Ian Froeb's STL 100 (2018 archive)

Five Star Burgers

Five Star Burgers closed its Kirkwood location in September 2017, a rare occasion for me to write something other than gushing praise for Steve Gontram’s burger restaurant. (The Kirkwood outpost was making enough money to keep the doors open, Gontram told the Post-Dispatch, but he received an offer on the building he couldn’t turn down.) Thankfully, the original Clayton Five Star and its Creve Coeur satellite remain open, serving up my favorite burger in town, Dad’s Green Chile Cheeseburger, and generally excellent burgers — beef, of course, but also turkey, pork, bison and lamb — as well as top-notch fries and cheese curds as sides.

Hours: Lunch and dinner daily

Last year's ranking: Rest of the Best

Opened: 2012

Must order: Dad's Green Chile Cheeseburger ($9.95)