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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:00 pm | Updated: 3:19 pm, Wed Oct 23, 2013.

D'oh! Strange Donuts has opened at 2709 Sutton Ave. in Maplewood. Look for 12 fresh donut varieties each day, and late-night hours for you night owls with a donut craving. Meanwhile, Blind Tiger at Sutton Place is slated to open soon at 7376 Manchester Road, and will offer signature pizzas and a bar with an emphasis on whiskies.

The Precinct, formerly Jim Edmunds Steakhouse, has opened for business at 1900 Locust Ave. downtown. The new restaurant is an homage to police officers, with vintage pictures of local officers and related scenes on the walls, courtesy of the St. Louis Police Museum; and menu items like The Billy Club, a sandwich featuring roasted turkey and applewood-smoked bacon. 

We recently told you about chef Ivy Magruder leaving Vin de Set to be the executive chef for the Gamlin Restaurant Group. Well, we’ve received word that he'll be joined by pastry chef LISA FERNANDEZ-CRUZ, who was recently with The Restaurant at The Cheshire. She’ll oversee the desserts at all the Gamlin Restaurants, which include SubZero, the recently opened Gamlin Whiskey House and the soon-to-open Taha'a Twisted Tiki in The Grove.

The seasons have changed and so have many menus around town as they're being geared toward the bounty of fall. At Bixby's in the Missouri History Museum, look for hearty delights, including bacon and brussel sprout flatbread, rosemary pumpkin hummus, kale salad and seared Amish chicken. At Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas, game is featured prominently on Chef D. SCOTT PHILLIPS' autumn bill of fare with dishes like rabbit pot pie and quail. Local squashes also are showcased, including spaghetti and zephyr varieties.

St. James Winery and the Missouri State Parks Foundation have partnered to create a series of wines that celebrate the state’s parks and help provide for their future. The first two Missouri State Parks Collector’s Edition wines, Johnson’s Shut-Ins Red and Montauk White, are available online at MOStateParksWine.com for $20 a bottle. All proceeds from the Missouri State Parks Collector’s Edition wines will go to keep Missouri State Parks strong and sustainable.

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