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Bon Appétit magazine names Balkan Treat Box, Savage best new restaurant nominees

Bon Appétit magazine names Balkan Treat Box, Savage best new restaurant nominees

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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.

Bon Appétit magazine has named the 50 nominees for its annual list of the country's 10 best new restaurants, and two St. Louis restaurants have made the cut: Balkan Treat Box and Savage.

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.

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Logan Ely of Savage, which has been renamed Shift

Savage opened a year ago in Fox Park. Among its plaudits, this restaurant critic awarded it 3½ stars, named it 2018's No. 1 new restaurant and ranked it No. 4 on the 2019 edition of the STL 100.

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.

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