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Major Shift in America’s Eating Habits – Dining Out

Dining Out

More People Dining Out

ST LOUIS, MO/January 20, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Has cooking meals at home become a thing of the past?  More than any other year, 2016 proved to show a major shift in the way we eat as a whole.  Last year Americans spent over $54 billion at bars and restaurants while only spending $52 billion on groceries.  The long-standing dependence on grocery stores is finally starting to diminish considerably.  So, the answer would seem to be yes!

Several factors are responsible for the changing trends.  For one thing, the packed lunch just isn’t popular like it used to be.  Many more women are in the workforce today, workers have left the farms and factories for jobs in more urban areas, and the growing number of young Millennials are more likely to eat out at least a couple times a day.

Restaurants have also made eating out fun and more convenient.  Most people don’t have much time for their lunch breaks and restaurants are making it much quicker to get in and out.  Long gone are the days of cafeteria style eating, and these days many restaurants are offering homemade-style lunches.  Another perk is that you can now eat out without breaking the bank.

It also used to be that people were afraid to eat out too much in fear of gaining weight.  After all, in the past it was easier to purchase wholesome ingredients and cook healthier meals that were lower in calories at home.  Today most restaurants have caught on and realize that like it or not, we’re living in a much more health conscious society today.

Customers want tasty food cooked and served to them, but they still want to be able to leave the restaurant feeling that they haven’t strayed too far from their diet.  That’s why nowadays it’s rare to go into a restaurant and not find a special section that says light menu.  Many are now starting to list calorie counts by certain items and meals, which really makes it easier for those who are dieting or are diabetic to be able to eat out guilt free.

So, with more restaurants popping up everywhere and more busy people with less and less free time for cooking, it looks like the “eating out trend” is here to stay.


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Celebrating National Cheese Lover’s Day – Monty’s Sandwich Co.

Monty's Sandwich Co.

The Great Grilled Cheese from Monty’s Sandwich Co.

St. Louis, MO/January 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – People worldwide have been making and eating cheese for nearly 8,000 years.  American’s each gobble up more than 30 lbs. of cheese every year.  And it’s no wonder, with about 900 varieties to choose from.  Whether it’s fresh cheese like ricotta, soft cheese like feta, hard cheese like Cheddar, or a blue cheese like Gorgonzola, it seems there’s a cheese for everyone.  Friday, January 20, 2017 is National Cheese Lover’s Day, and one of the best ways to celebrate is with an ooey, gooey, melty grilled cheese sandwich.  And one of the best places to get a really great grilled cheese is at Monty’s Sandwich Company, 200 North Broadway, downtown St. Louis.

As the name suggests, the folks at Monty’s are sandwich specialist.  When Steve May and Joel Williams opened Monty’s just over five years ago (Nov. 2011), the goal was to bring St. Louis diners a better, fresher sandwich—hand crafted with meats roasted in house, locally baked artisan breads, and produce that was hand-picked to insure the finest quality.  May and Williams wanted to elevate the humble sandwich to a meal worth seeking out.  They even named their shop Monty’s to pay homage to John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who’s credited with inventing the sandwich because of his habit of requesting his servants give him his dinner between two slices of bread so that he wouldn’t have to leave the gaming table.

The hand crafted sandwiches, house-made soups, wraps and fresh salads at Monty’s Sandwich Company are top notch.  And their take on grilled cheese is multifold and delicious.  First, there’s the Adult Grilled Cheese.  They take three slices of fresh baked bread, add your choice of cheeses, encrust it with their house-made parmesan compound butter, and toast to gooey, cheesy perfection.  You can add bacon for $1.50.  Want something even more substantial?  Try the Carolina Grilled Cheese: BBQ sauced pulled pork they smoke in house and Monterey jack cheese grilled together on parmesan crusted artisan white bread.  Or try a Monty’s Melt: Salami, pastrami, roasted turkey, pepperoncini, banana peppers, and melted provolone on a baguette.  Then there’s the Bavarian Rhapsody, possibly the ultimate hot ham and cheese.  It’s ham and cheddar melted together on a pretzel bun and dressed with spicy mustard—served with a side of their house-made pepper cheese sauce!

Cheese is celebrated all over Monty’s menu.  There’s the St. Louis Cheesesteak, a local twist on the Philly classic.  Monty’s is made with shaved rib eye, grilled onions, mushrooms, and green peppers topped with melty provolone and served on an fresh baked hoagie.  Want a burger on National Cheese Day?  Their Patty Melt is another gooey, cheesy choice.  It’s a half pound of fresh Angus beef topped with grilled onions and plenty of Swiss cheese all melted together between two slices of fresh baked rye.  Get that cheesy sandwich with a side of their house-made potato chips or fresh cut fries—regular, parmesan, or atomic!

Monty’s is open 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday.  That means they also do breakfast, including scrambled eggs with cheese folded in!  Or have a breakfast sandwich like the Black Bean, Egg and Cheese, made with their house-made black bean patty, scrambled egg and Swiss cheese on toasted multigrain bread.  This fresh, handcrafted sandwich is a great way to start your day.  And if you’re going to celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day, why not do it with a great, cheesy sandwich like the one’s at Monty’s Sandwich Company?  Because like they say at Monty’s, if you’re going to eat a sandwich, it might as well be a great one!

Contact Information:

Monty’s Sandwich Company
Owner: Steve May and Joel Williams
200 N. Broadway, Ste 110
St. Louis, MO
Phone: (314) 241-7900


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Carry out wings, more wings & free wings on Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday

Spend Super Bowl Sunday In at Krieger’s or Carry Out

BALLWIN, MO/January 18, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Super Bowl Sunday – It’s time for one of the most exciting Sunday’s of the year once again…Super Bowl LI!  On February 5, two lucky teams will be vying for the top title.  Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. EST at NRG Stadium Houston.

Fox will be broadcasting the game and our favorite announcer, Joe Buck, will be doing play by play, Troy Aikman will handle analysis, Erin Andrews and Chris Myers will serve as sideline reporters, and Global superstar Lady Gaga, will headline the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show.

Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday

Where do you plan to be watching all the action?  We’re hoping right here with us!  And we’re making your decision easier than ever.  We’re offering a fantastic special you can’t pass up while you cheer on your favorite team!  Buy 50 regular chicken wings, and we’ll throw in an extra 10 for FREE.  That’s right….an extra 10 for FREE.

We serve awesome wings and we thought this would be the perfect occasion to offer this special deal.  If you’re already planning your own Super Bowl party, then you’ll definitely want to pre-order Krieger’s wings for carry out.  And if you’re a guest invited to a friend’s Super Bowl party, bring a long some of Krieger’s wings and you’ll be everybody’s best friend.  It’s best to pre-order either online or by calling in.

If you are in watching the game on one of our 44 flat screen TV’s, you can also try out some of our other delicious appetizers.  We offer House-Made & Hand-Breaded Toasted Ravioli, Ultimate Nachos, Homemade Fried Mushrooms, House Made Mozzarella Cheese Wedges, Pepper Jack Bits, House Made Spinach Artichoke Dip, Chicken Quesadillas, Fried Shrimp, Classic, Pulled Pork and Volcano Skins, Hand Breaded Fried Pickles, and Pretzel Sticks, just to name a few.

Or you might even prefer one of the creative new menu items like the 10 oz.  French Cut Pork Chop, the Grilled or Blackened Grouper Sandwich, and the Chicken, Steak, or Shrimp Kabobs.  Our wide variety of 33 craft beers on draft and many great choices in wine and other drinks will go perfect with whatever you order off the menu.

Krieger’s Sports Bar & Grill is one of the hottest spots to relax, simply chill out and mingle with great friends and family.  We always offer great game night specials, and other fun events, like Wednesday Trivia Night!  On Tuesday’s kids eat for free, so there’s something for everybody.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, February 5, for a day and night of fun!

Kriegers Sports Bar & Grill

1356 Big Bend Road

Ballwin, MO 63021

Phone: (636) 861-1618

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.


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The Best Irish Pubs in Saint Louis

Best Irish Pubs in Saint Louis

The Top 10 Spots for Pint with Friends – Best Irish Pubs in Saint Louis

ST LOUIS, MO/January 18, 2016 (STL Restaurant.News) Best Irish Pubs in Saint Louis – An Irish pub is a special place.  It’s part bar, part restaurant, part gathering place.  The really good ones have a mix of old world ambiance, great pub, comfort food, and of course, Guinness.  They’re the kind of places you drop into a couple of times a week for a meal, or a pint with friends—the kind of place where you can have a conversations without shouting.  There might be some traditional Irish music to get your foot tapping, but not the cacophony of blaring electronic noise that permeates so many establishments.  And there may be a television over the bar tuned to the local rugby match or “football” game, but not the banks of flat screens found at your local sports bar.

With the much publicized closing of the Dandy Inn in Fairview Heights, an Irish pub that was a local favorite, we wondered where else folks could go for a pint or shot of Jameson with friends.  We check our customer reviews and found that there are a lot of good Irish pubs in St. Louis.  What we found was that nearly every corner of the metro area has good Irish pub, but for the best head north.

Topping our list was Morrison’s Irish Pub at 200 State Street in Alton.  This family-owned bar and restaurant has been serving authentic Irish spirits and a unique menu of Irish-American Cuisine in a classic pub setting since opening in July 2015.  The brick and wood décor, historic building, and neighborhood surrounding their pub only add to the ambiance.  The 12 taps at Morrison’s offer a nice selection of local and imported beers, ales, and stouts.  You’ll find the locally produced Morrison’s Irish Red Ale from Templar Brewing in Alton, Old Bakery Beer Company’s Citrus Wheat Beer, and the Moody Cow milk stout from Peoria Brewery, among the domestics.  The import taps include Murphy’s Irish Stout, Harp Irish Lager, Magner’s Irish Cider, and of course, Guinness.  There’s also a good selection of bottled craft beers, authentic Irish whiskeys, and a creative cocktail menu.  All of the spirits at Morrison’s are mid-grade and high-end liquors; no rail drinks.

The menu at Morrison’s is a simple and rich collection of traditional Irish dishes like Irish stew, Bubble & Squeak, Boxty, Bangers and Mash, and Colcannon.  You will find burgers on the menu, both beef and lamb, but you won’t find wings or toasted ravioli.  Morrison’s uses authentic ingredients like Kerrygold Irish butter, imported bangers (sausages), Irish bacon, and Guinness crisps (chips). Morrison’s also patronizes local Alton businesses like LuciAnna’s Pastries (which makes their authentic soda bread) and Duke’s Bakery.

Weekends at Morrison’s brings authentic Irish music, including Thursday night’s Sea Shanties sing-along.  The authentic food and drink combine with the classic public house feel at Morrison’s, making it easy to see why this relatively new establishment topped our list of the best Irish pubs in the St. Louis area.  If you can’t get to Alton, but still crave that authentic Irish pub experience, then check out the rest of our Top 10 list to find the best pubs near you:

1. Morrison’s Irish Pub (4.5 stars/56 reviews) Alton, 200 State Street, Alton, IL 62002, (618) 433-8900.
2. John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub (4.2 stars/546 reviews), Soulard, 1200 Russell Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 776-8309.
3. Dressel’s Public House (4.2 stars/459 reviews), Central West End, 419 North Euclid Ave, Saint Louis, MO
4. Seamus McDaniel’s (4.2 stars/342 reviews) Dogtown, 1208 Tamm Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 645-6337.
5. O’Dell’s Irish Pub & Ale House (4.1 stars/128 reviews) Eureka, 141 South Central Ave, Eureka, MO 63025, (636) 587-2552.
6. Tigin Irish Pub & Restaurant (4.0 stars/535 reviews) Downtown, 333 Washington Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 241-8666.
7. The Pat Connolly Tavern (4.0 stars/90 reviews) Dogtown, 6400 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 647-7287.
8. Molly Darcy’s (4.0 stars/60 reviews) Clayton, 26 North Meramec Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63105, (314) 863-8400.
9. Riley’s Pub (4.0 stars/52 reviews) Tower Grove East, 3458 Arsenal Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 664-7474.
10. O’Shay’s Pub (3.9 stars/74 reviews) Forest Park Southeast, 4353 Manchester Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 932-5232.

St. Louis has a wealth of Irish pubs and restaurants.  This is a city that turns green on March 17th every year.  Some of St. Louis’ longtime favorite Irish pubs didn’t quite make the top 10, but they’ve been local favorites for decades—exactly the quality that makes an Irish pub great.  So Honorable Mentions go to these traditional Irish haunts:

Maggie O’Brien’s, Downtown, 2000 Market Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 421-1388.
O’Connell’s Pub, The Garden District, 4652 Shaw Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 773-6600
Nick’s Pub, Dogtown, 6001 Manchester Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 781-7806.

All ratings are based on customer reviews across multiple platforms.  In order to make the Top 10, restaurants had to have received at least 50 reviews.


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Fezziwig’s Wine & Fondue Party Postponed Due to Ice

Fezziwig’s Wine & Fondue Party

Tickets Still Available for New February Date – Fezziwig’s Wine & Fondue Party

O’Fallon, IL/January 16, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News)  Fezziwig’s Wine & Fondue Party – When gourmet food mixes with artisan goods and an enchanting setting, it’s a recipe for a lovely afternoon or evening affair.  Fezziwig’s Marketplace at 225 West First Street in O’Fallon, Illinois is a unique establishment.  At its heart, this charming boutique is a retail tea and wine shop, but to customers who’ve followed it from the original location in historic Lebanon, it’s so much more.  It’s part boutique, part event space, part cooking school, part pop-up restaurant, and part gourmet shop.  Fezziwig’s Marketplace is a culinary experience center, complete with cooking classes, wine tastings, special holiday parties, and events like Art in the Barn, Farmers & Artisans Markets, Barbecue & Blues Night, Beast Craft Grilling Classes, and loads more.

Fezziwig’s annual Winter Wine Tasting and Fondue party was supposed to be Friday, January 13th, but the icy weather that pushed into the metro area earlier in the day forced them to postpone it until Friday, February 10th.  The good news is that it hasn’t sold out yet! So the ice is creating a new opportunity to join in the fun!  Those who had tickets for the January 13th event can use them February 10.  Those who didn’t have tickets can still get in on the fun.  The $25 ticket includes fondues, nibbles, and samples of eight different wines.  Reservations can be made online through February 7th, or until it sells out.  This event sold out last year, so this extra chance to participate is a rare treat.

Ellen Leaf-Moore and her husband Tim Moore established their business in an historic brick storefront in downtown Lebanon, Illinois in 2007.  Both have strong retail backgrounds.  His is in formal wear sales and manufacturing.  Hers runs from her family’s bridal business in Ohio, to William Sonoma in Atlanta, and then to general manager for Pottery Barn at Plaza Frontenac.  They both love food and fine things, so Fezziwig’s began as a boutique shop selling fine teas, wines, gourmet oils and vinegars, and the accoutrements of serving them.  Ellen’s exquisite taste is seen throughout Fezziwig’s merchandise selection.  She’s also one of the few people in the U.S. and Canada certified to teach and educate about tea.

Fezziwig’s moved to O’Fallon, Illinois in July of 2015 in order to accommodate more merchandise, more customers, more events, and add the culinary classroom.  Many of the classes are taught by visiting chefs.  Upcoming classes: Chef Joele Pinkerton will teach “Decadent & Delicious Valentine Desserts” Feb. 2 and Valentine Cookie Decorating Feb. 11.  Learn to make Dim Sum & Dumplings with Chef Shaine Khanamuenwai on March 5. Plus there will be pasta cooking classes; wine and chocolate classes; and more.  And of course, participants of each class get to eat their lessons!  Gift vouchers are available. Some classes and events have age restrictions, so check Fezziwig’s event calendar for details.

Fezziwigs has frequent events to allow gourmet food fans (experts and novices) to sample the many specialty and signature items they sell.  Each February, they hold “Olive You” Weekend right before Valentine’s Day.  It’s a chance for customers to taste an assortment of gourmet extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars.  This year’s event is Thursday, February 9 — Sunday, February 12 during normal business hours.

Fox 2’s Kim Hudson visited with Fezziwig’s owner Ellen Leaf-Moore during last year’s “Olive You” weekend.

Besides food events, Fezziwig’s offers more than 100 premium loose leaf teas, wines not found in other stores, plus gourmet foods—including the best selection of balsamic vinegars and extra virgin olive oils in the Metro-East.  And like the Charles Dickens’ character for which it was named, Fezziwig’s is all about celebrating food, family, and fun.

Contact Information:

Fezziwig’s Marketplace
Owners: Ellen Leaf-Moore and Tim Moore
225 West 1st Street
O’Fallon, Illinois
Phone: (618) 726-2230


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Grafton Oyster Bar Is New Cajun/Creole Contender from Old Favs

Grafton Oyster Bar

Letting the Good Times Roll Along the River – Grafton Oyster Bar

Grafton, IL/January 16, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It’s not every day that lunch or dinner feels like a mini-vacation, but a short drive up the Great River Road to the Grafton Oyster Bar at 215 Water Street in Grafton, Illinois is like being transported to another world.  This oasis along the Mississippi is the newest venture of St. Louis’ perennial champs of Cajun and seafood: Broadway Oyster Bar. John and Victoria Johnson’s downtown St. Louis establishment at 736 South Broadway has been the top spot for seafood, as well as Cajun and Creole cuisine almost since it’s opening some 35-years ago.  They are the current leaders on both our customer review-based Best Seafood Top 10 and our Top 10 Cajun/Creole Restaurants list.  So it stands to reason that when they teamed up with Jerseyville native and BOB Executive Chef Brad Hagen to open Grafton Oyster Bar last March, it would be a sensation.  Customer reviews are still coming in, but so far, they’re giving GOB 4.1 stars (34 ratings), good enough for an honorable mention on our Cajun/Creole Top 10!

Grafton Oyster Bar sits right at the water’s edge, at the old Big Kahuna location. It’s actually at the marina, along the dock and floating on the water.  That means spectacular views of the waterway and both banks of the Mississippi River.  Add some party lights and a New Orlean’s vibe, and “laissez les bons temps rouler!” (Let the good times roll!)

As you might expect, GOB features many of the popular menu items from Broadway Oyster Bar, including oysters, gator, mussels, crab cakes, etc.  On the GOB menu you’ll find BOB’s famous Alligator Sausage and Shrimp Cheesecake and Shrimp Voodoo appetizers, with that enticing voodoo sauce.  And then there are the oysters of course!  Blue Point Oysters, Gulf Oysters, Char-Grilled, Fried, Rockefeller, Oyster Cardinale (with its rich Cajun crawfish cream sauce), and Bienville (baked with a spicy shrimp, Parmesan & mushroom cream sauce).  Can’t decide?  Order the Oyster Medley, a sampling of oysters Bienville, Rockefeller, and Cardinale all on one plate!  You’ll also find eleven tap beers, both local and import, along with a variety of mixed drinks and wine options.

Join them for the Comfort Food Fest this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, January 14–15.  The menu will be chocked full of Cajun comfort food, including a decadent Lobster Pot Pie: A rich cream based sauce with the holy trinity of vegetables, baby red potatoes, fresh sautéed lobster and Cajun seasonings.  It’s finished with a light, garlic cheddar biscuit crust.  You’ll also find Cajun Seafood and Andouille Lasagna on the menu.  It’s the ultimate five layer lasagna with crawfish tail meat, shrimp, lobster, Andouille sausage, fresh mushrooms, spinach, ricotta, their spicy red sauce, and a four cheese blend.  And Crawfish Mac ‘n Cheese may be the perfect marriage of Cajun and comfort.  It’s a velvety three-cheese casserole made with Rotel tomatoes, apple wood smoked bacon, and sautéed crawfish tails.  You’ll also find spicy chicken & biscuit sliders (with sweet potato waffle fries), pot roast (with garlic mashed potatoes & gravy), Southern fried chicken, bacon-wrapped Cajun meatloaf, and the Ultimate Grilled Cheese (Apple wood smoked bacon, cheddar, mozzarella, gruyere, and provolone melted between two thick slices of Texas toast, and finished with garlic aioli, fresh tomato, and basil).

Other upcoming events include The Grafton Winery Wine Dinner at GOB on Wednesday, January 25th.  The four course dinner featuring Grafton Winery inspired dishes, and five different local wines.  Reservations are required by calling (618) 86-3000. Seafood lovers will adore GOB’s Scallop Festival on the weekend before Valentine’s Day, February 11 and 12.  It makes a great date night!  And of then there’s the Mardi Gras Celebration on Saturday, February 25th.  There is nothing quite like letting the good times roll along the riverbank!  GOB will have all the beads, Mardi Gras-inspired dishes, and hurricanes you can handle!  They’ll also have live music and a Gulf oyster eating contest!

This time of year Grafton Oyster Bar is open Thursday – Sunday from 11:00 am to 11:00 p.m.  They’ll resume regular hours (Tuesday – Sunday) on March 1st.  Once it warms up a bit, seating on the riverside balcony will resume too.  Fresh air, the sound of water lapping and live music, fresh seafood, a cold drink, and a great sunset view.  A trip to Grafton Oyster Bar really is like a sojourn in party paradise, right across the river from St. Louis.

Contact Information:

Grafton Oyster Bar
Owners: Chef Brad Hagen; John & Victoria Johnson
215 Water Street
Grafton, IL 62037
(618) 786-3000


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Boundary Restaurant at the Cheshire welcomes top regional chefs

Boundary Restaurant

Boundary Restaurant at the Cheshire welcomes top regional chefs to create a fantastic dining experience during “Chef’s Night Off” event

ST. LOUIS, MO/January 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Boundary Restaurant – A fun and delectable culinary experience awaits food lovers on Monday evening, January 16 during the special Chef’s Night Off: Cross Pollination II dining event at Boundary at The Cheshire.  Boundary is located at 7036 Clayton Avenue in The Cheshire complex.  The dinner is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

That night, Boundary Executive Chef Rex Hale will collaborate with top Midwest chefs to create a five course, locally sourced dinner.  Participating top chefs include well-known St. Louis-area chefs including Rickey Whalen of Reed’s American Table, Booker Riley of Sardella and Joshua Poletti of Basso.  They will be joined by Chef Esteban Rosas of the highly regarded Rook restaurant from Indianapolis.

Chefs’ Night Off is an ongoing series of “pirate” dinners, curated by founder R.J. Wall from Indianapolis, where dinners are conceptualized and executed by cooks and bartenders from the most respected restaurants around the Midwest.

The goal of Chefs’ Night Out is to get cooks working with other cooks, exchanging ideas, having fun, and showcasing the developing talents of chefs from other Midwest cities.  The series facilitates a creative think tank for up-and-coming culinary and bar talent.

Guests dine together at communal tables and the chefs interact with them to create a dining experience unlike any other.

Tickets for this event are limited and are $70, not including tax and gratuity. Premium bar will be available for purchase.

To purchase tickets, visit:


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Dine Out for the Darryl Russell family at Candicci’s Restaurant

Dine Out for Darryl Russell family scheduled for Monday, January 16, 2017 at Candicci’s Restaurant

BALLWIN, MO/January 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) We published an article about the Darryl Russell family losing everything to fire on Wednesday, January 5, 2017 titled “Hillsdale house fire, cook at Candicci’s Restaurant suffers critical loss“.

Darryl Russell has worked for Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar for 36 years.  Employer, Bob Candice, has created a GoFundMe page to help the family rebuild their lives.  Additionally, Candice has announced a Dine Out for Darryl scheduled for Monday, January 16th, 2017.  Candicci’s will be giving 50% of all sales to the family to help them get back on their feet.

Darryl Russell - house fire

Darryl Russell – Dine Out for Darryl Russell

The fire broke out on January 04, 2017 at approximately 9:30 pm after bringing their new grandson home from the hospital.  Darryl was down stairs while his family was on the second floor.  He rushed upstairs to help them out of the house, but the fire had consumed the down stairs making it impossible to leave through the first floor.

A grandparents worse nightmare was facing Darryl.  He had to open a window and drop his family to safety.  The first person he dropped out of the second floor window was his new grandson.  He dropped him into the arms of a trusted neighbor.  After the grandson, Darryl dropped the remaining family members to safety before removing himself.

Just a few hours earlier they brought the new grandson home from the hospital only to rush him back to the hospital in an ambulance for smoke inhalation.

The entire family was rushed as well, all being confined for two days.  In only a few hours this new child was born to the world, released to home, met by fire, dropped out the second floor window and returned to the hospital for smoke inhalation.  What a way to enter the new world!

The community has responded as they always do with love and generosity.  The family has been blessed with the generosity of the community donating cloths, household items and more.  The GoFundMe page has raised approximately $4,000, but more needs to be done according to Candice.  “Keep in mind that they have lost everything”, says Candice.

“If you can’t visit the restaurant please visit the GoFundMe page and help this family get back on their feet”, says Candice. ” Nobody should have to suffer like this, especially this time of year.  It’s cold out, we just wrapped up a giving holiday and they have a new born grandson”, says Candice.

Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Email: candiccis@gmail.com


St. Louis Post Dispatch Article

Fox2Now Article

Fox2Now Article – 2nd article, interview with Candice


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Quincy Street Bistro Is a South City Classic

Quincy Street Bistro, St. Louis, MO

Locally Inspired Food and Drink – Quincy Street Bistro

ST LOUIS, MO/January 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis is a metropolitan area rich in culinary variety and innovation.  The chefs and restaurateurs here are adventurous, bold, and inventive, offering the kind of hospitality you can only find in the Midwest.  Nowhere is that more true than the city’s south side. And no one blurs the lines between clever cuisine and homespun comfort like the folks at Quincy Street Bistro at 6931 Gravois Ave. in the Princeton Heights neighborhood of South St. Louis.  It’s a family-owned business that’s part of the re-surging South-side.

Mike Enright bought the 100 year old building at the corner of Gravois and Quincy Street in 2009 and began rehabbing it with the help of his brother Patrick and nephew Matt. He and wife Sue opened Quincy Street Bistro in 2011.  With the help of their son-in-law, 2014 James Beard Rising Star Award semifinalist Chef Rick Lewis, the Enrights developed a menu of instant classics—all locally inspired, regionally sourced, and made from scratch.  Lewis has moved on to his own place, Southern (in Midtown), which opened in 2015.  The current culinary team is led by Chef Birk (Matt Birkenmeier), who took over the kitchen in October 2016.  Chef Birk continues to emphasize the use of local, organic, and sustainable ingredients whenever possible.

That dedication to quality shows in the finished dishes. QSB’s menu is loaded with creative takes on comfort food classics.  On their apps menu, for instance, you’ll find Hog Head Toasted Ravioli.  It’s the crispy, St. Louis classic filled with smoked “hogs head” and served with green tomato marinara, gremolata, and parmesan.  They only have two salads on the menu, but when they’re this good, that may be all you need.  The Garden Salad is a fresh combination baby greens tossed with mozzarella, parmesan, red onion, cucumber, and radishes.  Add chicken to make it a meal.  Their Grilled Caesar is a delicious combination of grilled romaine, shaved parmesan, and their seasoned breadcrumbs, dressed with classic Caesar dressing.  The fresh, quality, locally sourced ingredients are appreciated by QSB’s customers.  So much so, that their reviews put Quincy Street Bistro on our Best Salads in St. Louis Top 10 (at #7)!  No wilted lettuce and stale croutons here!

QSB’s sandwiches echo that same comfortably delicious, local spin, including a bologna, cheddar, and sunnyside egg combo called the Southsider. Customers also love the fried Catfish Po’Boy, and “A Mighty Fine Grilled Cheese” which combines herbed goat cheese, gruyere, red onion jam, and thyme butter on toasted peasant bread.  There’s also a solid burger selection, including the Lou Burger, a beef burger topped with marinara, provel, and a super-sized toasted ravioli on a brioche bun; and the Hog Burger, a combination of beef and pork, with pimento cheese and caramelized onions on a Kaiser roll.  The “Home Cooked Suppers” include the Buttonwood Farms Roasted Chicken (made with free range chicken from Buttonwood Farms in California, Missouri); Glazed Meatloaf, laced with bacon and topped with crispy onions and house glaze; and rotating specials that use various cuts from whole hogs from local farms.

The 16-tap beer selection at Quincy Street Bistro includes a nice array of craft beers that showcases the wares of local breweries.  You’ll find lagers, IPAs, ales, and stouts from brewers like Civil Life, 2nd Shift, 4 Hands Brewing, Urban Chestnut, Schlafly, and others.  They also have Stag (a south city favorite) on tap.

The bartenders at QSB have a repertoire of clever and delicious cocktails like the Gravois Sideswipe, a refreshing blend of Plantation Grande Reserve Rum, orange liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup. Or how about a Southside Screwdriver?  It’s a cocktail of Maker’s Bourbon, local maple syrup, OJ, and Angostura bitters.  For something uniquely QSB try their signature “Pickleback” shot—a shot of Crop Circle Moonshine chased with their house-made pickle juice.  Or try their barrel aged cocktails, like the Manhattan.  It’s made with Bib & Tucker Small Batch Bourbon and Dolin Rouge Vermouth that are smoothed to perfection after a month of aging in oak barrels.  They also make a mean Sazerac, the cognac-based, official cocktail of New Orleans.

Quincy Street Bistro is open Monday – Thursday from 11:30 a.m to 10:00 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 11:30 a.m to 11:00 p.m.  They’re closed on Sundays. QSB has begun offering “Industry Nights” on Mondays (when many local restaurants are closed) with half-price apps, plus discounts on burgers, sandwiches, and entrees.  Craft beer, well drink and other bar specials too.

Another classic event from this comfort food eatery and bar is a special brunch called “Kegs & Eggs.”  This first come-first served event has customers lining up down the block for a.  The next Kegs & Eggs is Saturday, March 11, 2017 (the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day).  Join them from 9:00 a.m. to noon and help raise funds for St. Patrick’s Center, the local nonprofit that provides housing, employment and health programs to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  It promises to be a great meal for a great cause!
Contact Information:

Quincy Street Bistro
Owners: Mike and Sue Enright
GM: Darin Heisler
6931 Gravois Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63116
Princeton Heights – South City
Phone: (314) 353-1588


Picture courtesy of Quincy Street Bistro


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Panera Bread menu is free of preservatives, artificial flavors and colors

Panera Bread

Panera Bread menu is 100% clean of all unnatural ingredients

ST. LOUIS, MO/January 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Today, Panera Bread announced that 100% of its U.S. food menu items are free from all artificial flavors and colors, preservatives and sweeteners.  Additional additives removed specifically include FD&C colors, sodium benzoate, sodium nitrate and sodium phosphate.

Panera proclaims to be the first national restaurant company to implement such standards.  Achieving such standards while not sacrificing taste couldn’t have been an easy job.  Panera has been dedicated for decades to offering better food and make a difference in the lives of their customers.

Steps taken to make such a change:

  • They reviewed more than 450 ingredients digging deep into the supply chain to assure that all artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners and colors from artificial sources are removed.
  • Reformulated approximately 120 ingredients, which resulted in changes to the majority of Panera’s bakery-cafe recipes.
  • Formulated more than 300 food vendors onto innovate solutions, ranging from ingredient replacements to reviewing how foods are prepared.

Additionally, October 2016 Panera announced that they had begun food delivery service and plan to increase the number of cafe’s offering food delivery through 2017.  At the end of September quarter 2016, Panera’s 2,024 cafe chains had delivery services.  Sometime later this year they plan on 35-40% or an estimated 780 cafes will be offering food delivery service.

Panera Bread Co (Ticker: PNRA) is a St. Louis based public company that closed today’s’ trading session at $213.34, down .48 from the previous trading session.

Panera believes that food that was good and that you could feel good about, served in a warm and welcoming environment by people who cared, could bring out the best in all of us.

Their commitment is to bake fresh bread daily.  Each night all unsold bread and baked goods are shared with neighbors in need.


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