Venture out to experience something fresh in taste that just might become your new favorite place to visit for food. The latest eateries in the area offer something for everyone. Step into a cozy, friendly diner, feast in an upscale environment or become acquainted with another place to enjoy great food. Introduce yourself to what will become a favorite restaurant at these top new places to eat in St. Louis that opened in 2014.
Peacock Loop Diner
6261 Delmar In The Loop
St. Louis, MO 63130
Fall brings crisp air, beautiful colors and a new place to eat to the area this year. It doesn’t matter what time of day or what day of the week because this diner is ready to serve 24 hours a day. While you’re waiting for soup, vegan fare, a midnight milkshake, a snack or meal any other time of day or night, this place knows how to keep your focus. The large neon sign with changing peacock colors is a major focal point and entertaining conversation piece.
Death in the Afternoon
808 Chestnut St.
St. Louis, MO 63101
From the owners of Blood and Sand private restaurant club, this new place to enjoy lunch was born. The name was inspired from a Hemingway novel and hopes to conjure up feelings of courage, but you don’t have to be courageous to enjoy this atmosphere that brings the freshest locally grown ingredients to your table. Feast on snacks, sandwiches, salads or desserts for lunch any afternoon and you’ll enjoy creative cuisine even down to the made-from-scratch mustard to top a hot dog or a unique flair of childhood with a cotton candy dessert. Celebrate alone, with a small group of friends or welcome this creative restaurant to cater a private event where you choose from buffet-style to four-course meals.
Plank Road Pizza
5212 Highway North
Cottleville, MO 63304
The place may be newly opened to serve a variety of artisan pizzas, but local roots go back to the 1800s when it all started with a wooden plank road that ended not far from the doors of this history turned eatery. Enjoy a bit of nostalgia and local pride knowing that the building is among the oldest in Cottleville, and all construction was done by St. Charles craftsmen. Sit back on a wood booth that was made using wood from the attic floorboards, and drink local Thomas coffees and teas, or enjoy Schlafly or Four Hands local brew with your favorite unique pizza. From the brick-fired pizza chips and salsa to a caramel apple, s’mores or pumpkin pizza dessert, savor a satisfying meal including salads, specialty pizzas named after local streets or on Sundays, sink your teeth into a breakfast or brunch pizza before or after church up the road.
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Old Standard Fried Chicken
1621 Tower Grove Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
If you’re in the Tower Grove area and have a hankering for chicken before midnight, this is the place to stop at to satisfy that craving. Come get your fill of American-style fried chicken and other accompaniments. Chomp into some Old Standard pickles, or try some fries served with blue cheese mayonnaise for dipping. Select your choice of chicken a la carte, half or whole with plenty of biscuits, breads, salads and trimmings that you have come to love with fried chicken. The chickens come from a small family-owned farm and are all antibiotic free, cared for by Amish families and fed only vegetables.
1130 Town and Country Crossing Drive
St. Louis, MO 63017
This newly opened spot calls itself a restaurant of eclectic flair with a local bent. Combine elegance with friendly and accommodating style. Savor the finest in Mediterranean cuisine and Moroccan food at this new hot spot in Chesterfield located at the Town and Country Crossing near Clayton Road. Whether you choose to start off light with lemon hummus, crab dip, an amazing Moroccan house salad or dive into an assortment of flatbreads, pastas, veal, steak, seafood or one of the chef’s daily assortment of desserts, there’s something for the entire family.
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