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The Shaved Duck

Within a year of its 2008 opening in Tower Grove East, the Shaved Duck morphed from a gastropub to a sort of barbecue-gastropub hybrid. I wasn’t a huge fan of owner Ally Nesbit’s decision — not immediately, at least, thanks to my lingering affection for the original version. Over the past few years, the Shaved Duck has grown into its identity, and chef Kat Kobylarek serves an appealing menu of traditional barbecue (ribs, pulled pork, pulled chicken) and less commonly seen fare (smoked tri-tip steak, smoked duck breast). More than anything else, the Shaved Duck is the perfect neighborhood restaurant for today.