Chef and restaurateur Ben Poremba has made quite a name for himself in the local culinary scene in recent years. His places—Elaia & Olia, La Patisserie Choquette and Old Standard Fried Chicken—have brought a wide range of good food and drink to St. Louis. Poremba’s efforts have garnered him plenty of attention locally and beyond, including being named a semi-finalist for the James Beard Best Chef: Midwest award in 2014, and as one of 10 chefs who vied for Food & Wine magazine’s People’s Best New Chef: Midwest title that year, as well.
Avenue Restaurant is one of the most recent eateries to open in Clayton, but it’s not exactly new. It’s the latest project from the folks behind Pomme Restaurant and Pomme Cafe & Wine Bar.
Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. was one of the most anticipated St. Louis restaurant openings of 2014. From frequent visits since its debut, we can unequivocally say the wait was more than worth it.
Few things are more comforting and inviting than a genuine U.K.-style public house. Luckily, we have The Scottish Arms to tuck into on a blustery winter’s eve, a true pub in every sense of the word, from food to drink to ambiance.
Hotels at one time were the epicenter of fine dining and drinking. This still is the case in some high-end hotels around St. Louis, like the boutique Hotel Ignacio in Midtown.
Looking back, 2014 proved to be another banner vintage for the St. Louis culinary scene, which continues to grow and expand. Here are a select few of the events that helped shaped the year that was:
There are plenty of places around the Lou that profess to put out 'authentic' NOLA fare, but many, if not most, fall short somehow. One place that doesn't is Riverbend.
Jim Fiala’s restaurants have long been high-water marks on the St. Louis dining scene, combining fine fare and superior service. We were reminded of this during our most recent visit to his Clayton eatery, The Crossing.
Situated almost in the shadow of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Frazer's Restaurant & Lounge has been a southside staple for 20-some years. After a lengthy absence, we recently headed back and found that this old favorite continues to impress.
Long a standard-bearer of Persian food in St. Louis, Cafe Natasha remains an anchor of the vibrant and eclectic food scene on South Grand Boulevard while continuing to innovate with creative food and drink.
Too many people seem to think Asian cuisine stops at sushi. Luckily, there are places like Hiro Asian Kitchen around, where diners can take a tour of some of the best dishes this ancient continent has to offer, with a decidedly creative spin to them.
We sampled the fare at Panorama not long after the doors opened and were suitably impressed. Since then, the restaurant has undergone some changes in the kitchen, necessitating a return trip.
Earlier this year, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company underwent a major expansion. Not only does this second location put out a lot of extra barrels of beer, it also houses a restaurant that boasts an impressive menu of elevated pub fare.
Schlafly Bottleworks has been an anchor for the revitalization of Maplewood, and it is home to a top-notch neighborhood eatery with an underrated menu of fine, creative fare.
Since stepping into the executive chef role, Melissa Lee has been slowly putting her mark on the various eateries at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. The latest to benefit from her expertise is The Grill, which has transformed into a creative dining destination.
Hendel's Market Cafe, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, is housed in a former grocery and general store that was founded in 1873. The building was transformed into a restaurant in 1994, and it retains all of that rustic charm.
With just a single table on the sidewalk outside and subtle signage, it'd be easy to miss Gerard's, and you really don't want to do that because there's much goodness to be had inside the innocuous facade.
Since it opened earlier this year, Three Flags Tavern has been one of the tougher reservations to get around town. After finally getting a table, it became immediately obvious why folks have been crowding this establishment.
We're lucky here in St. Louis to have no shortage of good new restaurants. Many of these get a decent amount of press, especially when there are well-known folks involved. The Purple Martin is somewhat of an exception to this.
When Duff's left the CWE, it left quite a hole in the neighborhood's dining scene. But almost immediately, the folks behind such popular eateries as The Tavern Kitchen & Bar and The Corner Pub stepped in to put the space to use. The result is Cucina Pazzo.
When The Good Pie announced that it was leaving its original location for new digs a while back, there was some concern that the move might impact the restaurant's specialties. Turns out any worrying was for naught, as we discovered on a recent visit.
Steve Coogan is an interesting actor. While his film, Philomena, was not my favorite, it did catch the eye of critics and brought him to the forefront as an Indie mainstay. He has a unique ability to find humor in serious material, and reveals a surprising vulnerability when playing a thick-skinned grouch--in this case, himself. Combine that with a relatively lighthearted jaunt through the European countryside and you have an enjoyable, if protracted couple of hours.
Story: For 36 years Willy Loman has led the life of a salesman, covering all of New England for the New York company and its products that he represents. To hear Willy tell it, he cuts a wide swath through the northeastern United States, where people welcome him with open arms and deep pockets.
The dual culinary movements of barbecue and whiskey continue to gain traction around town. Case in point: Salt & Smoke in the Delmar Loop, which incorporates both of these tasty trends to fine effect.
Bishop's Post heavily promotes itself as a purveyor of comfort fare, albeit elevated. Thankfully, while the marketing verbiage may be tired, the food at Bishop's Post most certainly isn't.