Those interested in exploring a new hobby and others committed to restorative exercise can take their pick from Big Bend Yoga Center’s regular offering of classes and special workshops. The facility also has a staff of licensed massage therapists and acupuncturists.


Sports & Media


Evening News: KSDK NewsChannel 5

1000 Market, 314-421-5055,
For more than 50 years, St. Louis residents have discovered the latest in sports, politics, business and breaking news from the company “where the news comes first.”


Radio Morning-Show Host: Guy Phillips, Phillips & Company, Y98 FM

1220 Olive Street, 314-531-0000,
This year marks 34 years at Y98 for St. Louis radio legend Guy Phillips, who hosts the Phillips & Company morning show covering everything from entertainment news to what's happening around St. Louis. In May, Phillips & Company hosted an all-day request-a-thon that raised more than $30,000 for the victims of the Oklahoma tornado.


Professional Athlete: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
In March, famed St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina returned to his roots, representing Puerto Rico as the team’s starting catcher in the World Baseball Classic. This is his tenth season with the Cardinals.




Birthday-Party Venue: Saint Louis Zoo

1 Government, 314-781-0900,
The St. Louis Zoo offers four customizable birthday party packages designed for kids of varying ages, interests and abilities. Parents can let their children “Party like a Penguin” or enjoy a complementary stingray feeding as part of the “Aquatic Adventure” package.


Kid-Friendly Restaurant (Non-Chain): Fitz’s

6605 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-9555,
When a root beer bottling line from the 1940s is visible from every table on the main floor, you know you’re at Fitz’s. The restaurant is known for its expansive line of root beers, cream sodas and flavored pops—not to mention its root beer float with ice cream and whipped topping doubling the height of the frosted mug.


Kidcentric Attraction: City Museum

701 N. 15th, 314-231-2489,
Designed by a man whose imagination never faded, the City Museum is an art museum cum playground that continues to thrill children of all ages. With a 10 story spiral slide cascading into the Enchanted Caves and a Skateless Park featuring the world’s largest pencil, surprises are limitless.


Toy Store: Imagination Toys

9737 Clayton, 314-993-6288,
Through its selection of mind-stimulating toys, books, games and puzzles geared to foster both fun and creativity, Imagination Toys has established itself as St. Louis parents’ toy store of choice.




Bowling Alley: Tropicana Lanes

7960 Clayton, 314-781-0282,
Once the site of the Professional Bowlers Tour, Tropicana Lanes continues to engage casual and committed bowlers alike through weekly specials and cosmic bowling birthday party packages.


Hiking: Katy Trail
Nature lovers can hike, bike or run through densely-wooded areas and open fields on Katy Trail. It’s the nation’s longest trail belonging to Rails-to-Trails, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating public trails from abandoned rail corridors.


Movie Theater: Wehrenberg Theatres’ Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine

450 THF Boulevard, 636-778-9996,
Wehrenberg Theatres’ Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine boasts a mega screen that holds the record for the largest movie screen in the Midwest.


Public Golf Course: Missouri Bluffs Golf Club

18 Research Park Circle, 636-939-6494,
Missouri Bluffs Golf Club hosts St. Louis’s only course designed by nationally-acclaimed golf course architect Tom Fazio.


Winery: Chandler Hill Vineyards

596 Defiance Road, 636-798-2675,
Visitors looking to enjoy a cold spring Rosé with their chicken and brie Panini at Chandler Hill Vineyards’ restaurant will find themselves first driving for minutes through hills on which Chambourcin and Vignoles grapes await maturity.


Editor's Note: This page has been updated to reflect Cha boutique's latest offerings.

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