GQ's list of the year's best new restaurants in America has been released, and one local restaurant made the cut.
After visiting 23 cities and 93 restaurants – which he acknowledges would be impossible today – correspondent Brett Martin has named Indo to the list. Chef Nick Bognar opened the restaurant in the Botanical Heights neighborhood of St. Louis in June 2019 after making a name for himself at his family's restaurant Nippon Tei in Ballwin.
Of Indo, Martin writes, "Bognar, who is 28, clearly has a gift for flavor, as well as precocious restraint cultivated as executive chef of a high-end sushi restaurant owned by his mother – even if Indo, which ranges widely in Southeast Asian and Japanese flavors, may be meant as a release valve for his more creative impulses."
And there's even more good news in store for fans of Indo: After a brief closure, the restaurant is reopening for curbside pickup this Thu., May 7. For now, Indo will be open Thursday through Sunday from 3 to 8pm.
The revised carryout menu features a mix of starters, noodle dishes, rice bowls and sashimi, with bottled wine also available. Look for popular dishes like the glazed lamb ribs, khao soi (a riff on a recipe passed down from Bognar’s grandmother), salmon rice bowl and, of course, Bognar’s signature Isaan Hamachi.
It's a big day for Indo, which is also in the running for two national categories at this year's James Beard Awards. The restaurant is a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant and Bognar is a semifinalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year. The finalists will be announced Monday afternoon.
Indo, 1641 Tower Grove Ave., Botanical Heights, St. Louis, Missouri, indo-stl.com