Restaurant critic Ian Froeb picks the 10 best new spots from last year. Plus six honorable mentions — and dish and chef of the year.

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If 2014 lacked a signature, set-the-bar-higher restaurant opening in St. Louis, it at least offered more quality casual dining experiences tha…

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Ben Poremba has added a fried-chicken restaurant to his burgeoning empire in the Botanical Heights neighborhood (Elaia, Olio and his pastry ch…

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Death in the Afternoon, the second venture from the team behind the excellent (though members-only) Blood & Sand, pulls off two especially…

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BaiKu Sushi Lounge shatters the standard template for sushi in St. Louis. Yes, it offers the usual selection of nigiri, sashimi and rolls, but…

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Spare No Rib serves both barbecue and tacos, and while that might sound like a cynical attempt to cash in on two of the hottest trends going,…

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Mike Randolph’s beloved Neapolitan pizzeria relocated this year from its original midtown location to a bigger spot in the Delmar Loop, but th…

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Nico, the second restaurant from Franco owner Tom Schmidt, never quite took off. So in June, in a dramatic, one-week renovation, Schmidt turne…

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When 801 Chophouse opened at the tail end of 2013, it thumbed its nose at every prevailing restaurant trend. The Clayton restaurant — the firs…

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Don’t call it a comeback. As soon as Ben Anderson closed Gist Bistro — which I would have included in last year’s edition of this list had it …

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You don’t need to know that the photographs on the walls of the Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. show the fishermen, lobstermen and crabbers …

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Three Flags Tavern doesn’t fit many preconceived notions of a “best new restaurant.” Chef John O’Brien worked in restaurant kitchens for some …

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Carmelo and Frank Gabriele abandoned their fast-casual concept Cini in favor of a more casual version of their father’s namesake Hill palace, …

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A return engagement for one of last year’s honorable mentions — sort of. After earning plaudits for his Vietnamese dishes at Mi Linh in Maplew…

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The menu at Peshwa isn’t as broad as most other Indian restaurants’, but this small Page Avenue spot offers several dishes that I’d never seen…

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Three Washington University academics walk into a used-typewriter shop — and turn it into a very good…

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This year’s out-of-nowhere surprise, Social Gastropub is the second location of a Perrysburg, Ohio-based restaurant co-owned by Pittsburgh Ste…

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Joe Nanthavong, who won many admirers at Land of Smile in Olivette, returns with a new Thai restaurant in a Wildwood strip mall. You’ll find e…