This Week's Dish: Sidney Street Cafe Receives 4 AAA Diamond Rating, STL Doughnuts Rank Nationally

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Benton Park’s critically acclaimed Sidney Street Cafe has become Missouri’s newest member of the AAA Four Diamond Restaurants. One of the most sought-after trademarks in the global travel industry, AAA reviews approximately 30,000 restaurants every year on a one to five scale for the diamond ratings. Only 0.2 percent make the five star list, with 2.3 percent making the four-star list. Executive chef Kevin Nashan and his team fulfilled the rating standards, which includes embodying a highly refined, comfortable and well-coordinated ambiance to give a first-class impression to guests. Sidney Street tweeted an expression of gratitude to AAA Missouri yesterday for receiving the honor. The cafe joins other St. Louis dining destinations on the diamond list: Tony’s, The Grill, Cielo, Giovanni’s on the Hill and Niche. 2000 Sidney St., Benton Park, 314.771.5777

Photo courtesy of Sidney Street Cafe

Photo courtesy of Sidney Street Cafe

In a recent rankings list highlighted on KSDK by USA Today, St. Louis’ own World’s Fair Donuts was ranked among the top 10 doughnut shops from around the nation. The tiny, cash-only Shaw neighborhood joint owned by Terry and Peggy Clanton has been the go-to doughnut business in town for over 30 years. The feature also noted the benefit of prices that are still very low with irresistible flavors in the sugar-filled treats such as the cream horn, almond crunch, and coconut cream pie. 1904 S. Vandeventer Ave., Shaw, 314.776.9975

Feb. 4: Whiskey isn’t just for men, and Gamlin Whiskey House has the perfect event for the women who have a love and appreciation for the barrel-aged art of the drink. Women Who Whiskey happens the first Wednesday of the month, and attendees this week can expect to learn from Dan Fort will on the inspiration behind Defiance Whiskey, Cornelia Fort, a pilot during World War II and the embodiment of defiance in her day. For $50 per person, the evening also includes a three-course dinner featuring three versions of Defiance Whiskey while guests learn the art of barrel aging. 236 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.875.9500

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