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Balkan Treat Box

Edo and Loryn Nalic, owners of Balkan Treat Box,  photographed Feb 11, 2019, at their restaurant in Webster Groves. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com 

Updated with comment from Loryn Nalic of Balkan Treat Box.

The list, overseen by Bon Appétit deputy editor Julia Kramer, commends Balkan Treat Box for its “(w)ood-fired flatbreads, sandwiches, and other extreme forms of deliciousness” and Savage for its “Nordic precision at a Midwestern chef’s counter.”

“It's pretty crazy,” Savage chef-owner Logan Ely said.

Savage restaurant

Logan Ely, chef at Savage, 2655 Ann Avenue in St. Louis, on Dec. 6, 2018. Photo by Hillary Levin, hlevin@post-dispatch.com

Ely knew Bon Appétit had visited the restaurant. Still, he said, “That was definitely a surprise today.”

Loryn Nalic and her husband, Edo, debuted Balkan Treat Box as a food truck in late 2016. The couple opened the brick-and-mortar location in February in Webster Groves. This restaurant critic awarded it 3 stars in July.

Nalic said she, like Ely, thought Bon Appétit would be writing about the restaurant — specifically, about its pide — but did not expect today's news.

"I am so shocked," Nalic said. "Like, you have no idea how actually in shock I feel."

Nalic said she is excited to see a fast-casual restaurant like Balkan Treat Box recognized on Bon Appétit's alongside more upscale restaurants. She also said she is "so proud" of her husband, a Bosnian native, for having his food represented on the list.

Bon Appétit will reveal its list of the year's 10 best new restaurants on Sept. 17.