The Best Restaurant Openings of 2014 So Far

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The brisket burger at Three Flags Tavern. | Corey Woodruff

Three Flags Tavern
(4940 Southwest Avenue; 314-669-9222)

Chef and owner John O'Brien wanted a simple neighborhood tavern, but he ended up with one of the area's best restaurants. Drawing inspiration from the city's past, O'Brien weaves together an approachable menu of Spanish, French and American dishes, all prepared with veteran polish. A cozy dining room, tree-covered patio and polite, attentive service set the scene for an extraordinary meal. The fried chicken is juicy, the lobster roll (if you can get your hands on one) is buttery and overstuffed, and the brisket burger is sublime. It's hard to imagine another place beating this out for the title of "Restaurant of the Year"...but we're hoping someone tries.

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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.

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