Photo by Robert Cohen, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Spare No Rib

Spare No Rib was already one of my favorite new restaurants of the past few years, an unlikely but brilliant combination of barbecue and Mexican cuisine. And if you’ve never experienced the joys of Spare No Rib’s pulled-pork sandwich, beef-cheek tacos and chorizo-queso dip, you must begin there. Last year, however, Spare No Rib added yet another reason to return: a weekend-only brunch service called Egg. Here you’ll find breakfast tacos, of course, corn-bread benedicts with smoked pork belly, the Tunisian baked-egg dish chakchouka and more. Egg is as appealing as Spare No Rib’s regular service, and it gives you an excuse to dine here daily. (For more on Egg, visit Spare No Rib’s menu will also be available beginning in spring for lunch at Bar Italia, 13 Maryland Plaza.)

Opened: 2014

Must order: Chorizo-queso dip ($7)