Death in the Afternoon Named One of the Best New Restaurants in the Midwest

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Housemade all-beef hot dog nestled in a poppy-seed bun and topped with yellow mustard, tomato, green relish, spicy peppers. | Jennifer Silverberg
  • Housemade all-beef hot dog nestled in a poppy-seed bun and topped with yellow mustard, tomato, green relish, spicy peppers. | Jennifer Silverberg

Conde Nast Traveler put together a list of the fifteen best new restaurants in the Midwest, and our own Death in the Afternoon (808 Chestnut Street; 314-621-3236) came in at No. 8. Our only complaint (and no disrespect to Indianapolis and Michigan, which both snagged multiple spots) is that there's only one. The St. Louis food scene is booming, and it's just starting to make people across the country take notice.

See also: Zagat Gives St. Louis Some Love with Must-Visit List

CN Traveler writes:

St. Louis's new Death in the Afternoon offers "American-Asian carnival food made from scratch," says co-owner Adam Frager. The restaurant serves brunch and lunch, balancing high-quality preparations with speedy service. Stuffed cheeseburgers and house-made hot dogs appear on the menu alongside falafel, Japanese steamed buns, and seasonal ramen dishes. For dessert, try the cotton candy flavor of the day, such as watermelon-shiso or cantaloupe. The restaurant--named for a short story by Ernest Hemingway--gets bonus points for its view, which overlooks a park and sculpture garden.

Who do you think should have been included on the list? Owners Adam Frager and TJ Vytlacil did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Gut Check is always hungry for tips and feedback. E-mail the author at Nancy.Stiles@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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