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Yaya’s Euro Bistro

Yaya’s Euro Bistro

Sophisticated Dining Adventure – Yaya’s Euro Bistro

CHESTERFIELD, MO/May 26, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) From the minute you enter YaYa’s the whimsical tone is set by the charming staff, the beautiful limestone walls, mosaic tile floor, cathedral ceilings, hand carved sconces with soft lighting, spacious seating for parties of all sizes and exceptionally comfy high back private booths with acoustics that compliment important conversations are perfect for a romantic date or a business lunch.

An eclectic menu inspired by a fusion of Mediterranean, French, Italian, Greek and American cuisines await your pallet at Yaya’s Euro Bistro.  Their starting line up features intriguing culinary textures such as their famous Hummus & Pita (with chili oil, kalamata olive, feta cheese and grilled pita strips); Crab Cake (with quinoa, bell pepper, soffritto, apple salad, béarnaise aioli); Gnocchi (herb potato gnocchi, roasted chicken, gorgonzola cream, spinach, spiced walnuts); Shrimp A La Plancha (skillet seared shrimp, dry sherry, red chili butter); Calamari “Fritto” (fried calamari, gazpacho aioli, agrodolce sauce); and many more.

Yaya’s extravagant salads are quite the foodie experience with unexpected pairings that work together beautifully.  Try the Kale salad (with curried cashews, fennel, red onion, asiago and an apricot vinaigrette); or the Roasted Beet salad (with arugula, oranges, goat cheese, roasted almonds and a citrus vinaigrette); or the Salmon salad (with crispy potato, walnuts, gorgonzola, local bacon, and a cranberry vinaigrette); and other familiar classic salads.

The upscale eatery is noted for their sustainable and locally farmed dishes such as Salmon (hickory grilled with faro, sautéed spinach, garlic and Moroccan gastrique); Seared Sea Scallops (with saffron orzo, vegetables, crab, beurre blanc, and orange gastrique); Bouillabaisse (shellfish, scallop, fresh fish, jumbo shrimp, saffron, fennel, Pernod, and orange); Collins Spring Trout (with tomato, artichoke, red onion, yukon potato, feta, oregano, and lemon); Roasted Free-Range Chicken (with crispy potatoes, roasted garlic, chilies, and caper berries).

Enjoy fresh pasta where the ingredients literally come together upon your order.  How about enjoying Eliche (kale, cherry tomato, braised carrots, winter squash purée); or Fruits De Mer (lobster, shrimp, peas, local bacon, pepperdew peppers, and lobster brandy cream; or other traditional favorites such as Smoked Chicken Penne, Baked Lasagna and Angel Hair Pomodoro.
Yaya’s Oak-Fired Pizzas feature global inspirations such as the Chicken Piadini (crispy thin crust, chicken, peppers, feta, hummus, and chili oil); The Pancetta (onion jam, roasted tomatoes, arugula, pepperoncini, and grilled onion); the La Quercia Prosciutto (asparagus, caramelized onions truffle oil, blended cheese); and fan favorites the Margherita, and the Pepperoni. Gluten free pastas and pizzas are also available.

The lunch menu offers creative “between slices” in YaYa’s land such as Beef Tenderloin, Porchetta (Italian slow roasted heritage pork, pepper cheese, giardinera, and black pepper mayo), Lobster Roll (Lobster and langoustine, lemon and tarragon mayo, arugula and pickled onion), Roasted Turkey, YaYa’s Chickpea Burger (eggplant, chickpeas, arugula, and cured tomato vegan-aise), Gorgonzola Burger and Grilled Free Range Chicken.

Sunday Brunch rolls out the variety of plenty for the entire family such as: peel & eat shrimp, Prince Edward Island Mussels, farm fresh Eggs Benedict, made-to-order omelets, hand carved grass fed beef, pancakes & French Toast, Chef Alex’s Biscuits and Gravy, farm fresh fruit, Yaya’s Famous Hummus & Pita Chips, assorted pasta and potato salads, local organic vegetables, award winning cheese, sustainable seafood, Mr. Benne’s Roasted Chicken, seasonal sautéed vegetables, artisan pizzas, delicious house made desserts, and Yaya’s signature Bloody Mary’s.

Whether it’s lunch, dinner, happy hour or Sunday brunch, thanks to innovative Executive Chef, Alexander Hayworth, there’s plenty of culinary exploring at Yaya’s Euro Bistro!

Yaya’s Euro Bistro
Phone: (636) 537-9991 (Reservations)
15601 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Gamlin Whiskey House Elevating Wine Program

Gamlin Whiskey House Elevating Wine Program - STLRestaurant.News

New Sommelier Brings Rare Vintages to Gamlin Whiskey House

St. Louis, MO/May 26, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis diners take note: one of the best restaurants in St. Louis just got a little better.  We already love Gamlin Whiskey House at 236 N. Euclid, St. Louis.  This nationally acclaimed Central West End establishment is well known for it’s locally sourced steakhouse fare and extensive whiskey list.  Gamlin Whiskey House was named one of the Best Whiskey Bars in the country by USA Today, and already claims a great wine list too.  Now they’re taking their wine offerings to the next level by bringing in Level-One sommelier Caitlin Martines.  She will guide the elevation of Gamlin’s wine program.

Growing the restaurant’s wine program has been a part of the long-term plan for Gamlin Whiskey House.  Gamlin Group proprietor Derek Gamlin has said they recently expanded their wine storage space, allowing them to expand their wine list as well.  They’re looking to Martines to lead this expansion.  “As we continue to grow our wine program,” Gamlin said, “Caitlin’s training and experience as a certified sommelier will be invaluable.”

In her first expansion of the wine list, Martines has added four highly acclaimed and hard to find Sine Qua Non labels to the Gamlin cellar.  The Ventura, California winemaker is known for creating highly rated wines from the nearby fruits of Santa Barbara vineyards.  The wines are all made in limited batches and sold only to select clients.  They are as highly acclaimed as they are hard to come by.  Three of the Sine Qua Non wines Martines has selected for Gamlin’s wine list have received 100-points from Robert Parker: The Wine Advocate, and a fourth Sine Qua Non label Marines has added earned 98-points.

The 100-point winners on Gamlin’s expanded wine list include:

Sine Qua Non Grenache Rattrapante ’12: This richly layered yet graceful Grenache is made using grapes from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills.  It was aged for 33 months in 27 percent new French oak.  This yields a fresh, impressive wine with strong indications of black raspberries, peppery herbs, licorice, dried flowers and cured meats.  Only about 800 cases were made, making this a limited edition.

Syrah Touche ’12: This rich, voluptuous wine has aged for 40 months in 78 percent new French oak.  It is a blend of 93 percent Syrah, 5 percent Petite Sirah and 2 percent Viognier from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills.  The result is deep, concentrated, full-bodied and layered, with notes of camphor, violets, smoke, cured meats, and assorted dark fruits.
Syrah Piranha Waterdanc ’14: This young, full-bodied wine was made with a blend of 81 percent Syrah, 8 percent Petite Sirah and 11 percent Mourvedre, Touriga Nacional and Graciano, and aged in 54 percent new French oak.  The result is a rich wine with lots of minerality, notes of cassis, violets and pepper.

The 98-point winner is Sine Qua Non Grenache Shakti ’14.  This full-bodied, supple wine was made using fruit from the Cumulus Vineyard, Eleven Confessions, the Third Twin and Bien Nacido vineyards.  It was aged almost entirely in neutral barrels and has base notes of black raspberries, cassis, ground herbs and violets.

Gamlin Restaurant Proprietor Lucas Gamlin (Derek’s brother) says he appreciates the creative elements that go into these incredible, small batch wines.  “For example,” he said, “each one has a unique name, and winemaker Manfred Krankl creates the artwork for each label.”  All four Sine Qua Non wines are now available by the bottle at Gamlin Whiskey House.  They range in price from $400–600 per bottle.

The Gamlin Restaurant Group was founded by brothers Derek and Lucas Gamlin.  The restaurateurs have focused on creating original bar and restaurant concepts in St. Louis.  Gamlin Whiskey House is the group’s second venture.  Their first endeavor, Sub Zero Vodka Bar at 308 North Euclid Avenue offers the largest vodka selection in the country, plus fresh sushi and gourmet burgers.  It was named Best Vodka Bar in the country by USA Today.  The Group’s newest venture, 1764 Public House at West Pine Blvd. and Euclid Avenue in the Central West End is expected to open in the coming weeks.

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!

Fuzzys Taco Shop

Fuzzys Taco Shop, St. Louis, MO - STLRestaurant.News

Kickin’ it up Baja Style at Fuzzys Taco Shop

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 20, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Fuzzys Taco Shop – Putting their spin on Tex Mex Cuisine, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop serves up their Signature Baja style Tacos, Nachos, Quesadillas, Jumbo Burritos, salads, soups, sides and a variety of frozen cocktails and Fuzzy signature drinks.  While it’s a speedy turn around once your order is placed at the counter, note this is not your typical fast food fare.  It’s Gourmet Tacos topped with garlic sauce, cilantro, Feta in addition to lettuce, tomatoes and shredded cheese.  And what a Taco selection!  We’re talking Grilled Shrimp, Shredded Chicken, Shredded Brisket, Special Ground Beef, Spicy Pork, Grilled Veggie, Grilled Fish, Tempura Fish, Tempura Shrimp, Fajita Chicken, Fajita Beef, and their specialty, California Heat (Grilled Shrimp or Tempura Shrimp with Bacon, Avocado, Feta, shredded cheese, Pico de Gallo, and Sriarcha-Lime sauce served on a soft corn Tortilla).

And if you’re extra hungry, you may want to consider the selection of shareable Big Salads such as: Shredded Chicken, Shredded Brisket, Grilled Veggie, Grilled or Tempura Fish, Grilled or Tempura Shrimp, Fajita Beef or Chicken.

For Nacho fans, there are plenty of choices all of which are dazzled with Fuzzy’s Baja twist: Shredded cheese, Queso, Feta, Pico de Gallo, and garlic sauce with a choice of the following: Bean & Cheese, Shredded Chicken, Special Ground Beef, Spicy Pork, Shredded Brisket, Fajita Chicken or Beef.

Their popular Jumbo Burritos are wrapped in a large flour tortilla filled with Guacamole, shredded cheese, onions, garlic sauce, beans, and choice of rice and a variety of protein options as mentioned above.

Fuzzy’s creative sides feature Borracho Beans (Pinto beans cooked in beer with bacon and their secret spices), Black Beans (cooked with Pico de Gallo) and Refried Beans; Cilantro-Lime Rice, Mix-Mex Fried Rice (Fried rice with a Baja twist), and Latin Fried Potatoes (Diced potatoes coked with onions and seasoned with Fuzzy dust).

For foodies who like to start their morning with a kick, Fuzzy’s serves up an impressive Tex Mex breakfast menu (Burritos, Tacos, Migas, Chilaquiles, Heuvos Rancheros, etc.).

Four strategically located Fuzzy’s Taco Shops in the St. Louis area can be found in Maryland Heights, Manchester, Webster Groves and St. Charles. In an industrial, yet colorful, casual setting with TVs tuned into Sports programming, the St. Charles venue is a popular hang out for Lindenwood University students and offers a discount for LU faculty and students.  “I eat at Fuzzy’s at least a couple times each week.  I always get the shrimp tempura tacos and a fuzzy mike!  (Margarita and mikes hard lemonade) it has been the best place around campus to grab food with friend,” Comments Adam Fazio, Lindenwood University Student.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – St. Charles, MO
2412 West Clay Street
St. Charles, MO 63301
(636) 925-3025
Hours of Operation:
Sun –Wed (8 AM – 10 PM)
Thur – Sat (7 AM – 11 PM)

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – Maryland Heights, MO (Westport Plaza)
302 West Port Plaza Drive
Maryland Heights, MO 63146
(314) 878-8226
Hours of Operation:
Mon – Thur (7 AM – 10 PM)
Fri (7 AM – 12 AM)
Sat (8 AM – 12 AM)
Sun (8 AM – 10 PM)

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – St. Louis, MO (Manchester Road)
1288 Old Orchard Center
Manchester, MO 63021
(636) 686-7394
Hours of Operation:
Mon – Wed (8 AM – 10 PM)
Thur – Sat (8 AM – 11 PM)
Sun (8 AM – 10 PM)

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – Webster Groves, MO
8073 Watson Rd
Webster Groves, MO 63119
(314) 968-8226
Hours of Operation:
Mon – Wed (8 AM – 10 PM)
Thur – Sat (8 AM – 11 PM)
Sun (8 AM – 10 PM)

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
3106 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: (314) 535-4340

1860 Saloon Building History

1860 Saloon Building History

1858 – 1860 South Ninth Street in the Soulard neighborhood

St. Louis, MO/April 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) The original building was built in the late 1800’s as a two-family town house with two separate entrances (1858 – 1860 S. 9th St.).  In the early 1900’s the south side residence was converted to commercial space with the north side preserved as the living quarters for the commercial space proprietors.

Over the years the commercial side of the building has been a bakery, butcher shop, confectionery, and, in the 1960’s, a storefront church.  The two spaces were eventually made into one space and became a tavern.  The attached picture was during this time period.

In early 1980’s Richard Marion bought the building for $15,000; changed the front entrance to one door and the name to Marion’s 1860’s Tavern.  The inside remodel included the addition of a stairway to the second floor (the opening in the ceiling when you walk in the 1860’s Saloon front door is where the stairway was located), the historic back bar and the vintage Budweiser neon sign.  The tavern did not have food at this time.

In 1989, what is currently the Game Room was added with a full kitchen.  The exposed beams are from old railroad tresses, which were dismantled in the 1970’s and 80’s when the railroads were in decline.  When this room was finished the tavern’s name was changed to 1860’s Hardshell Café & Bar.

In 1992 construction began on what was to be a garden area on the east end of the building.  Original plans called for an open-air building without a roof.  By the time the project was finished there was a plastic roof along with weather-proof doors and windows.  A unique feature is that the concrete floor was installed with heat pipes underneath so the snow and ice would melt off when bad weather prevailed.  The system is still used today on cold winter nights to heat the floor.  The plastic roof let in a lot of light, but never seemed to keep the rain out.  The roof was replaced in 2013 with beautiful reclaimed wood from an old warehouse in north county.  This space is now called 1860’s Hardshell Café, but the locals still call it “60’s Patio”.

Stay tuned for:

1860’s Parking Lot Miracle
(Installment Two)

1860’s Ghosts, Legends and Myths
(Installment Three)


Author: Tom Gullickson

The Top 10 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in St. Louis

The Top 10 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in St. Louis

STL Restaurants with the Best Patios, Decks & Sidewalk Cafes

St. Louis, MO/April 4, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Ah Spring!  The daffodils are blooming along the interstate.  The trees are leafing out.  The fountains around town are returning to life.  And St. Louis diners are looking for a great meal they can enjoy in the great outdoors.  Dining al fresco is a warm weather tradition in the Gateway City.  We’re fortunate to have a lot of great restaurant gardens, patios, and sidewalk cafes to choose from all over the metro area.  So we wanted to know which are St. Louis’ favorites.  Where are the sure bets for a great meal in a pleasant outdoor dining space?

We checked the customer reviews and found some of the highest rated restaurants in St. Louis also offer great outdoor dining too.  While compiling the data for the list, one thing stood out: when St. Louis eats outdoors, we tend to prefer casual dining venues.  We also tend to prefer restaurants that offer adult refreshments to accompany that meal.  All of the restaurants in the top ten offer great food, a terrific outdoor dining space, and some combination of craft beer, artisan cocktails, and/or an ample wine selection.

Topping the list is St. Louis’ favorite pizza place.  Melo’s Pizzeria is one of the latest culinary destinations to emerge in Benton Park.  It sits just behind another St. Louis favorite, Blues City Deli. (The sandwich shop is a two-time Yelp “Top 100 Places to Eat,” making the list in 2016 and 2017.)  Melo’s came about when Blues City owner Vince Valenza converted the garage behind the deli into a pizzeria.  Melo’s authentic wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza made with simple, high quality ingredients has become St. Louis’ favorite.  And the lovely patio next to the shop is a favorite dining destination any time the weather is warm enough to eat outdoors.  Good thing, since there’s no room inside the pizza garage for tables!  Be sure to check their Facebook page before heading over, since their hours change daily.

The following list of St. Louis’ top 10 outdoor dining destinations is based on customer reviews.  In order to make the list, restaurants had to have at least 50 reviews and a dedicated outdoor dining space.

1. Melo’s Pizzeria (4.87stars/52 reviews) Benton Park, 2438 McNair Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 833-4489.
2. Edibles & Essentials (4.72 stars/89 reviews) Saint Louis Hills, 5815 Hampton Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 328-2300.
3. Hendel’s Restaurant (4.63 stars/386 reviews) Florissant Old Town, 599 Saint Denis Street, Florissant, MO 63031, (314) 837-2304.
4. Lulu’s Local Eatery (4.60 stars/248 reviews) Tower Grove South, 3201 South Grand, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 300-8215.
5. Sauce on the Side (4.54 stars/205 reviews) Downtown, 411 North 8th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 241-5667.
6. Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas (4.53 stars/270 reviews) St. Charles, 325 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301, (636) 724-3434.
7. Cleveland-Heath (4.51 stars/626 reviews) Downtown Edwardsville, 106 North Main Street, Edwardsville, IL 62025, (618) 307-4830.
8. Broadway Oyster Bar (4.51 stars/1960 reviews) Downtown, 736 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 621-8811.
9. Russell’s on Macklind (4.48 stars/426 reviews) Southampton, 5400 Murdoch Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 553-9994.
10. Sugarfire Smoke House (4.46 stars/641 reviews) St. Charles, 3150 Elm Point Industrial Drive, Saint Charles, MO 63301, (636) 724-7601.

Honorable Mentions:

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill (4.40 stars/914 reviews) The Hill, 5226 Shaw Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 772-8898.  Fine dining al fresco.  There is no other fine dining destination that offers this level of culinary excellence and impeccable service, along with a beautiful outdoor dining experience.  Customer reviews give their patio the highest ratings among St. Louis’ fine dining establishments.  When you want the very best Italian cuisine, steak, and seafood, and you want to enjoy St. Louis’ lovely spring weather, this is your dining destination.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (4.29 stars/325 reviews) Covenant Blu/Grand Center, 3229 Washington Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 222-0143.  This local brewpub offers light fare, including traditional pretzels, meats and cheeses that pair exceptionally well with its craft beer—and you get it all in a traditional German-style beer garden setting.  One step inside and you can almost hear the oom-pah-pah band!

John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub (4.25 stars/564 reviews) Soulard, 1200 Russell Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 776-8309.  This is one of St. Louis’ most authentic Irish Pubs.  Inside, it’s the dark wood and brick pub one would expect.  Outside there’s a beautifully landscaped garden with a lovely central fountain.  Add authentic Irish food, drink, and live music, and McGurk’s feels worlds away from St. Louis.

The Fryers Daughter is Kirkwood’s Newest Restaurant

The Fryers Daughter is Kirkwood’s Newest Restaurant

The Wood Cask Is Replaced by The Fryers Daughter

KIRKWOOD, MO/April 1, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) The Fryers Daughter – In any great food city, restaurants come and restaurants go.  It’s part of the life cycle of the industry.  But it isn’t often that an owner closes his doors and a week later reopens as a brand new restaurant with a new name, a new look, and a fresh new menu.  But that’s just what has happened to The Wood Cask at the Green Tree Center (10332 Manchester Road) in Kirkwood.  The upscale, casual restaurant had been open for just over two years, offering handcrafted cocktails using upscale liquors and small batch bourbons, along with an exceptional selection of whiskey, wine, and beer.  The restaurant menu included well-planned bar staples like wings, flatbread pizzas, apps, and burgers, along with steak, seafood, and salads.

When owner Dan Marten announced on Facebook that he would be closing The Wood Cask (his first restaurant venture), he hinted that something new was in the works.  On March 19th he had posted this: “This coming Wednesday, March 22nd will be our last call at The Wood Cask, because we are closing our doors.  The ownership, management, and staff would sincerely like to thank everyone we had the pleasure of serving and getting to know over the last two years here in Kirkwood.  More News To Come -”

More news indeed.  It seemed the doors had just about shut last Wednesday night when workers began removing fixtures, building a new counter, and repainting everything.  The upscale, casual atmosphere of the Wood Cask was swept away, and a bright new enterprise was in the making.  The Fryer’s Daughter, as Marten has named it in honor of his two daughters, promises to be different.

The Fryer’s Daughter specializes in fried chicken—buttermilk marinated, double-breaded fried chicken—the really crunchy, delicious kind.  Marten says they’re offering fried chicken in several varieties including by the piece, and as sandwiches, wraps, and salads.  Several house-made specialty sauces are available too, including classic barbecue sauce, their homemade Buffalo-style hot sauce, and their spicy Korean gochujang sauce called “K-town.”  There will be a nice selection of house-made sides as well.

Unlike the full service dining of the Wood Cask, The Fryer’s Daughter offers fast-casual counter service.  This trending, newer service style has customers placing their orders at a counter, yet offers a comfortable dining room.  But Marten is changing that model up a bit too.  Although The Fryer’s Daughter is a family-friendly restaurant, it’s not your average fried chicken joint.  This one has a full bar.  In fact, I’m told customers will still be able to find the small batch bourbons and amazing whiskey selection they loved at the Wood Cask—including the “create your own flights” option.

Marten had hoped to have the new restaurant open earlier this week (Monday, March 27), but pushed it back a few days to make sure every element was in place and ready to go.  Service will begin with lunch Thursday, at 11:00 a.m.  After that, the kitchen will be open Tuesday – Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  You might find the bar open a bit later, depending upon demand. Kirkwood’s newest restaurant, The Fryer’s Daughter will be something special—offering top shelf bourbon and fresh fried chicken in the same place. Yay!

Contact information:

The Fryers Daughter
Owner: Dan Marten
Green Tree Center
10332 Manchester Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Phone: (314) 858-1085

Self-Serve Beer & Wine Bar Coming to Maplewood

Self-Serve Beer & Wine Bar

New Maplewood Bar Will Let Customers Work the Taps – Self-Serve Beer & Wine Bar

Maplewood, MO/ (STLRestaurant.News) – Maplewood has been an incubator for new food and dining concepts in the St. Louis area.  So it’s really not surprising that Ryan and Lindsay Reel chose the inner ring suburb to debut their new beer and wine bar Tapped.  They’re nearly done with renovations to the property at 7278 Manchester (formerly A Pizza Story). Tapped is slated to open in April.

What makes this new Maplewood bar unique is that customers will get their own drinks.  Tapped will use the iPourIt tap control system.  It’s a novel, new tap system that will allow customers to pour their own beer and wine.  According to the manufacturer, iPourIt works with RFID wristbands that each customer receives.  The thirsty customers wave the wristband to activate the tap they choose.  They decide how much they want to pour, and pay only for the beer or wine they take.

This will let customers sample from any of the 40 local craft beers and ciders Tapped will offer.  Each tap will have an interactive tablet, allowing customers to learn more about that particular libation before deciding what to pour.  The Reels say they do not plan to offer any major brewer’s products. (So don’t look for Bud Light here.)  Instead, they’ll have brews from St. Louis favorites Schlafly, Urban Chestnut, 4 Hands, and other.  There will also be eight wine taps, and coffee too.

Diners who miss the old pizza place will be glad to learn that the Reels have still have the wood-burning pizza oven from A Pizza Story, and plan to offer the same Neapolitan pizzas that were once served in the building.  They’ll also do small plates and appetizers that pair well with beer.  Look for fresh, gourmet sandwiches, dips, and mussels.

The exact opening date hasn’t been set, but mid-April is the target date.  According to their Facebook page, the Reels are in the process of hiring staff for Tapped.  They’re looking for “beer, wine, and food enthusiasts” to fill all positions, including prep cooks, cooks, hosts, and managers.

Contact Information:

Owners: Ryan and Lindsay Reel
7278 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO 63143

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.