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Milque Toast Bar

A milquetoast is a timid soul, which Milque Toast Bar, though tiny, is not. The trio of Colleen Clawson, Amanda Geimer and Rachel Moeller toast bread from some of St. Louis’ best bakeries, and top the slices with such smart combinations as apple, apple butter and white cheddar, or gravlax with horseradish cream, capers, red onion and cucumber. Weekends see the menu expand with the smørrebrød platter of special toasts. Keep an eye out for the Jezebel, cream cheese with ginger-orange marmalade and a sprinkling of scallions. The menu also includes flavored milks and a daily crock-pot special (named for the George and Martha children’s books, a winsome touch, as is often the case here). Dessert is milk toast, or milquetoast, light and sweet but not timid, either.

Last year's ranking: New

Opened: 2015

Must order: Apple cheddar melt ($4.95)