Jim Fiala’s restaurants have long been high-water marks on the St. Louis dining scene, combining fine fare and superior service. We were reminded of this during our most recent visit to his Clayton eatery, The Crossing.
More than 15 years ago, while serving in the Air Force, Chris Burnette decided he needed a hobby. Would fishing, woodworking or learning how to play the guitar work? Not for Burnette. “I was curious about how to make moonshine,” he remembers with a laugh. “So I called my grandma."
Chef ERIC BRENNER recently added his name to the list of local chefs who’ve found success on the small screen. Earlier this month, Brenner took the top prize of $18,000 on the Food Network show, Guy’s Grocery Games, hosted by GUY FIERI. Brenner currently is working to open Lascelles Tap & Grill in Granite City, where he’ll serve as executive chef and GM. Most recently, he was the exec chef and GM of Alumni St. Louis downtown.
Situated almost in the shadow of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Frazer's Restaurant & Lounge has been a southside staple for 20-some years. After a lengthy absence, we recently headed back and found that this old favorite continues to impress.
Q: Chef, I saw your wonderful gingerbread house at River City, and enjoyed breakfast with my family a few days ago. Would you share the recipe for the gingerbread cookie stars you served? I would like to make some for Christmas this year.
Long a standard-bearer of Persian food in St. Louis, Cafe Natasha remains an anchor of the vibrant and eclectic food scene on South Grand Boulevard while continuing to innovate with creative food and drink.
Too many people seem to think Asian cuisine stops at sushi. Luckily, there are places like Hiro Asian Kitchen around, where diners can take a tour of some of the best dishes this ancient continent has to offer, with a decidedly creative spin to them.
Just because there’s a chill in the air doesn’t mean you can’t still get out and support local purveyors. The Schlafly Farmers Market at The Bottleworks in Maplewood is moving indoors for the winter months for all of your local shopping needs. Shop from 8:30 a.m. until noon on the following Saturdays: Dec. 20; Jan. 24; Feb. 28; and March 28. More info is available at schlaflyfarmersmarket.com.
Indulge your sweet tooth and help endangered animals with Cupcakes for Conservation, a partnership between Sweetology and the Endangered Wolf Center. Visit the Endangered Wolf Center website (endangeredwolfcenter.org) or the Sweetology website (sweetology.com) and purchase a Cupcakes for Conservation kit, which includes four ready-to-design cupcakes, supplies for decorating them, a wolf cookie-cutter, and information about wolves. Proceeds from the sale of these kits will go directly to helping wolves.
Donut fans, take note: Popular food truck Vincent Van Doughnut is in the process of opening a brick-and-mortar location in Clayton at 12 North Meramec Ave. in the former Pomme space. Look for an opening sometime in the next month or so. We'll keep you posted.
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