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VP Square

I might recommend VP Square as a restaurant perfect for groups with varied desires. Here chef Duncan Pham offers ramen and hot pots, bibimbap and fried rice, bright poke bowls and hearty Vietnamese beef stew. What I want to do, though, is recommend VP Square even if you or your group harbor a hankering for just one of these dishes or anything else on Pham's menu. His ramen can hold its own against any other bowl in town, and his kimchi ramyun is even better than his ramen. I haven't seen a more generous or appealing poke bowl in town than VP Square's, and no one serves a dish quite like Pham's VP Fried Rice Special, with smoked bacon, barbecue chicken, Chinese sausage and a potent kimchi kick.

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

Last year's ranking: Rest of the Best

Opened: 2018

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