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Sound Bites: From BBQ to fine dining, the best of St. Louis’ new restaurants in 2015

The view inside Público.
Greg Rannells | Sauce Magazine
The view inside Público."

Things got a little heated in the Sauce Magazine office while putting together the most recent issue, the best new restaurants of 2015. Post-it notes were stolen; Editors got in fights; People had to return to eat delicious foods at their choice contenders time and time again—all in the name of finding the most delicious new restaurants in the area. It was for you, dear listener.

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Heather Hughes, Meera Nagarajan, Catherine Klene.

On Friday’s “Cityscape,” the magazine’s managing editor Heather Hughes and Catherine Klene were joined by Meera Nagarajan, art director, to discuss how they chose the eleven best new restaurants out of nearly 100 candidates.

The judging process for the editorial team involved going to restaurants several times, sampling favorite dishes, and each member of the team vied for his or her choice to get into the magazine’s final ranking.

“Different people have different experiences based on when you go and what meal you have and what dishes are available that day,” said Nagarajan. What set dishes apart, however, was not only how delicious the dish was but how memorable. Do you want to go back to that place?

Here are some of the top picks:

Biggest surprises: Living Room. Union Loafers.

BBQ that will make Missourians cross the river: Beast Craft BBQ Co.

Best service: Reed’s American Table.

Best burger: Retreat Gastropub.

Best pasta: Randolfi’s.

Most memorable dish: Southern.

Listen to hear more about what to order at these establishments and Sauce’s pick for the number one new spot in St. Louis:

Agree? Disagree? Share your voice for the best new restaurant by voting in Sauce’s Facebook album poll. The restaurant’s picture with the most likes will be named “Reader’s Choice” on December 21.

“Cityscape” is produced by Mary EdwardsAlex Heuer, and Kelly Moffitt. The show is sponsored in part by the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.   

Kelly Moffitt joined St. Louis Public Radio in 2015 as an online producer for St. Louis Public Radio's talk shows St. Louis on the Air.

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