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St. Patrick’s Day at Krieger’s Hometown Sports Grill

St. Patrick’s Day at Krieger’s Hometown Sports Grill

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Krieger’s; for the Irish at Heart

BALLWIN, MO/February 21, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Once a year when March 17 rolls around the Irish and the Irish-at-heart celebrate around the globe in observation of St. Patrick’s Day.  It might have begun as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, but it has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with special foods, parades, dancing, and a whole lot of green.

This St. Pat’s Day, you don’t have to find that four-leaved clover to feel lucky!  All you need to do is come spend the day at Krieger’s Sports Grill in Ballwin.  You can still pinch your friends that aren’t wearing green without getting in trouble and hunt for leprechauns who will hopefully lead you to that elusive pot of gold, but you can do it all while enjoying fabulous food and great specials!

Enjoy an “ALL YOU CAN EAT” St. Patrick’s Day Buffet!  From 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Krieger’s is hosting a Breakfast Buffet you won’t want to miss.  It’s only $9.95.  Then at 11 a.m. delight in a Corned Beef & Cabbage Buffet for only $12.99.  You can’t get much luckier than that.

Also, take advantage of their other outstanding menu items, broad list of over 33 craft beers, high and lower end wine selections, and 44 flat-screen TV’s on which to watch all your favorite March Madness teams!  Enjoy regular Happy Hour Specials during all Tournament Games (in the bar area only.)  So come out, relax and mingle with friends and family at the sports bar that has your best interests at heart!

Happy Hours:

Mon –Thurs 11 am- 7 pm & 9 pm-midnight
Friday 11 am- 1 am
Saturday 11 am- 7 pm
Sunday 11 am- 11 pm

Regular Hours of Operation:

Monday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Sundays- 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Happy Hour all day)

Drink Specials:

$2 Domestic Bottles
$2.50 Domestic Drafts (23 oz.)
$3 Premium Pints
$2 Wells
$4 House Wines
Food Specials:
½ Off Appetizers (Excluding Combo)
$3 Chili Cheese Dogs
$3 Cheese Pizza (9 in)

Krieger’s Sports Grill

1356 Big Bend Road

Ballwin, MO 63021

Phone (636) 861-1618

 

Popular Watering Hole Going Strong – Missouri Bar and Grille

Missouri Bar and Grille, St. Louis, MO

Missouri Bar and Grille

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 21, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Missouri Bar and Grille – You might call it “home away from home.”  Missouri Bar & Grille, fondly referred to by regulars as “MoBar,” has been a pillar in St. Louis for over 50 years.  Because of its close proximity to the Post-Dispatch and other thriving businesses, it quickly became a popular watering hole for reporters, newsmen, movers and shakers, and local major sports players, as well as, your average working man.

Owner, Trifon Panopoulos, came over from Greece in 1966 with his parents and two brothers, Louis 10, and Jim 3.  Like many at that time, they were searching for a new life.  He eventually became the manager of a restaurant and years later in 1983, along with then partner, Chris Dubis, opened his own place, Missouri Bar and Grille.  He became sole owner a few years later and updated the name to “The NEW Missouri Bar & Grille”.

To the disappointment of many the pub closed down for a time after Trifon passed away in 2013, but thanks to Co-Owners/ Brothers, Louis and Jim Panopoulos, the popular haunt is back open for business and going strong.  The two made the decision to honor their brother and keep his legacy alive.  Now they are spending their days treating every person that walks through the door as though they were part of his family…just like Trifon did.

After more than a year-long closure, “MoBar” reopened for business with a revamped new look and a brand new concept.  The old familiar drinking hole now has a refined, modernized interior and some fun new menu items.  What used to be a cafeteria style restaurant is now a sports bar with delicious food.

Besides the updated kitchen and remodeled bar, the bar now has higher ceilings, new lighting and some enjoyable entertainment items like darts, a shuffleboard and a lively jukebox.  The popular core items loved by so many from the previous menu, including the Trashed Wings, Steak Sandwiches, Gyros and House-Made Toasted Ravioli are still being served.

However, they’ve got some great new additions like the crispy, customizable Thin-Crust Pizzas sold in two sizes, 12 and 16-inch options.  Each Pizza is offered in new combinations like the MoBar deluxe with sausage, pepperoni, bacon, onions, green peppers, mushrooms and black olives.

They also now serve a new item called “Jim’s Firehouse Burger”.  This yummy sandwich features charbroiled Angus beef with BBQ sauce, mild Cheddar, Apple wood bacon and a fried onion ring.  You can also expect to find tasty new appetizers, like Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Feta cheese served with Pita bread, and awesome Chili-Cheese Nachos.

The 3,500-square-feet of room accommodate 97 seats leaving plenty of room for all of the old time regulars and the new younger crowd they’re hoping to entice.  And what better way than by offering fun happy hours with great discounted food and drinks?  Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy specials on draft and canned beer, buckets, well drinks, wine, appetizers and pizza.  Pitcher specials are also available during all Cardinal and Blues games.

On Thursday nights between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. you can come in for a fun night of Trivia. So, whether you’re wanting a great meal, or are looking for a fun happy hour with good discounted food and drinks, Missouri Bar & Grille at 701 N. Tucker is where you might want to head.

Missouri Bar & Grille
701 N. Tucker
Phone: (314) 202-8791

Hours:

Sunday thru Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Thursday thru Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3:30 a.m.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Vincent Van Doughnuts

Vincent Van Doughnuts

Future New Concept for Vincent Van Doughnuts

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Vincent Van Doughnuts – The Grove is getting a little sweeter.  After launching as a popular food truck in 2013, and finishing a successful year in their first brick-and-mortar business in Clayton, Vincent Van Doughnut, is now open for business at their second location.  And, the new shop, located at 1072 Tower Grove Ave., is opening just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Their second handcrafted, specialty doughnut shop is close to the size of the Clayton location but will showcase a more exposed kitchen area.  In the future it could also have expanded hours to serve the neighborhood’s vibrant nightlife.  Owner, Vincent Brian Marsden, is pursuing a liquor license to offer late night party-goers somewhere to land for a sweet treat and an adult beverage.

He has been intrigued by the interesting new concept which has been tried successfully outside of Missouri.  Marsden says they’ve used liquor in their doughnuts before so that’s given him a good crowd to do testing on.  Eventually, that will require a late shift from 9 p.m. to midnight or so, with doughnuts and possibly beignets fried to order for necessary freshness.

Right now, the Grove shop will be serving the entire list of mouthwatering treats served at the Clayton shop like the Biscuit Kolaches in sausage gravy, as well as bacon, egg and cheese, Homemade Pop Tarts and the popular Crustless Quiches.  They will also be serving Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches and Affogato not yet offered at the Clayton shop, thanks to the company’s Pastry Chef, Candis Stiebel.

The new shop will be open in time for the morning rush, serving its regular delectably light, flaky donuts with the distinct square shape, including specialty flavors like the Dulce De Leche, the Grand Marnier, the Turtle, and the Maple Bacon, topped with brown sugar, cinnamon, and cayenne candied bacon.  They will also be serving pastries and delicious coffee to all those tired early morning risers.

Tasty breakfast treats will have to be enough to keep customers satisfied for now.  But never fear, Vincent Van Doughnut will have just what you need to fill your Valentine’s Day gifting needs.  And, for its special grand opening Valentine’s Day celebration, they will be giving.

Grove customers a free glazed doughnut with each purchase, while supplies last!

Vincent Van Doughnut

1072 Tower Grove Avenue

St. Louis, MO

Hours:
Tuesday through Friday from 6 a.m. until sold out
Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. until sold out

Love is in the Air on Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day

Fun Valentine’s Day Facts

February 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) What’s the most celebrated day of the year after Christmas?  You’ve got it, Valentine’s Day…the International Day of Love!  Also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, the annual holiday is celebrated on February 14 in many countries around the world.  Besides being an American phenomenon, it’s also observed in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Italy and Denmark.

St. Valentine’s Day began as a celebration and a form of worship for one or more early Christian Saints.  Its history –and the story of its patron Saint or Saints–is cloaked in mystery.  However, we know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we have come to know it, includes some remnants of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.

For many women it means a day when your spouse or significant other had better come up with something special for us, whether it be a gift or a romantic night out.  For many men it’s a time to panic and scramble to order last minute flowers, or if you’re creative, to buy a special gift or plan an exciting evening for your special someone.

Of all the holidays throughout the year, Valentine’s Day is probably the most unoriginal because the gifts people give to symbolize their affection are usually the predictable standard flowers and chocolate.  One thing it means for both sexes is time to hit the store shelves to buy that romantic or funny Valentine’s Day card.

Here are some fun facts that you may not know about Valentine’s Day:

  • In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
  • According to Hallmark, more than 163 million cards—not including packaged kids’ valentines—are exchanged each year making it the second-largest holiday for giving greeting cards.
  • The number of these candy hearts produced each year is approximately 8 billion.
  • According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, 35 percent of Americans will buy flowers for Valentine’s Day 2017, spending a total of $2 billion.
  • Valentine’s Day is the big time of year for red roses. Mother’s Day sees more pastel-colored roses sold.
  • Fifteen percent of American women will send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
  • The State of California produces 60% of American roses, but most roses sold on Valentine’s Day in the U.S. are imported from South America.
  • Men purchase about 75 percent of all the roses sold in the U.S. at this time every year.
  • According to Her.com, 15 percent of the women polled ranked “Cheap Flowers” as the #2 most disappointing Valentine’s Day gift, after “Cheap Underwear.”
  • According to The National Confectioners Association, as many as 40 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold each year.
  • On average, men spend double the amount of money on Valentine`s Day gifts than women spend.
  • According to AOL.com, the No. favorite Valentine’s Day gift is candy, chocolate in particular. 
  • Estimates from the National Retail Federation suggest that consumers who buy Valentine’s Day presents will spend nearly $137 on average in 2017 for flowers, clothes, jewelry, candy and other gifts, down from a record high last year of about $147.

Make It a Sinfully Delicious Valentine’s Day – Jilly’s Cupcakes

Jilly's Cupcakes, St. Louis, MO

Be Decadent with Jilly’s Cupcakes

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Jilly’s Cupcakes – Each year around Valentine’s Day, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “Valentine.”  It’s actually one of the most unoriginal holidays throughout the year.  And by that, I’m talking about the predictable gifts people give as a symbol of their affection.

So, if you’re seriously looking to impress and earn some serious Brownie points, here’s a great suggestion.

Give the gift of Jilly’s Gourmet Cupcakes during this month especially set aside for “love.”  Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Café is a 2 time winner and 3 time contestant on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, a winner of the American Culinary Federation Award of Excellence for 2014, and named by USA Today as one of the top 10 places to get a gourmet cupcake in the nation.

Each February Cupcake has its own special way of conveying affection, devotion, and passion and, yes, love.  The Coffee Toffee Gooey Butter expresses “have a weakness for”, Champagne and Roses- “to be devoted to”, Chocolate Covered Strawberry- “be in love with”, Brownie Love- “have a thing about”, Island Passion- “find irresistible”, and Grand Marnier Crème Brulee- “to hold dear”.

February Cupcakes of the Month:

Coffee Toffee Gooey Butter– Coffee Toffee Gooey Butter Cake topped with Espresso Buttercream & Dulce de Leche Caramel Swirl & Toffee Bits

Champagne and Roses– Vanilla Cake stuffed with Champagne Chocolate Ganache topped with White Chocolate Buttercream Rose

Chocolate Covered Strawberry– Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Mousse topped with Chocolate & Strawberry Buttercreams with Chocolate Curls & Fresh Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Brownie Love– Chocolate Cake stuffed with Chocolate Mousse & Chocolate Chips topped with Chocolate Fudge Icing Edged with Oreo Crumbs, Marshmallow Buttercream, Ganache Swirl & Chocolate Dipped Brownie

Island Passion– Coconut Cake stuffed with Brown Sugar Roasted Pineapple topped with Passion Fruit Cream Cheese Frosting with Coconut Shreds & White Chocolate Sunburst

Grand Marnier Crème Brulee– Almond Orange Cake stuffed with Grand Marnier Crème Brulee and topped with Vanilla Bean & Orange Buttercreams with a Caramelized Sugar Crunch & Candied Orange

Whether you’re looking for a “Specialty Holiday” cupcake, one of their famous “Everyday Delights” cupcakes, or a fanciful and inspired “Monthly Cupcake”- you won’t be disappointed!

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café

8509 Delmar Boulevard

St. Louis, MO 63124

Phone: (314) 993-JILLY (5455)

Hours: Mon-Sat: Cupcakes 9 a.m. – 6-ish p.m. (while the cupcakes last)
Sunday: Cupcakes 9 a.m. – 4-ish p.m. (while the cupcakes last)
Lunch- Mon.-Sun. 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Make Valentine’s Day Special with Gus’ Heart Shaped Pretzels – Gus’s Pretzels

Gus' Pretzels, St. Louis, MO

Twisting History with Gus’ Pretzels

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Gus’ Pretzels – When most people think of the Benton Park neighborhood on St. Louis’s south side, they immediately think of the world-famous Anheuser-Busch Brewery nearby.  They should also be thinking about the area’s third generation family business, Gus’ Pretzels.

Pretzels are symbolic of the German American culture which has been so prominent in St Louis since the 1900’s.  A riveter by trade, Frank Ramsperger, began baking pretzels in his basement at 1820 Arsenal Street in 1920.  He sold them in school yards as a means to support his family.  In 1952, his son-in-law Gus Sr. purchased the bakery officially naming it Gus’ Pretzel Shop.

Gus Sr. and his family have been selling the pretzels ever since using the same recipe and same method of making the pretzels, including twisting each one by hand.  They’re made in an open kitchen so that visitors can watch the entire pretzel production process through the viewing area at different times throughout the day.

In 1980, Gus Jr. purchased the business from his father and since that time Gus’ Pretzel Shop has become a favorite St. Louis destination for both locals and visitors.  Gus Jr., along with his brother, David, has worked to expand the business from the small row house to the prosperous retail facility that it is today.

Third-generation pretzel twisters, Gus Jr. and David, are now grooming the fourth-generation, Gus III, to carry on the family tradition.  He came on board in 2008 and began providing new ideas. Gus Jr., David, and Gus III work with their team of bakers six days a week to provide St. Louis with these remarkable fresh pretzels.

Over the years, their shop and its items have evolved.  They still make their standard traditional German twisted pretzel, but the pretzel stick has become the preference of many of their customers.  They also offer pretzel sandwiches, party pretzels, and specialty dips and mustard’s.  They even offer Twisted Tuesday and Wurst Wednesday specials.

The shop, also now sells custom ordered chocolate covered hard pretzel rods and twists.  These are particularly popular for birthday parties, weddings or shower favors, holiday treats, school spirit celebrations and both, thank you and get well gifts.  The letters and numbers for their birthday and anniversary pretzels come in three sizes: 5, 15 and 18 inches.  The party pretzel twists come in two sizes: 12 and 18 inches.  And, if you don’t see the shape you want, then let them know and they’ll try to create it.

This Valentine’s Day holiday is a perfect time to give some chocolate covered hard pretzel rods and heart shaped twists as a delectable gift to show your affection for that special someone.  It’s also a great time to serve them at a Valentine’s holiday party.

Gus’ Valentine Special
Order 30 or more 5 inch pretzel hearts for only $1.00 each (regularly $1.25 each)
Offer valid February 9 – 14 only
Must be ordered in advance

Gus’ Pretzels

1820 Arsenal Street #5

St. Louis, MO 63118

Phone: (314) 664-4010

Nine Years of Beer & Counting – Centennial Beer Festival

Centennial Beer Festival

2017 Centennial Beer Festival

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Centennial Beer Festival – Nine years ago the Centennial Beer Festival was born and all these years later, it is still going stronger than ever.  It has grown into one of the most all-encompassing and largest indoor beer festival in St. Louis.

The festival is held at the old Malt House Cellar in the Lafayette Square neighborhood.  The restored malt house was built in 1876 for the Schnaider Brewery and is comprised of multiple historical rooms to explore while you taste more than 200 beers.  The historic building serves as the unofficial kick-off to the Beer Festival Season in St. Louis and adds much to the overall experience.

There’s no better way to celebrate all that is grand about beer, beer making, beer tasting and the history of beer than during this Centennial celebration.  It’s a meeting of the minds for beer enthusiasts.  Breweries, distributors, beer makers and beer historians will all be on hand to share their craft with festival goers.

Breweries’ play a major role in our neighborhoods and are a big part of the overall community.  They serve as a social and economic center and can become a pillar, and in some cases, the face of a community.  Two great examples are the identity of AB in St. Louis and the upstart Modern Brewery drawing beer aficionados into a neighborhood for the 1st time.

This year there will be 35 local and regional breweries, plus an additional 45 craft and international breweries.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to experience great food and drink, but more importantly, a chance to check out tasting rooms and meet the owners and brewers behind the bar.  Each one has a unique story about the beers, the steps to opening a brewery and why they are so passionate about their craft.

The 7th Annual Brewmaster’s Dinner on Thursday night featuring Civil Life founder, Jake Hafner, Brewmaster Dylan Mosley & Executive Chef of Moulin Events, Ryan Luke has sold out.  But there’s plenty to keep everybody busy.  On Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night there will be a tasting that includes all the local & regional breweries plus the best domestic and international brewers.

Can you think of another place where you can try more than 200 beers with unlimited samples?  The Home Brewer’s competition is on Friday night and as part of your ticket you can vote for your favorite beer.  The winner will brew a commercial batch and feature their beer at 21st Street Brewer’s bar.

There’s a VIP upgrade available for Saturday afternoon and evening and features rare, vintage and cellared beer and light snacks in the Malt House Cellar.  Every guest will receive a souvenir tasting glass and each session features live entertainment.

For more information about purchasing tickets go to http://centennialbeerfestival.com.

Local participating brewers this year:

  • 2010  Anheuser Busch
  • 2011 Schlafly
  • 2012 Urban Chestnut
  • 2013 Six Row
  • 2014 4 Hands
  • 2015 2nd Shift
  • and in 2016 Civil Life

The 2017 Beer List!

Domestic/Imported

10 Barrel – 1st Floor

Against the Grain – 1st Floor

Anchor Steam – 1st Floor

Ballast Point – 1st Floor

Belhaven – 1st Floor

Bells – 1st Floor

Blackberry Farm – 1st Floor

Blue Blood – 1st Floor

Blue Point – 1st Floor

Breckenridge – 1st Floor

Burnt City – 1st Floor

Church Street – 1st Floor

Crabbies – 1st Floor

Deschutes – 1st Floor

Elysian – 1st Floor

Evil Twin – 1st Floor

Firestone – 1st Floor

Founders – 1st Floor

Free State – 1st Floor

Golden Road – 1st Floor

Goodwood – 1st Floor

Great River – 1st Floor

Guinness – 1st Floor

Hoegarden – 1st Floor

Hofbrau – 1st Floor

Kona – 1st Floor

Kraftig – 1st Floor

Kronenbourg – 1st Floor

Lagunitas – 1st Floor

Latitude 42 – 1st Floor

Leffe – 1st Floor

Left Hand – 1st Floor

Lost Coast – 1st Floor

Merchant du Vin Imports – 1st Floor

New Belgium – 1st Floor

New Holland – 1st Floor

North Coast – 1st Floor

Odell – 1st Floor

Omission – 1st Floor

Omnipollo – 1st Floor

Orkney – 1st Floor

Oskar blues – 1st Floor

Rogue – 1st Floor

Sam Adams – 1st Floor

Saugatuck – 1st Floor

Schmaltz – 1st Floor

Seattle Cider – 1st Floor

Shocktop – 1st Floor

Sierra Nevada – 1st Floor

St. Killians – 1st Floor

Stella – 1st Floor

Stillwater – 1st Floor

Stone – 1st Floor

Uinta – 1st Floor

Wells – 1st Floor

Youngs – 1st Floor

Local/Regional

2nd Shift – 2nd Floor Saturday Only

4 Hands – 2nd Floor

4204 Main Street – 2nd Floor

AB-Research Pilot Brewery – 2nd Floor

Augusta – 2nd Floor

Bastard Brothers – 2nd Floor

Big Muddy – 2nd Floor

Boulevard – 2nd Floor

Broadway – 2nd Floor

Bur Oak – 2nd Floor

Cathedral – 2nd Floor

Civil Life – 2nd Floor

Crane – 2nd Floor

Crown Valley – 2nd Floor

Design to Brew – 2nd Floor

Destihl – 2nd Floor

Earthbound – 2nd Floor

Excel – 2nd Floor

Ferguson – 2nd Floor

Goose Island – 2nd Floor

Griesedieck Brewing – 2nd Floor

Kirkwood Station – 2nd Floor

Leaky Roof – 2nd Floor

Lionstone – 2nd Floor

Logboat – 2nd Floor

Main & Mill – 2nd Floor

Modern – 2nd Floor

Old Bakery – 2nd Floor

Peel – 2nd Floor

Perennial – 2nd Floor

Public House – 2nd Floor

Riperian – 2nd Floor

Rock Bridge – 2nd Floor

Schlafly – 2nd Floor

Six Mile – 2nd Floor

Square One – 2nd Floor

St. Nicholas – 2nd Floor Saturday Only

Steampunk Brew Works – 2nd Floor

Tallgrass – 2nd Floor

Urban Chestnut – 2nd Floor

Wild Onion – 2nd Floor

VIP-Saturday

4 Hands – VIP

Anima – VIP

Ballast Point – VIP

Boulevard – VIP

Deschutes – VIP

Excel – VIP

Firestone – VIP

Founders – VIP

Goose Island – VIP

Lagunitas – VIP

Left Hand – VIP

Merchant du Vin Imports – VIP

Moonlight – VIP

New Belgium – VIP

Perennial – VIP

Rogue – VIP

Sam Adams – VIP

Schlafly – VIP

Schmaltz – VIP

Schwerpunkt – VIP

Stone – VIP

Redstone – VIP

Toolbox – VIP

Une Anee – VIP

Spectacular Four Course Meals at Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in the Sweetest Way – Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe – After Christmas, Valentine’s Day, is the most celebrated day of the year in the U.S.  Diners start making their romantic and fun holiday reservations for the weekend before, and continue all the way through February 14.  The last thing you want to do is get stuck with dull, last-minute plans.

So, whether you’re single, part of a couple, or somewhere in between, you want to ensure your Valentine’s holiday is sweet and delicious!  If you’re looking for a prix fixe menu, one-of-a-kind specials, or mouth-watering desserts, Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Café is just what you’re love life is looking for.

Join us for a very special night out on Sunday, February 12.  Jilly’s is treating its customers to fabulous four course meals including appetizers, salad, entrée, and a dessert trio.  Reservations are available from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The cost is $24.99 per person.  Just be sure you call 314-993-5455 for reservations, and don’t wait because we’re filling up soon!!

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu:

Featuring an assortment of complimentary appetizer…

Jilly’s Chopped Salad
With Red Wine Vinaigrette or
Creamy Roast Garlic Dressing

Pick your favorite entrée
Served with Homemade Mashed Potatoes or Rice

Rosemary & Garlic NY Sirloin Roast
With Silken Béarnaise Sauce
and Smoked Mushrooms

Grilled Fennel & Peppercorn
Salmon Fillet
With Fennel Leek Fondue
and Champagne Citrus Sauce

Crisp Roast Chicken
With Red Wine, Bacon and
Rosemary and Crispy Onions

Grilled Vegetable Napoleon
With Herbed Ricotta and
Roasted Pepper Coulis

Served with your choice of a decadent dessert trio for two…

Chocolate Trio
Carmelita Cupcake, Jilly Mocha
Almond Fudge Ice Cream, Molten Milk
Chocolate Grand Marnier Fritter

Fruit Trio
Razzmatazz Cupcake, Bee Sting
Ice Cream, Warm Strawberry
Cheesecake Turnover

Island Trio
Island in the Sun Cupcake, Blackberry
Passion fruit Sorbet, Coconut Flan

Brownie Baked Alaska
Chocolate, Strawberry & Vanilla
Bean Ice Creams covered in
Toasted Marshmallow Meringue

Caramelized Banana Shortcake
Brown Sugar Cake, Roasted Banana Ice Cream,
Bananas Foster Sauce and Fresh Whipped Cream

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café

8509 Delmar Boulevard

St. Louis, MO 63124

Phone: (314) 993-JILLY (5455)

Hours: Mon-Sat: Cupcakes 9 a.m. – 6-ish p.m. (while the cupcakes last)
Sunday: Cupcakes 9 a.m. – 4-ish p.m. (while the cupcakes last)
Lunch Mon.-Sun.:10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Local Deli Makes Top 100 Places to Eat List for 2017 – Blues City Deli

Blues City Deli, St. Louis, MO

Singin’ the Praises of Blues City Deli

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Blues City Deli – Online reviews have given small businesses that offer terrific value and service the opportunity to compete with larger restaurants and national chains that enjoy much larger advertising budgets.  Thanks to Yelp, businesses can have a free platform on which they can market their offerings and collect feedback from their customers.

Most realize that customer feedback is everything. A recent Small Business Pulse survey shows that 96% of U.S. businesses say they collect customer feedback, and 82% of restaurants report using online review sites like Yelp to collect it.  That’s higher than any other business category.

So, it’s no surprise that Blues City Deli is elated to have made Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat List for 2017.  This is the 4th annual year for the list honoring eateries from across the US, nearly all of which have a perfect 5-star rating.  Blues City Deli came in at No. 28 on the list and was also included on Yelp’s list in 2016.

What’s really interesting is that most of the businesses on the list are unpretentious eateries that offer their diners a no-frills type experience.  Nearly three-fourths of the top 100 are fast casual businesses or food trucks where you can enjoy a meal for $10 or under proving that a restaurant doesn’t have to be fancy or famous to get 5 star ratings.

What are customers saying about this landmark deli in the Benton Park area?  They’re saying that owner, Vince Valenza, knows what he’s doing.  From the brick walls completely covered with primitive paintings of blues legends, the posters advertising long ago jazz concerts to the Delta’s music memorabilia… the place oozes with character.

The atmosphere is happy, loud, casual, and the small tables force diners to make new friends.  There is live music almost every Thursday and Saturday, and the menu is a tribute to many of the blues music cities on the “Blues Highway.”
Here’s just a few of Blues City Deli’s most popular sandwiches:

The Valenza Special Muffuletta- lots of genoa salami, ham, Moraxella, provolone and mozzarella cheese and our home made olive salad on Italian bread.

The 7th Street Sicilian’ Po-boy- genoa salami, cappicola, pepperoni, and provel with lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion served on seeded baguette

The Benton Park’ Po-boy- smoked ham, top round roast beef, oven roasted turkey, provel cheese with lettuce

The Italian Salsiccia Po-boy- a 1/3 Italian sausage served with marinara, roasted peppers, onions and provel cheese.

The Veno-hot roast beef dipped in Aujus served with bacon, provel cheese and dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion
The “Daddy-o Combo-o”-a mound of our hot Italian beef with a 1/3 lbs. Italian sausage and provolone cheese with a choice of hot giardiniera peppers.

The Prez Reuben-filled with New York style Pastrami and Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing

Don’t be surprised to find there’s a sandwich at this deli for everyone.  Besides all types of deli meats, they offer smoked meat, baked meat, and cooked meat, vegetarian and custom sandwiches.  Whether you eat in or get your sandwich to go, just expect it to be wrapped in white butcher paper and stuffed in a plastic bag.  And don’t be intimidated by that long line because it moves very quickly and will be well worth your wait.

Blues City Deli

2438 McNair

St. Louis, MO 63104

Phone: (314) 773-8225

Hours: Mon-Thu 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Dessert First: A Girl Scout cookie culinary competition

Girl Scout cookie

Taking famous cookies to all new heights – Girl Scout cookie

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 7, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) On Thursday, February 23, the Girl Scouts will once again celebrate their sweetest event ever, Dessert First.  The Cookie Culinary Competition started back in 2012 as a way to come together to honor the extraordinary achievements of Girl Scout Gold Awardees and local people and companies who support the Girl Scout organization.

It also honors the leadership and service of two outstanding Girl Scouts with scholarships of $5,000 to be used for higher education, and celebrates the culinary creativity of St. Louis’ top chefs.  Each is given the task of taking Girl Scout Cookies and transforming them into scrumptious imaginative desserts.

With the help of a few special judges, during a cocktail hour, the attendees will vote for their favorite creations.  This year just happens to mark the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies and for this special anniversary a new heavenly variation will be introduced.

If you love dessert, you’ll love this event.  The sugary affair will take place in the Khorassan Ballroom at the Chase Park Plaza.  This year is particularly significant, as it marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies and will feature the introduction of a new mouthwatering variety.

Dessert First

Thursday, Feb. 23, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Chase Park Plaza, Khorassan Ballroom, 212 Kingshighway Blvd. Tickets: $150
For More Info: girlscoutsem.org/dessertfirst

This year’s participating restaurants include:

  • Baileys’ Chocolate Bar
  • 23 City Blocks Catering
  • The Chase Park Plaza
  • Cielo at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
  • Companion
  • EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery
  • Edibles & Essentials
  • Kakao Chocolate
  • Niche Food Group
  • Clementine’s Creamery
  • Element
  • Piccione Pastry
  • Sardella
  • Southern
  • Strange Donuts
  • Vincent Van Doughnut