The city's most celebrated chef, Gerard Craft, at Pastaria [Pastaria]
Today we return to St. Louis, Missouri and focus on seven of its hottest restaurants. This comes over a year since the last Heatmap to the city. As was the case with that post, Riverfront Times critic Ian Froeb has also made the selections for the 2012 edition. In these openings Froeb sees "a broadening of ambition and an improved optimism about the economy." That means "more high-profile openings," as well as the rise of the tasting menu trend. Among the selections is Gerard Craft's casual but excellent Italian concept (Pastaria), the progressive restaurant Little Country Gentlemen, a members-only cocktail bar and restaurant (Blood & Sand), and the brick-and-mortar location of an extremely popular food truck (Seoul Taco). Many thanks, also, to the Ulterior Epicure for his intel.