Not too long ago, Pi was the upstart of the local restaurant scene. We hadn't visited in a while, and wondered how Pi was doing now that it was no longer the new kid on the block. Turns out we needn't have worried.
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?
Is there a better American city for walking than New Orleans? And is there a better place to escape buzzy French Quarter activity than the Garden District?
When the popular Arcelia's left Lafayette Square a while back, it left a vacuum in the neighborhood for those with a taste for Mexican fare. So when Laredo opened up in the same space a couple of years ago, there was much anticipation for this new kid on the block, and we were eager to finally give the place a try.
For a long while, the stretch of South Grand Avenue from Arsenal to Gravois has been home to some of the area's best ethnic eateries. One of the most recent restaurants to set up shop in this vibrant area is Baida, which specializes in Moroccan cuisine, the first of its kind here.
Tim and Callie Halls moved to Webster Groves 15 years ago, falling in love with the Victorian homes, strong school district and small-town feel. Tim works as a principal at Moneta; and Callie stays at home caring for their daughters, Chloe and Ellie, and their dog, Daisie. Tim and Callie told us what it’s like to live in Webster Groves.
The culinary scene in St. Louis continues to flourish, and 2013 was an especially exciting year for diners and drinkers and those who serve them. Here are just a few of the notable events in the past 12 months:
Story: Maude has returned home after an exhausting day. She’s a psychiatrist by trade, a single woman who has recently broken up with her boyfriend and now living alone again. Shortly after she arrives home, she’s interrupted by a friendly young man named Peter. He tells her that he’s noticed that her car is having some trouble, but that he can fix it for her, since he’s a bit of a mechanic.
Lafayette Square has long had an abundance of fine places to eat; and lately, the scene there has been even more active with recently opened eateries, such as Tripel, injecting new blood into the area.
The second location of The Block debuted earlier this year in the Central West End in the space that was once home to the popular Terrene. After a couple of years idle, it was great to see another restaurant move in and fire up the stoves.
On a little corner in Chesterfield are three Sicilian gems, where customers in West St. Louis County can receive the finest products and services from long-standing Italian families, without having to drive the long distance to The Hill.
What a chip off the old block! In honor of Father’s Day, we asked LN readers to submit photos of St. Louis dads and their look-alike children. This year’s winners are Brian Tash and his one-and-a-half-year-old son, Hunter Tash, of Creve Coeur. “Everyone tells me all the time that Hunter looks just like Brian’s Mini-Me,” says wife Cristina Tash. The two love to play baseball, football and soccer together, and “Brian loves to read to him.” For winning, Brian will receive gift certificates to La Cantina and Amigos Cantina restaurants (a $100 value)—just in time for Father’s Day. Below, take a peek at other area look-alikes. Can you tell who’s who?
Chef Pierre Chambrin has had a storied culinary career. Trained at Ecole des Metiers de L'Alimentation in Paris, he came up through the ranks the old-school way. He worked in some of the best restaurants in the country, in positions from apprentice to executive chef, ultimately running the kitchen at the White House under two presidents.
This summer, think of your backyard as the next decorating frontier. Use designer-quality furniture, rugs, lighting and charming decorative accents for stunning results.
In recent months, Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood has found its way onto a slew of best-of lists and chef/co-owner Cassy Vires has been getting national attention for her skills in the kitchen.
John Mineo's Italian Restaurant has been a fixture in Town & Country for 40-plus years, emphasizing traditional Italian dishes and upscale service. Tucked away in a small shopping area on Clayton Road, the eatery had escaped our attention for far too long, and we were happy to remedy that oversight recently.
When British Royal Navy officer Captain George Vancouver arrived in this slice of Canadian heaven in 1792, he was transfixed by what he saw.
We just reported last week about the closing of Araka in Clayton, and now there's already news to relate about the next resident of the space at 131 Carondelet Plaza: It’s 801 Chophouse, and it'll be the fifth location for the Des Moines-based restaurant chain, which specializes in USDA prime steaks, chops and seafood items. We'll keep you posted on an opening date.
Olive Boulevard between 1-70 and Skinker Boulevard is home to an array of noteworthy (and authentic) Asian restaurants and markets. Lu Lu Seafood Restaurant, a fixture in the area for some 20 years, has been on our short list of must-trys for a while.
The Vogl family says Webster Groves is a true community, where residents can walk to local shops and restaurants and attend annual festivals with friends and neighbors. Kelly Vogl, an occupational therapist for BJC HomeCare, and her husband, Tim, president of Streamline Orthotics and Prosthetics, have embraced that community feel for 10 years. The couple has three children: David, 8; Patrick, 6; and Nathan, 3; who attend Bristol Elementary and The Lab School. Kelly talked to us more about family life in Webster Groves.
Patty and Tim Ivey and their two children, Lucas, 13, and Emma, 11, have enjoyed living in Ballwin for nine years. Wally, a mixed breed dog adopted from St. Louis County Animal Control, and Cosmo, a guinea pig adopted from Petco, also are part of the family. Patty, originally from Edwardsville, Ill., works at Rodgers Townsend;, and Tim, a Clayton native, is part of Wells Fargo Advisors. Patty told us more about what she and her family like about living in Ballwin.
The past year has been a busy one for the St. Louis culinary scene. Here are a few of the highlights from 2012:
It's been announced that Clayton-based Wasabi Management Company, which owns the popular Japanese restaurants bearing the Wasabi Sushi Bar name, has purchased the three St. Louis SanSai locations. "With different menus and dining experiences, SanSai complements the Japanese cuisine offerings that our Wasabi Sushi Bars have been providing diners in the St. Louis area since 2003,” according to Wasabi CEO John Kim in a press release regarding the purchase.
Looking to please your palate with something new on the menu? We asked sommeliers and wine directors from local restaurants to suggest wines to pair with their new and signature offerings for fall.
Since Farmhaus' debut, the restaurant and chef/owner Kevin Willmann have received all manner of local and national culinary accolades. On our last visit, we were reminded of why.