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Ian Froeb's STL 100: Our critic's 2022 guide to the best restaurants in St. Louis

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Opening day of the Food Hall at City Foundry STL

Jessie Wong (left) and Clarissa Bowers enjoy a meal Aug. 11, 2021, on opening day of the Food Hall at City Foundry.

Ian Froeb's STL 100 logo 2022

The Post-Dispatch published the sixth annual edition of the STL 100 on March 8, 2020. Two weeks later, I wondered whether there would be a seventh. It hardly mattered at the time.

Two years later, the STL 100 returns not to celebrate the end of the pandemic but to acknowledge the hard work these restaurants — and so many others — have done since then: to pivot, to police mask mandates, to pivot back, to open for the first time or just to open today.

In that spirit, this year’s STL 100 doesn’t feature a separate ranking of the Top 25 restaurants. Each establishment has been returning at its own pace. Each diner, too, from those already splurging on multiple courses in a packed dining room to those who would rather grab takeout or curbside pickup to bring home to their families.

Whoever you are, whatever your comfort level, welcome back. Here are a few places I think you might like.

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Ian Froeb, Post-Dispatch restaurant critic

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