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Candicci’s Restaurant opens their patio with live music Wednesday night

Candicci's Restaurant opens their patio with live music Wednesday night

BALLWIN, MO/April 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar located in Ballwin, MO is opening their patio tomorrow night, Wednesday, April 12, 2017 featuring live music and appetizer specials to celebrate spring and the upcoming Easter holiday weekend.

Candicci’s is known for the Wednesday night events, “Party on the Patio” with live music and cuisines/appetizer specials.  The opening night (tomorrow night) features $5 appetizers, 50% off bottles of wine and Happy Hour will last all night long.

Appetizers will include Baked Past Shells, Pork Pot Stickers, Parmigiana Risotto, Fried Chicken Wings and homemade Potato Chips.  Live music will begin at 6:30 pm lasting until 9:30 pm featuring Sir Dame Duo.

Additionally, Candicci’s recently announced their Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet scheduled for this coming Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.  More details are available on Candicci’s blog site.

About Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

Candicci’s has been serving fine Italian cuisines to the St. Louis community for more than 36 years.  Candicci’s offers catering, banquet facility, online ordering, pizza/food delivery, live music, reservations, carry-out and Party on the Patio every Wednesday nights throughout the summer.

Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Email: candiccis@gmail.com

Two Pedros will be performing at Candiccis Restaurant, Wednesday, April 5th

Two Pedros will be performing at Candiccis Restaurant, Wednesday, April 5th

Candiccis Restaurant offers live music throughout each month

BALLWIN, MO/April 4, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Candiccis Restaurant and Bar is known for their live music.  Tomorrow night, Wednesday, April 5th, Candicci’s will be featuring the Two Pedros.  Bob Candice, manager invites everybody to come out and enjoy this popular local band accompanied with great drinks, appetizers and company.

In addition to the performance provided by the Two Pedros, Candicci’s is offering $5 appetizers and 50% off bottles of wine.  The appetizer specials are Spinach Artichoke Dip, Pork Pot Stickers, 6 Fried Chicken Wings, 4 Toasted Ravioli’s and Homemade Potato Chips.  Most importantly, Happy Hour will last all night long.  The Two Pedros will perform from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

About Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

Candicci’s has been in business for more than 36 years and have provided catering, banquet and upscale Italian cuisines for years.  In recent years they have added online ordering, pizza/food delivery and live music that has been accepted by the Ballwin community with great success.  Candicci’s continues to add products/services that will help make their customers happy year after year.

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Email: candiccis@gmail.com

Candicci’s Restaurant live music schedule for March 2017

Candicci's Restaurant and Bar, Ballwin, MO

Candicci’s Restaurant live music schedule for March 2017

BALLWIN, MO/March 1, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar has announced their live music schedule for March 2017.

Candicci’s was recently a recipient of OpenTables Diners’ Choice Award.  OpenTable rates Candicci’s a 4.4 Star ranking it among the top Italian restaurants in St. Louis by OpenTable.  “We are honored to be a recipient of this prestigious restaurant awarded to us by OpenTable and want to express our sincere appreciation for this award” says Candice, manger of Candicci’s.

Candicci’s is known for their Happy Hour, which is Monday thru Friday from 4 to 7 pm featuring $5 House Wine, $4 Wells, $3 Drafts, $2 Domestic Longnecks and $7 Appetizer specials.  Additionally, every Monday and Thursday they offer $10 off bottles of wine.  Every Wednesday is $5 Chef’s Appetizers and 50% bottles of wine.

Candicci’s has been serving Italian cuisines to the St. Louis community for more than 36 years in addition to providing top quality local entertainment, fine dining atmosphere, authentic Italian cuisines, catering and more.  Additionally, they are known for their outdoor patio featuring live music and dinner specials throughout the warmer months every Wednesday night for “Party on the Patio”.  With spring right around the corner visiting Candicci’s Party on the Patio is highly recommended.

Candicci’s live music schedule for March 2017 is as follows:

March 1st – Sir Dame – 6 to 9 pm
March 2nd – Scott Laytham & Karl Holmes Duo – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
March 3rd – Bill Park – Instrumental Guitar – 6 to 9 pm
March 4th – Bill Hoerle – Classical Guitar – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
March 8th – Two Pedros – 6 to 9 pm
March 9th – Bryan Foggs – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
March 10th – Bill Park – Instrumental Guitar – 6 to 9 pm
March 11th – Art Bernabo – European Accordion – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
March 15th – Sir Dame – 6 to 9 pm
March 16th – Scott Laytham & Karl Holmes Duo – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
March 17th – Bill Park – Instrumental Guitar – 6 to 9 pm
March 18th – To be announced!
March 22nd – Two Pedros – 6 to 9 pm
March 23rd – Bryan Foggs – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
March 24th – Vince Corkery – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
March 25th – Bryan White – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
March 29th – To be announced!
March 30th – Scott Laytham & Karl Holmes Duo – 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Email: candiccis@gmail.com

Grappa Growlers Is a Belleville Gem

Grappa Growlers, Belleville, IL

It’s Part Bar, Part Winery, Part Liquor Store, All Fun – Grappa Growlers

Belleville, IL/January 30, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It’s a bar!  It’s a winery!  It’s a restaurant!  It’s a liquor store!  It’s Grappa Growlers!  This distinctive little shop at 1501 North Belt West in Belleville is a little bit of all of the above, and then some.  Kelly Whitney and Jodi Meravy opened their unique business in December 2011, and they’ve been growing loyal customers ever since.  Their customers call this place a local gem, and they aren’t kidding.  Where else can you go for a beer (or wine) and snacks with friends, catch the game on TV, and do a little gift shopping?

Grappa Growlers, Belleville, IL

Grappa Growlers, Belleville, IL

Grappa Growlers does serve some food, but it’s not the main draw.  That would be the craft beers and amazing selection of wines.  They always have eight artisan, import, or craft beers on tap.  As of this writing the list include: Bell’s Hop Slam (10%), Santa’s Little Helper Imperial Stout (10.5%), Half Acre Lead Feather Black Ale (6%), Abita Bourbon St. Chocolate Stout (10.5%), Founders Azacca IPA (7.0%), Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat (5.5%), Abita Mardi Gras Bock (6.5%), and Great Lakes Conway Irish Lager (6.5%), but keep in mind that they rotate regularly.  One of the qualities that set Grappa Growlers apart from a “regular bar” is that you can sample the beer before you make your selection.  Then you can enjoy that beer at one of the tables or sip while you shop.  This is a great place to split a bottle of wine with friends too.

This hybrid establishment is a destination for a fun, relaxing evening.  The decor is stylish without being pretentious.  The vibe is upscale, but comfortable.  And the staff is extremely friendly and helpful.  They are also exceptionally knowledgeable about the products they sell.  With about 500 bottled wines, plus dozens of beers, bourbons and other hard to find liquors, that’s saying something!

If you are looking for a special or rare beer, wine, or spirit the staff at Grappa Growlers is happy to help you find it.  They’ll do all the research and determine the availability and price of your request, then contact you with the information.  They also do gift baskets that can be delivered locally or shipped out of town for you.

Customers say they especially enjoy sampling the craft beers, or sharing a bottle of wine (along with a meat & cheese plate) among friends.  In addition to the food and drink available daily, Grappa Growlers offers monthly beer and wine tastings, plus they host special food nights.  For instance, this Saturday, Jan. 28, they’ll be offering Gyros & Fries from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. During warmer months they also have special food truck nights.  It’s a terrific way to spend an evening on their patio.  And they even have live music from time to time.

St. Louis favorite Molly Rittenhouse in a performance last year at Grappa Growlers alongside guitarist Andy Vieluf.

The next beer tasting at Grappa Growlers will be Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  On Thursday, Feb. 9 they’ll feature Northern California’s Chacewater Wines from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Check their website for a complete listing of upcoming events.  Grappa Growlers is open Tuesday – Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 7:00 p.m.

As if all that wine tasting, beer tapping, and hanging out wasn’t enough, Grappa Growlers can also be the place for your unique event or a party.  They offer private wine tasting parties for individuals as well as corporate events.  They also have space available to host showers, birthday parties or whatever you’re celebrating.  Grappa Growlers may seem like a nice beer and wine shop on the surface, but they’ve become a go-to destination in Belleville for a good time with friends.

Contact Information:

Grappa Growlers

Owner: Kelly Whitney & Jodi Meravy

1501 North Belt West

Belleville, Illinois

Phone: (618) 234-9463

A FAVORITE FENTON BAR AND GRILL – 026 PUB AND BIERGARTEN

026 Pub and Biergarten

026 Pub and Biergarten

FENTON, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) There’s only one Irish Pub/German Biergarten in Fenton, and it’s named 026 Pub and Biergarten.  Located at 515 Gravois Rd, this is described as a cozy-looking bar with a restaurant and fun beer garden.  According to some, it’s described as a tiny diamond in the rough, and one of the best kept breakfast buffet secret in Fenton.

Besides there infamous Baseball Catcher Mitt size burgers, they also get raves from Yelp reviewers on their pork tenderloin German dishes, and fantastic Reuben sandwiches.  They also have a popular breakfast buffet that includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, cheesy potatoes, biscuits and gravy, breakfast pizza, and all the fried chicken you can eat.  Not to mention they also make omelets to order.

It’s not a fancy place, but the menu is said to be large, diverse, and very interesting.  It’s not everywhere you can go and have the option of ordering a huge specialty burger, and at the same time, an Irish Colcannon or great German goulash.

The Dooley family, who owns the restaurant, moved 026 from a strip mall in Fenton to their current stand alone, larger location.  It continues to be an independently and locally owned family friendly restaurant which boasts of specializing in both American and German cuisine.  And when the weather permits, the restaurant doubles as a 2000 Sq. ft. Biergarten.

The staff is said to be very friendly and the beer choices from all local brewers.  An added bonus is that JC Corcoran is there live with 93.1 KBDZ broadcasting every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 1 pm.  So at those times, expect good food along with fantastic entertainment.  So, for a good new go-to place for eating out, give Fenton’s 026 Pub and Biergarten, a try.

026 Pub and Biergarten

515 Gravois Rd

Fenton, MO 63026

Phone: (636) 343-2055

Contributing Editor: Kara Savio

FAST EDDIE’S BON AIR

35 Years of Cheap Eats and “the Coldest Beer in Town” Fast Eddie’s Bon Air

ALTON, IL: (STLRestaurant.News) – Fast Eddie’s Bon Air – According to the “Beer With Your Buds” survey, when Americans go out for a drink, the majority order beer.  The national survey was commissioned by the makers of Budweiser in honor of National Drink Beer Day (Sept. 28, 2016).  Beer’s popularity isn’t news to patrons or proprietors of Fast Eddie’s Bon Air at 1530 East 4th Street in Alton.  They’ve been serving “the coldest beer in town” since 1981, although the bar’s history goes back even further.

The Bon Air was opened by Anheuser Busch in 1921.  They operated it as a bar selling their beer products, including Budweiser, for about 10-years.  Then new laws took effect that prohibited breweries from owning taverns.  So they sold it to Sam Balco.  He, and later his son, operated the Bon Air until 1981.  That’s when “Fast” Eddie Scholar bought it, and things began to change.

Scholar quadrupled the size of the bar, taking it from 80 to more than 400 seats.  A major expansion in 2008 added a heated, outdoor patio and doubled the seating.  With 800 seats, huge lunch crowds, and standing-room only evenings, it’s not hard to believe they may sell more Anheuser Busch products than any other bar in the Midwest.

Fast Eddie’s Bon Air is known for more than just cold beer.  After customer requests, Scholar added food.  The simple, seven-item menu of tasty, affordable eats is one of Fast Eddie’s biggest claims to fame.  At just $1.99, the half-pound “Fat Eddie” burger may be the best bar food bargain anywhere.  And their basket of fries is legendary.  But it doesn’t stop there.  For just $3.99, you can get the “Big Elwood on a Stick.” It’s a generous kebab of succulent, marinated beef tenderloin and green pepper.  Also $3.99 is the “Hot Chick on a Stick,” Cajun-style chicken wings skewered kebab-style.  The famous, Peel N’ Eat Shrimp is still a deal at 39-cents each! Don’t forget the Pork Kebabs and homemade Brats.

As Food Network’s Alton Brown said when he featured Fast Eddie’s on Feasting on Asphalt, every dish is “a perfectly seasoned standout.”  Brown called it a classic roadhouse, but with better food.

The bar has grown and changed over the years.  Eddie Scholar was fond of saying there’s always a party at the bar, and with a huge variety of top-named bands playing on the Fast Eddie’s stage every night, he may have been right. Eddie Scholar himself died in 2015, but his family still runs Fast Eddie’s Bon Air the way he did.

Some things never change. You still have to be 21 or older to enter Fast Eddie’s.  There’s still a one-drink minimum.  They only take cash!  And there’s no takeout!  But if you go, you can still see some of the bar’s original Anheuser Busch signage and the beer will definitely be cold.

Fast Eddie’s Bon Air is open Monday – Thursday: 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday-Sunday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Contact Information:

Fast Eddie’s Bon Air

1530 E. 4th Street

Alton IL 62002

Phone: (618) 462-5532

Video courtesy of Food Network

Candicci’s Restaurant News – Live Music Schedule – Offering BBQ ASAP

Candicci's Restaurant

Candicci’s Restaurant offers live music and now BBQ ASAP

BALLWIN, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Candicci’s Restaurant has been in the restaurant business for more than 36 years offering gourmet Italian cuisine at an exceptional value with a wide variety of menu options.

Additionally, Candicci’s has purchase certain assets of BBQ ASAP.  The restaurant is closed, but Candicci’s did purchase the trailer-mounted trailer, brand name, recipes and more and will offer it for catering only.  However, BBQ will be available for carry-out in the near future.

Additionally, we offer live music or a regular basis and even more exciting news is that we now offer the popular BBQ ASAP.

Our live music starts at 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  Our schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – Party on the Patio with Gary Brokraw
  • Thursday, June 16, 2016 – Randy Lowery – Lowery Experiences
  • Friday, June 17, 2016 – Bill Park – Instrumental Guitar
  • Saturday, June 18, 2016 – Vince Martin & Dawn Turlington
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – Party on the Patio with The Convertibles
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016 – Scott Laytham & Karl Holmes Duo
  • Friday, June 24, 2016 – To be announced
  • Saturday, June 25, 2016 – Art Bernabo “European Accordian”
  • Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – Party on the Patio with Cindy Craven
  • Thursday, June 30, 2016 – David Becker
  • Friday, July 1, 2016 – Sorry no music
  • Saturday, July 2, 2016 – Sorry no music
  • Wednesday, July 6, 2016 – Party on the Patio with The Convertibles
  • Thursday, July 7, 2016 – Scott Laytham & Karl Holmes Duo
  • Friday, July 8, 2016 – Bill Park – Instrumental Guitar
  • Saturday, July 9, 2016 – Vince Martin & Dawn Turlington
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – Party on the Patio with Dawn Turlington
  • Thursday, July 14, 2016 – To be announced
  • Friday, July 15, 2016 – Bryan Foggs
  • Saturday, July 16, 2016 – To be announced

We acquired the brand, recipes, smoking process and more from BBQ ASAP.  Our new BBQ ASAP catering menu is as follows:

SMOKED MEATS

  • Beef Brisket – $12.99 per lb
  • Pulled Pork – $9.99 per lb
  • Pulled Chicken – $9.99 per lb

BABY BACK RIBS

  • Full Slab – $21.99
  • Half Slab – $15.99

SIDES – $4.49 Pint (2-3 servings) or $7.49 Quart (4-6 Servings)

  • Creamy Baked Potato Salad – with real Hellmann’s mayo
  • Crispy Garden Cole Slaw – sweet peppers, onion, celery & cabbage in a sweet and tangy red wine vinaigrette
  • Sweet BBQ Brisket Beans – traditional BBQ beans with molasses, brown sugar & beef brisket pieces
  • Mac ‘n’ Cheese – creamy macaroni with cheddar and American cheese
  • Sweet Corn Pudding – warm cornbread casserole
  • Green Beans – cooked with smoked pork belly

PACKAGE SPECIALS

  • Full slab Baby Back Ribs, 1lb pulled chicken or pork with choice of two quart sides with Texas Toast for $39.99
  • 2 lbs pulled chicken and/or pork with choice of two quart sides with Pretzel Buns for $34.99
  • Pork Tenderloin, mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables for $34.99

CANDICCI’S SPECIALS – Famous Italian Salad

  • Half Pan (10-12 servings) – $25.00
  • Full Pan (13 – 25 servings) – $45.00

PASTA

  • Half-Pan Pasta (10-12 servings) – $25.00
  • Full Pan Pasta (13 – 25 servings) – $75.00

Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and BarBBQ ASAP

100 Holloway Road

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Mobile Phone: (314) 681-4005

Email: Candiccis@gmail.com

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Evangeline’s Bistro and Music House

Evangeline's Bistro and Music House

EVANGELINE’S BISTRO AND MUSIC HOUSE – ST LOUIS

ST LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Evangeline’s Bistro and Music House has announced their music schedule line up leading up to Memorial Day.  The entertainers are local and out of state talent.  The invite everybody to get down and enjoy these entertainers talents first hand.