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Cedar Hill’s Down Home Dining Favorite Is Coyote Joe’s

Cedar Hill’s Down Home Dining Favorite Is Coyote Joe’s

Homespun Hospitality and Down Home Good Eats at Coyote Joe’s

Cedar Hill, MO/April 16, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – If you drive out Hwy 30 through Jefferson County, you’ll come across the small town of Cedar Hill, tucked along the bank of the Big River.  This is a quintessential Missouri small town.  With fewer than 2,000 residents, it’s fairly rural, with a definite Ozark hills flavor.  The local park is a popular canoe launch site for locals and city-folk alike, since its about 10 miles upstream from Rockford Beach.  There’s an old mill and dam, and a popular fishing hole too.  Visitors will also find an old log cabin near the river that has a great view of the Cedar Hill area and is home to Coyote Joe’s Bar & Grill.

Kristi and Joe Lunsford opened their bar and grill in August 2016.  It’s a family-friendly establishment, even offering a special “Li’l Pups’ Coloring Corner” where kids can color their own coyote pictures to be hung on the restaurant walls.  Since they’re a 100-percent family owned and operated restaurant, they wanted to make sure families feel welcome in their place.  They’ve even started a Tuesday night dinner special that has kids eating free!  Kristi Lunsford says welcoming families, and providing a clean, comfortable dining destination for them is important.  She says they want to make their guests and their staff feel at home.

Coyote Joes offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day.  Their menu is a bit different. It’s written in “Ozark slang,” but don’t worry.  The friendly staff is more than happy to translate for you!  From the fried walleye and alligator tacos to the house-made pork skins—fried fresh daily, and the locally sourced, grass-fed beef, this is down home, Southern-style comfort food.  They even use grandma’s recipes to make their homemade desserts.  Diners will find daily and weekly lunch and dinner specials.  Every Friday, they do “FryDay” all you can eat catfish, shrimp, homemade hushpuppies, and a “fixin.”  There’s a takeout menu too, and customers say the prices are the best in town.

Besides their down home, Southern-style hospitality, another thing that sets Coyote Joe’s apart is their dedication to hunting and using game in their kitchen.  Two Saturdays every month, they offer special “wildlife” dinners featuring dishes made with buffalo, elk, venison, wild boar, rabbit and other game animals.  That culture is reflected in the decor too.  The walls are covered with wildlife and there’s even a stuffed coyote, and a “braggin’ wall” for everyone to hang up their hunting pictures.

Coyote Joe’s is a bar and grill, so you’ll find a full bar offering beer, wine, liquor, and mixed drinks.  They have weekly drink specials during “Happy Hour.”  Like any good bar, you can catch a game (or your favorite sport fishing/hunting show) on one of the TVs.  There’s a jukebox, Video Keno, and lottery ticket sales too.

The Lunsfords are a community oriented family, so they make it part of their business to get involved in community service projects, donate to local charities, and even host benefits.  They have a great private party room that’s perfect for civic events, club meetings, and private party rentals too.

They love to party at Coyote Joe’s, so they celebrate just about everything.  They do themed parties for all the national holidays, including the unofficial celebrations like Mardi Gras, Taco Tuesdays, the Daytona 500, etc.  They’re planning crab boils this spring and summer.  They’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef and cabbage specials on Friday and Saturday.  They’ll have plenty of green beer and drink specials too!

Coyote Joe’s is closed on Mondays.  They’re open Tuesday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Unlike some rural establishments, Coyote Joe’s takes credit cards!  There’s always plenty of parking for motorcycles, big trucks, campers and RVs—whatever you’re driving.  “So come on down,” Lunsford says, “we want to see ya here!”

Contact Information:

Coyote Joe’s Bar & Grill
Owners: Joe and Kristi Lunsford
7000 State Road BB
Cedar Hill, Missouri
Phone: (636) 285-0926

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

Blues City Deli, St. Louis, MO

Singin’ the Praises of Blues City Deli

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blues City Deli

2438 McNair

St. Louis, MO 63104

Phone: (314) 773-8225

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

LaChance Vineyards in Jefferson County

LaChance Vineyards

Growing Grapes, Making Wine, and Celebrating Life – LaChance Vineyards

Desoto, MO/February 4, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) LaChance Vineyards – Nestled in the gently rolling hills of Jefferson County is a growing winemaking community.  Even with a history of German and Italian immigrants in the area growing grapes and making wine for personal use, JeffCo isn’t known as wine country.  Ask someone in St. Louis for a great winery and they’ll probably send you to Augusta, or Hermann, or St. Genevieve.  And yet, every few years a new winery opens just south of the Meramec River, right on St. Louis’ doorstep.  Unlike some of the newer wineries popping up in other parts of the St. Louis area, these Jefferson County vintners are not just blending and bottling vino; they’re growing their own grapes and creating their own wines too.

In 2014 when Harold and Tami Hamby opened LaChance Vineyards (pronounced la-shontz) at 12237 Peter Moore Lane in DeSoto, it was just the third winery in Jefferson County.  There are now four running along a trail either side of Hwy. 21 from Barnhardt through Hillsboro and down to this lovely vineyard in DeSoto.  LaChance is one of the coziest among them, with a farmhouse and other buildings nestled among well maintained gardens.  Their dining room has a large stone fireplace and big windows overlooking the vineyards.  When the weather is nice there are raised decks, patios, and several lovely, shaded outdoor seating areas.

The small farm in southern Jefferson County had been in the Hamby family for decades.  Harold and Tami Hamby moved their family to the farm in 2012 and began the work of building their winery.  They now have nearly 5,000 grapevines and plans for expansion.  LaChance Vineyards is named after Harold’s great-grandfather, Ferdinand ‘Zep’ LaChance, the son of French immigrants.  Despite his poverty, Zep was known for his optimism and sunny disposition.  As such, he’s become a source of inspiration for the Hambys and the winery staff.

LaChance Vineyards is a family-friendly destination.  With over 80 acres of land and plenty of open space, families are encouraged to visit, play and explore.  Picnic baskets are also welcome (but no outside beverages).  The vineyard offers live music on Saturdays, and has nice lunch menu that includes nibbles like charcuterie and cheese trays, plus flat breads, salads, soups, and sandwiches.

On Thursdays and Fridays they do dinner (6-8:00 p.m.).  Reservations are required.  The dinner menu is a small but elegant offering of starters, salads, entrees, and desserts.  You’ll find thoughtful items like Baked Brie Toasts with LaChance Blackberry Jam, and Arugula; Watermelon Gazpacho with Crab Salad; a bone-in pork chop with plum sauce, bacon braised green beans, and wild rice; and grilled ribeye with red wine syrup, blue cheese potato gratin, and asparagus.  For dessert, choose from the blackberry and almond crisp (made with LaChance blackberries) and vanilla ice cream; blueberry bread pudding with peach cream; or their molten chocolate cake with strawberries and mint.  Of course, the staff will be happy to recommend a LaChance wine to accompany each course.

At present there are 14 wines bearing the LaChance label.  They run from sweet wines like Lucky Duck and Sweet Lucy (whites), and Sweet Caboose (red), to blushes like A Rose is a Rose’ and dry wines like Crimson Cabernet (red), Doré (white), and Class Act (Norton).  The tasting room at LaChance is an inviting space that seats about 50 people.  There is a $5.00 fee for tastings, but that includes a keepsake LaChance Vineyards wine glass and five tokens.  Each token may be redeemed for a one ounce pour of wine.  So you’re getting five ounces of high quality wine for $5, and you get the glass!

LaChance is a popular destination for weddings, bridal showers, and other special events.  It’s also a great place to celebrate holidays like Valentine’s Day.  LaChance has two casual, yet romantic evenings planned for Saturday, February 11 (5-9:00 p.m.) and Tuesday, February 14 (5-9:00 p.m.)  There will be a special pick-and-choose dinner menu offered.  Selections include such treats as East Coast oysters, spinach and strawberry salad with fried goat cheese, sour cherry glazed duck, soy braised beef short ribs, cumin crusted lamb chops, molten chocolate cake with strawberry ice cream, chocolate covered strawberries with champagne cream, and red wine poached pears with whipped mascarpone.  Choose the dishes you’d like, along with your favorite wine.  Come for dinner with your sweetheart, and soak up the romantic ambiance while a violinist plays.  Reservations are required.

LaChance is open year round Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Dinner Thursday and Friday are by reservation only.  But regular visits, including their second annual Mardi Gras party (Feb. 25), are open to everyone!

Contact Information:

LaChance Vineyards
Owners: Harold and Tami Hamby
12237 Peter Moore Lane
DeSoto, MO 63020
Phone: (636) 586-2777

Kiss Stars are Rocking It in St. Louis at Rock and Brews

Kiss Stars

Grand Opening of Chesterfield Rock and Brews with Kiss Stars

CHESTERFIELD, MO/January 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Kiss Stars – Okay, I just had an extremely fun interview with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss at the Grand Opening of their Rock and Brew restaurant in Chesterfield.  I was so very surprised and happy that we had such access to them and they couldn’t have been nicer.

I was also very pleased to find out that they’re not just the branding behind the restaurant but are actually owners and have been majorly involved from the planning of the beginning concept to what’s on the menu and everything in between.

There are several things that set Rock and Brew apart from other restaurants.  They serve the highest quality American comfort food by using five star chefs.  They even like to hire general managers and kitchen managers with culinary backgrounds.

They are also an extremely kid friendly and pet friendly restaurant.  They have a special menu for the Lil Rockers of tomorrow and a kids area where they can play.  And yes, they also have a special pet menu especially for Fido with lean, low salt meat…and an occasional mutt brew.

They have an immense multi-selection of craft beers, rock and roll music piped through the restaurant speakers and a huge outdoor beer garden with an open pit gas fire for all year round.

You won’t see any old rock and roll costumes in the place…the guys say they did not want it to be a rock and roll graveyard but a celebration of past, present and future rock and roll.

I was thoroughly impressed that most of what they wanted to talk about was their commitment to Wounded Warriors. Every Grand Opening is a special day for the veterans who have served our country so honorably. They also are big on ordering food products locally and also on helping out schools and organizations in the community.

The amazing friendship the two have goes all the way back to the 70’s when they started their first band together, and years later they are still together creating ways to entertain the masses. There are currently two corporate owned Rock and Brews and seventeen franchises with another one planned to open soon. One things for sure, these guys are nowhere close to stopping now.

Rock and Brews

17258 Chesterfield Airport Rd

Chesterfield, MO

Phone: (636) 536-2739

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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.


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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Noboleis Breaks Ground

Noboleis Breaks

New Warehouse Expansion at Popular Augusta Winery

AUGUSTA, MO/January 4, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) One of Augusta’s favorite Vineyard’s is starting out 2017 with some exciting news.  Noboleis is moving forward with plans to expand by building a big new warehouse on the hillside just north of the winery.  They recently broke ground on the expansion which will allow them to incorporate a complete underground basement barrel cellar and a main ground level warehouse.

The new building will be comprised of additional office space and a small event space overlooking the Norton field.  It will also be used to store finished wine, barrels, tanks, bottling equipment, and wedding supplies, all of which is currently being housed at the winery.

Wine-making and business both keep increasing, the staff keeps expanding and the wedding schedule continues to fill.  These are all reasons why this expansion will be a welcome addition for this New Year.  Noboleis Winery is the perfect place to kick back and relax, while enjoying the serene beauty of the vineyards whether it’s summer, spring, fall or winter.

Their Tasting room is temporarily closed for maintenance until January 13th but will be back open for enjoyment on January 14th.  Normally, outside of four days, it’s open the entire year. Be sure and join their awesome wine club.

Hours: Monday-Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


Noboleis Winery 100 Hemsath Road
Augusta, MO 63332
Phone: (636) 482-4500


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New Years Eve Party 2017 at Talayna’s Italian Restaurant

New Years Eve

New Years Eve Party 2017

Chesterfield, MO/December 11, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) New Years Eve 2017 – Talayna’s Italian Restaurant located in Chesterfield, MO invites the community to join them and dance into 2017 with premium live music featuring legendary entertainer Joe Bozzi and Band, 6 course gourmet meal prepared by Talayna’s and an open bar.

Joe Bozzi has been known in the St. Louis area for years.  Most commonly known as the “Godfather of St. Louis Music”.  More impressively, Bozzi was also the music teacher for the well-known musician, Michael McDonald, previously with The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan.

Throughout the 60’s Bozzi was entertaining crowds at the St. Louis Playboy Club backing up such stars as trumpet player, Dizzy Gillespie, and saxophonist Cannonball Adderly and entertainers such as Johnny Carson and Bill Cosby.

Talayna’s Italian Restaurant has been in business providing fine Italian cuisines including pizza for more than 50 years, owned and operated by husband and wife team, Mehdi and Susan Rouhani for the previous 36 years.  Talayna’s has been serving St. Louis Style Pizza before it was called St. Louis Style Pizza.

Combining the talent and history of a duet such as Talayna’s Italian Restaurant and Joe Bozzi creates the perfect atmosphere for a perfect evening celebrating the beginning of a new year – 2017.

The evening will begin at 8 pm and last through 1 am.  Prepaid reservations can be made at Talayna’s website or visit the EVENTBRITE Page.  The cost of the event is $75 per person, which includes tax and gratuity, open bar and the six course gourmet meal.

Contact information:

Talayna’s Italian Restaurant

68 Four Seasons Shopping Center

Chesterfield, MO 63017

Phone: (314) 469-6650

Email: mr@talaynas.net


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Pairing the Perfect Wine with Your Thanksgiving Meal – Noboleis Vineyards

Noboleis Vineyards

Celebrate the Holiday’s with Noboleis Vineyards

Augusta, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) It’s that time of year again when the holidays are upon us!  And one of the biggest meals of the year is right around the corner.  We spend so much time planning the food that we’re going to prepare for the upcoming big family and friend event, that we sometimes forget to spend enough time planning what kind of wine to choose to serve with your perfect meal.  And no Thanksgiving meal is complete without an excellent bottle of wine!

As always, Noboleis Vineyards is thinking of our customers and want to make a couple of suggestions to make sure you have a smooth holiday occasion.  Both our Traminette and Noboleis Blanc, are wonderful white wines to pair with your Turkey dinner this Thanksgiving.   As always, our friendly staff is ready to help you choose a wine that will pair well with whatever meal you have planned for the Holiday of Feasting!

And once the feast is over and the turkey and sweet potatoes are all gone, we hope you think small and support local business by coming out for our Small Business Saturday, November 26th.  It’ll be a great day to take a drive out to wine country and visit us, and a perfect time to re-stock your wine cellar for upcoming Christmas and New Year’s parties.  Come by and our always friendly staff will be more than happy to help you pair the perfect wine with your favorite party recipes!  Plus, we have great gift ideas in the tasting room for the wine lover in your life.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving…from our family to yours!  And we hope to see you the weekend after.

Noboleis Vineyards
100 Hemsath Rd
Augusta, MO 63332

Open Dailey: 7am-5pm
Phone: (636) 482-4500
Email: info@noboleisvinyards.com

Contributing Editor: Kara Savio


Lizzie Bob's

Offering Sweets from Scratch to Go!

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL: (STLRestaurant.News) – Sweet-toothed residents in the metro-east now have a new, daily source of scratch-made goodies!  After a year of baking custom cakes and sweets, Lizzie Bob’s Sweets From Scratch has opened a storefront bakery at 823 Lincoln Highway, #102 in Fairview Heights.  Lizzie Bob’s owner Elizabeth Toepfer’s has been baking and designing cakes for more than 15 years.  For the last year her company Lizzie Bob’s Sweets From Scratch has been supplying custom cakes and treats on a special order basis.  So when she opened the new bakery, she had one goal in mind: make it easier for customers to get her sweets from scratch every day.  And customers who already know and love her delectable treats are celebrating.  Soon others will discover the carefully crafted, scrumptiousness of Lizzie Bob’s baked goods.

The new bakery officially opened Tuesday, November 15th with customers coming in before the sun was fully up.  If you missed the grand opening, you can still check out the new bakery any Tuesday – Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  You’ll find a daily selection of scratch-made baked goods including cupcakes, pies, brownies, scones, cheesecake, cookies, cannoli, pizzelle (those delicate Italian waffle cookies), gooey butter cake, rice Krispy treats.  Plus there’s homemade bread, rolls, soups, sandwiches, coffee, tea, and even dog treats!  This month’s special is Lizzie Bob’s fresh baked, personal-sized Streusel Apple Pie!  As in her special order business, everything at the new bakery is made fresh and from scratch.

When Toepfer says she makes her goodies from scratch, she means everything—right down to the cake flour, which she makes herself!  She also makes her own modeling chocolates and all of her butter cream frostings (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, lemon, orange, and raspberry!)  As if that wasn’t enough, she makes all her own whipped cream frostings in vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.  Toepfer says her husband and kids act as taste testers and quality control inspectors as she experiments with new creations.

A self-proclaimed “science nerd,” Toepfer enjoys developing new ingredients and new recipes for her bakery.  Right now she says she’s working on creating her own vanilla extract and flavor emulsions.  And in response to customer requests, she’s developing a line of diabetic sweets.  In creating her sweet treats, Toepfer is guided by her own desire to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  That’s led her to use only fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs in her cooking and baking.

Besides the daily selection in the new shop, Lizzie Bob’s continues to offer dessert table catering for special events including weddings, showers, birthday parties, office parties, anniversaries, grand openings, etc.  They’ll create custom themed cakes, cupcakes and cookies.  Orders can be placed online, by phone at (618) 334-4917, or in person at the shop.  You can even arrange to have them deliver and set up!

Oh, and Lizzie Bob’s also does pie—really, really good pie.  But get your Thanksgiving order in while there’s still time!  If you want something wonderful right away, now you don’t have to wait!  Now you can pop into Lizzie Bob’s Bakery and get a scratch-made sweet fix today!

Contact Information:

Lizzie Bob’s Bakery
Owner: Elizabeth Toepfer
823 Lincoln Hwy #102
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
(618) 589-3770


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