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The Best Tapas & Small Plates in St. Louis

The Best Tapas & Small Plates in St. Louis

St. Louis’ Top 10 Tapas & Small Plate Restaurants

St. Louis, MO/July 2, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Tapas began as appetizers or snacks served in select bars in Spain. Simple offerings of spiced olives, or a few sautéed shrimp were served both hot and cold. But tapas have evolved into an entire, sophisticated cuisine. Today’s small plates offer more than the traditional Spanish flavors, spanning the globe.  In the hands of American chefs, these simple nibbles have grown into elaborate and eclectic sharable dishes.  Today’s small plates present an opportunity to sample several of the most flavorful dishes on the menu and to build a meal that satisfies your individual tastes.

We wanted to know where St. Louis diners go for their favorite small plate meals.  So, we checked the customer reviews, crunched the numbers, and found the top 10 tapas bars and small plate restaurants in the metro area.  Not surprisingly, many of them are also known as terrific wine bars or craft cocktail bars—meaning tapas in St. Louis is still tied to its beginnings as simple, delicious eats designed to accompany a well-made alcoholic beverage.

Topping the list is the appropriately named, Taste.  This Central West End hangout offers New American tapas and highly acclaimed signature cocktails.  It opened in the summer of 2009 on Sidney Street as Taste by Niche, and was quickly popular for its hand crafted cocktails, intimate setting, and thoughtful nibbles.  After outgrowing its first home, the cozy cocktail lounge moved to the Central West End, offering three times the space, a menu of “sharable” fare, and a new name, now simply Taste.

Today, Taste offers a seasonal menu of New American tapas, as well as a concise list of entrees.  Snacks like their bacon fat fried cornbread, deviled eggs, cheese and charcuterie boards are the perfect accompaniments to the acclaimed cocktails created at the Taste bar.  The small plates at Taste are full flavored bites that blend local produce with global flavors.  The menu includes delectable selections like the Union Loafer’s bruschetta—currently available with arugula/almond pesto, local tomatoes, and sherry gastrique; mussels with white wine, curry, fennel, ginger, lime, and cilantro; a flavorful take on gnudi, the pillowy gnocchi-like dumplings are prepared with corn, cotija cheese, chorizo butter, pineapple, fried onions, and cilantro.  Everything on the menu is thoughtfully prepared and served with care, making Taste St. Louis’ favorite place for small plates.

The rest of the top 10 tapas/small plate restaurants offer a variety of settings and cuisines, ranging from classic tapas bars and market cafes to wine bars and craft cocktail lounges.  Here is the full top 10 list:

1. Taste Bar (4.76 stars/469 reviews) Central West End, 4584 Laclede Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-1200.
2. Edibles & Essentials (4.71 stars/101 Reviews) St. Louis Hills, 5815 Hampton Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 328-2300.
3. Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas (4.49 stars/287 reviews) St Charles, 325 South Main Street, Saint Charles, MO 63301, (636) 724-3434.
4. Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar (4.31 stars/754 Reviews) Downtown, 1004 Locust Street, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 241-8141.
5. Nixta (4.29 stars/62 Reviews) Botanical Heights, 1621 Tower Grove, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 932-1088.
6. Mango Peruvian Cuisine (4.28 stars/1215 Reviews) Downtown, 1001 Washington Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 621-9993.
7. Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar (4.26 stars/337 Reviews) Clayton, 222 South Bemiston Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63105, (314) 726-5757.
8. Farmhaus (4.26 stars/392 Reviews) Lindenwood Park, 3257 Ivanhoe Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 647-3800.
9. Robust at The MX (4.16 stars/260 reviews) Downtown, 635 Washington Ave., Saint Louis, MO, 63101, (314) 287-6300.
10. Público (4.15 stars/177 reviews) University City Loop, 6679 Delmar Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63130, (314) 833-5780.

As often happens when we publish a top 10 list, we found several places that offer great tapas or small plates, but didn’t quite fit into the top 10.  Either they had really high marks, but not enough customer reviews (minimum 50), or they’re already well loved, and better known for something else.  These notable establishments earn Honorable Mentions:

Cellar House (4.58 stars/26 reviews) Oakville, 6039 Telegraph Road, St Louis, MO 63129, (314) 846-5100.  This cozy wine bar and scratch restaurant offers a nice selection of small plates that pair well with wine.  Everything is fresh, and made with locally sourced, organic ingredients whenever possible.  Plus they offer 20 wines by the glass, more than 200 wines by the bottle, a nice selection of craft beers, and craft cocktails.

Polite Society (4.53 stars/47 reviews) Lafayette Square, 1923 Park Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 325-2553.  This contemporary, sophisticated bar and restaurant opened in 2016.  They feature a menu of seasonal small plates that change throughout the year.  From apps like shrimp and grits, to creamy cheese spatzle, and a nice selection of salumi and farmhouse cheese, there are plenty of small plates to keep your interest.  There’s also a great wine-by-the-glass selection, plus several signature cocktails.

Small Batch (4.21 stars/241 reviews) Midtown, 3001 Locust Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 380-2040.  Although not strictly a tapas restaurant, Small Batch offers a very nice selection of small plates to accompany their excellent small batch whiskey offerings.  Customers rave about dishes like cauliflower with bourbon buffalo sauce and bleu cheese, vegetarian rangoon with pineapple cream cheese; and perfectly crispy poutine with chihuahua cheese and peppered white gravy.

New Potsticker Restaurant to Open in South St. Louis

New Potsticker Restaurant to Open in South St. Louis

Not Your Typical Potstickers

St. Louis, MO/July 2, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – If you are a fan of potstickers, you might be in luck because starting this fall a new pot sticker restaurant is set to open at 4168 Juniata Street in St. Louis’ Tower Grove South neighborhood.  The restaurant will be the front end of David Dresner’s potsticker production facility.  It’s been two years since Dresner, CEO and Founder of Sleeve a Message coffee cozies, first announced his plans to create a combined space for making his Crispy Edge brand retail line of potstickers and a restaurant.  Although the name of the restaurant hasn’t been announced, Dresner says his plans are moving forward and the Crispy Edge facility and restaurant should open in the fall.  You can follow the progress of the restaurant build on his Crispy Edge Facebook page.

Introduced to the savory, doughy, stuffed dumplings by his grandfather as a young boy in Chicago, David Dresner says he’s been making potstickers since he was only five years old.  Now that he’s perfected his technique, he wants to share his lifelong passion with hungry fellow St. Louis citizens.  Dresner bought the building (a former community center) which will house his business in 2015.  After a few delays, Dresner says he’s finally set to open his restaurant. Potstickers might seem like an odd focal point around which to build a restaurant (and business), but Crispy Edge’s Facebook page already has upwards of 750 followers, and the company isn’t even off the ground yet.  It seems pot sticker lovers in the St. Louis area have already worked up an appetite and are excited for Dresner’s new restaurant.

A new pot sticker joint is exciting enough news for a St. Louis area foodie, but Dresner does not make just your typical run-of-the-mill potstickers.  According to Dresner, he’s interested in expanding upon traditional potstickers to make globally inspired cuisine.  And he’s thinking way outside the box.  Take the Asian Cherry Bomb he shared with Facebook followers.  It’s a green tea matcha dough with a mascarpone pistachio filling.  It also has a pitted cherry stuffed with a full cashew, includes a toasted almond chamomile edge, and it’s finished with a lemon white tea sauce.  Sounds amazing! Crispy Edge’s future menu will include completely original pot sticker combinations influenced by flavors around the world.  The restaurant will also have a coffee and bar section.

Dresner came to St. Louis from Chicago for college.  He began Sleeve a Message, a company which designs custom printed coffee-sleeves, in the T-Rex startup incubator.  It now employs 30 people and serves 2,000 customers.  So, while this will be his first time running a restaurant, the 29-year old Dresner is an experienced businessman who wants to share something he loves with his adoptive city.

Along with the restaurant itself, David Dresner intends for Crispy Edge potstickers to become a patented food product, so a section of the restaurant’s location will become a factory dedicated to manufacturing the potstickers to make his food accessible for customers at stores—he’s already expanding his business outside of the restaurant.

So, if you are already a fan of potstickers, keep your eye out for Crispy Edge’s retail debut, and Dresner’s new restaurant in the very near future.  David Dresner’s fun new take on potstickers is promising to bring something fresh to St. Louis diners.

Contact Information:

Crispy Edge Gourmet Potstickers
4168 Juniata Street
Tower Grove South
St. Louis, MO 63116
Phone: (847) 899-0920
Target Opening: Fall 2017

June is Promising New Eats for St. Louis Diners

June is Promising New Eats for St. Louis Diners – STLRestaurant.News

New STL Restaurants and Breweries Opening in June – New Eats

St. Louis, MO/May 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) New Eats – As we wind our way into the unofficial start of summer in St. Louis, we can look forward to long days, warm weather, summer festivals, and several new restaurants!  June is historically a month of new beginnings, so restaurant openings seem all too appropriate.  And this year, June delivers the goods.  There will be new things to eat and drink, and terrific new places to enjoy them.

The King is about to be resurrected—the long-closed St. Louis restaurant King Louie, that is.  Matt McGuire, former director of service for Gerard Craft’s Niche Food Group, is in the process of bringing back his much-loved restaurant, now simply dubbed Louie.  The new 2,800 square foot eatery will occupy a portion of the shuttered Jimmy’s on the Park, at 706B DeMun Avenue in Clayton.  The esteemed King Louie had been known for sensational food and service.  The menu still isn’t set for this new Louie, but diners should expect Italian and French influenced American cuisine.  McGuire has said he’s hoping the new Louie will become a DeMun neighborhood mainstay, rather than a destination restaurant.  Louie is expected to open in June, but no date has been set.  There’s no website yet either.

A new craft beer and hockey bar is soon to open in Midtown St. Louis.  Work is underway to get Center Ice Brewery at 120 Olive Blvd. up and running by mid to late June.  The hockey-focused brewery is the brainchild of St. Louis entrepreneur and philanthropist Steve Albers, who founded two hockey tournaments to benefit Shutout Autism, playfully dubbed the Frozen Cup and the Melted Cup.  Before developing his own brews for Center Ice Brewery, Albers spent three years brewing with friends under the name Hat Trick Brewing.  Center Ice Brewing will be primarily a brewery and tasting room with 12 – 18 taps and 60 or more seats.  Since the brewery is right next door to Pappy’s Smokehouse and Southern, Albers doesn’t plan to make food.  Instead, guests will be able to order food in from the neighboring restaurants to enjoy with his beers.  Center Ice’s core beers will include Center Ice American Golden, Hop Shelf IPA, Puck O’ the Irish stout, and Raspberry Picker.  Albers has been video blogging the development of Center Ice Brewery on Youtube:

Steve Albers walks you through the latest developments and installations at Center Ice Brewery as he works to open his Midtown establishment by late June.

Taco Buddha is expected to open late next month at 7405 Pershing Avenue (Pershing and Jackson) in University City.  This taco-fusion spot will offer counter service with seating for 25 inside and another two-dozen or so outside.  There will be a taco-focused menu.  The plan is to offer all sorts of food stuffed into a taco shell.  There will be everything from Asian influenced chicken tandoori tacos to Texas-style breakfast tacos.  Taco Buddha was the name Kurt Eller used for his catering truck.  He and partner Erin McCracken will use it for their new brick-and-mortar restaurant too.  The new taco joint will make use of the unused kitchen behind Cursed Bikes & Coffee (which sells coffee, smoothies, and pastries, so doesn’t use a kitchen).  Initially, Taco Buddha will be open Thursday – Friday for breakfast and lunch, and Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Owners Kurt Eller and Erin McCracken plan to extend the restaurant’s hours to six days a week by October.  Eventually, they plan to apply for a full liquor license, making their little taco joint a hangout destination.

With longer days and shorter nights, plus new local restaurants, June is looking like a great month of beginnings for St. Louis diners.  Yay us!

Pappys Wins Steve Harvey’s Battle of the BBQ Ribs

Pappys Wins Steve Harvey’s Battle of the BBQ Ribs

Pappys Ribs Beat the Memphis’ Rendezvous

Chicago, IL/May 20, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Pappys – We’re #1!  Well, the Memphis-style ribs at Pappys Smokehouse are number one.  Barbecue lovers in St. Louis have known that for some time.  Pappy’s has been the local favorite for delicious smoked meats in a colorful, unpretentious Midtown space since just after opening in 2008.  They are #1 on poll after poll, year after year.  They were even named the #1 ribs in the country by Food Network.  Pappy’s Smokehouse is currently #1 on our list of top rated barbecue restaurants, and one of St. Louis’ very favorite places to eat.

Television personality Steve Harvey got in on the barbecue action in his latest edition of The Great American Food Fight on the Steve Harvey Show.  The episode aired on KDNL-30, Thursday, May 18th, when he pitted two of the best Memphis-style barbecue rib restaurants against each other.  It was St. Louis’ Pappys Smokehouse against Memphis’ Rendezvous.  Pappys owner and executive chef Skip Steele spoke with Harvey about his lifetime spent cooking and developing the perfect rack of barbecued ribs.  Steele says he uses a dry rub that blends about 20 seasonings and spices together, then coats the rack with brown sugar to create a sweet crust.  He demonstrated to Harvey, that his finished ribs are so tender, they can be pulled apart by hand–-no knife needed.

Steve tasted each restaurant’s slow-smoked ribs.  In the tasting, Harvey apparently enjoyed both restaurant’s ribs very much, but seemed to indicate a slight preference for the ribs from Rendezvous.  His audience didn’t agree.  After sampling each, the studio audience was asked to vote for their favorite, and they confirmed what St. Louis diners already knew: Pappy’s Smokehouse makes the best barbecued ribs anywhere.  Skip Steele humbly accepted Harvey’s Golden Spatula trophy after taking 54% of the vote.

The ribs at Pappys are dry-rubbed, then slow smoked to juicy perfection over apple and cherry wood for a lightly smoked flavor.  But Pappy’s does more than ribs.  This best in the land barbecue joint specializes in all sorts of smoked meats and the sides that go with them.  Their baked beans are slow roasted beneath the beef tenderloin, allowing the dripping juices to add extra flavor to the beans.  From pulled pork and beef tenderloin to potato salad and creamy slaw, it just doesn’t get any better than Pappy’s Smokehouse.  In less than ten years, it’s become a St. Louis institution.

Pappy’s Smokehouse is open Monday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until about 8:00 p.m. (when they sell out) and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until about 4:00 p.m. (by which time they are always sold out).  This is a very popular barbecue joint, and the lines can be quite long.  But don’t let that keep you away. Line time = sample time, as the staff frequently hands out samples to those waiting to place their order.
“Steve Harvey” is produced by Endemol USA at the WMAQ/NBC 5 studios located in downtown Chicago.  Alex Duda, Harvey and Rushion McDonald serve as executive producers.  The show is distributed in national broadcast syndication by NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution.
Contact Information:

Pappy’s Smokehouse
Midtown
3106 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: (314) 535-4340

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]

Delicious Things are Planned for New CWE Bissingers

Delicious Things are Planned for New CWE Bissingers

Bissingers Chocolatier to Open CWE Handcrafted Cafe

St. Louis, MO/May 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It was a sad day for St. Louis’ chocolate lovers when Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier closed their award-winning Maryland Plaza location.  The sleek, modern dessert bar offered visitors confections that included indulgent desserts, liqueurs served in chocolate cups, and those handcrafted chocolates too.  But there is light at the end of this dark, chocolate-less tunnel.  Bissinger’s is planning to reopen at 32 Maryland Plaza in St. Louis’ Central West End next month as Handcrafted by Bissinger’s.  The newly renovated establishment will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner—and of course, Bissinger’s delectable chocolates too!

When the new Handcrafted by Bissinger’s in the Central West End opens in June, it’ll operate in collaboration with Bissinger’s sister company, 23 City Blocks Catering.  Led by Executive Chef Nicholas Miller, this is the catering team behind Bissinger’s premiere event venue, The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s Chocolate Factory, 1600 North Broadway in downtown St. Louis.  Chef Miller and his team specialize in infusing chocolate into the menu for a wide variety of special occasions.  Now, they’re creating a menu just for the chocolate company’s new restaurant.

The newly remodeled Central West End Bissinger’s will offer breakfast, lunch, and light dinners.  Breakfast offerings will include quiche (including vegan and gluten-free varieties), pastries, homemade granola, yogurt parfaits, and breakfast breads. There will also be plenty of coffee and coffee beverages.  Patrons will find many of the coffee drinks that had been popular at the Maryland Plaza Bissinger’s before it closed.  Lunch customers will be able to get salads, sandwiches, and soups—including Chef Miller’s signature French onion soup.  Dinner will feature light meal options and smaller dishes.  Look for cheese and charcuterie, fig spread, and flat breads. Bissinger’s award-winning chocolates will be available all day.

Besides the chocolate factory downtown, and the soon-to-open Handcrafted by Bissinger’s at Maryland Plaza in the Central West End, the chocolatier has a retail location at Plaza Frontenac (97 Plaza Frontenac, St. Louis, Missouri 63131, 314-432-1329).  Bissinger’s confections can also be purchased online, through catalogs, and from gourmet retailers including: Whole Foods Market, Straub’s, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, and Dillard’s.

For St. Louis chocolate lovers who’ve long-dreamt of eating chocolate morning, noon, and night—the dream is about to come true.  Yay!

Walnut Grill Restaurant Replacing Sunset Hill’s Ruby Tuesday Location

Walnut Grill Restaurant Replacing Sunset Hill’s Ruby Tuesday Location

Popular Walnut Grill Restaurant Concept Coming to Sunset Hill’s

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 5, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Although some of the neighborhood may still be lamenting the closing of the Sunset Hill’s Ruby Tuesday last year, most will be excited to hear the news that they will soon have their very own Walnut Grill.  The popular Pittsburg based restaurant chain recently announced they plan to open shop in mid-July.

The company is investing close to $1.4 million into opening a 6,200-square-foot restaurant at 10797 Sunset Hills Plaza.  “When we came to the market, South County was on our map.   We love the business district and accessibility to highways,” says Kirk Vogel, President of Walnut Grill Holdings.

The Walnut Grill concept began in 1999 when four friends joined together with a common goal; their desire to create a full-service restaurant with a local feel that was inviting to their guests and served outstanding food and beverages.  In the last few years, Walnut Grill’s casual dining concept has continued to grow in popularity.

In 2014, St. Charles-based Vinery Restaurant Group purchased 40% ownership.  Owner Vogel’s brother, Erik Vogel, as well as Erik’s brother-in-law Stephen Baker, are principals of Vinery and oversee the two other St. Louis restaurants, one in Ellisville at 1386 Clarkson-Clayton Center, and the other in O’Fallon, Missouri at 4401 Highway K. Vinery currently owns four locations in Pennsylvania.

Sansone Group owns the property, as well as, all of the Plaza and Shoppes at Sunset Hills.  John Miller Construction is the general contractor on the restaurant development project.  Vogel says they will be hiring more than 75 employees for the opening and management of the new restaurant in the Sunset Hills location.

Stay tuned… this will be the restaurant group’s third location in the St. Louis area, with two more restaurants in the pipeline.

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Source: STLRealEstate.News

Cinco De Mayo 2017: A Cherokee Street Festival

Cinco De Mayo 2017: A Cherokee Street Festival

Cherokee Street’s Celebration of Art, Culture, and Community – Cinco De Mayo 2017

St. Louis, MO/May 4, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, denotes a relatively minor holiday in Mexico.  It marks the Mexican army’s 1862 defeat of France in the Battle of Puebla, an early battle in the Franco-Mexican War (1861–1867).  In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has grown into a celebration of Mexican culture—the art, the music, and of course, the food!  After feeling like a cast member in a reproduction of Noah’s Ark, it appears the sun may come out just in time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in St. Louis.

The region’s biggest annual Cinco de Mayo festivals takes place along Cherokee Street.  The annual street party draws more than 50,000 people to Cherokee Street in celebration of the rich culture and artistic community of this Southside neighborhood.  Now in its 15th year, the 2017 festival is set for Saturday, May 6th from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The day-long, family-friendly festival will shut down Cherokee Street between Nebraska and South Jefferson Avenues.

The festival has grown into a huge multicultural celebration under the stewardship of the Cherokee Street Development League, a 501C3 nonprofit organization aimed at promoting the arts, culture and creative innovation on Cherokee Street.  The group has worked with local arts and youth organizations, as well as the St. Louis Public Schools, to provide a variety of free artistic activities for kids and families at the festival.  The St. Louis Public Schools Kids Zone will feature a water slide, bouncy houses, and interactive games.  The Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis Language Immersion Schools, Artscope, and Justice Fleet will provide a variety of kid’s art making activities.

Festivalgoers will also find Cherokee Street packed with authentic food, drinks, music, and entertainment representing the diverse talents and multicultural backgrounds of the artists and residents that are a part of the surrounding community—more than 100 vendors in all.  There will be three stages offering a variety of live musical performances all day long, plus pro wrestling exhibitions (from Dynamo Pro Wrestling), mariachi, bull riding, giant jenga, a piñata, and more.

At 1:11 p.m. the jovial People’s Joy Parade steps off at Minnesota Ave. and Cherokee Street, winding its way through the Benton Park neighborhood before ending at Cherokee and Texas Ave.  The parade is an annual hodgepodge of crepe paper floats, homemade costumes, dancers, gigante puppeteers, Elvis impersonators, art cars, bike brigades, moving installation artists, drag queens, marching bands, Mexican wrestlers, and anyone else wanting to participate.  There’s no other parade in St. Louis, or anywhere, quite like it!

Free street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood.  Handicapped parking will be along Cherokee Street, east of South Jefferson Avenue.  Although security at the event has traditionally been quite good, attendees are reminded not to leave valuables visible in their cars.  Outside food, and beverages (including wine, beer, and spirits) are not permitted on festival grounds.  And attendees are asked to leave pets (other than trained service animals) at home.

Cinco De Mayo 2017: A Cherokee Street Festival is free and open to the public (those under 15 must be accompanied by an adult).  It’s a day to celebrate the rich diversity of this south city neighborhood with a nod to Mexico’s long-ago victory over France.  With the sunny forecast for Saturday, this Cinco party promises a day of music, food, mariachis, bull riding, and lucha libre along Cherokee Street.  And then there’s the food! Authentic, fresh Mexican street food, terrific tacos, tortas, tamales, fresh corn on the cob, licuados, sopes, and more.  It’s St. Louis’ gran fiesta for Cinco De Mayos!

More Information:

Cherokee Street Development League
3407 South Jefferson, Suite 515
St. Louis, MO 63118
[email protected]
(314) 632-­6498

Third Time’s a Charm for STL’s Newest James Beard Winner

Third Time’s a Charm for STL’s Newest James Beard Winner

James Beard Foundation Honors Chef Kevin Nashan

St. Louis, MO/May 3, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It’s always an honor for the whole St. Louis community when one of our own receives national recognition.  And so, it is with no small amount of pride that we report that Chef Kevin Nashan is the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Midwest Award winner for 2017.  The winners were announced at a gala at Chicago’s Lyric Opera Monday night.  It was Nashan’s third trip to the finals.  He was a finalist in 2014 and 2016 as well. Nashan is the owner and Executive Chef of two acclaimed Benton Park restaurants, Sidney Street Cafe (2000 Sidney Street) and Peacemaker Lobster and Crab (1831 Sidney Street) in South St. Louis.  The award is in recognition of his work at Sidney Street Cafe.

This year, both Nashan and Farmhaus’ Kevin Willmann were repeat finalists.  Nashan is the second St. Louis chef to win JBF Best Chef: Midwest Award.  In 2015, Gerard Craft (Niche, Pastaria, Sardella) won the JBF Best Chef: Midwest Award for his work at the now-closed Niche.  Craft was the first chef in the city to win.  Once a chef has won the Best Chef award for their region, they aren’t eligible to compete for the award again.  Only time will tell if Willmann will follow in Craft’s and Nashan’s footsteps.

In January of this year, the James Beard Foundation also honored Gioia’s Deli (1934 Macklind Ave, St. Louis) with a 2017 America’s Classics Award.  This JBF award recognizes regional restaurants distinguished by their timeless appeal, and quality food that reflects the character of their communities.

A peek at the 2017 James Beard Awards Gala at Lyric Opera, Chicago, May 1st.  Many consider the awards to be “the Oscars” of the hospitality industry.

The mission of the James Beard Foundation is to inspire and encourage the restaurants, chefs and other food and hospitality industry innovators who are bringing America’s diverse food culture to tables across the country.  The JBF Awards were established in 1990 to acknowledge culinary achievements.  The awards are regarded as one of the very highest levels of recognition in the culinary industry.  And it is with that in mind that we at STL Restaurant News offer our heartfelt congratulations to Kevin Nashan for his high achievement.

See a full list of this year’s James Beard Foundation Award winners here: https://www.jamesbeard.org/blog/the-2017-james-beard-award-winners

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.