Restaurant critic Ian Froeb recommends new restaurants he has reviewed in recent months.
The team behind the Block in Webster Groves is serving hearty, homey fare at the cozy 58Hundred in the city's Southwest Garden neighborhood.
What to order The kitchen smokes and then roasts chicken for a more flavorful take on the standard roasted-chicken entree.
Where 58Hundred, 5800 Southwest Avenue • More info 314-279-5799; 58hundred.com • Hours Dinner Monday-Saturday, lunch Monday-Friday (closed Sunday)
An offshoot of Soulard mainstay Molly's, 808 Maison lets former Franco chef Jon Dreja once again present his elegant takes on classic French cuisine.
What to order The Marsaille seafood stew is a lovely bouillabaisse by any name, and the cervelas sausage en croute is the best pig in a blanket you will ever eat.
Where 808 Maison, 808 Geyer Avenue • More info 314-594-4505; 808maison.com • Hours Dinner Wednesday-Saturday
Balkan Treat Box
At the brick-and-mortar version of their popular, acclaimed food truck Balkan Treat Box, Loryn and Edo Nalic have expanded their menu of Bosnian, Turkish and other Balkan fare.
What to order Everything? At the very least, take a group and share the cevapi, the pide and the lahmacun.
Where Balkan Treat Box, 8103 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves • More info 314-733-5700; balkantreatbox.com • Hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (or until sold out) Wednesday-Sunday
Cocina Latina is the restaurant Maritza Rios has dreamed of opening since she moved to St. Louis from New York City almost 20 years ago. Here she serves lomo saltado, ají de gallina and more dishes from her native Peru.
What to order Ceviche, mahi mahi "cooked" in lime juice and punctuated with the chile heat of ají limo, is an energizing start to any meal here.
Where Cocina Latina, 508 North Euclid Avenue • More info 314-696-2294; facebook.com/cocinaslatina • Hours Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday)
The Curry Club
The Curry Club is a counter-service Indian restaurant with a focus on the cuisines of south India. The lunch special features your choice of two curries with rice and naan for $5.99.
What to order The lunch special is hard to resist, but the chef making dosas to order to one side of the counter will tempt you.
Where The Curry Club, 1635 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield • More info 636-778-7777; stlcurryclub.com • Hours Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (closed Monday)
Acclaimed chef Adam Altnether returns to restaurant cooking at Elmwood with an eclectic menu of modern, coal-fired fare.
What to order Silken Bangs Island mussels with the punch of Aleppo pepper and Szechuan peppercorns are the best mussels I've eaten in St. Louis.
Where Elmwood, 2704 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood • More info 314-261-4708; elmwoodstl.com • Hours Dinner Tuesday-Saturday
At Han Lao, Thom Chantharasy is introducing St. Louis to the cuisine of his native Laos. In addition to Lao fare, some Thai dishes are also available.
What to order Khao poon is a spicy soup (pork broth, red-curry paste and coconut milk) with ground pork, vermicelli noodles and fresh herbs.
Where Han Lao, 1250 Strassner Drive, Brentwood • More info 314-932-1354; hanlaostl.com • Hours Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday (closed Sunday)
Jerk Soul offers jerk chicken, braised oxtails and more stellar Caribbean fare from a carryout-only storefront in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood.
What to order Jerk chicken is the star here, either as a standalone dish or as the featured ingredient in pizza or other fusion dishes.
Where Jerk Soul, 2016 Salisbury Street • More info 314-601-3871; facebook.com/jerksoulstl • Hours Noon-8 p.m. Sunday-Friday (closed Saturday)
The Midwestern Meat + Drink
The Midwestern Meat + Drink features barbecue, burgers and more from Ben Welch, who won acclaim for his late Maryland Heights restaurant Big Baby Q and Smokehouse, and the team behind the blockbuster downtown restaurant and bar the Wheelhouse
What to order The standout dish is the weekend-only Crispy Pig Head: smoked and then cooked confit-style in lard and finished in the oven at high heat. (You must order it at least 48 hours in advance.) For everyday dining, go with the pastrami platter with pit beans and collard greens.
Where The Midwestern Eat & Drink, 900 Spruce Street • More info 314-696-2573; midwesternstl.com • Hours Lunch and dinner daily (closed Tuesday except during major sporting events and concerts)
Morning Glory Diner
At Morning Glory Diner, Ari Ellis serves a compact menu of classic American diner fare with a chef's personal touch.
What to order Ellis previously operated the sausage-focused the Cut, so biscuits smothered in sausage gravy are a must. As appealing are springy johnny cakes topped with buttermilk-brined fried chicken.
Where Morning Glory Diner, 2609 Cherokee Street • More info facebook.com/MorningGloryDinerSTL • Hours 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday
Pie Guy Pizza
New York-style pizza by the slice or whole pie is the focus of Pie Guy Pizza, Mitch Frost's pizzeria in Forest Park Southeast's Grove district. Bonus: The restaurant's walk-up window is open until 3:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday
What to order Pizza, I guess? The crust, based on a sourdough starter and cold-fermented for three days, is terrific however you top it.
Where Pie Guy Pizza, 4189 Manchester Avenue • More info 314-899-0444; pieguystl.com • Hours 4:30 p.m.-midnight Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.-midnight Wednesday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday (closed Sunday-Monday)
Rockwell Beer Co.
Rockwell Beer Co., a new craft brewery in the city's Botanical Heights neighborhood, includes Brasswell, a casual dining concept from acclaimed chef Gerard Craft serving burgers, brats and other beer-friendly fare.
What to order Craft's Brasserie by Niche provides the template for the griddled burger.
Where Brasswell at Rockwell Beer Co., 1320 South Vandeventer Avenue • More info 314-256-1657; rockwellbeer.com • Hours 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday (closed Monday)
The best new restaurant of 2018, Savage showcases the culinary talents of Logan Ely, who transforms "humble" ingredients through fermentation, preservation and possibly alchemy into delicious, forward-thinking dishes.
What to order Place yourself in Ely's hands with either the 6-course ($55) or 12-course ($75) tasting menu.
Where Savage, 2655 Ann Avenue • More info 314-354-8488; savagestl.com • Hours Dinner Wednesday-Saturday (open at noon for drinks and limited a-la-carte menu)
The menu at Sol Azteca, a small Mount Pleasant storefront, includes dishes from owner Jesus Rojas' native Mexico City.
What to order The Big Quesadilla is a Mexico City-style quesadilla, with a long, oblong corn tortilla folded over its fillings. Opt for the cochinita pibil as the meat.
Where Sol Azteca, 4232 South Broadway, Suite A • More info 314-449-1505 • Hours Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday (closed Sunday)
Sultan Mediterranean Restaurant
At the exceptional Sultan Mediterranean Restaurant, chef-owner Jenar Mohammed draws on the fare of her native Kurdistan region of Iraq as well as other cuisines of the Levantine and Mediterranean regions.
What to order The Sultan Pilau is lamb-shank meat and basmati rice cooked in lamb stock with carrots, raisins and nuts served inside a thin, crisp phyllo shell.
Where Sultan Mediterranean Restaurant, 4200 Manchester Avenue • More info 314-390-2020 • Hours Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday)
Natthinee “Joy” Teerakawanid serves a personal selection of Thai dishes at Thai Table, including recipes she learned growing up in Buriram in northeastern Thailand.
What to order Nam tok beef delivers grilled steak with cilantro, red onion, scallion and toasted rice in a very spicy, lime-sharpened dressing.
Where Thai Table, 7403 Manchester Road, Maplewood • More info 314-449-6919; thaitablestl.com • Hours Lunch and dinner daily (closed Tuesday)
Wok O Taco
At Wok O Taco, brothers Abel and Marcos Cervantes offer both Mexican and Chinese fare — and a few dishes that mash up the two cuisines.
What to order The best of the Mexican-Chinese fusion dishes is fried rice with al pastor-style pork. Be sure to add the tomatillo salsa.
Where Wok O Taco, 10633 Page Avenue, Overland • More info 314-473-1027 • Hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (closed Sunday)