Ian Froeb's STL 100 (2018 archive)

Photo by Roberto Rodriguez


Vista Ramen

This restaurant has closed

Vista Ramen closed in August 2018. Chris Bork had already proven himself an elite chef at Blood the ancho-chile-spiked Posole ramen — but also to creative, border-blurring small plates such as the crab-caramel pork ribs. If Vista had merely maintained the status quo, it would have remained in the Top 25, but Bork and his team keep adding new variations on ramen (I enjoyed last fall’s seafood ramen, with an umami-jacked smoked-shrimp XO sauce) and such terrific new small plates as delicata-squash empanadas with miso-apple butter and a fiery pesto of bird’s eye chiles and pepitas.

Hours: Dinner Monday-Saturday, brunch Sunday

Last year's ranking: No. 16

Opened: 2016

Must order: Pork ribs with crab caramel ($11)