Best New Restaurant

Público

Staff Pick

Is there any culinary concept Mile Randolph can't nail — Half & Half for breakfast, the Good Pie for pizza, Little Country Gentleman for tasting menus? Add to that list Público, his pan-Latin American restaurant that has been St. Louis' clear dining highlight of 2015. Público elevates Central and South American cooking to levels far beyond anything we've seen in this town — or perhaps in any other town, save for something on the level of Rick Bayless' revered Topolobampo in Chicago. Randolph's menu is ambitious — baby octopus served swimming in a caper- and paprika-spiked tomato sauce, sweetbreads simmered with pineapple and habanero, rice pudding topped with shaved foie gras torchon — though dishes like the grilled whole fish or the perfectly cooked bone-in pork chop prove he is equally comfortable with less-showy preparations. It's not just the food that makes Público so special. The bar program here is second to none, and the renovated storefront's good looks (designed by SPACE Architecture + Design) are as stylish as it gets in this city. This place is a winner in every regard. 6679 Delmar Boulevard, University City, 63130. 314-833-5780, www.facebook.com/publicostl.
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