Cleveland-Heath, an eponymously named newbie in Edwardsville, serves carefully crafted yet incredibly approachable dishes, from hot sauce-spiked deviled eggs to Cheddar drop biscuits with prosciutto and cherry jam.

The food has a Southern accent and a locavore sensibility: Rensing's Pork and Beef supplies tender Berkshire pork chops, which are served with Cheddar-jalapeño bread pudding and sautéed green beans and spotlighted with a bright sunny-side-up egg. Other favorites include a warming barley risotto with winter veggies and the kale salad, which is dressed with a lemon vinaigrette and crushed red pepper and given a bit of crunch with Parmesan crisps.

Daily taco choices, a classic cheeseburger, even house-fried chips with black bean salsa are on the C-H menu, but save room for dessert. You'll want to be sure to try the cherry pie with bourbon-maple ice cream. A satisfying end to an equally satisfying meal.

Cleveland-Heath, 106 N. Main St., Edwardsville, 618.307.4830,

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