Nick Bognar's highly-acclaimed Indo and Loryn Nalic's much-beloved Balkan Treat Box each have a new feather in their cap.
In a list published Nov. 17, Esquire named Indo in Botanical Heights the No. 6 best new restaurant in the country and awarded Balkan Treat Box in Webster Groves, Missouri, with the No. 16 spot. And in a year that has rocked the restaurant industry, the accolades have continued to pour in for these two St. Louis-area restaurants.
Indo – which has bounced between its signature dine-in omakase dinners, takeout Isaan hamachi and even a streetfood-inspired menu – made a splash earlier this year as a semifinalist in the national Best New Restaurants category of the James Beard Awards, along with Bognar being nominated for Rising Star Chef of the Year. In May, he was named one of Food & Wine's best new chefs, and Indo was named one of GQ's best new restaurants that same month.
Nalic, who owns Balkan Treat Box with her husband, Edo, was also nominated for a James Beard Award in the Best Chef: Midwest category, and Balkan has earned praise from national publications including GQ and Bon Appétit.
For those who want to scope out why these spots have made such waves this year, Indo is offering its menu for limited-dine in service and curbside pickup, and Balkan Treat Box is offering its menu for no-contact curbside pickup.
Balkan Treat Box, 8103 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, Missouri, 314.733.5700, balkantreatbox.com
Indo, 1641 Tower Grove Ave., Botanical Heights, St. Louis, Missouri, indo-stl.com