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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)

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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:

Tapped
Owners: Ryan and Lindsay Reel
7278 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO 63143
314-899-0011

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.

Tower Grove South’s Tasty Shack Is Now Open

Tasty Shack, St. Louis, MO

Tasty Shack Brings New Life to Old Fast Food Site

St. Louis, MO/March 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – The corner of Gravois and Gustine Aves. in South St. Louis has been a destination for quick, tasty food since a Jack in the Box restaurant opened there in the 1970s.  The site later housed a Papa Murphy’s Take N’ Bake Pizza restaurant.  Now a new kind of “fast food” restaurant has taken up residence at 3909 Gravois.  Tasty Shack, a lunch and dinner take out, opened there March 6th, serving fried fish and chicken, steak, burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

This is a new venture from co-owners Sam Lateef and Jose Suarez.  The first time restaurateurs already own several gas stations and phone stores. They tapped Moath Migdady (St. Louis Fish and Chicken) to help develop a menu that includes flour battered chicken and fish, along with other Southern-influenced dishes.  They offer mild and spicy fried chicken, Chicago-style wings, drumsticks, thighs, chicken tenders and nuggets, and even fried gizzards.  They also offer fried shrimp, tilapia, jack salmon, and catfish.  Family meals and chicken-fish combos are also available.

Tasty Shack also offers charcoal grilled steak—ribeyes and T-bones, cooked to order.  There are also burgers and sandwiches, including a Philly Cheesesteaks and gyros.  There are entree salads too, including Greek, gyro, grilled chicken topped salad and crispy chicken too.  Besides French fries, side choices include hushpuppies, fried okra, jalapeno poppers and others.  Another nod to the Southern influence is seen on the dessert menu which includes banana pudding, cake, bean pies, and sweet potato pie.

Tasty Shack is open Monday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The kitchen takes up most of the 1,200 square foot building. Customers place their takeout orders at a large walk-up counter, then sit in a row a chairs along the windows to wait (generally less than 10 minutes) for their food to be ready.  It takes a few minutes more than traditional fast food, but then Tasty Shack is cooking up fresh food, and that’s usually worth an extra few minutes.
Contact Information:

Tasty Shack
Co-owners: Sam Lateef and Jose Suarez
3903 Gravois Ave.
Tower Grove South
St. Louis, MO 63116
Phone: (314) 240-5051

Five #1s from St. Louis’ Restaurant Top 10s

Five #1s from St. Louis’ Restaurant Top 10s

Spotlighting the Best of St. Louis’ Restaurant Top 10s

St. Louis, MO/March 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – A look at the top of the restaurant top ten lists reveals a glimpse of the vast variety of restaurant styles, cuisines, and atmospheres offered across the St. Louis area.  It reveals a little of the fickle nature of St. Louis diners, and the ever-changing landscape of the restaurant industry itself.

This week, we’re highlighting five restaurants that sit atop their respective top ten list.  Sometimes restaurants featured here are so well-loved, they occupy the number one spot in multiple top 10 lists.  That is certainly the case with the first category this week.  Broadway Oyster Bar, our #1 Happy Hour destination is also St. Louis’ favorite seafood restaurant, and they’re tops for Cajun/Creole cuisine too.  But they’re not the only terrific restaurant we’re highlighting this week.  All five on this week’s best of the top 10s list are worth your attention.

HAPPY HOUR

Broadway Oyster Bar (4.51 stars/1926 reviews) Downtown, 736 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 621-8811.  This downtown favorite specializes in award winning seafood and cajun/creole cuisine, along with live music every night.  The rustic charm of the 170 year old building, combined with amazing food, a patio made for partying, and killer cocktails.  If the original Hurricane, the Creole Mary, or the Sazarac don’t lure you in from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, the beer, wine and app specials (think oysters 10+ ways) surely will.

CHINESE

Lona’s Lil Eats (4.64 stars/370 reviews) Fox Park, 2199 California Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 899-5582.  This is the home of the “giant rice paper wrap.”  This quaint south city eatery specializes in fresh Asian cuisine with a soul-food flare.  St. Louis diners may tag them as the best Chinese Restaurant in the city, but they’re also highly rated as a fusion food and vegetarian destination.  This is small town Chinese cuisine with a focus on fresh food.  Think spicy cucumber salad, kebobs, Thai spring rolls, and those amazing giant rice paper wraps.

SPORTS BAR

Amsterdam Tavern (4.45 stars/80 reviews) Tower Grove South, 3175 Morganford Road, Saint Louis, MO 63116, (314) 772-8224.  Everyone has their favorite sports bar, just as everyone has their favorite team.  And St. Louis is such a great sports city, so it’s not surprising that we have a lot of great sports bars.  According to customer reviews, Amsterdam Tavern is a as good as it gets.  If you needed any proof that St. Louis love soccer, this bar’s #1 status is it.  AT is a European-style soccer fans’ sports bar, offering craft beer, artisan cocktails, and a beer garden.  The focus here is on soccer and suds, so you’ll have to get your food next door at the Dam.
RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW

Three Sixty at the Ballpark Hilton (4.12 stars/782 reviews) Downtown, 1 South Broadway, Saint Louis, Missouri 63102, (314) 241-8439.  If you want to show off the St. Louis skyline, short of the top of the Arch, it just doesn’t get any better than Three Sixty.  As the name suggests, this restaurant atop the Ballpark Hilton offers 360-degree views of downtown from both the indoor dining area, and the outdoor rooftop bar.  You can even get a good look into Busch Stadium.  The view may draw you to this lofty eatery, but the terrific small plate menu and extensive wine, beer and cocktail selection will keep you there.

LADIES’ LUNCH VENUE

Zodiac at Neiman Marcus (4.5 stars/31 reviews) 100 Plaza Frontenac, Saint Louis, MO 63131, (314) 994-5050.  With all of the tea rooms, boutique restaurants, and tasting specialty shops in St. Louis, one thing is very clear: good ladies’ lunch venues must offer more than just a nice meal.  Most of them include shopping in some form or other.  That’s certainly true at the highest rated ladies’ lunch venue.  Zodiac is on the upper level of Neiman Marcus at the posh Plaza Frontenac.  This Neiman Marcus branded restaurant offers upscale light dining in a tony, elegant dining room, or lovely umbrella-shaded outdoor patio.  Customers rave over the polished service and exceptional food choices like their famous Mandarin Orange Soufflé.

Monty’s Sandwich Co. closing downtown sandwich shop

Monty’s Sandwich Co., St. Louis, MO

Lease Issues Behind Monty’s Sandwich Co. Closure

St. Louis, MO/February 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Downtown St. Louis is losing a lunchtime favorite.  Monty’s Sandwich Company at 200 N. Broadway is closing.  Owners Steve May and Joel Williams made the announcement this week on the restaurant’s Facebook page.  In the post, they said they were “unable to reach an agreement with the building regarding our lease and it is with great sadness that we will be closing the doors next Friday, the 3rd of March.”  The building their shop is in was sold last year for $12.7 million.  The current owner is Mariner Real Estate Management of Kansas City.

We had recently featured the great grilled cheese sandwiches at Monty’s Sandwich Co. in an article called Celebrating National Cheese Lover’s Day.  May and Williams opened Monty’s in November 2011.  It was their goal to elevate the humble sandwich to a meal worth seeking out.  They even named their sandwich shop Monty’s in honor of John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who’s credited with inventing the sandwich so that he could eat dinner while he gambled.  May and Williams have said their goal was to bring St. Louis diners a better, fresher sandwich.  So Monty’s hand-crafted all their meals using meats roasted in house, locally baked artisan breads, and hand-picked produce.  And hungry diners in downtown St. Louis noticed the quality, giving Monty’s high ratings (4 stars/134 reviews on Yelp, 4.5 stars/81 reviews Tripadvisor).  Some days they were so busy, people were lining up outside!

The post on Monty’s Facebook page went on to thank their loyal customers for the success they had, “I am very proud of what we have accomplished over the years and the quality of food we have served.  We have made a lot of friends downtown and throughout the Saint Louis area that we will miss greatly.  It has been a pleasure serving you over the years and we appreciate your loyalty and patronage.”  It is unclear if May and Williams will reopen Monty’s somewhere else, or even remain in the restaurant business together.  But for one more week, they’ll be making some of the best sandwiches in town (and breakfast too), from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every day but Sunday through March 3rd.

Contact Information

Monty’s Sandwich Company
Owner: Steve May and Joel Williams
200 N. Broadway, Ste. 110
Downtown
St. Louis, MO
Phone: (314) 241-7900
http://stlmontys.com/
[email protected]

Lucas Park Grille Launching Pad for Mardi Gras Pub Crawl

Lucas Park Grille, St. Louis, MO

One Option for St. Louis Mardi Gras 2017 – Lucas Park Grille

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 5, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Lucas Park Grille – Mardi Gras is a grand time in the city of St. Louis.  We throw one of the biggest Mardi Gras parties in the country.  City officials say it’s the biggest outside of New Orleans, and that might be the case.  In recent years, it’s outgrown the Soulard neighborhood where it began and spilled into downtown and even Laclede’s Landing, creating more opportunities to let the good times roll across town!

One of the most fun was to enjoy a party like Mardi Gras is with a pub crawl.  You get transportation, drink specials, and no cover charges.  My Drink On has teamed up with Lucas Park Grille to create a Mardi Gras pub crawl across downtown St. Louis on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.  The $20 ticket gets you two $5.00 gift cards (food or drink), $3-5.00 drink specials featuring Cruzan Rum and EFFEN Vodka.  All cover charges are waived (but you may still have to stand in line), and a limited number of masks and beads will be provided.  Plus, a portion of the proceeds will go to local charity.  Tickets can be purchased online through My Drink On.

On the day of the event registration is 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Lucas Park Grille, 1234 Washington Ave., St. Louis.  Get your ticket scanned (from either your phone or a printed ticket) and then the crawl begins!  The other venues signed up so far include: Flannery’s Pub (1324 Washington Ave), Roaring Twenties Complex (807 N 2nd Street), Big Daddy’s Laclede’s Landing (118 Morgan Street), and Morgan Street Brewery (721 N 2nd Street).

To avoid parking headaches and possible fees (not to mention driving home afterward), participants are encouraged to hire a ride from Lyft or Uber!  First time Lyft!  Users can get a $50 voucher by using code: MDO50.  First time Uber users can get a big discount with code: 39r5v.

Contact Information:

Lucas Park Grille & Market
1234 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: (314) 241-7770

Email inquiries about the event: [email protected]

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Picture courtesy of Lawrence Group | Plan Design Create

Cubano-Creole-Caribe Fusion at Boogaloo

Maplewood Mainstay Is Still One-of-a-Kind Fun – Boogaloo

Maplewood, MO/December 30, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – Some restaurants are special.  They have a style, a feel, and a flavor all their own. Boogaloo at 73344 Manchester Road in Maplewood is one of those special places.  It’s a little bit Caribbean, a little bit Cuban, a little bit Creole, and a whole lot of fun!  But then, that’s the nature of a fusion restaurant isn’t it?  Boogaloo’s special blend of cuisines and cultures has been recognized as exceptional from the start.  The restaurant and bar has a fun, eclectic decor replete with bold colors, murals, and alligator skin wallpaper!

Boogaloo, Maplewood, MO

Boogaloo, Maplewood, MO

Boogaloo owner and chef, Dan Powers has been there since the place opened in 2005.  As the son of one of the original investors, he helped Chef Mike Johnson get the restaurant off the ground.  Johnson moved on about four years ago, and now Power’s is the force behind Boogaloo’s one-of-a-kind dining experience.

The menu is as unique as the venue.  It features traditionally inspired Cuban, Caribbean and Creole cuisine, served as tapas and as entrees.  Whether you’re craving crawfish, conch fritters, jerk chicken tacos, or fried plantains with red pepper romesco,  Boogaloo’s got you covered.  One of the stars of their appetizer menu is the Mussels Steamed in White Sangria (with coconut milk, lime and cilantro).  Customers just rave about them and the empanadas.  They do two kinds daily: Spinach and Artichoke with caramelized onion-yogurt sauce and Crab Empanadas with black bean puree and volcano sauce.

Boogaloo also offers some unique fusions creations that are as delicious as they are adventurous.  How about Cuban Paella?  Theirs is made with shrimp, mussels, clams, market fish, Andouille, Valencia rice with saffron and coconut milk.  Or how about a Picadillo?  The Cuban “sloppy joes” are a fragrant stew of ground beef and tomatoes, with raisins and olives adding a sweet-salty kick.  Or try their Caesar Cuban salad.  It’s made with hearts of romaine, like a regular Caesar salad, but they use manchego and anchovy instead of parmesan, and they add chipotle to the dressing!

With food like that, it’s no wonder they found their way into our customer review-based Top 10 Fusion Restaurants in St. Louis (#8) and our Top 10 Cajun & Creole Restaurants in St. Louis (#5).  The fusion doesn’t stop on the restaurant side.

Boogaloo also has an award winning cocktail bar that specializes in mixing up signature drinks.  They offer a great selection of wine and bottled beer, as well as a dozen drafts.  And if their fabulous Mojitos, Caipirinhas, and Sangria aren’t enough to bring you to the bar, their swings certainly are!  Boogaloo is the only establishment in the St. Louis area where every seat at the bar is a swing.  Really.  They’re hanging from the ceiling all in a row.  Just like the playground when you were a kid, you can’t reserve them.  The swings are first-come, first-served. If you’re lucky enough to snag one, it’s a fun way to spend an evening!

Boogaloo offers Happy Hour specials from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, and late night Happy Hour from 10:00 p.m. to close Monday – Thursday!  The bar is open from 11:00 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday – Friday, and noon to 1:00 a.m. Saturdays.

Boogaloo is situated perfectly on Maplewood’s main street, making them a convenient stop for lunch or dinner, and a great destination for a night out with friends.  Did we mention they have swings at the bar?

Right now, they’re offering a New Year’s Eve Dinner special that includes a four-course dinner and champagne toast at midnight ($40).  Reservations can be made online or by phone.  But tables (and swings) are filling up fast!  If you miss them New Year’s Eve, then make plans to join them for Mardi Gras in February!

Contact Information:

Boogaloo
Owner/Chef: Dan Powers
7344 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO 63143
Phone: (314) 645-4803

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Picture courtesy of Boogaloo

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