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2017 Dine Out for Life Saint Louis

Dine Out for Life, St. Louis, MO

50+ STL Restaurants Participating in AIDS Fundraiser

St. Louis, MO/March 20, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — Enjoy a great meal on Thursday, April 27th and support an important cause in your community.  Dine Out for Life is a win-win proposition for hungry St. Louisans.  Each year, since 1993, local restaurants have given away at least 25-percent of their day’s receipts to benefit those living with HIV/AIDS in the St. Louis community.  St. Louis is one of more than 50 communities in the US and Canada participating.  This year 58 restaurants have signed up to participate so far.  Nine are donating 50-percent of each customer’s check to benefit St. Louis Effort for AIDS.  The local non-profit provides education on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and comprehensive support services for those affected by the disease.

Here’s an interactive list of participating restaurants that lets your sort by region, cuisine, or meal and then stack by donation amount or alphabetically.  The list includes great breakfast destinations like the Bike Stop Cafe in St. Charles, MoKaBe’s Coffee House, and both Rooster restaurant locations (downtown and South Grand).  There are dozens of choices for lunch, including burger joints, craft breweries, Mexican restaurants, Asian eateries, German beer gardens, brew pubs, BBQ, and more.  Dinner adds upscale dining options, along with steak houses, tapas, Italian cuisine, taverns, pizzerias, and more.

Even your dog can get in on the giving! Stop into Four Muddy Paws at 1711 Park Ave. in Lafayette Square and pick up a treat for your furry pal, and they’ll donate 25-percent of the tab!  Maplewood’s Airedale Antics (7316 Manchester Road) is also donating 25-percent of all food sales that day.

Last year alone, 3,197 restaurants participated in Dine Out for Life Events in the US and Canada, raising $4.19 million for 54 licensed charitable organizations.  In 2016 the St. Louis community raised over $151,000.  One of the truly unique aspects of this annual fundraiser is the emphasis on helping the local community.  All of the funds are raised locally and all of the funds stay local.  April 27th is St. Louis’ chance to grab a great meal, snack, coffee, or cocktail and help our neighbors too.

Longtime Soulards Restaurant & Bar Fire

Longtime Soulards Restaurant & Bar Fire

Fire Destroys Soulards Restaurant & Bar

ST. LOUIS, MO/March 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) A longtime mainstay in Soulard is no more.  Firefighters were called to a blaze at the Soulards Restaurant & Bar located at 1731 S. 7th, at approximately 6:00 p.m. tonight.

Longtime Soulards Restaurant & Bar Fire

Longtime Soulards Restaurant & Bar Fire

Jasean Davis, a dishwasher at the restaurant, said the fire began when the manager was cleaning the stove.  He says he believes backed up grease and food were the cause of the fire, which eventually traveled to the hood.  Passersby saw flames shooting from the roof.

The fine dining venue located one block south of the historic Soulard Market, and one mile from Busch Stadium appears to be a total loss.  This is devastating news for Tim Badock, who has owned the restaurant for over 35 years.  Badlock’s parents opened the restaurant in 1977.

Many of the employees had worked at Soulard’s for years.  The low key fine dining venue with an American steak and seafood menu also had many regular patrons from all around the metropolitan areas.

At the time the fire broke out no customers were in the restaurant.  There were workers onsite but fortunately no one was hurt.  Badock’s family also owns the Lewis and Clark restaurant in St. Charles, which was also damaged last week by fire.


Saint Louis’ 10 Best Restaurants with a View

Best Restaurants with a View

Top 10 Scenic Restaurant Views in Saint Louis

St. Louis, MO/March 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis is a beautiful city, with a history that dates back to the late 1700s and a topography that includes rivers, valleys, bluffs, and cityscape.  With all of the visual diversity of the region, it’s not surprising to find a long list of great restaurants that offer scenic views of the city and the surrounding countryside.  Diners can enjoy a meal while enjoying the downtown skyline, overlooking beautiful parklands, or enjoying one of our many riverfronts.  The best restaurant views depend, to some extent, on what you want to see—city lights, nature’s glory, quaint and historic architecture, etc.

In order to find the best options for a meal with a view, we turned to customer reviews.  We wanted to know which restaurants offered the best combination of delicious food, good service, pleasant ambiance, and a one-of-a-kind view.  And while many of the restaurants on our list have terrific patios and decks, we also required that the view had to be available all year long—whether from terrific picture windows (like Panorama) or a heated patio (like Vin de Set).  That excluded a whole list of terrific restaurants with scenic patios, but no way to enjoy the view during colder weather. (Don’t worry, as it warms up, we’ll write more about those great al fresco views too.)

What we found was that St. Louis diners like a view with their meal.  Even when the weather is less than inviting for outdoor dining, there are still some amazing views to be enjoyed while dining on a great meal.  It’s not surprising that Three Sixty at the Ballpark Hilton topped our list.  This swanky indoor and outdoor rooftop restaurant and bar offers 360-degree views of downtown St. Louis, including a nice view into Busch Stadium.  The spectacular views, extensive wine, beer, and cocktail selection, as well as a delicious assortment of snacks, salads, and small plates combine to make this a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Chef Rex Hale’s approach to bar food elevates his small plate offerings to new heights.  His menu offers inventive takes on sliders, fish tacos, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and more.  The views are breathtaking, even during winter, making this downtown favorite a rooftop dining destination.

There are a lot of great views among the top ten—from the Arch to Forest Park, and beyond. Don’t take our word for it. Here’s a look at the full list of St. Louis diners’ favorite restaurants offering scenic views:

1. Three Sixty at the Ballpark Hilton (4.12 stars/782 reviews) Downtown, 1 South Broadway, Saint Louis, Missouri, (314) 241-8439.
2. Grafton Oyster Bar (4.10 stars/70 reviews) Great River Road, 215 West Water Street, Grafton, IL 62037, (618) 786-3000.
3. Cielo Restaurant at the Four Seasons St. Louis (4.01 stars/458 reviews) Downtown, 999 North 2nd Street, Saint Louis, Missouri 63102, (314) 881-5759.
4. Panorama at the Saint Louis Art Museum (4.00 stars/124 reviews) Forest Park, 1 Fine Arts Drive, Saint Louis, Missouri 63110, (314) 655-5490.
5. India Palace (3.99 stars/261 reviews) Bridgeton, 4534 North Lindbergh Blvd, 11th Floor, Saint Louis, Missouri 63044, (314) 731-3333.
6. Vin de Set (3.98/527 reviews) Lafayette Square, 2017 Chouteau Ave, Saint Louis, Missouri 63103, (314) 241-8989.
7. Kemoll’s Italian Restaurant (3.90 stars/358 reviews) Downtown, 211 North Broadway, Saint Louis, Missouri, (314) 421-0555.
8. The Loading Dock (3.93 stars/245 reviews) Great River Road, 401 East Front Street, Grafton, IL 62037, (618) 786-3494.
9. Bixby’s (3.93 stars/183 reviews) MO History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, Saint Louis, Missouri 63112, (314) 361-7313.
10. Eclipse STL (3.86 stars/251 reviews) The Loop, 6177 Delmar, University City, Saint Louis, Missouri 63112, (314) 726-2222.

As generally happens when we assemble a top 10 list, there isn’t enough room to share all of the noteworthy restaurants we found to be customer favorites.  So we give them Honorable Mentions.  These two restaurants offer views that are as spectacular as they are unique.  Both are open year round with great views from inside, but they also have outdoor seating that makes them super popular during warmer weather.

Cardinals Nation (3.81 stars/272 reviews) Ballpark Village, 601 Clark Street, Ste. 102, Saint Louis, Missouri 63102, (314) 345-9880.
Boathouse at Forest Park (3.41 stars/566 reviews) Forest Park, 6101 Government Drive, Saint Louis, Missouri 63110, (314) 367-2224.

Lenten Dining is Fine Dining at Charlie Gitto’s

Lenten Dining is Fine Dining at Charlie Gitto’s

Charlie Gitto’s Offers Lent-Friendly Upscale Pasta & Seafood

St. Louis, MO/March 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Everyone loves a great fish fry during Lent, but some Friday nights, you want a more upscale dining experience.  That’s where great Italian fare can really fill the bill.  Well prepared pasta and seafood can make for an unforgettable evening.  If you’re going for a nice dinner out, why settle for plastic forks and paper plates, when St. Louis’ favorite Italian restaurant, Charlie Gitto’s offers so many Lent-friendly pasta and seafood dishes?

Gitto’s has been serving fine Italian food on the Hill for more than 35 years. St. Louis diners love it so much, they’ve named it the best Italian restaurant, best fine dining establishment, and best date night restaurant in multiple publications.  They’re an OpenTable Diner’s Choice winner (2015), and are currently the #1 Italian restaurant in St. Louis based on customer reviews.

The food at Charlie Gitto’s is top tier, but the real secret to Gitto’s success is the attention to detail that’s become the hallmark of all three of his St. Louis restaurants.  Everything they do at Gitto’s is aimed at creating an incredible dining experience.  From the casually elegant decor, to the warm, attentive, personalized service—Gitto’s makes every meal a special event.  The menu is a scrumptious selection of fresh, handmade, delectable options to suit many tastes.

This may be the birthplace of toasted ravioli, but the appetizer menu at Charlie Gitto’s has some great Lent-friendly choices too.  Start with something savory, like Arancini: risotto balls, filled with fresh mozzarella cheese, served with their famous pomodoro and walnut pesto cream sauces.  Or opt for eggplant.  They do it two ways: Parmesano (baked with their famous pomodoro sauce and cheeses); or Napoleon (with layers of breaded eggplant fried, filled with layers of CG’s cheeses, roasted sweet peppers, pesto, pomodoro and Asiago cream).  Or start with a bowl of their velvety lobster bisque.

The seafood, pasta, and pizza options seem endless.  Choose from pastas like Penne Primavera, homemade manicotti, linguini with fresh clams, lobster ravioli, or one their signature dishes like Seafood Pasta Suzanne (fresh homemade tagliatelle noodles with shrimp, scallops, clams, langostino and mussels in a spicy three-pepper cream sauce), or Pappardelle with Fresh Tomatoes (homemade ribbon noodles in a San Marzano tomato sauce).  They have a nice variety of seafood options too, including salmon, tilapia, shrimp scampi, and seafood risotto—all expertly prepared.  Prefer pizza?  They do a terrific brick oven Margherita, a classic CG cheese pizza, and delicious roasted mushroom pizza with fresh spinach, CG’s cheeses and pesto.

Of course Gitto’s professionally-trained sommelier is always available to help diners select wine to perfectly complement their meal.  A wine list with hundreds of selections means there’s something everyone will love.

As the weather warms, enjoy dining al fresco on the gorgeous patio at Charlie Gitto’s original location on the Hill.  Have drinks at the Hollywood Casino patio before your meal, or drop into the Chesterfield location for a quality lunch or dinner.  Whichever location you choose, you don’t have to give up real table linens, china and crystal, or amazing food and service just because it’s Lent.  Indoors or out, on the Hill, at the casino, or in Chesterfield, Charlie Gitto’s offers diners a beautiful meal with family and friends (or that special someone), during Lent and all year long.

Charlie Gitto’s contact information:

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill
5226 Shaw Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314) 772-8898
Offering Dinner:
Monday through Thursday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Charlie Gitto’s from The Hill
15525 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone: (636) 536-2199
Offering Lunch (weekdays) and Dinner:
Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino
777 Casino Center
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Phone: (314) 770-7663
Offering Dinner:
Monday through Thursday: 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saint Louis’ 10 Best Steakhouses


The Top 10 Steakhouses in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO/ (STLRestaurant.News) – With thousands of restaurants in the St. Louis area to choose from, there really is something for everyone.  Whether you want sushi, pasta, or seafood, you’ll find some excellent choices in St. Louis.  But for some diners nothing beats a great steakhouse.  Prime cuts, scratch-made sides, locally sourced ingredients, top shelf service: there’s just nothing quite like a great steakhouse.  The best offer amazing steaks on a diverse menu of dishes made with the highest quality ingredients.  You should find multiple choices of sumptuous beef, including the best prime cuts, because a fundamental quality of a really good steakhouse is a superior steak.  But they should cater to a wide range of tastes, and often offer really great seafood too.

That’s certainly true for the top ten steakhouses in the St. Louis area.  Each offers a terrific menu of steak, seafood, pasta, salads, and sides.  Topping the list is a St. Louis classic, Annie Gunn’s Restaurant in Chesterfield.  The restaurant inside the unpretentious looking Smokehouse Market has been a long-time local favorite.  Annie Gunn’s Executive Chef Lou Rook, III relies on a network of local family farmers for the freshest ingredients around.  He uses seasonal produce, handcrafted artisanal and farmstead cheese, olive oils, and other products to create irresistible, sophisticated cuisine.  The menu includes the great steaks, of course, like the Angus reserve aged filet mignon; USDA Prime aged New York strips and ribeyes; and a 34-ounce American Style Kobe Tomahawk Chop with a marble grade of 9—yum!

Annie Gunn’s is also known for their award-winning wine list.  There are more than 700 labels to choose from.  Annie Gunn’s is a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner—one of just five Missouri restaurants to receive such recognition.  Their wine cellar includes selections from all of the major wine-producing regions, including the most important producers of France, Italy and America.  Their well trained staff can help diners select an excellent wine to accompany their meal.

Annie Gunn’s offers a great steakhouse experience in a laid back, pub-like dining room.  It’s a family friendly environment too, even offering a nice kids’ menu.  This place has the elements that make for a classic steakhouse experience: terrific service, comfortable atmosphere, outstanding service, and of course, amazing food.  St. Louis diners give Annie Gunn’s the #1 spot on our Steakhouse Top 10.

Here is the complete list of St. Louis Top 10 Steakhouses, according to customer reviews:

1. Annie Gunn’s Restaurant (4.49 stars/667 reviews) Chesterfield Valley, 16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005, (636) 532-7684
2. J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood (4.43 stars/261 reviews) West County Mall, 17A W County Center, Ste A102 Des Peres, MO 63131, (314) 965-4600.
3. Citizen Kane’s Steak House (4.41 stars/329 reviews) Kirkwood, 133 W Clinton Place, Saint Louis, MO 63122, (314) 965-9005.
4. The Tenderloin Room at the Chase Park Plaza (4.41 stars/192 reviews) Central West End, 232 N Kingshighway Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-0900.
5. Twisted Tree Steakhouse (4.39 stars/116 reviews) Sunset Hills, 10701 Watson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63127, (314) 394-3366
6. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (4.35 stars/262 reviews) Frontenac, 1855 S Lindbergh Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63131, (314) 567-7610.
7. Kreis Steakhouse & Bar (4.34 stars/331 reviews) Frontenac, 535 S Lindbergh Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63131, (314) 993-0735
8. Andria’s Countryside Restaurant (4.32 stars/106 reviews) Edwardsville, 7415 State Rte 143, Edwardsville, IL 62025, (618) 656-0281.
9. 1818 Chophouse (4.26 stars/210 reviews) Edwardsville, 210 S Buchanan Street, Edwardsville, IL 62025, (618) 307-9300.
10. Carmine’s Steakhouse (4.23 stars/435 reviews) Downtown, 20 S 4th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 241-1631

As generally happens when we try to narrow down a very popular type of cuisine or restaurant to just the ten best, a few notable establishments don’t quite make the cut.  And so we include them as honorable mentions.  Sometimes they don’t have enough reviews.  Sometimes they’re in the outer reaches of the region we call St. Louis.  That’s the case with the first of our honorable mentions:

Popeye’s Chop House (4.57 stars/152 reviews) Clinton County, IL, 17910 Saint Rose Road, St. Rose, IL 62230, (618) 526-7369. This terrific steakhouse is about 50 miles east of downtown St. Louis in Clinton County.  They’re known for their prime steak cuts, including their 16 ounce New York strips and ribeyes, as well as a healthy 10 ounce filet.  They have a sophisticated seafood selection that varies according to the market.  It often includes choices like fresh salmon, large sea scallops, Chilean sea bass, plus fried choices like Icelandic cod, catfish fillets, shrimp, and crab cakes.  Another really popular item you’ll find at Popeye’s that you won’t find at most Steakhouses in St. Louis: jumbo frog legs, fried up golden, crispy, and delicious.  Popeye’s is a little on the casual side, with it’s rustic, hunting lodge decor, complete with large stone fireplace and a black bear just inside the door. Seriously.  It’s sitting in the first booth, and it’s a popular photo op.

An Honorable Mention also goes to:

The Brass Rail Steakhouse (4.23 stars/283 reviews) Weldon Spring, 4601 Highway K, O’Fallon, MO 63368, (636) 329-1349.  This St. Charles County favorite missed the Top 10 by just a few reviews.  This is another rustic venue, but with a pub feel, rather than lodge.  BRS is known for its hand crafted food including dry aged, hand-cut USDA Prime sirloin, and USDA Certified Hereford Beef ribeyes, filets, and New York strips.  And as if great food, great services, and live entertainment weren’t enough, the Brass Rail also opens up TBR Prime Steak Market on weekends from March to October—meaning you can buy their hand cut steaks to cook at home.

Fire Damages Lewis & Clark’s Restaurant in St. Charles

Fire damages

Historic Main Street Restaurant Temporarily Closed After Blaze

St. Charles, MO/March 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — A popular restaurant along St. Charles’ historic Main Street is temporarily closed after a late night fire.  Lewis & Clark’s Restaurant at 217 South Main Street was ablaze when firefighters were sent to the scene about 12:30 Wednesday morning.  Battalion Chief Dan Casey of the St. Charles Fire Department said crews arrived to find heavy smoke pouring from the roof and back of the building.

Chief Casey said the fire began in the kitchen.  He said the size, age, and type of structure caused additional concern in battling the fire, so a second alarm was called.  Lewis & Clark Restaurant occupies a three-story brick building that dates back to the late 1800’s.  The chief credits the installed sprinkler/fire suppression system with keeping the damage to a minimum.  He said that allowed his men to get the fire under control fairly quickly.  Still, Chief Casey said the whole building sustained heavy smoke and water damage.

Lewis & Clark’s American Restaurant and Public House opened in St. Charles’ historic shopping district in 1985.  Dan Badock (of Soulard’s Restaurant fame) bought the established restaurant from founder Bob Kirkwood in 2012.  Badock posted this message Wednesday on the restaurant’s Facebook Page: “We had a Fire early this morning. We will Re Open (sic) after Repairs… I will keep you my loyal customers and friends posted.  Sorry for any Inconvenience.”  Repairs are reportedly expected to take about a month to complete.

Lewis & Clark’s offers classic American fare, including steaks, seafood, and burgers.  The casual restaurant is known for its ample dining and event space, picture windows, and balcony seating, which offers nice views of the Missouri River and historic Main Street.


Restaurant Directory


ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis Media, LLC d.b.a. N2 Marketing launched STLRestaurant.News in March 2016 to give St. Louis area restaurants access to a highly optimized blog site and the social media world, which now includes more than 50 top-rated social sites including Google+, Facebook, Twitter (more than 70,000 followers), Google Blogger, Tumblr and many more.

More importantly, last week STLRestaurant.News was approved to be “included” in Google News, which substantially expands their reach to St. Louis consumers.  Their comprehensive list of social sites is no match for the exposure that Google News will provide to their customers.  In addition to being the worlds largest search engine, Google News is the worlds largest news aggregator.

You can visit the website at http://STLRestaurant.News and create your own press release, pay $99.95 using PayPal and submit it online.  It has to be approved by management before it is published, but it is that easy and fast.

After it is published your press release will be published on STLRestaurant.News indefinitely and distributed using the major search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo, Google News and more than 50 top-rated social sites for maximum online visibility.

About St. Louis Media, LLC d.b.a. N2 Marketing

St. Louis Media, LLC is a joint venture involving MaxGroup Marketing and WebTech Group.  Both are St. Louis based technology companies that specialize in “search engine friendly” web design, SEO, email marketing, press release distribution, online directory listings management, Domain Names, website hosting and more.

In addition to STLRestaurant.News, St. Louis Media, LLC has launched STL.News and MOBev.News.

STL.News will publish St. Louis news articles and distribute press releases using the same channels, the major search engines, 50+ top-rated social sites and Google News.  Approval to be included in Google News is pending.  St. Louis Media, LLC expects approval sometime in June 2016.

MOBev.News will distribute news and press releases for the Missouri Beverage industry, evidenced by the name, which stands for Missouri Beverage, which will include Missouri based wineries, breweries and distilleries.  They intend to submit to Google News for “inclusion” sometime in July.

Further, plans are for all sites to also be included in Bing News, Yahoo News and Apple News as well as continue expanding their distribution to as many social sites as possible.

For more information contact:

Dave Myers or Marty Smith

St. Louis Media, LLC d.b.a. N2 Marketing

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Phone: (314) 474-9854

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