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Rice Thai Bistro

This marks the fifth consecutive STL 100 appearance for Bryan and Nina Prapaisilpa's Rice Thai Bistro, and if you haven't yet ventured to this tiny storefront in a little Winchester shopping plaza (using the term plaza loosely here), I am liable to take you there myself. The Prapaisilpas' menu isn't expansive and generally follows the template many other area Thai restaurants do, but the curries (the green especially) are both more balanced and more vibrant with aromatics and chiles, and the pad kee mao is punchier. The no-frills exterior notwithstanding, Rice Thai Bistro offers a warm, familial vibe that enhances the dining experience: Both Prapaisilpas are likely to be right there in the kitchen, and Bryan often makes his way through the dining room.

Hours: Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday)

Last year's ranking: Rest of the Best

Opened: 2014

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