The Best Restaurant Openings of 2014 So Far

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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 2014...so far. Hopefully, this impressive crop is a sign of things yet to come.

See Also: Overcooked: Food trends we loved and hated in 2013

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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.

Location Info

Athlete Eats

2837 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

The Purple Martin

2800 Shenandoah Ave, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

4465 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Good Pie

6665 Delmar Boulevard, University City, MO

Category: Restaurant

Three Flags Tavern

4940 Southwest Ave, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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Deb Woods
Deb Woods

What is a pizza story, Nicole Shelledy?? And I agree with your assessment- Purple Martin still trying to work the kinks out.... Give them a bit to do that...

Nicole Shelledy
Nicole Shelledy

Was happy with the food at The Purple Martin, but the service was seriously lacking. I'll have to give it another try. Went to a pizza story last night and was VERY impressed - when I say, "Oh my God" after every bite, it's definitely good.

Bryan Byerly
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