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J’s Pitaria

Josi and Zamir Jahic opened a second location of J's Pitaria late last year in south St. Louis County. It features an expanded menu of the Bosnian and more broadly Mediterranean fare the Jahics introduced at the original restaurant in Bevo Mill. Those new options must wait till next year's STL 100 for a fair critical appraisal. In the meantime, I still enthusiastically recommend the signature dishes from the original location: the rolled pita stuffed with meat, cheese, spinach or potato and sold by the pound (my tip: Order more than you think you want); Turkish lahmacun; and the stellar doner kebab served in J's housemade somun.

Hours: Bevo Mill: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (closed Monday-Tuesday); South County: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday (closed Monday)

Last year's ranking: Rest of the Best

Opened: 2017

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