St. Louis, Missouri, was recently named the “next great food city” according to the readers at Food & Wine. St. Louis bested Buffalo, New York, and Auburn, Alabama, to claim the top spot on the list.
Local food writer Holly Fann was asked by Food & Wine to explain why the honor was deserved. “There are cities with great food and there are great food cities. St. Louis is the latter,” said Fann. “In recent years, the rest of the country has been recognizing St. Louis as an essential culinary destination.”
Fann praised the local dining community, calling them “engaged and informed, internalizing an immutable pride, knowing just how outstanding a food city St. Louis is.”
Fann’s not-so-humble brag concluded with a welcoming invitation: “You should come by and bring someone with you who adores world-class museums, the best baseball, and insanely good food. You will not meet a St. Louisan not eager to share what is happening in our restaurant community. We are ready to show the rest of the world that we are not followers but influential forces whose chefs and restaurants and dining community are unlike any other in the world.”