There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
One of the jewels in Zoe Pidgeon's eclectic culinary crown, along with Bar Les Freres and Bobo Noodle House, I Fratellini is one of those little oases that offer a cozy, welcoming respite from the hustle and bustle of the workaday world.
It's so small that if you blink, you might miss it—but that would be a shame because restaurateur Zoe Pidgeon's newest eatery, Bar Les Freres, definitely is a stop you want to make.
You voted, we listened! Ladue News readers know what they like; and with this year's Platinum List, you've made your voices heard. This list compiles the best of St. Louis.
Next stop, Clayton! STL Culinary Tours has added Clayton to its growing list of neighborhood-centric foodie excursions. On Saturday, March 9, the company will conduct a tour of some of Clayton's finest eateries. The tour will start at Bar Les Freres and will traverse the neighborhood, stopping at Extra Virgin, Oceano Bistro, Little Country Gentlemen and end up at I Fratellini. For more info and to purchase tickets, go online at StlCulinaryTours.com.
Valentine's Day may have passed, but who says you can only have a romantic evening out on Feb. 14? St. Louis has plenty of places where you and your significant other can have a fine meal and pitch some woo all year long. Here are a few of our favorites:
We can think of no cozier place to spend a winter’s evening than Bar Les Frères, Zoe Robinson’s newest creation and one of the most charming and romantic new dining spots in St. Louis.
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, romance is in the air. For inspiration, we surveyed a group of St. Louisans about their idea of a romantic evening.
Bogart's Smokehouse in Soulard has garnered a spot in Zagat's 2013 America's Top Restaurants guide. Zagat's also named its top 10 STL restaurants: Acero; Anthony's; Blues City Deli; Bogart's Smokehouse; Citizen Kane's; Niche; Pappy's Smokehouse; Sidney Street Cafe; The Crossing; and Tony's.
They help you sell or buy your home, but how well do you really know your real estate agent? We went beyond listings and contracts and interviewed several local realtors to learn a little bit more about them.
Mayor Linda Goldstein feels honored to have served the city of Clayton for five years now. Originally from Chicago, she relocated to St. Louis many years ago and was delighted to discover all the great things Clayton had to offer.
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I Fratellini : 7624 Wydown Blvd. : 727-7901
Some restaurants go all-out to attract attention, with gaudy signage, endless social media posts, email blasts and so on. And then there are those that quietly go about doing their thing, concentrating on the food more than the marketing, like I Fratellini.
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• The Lawrence Group and Moto Museum owner STEVE SMITH opened his dream restaurant Oct. 1…and it is a dream of a restaurant. LORI DOLAN, the project overseer from Culinary Architects, was beaming as she showed off the four named dining rooms that make up Triumph Grill, 3419 Olive St., each one a separate storefront. The motorcycle-inspired art includes wheel hub parts in the light fixtures of the Bohmerland Room, a collage of vintage magazine advertisements in the Alcyon, headlights as pendant lights in the Talisman, and two motorcycles racing past each other on the ceiling of the Augusta. CHRIS LaROCCA of Culinary Architects brought in chef JASON TILFORD when developing the Bold American Grill menu. Executive chef AARON BAGGETT said his favorite is the Reuben sandwich, made with black Russian pumpernickel.
• DANA HOLLAND gave Spicy Bits three fun reasons for opening Babalu’s Snack Shack: “I didn’t have to borrow a gazillion dollars from the bank, I could prepare fun food, and I would team up with the guy who hired me 27 years ago.” When Dana and JOHN KEKERIS saw the shack at the Kirkwood Farmer’s Market, they decided to go for it! The partners work side by side in their tiny hut preparing tropical spicy snack treats, all hand-held, like gorditas, which Holland describes as Caribbean gyros. Dana is also firing up a big grill next to the shack for barbecue. The menu will grow over the coming months, and hours might expand, but for now Babalu’s is open Fridays through Sundays until 10 p.m.