Area restaurants in top 100

In the St. Louis Post-Dispatch food critic’s annual ranking of the best places to eat in St. Louis, Maplewood’s Reeds American Table came in 16th.

Critic Ian Froeb named others in the “Rest of the Best:” Maplewood’s Acero, Brentwood’s Mai Lee, and Richmond Heights’ Salume Beddu at Parker’s Table.

Southwest Diner, just east of Maplewood, in St. Louis city, made it too. The diner has a Brentwood connection: one of the co-owners went to Brentwood HS.

Also, a good sign for Maplewood, Ben Poremba — “Chef/Owner of Bengelina Hospitality Group, the St. Louis-based, award-winning operator of Nixta and Bar Limón, Elaia, Olio, Parigi, and La Patisserie Chouquette,” according to his website, plans to open a new restaurant in Maplewood — The Benevolent King, at 7268 Manchester Road, the former Water Street Cafe location.

Also due to open in Maplewood:

Elmwood, by Chris Kelling, former dining room manager of The Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa Valley, and Adam Altnether, former chef for the St. Louis Cardinals and Gerard Craft’s Niche and Pastaria; and Thai Table, at 7403 Manchester Road.

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