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In the spirit of the season, Piccione Pastry is giving back: the late-night Italian bakery in the Delmar Loop is continuing its Pastries With a Purpose program to benefit six more local charities this December.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will open its first-ever St. Louis location next month in Town & Country. The restaurant, in Town and Country Crossing, will feature award-winning wines in a Napa-style tasting-room setting, as well as contemporary American fare. Opening is set for Dec. 12.
Congrats to CHUCK FRIEDHOFF, the newly appointed chef de cuisine at Butler’s Pantry. Friedhoff has served in a variety of kitchens around town, including handling the executive chef and food-and-beverage manager duties at Persimmon Woods Golf Club, and serving as executive chef at J. Buck’s in Clayton.
Panorama, the restaurant housed in the Saint Louis Art Museum's new East Building, opened in July. Since then, there has been a rapidly building buzz around town about the food, not to mention the view.
The cool, crisp fall weather is perfect for sampling St. Louis’ signature outdoor festivals. Follow this guide to your next autumn adventure.
The success behind The Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery in Kimmswick is a story of blood, sweat and tears. Walking inside the charming, homespun eatery in the historic Mississippi River town is like going to Grandma’s house for Sunday dinner, where you’ll find of the best home-cooked, country-style meals around. And you can’t leave without the famous Levee High Caramel Pecan Apple Pie (trademark-registered).
One area of St. Louis that's been seeing a real resurgence of its dining scene is Clayton. New and exciting eateries have been attracting diners by the score. The latest restaurant to add to this mini-renaissance is The Libertine.
Nothing beats the summertime sun better than a frozen treat. But don't just settle for the first thing you pull out of the freezer case at the grocer. There are several local places serving up some unique and delicious variations.
Most people long for another island. One where they know they will like to be, so says Bloody Mary in South Pacific’s evocative and lyrical Bali Hai.
Known by some as the St. Louis spring event, Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital recently held its 10th annual Table Tops event at The Ritz-Carlton.
SweetArt Bake Shop in the Shaw neighborhood is a marriage of food and art. And that works out beautifully for owners Cbabi and Reine Bayoc, who happen to be husband and wife.
Get out this weekend and take advantage of the last few days of the 4th annual Clayton Restaurant Week, which wraps up Sunday, Jan. 27. The establishments participating this year include: Alexander’s Restaurant; Araka; Bar Napoli; Barcelona; Bocci Bar: Cardwell’s; Coastal Bistro & Bar; The Crossing; Crushed Red; J. Buck’s; Jimmy's On The Park; Mad Tomato; Oceano Bistro; Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar; Roxane; Ruth's Chris Steak House; and Tani Sushi Bistro. Participating restaurants are offering a special three-course dinner promotion for a fixed price of $25 per person, plus tax and tip. Guests also have the option of adding a $5 ‘Extra Helping’ donation to their dining bill to support Operation Food Search. More details are available at claytonrestaurantweek.net.
Chef STEVE GONTRAM'S long-awaited burger restaurant, 5 Star Burgers, is now open for business at 8125 Maryland Ave. in Clayton. In addition to beefy burgers, the menu includes some veg-centric sandwiches like the Veggie Burger and The Portabella Stack, plus a bevy of shakes and floats. We've received some reports from the field that the Sweet Potato Fries with Salted Maple Cream are not to be missed.
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.
You can’t miss BlackFinn American Grille. It takes up most of the north end of the Galleria, the space that used to house a Mark Shale store. The restaurant, which opened earlier this year, is one of three BlackFinns across the country and currently the only Midwest location.
Who doesn’t love ice cream? With all of the flavors and textures available, there’s a variety of this frozen dairy goodness to please every palate. Here are some decadent delights available around town that make fine use of ice cream.
Signature Blondie: Blondie�s Coffee & Wine Bar Separately, brownies and ice cream are pretty great, but put them together and it�s the perfect dessert combination. Blondie�s takes the pairing into another realm altogether by taking a butterscotch and toffee blonde brownie and topping it with Serendipity vanilla ice cream and house-made caramel sauce.
Be it built on thick or thin crust, or topped with provel or mozzarella, St. Louis always has taken its pizza seriously. In recent years, the art of the pie has become elevated around town, with several high-quality pizzerias emerging on the culinary scene.
With sweet, enticing delights, The Caramel House has a story that continues to unfold. Its once-upon-a-time began in late 2010 when owner Janet Shulman needed a flexible career that would allow her to care for her children, as well as her parents, who were both diagnosed with cancer. “I wanted to balance my family life with work, and I thought, If I started a company, I could set my own schedule,” she recalls. But caramel wasn’t the first thing that popped into her mind. “I started a baking company using the kitchen at The Woman’s Exchange. The beauty of it was, with its retail shop, I could sell to the public and also sell wholesale to restaurants. It was a good fit because it lowered my risk with starting a new business.”
Lucas Park Grille was one of the cornerstones of the revitalization of downtown’s Washington Avenue when it opened back in 2004. Despite its prominence on the local dining scene, we’d never made it in. Recently, we decided to rectify this oversight and headed down for a bite.
Part of the Steven Becker Fine Dining family of establishments (which includes the Coronado Ballroom, Steven Becker Catering and Nadoz Euro Bakery & Cafe), Vino Nadoz is tucked into The Boulevard retail area in Richmond Heights. While the outside of the restaurant blends in with the other storefronts on the bustling promenade, the somewhat humble exterior belies a topnotch eating and drinking experience.
We’ve been eating our way around Maplewood as of late, and finally made our way recently to an old favorite, Acero. We’re happy to report the eatery was every bit as good as we remembered it.
Brothers Steve and Jamie Komorek opened Trattoria Marcella in 1995, and since then, the Italian eatery has won a slew of awards, as well as legions of local fans.
Vin de Set unveiled a new, more French-centric menu late last year, and we’ve been anxious to give it a go for a while. We finally made it over to the Choteau Avenue eatery recently, and came away impressed—and satisfied!