Ian Froeb's STL 100

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Blues City Deli

This year’s STL 100 boasts two restaurants that are more than 100 years old: Crown Candy Kitchen and Gioia’s Deli. Who might make such a claim in the 2120 edition of the STL 100? (Assuming future St. Louisans are eating something other than soylent green?) Blues City Deli was built to last, with an expansive menu of excellent sandwiches in a cozy neighborhood spot with a bluesy soundtrack, all of it infused with owner Vince Valenza’s cheer. A tip: Yes, the selection of chips is difficult to resist, but when red beans and rice with andouille is available, it makes for an ideal side, especially for Blues City’s signature muffuletta.

Hours: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday (closed Sunday)

Last year's ranking: Rest of the Best

Opened: 2004

Many St. Louis-area restaurants are closed or limiting their dining options during the coronavirus pandemic.