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Best Neighborhood Restaurant 

Russell's on Macklind

The neighborhood known as SoHa, or South Hampton, has been abuzz lately, as one restaurant after another pops up in this little corner of south city. It's a charming, neighborly part of town, and nowhere embodies its spirit better than Russell's on Macklind. This is chef Russell Ping's second restaurant. Trained as a pastry chef, Ping first opened a location in Fenton, which is more of a bakery, while the Macklind spot reads as a coffeehouse, wine bar and bistro. The interior is impossibly cozy — exposed brick, low ceilings, mismatched wood furniture and a vintage fireplace — making you feel as though you've stepped into someone's well-appointed home. In the evening it's lit by votive candles, making it an intimate spot to nosh on Russell's signature upscale comfort food. On a nice weekend morning or afternoon, the large, tree-covered patio is the place to be, as neighbors pop in and out to grab a coffee and pastry and just say hello. It's a true neighborhood gathering place. 5400 Murdoch Avenue, St. Louis, 63109. 314-553-9994, www.macklind.russellscafe.com.

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