Ian Froeb's STL 100 (2018 archive)

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Half & Half

Mike Randolph has expanded his popular breakfast and lunch cafe Half & Half from its original Clayton location to the Old Webster section of Webster Groves. The new Half & Half feels, if not identical to the original, then pretty close, with a plain, rustic charm. Both locations excel at casual fare savory and sweet: breakfast sandwiches, omelettes and French toast. Recently, I noticed a note on the menu advising you to ask for your blueberry pancakes — already as big as a dinner plate and bursting with fruit — to be cooked in bacon fat. I did ask, and I didn’t regret it.

Hours: Breakfast and lunch Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday)

Last year's ranking: Rest of the Best

Opened: 2011

Must order: Sausage biscuit ($10)