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Have a Slice of Humble Pie: Ladue’s New Pizzeria

Have a Slice of Humble Pie: Ladue’s New Pizzeria

New Ladue Pizzeria is Serving Up Humble Pie

St. Louis, MO/May 16, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Humble Pie – Just in time for a spell of beautiful, summer-like weather in St. Louis, a new pizzeria offering outdoor-only seating has opened in Ladue.  Humble Pie at 9783 Clayton Road in Ladue has been open about two weeks, offering fresh pizza with for takeout, delivery, and patio dining.  The new pizzeria occupies the spot left vacant when Red-L Pizza closed last November.

Humble Pie owners, husband and wife, Mark and Jessica Lucas are no strangers to hungry St. Louis County denizens.  Their Fozzie’s Sandwich Emporium shops in Richmond Heights (1170 S. Big Bend Blvd.) and Des Peres (11656 Manchester Road) have been local favorites for their big, inventive sandwiches made with fresh ingredients (some of which they grow themselves) and perfectly crispy, house-made chips.

The Lucas’ commitment to creating real food made with locally sourced, fresh ingredients and without unnecessary additives is carrying through to their new pizzeria.  The pizzas at Humble Pie are made with small batch, organic dough, then heaped with fresh, wholesome toppings. There are plenty of vegan and gluten-free options too.  This healthier approach to pizza means there are delicious creations that diners can also feel good about.

Diners can choose from their crispy, thin crust, or their thicker, Sicilian-style crust. At lunchtime, they offer pizza by the slice.  The rest of the time the price is based on crust type and size, with three price points: 12-inch thin, 14-inch thin or half pan Sicilian, and 18-inch thin or whole pan Sicilian.  There’s also a 10-inch gluten-free crust available for $2.00 more.

Pizza purists will appreciate menu classics like the Humble Margherita with it’s organic red sauce, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, drizzled with olive oil and a dash of pink himalayan salt.  They also offer some creative combinations like the Presto Pesto with fresh pesto, red peppers, artichokes, chicken and fresh herbed goat cheese; the BRIEzy with Brie cheese, granny smith apples, dates, fig balsamic, and fresh arugula; plus pizzas made with sliced Brussels sprouts and bacon, or barbecued cauliflower.  And diners are free to select their own combination of toppings from lists that include all the classics like Italian sausage, pepperoni, green peppers, and onions, plus less conventional choices like marinated artichokes hearts, hot cherry peppers, chopped peanuts, fennel, salmon, organic tofu, and falafel, plus fresh herbs.

The selection doesn’t stop there. Humble Pie offers several cheeses, which diners can mix and match as they desire.  There’s the house’ classic-style mozzarella, plus fresh mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, a pepper jack-mozzarella blend, vegan Daiya mozzarella, fontina, brie, feta, and goat cheese.  The menu includes dozens of options for vegetarians and vegans, each indicated with a small leaf icon (vegetarian), and a circled leaf (vegan).

Besides pizza, diners will find bread sticks, garlic sticks, meatballs, and organic, baked “smashed taters” which can be served plain, or topped like a 12-inch pizza.  The nine offered salads can be ordered as halves or whole salads.  They come in clever combinations like the Herb-A-Voire, a combination of fresh herbs (cilantro, basil, mint, parsley), mixed greens, toasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and dried cherries with a citrus champagne vinaigrette; the Humble Caprese with marinated, grilled zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil with basil oil and a balsamic drizzle; or the Lux Lox with a spinach- arugula mix, smoked salmon, herbed goat cheese, capers, cucumber, hardboiled egg, pickled red onion, and lemon-dill yogurt dressing.

There’s also a kids’ menu with options like pizza, baked chicken strips, mac & cheese, as well as pizza bread grilled cheese and pizza bread PB&J.

Dessert includes a selection of small pies (1–2 servings) in flavors like Vegan Mexican Chocolate, with a hint of cayenne, cinnamon, silken tofu, and vegan chocolate in a coconut graham crust.  There’s also the Gimme S’More made with hazelnut chocolate ganache and marshmallow fluff, plus salted caramel apple, and blueberry lemon.  They also make pie pops, which are like really small, two-crusted pies on a lollipop stick.  And their signature granola bars, playfully dubbed “The Humble Square.”  It’s a crunchy, sweet combinations of pumpkin seeds, flax, unsweetened dried cherries, mini chocolate chips, rolled oats, sunbutter, flour, and maple syrup.

Humble Pie is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Keep in mind, they offer takeout and delivery ($10 minimum), and the only seating is on their patio.  But when the weather is as nice as this week’s, that’s plenty.

Contact Information:

Humble Pie
Owners: Jessica and Mark Lucas
9783 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63124
Phone: (314) 997-7070

Lesters Sports Bar & Grill in Ladue

Lesters Sports Bar & Grill in Ladue

Ladue’s First-Class Sports Bar & Grill is Lesters Sports Bar

Ladue, MO/May 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Lesters Sports Bar & Grill – It’s rare to find a restaurant that splits its efforts on two or more fronts and does both well.  Most restaurants that try to be sports bars fall short on either the food, service, sports environment, or some combination of these elements.  Lesters Sports Bar & Grill at 9906 Clayton Road in Ladue is that rare exception.  St. Louis businessman Lester Miller opened Lester’s in 2007 as both a comfortable, family-friendly restaurant, and an A-class sports bar.  Their motto is simple and appropriate: “Lesters is a sports bar that serves great food, or a restaurant that serves up sports.”  It does both well.

Miller was friends with St. Louis baseball legend Stan Musial, and a bronze statue of “The Man” greets customers as they enter.  The division between the large, upscale bar and the even larger dining room make this a family-friendly place for a meal as well as a great spot to meet friends for drinks after work, or to cheer on your favorite team.  Unlike some sports bar/restaurant combos, Lester’s doesn’t skimp on the sports environment in the dining room or the food at the bar.  That means whichever side of the place you’re on–the bar or dining room—you can enjoy your favorite sport and a great meal.

The HD TV system at Lesters is well planned, with enough screens (more than 60) that at least one flat screen can be easily seen from every seat in the house.  As a bonus, there’s a really special audio system.  It allows those seated in a booth to tune the personal audio controls to the flat screen of their choice.  When is the last time you got to watch and hear the big game, at the volume you want, while enjoying a great meal at a first-class sports bar?

As if that wasn’t enough, Lesters has a beautiful brick patio lined with comfortable, umbrellaed tables.  The landscaping allows diners to sit surrounded by greenery, even though they are just steps from the parking lot.

The menu at Lesters is also a divided affair.  The restaurant is part East Coast deli and part barbecue joint, with slow-smoked meats and deli-style sandwiches sharing the headlines on the comfort-food menu.  There are appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and desserts.  One of the favorite apps are the Onion Rings.  They’re served with an ancho chile ranch dipping sauce that is a creamy, flavorful foil to the crispy, beer battered rings.  The apps menu also includes three different kinds of sliders: classic cheeseburgers, deli style on mini rye bread, or BBQ.

The star of the menu may be the beef brisket.  Brisket is a cut of meat offering tons of flavor—if done right.  But when it’s done wrong, it can be dry and tough and almost impossible to chew.  Lester’s knows how to do beef brisket.  Theirs is melt-in-your-mouth tender. Seriously.  It’s perfectly cooked and sliced so that it’s succulent and delicious, whether you have it on a slider, on a salad, or on a sandwich.  The baby back ribs are slow-smoked (4 ½ hours) so that they’re fall-off-the-bone tender.  Diners also love the house-smoked, St. Louis style pork steak.  It’s glazed with a sweet-smoky BBQ sauce, and at 16-ounces, it satisfies even the heartiest of appetites.  The pulled pork sandwich is both generous and delicious.  Lester’s smoked half-chicken comes with a delicious pineapple rum BBQ glaze and three sides.  You can also get smoked chicken on the pulled chicken sandwich or atop a BBQ salad. There’s also a nice kids’ menu.

Lester’s kitchen doesn’t use shortcuts.  You won’t find frozen French fries or bottled salad dressing.  Everything is made from scratch, right there in-house.  They make their own salad dressings and brine their own meats before applewood smoking them.  The pastrami and corned beef for the gargantuan New York-style deli sandwiches are cured in-house.  The half-pound burger are made from Certified Black Angus beef, cooked to order and topped with everything from sweet BBQ sauce and onion straws to avocado and pico de gallo.  All of the sides and desserts are made fresh daily too.  And you will want to leave room for dessert.  The St. Louis style gooey butter cake is served warm.  As is the apple pie with caramel sauce.  Or have a warm brownie with ice cream topped with chocolate and caramel sauces.  Yum.

The restaurant is open Monday – Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Lester’s offers a weekday happy hour with drink and app specials from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, as well as a late night happy hour Monday – Saturday from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Lester’s has a full bar, with an ample beer and wine selection.  The draft lineup includes brews from Schlafly, Sam Adams, Four Hands, Angry Orchard, O’Fallon, Guinness, Budweiser, Blue Moon, Goose Island, Boulevard, and others.  Bottled choices include Amstel, Heineken, Corona, Fat Tire, Michelob, New Castle, and Kraftig.  The wine choices are all Californian, from familiar named vintners like Robert Mondavi, Sebastiani, Rex Goliath, Kendall Jackson, and others.  This isn’t the place you go to discover a new craft IPA or exceptional French wine.  Lester’s is the kind of place you go when you want food, drink, and ambiance that is reliably first rate.  At that, Lester’s excels.

Contact Information:

Lesters Sports Bar & Grill
Owner: Lester Miller
Managing Partner: Pedro Beltranena
Executive Chef: Tim Miller
9906 Clayton Road, Suite B
Ladue, MO 63124
Phone: (314) 994-0055

http://lestersrestaurant.com/

Primary Contact is Pedro Beltranena: [email protected]
Executive Chef Tim Miller: [email protected]