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The Best Irish Pubs in Saint Louis

Best Irish Pubs in Saint Louis

The Top 10 Spots for Pint with Friends – Best Irish Pubs in Saint Louis

ST LOUIS, MO/January 18, 2016 (STL Restaurant.News) Best Irish Pubs in Saint Louis – An Irish pub is a special place.  It’s part bar, part restaurant, part gathering place.  The really good ones have a mix of old world ambiance, great pub, comfort food, and of course, Guinness.  They’re the kind of places you drop into a couple of times a week for a meal, or a pint with friends—the kind of place where you can have a conversations without shouting.  There might be some traditional Irish music to get your foot tapping, but not the cacophony of blaring electronic noise that permeates so many establishments.  And there may be a television over the bar tuned to the local rugby match or “football” game, but not the banks of flat screens found at your local sports bar.

With the much publicized closing of the Dandy Inn in Fairview Heights, an Irish pub that was a local favorite, we wondered where else folks could go for a pint or shot of Jameson with friends.  We check our customer reviews and found that there are a lot of good Irish pubs in St. Louis.  What we found was that nearly every corner of the metro area has good Irish pub, but for the best head north.

Topping our list was Morrison’s Irish Pub at 200 State Street in Alton.  This family-owned bar and restaurant has been serving authentic Irish spirits and a unique menu of Irish-American Cuisine in a classic pub setting since opening in July 2015.  The brick and wood décor, historic building, and neighborhood surrounding their pub only add to the ambiance.  The 12 taps at Morrison’s offer a nice selection of local and imported beers, ales, and stouts.  You’ll find the locally produced Morrison’s Irish Red Ale from Templar Brewing in Alton, Old Bakery Beer Company’s Citrus Wheat Beer, and the Moody Cow milk stout from Peoria Brewery, among the domestics.  The import taps include Murphy’s Irish Stout, Harp Irish Lager, Magner’s Irish Cider, and of course, Guinness.  There’s also a good selection of bottled craft beers, authentic Irish whiskeys, and a creative cocktail menu.  All of the spirits at Morrison’s are mid-grade and high-end liquors; no rail drinks.

The menu at Morrison’s is a simple and rich collection of traditional Irish dishes like Irish stew, Bubble & Squeak, Boxty, Bangers and Mash, and Colcannon.  You will find burgers on the menu, both beef and lamb, but you won’t find wings or toasted ravioli.  Morrison’s uses authentic ingredients like Kerrygold Irish butter, imported bangers (sausages), Irish bacon, and Guinness crisps (chips). Morrison’s also patronizes local Alton businesses like LuciAnna’s Pastries (which makes their authentic soda bread) and Duke’s Bakery.

Weekends at Morrison’s brings authentic Irish music, including Thursday night’s Sea Shanties sing-along.  The authentic food and drink combine with the classic public house feel at Morrison’s, making it easy to see why this relatively new establishment topped our list of the best Irish pubs in the St. Louis area.  If you can’t get to Alton, but still crave that authentic Irish pub experience, then check out the rest of our Top 10 list to find the best pubs near you:

1. Morrison’s Irish Pub (4.5 stars/56 reviews) Alton, 200 State Street, Alton, IL 62002, (618) 433-8900.
2. John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub (4.2 stars/546 reviews), Soulard, 1200 Russell Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 776-8309.
3. Dressel’s Public House (4.2 stars/459 reviews), Central West End, 419 North Euclid Ave, Saint Louis, MO
4. Seamus McDaniel’s (4.2 stars/342 reviews) Dogtown, 1208 Tamm Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 645-6337.
5. O’Dell’s Irish Pub & Ale House (4.1 stars/128 reviews) Eureka, 141 South Central Ave, Eureka, MO 63025, (636) 587-2552.
6. Tigin Irish Pub & Restaurant (4.0 stars/535 reviews) Downtown, 333 Washington Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 241-8666.
7. The Pat Connolly Tavern (4.0 stars/90 reviews) Dogtown, 6400 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 647-7287.
8. Molly Darcy’s (4.0 stars/60 reviews) Clayton, 26 North Meramec Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63105, (314) 863-8400.
9. Riley’s Pub (4.0 stars/52 reviews) Tower Grove East, 3458 Arsenal Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 664-7474.
10. O’Shay’s Pub (3.9 stars/74 reviews) Forest Park Southeast, 4353 Manchester Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 932-5232.

St. Louis has a wealth of Irish pubs and restaurants.  This is a city that turns green on March 17th every year.  Some of St. Louis’ longtime favorite Irish pubs didn’t quite make the top 10, but they’ve been local favorites for decades—exactly the quality that makes an Irish pub great.  So Honorable Mentions go to these traditional Irish haunts:

Maggie O’Brien’s, Downtown, 2000 Market Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 421-1388.
O’Connell’s Pub, The Garden District, 4652 Shaw Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 773-6600
Nick’s Pub, Dogtown, 6001 Manchester Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 781-7806.

All ratings are based on customer reviews across multiple platforms.  In order to make the Top 10, restaurants had to have received at least 50 reviews.

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Boundary Restaurant at the Cheshire welcomes top regional chefs

Boundary Restaurant

Boundary Restaurant at the Cheshire welcomes top regional chefs to create a fantastic dining experience during “Chef’s Night Off” event

ST. LOUIS, MO/January 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Boundary Restaurant – A fun and delectable culinary experience awaits food lovers on Monday evening, January 16 during the special Chef’s Night Off: Cross Pollination II dining event at Boundary at The Cheshire.  Boundary is located at 7036 Clayton Avenue in The Cheshire complex.  The dinner is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

That night, Boundary Executive Chef Rex Hale will collaborate with top Midwest chefs to create a five course, locally sourced dinner.  Participating top chefs include well-known St. Louis-area chefs including Rickey Whalen of Reed’s American Table, Booker Riley of Sardella and Joshua Poletti of Basso.  They will be joined by Chef Esteban Rosas of the highly regarded Rook restaurant from Indianapolis.

Chefs’ Night Off is an ongoing series of “pirate” dinners, curated by founder R.J. Wall from Indianapolis, where dinners are conceptualized and executed by cooks and bartenders from the most respected restaurants around the Midwest.

The goal of Chefs’ Night Out is to get cooks working with other cooks, exchanging ideas, having fun, and showcasing the developing talents of chefs from other Midwest cities.  The series facilitates a creative think tank for up-and-coming culinary and bar talent.

Guests dine together at communal tables and the chefs interact with them to create a dining experience unlike any other.

Tickets for this event are limited and are $70, not including tax and gratuity. Premium bar will be available for purchase.

To purchase tickets, visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cno-x-boundary-present-cross-pollination-ii-tickets-29785555398

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Dine Out for the Darryl Russell family at Candicci’s Restaurant

Dine Out for Darryl Russell family scheduled for Monday, January 16, 2017 at Candicci’s Restaurant

BALLWIN, MO/January 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) We published an article about the Darryl Russell family losing everything to fire on Wednesday, January 5, 2017 titled “Hillsdale house fire, cook at Candicci’s Restaurant suffers critical loss“.

Darryl Russell has worked for Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar for 36 years.  Employer, Bob Candice, has created a GoFundMe page to help the family rebuild their lives.  Additionally, Candice has announced a Dine Out for Darryl scheduled for Monday, January 16th, 2017.  Candicci’s will be giving 50% of all sales to the family to help them get back on their feet.

Darryl Russell - house fire

Darryl Russell – Dine Out for Darryl Russell

The fire broke out on January 04, 2017 at approximately 9:30 pm after bringing their new grandson home from the hospital.  Darryl was down stairs while his family was on the second floor.  He rushed upstairs to help them out of the house, but the fire had consumed the down stairs making it impossible to leave through the first floor.

A grandparents worse nightmare was facing Darryl.  He had to open a window and drop his family to safety.  The first person he dropped out of the second floor window was his new grandson.  He dropped him into the arms of a trusted neighbor.  After the grandson, Darryl dropped the remaining family members to safety before removing himself.

Just a few hours earlier they brought the new grandson home from the hospital only to rush him back to the hospital in an ambulance for smoke inhalation.

The entire family was rushed as well, all being confined for two days.  In only a few hours this new child was born to the world, released to home, met by fire, dropped out the second floor window and returned to the hospital for smoke inhalation.  What a way to enter the new world!

The community has responded as they always do with love and generosity.  The family has been blessed with the generosity of the community donating cloths, household items and more.  The GoFundMe page has raised approximately $4,000, but more needs to be done according to Candice.  “Keep in mind that they have lost everything”, says Candice.

“If you can’t visit the restaurant please visit the GoFundMe page and help this family get back on their feet”, says Candice. ” Nobody should have to suffer like this, especially this time of year.  It’s cold out, we just wrapped up a giving holiday and they have a new born grandson”, says Candice.

Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Email: candiccis@gmail.com

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St. Louis Post Dispatch Article

Fox2Now Article

Fox2Now Article – 2nd article, interview with Candice

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Panera Bread menu is free of preservatives, artificial flavors and colors

Panera Bread

Panera Bread menu is 100% clean of all unnatural ingredients

ST. LOUIS, MO/January 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Today, Panera Bread announced that 100% of its U.S. food menu items are free from all artificial flavors and colors, preservatives and sweeteners.  Additional additives removed specifically include FD&C colors, sodium benzoate, sodium nitrate and sodium phosphate.

Panera proclaims to be the first national restaurant company to implement such standards.  Achieving such standards while not sacrificing taste couldn’t have been an easy job.  Panera has been dedicated for decades to offering better food and make a difference in the lives of their customers.

Steps taken to make such a change:

  • They reviewed more than 450 ingredients digging deep into the supply chain to assure that all artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners and colors from artificial sources are removed.
  • Reformulated approximately 120 ingredients, which resulted in changes to the majority of Panera’s bakery-cafe recipes.
  • Formulated more than 300 food vendors onto innovate solutions, ranging from ingredient replacements to reviewing how foods are prepared.

Additionally, October 2016 Panera announced that they had begun food delivery service and plan to increase the number of cafe’s offering food delivery through 2017.  At the end of September quarter 2016, Panera’s 2,024 cafe chains had delivery services.  Sometime later this year they plan on 35-40% or an estimated 780 cafes will be offering food delivery service.

Panera Bread Co (Ticker: PNRA) is a St. Louis based public company that closed today’s’ trading session at $213.34, down .48 from the previous trading session.

Panera believes that food that was good and that you could feel good about, served in a warm and welcoming environment by people who cared, could bring out the best in all of us.

Their commitment is to bake fresh bread daily.  Each night all unsold bread and baked goods are shared with neighbors in need.

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Lunch in 15 minutes or it’s free at Krieger’s Hometown Sports Bar

Lunch in 15 minutes @ Krieger's Hometown Sports Bar, Ballwin, MO

Lunch in 15 minutes or it’s FREE at Krieger’s Hometown Sports Bar

BALLWIN, MO/January 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Lunch in 15 minutes – Is your schedule so tight that you are forced to rely on drive-thru food?  Krieger’s Hometown Sports Bar in Ballwin has announced that they have created a new lunch menu that guarantees 15 minute service or it’s FREE.  They call it the “Lunchtime Challenge”!

The special Lunchtime Challenge menu is available from 11 am to 4 pm offering choices ranging from Soup & Salad Combo’s to great sandwiches with approximately 15 items to choose from.

Krieger’s recently announced the launch of their new mobile app for online ordering, which includes a Loyalty Program for those that frequent the establishment.  Download Krieger’s app and get a free gift.

New owner, Dave McDonald, has made many changes since taking over the establishment a little more than one year ago.  New menu, new atmosphere, more than 40 big screen televisions, 34 craft beers on tap, new website with a blog for announcing events and specials, online ordering, mobile app and now Lunchtime Challenge are some of the changes that you can expect to see.

34 craft beers on tap makes Krieger’s a serious eating and drinking establishment with the largest craft beer on tap selection in West St. Louis County.  One of our favorite food items is Krieger’s homemade, hand breaded, Toasted Ravioli.  We think it is some of the best in the city.

Krieger’s is known for their active event menu as well, offering fights, games, parties and more.  Dave is doing more than re-creating a restaurant, but an event destination as well.  McDonald invites everybody to visit the new Krieger’s Hometown Sports Bar.  They are conveniently located off of 141 and Big Bend Road making it easy for visitors from all around to visit.

Contact information:

Krieger’s Hometown Sports Bar

1356 Big Bend Road

Ballwin, MO 63021

Phone: (636) 861-1618

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Ellisville to get their first microbrewery

Greer Brewery is coming to Ellisville, MO making it the towns first microbrewery

ELLISVILLE, MO/January 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) March 17, 2016, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that Ellisville, MO had approved a license for the town’s first micro-brewery, despite opposition from neighbors.  Still to date, there is no brewery.  However, it does appear that progress is being made.

The West Newsmagazine recently quoted Bill Schwer, the city manager, to say that “they’re renovating the inside and that’s a little bit of a slower process. They don’t have tentative opening date, but it’s another place that’s a little unique that is coming to our area.”

While the city is excited about a new business at this address many are concerned about the traffic and with good reason.  In addition to the new microbrewery there is a new QT and Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen both opening just east approximately ½ mile and a new Arby’s approximately 1 mile east.

According to public records the owner of the microbrewery is Chris Greer.  It has been reported that Greer plans to produce 750 barrels each year.  They have 45 parking spots and capacity for 120 guests.  There will be a tasting room, however, they will not have outdoor seating, TV’s or entertainment.

While it is taking longer than was expected it appears that some progress has begun.  We have stopped by to visit with somebody about a tentative opening date, but haven’t been successful in reaching anybody for comment.  Additionally, we were not successful locating a website or Facebook page in search for more information.

While the traffic is a concern to some, Ellisville appears to be the hot spot for restaurants with Arby’s, Chick-Fil-A, Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, QT and now a brewery opening all without about a two mile radius.

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Tomorrow: At Rock and Brews with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley

Rock and Brews Grand Opening Tomorrow, January 11th featuring Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley

CHESTERFIELD, MO/January 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Tomorrow is the scheduled Grand Opening for Rock and Brews featuring rock n roll stars, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.  We are scheduled to interview them at 9:15 am.  We will post our article as-soon-as-possible after the interview, hopefully with video.

Rock and Brews, Chesterfield, MO

Rock and Brews, Chesterfield, MO

Rock and Brews is described by the company as “energized dining and entertainment concept offering affordable, high quality American comfort food and a broad selection of international and craft brews, while immersing guests in a family-friendly rock ‘n’ roll experience unlike any other. Where the unifying force of rock ‘n’ roll meets the burgeoning craft beer culture, Rock & Brews is born”.

We have ate at Rock and Brews on several occasions and the food is exceptional, unlike some of the other theme restaurants concepts of the past.  It appears to us that they are taking some serious ownership in this concept as illustrated by visiting the company’s website.  They are actively promoting the restaurant and they certainly appear to know what is going on.

According to their website tickets are necessary for tomorrows event.  Visit their website event page specific to this event for more details

Kara Savio, our lead journalist will be conducting the interview.  Stay tuned for some great entertainment!  We wrote several articles prior to their opening and will continue to follow them.  Great concept that consumers are loving.  Great beer, great food at a reasonable price while surrounding visitors with something they all appear to love; music.

Chesterfield, MO location:

Rock and Brews

17258 Chesterfield Airport Road

Chesterfield, MO 63017

Phone: (636) 536-2739

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Picture courtesy of Paul Stanley

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Video courtesy of Rock and Brews

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Update – Russell family that lost everything in house fire

Darryl Russell - house fire

Update about the Russell family loosing everything in house fire

HILLSDALE, MO/January 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Last week the Darryl Russell family brought their daughter and new grandson home from the hospital thinking life was good.  Holidays were great, new grand child, everybody safe and happy.

However, while thinking that, only a few minutes later Russell looks up to see a fire covering the downstairs while the family was upstairs.  Thinking of the others, he rushed upstairs to wake everybody up and get them out, but the staircase became covered in flames before he could get them out.

The first person to be removed had to be the newborn grandson.  Any adults worse thoughts and fears were facing Russell.  The only way out was out a window on the second floor.  Russell dropped the new 2 day old grandson out the window into the trusted arms of a neighbor.  After the grandson, Russell had to remove the rest of the family, 9 in total before removing himself.

While it was a terrible experience, the outcome that could have been even more tragic.  Everybody was removed safely with only a few bruises and smoke inhalation.  All spent a couple of days in the hospital and have been released.

However, the worse is yet to face the family.  They have nothing.  Everything was lost in the fire.

Employer, Bob Candice of Candicci’s Restaurant in Ballwin, MO rushed to create a GoFundMe page and make arrangements for a short stay at the Drury Inn on Olive and 270.

Additionally, there is a Dine Out scheduled for next Monday, January 16th at Candicci’s and a portion of the sales will be given to the family.

More than $3,600 has been raised and numerous cloths and household items have been donated.  More is needed.  We encourage everybody to help at whatever level they can.  Situations like this needs to be a community event.  One person, one family cannot rebuild from such a loss without some public assistance.

Bob Candice feels dedicated to help a loyal employee of 36 years.  “You can’t find that kind of dedication anymore, you just can’t”, say Candice.

Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Email: candiccis@gmail.com

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Referring links:

Fox2Now article with video

Latest from STL.News

STLRestaurant.News – Hillsdale house fire

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8th Annual Clayton Restaurant Week

Clayton Restaurant Week

Get ready to feast in Clayton! Clayton Restaurant Week

CLAYTON, MO/January 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) The 8th annual Clayton Restaurant Week is slated for Monday January 23rd. – Sunday January 29th 2017.  This event features 16 fine dining restaurants in Clayton, offering a special three-course dinner promotion for a fixed price of either $25 or $35 per person, plus tax and tip.

Clayton Restaurant Week is an opportunity for patrons to dine at one of their favorite eateries or partake in a new dining experience.  The event also affords chefs the opportunity to demonstrate their culinary creativity.  Last year’s event proved to be successful.  According to organizers, the 2015 Clayton Restaurant Week resulted in a sales increase between 20% and 100% compared to normal January sales weeks.  The promotion attracted over 13,000 diners, with many restaurants reporting waiting lists and full sellout nights .

Besides being a revenue generator for Clayton’s fine dining establishments, Clayton Restaurant Week also benefits the local charity, Operation Food Search.  Patrons may offer an “Extra Helping” donation when paying their check.  Your $5 or larger donation goes directly to Operation Food Search, who provides nutritious food to the hungry in our community.  Every month, through a network of 330 community partners, Operation Food Search helps to feed more than 200,000 individuals, a third of whom are children.  Last year, nearly $8,000 was raised for Operation Food Search.

Attending Clayton Restaurant Week is simple.  There are no passes to buy, coupons to carry or cards to punch.  Patrons simply visit the participating restaurant of their choice.  CRW restaurants feature select items from their soup/salad/appetizer, entrée and dessert menus.  To complement the meal, restaurants are also offering Stella Artois, Goose IPA and Breckenridge Vanilla Porter beers as a specially priced “add a glass” promotion.

Reservations are not required, but highly recommended by organizers in response to the popularity of the event in previous years.

The participating restaurants for the 2017 Clayton Restaurant Week are the following:

  • 801 Chophouse
  • 801 Fish, Avenue
  • BARcelona
  • C.J. Muggs
  • Café Napoli
  • Cantina Laredo
  • Crushed Red
  • Dominic’s Trattoria
  • Herbie’s
  • The Libertine
  • Louie’s Wine Dive
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse
  • Oceano Bistro
  • Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Clayton Restaurant Week is part of the nationwide initiative, Restaurant Weeks, where over 75 major cities host annual events.

For more information including menu choices, visit www.claytonrestaurantweek.com.

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Contributing Editor: Jill Enders

Jill Enders is an award winning journalist.  She is the proud recipient of the 2015 Missouri Broadcaster’s Association award for Best News Series.  Jill won this prestigious first place award for her piece “Ferguson Year In Review” for KTRS radio, where she also currently works as an anchor, reporter, and writer.  Over the past 20 years, Jill has worn many hats in the broadcast industry including, as a D.J., field reporter, production director, copy writer, airborne traffic reporter, anchor, and news bureau chief.  Jill also has acted in TV, film, and stage and that experience as an actress allows her to provide her acting students with a practical insight into the entertainment industry.  Jill is a native St. Louisian and a graduate of SIU Edwardsville.

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Hillsdale house fire – cook at Candicci’s Restaurant suffers critical loss

Hillsdale house fire

Family Loses Everything in Hillsdale House Fire

HILLSDALE, MO/January 5, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) The St. Louis County Bomb and Arson Squad are investigating a late night house fire in Hillsdale that injured three children.

Firefighters were called to the blazing home in the 6500 block of Jesse Jackson Avenue, just off of Lucas and Hunt Wednesday at 9:45 pm.  It is believed that the fire started on the back porch.  All 9 people in the home were able to get to safety but the 3 children, one being only 2-days old, sustained minor smoke inhalation.

Fire Capt. David Mitchell, of the Mid-County Fire Protection District, was on the scene and said that one of the children smelled gasoline at the back door and notified an adult.  When they opened the back door, apparently flames burst through the doorway.

The home was completely destroyed and the family lost everything.  The head of the household, Darrell Russell, is a long time employee of Candicci’s Italian Restaurant & Bar in Ballwin.  Candicci’s will holding future fundraisers and a GoFundMe account has already been set up to help the family get back on their feet.

At this time, there is no word on what may have possibly caused the fire.  For additional information, contact Candicci’s Restaurant & Bar in Ballwin at 636-220-8989.

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St. Louis Post Dispatch Article