The transformation of the intersection of Tower Grove and McRee avenues into one of St. Louis’ most exciting dining addresses began in 2012 with Ben Poremba’s Elaia and Olio. Elaia is the high-end flagship, but Olio — more casual, open every day, suitable for a full meal or cocktails and snacks — has been the cornerstone of this intersection’s development. Some reasons for Olio’s success (cocktails, dishes like the King of Kings hummus) have been there from the beginning, while others (the bread program) have developed over time. They have made Olio a vital part of its neighborhood and St. Louis dining, a place that — while retaining its roots in Israeli and more broadly Mediterranean cuisine — still feels special over many visits.
Hours: Lunch and dinner daily
Last year's ranking: Rest of the Best