When you have the best server in St. Louis, it gives you a leg up on the competition for Best Service in a Restaurant. That server is 28-year-old Angela Raines. If she doesn't know Franco's French-bistro dishes as well as the restaurant's chef knows them, then she must be no more than a whisker short. (All the more remarkable considering that she herself adheres to a raw-food diet.) To that intelligence you can add a tableside manner that is gracious, engaging and funny but never falsely fawning. Should you end up with a different server, don't fret. Owner Tom Schmidt might not have the biggest staff in town, but he runs an efficient ship. Schmidt himself often acts as a runner or busser — a sure sign of a restaurant that counts the diner first.
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