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Sauce Magazine names its picks for St. Louis' best new restaurants of 2021

 Clockwise from left: garlic cheese bread, pizza, and chickpea dip with pizza bread at Rockwell Beer Garden in St. Louis. Dec 2021
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Sauce Magazine
Clockwise from left: garlic cheese bread, pizza and chickpea dip with pizza bread at Rockwell Beer Garden in St. Louis.

Despite an ongoing global pandemic, St. Louisans persevered in 2021 and opened new restaurants to satisfy local appetites.

Nine of the establishments particularly wowed the staff at Sauce Magazine this year. And on Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Meera Nagarajan, executive editor of Sauce Magazine, revealed why these restaurants stood out.

As for the No. 1 pick — Root Food + Wine in Augusta, Missouri — Nagarajan said it’s worth the drive.

“Everything was done with intention and a lot of thought,” she said.

Here are Sauce’s best new restaurants of 2021, in order:

Listen to the full conversation:

9 new restaurants to try this December

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan and Kayla Drake. Jane Mather-Glass is our production assistant. The audio engineer is Aaron Doerr.

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