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Lemmons by Grbic

(In February 2019, as last year's STL 100 went to press, Erna Grbic died of cancer. Our belated condolences to the Grbic family.)

Siblings Ermin, Erna and Senada Grbic opened Lemmons by Grbic to draw from both their Bosnian heritage — already familiar to many St. Louis diners thanks to their parents' beloved Grbic Restaurant — and their American upbringing. Executive chef Senada has already introduced several essential St. Louis dishes: the fiery rakija-glazed wings, the half-beef-and-half-bacon burger, the flatbread with cevapi and kajmak. My most recent visit featured some exciting newer fare, including a hearty winter pasta of black-pepper cresta and Polish sausage with the bite of sauerkraut and the campfire essence of smoked paprika.

Hours: Dinner Tuesday-Saturday, lunch Saturday (closed Sunday-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.