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Kounter Kulture

Kounter Kulture is a carryout-only restaurant. Its squat Lindenwood Park hut barely contains enough room for more than a few customers to wait for their food. Yet the kitchen, led by co-owners Christine Meyer and Michael Miller, offers those customers an amuse bouche while they wait. Nothing extravagant but a composed dish with a definite idea behind it. It’s these little details that distinguish Kounter Kulture — that distinguish Meyer and Miller’s entire enterprise, which also includes the original mobile Kitchen Kulture. The takeout dishes, from the fun spiced catfish steamed bun to an elegant take on Northern Thai khao soi, would be at home in the sort of restaurant where you would expect an amuse bouche.

Hours: 4:30-9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Last year's ranking: Rest of the Best

Opened: 2012 (as Kitchen Kulture)

Must order: Catfish po'boy steamed bun ($6)