This fifth annual edition of the STL 100 forced me to make the most difficult choices yet. It speaks to the continued growth of St. Louis’ dining scene that so many new restaurants and chefs demanded notice in this year’s list. As always, I want the STL 100 to provide a broad spectrum of dining experiences, even as I know it inevitably falls short of capturing everything great about our restaurants and the people who work in them. I’ll redouble my efforts again next year. For now, here is 2019′s STL 100.