We have more national recognition for our local culinary scene to report:
• Travel + Leisure magazine has named Bixby's in the Missouri History Museum (an LN Platinum List winner) as one of America's Best Museum Restaurants.
• Central West End favorite Sub Zero Vodka Bar has been named one of the Top 100 Dining Hot Spots in the U.S. by Open Table. More than 15,000 eateries across the country were eligible for the list.
• Cheese-ology Macaroni & Cheese, Blueberry Hill, Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar, BB's Jazz Blues and Soups, Charlie Gitto's (On The Hill), Molly's in Soulard, Mosaic Modern Fusion, Crown Candy Kitchen, Trattoria Marcella and Winslow's Home all were recognized as go-to dining destinations by Midwest Living magazine in its recent St. Louis Trip Guide.
Congrats to the folks at Brazie's Ristorante. The South City Italian eatery, known for its signature Shrimp Brazie, among other delectable dishes, is celebrating its 20-year anniversary this month. Check with Brazie’s for anniversary specials, 481-5464.
This month, the folks at L'Ecole Culinaire are offering a relaxing way to segue into the weekend this month. The school is serving up cocktails and small plates from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on April 5, 12 and 19 (all Fridays). There also will be wines from A. Bommarito and local spirits and beers available, as well. Seating is first-come, first-served, and all small plates are $10 or less.
Baseball season is underway, and hungry fans at Busch Stadium have some new menu items to choose from. New at Section 135 is The Double Play Tap and Grill, featuring high-end versions of some ballpark favorites. Kohn's Kosher Cart, featuring kosher hot dogs and pastrami sandwiches, is now at Section 147. And Dizzy's Diner locations now offer The Horseshoe, an open-faced burger consisting of two patties topped with fries and cheese sauce. Suite menus have also changed up, with Food Network salads like the Bases Loaded baked potato salad and Cajun steak salad. Play Ball!
Dishcrawl, which promotes ‘pub crawl’-type events where participants get to experience four neighboring restaurants in one evening, has announced it's adding St. Louis to its national roster. The first event, scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, will feature Washington Avenue eateries. Tickets are $45. More info is available at dishcrawl.com/stlouis.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that LN Platinum List winner House of India at 850 Delmar Blvd., which suffered a bit of smoke damage last month after a small kitchen fire, has reopened. Bring on the lunch buffet!