The year is half over. I’ve had some mighty delicious food around the St. Louis area during the last six months. Here’s a few dishes that got my attention. As it turned out, most of my preferences are ethnic, because that’s where much of the new flavor combinations are coming from today.
Therefore, I bestow my coveted Smiling Spoon Award on the following menu items (in no particular order) for their palate pleasing performance. And the winners are . . .
Sorrentina (Giovanni’s Kitchen)
Chinese BBQ Chicken Salad (Cardwell’s at the Plaza)
B.L.A.T. Sandwich (Russell’s on Macklind)
Dewberry Dessert (Vicia)
Sizzling Eggplant (Cate Zone)
Baba Ganoush (Ya Ya’s EuroCafe)
Bun Bo Xao (Banh Mi So)
Cookies (The Benevolent King)
Korean Fried Chicken Sliders (Vista Ramen)
Italian Chopped Salad (Charlie Gitto from the Hill—Chesterfield)
Green-Apple Celery Mousse (Elaia)
Mahogany-Glazed Spare Ribs (Billie Jean)