Story: Fresh out of prison, Percy Talbott arrives in the middle of winter in the town of Gilead, Wisconsin in the 1990s, a place she selected based on a photo she saved from a travel book. Sheriff Joe Sutter meets her and, though puzzled why anyone would want to settle in the depressed hamlet, arranges for her to work at the Spitfire Grill, the only restaurant in town.
If the massive billboard downtown bearing his towering image is any indication, the folks at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis are pretty proud to have Chef Gian Nicola Colucci running their kitchen.
Movies that revolve around food and cooking make me nervous. It’s almost as if the director thinks he can sacrifice a plot for a lingering shot of a bell pepper--or a magical moment of whisking an egg. And while food is an incredible thing to look at, assembling a salad does not a movie make. This film, I’m delighted to say, was more than a pleasant surprise. Yes, the food is mouth-watering, but the story is even better.
Despite being a bit under the radar, Brazie's has been serving up quality Italian fare for more than 20 years. We finally satisfied our curiosity and stopped in recently. We left wondering why it had taken us so long to visit.
Story: New York City is bustling in 1895, and in the middle of the action is Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi. The widow of Ephram Levi makes her living by selling her services to teach dancing, play musical instruments and a dozen other occupations, most notably arranging marriages.
With all of the great pizza places around town, it takes a lot of confidence to open up yet another one. The folks at A Pizza Story have that confidence and it's definitely warranted.
Story: Playwright Eric Bogosian presents 10 vignettes featuring urban and suburban men in modern-day America in this one-man, one-act, 75-minute venture into the male psyche.
The Piccadilly at Manhattan is a bit off the beaten path, nestled in a largely residential neighborhood in Maplewood, and easy to miss if you're not in-the-know. Luckily, we got wind of this venerable eatery and finally got to make a visit recently.
Walking across the small parking behind Adam's Smokehouse, you're immediately enveloped in the rich aroma of cooking meat. Even before you cross the restaurant's threshold, it's obvious you're in for a delicious experience. Adam's is one of the latest in the current boom of barbecue places cropping up around town.
The Central West End has no shortage of restaurants—so many that it's hard to keep up with all of them. One of the more recent entries on the scene is Thai 202. Located on Euclid Avenue between Lindell Boulevard and Maryland Avenue, it's easy to miss this eatery with all of the hustle and bustle in that area, but definitely well worth looking for.
There's certainly no shortage of great Italian food in St. Louis. But while the field may be crowded, there always seems to be room for another top-notch eatery like Giovanni's Kitchen, the new place from the folks behind Il Bel Lago.
Kampai Sushi Bar is one of those places that sort of sneak up on you. Although it's located in the bustling Central West End, the restaurant sits on a quiet, tree-lined street removed from the busy Euclid Avenue. strip where most of the neighborhood's high-profile eateries are, tucked next to an equally anonymous apartment building.
Lately, there has been an influx of new restaurants offering their take on barbecue and what has been termed Southern-style ‘comfort food.’ The latest eatery in the Michael Del Pietro Restaurant Group stable, The Salted Pig, serves up a bit of both.
The term 'legend' is thrown about pretty freely. Sometimes, it seems like any restaurant that's been open a few years is granted legendary status. Few places that truly deserve the title—and Tony's is at the top of that list.
Considering one of the plot points of this film is how critics—who have no talent or ability in their field of expertise—can devastate their subjects, I am a tad hesitant to proceed. Let me start by saying this: I have seen every film Jon Favreau has directed. He is an extremely talented director, and lets the movie speak without being heavy-handed or pretentious. Like his work in front of the camera, his direction is charming. When Favreau decided to make this movie, he came on board with a director, a screenwriter and a leading man. What he apparently did not have was an editor.
We're pretty lucky here in St. Louis to have ready access to some of the best barbecue around, and there's no shortage of places in the area to get some prime examples of meats cooked over fire. One of the latest barbecue purveyors to open its doors is WildSmoke in Creve Coeur, from the folks that brought us Edgewild in Chesterfield.
Lately we've been lucky enough to have some great dining experiences at restaurants that appear quite understated, but serve up some really delicious and creative food. The latest to turn our heads is Jax Café in Benton Park.
Bixby’s, located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum, has made this year’s Open Table 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America list, the only local restaurant in town to garner the honor. The list is generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners for 15,000-plus restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Congrats!
Story: Three short plays by Carter Lewis take an amusing look at modern-day foibles against the flavorful backdrop of Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant. In the first vignette, No Preying, bellicose Heddie is busy browbeating Christian Agatha with her aggressive brand of atheism, ranting that God is no more likely to exist than giant insects.
There've been a bunch of new places opening up on the local drinking and dining scene specializing in either whiskey or pizza. The Blind Tiger at Sutton Place in Maplewood offers a bit of both.
The DeMun neighborhood in Clayton is one of our favorite areas to meander around on a gorgeous spring evening. Plenty of trees and flowers in bloom and a plethora of places to drop in for a drink and a bite. The newest spot to open up in the area is Seedz Café, a quality vegetarian/vegan eatery for those who want something light and delicious and plant-based.
Unbeknownst to many, there's a small stretch of Cherokee Street west of Jefferson Avenue that's home to some of the best authentic Mexican eateries in town. This May 5, why not actually experience the rich culinary traditions of Mexico?
Fans of the one-armed bandits and sundry games of chance hungry for some elevated fare—or folks just looking for a prime cut—have a new place to try: Final Cut Steakhouse. The restaurant opened earlier this year in the Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights, part of a massive $62-million renovation of the property, which formerly was Harrah's St. Louis.
One recent dining trend around town that's most welcome is the spate of new restaurants offering vegetarian and vegan fare that's creative: Tree House is one such eatery.
The 801 Restaurant Group, based out of Iowa, recently opened its latest steakhouse concept location, 801 Chophouse, at The Crescent in Clayton in the former Araka space. Those who bemoan the opening of yet another out-of-town chain—or another Clayton steakhouse for that matter—should take pause, because 801 definitely is a cut or two above the rest.