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Dave & Buster’s to Debut Exclusive Spider-Man Arcade Game Nationwide

Tremendous Year for Spider-Man Franchise Continues with New Arcade Game at Dave & Buster’s

DALLAS/June 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – In anticipation of the worldwide release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, in theaters July 7, Dave & Buster’s, the ultimate destination for fun, food, friends and games introduces a brand new Spider-Man arcade game created exclusively for the concept.

The new game, based on Spider-Man: Homecoming, is part of Dave & Buster’s new sourcing strategy that builds partnerships with some of the biggest brands in popular culture and supports the collaborations with world-class games and entertainment for our guests.  Developed by Adrenaline Amusements, the new game is a custom arcade conversion of Spider-Man Unlimited, created by Gameloft SE under license from Marvel, and utilizes assets specific to Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Only available at Dave & Buster’s, the game lets players swing through the streets of New York, and if successful, battle the evil super-villain, the Vulture.  It is everyone’s chance to be their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!

To celebrate, Dave & Buster’s will be offering guests the opportunity to play three games free, including the new Spider-Man: Homecoming – and others like World’s Largest Pac-Man and Space Invaders Frenzy – with each $10 Power Card purchase or reload!

“The new Spider-Man: Homecoming game is a milestone for the Dave & Buster’s brand as it is a game-changer in the way we source and deliver games to our guests,” says Kevin Bachus, SVP of Entertainment and Games Strategy at Dave & Buster’s “We are passionate about offering our guests a unique experience they can’t get anywhere else, and now fans of the iconic Spider-Man franchise will have another way to celebrate their favorite Super Hero with a game that is as fun and exhilarating as the films and comics.  This game was made exclusively for Dave & Buster’s, and will be the only place to play it – ever!”

About Dave & Buster’s:

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, operates 99 large-venue, high-volume Dave & Buster’s restaurant/entertainment complexes throughout North America.  Each Dave & Buster’s offers an impressive selection of high-quality food and beverage items, combined with the latest games and attractions.  Guests can play state-of-the-art simulators and games of skill they can’t play anywhere else.  Dave & Buster’s also provides a vibrant sports bar filled with massive screens, creating an ideal sports watching experience.  For more information, visit www.daveandbusters.com.  The exciting environment of the Dave & Buster’s complex also provides the perfect setting for corporate and group events.

About Spider-Man: Homecoming

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).  Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. Directed by Jon Watts.  Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal.  Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Screen Story by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation.  SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies.  For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

Dave & Buster’s – St. Louis

13857 Riverport Drive

Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Phone: (314) 209-8015

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St Louis Union Station’s Station Grill Competes

St Louis Union Station’s Station Grill Competes – STLRestaurant.News

St. Louis Union Station’s Station Grill Competes in the James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 30, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Station Grill – The James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project is back and St. Louis has a delicious home town competitor.

From now through July 31, food lovers can vote for St. Louis Union Station’s Station Grill, which will be competing in the contest with a burger called The Perfect Union.

Vote for the Station Grill’s burger here.

Station Grill is joining in the movement that strives to make burgers better by blending ground meat with chopped mushrooms, creating a delicious patty that is healthier and more sustainable for the planet.

The blended burger created by St. Louis Union Station’s Executive Chef Russel Cunningham supports local farmers and providers and uses the best possible products to create the flavorful burger.

The patty is a blend of local Eckenfels Farms beef, hen of the woods and crimini mushroom, shallots and chives.  It’s served on a brioche porcini and parmesan roll with smoked heirloom tomatoes, petite mizuna, garlic and smoked pepper aioli, and is topped with Marcoot Creamery’s “Tipsy Cheddar” made with Schlafly Pale Ale.

Diners can get 30 percent off of their burger at Station Grill by voting, sharing their post to social media and showing the post to their server.  Voters will be entered to win an expenses-paid trip for two to the James Beard House in New York City for the exclusive Blended Burger event.

LouFest 2017 Will Bring Some Big Names to Forest Park

LouFest 2017 Will Bring Some Big Names to Forest Park

Weezer, Huey Lewis & the News Among LouFest 2017 Lineup

St. Louis, MO/May 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) LouFest 2017 – Summer music festivals have been a seasonal tradition in St. Louis for decades.  The city has offered residents everything from free symphony concerts in the park to day-long jam-fests that filled old Busch stadium.  LouFest continues in that tradition, with its eighth annual festival in Forest Park.  More than a concert, LouFest offers a two-day cultural experience bringing about 30 national acts to four stages, plus food, drink and more.  Listen Live Entertainment, which produces the festival has announced a partial lineup of acts who will play this year’s festival.

According to LouFest officials, the national acts headlining this year will include:

Weezer
Cage the Elephant
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Huey Lewis and the News
Marian Hill
Lizzo
Lecrae
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Hippo Campus
The Record Company
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Mondo Cozmo
Noname
Future Thieves

As is the annual custom at LouFest, several popular local acts will also perform. The list of local performers includes:

Mvstermind
Jack Grelle
18 and Counting & the Only Ensemble
Beth Bombara
Mathias & the Pirates
Starwolf

Other names taking the stage include Ron Gallo, Jonny P, Harts, Jess Nolan, and Chris Bandi.  Additional acts will be announced May 30.  Festival organizers say they must hold off on naming them because of exclusivity clauses in some performers’ contracts.  There are also plans to honor St. Louis native Chuck Berry, who died in March.  Details will be made public at a later date, but officials say they plan their tribute to Berry will be something that lasts well beyond this summer’s festival.

LouFest 2017 will offer a lot more than music to festival goers.  The Market Square will showcase local artists.  The Nosh Pit celebrates St. Louis’ culinary excellence.  Festival organizers are still accepting applications from local restaurants and food vendors.  Also around the park, festival goers will find the Shock Top Beer Garden, featuring local and regional favorites from Faust and Shock Top to Goose Island Beer Company.  There will also be games and limited seating in the beer garden.  And the Cupcake Vineyards Truck will back this year, offering free samples and contests with a chance to win prizes.  Starbucks will be handing out samples of their coffee and protein doubleshot.  Whole Foods Market will team up with local makers, Perennial, to offer demonstrations on turning old t-shirts into reusable totes, festival headbands, and more.  There’s even a kids’ area.  LouKidz will offer family-friendly activities include music (daily performances by Robot+Bike), dancing, crafts, face painting and more from noon to 5:00 p.m. each day.

Unlike many of the summer concerts offered in St. Louis’ public venues, LouFest isn’t free.  Tickets went on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday.  A general admission ticket for the two-day event will set you back $95.  Kids 12 and under are admitted free with each paid adult.  One-day tickets will be available soon.  This year there are two tiers of VIP tickets.  The standard two-day VIP tickets are $350 and included shaded seating, complimentary food and drinks (including beer, wine, and specialty libations), reserved (air conditioned) restrooms, VIP parking (must purchase two VIP tickets), a VIP Lounge, and gourmet happy hour.  If that isn’t special enough, starting this year Platinum Tickets are available for $750.  The new Platinum Ticket includes a private lounge, private onstage viewing areas, complimentary catered meals and beverages, onsite concierge, and more.  Platinum Ticket holders will spend less time standing in line thanks to private entrances and exits.  Platinum VIP parking with shuttle service is also included.

This year’s LouFest at Forest Park will be Saturday and Sunday, September 9 – 10.  Festival gates open each day at 11:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m.  For more information about this year’s event, including purchasing tickets and a list of what can be brought onto festival grounds and what can’t (no coolers), see the official LouFest 2017 website.  If you still have questions, contact info@loufest.com.

St Louis Makes Major City List for Most Popular Healthy Eating Plans

St Louis Makes Major City List for Most Popular Healthy Eating Plans

Grubhub Announces Top Major Cities with Healthy Eating Plans

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Healthy Eating Plans – Grilling with family and friends, the ice cream truck jingle…summer break means a lot of fun in the sun, but it is also a three-month period when making the healthiest food choices is not always the easiest thing to do.  Even so, we know that healthy eating has all sorts of benefits for your body and your brain, as well as, helping you stay slim and allowing you to live longer.

Recent results posted of a new study by Chicago based Grubhub, the nation’ s leading online and mobile takeout food-ordering marketplace, unveiled some interesting facts about Americans relationship with foods.  They took a look at the most popular healthy eating plans and which major cities regularly partake in those eating plans.

How did St. Louis rank? The Gateway to the West came in at No. 7.  Data shows that in 2016, 53 percent of its orders included more food related to popular eating plans than the rest of the country.  According to Grubhub, the most popular healthy eating plan in St. Louis is gluten-free.  It is the fifth-most-popular healthy eating plan nationwide.

Grubhub analyzed orders related to the most popular healthy eating plans in the U.S. such as paleo, raw, juice cleanse, vegan, gluten-free, low-fat, Mediterranean and keto diets.  By using a combination of dietary tags and delving into foods that align with specific eating plans, they were able to analyze order data from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2016, for its study.

Results from this study shows that Paleo reigns supreme in order data showcasing the dominance of popular healthy eating plans nationwide, including city-by-city.

Below find the Most Popular Eating Plans Nationwide, the Top 10 Major Cities that participate most in healthy eating plans, and the Most Popular Eating Plans in Major Cities:

Most Popular Eating Plans Nationwide:

1. Paleo
2. Raw
3. Juice cleanse
4. Vegan
5. Gluten-free
6. Low-fat
7. Mediterranean
8. Keto

Top 10 Major Cities Participating in Popular Eating Plans:

1. Seattle — orders 309 percent more foods related to popular eating plans
2. Portland, Ore. — orders 154 percent more foods related to popular eating plans
3. Dallas — orders 140 percent more foods related to popular eating plans
4. Chicago — orders 94 percent more foods related to popular eating plans
5. San Francisco — orders 74 percent more foods related to popular eating plans
6. Los Angeles — orders 66 percent more foods related to popular eating plans
7. St. Louis — orders 53 percent more foods related to popular eating plans
8. Austin, Texas — orders 44 percent more foods related to popular eating plans
9. Las Vegas — orders 27 percent more foods related to popular eating plans
10. San Diego — orders 22 percent more foods related to popular eating plans

Most Popular Eating Plans in Major Cities:

Miami — juice cleanse
San Jose, Calif. — vegan
Seattle — gluten-free
Dallas — paleo
Houston — paleo
Austin, Texas — paleo
Phoenix — gluten-free
Minneapolis — gluten-free
Portland, Ore. — gluten-free
Las Vegas — vegan
St. Louis — gluten-free
Nashville, Tenn. — juice cleanse
San Diego — vegan
Atlanta — gluten-free
Los Angeles — vegan
San Francisco — low-fat
Boston — low-fat
Chicago — vegan

South Grand’s 9th International Dine Around

Eating Your Way Up and Down South Grand Blvd.

St. Louis,MO/May 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — It seems there’s always something special happening along South Grand Avenue in South St. Louis.  There are neighborhood movie nights, seasonal festivals, and a seemingly endless array of food-centric celebrations.  But then, the South Grand neighborhood is home to some of the best international restaurants in the city.  So, every year, South Grand hosts the acclaimed International Dine Around.  The event, now in its ninth year, gives diners a chance to sample small plates, desserts, and drinks from 20 select restaurants and cafés along a five block stretch of South Grand.

This year’s South Grand International Dine Around is set for Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Tickets are picked up at registration between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on the day of the event. Registration will be at Ritz Park, 3147 South Grand Blvd. between Mangia Italiano and King and I Restaurant.  Each participant gets a pack of five tickets that can be exchanged for items from the restaurant’s set Dine Around menus.  The tickets can be used for any combination of menu items from any combination of participating establishments.

Here’s how it works: purchase tickets online ($30 per person) or at the event ($35 per person).  Pick your tickets and the menu at Registration.  Then go to the first restaurant you wish to try and take a seat (some restaurants will have booths and seating out front).  Present your ticket to your server and order your small plate, dessert, or drink from their Dine Around menu.  You may also purchase additional items at the restaurant if you like.  Your server will bring your order.  You eat the delicious food, and then move on to your next restaurant! (Don’t forget to tip your servers!)  Small plates and drinks must be served and consumed at the restaurant or café.  The exception is St. Louis Juice Press, which will package drinks in to-go cups.  Desserts can also be ordered to-go.

All of the restaurants and cafés participating in the 9th Annual South Grand International Dine Around progressive dinner are located on South Grand Blvd. between Arsenal and Humphrey Streets.  This year’s menu offers a wide variety of dishes that virtually span the globe:

Small Plates:

  • Lemongrass – Sesame or sweet and sour tofu
  • Mekong Restaurant – Lemongrass beef kabob with egg roll
  • Baida Restaurant – Artichoke M’Kally: Whole heart artichoke, fried, and served with vegetables cooked in a fennel tomato sauce then topped with feta cheese and olives
  • Basil Spice Thai Cuisine – Crab Rangoon: cheese stick wrapped in rice paper, then deep-fried
  • Mangia Italiano – Mushroom Ravioli
  • Wei Hong Bakery & BBQ – Honey glazed BBQ pork and pot stickers (your choice steam or fried)
  • Guerrilla Street Food – Salmon Kinilaw Tacos: raw salmon dressed in coconut vinegar, red onions, mango, radish, cucumber, black sesame seeds and a butter lettuce taco.
  • Pizza Head – One slice of regular cheese pizza with vegan pepperoni
  • Sheesh – Turkish Kibeh: 2 pieces of fried balls of burgul, stuffed with ground beef and walnuts
  • City Diner – Beef Philly: grilled beef topped with sautéed mushroom, onion, peppers and swiss cheese served on baguette.
  • Brasilia – Tostado de Camarao: shrimp sautéed with garlic and olive oil and topped with a bobo yucca sauce. Served over toasted French bread.

Drinks:

  • The Gin Room – Gimlet with freshly muddled lime & botanical gin
  • The King and I Restaurant – Strawberry Margarita
  • St. Louis Juice Press – 12 oz cold-pressed juice, your choice of carrot apple ginger, pineapple orange ginger, watermelon, cucumber pineapple, or green ginger.
  • Tree House Vegetarian Restaurant – Mojito with basil mint
  • Meskerem – Ethiopian honey wine

Desserts:

  • The Vine – Sampler: coconut dates, pistachio baklava and namura (cake)
  • Rooster South Grand – S’more Crepe: house made crepe with cookie crumbs, marshmallow and dark chocolate
  • Tower Grove Creamery – Regular size waffle cone or cup
  • Gelateria Del Leone – Medium Gelato

The 9th Annual South Grand International Dine Around is presented by the South Grand Cultural Alliance whose mission is to attract people to work, live and play on South Grand Blvd. through community development, marketing/branding, programs and events.  For more information and a link to purchase tickets, visit www.southgrand.org.

Contact Information:

South Grand Cultural Alliance
3115 South Grand Blvd. Suite 350-B
Saint Louis MO 63118
(314) 772-5750

Get Ready to Celebrate the 9th Annual Taste of Maplewood 

Get Ready to Celebrate the 9th Annual Taste of Maplewood

Come Out For a Fun Time at the 2017 Taste of Maplewood Street Festival

MAPLEWOOD, MO/May 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Along with springtime comes enjoyable festivals and one that’s just around the corner is the 2017 Taste of Maplewood Street Festival.  The annual event is a culmination of Maplewood and Richmond Heights’ most prominent restaurants, their unique specialty stores, and some of their most cherished boutiques.
In its ninth year, this exciting event is diverse and unique, shining a spotlight on the culture and character of the businesses in the area.  The Taste of Maplewood Street Festival is the perfect event for shoppers, food aficionados and music lovers!  Restaurants will be selling their popular foods and drinks, and boutiques will be presenting their merchandise on the street and under tents.

In addition, attendees will enjoy live entertainment on two separate stages throughout the day.  And for the 4th year in a row, there will be celebrity judges on hand voting on which business has the finest offerings.  Categories for participating restaurants in the 2017 Taste of Maplewood Street Festival are Best Savory, Best Sweet Tooth and Best Cocktail.

Celebrity Judges will be:  KSDK News Anchor, Pat McGonigle, Social Media Guru & Former Host of Food Talk STL radio show, David Craig, & Gus Gus the Fun Bus’s, Mike Arnold.  A few of this year’s registered venders are Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream, Kakao Chocolate, Know Gallery of Fine Art, PRP Wine International, Sole Shine Barefoot Massage Therapy, The Blue Duck and Traveling Tea.

So, be sure and put Saturday, May 20, from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm on your calendar for the “9th Annual Taste of Maplewood.”  The event is free and full of yummy bites, awesome sights and great sounds!

Below is a list of the live musical entertainment:

Main Stage:

12:00-2:00 p.m. MRH Blue Devils Rhythm and Blues Band

3:00-5:00 p.m. Power Play

6:00-8:00 p.m. SuperJam

Community Stage:

12:15 p.m. Studio Forte

1:10 p.m. Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, St. Louis Teen Finalists

2:00 p.m. Jazz Jubilee Swing Team

2:45 p.m. Maplewood Hoop Crew

3:00 p.m. Tommy Wasiuta

3:30 p.m. Eye of Horus

4:15 p.m. Kazoux

4:30 p.m. Compass Improv

DATE, TIME & LOCATION: 2017 Taste of Maplewood Street Festival Saturday, May 20, Noon to 9:00 pm Sutton Boulevard, South of Manchester Road

Free to the Public!

For additional information go to http://midcountychamber.org/programs-events/tom2017/

Laylas and The Grove

Laylas and The Grove

ST. LOUIS, MO/April 26, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) St. Louis is an ever developing and expanding city. Often this entails re-branding an historic district, The Grove is a perfect example of the city’s growth.  The Grove used to be known as Adam’s Grove and, in the 1950s, it was a busy commercial district for the city.  For years after, Adam’s Grove fell into decline as businesses moved into the downtown area and upkeep on the area was poorly maintained.  The Grove area received its’ first wave to revitalizing investments in the 1980s, starting first with Attitudes Night Club.  In 2009, a group of property owners founded The Grove Community Improvement District (CID).  CID’s main goal is to strengthen the area’s businesses, residential community, and entertainment.  On December 4th, 2015 approval was granted from the Missouri Housing Development Commission to begin development creating affordable housing.  The development incorporated contemporary design and green building into the building of 50 garden apartments and town-homes.  After decades of growth and development, The Grove has become an eccentric area full of diverse cultures and exciting events.

Layla is a restaurant located in the heart of The Grove.  It embodies the cities vision for this area, by offering entertainment, delicious food, and local art.  Layla offers its patrons entertainment most nights of the week.  They are often the host of fundraising events, live bands, and the last Wednesday of each month is designated Simpsons Trivia Night, where you can show off your Simpson’s knowledge and win big!  Layla’s has so much more than entertainment, they are St. Louis’s only restaurant to offer Shawarma and gourmet burgers.  Layla’s menu is filled with options like falafel fries and three types of homemade hummus to choose from.  They have eleven mouthwatering hand dipped milkshakes ranging from Strawberry or Mango to Gooey Butter Baklava or Feel Like Bacon Love!

Layla’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday 11 am to 11 pm, Saturday 10 am-11 pm, and Sunday 10 am-10 pm.  The restaurant holds happy hours from 4 pm-7 pm, Monday through Friday.  For more information on upcoming events visit Layla’s Facebook page or follow them on instagram at @laylastl.  For discounted lunch look for Layla on Groupon, currently offering $20 for $12 or $40 for $24.

Location:

4317 Manchester Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63110

Phone: (314) 553-9252

Email: infor@laylastl.com

Hours:

Monday thru Friday: 11 am-11 pm
Saturday: 10 am-ll pm
Sunday: 10 am-10 pm

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Author: Caley Johnson

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Perlmutter, Larry. “Adams Grove on the Rise.” Rise. Larry Perlmutter http://www.risestl.org/media/2016/01/rise-web-logo-no-slogan-2.png, 30 Dec. 2015. Web. 25 Apr. 2017

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

The Best Salads in St. Louis

Best Salads in St. Louis

The Top 10 Spots for a Healthy Plate of Leafy Greens – Best Salads in St. Louis, MO

St. Louis, MO/January 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Best Salads in St. Louis – Some folks only eat salad when they’re on a diet. Some eat one every day.  There’s no disputing the nutritional benefits of a healthy plate of leafy greens.  Even when you add salty, fatty, tasty embellishments like cheese, bacon, and dressing, a salad just feels good for you.  That’s because it is.  The vegetables in salads are good sources of fiber.  Add brightly colored vegetables to those leafy greens for a pop of antioxidants and vitamins.  Add nuts, seeds or beans to get a boost of soluble fiber that helps lower cholesterol and keeps blood sugar balanced.  Stick to an olive oil-based dressing and you add omega-3s, even if you have a little cheese on it!

This time of year, many people resolve to take better care of themselves, including eating a healthier diet or losing a little weight.  And so we turned to salads in all their crispy, green glory.  It’s relatively easy to toss a healthy salad at home, but where do you go for a great salad when you go out?  Just because you want to eat more veggies, doesn’t mean you can’t eat out.  The majority of restaurants around St. Louis offer salad on the menu.  Some are quite good, while others are practically inedible, flavorless clippings of bland lettuce, dried out carrot shavings, and maybe a stale crouton.  Yuck.

Eating healthy shouldn’t be torture.  And finding a great place to get a terrific salad shouldn’t be a major expedition.  Fortunately it’s not.  We turned to customer reviews to find the best salads in St. Louis for you.  We limited the list of salad specialists to those with at least 20 customer reviews.  Turns out there are some pretty good restaurants that make salads so good, they stand on their own!

Topping the list is Sauce on the Side at 7810 Forsyth Blvd. in Clayton.  (They also have locations at 411 North 8th Street in downtown St. Louis, and 4261 Manchester in the Grove that are also highly regarded).  This place specializes in calzones, but they make terrific salads too.  Freshness is key to the quality at Sauce on the Side.  The owners believe using ingredients that are as fresh as possible, made in house, and sourced from local suppliers.  They make all of their salad dressings, bastes, and dipping sauces in house daily.  They offer six creative, fresh, seasonal salads every day.  There are options like the Strawberry Fields (spring mix, strawberries, feta, red onion, sage, mint, candied walnuts, dressed in their white balsamic vinaigrette) or the Smokehouse (butter lettuce, corn salsa, pancetta, smoked, cheddar, pear tomatoes, basil, and their own BBQ ranch dressing). With food this fresh, you can’t help but feel good!

Here’s the full list of the top 10 restaurants to turn to when you want a salad that doesn’t feel like you’re missing out:

  1. Sauce On the Side (4.5 stars/154 reviews) Clayton, 7810 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105 – Phone: (314) 833-5426
  2. Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas (4.5 stars/103 reviews) St. Charles, 325 South Main Street, Saint Charles, MO 63301 – Phone: (636) 724-3434
  3. The Gyro Company II (4.5 stars/56 reviews) South County, 5496 Baumgartner Road, Saint Louis, MO 63129 – Phone: (314) 499-4939.
  4. Dixon’s Smoke Company (4.5 stars/23 reviews) Midtown, 3674 Forest Park Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108 – Phone: (314) 833-4161
  5. Iron Barley Eating Establishment (4.0 stars/327 reviews) Carondelet, 5510 Virginia Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63111 – Phone: (314) 351-4500.
  6. Crushed Red (4.0 stars/201 reviews) Clayton, 8007 Maryland Ave, Clayton, MO 63105 – Phone: (314) 725-8007
  7. Quincy Street Bistro (4.0 stars/183 reviews) Princeton Heights, 6931 Gravois Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63116 – Phone: (314) 353-1588
  8. YaYa’s Euro Bistro (4.0 stars/160 reviews) Chesterfield, 15601 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017 – Phone: (636) 537-9991
  9. Sugarfire Smoke House (4.0 stars/152 reviews) Downtown, 605 Washington Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63101 – Phone: (314) 394-1720
  10. The Wolf (4.0 stars/126 reviews) Ballwin, 15480 Clayton Road, Ballwin, MO 63011 – Phone: (636) 527-7027

Honorable Mentions:

A couple of local restaurants beloved for their salads actually had five-star reviews, but not quite enough reviews to put them into the top ten.  Still, their customers really seem to love them, so they are worth checking out! Honorable mentions go to:

The Greek Kitchen (5.0 stars/15 reviews) Ellisville, 15939 Manchester Road, Ellisville, MO 63011, (636) 686-7200.

3-S’ Soups Salads Sandwiches Bistro (5.0 stars/5 reviews) Berkeley, 8573 Airport Road, Saint Louis, MO 63134, (314) 524-9202.

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Celebrate National Cookie Day with Warm Cookies – Hot Box Cookies

Hot Box Cookies

Hot Box Cookies is Giving Them Away!

St. Louis, MO/December 2, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – National Cookie Day is fast approaching and St. Louis’ favorite cookie delivery company is ready!  Sunday, December 4 is National Cookie Day.  The “holiday” was added to the official list of Food Days in 1987 and has been celebrated around the world since.  Columbia, Missouri-based Hot Box Cookies has been celebrating it since opening in October of 2008, and they’ll have warm cookies waiting for you this year too.

Hot Box Cookies was the dream child of then 20-year-old college student Corey Rimmel.  While he was a sophomore at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Rimmel got the urge for warm cookies one evening.  He told friends that he wished he could just pick up the phone or go online and order fresh cookies to be delivered, the same way he ordered pizza.  He began joking that he should start a company so he and others could get fresh cookies delivered, especially late nights.

What started as a joke, soon became a reality.  After careful research and networking with some business mentors, Hot Box Cookies opened its first store in Columbia, Missouri, but quickly grew.  There are now three additional locations, one in Lawrence, Kansas (which opened near KU in 2013), and two in the St. Louis area.  The CWE store opened in January 2015, and the newest location in Clayton turned the ovens on last summer.

Each location has a storefront where walk-in customers can get their cookie fix.  But the real magic of Hot Box is that you can order online or by phone, and for $3, they’ll bring warm cookies to you, even late nights!  Both St. Louis locations open at 10 a.m. Monday – Friday, and noon on weekends.  They’re open late too!  They’re open until midnight Sunday – Thursday, and until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

In honor of National Cookie Day, Hot Box Cookies is giving away two free chocolate chip cookies from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.  To get them, just follow one of their social channels: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat.  Then make a post and tag Hot Box Cookies.  Order online or by phone, or drop by their Central West End store at 3 N Euclid Ave., St. Louis or the Clayton store at 9 N Central Ave., Clayton and claim your warm, yummy goodies!

Beside chocolate chip cookies, Hot Box has ten classic cookies available every day, including oatmeal, with raisins or chocolate chips, plus snickerdoodles, peanut butter, M&M, and monster cookies.  They also offer specialty cookies like red velvet and chocolate white chocolate. Buy them individually or by the dozen.  They’ll even deliver the milk for your cookies!  And there’s a secret to having those delicious, warm, chewy Hot Box Cookies any time, even outside their delivery area.  You won’t find it on their menu, but if you ask, they’ll sell you frozen cookie dough pucks so you can bake them yourself.  Don’t tell anyone, though. It’s a secret.

As if regular cookies aren’t celebratory enough, Hot Box also makes 12-inch cookie cakes.  These are decorated with frosting—including your special message—and can be gift packaged with cards, ribbons and even a balloon!  You can also have your cookies made into an Icing Sandwich (two cookies with icing sandwiched between them).  Or make it an Ice Cream Sandwich, with their deliciously creamy ice cream (Madagascar Vanilla, Gooey Butter Cake, and Salted Caramel) sandwiched between two fresh cookies of your choice.

If you don’t live or work in one of their delivery areas, you can still order online and pick up your cookies at your local Hot Box Cookies store.  What better way to celebrate National Cookie Day than with warm, delicious, chocolate chip cookies from Hot Box Cookies?  Did we mention that they’re free?

Contact Information:

Hot Box Cookies
Owner: Corey Rimmel
Central West End
3 N Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: (314) 899-0909

Or

9 N Central Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105
Phone: (314) 899-0909

Original location:
1013 E Broadway
Columbia MO 65201
Phone: (573) 777-8777
Email: info@hotboxcookies.com

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