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Because Our Chefs Prove That Creole and Korean Fusion Actually Works 

One of 75 reasons we love St. Louis in 2016

click to enlarge A trio of dishes at Fleur de Lilies. - PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
  • A trio of dishes at Fleur de Lilies.

Fleur de Lilies (1031 Lynch Street, 314-932-5051) is one of those culinary fusion ideas that seems horribly wrong on its face. Sure, bulgolgi tacos are a genius invention, but Korean-Creole fusion? The last thing anyone wants is crawfish bibimbap.

In opening this Soulard spot, though, owners Misha K. Sampson and Alexis Kim weren't merely chasing after trends. They wanted a restaurant that would honor their respective Creole and Korean heritages — not simply mishmash two different genres for the sake of something different. To do this, they smartly kept the different styles separate, opting for a predominantly Creole menu with accents of Korean-inspired dishes here and there. Their efforts result not only in some of the town's most delicious Creole food, but also in a few fun dishes, like the bulgolgi burger, that push the fusion concept as far as it needs to go without getting too far out there. Add to this an always-hopping Sunday brunch service and a fabulous rooftop patio, and Fleur de Lilies shows that fusion, if done right, can still be relevant.


(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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