> Miso on Meramec in Clayton debuted a newly formatted sushi menu by executive sushi chef and St. Louis native Eliott Harris. The menu includes old favorites and launches innovative new items like a tropical roll of coconut-crusted tempura shrimp, mango, cucumber and masago. Chef Harris, a Johnson & Wales grad, is incorporating traditional sushi items with Latin American flavors and ingredients. Since opening in 2001, Miso on Meramec has been a Clayton favorite for Pacific Rim cuisine, not to mention late-night partying (great DJs).

> Know what’s great? GREAT, or Gluten-Free Resource Education and Awareness Training, which teaches restaurants to properly prepare foods for those with Celiac disease, a genetic intolerance to the gluten found in wheat, rye and barley. Caito’s Sicilian Restaurant & Pizzeria introduced its GREAT-inspired menu nine months ago and it’s been so popular the restaurant expanded the offerings, adding sandwiches, pastas, desserts and even pizzas, according to manager Mike Mcvey. “Not only has the forum increased business, it’s increased awareness and supports people with Celiac,” he says. Other eateries that have completed GREAT include Cafe Napoli, Fitz’s, The Original Pancake House and The Pasta House.

> Local barbecuers are invited to compete in the 2009 Gateway City Barbecue Contest at Old Rock House, 1200 S. Seventh St., for a chance to win $300 category prizes and a $500 grand champion prize. The categories include ribs, pork shoulder, pork steak and people’s choice. You have until June 25 to enter. Only 20 spaces will be available, so first come, first serve. Visit oldrockhousestl.com/gatewaycitybbqfestival/ to sign up.

> The new downtown location of Ruth’s Chris launches with two grand opening parties to benefit The March of Dimes. The invitation-only event will feature The Storyville Stompers, a New Orleans band that welcomes guests with a traditional New Orleans processional into the restaurant. Located in the Hyatt Regency Hotel (the old Adam’s Mark), the upscale steakhouse has seating for 150 and four private dining rooms. On game nights there will be a complimentary stretch golf cart to shuttle guests between the restaurant and Busch’s Stadium. Complimentary valet parking nightly.

> Outdoor entertainment is available at Andria’s Steakhouse this summer now that the Chesterfield restaurant has opened its much-anticipated patio. With 3,000 square feet of entertainment and dining space, patrons will be able to enjoy live music Thursday through Saturday nights, as well as the attractive 40-foot waterfall  left from the days of Aqua Vin.

> Terrene, at 33 N. Sarah St., has a new executive chef, Brian Hardesty. Hardesty, 33, is continuing the ‘eat local’ focus Terrene has always been known for. Seasonal flavors and local ingredients will take center stage. Among the new menu items: Creole bouillabaisse, pork tenderloin and grilled lamb chops.

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