The Missouri History Museum is now offering a fun way for history buffs and barflies alike to gain an appreciation and a new perspective on the city’s fine public houses. The new initiative is called History On Tap: Pub Tours of St. Louis' Historic Neighborhoods. The first excursion led participants through Soulard. The next tour will focus on Dogtown and is scheduled for Wednesday, July 24. More info can be found at mohistory.org.
Spring is coming, a perfect time for a party to celebrate a holiday, special occasion or simply the arrival of warmer weather! These local party planners share ideas and tips for the perfect spring soiree.
The Zodiac restaurant, located in Neiman Marcus, has debuted a new menu celebrating the St. Louis Cardinals. Redbird-centric items include Saint Louis Beer & Cheese Soup, Ball Park Chili, Triple Play Slider Plate, Batter Up Bistro Burger and a Cardinal Red Velvet Cupcake, among other delicacies.
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Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in Rock Hill has been a fixture on the local dining scene for decades. In recent years, the restaurant has added tons of covered and uncovered outdoor seating (obscuring the interesting original building, in fact), and has become well-known for its happy hours, margaritas and Cinco De Mayo celebrations. So much so, that we’ve (kind of) lost track of its menu. So recently we went back to see how the bill of fare has held up since our last visit.
> Manjelou’s Pizzeria has bowed at 8135 Forsyth Ave. in Clayton. The location was once home to Gourmet Food Works Deli, part of Gourmet Food Works Corporate Catering, which runs Bevo Mill, but co-owner MILAN MANJENCICH says the sandwich competition in the area proved too stiff. “There’s eight places within a couple of blocks,” he says, but not much in the way of pizza. Currently the restaurant offers hand-tossed pies and will soon have a Chicago-style option. The menu also features salads, sandwiches and pasta, and there’s seating for 75 inside, 25 on the patio. FYI, the name is a combination of Manjencich and partner LOUIE LAUSEVICH.
Executive director, the Rev. Dale Kuhn, welcomed 273 guests to the Visitor’s Center at Forest Park for a Care and Counseling Cinco de Mayo benefit. “Just as the Mexicans celebrated their victory at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, so we share with our clients their victories as they overcome their challenges,” emphasized Kuhn. “Our interfaith and quality psycho-therapy programs also enable us to address the personal and spiritual life of faith for our clients, and provide high-quality affordable counseling at a cost they can manage,” Kuhn added.
• With a special guest in town from Mexico, COBY ARZOLA gathered some VIPs for a tequila tasting, complete with four-course luncheon, on the new patio of his Agave Mexican Table & Tequileria. After describing his family’s plantation in the highlands of Jalisco and how he hand-selects Blue Tequilana Weber plants, RODOLFO GONZÃLEZ detailed the distilling and aging process for 80 proof tequilas made by Tequila El Mayor, his distillery in Guadalajara. The clear, curvaceous bottles of Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo showed off the differences in color. Coby also announced that the new Chuy’s (to open in the old Boccardi’s space on Lindell) is on track for a soft opening on Cinco de Mayo and will be managed by the original Chuy’s restaurateur, dad EDDIE ARZOLA.
• Surf’s Up in Chesterfield Valley! When BRIAN WieHER and his family moved back to St. Louis from the Florida Coast, they couldn’t find the kind of chill-out family eateries they got used to near the beach. That’s why they opened Surf Dogs in Chesterfield Towne Centre. Brian invites families to bring in their vacation pictures for the big bulletin boards like they do in Florida restaurants. The menu features…hot dogs! There are 10 different wild toppings for his Chicago Vienna dogs in poppy seed buns. Weiher is especially excited about his dessert: chocolate-covered Key Lime pie. Painted in classic Bahamas colors and sporting surfboards on the walls, Surf Dogs is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except Sunday.
• Wow! A five-day-long grand opening party! That is how Cinco de Mayo was celebrated at Beso Mexican Grill and Cantina. Owner RICK ONSTOTT chose Mexican food for his first restaurant simply because it’s his favorite. The classic cantina lunch and dinner menu of enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, etc. also has some upscale items. How do shrimp Tijuana and Puerco Veracruz sound?. Beso’s Tequila Bar and $3 margaritas will be a welcome addition to the downtown dining scene, and city dwellers are going to love the carryout (1130 Washington Ave.) and delivery options. Suburbanites will love the valet parking!