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Over the past few years, Gerard Craft and chef de cuisine Nate Hereford have gradually transformed Niche from an acclaimed New American restaurant into an edible love poem to Missouri. Niche stands as the embodiment of what it means to truly eat locally — all ingredients are sourced from within 300 miles of St. Louis — making the restaurant the most complete way to experience our state's bounty. For Missourians, Niche is a chance to explore our heritage — the culinary equivalent of researching a family tree — and its chef's tasting menu is a crash course in all the region has to offer. It will put you back a little, especially when you add the beverage pairings to the tab (which, yes, you must). But if Niche is good enough to earn Craft a James Beard Award — the first time a St. Louis chef has done so — then it is well worth the cash. Or at least someone else's. 7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton, 63105. 314-773-7755,
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