Ian Froeb's STL 100 (2018 archive)


Cleveland-Heath underwent a seismic change in 2017 as eponymous founders Jenny Cleveland and Eric “Ed” Heath sold the restaurant and moved to Salt Lake City, where the couple first met. New owners Kari and Keith McGinness have kept the core Cleveland-Heath team intact, including executive chef Rick Kazmer and general manager and bar manager Elijah Barnes. A casual Cleveland-Heath fan might not notice that anything has changed. The kitchen turns out upscale but unpretentious comfort fare with the occasional global touch (a more than credible version of pho) and a special facility for lamb and pork dishes. In today’s burger-crazed restaurant industry, Cleveland-Heath is one of the few places that successfully combines classic fast-food accents (iceberg lettuce, onion, American cheese) with an honest-to-goodness fat, properly seasoned patty.

Hours: Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday, brunch Saturday

Last year's ranking: No. 7

Opened: 2011

Must order: Pork porterhouse ($24)