Bogart's Smokehouse in Soulard has garnered a spot in Zagat's 2013 America's Top Restaurants guide. Zagat's also named its top 10 STL restaurants: Acero; Anthony's; Blues City Deli; Bogart's Smokehouse; Citizen Kane's; Niche; Pappy's Smokehouse; Sidney Street Cafe; The Crossing; and Tony's.

Bar Les Freres, the new French-inspired restaurant from ZOE ROBINSON, has opened at 7637 Wydown Blvd., across the street from one of her other popular dining spots, I Fratellini. The petite eatery has a full kitchen and a full-service bar serving up quality cocktails. Can't wait until patio season to take advantage of the outdoor seating!

In other Clayton restaurant news, Pastaria is now open for lunch Monday through Friday beginning at 11 a.m. And in the city, Laredo On Lafayette Square, the new Mexican eatery that recently opened in the former Arcelia's location, is now open for Saturday breakfast service from 8 a.m. until noon.

Some big changes are coming to one of the CWE's long-running restaurants: Restaurateur JIM FIALA will be closing Liluma after 10 years and reopening it as a steakhouse, as yet unnamed. Fiala, who also owns Acero in Maplewood and The Crossing in Clayton, will be a minority partner in the new steakhouse venture with DEREK and LUCAS GAMLIN, who own SubZero Vodka Bar. An official closing date for Liluma hasn't been set, though it's expected to be sometime in late December. We’re told Fiala will be providing input regarding setup and operation of the new place; but going forward, he will be focusing mainly on his other two eateries.

MATT SEITER, bar manager at Sanctuaria Wild Tapas, has a new book, The Dive Bar of Cocktail Bars: How We Rewrote the Rules and Recipes One Cocktail at a Time. The tome, to be released Dec. 11, will contain all sorts of recipes and tricks of the bar trade and will be available for purchase at Sanctuaria or Perfect for the boozehound on your holiday list!

Congrats to the folks at Taste in the Central West End. The popular watering hole just made's list of 38 Essential Cocktail Bars Across The US.

STL Winterfest will be happening on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. The event will feature special food and drink deals, wine and beer tastings and more at some 20 downtown venues, with free shuttles available so attendees can experience them all hassle-free. Get all of the details at

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