June 11, 2014

Three Flags Tavern: Best New Restaurant of 2014?

When chef John O’Brien and his wife, Cathy, opened Three Flags Tavern, they intended to create a simple neighborhood spot. What they ended up with could possibly be the best new restaurant of 2014. You may not have heard O’Brien’s name before (though he came up in some of the city’s finest kitchens — Balaban’s, King Louie’s, the Ritz-Carlton, the Saint Louis Club and, most recently, Table Three in Wildwood), but that’s about to change and fast.

"Keep reading: Cheryl Baehr's review of Three Flags Tavern/A>.

Photos by Corey Woodruff for the Riverfront Times.
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Three Flags' fried chicken.
Three Flags' fried chicken.
The trout, with Marcona almond, lingonberry, herbs and horseradish flan.
The trout, with Marcona almond, lingonberry, herbs and horseradish flan.
The dining room at Three Flags Tavern.
The dining room at Three Flags Tavern.
The ground brisket burger is a must-order.
The ground brisket burger is a must-order.
The bar inside Three Flags Tavern.
The bar inside Three Flags Tavern.
The manchego frito, served with Romesco sauce.
The manchego frito, served with Romesco sauce.
In Three Flags' kitchen.
In Three Flags' kitchen.
The mini monte cristo comes with red-currant jalapeno jam.
The mini monte cristo comes with red-currant jalapeno jam.
The dining room at Three Flags Tavern.
The dining room at Three Flags Tavern.
The lobster roll, one of Three Flags' most popular items.
The lobster roll, one of Three Flags' most popular items.