Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Best Restaurant Openings of 2014 So Far

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge The dining room at Three Flags Tavern. | Corey Woodruff
  • The dining room at Three Flags Tavern. | Corey Woodruff

Where did the first half of 2014 go? It seems like only yesterday that we were cursing the endless winter, and now we're suffocating in the sweltering heat. With half of the year already in the rearview mirror, we thought it appropriate to reflect on the best restaurants that have opened in far. Hopefully, this impressive crop is a sign of things yet to come.

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click to enlarge Athlete Eats | Jennifer Silverberg
  • Athlete Eats | Jennifer Silverberg

Athlete Eats (2837 Cherokee Street; 314-932-5566)

Owners Simon and Angelica Lusky didn't intend to open a restaurant. The husband-and-wife team had enough on their plates running a prepared-meals business while Simon worked full time as the St. Louis Cardinals' nutritionist. However, when they saw the Cherokee Street storefront, they knew they had to put in a café. They enlisted the help of their colleague, chef Bob Brazell, to bring their healthy, clean-eating style of food to the general public. With dishes like tender Carolina-style pulled-pork shoulder, a bibimbop bowl with roasted "caulirice" and a gluten free, garlic-studded waffle topped with Provel cheese, shaved ham and béchamel sauce, it's hard to believe this qualifies as health food.

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