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Edibles & Essentials

Edibles & Essentials changed its format late last year, dropping lunch to focus on dinner (and Saturday brunch). Lunch regulars should adjust their schedules, but not their expectations. Prior to the change, chef Matt Borchardt was confident enough in the appeal of his cooking to offer the same menu at lunch and dinner — and with good reason. My most recent lunch here — tender, Creole-spiced catfish with saffron rice and an Old Bay remoulade; chicken roulade with serrano ham and manchego in romesco sauce — would have been impressive in a more formal dinner setting. Edibles & Essentials' signature fries remain on the menu (and are available from the Essentially Fries food truck), and two other staples, banh mi tacos and fried ribs, are served at brunch.

Hours: Dinner Tuesday-Saturday, brunch Saturday (closed Sunday-Monday)

Last year's ranking: Rest of the Best

Opened: 2015

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