Restaurant of the Year: Barred Owl Butcher & Table

The impressive bar at Barred Owl Butcher & Table is the focal point inside the restaurant, but compelling cocktails are only half of the fun here. Barred Owl quickly became a dining destination after opening in 2016, beloved for its creative, seasonally inspired menus and whole-animal butchering philosophy. Stop in for a quick roast beef sandwich on a toasted hoagie for lunch or linger for a long dinner of housemade charcuterie, fried head cheese, pastrami-burnt end poutine and stracci pasta with a tomato-braised lamb shoulder ragu. Pair your meal with a local draft beer, bottle of dry Missouri wine or one of many craft cocktails. (Photo by Drew Piester)

Barred Owl Butcher & Table, barredowlbutcher.com

» Runner-Up: Fulton Café, facebook.com/fultoncafe