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Top 10 Vegetarian & Vegans Restaurants

Top 10 Vegetarian & Vegans Restaurants - STLRestaurant.News

The Best Vegetarian & Vegan Fare in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO/May 25, 2017 (STLRestautant.News) – St. Louis may be known as a great barbecue city, but there’s a lot more than ribs and burnt ends on the menu.  That’s good, as more and more people seek out healthier fare, more and more restaurants are answering the call.  Locally sourced, non-gmo, fresh fare is the cuisine of the day, especially at St. Louis’ many vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants.  So, we wanted to know where local diners go when they want really good vegetarian and vegan food.  We checked the customer reviews and found St. Louis diners have a lot of good choices for meatless meals.

Topping the list is Bombay Food Junkies. St. Louis diners have flocked to their food truck for the authentic, all-vegan Indian street food since Sid and Krupa Panchal first rolled it out in 2013.  The truck is still going strong, and is a regular at BJC around lunchtime, a Tower Grove Farmer’s Market mainstay, and a Sunday evening feature at Creve Coeur Lake Park.  At their brick-and-mortar restaurant in St. Ann, they offer an all-you-can-eat dinner Friday and Saturday evenings, and midday on Sundays.  Diners can sample every dish on small plates (at least 11 different ones) and then order the ones they like best.  This is a great way to get to know “Thali Style” plant-based Indian cuisine.

The top 10 vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the St. Louis are offer a wide variety of choices.  Diners will find everything from Bombay’s Indian cuisine, to American comfort food, Asian Fusion, decadent desserts, and raw bars.  This list has a little something for everyone who wants to try the best meatless and plant based meals St. Louis restaurants have to offer.  Here are the top 10 vegetarian and vegan restaurants in St. Louis:

1. Bombay Food Junkies (4.74 stars/70 reviews) St. Ann, 3578 Adie Road, Saint Louis, MO 63074, (573) 578-6583.
2. Thai House (4.71 stars/146 reviews) Metro-east, 109 South Main Street, Columbia, IL 62236, (618) 281-2777.
3. Lona’s Lil Eats (4.64 stars/406 reviews) Fox Park, 2199 California Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 899-5582.
4. Lulu’s Local Eatery (4.58 stars/265 reviews) Tower Grove South, 3201 South Grand Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 300-8215.
5. Pizzeoli – Wood Fired Neapolitan Pizza (4.57 stars/138 reviews) Soulard, 1928 South 12th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 449-1111.
6. Seedz Cafe (4.53 stars/129 reviews) Clayton, 6344 South Rosebury Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63105, (314) 725-7333.
7. PuraVegan (4.52 stars/111 reviews) DeBaliviere Place, 307 Belt Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63112, (314) 932-5144.
8. Wicked Greenz (4.48 stars/50 reviews) Clayton, 16 North Central Ave., Clayton, MO 63105, (314) 727-2772.
9. SweetArt (4.45 stars/298 reviews) Shaw, 2203 South 39th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 771-4278.
10. Bike Stop Cafe (4.35 stars/201 reviews) Saint Charles, 701 South Riverside Drive, Saint Charles, MO 63301, (636) 724-9900.

There are so many great vegan and vegetarian dining options in the St. Louis area, we just couldn’t limit the list to only ten places.  What follows are a couple more places that deserve attention.  So, Honorable Mentions to:

Tree House Vegetarian Restaurant (4.28 stars/259 reviews) Tower Grove South, 3177 South Grand Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 696-2100. A lot of restaurants offer vegan and vegetarian options, at Tree House, it’s the whole menu. Add to that a dedication to using locally sourced, organic, non-gmo ingredients whenever possible. And everything—all the seitan, vegan cheeses, pickles, sauces, dressings and desserts—are made in-house. This is comfort food that satisfies both vegans and carnivores.

Confluence Kombucha gastroLAB (4.64 stars/14 reviews) Forest Park Southeast, 4507 Manchester Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 833-3059. Don’t let the limited number of reviews deter you from trying this one-of-a-kind dining experience in The Grove. Confluence Kombucha offers a wonderfully cozy atmosphere to learn about and sample this fermented tea (kombucha), along with a seasonally-inspired, fresh culinary creations of Executive chef and master brewer William Thomas Pauley.

Fred and Ricky’s Plant Delicious Foods (4.71 stars/14 reviews) Creve Coeur, 11252 Olive Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63141, (314) 942-3100. This is a unique spot to grab a vegan or vegetarian meal. Fred and Ricky’s isn’t really a restaurant, although you can eat your meal there. They make plant-based, oil-free, heart healthy cuisine—soups, entrees, breakfasts, desserts, snacks, etc. Everything is fresh and pre-packaged to go. So, diners can buy a meal to heat in the onsite microwave and eat there, or grab a week’s worth of take out all in one place.

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!

Imos’ Named One of the Best Pizzas in America

Imos’ Named One of the Best Pizzas in America

Tasting Table Picks Imo’s Pizza as One of the Best Pizzas

St. Louis, MO/May 23, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Best Pizzas – Every pizza lover within 100 miles of the Gateway City is familiar with the classic thin-crust pizza dubbed St. Louis-style.  And we all know “the square beyond compare” that is the granddaddy of St. Louis-style pizza, Imo’s.  Now, this iconic St. Louis pizza company is getting some national props.  The editors at the foodie website Tasting Table have included Imo’s pizza on their recently published article The Best Pizzas in the Country.  The list span coast to coast and included everything from deep dish to Neapolitan, chewy New York Style and St. Louis’ unique thin crust.

The Imo’s crust is a puzzle to East Coast pizza lovers, who can’t seem to grasp the concept.  While pizzas born in New York or New Jersey are all about the flavor and texture of their chewy, hand-tossed crusts, Imo’s thin crust shifts the focus to the incredible toppings.  The editors at Tasting Table describe it this way, “Unlike most other styles, the Saint Louis version swaps yeast for baking powder in its crust, which yields a cracker-like consistency reminiscent of saltines in the best way possible.”  Am I the only one who’s tired of reading/hearing this crispy, delicious crust described as a “cracker” crust?  A saltine’s got nothing on this crust, which is crispy, but more akin to unleavened flat-bread than any cracker ever made.

The editors at Tasting Table also seemed to appreciate the unique qualities of Provel® cheese, which tops all Imo’s pizzas.  The much-maligned, processed cheese is a blend of cheddar, Swiss, and provolone, but with it’s own savory flavor.  It was invented by Costa Grocery (now Roma Grocery on the Hill) in collaboration with the Hoffman Dairy Company of Wisconsin (now part of Kraft Foods) in the 1940s specifically for use on pizza.  The inventors were looking for a white cheese that would melt really well, but not be stringy they way mozzarella is when diners bite into it.  Provel has a buttery texture at room temperature, and a low melting point, allowing it to spread gooey goodness all around the toppings.

One thing the Tasting Table article didn’t mention was the other toppings that go into an Imo’s pizza and helped this mom-and-pop shop grow to around 100 stores over the last 50+ years.  St. Louis-style pizza is also known for its rich, slightly sweet tomato sauce, and Imo’s version is no exception.  When the crust is this thin and crispy, the sauce becomes the foundation of flavor, so it has to deliver just the right balance of sweet tomato and aromatic seasonings.  Then, unlike the pepperoni world of other pizza places, an Imo’s Deluxe is topped with Italian sausage, mushrooms, onions, green pepper, and the crispiest bacon found on any pizza.  This combination of toppings makes Imo’s Deluxe pizza really special. (Sure, you can get pepperoni too, but this is Imo’s signature pizza.)

The secret to holding all those toppings, which go edge to edge, is in the cut.  Imo’s may not be the first thin-crust pizza in St. Louis.  And it’s certainly not the first to use Provel cheese, but Ed Imo, a tile-cutter by trade, who founded this iconic pizza company with his wife Margie in 1964, made the square, or tavern-cut pizza famous in St. Louis and the surrounding area.  By cutting the pizza into three-to-four-inch squares, the thin crust is able to stand up to the heavy toppings.  This cut also has an amazing side-effect, pizza corners.  Yes, with a square cut, the round pizza has little triangle-like corners offering a crispy tidbit with a smear of sauce, a smattering of cheese, and a bite of sausage and bacon. It’s the two-bite, go-to piece for pizza lovers in the know.

The Imo’s story goes like this: Ed and Marge Imo, who were Catholic, had a habit of ordering pizza at 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and going out to pick it up, so they could have meat on their pizza as soon as the Friday fast ended at midnight.  One night, it occurred to them that it would be even better if they didn’t have to venture out so late, and could have their pizza delivered to them.  It was a stroke of genius.  The Imo’s opened their pizzeria at Thurman and Shaw Avenues, offering delivery of their favorite, South St. Louis-style pizza to their neighbors.  Pizza delivery was a new and welcome concept in St. Louis in 1964.  And we’ve been devouring this square-cut, thin-crust, Provel-topped pizza ever since.  It really is a St. Louis original, and arguably one of the best pizzas in America.

Contact Information:

Imo’s Pizza
Founders: Ed and Margie Imo
Imo’s Pizza Executive Office
800 North 17th Street
St. Louis, MO 63106
Phone: (314) 822-0443


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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)

South City’s Vine Café Dishes Out Mediterranean Food and Culture

South City’s Vine Café Dishes Out Mediterranean Food and Culture

Fresh Pita, Shawarma, and Hookah at The Vine Café on South Grand

St. Louis, MO/May 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Everyone who knows anything about where to eat in St. Louis knows about the amazing mix of ethnic cuisines offered along South Grand Blvd. in the city’s Tower Grove South neighborhood.  The bustling strip has always been a hub of local commerce.  “Back in the day” there were dry cleaners, butcher shops, banks, barbers, apothecaries, bookstores, repair shops, and doctors’ offices.  Now, it’s a hub of international cuisine.  One of the more noteworthy establishments along the current South Grand Blvd between Arsenal and Utah Streets is the Vine Mediterranean Café & Market at 3171 South Grand.

This bright, inviting café specializes in Middle Eastern fare—mainly Lebanese—served in a traditional Arabian setting.  The aromas of fresh baked pita and shawarma (a marinated lamb and beef, slow roasted on a vertical spit) entice passersby along the sidewalk.  But one step inside the Vine is like a step into another, more exotic world.  The heady smell of spices, pita, meat, and hookah conjure images of faraway places.

The menu at the Vine invites diners to sample the wares of traditional Mediterranean kitchens.  At the Vine, everything is made fresh every day and every dish on the menu is halal.  Among the apps are hummus and pitas, of course, but also stuffed grape leaves, baba ganoush, falafel, makdous (cured baby eggplant stuffed with walnuts and garlic, topped with pomegranate sauce and olive oil), Labneh (creamy yogurt topped with olive oil and za’atar spice), and Kibbeh (a bulgur wheat and beef shell, stuffed with beef and onions)—plus za’atar spiced wings, chicken tenders with a zesty garlic sauce, and Lebanese Nachos (pita chips topped with hummus, fresh vegetables and labneh).

The shawarma, available in beef and lamb, or chicken, is the star of the menu.  It’s sliced from a vertical spit, similarly to gyro, and served over rice with pita bread.  Unlike the Greek gyro with it’s cool, creamy tzatziki sauce, shawarma is served with tahini sauce, a traditional Middle Eastern blend of sesame paste, lemon juice, and garlic.  The tahini sauce at the Vine is a tangy accompaniment to their rich, savory, and oh-so-tender shaved meat.  Have wrapped in pita and toasted panini-style or served over rice with salad or soup.

Other popular dishes include kebabs (beef, lamb, chicken, shrimp), lamb chops, and chicken shatta (charbroiled chicken breast topped with tomatoes, jalapeños, garlic, and a mix of herbs and spices, sautéed in olive oil).  There’s also a nice selection of vegetarian and vegan options, including a falafel dinner, and Batata Harra (cubed potato, cilantro, garlic, and hot spices sautéed in olive oil).

Besides the usual soft drinks (Coke and Pepsi products), beverage options include fresh juices (orange, apple, mango, and carrot) that can be ordered pure, or blended, or mixed with lemonade.  There are also some traditional drinks: Jallab, made with date juice, almonds and raisins; hot tea with mint, cardamom, or lemon; and strong Lebanese Coffee (with or without cardamom).  There are smoothies too—traditional flavors like banana or mango, but also some less familiar combinations like carrot (blended with banana and honey) and the refreshing mint lemonade smoothie.

There’s a fresh selection of fresh bakery items (like namura and baklava) in the bakery case each day.  Their signature chocolate baklava is worth the trip itself.  If you’re too full to eat dessert after your meal, be sure to get some to go.  Be sure to peruse the Mediterranean market shelves too.  They’re stocked with olives, oils, chickpeas, and rice, along with those exotic Mediterranean spices and some packaged food goodies you won’t find at your local supermarket.  They also offer a large selection of fresh halal meats.  As if that wasn’t enough, there’s an adjacent hookah lounge.

When the weather permits, their outdoor dining area is a great place to enjoy a great meal, strong coffee, and lavish tea while people-watching along the vibrant South Grand Blvd.  If you need to get some work done, bring your laptop because they have free Wi-Fi too.  They also offer catering for small groups and large gatherings.

The Vine Café is open Sunday – Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (kitchen closes 9:30 pm).  The market at the Vine is open Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Monday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  For a sample of their delicious Lebanese cuisine, stop by during the 9th Annual South Grand International Dine Out on May 18th.  The Vine’s coconut dates, pistachio baklava, and namura are among the featured items.

Contact information:

The Vine Mediterranean Café & Market
Manager: Ali Moshen
3171 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118
St. Louis – South City
Phone: (314) 776-0991

The 1860s Saloon Parking Lot Miracle

The 1860s Saloon Parking Lot Miracle - STLRestaurant.News

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) After deciding that he wanted a larger bar with a restaurant, original 1860’s owner Richard Marion realized he would need more parking.  He looked across the street and saw two vacant lots with an old relic of a house between them.  It was brick and painted bright orange.  It was referred to in the neighborhood as the Pumpkin House.  Richard bought all three properties with the idea of razing the Pumpkin House and making one nice parking lot.

With due diligence in mind, Richard went down to City Hall to get a permit to tear down the Pumpkin House.  But, unbeknownst to him, the Pumpkin House was considered a historic property and could not be razed.

The city’s Heritage Committee informed Richard that his only option was to restore the property.  Begrudgingly, he agreed to do so and hired local Soulard carpenters to begin gutting the building so it could be restored.  This work seemed to take a long time with not much getting done, until one hot summer day the weather forecasters were predicting a sever storm coming through St. Louis during the night.  Apparently Richard wanted to secure the building because he had a large crew working in it that day and they seemed to be doing a lot of sawing, hammering and removing of a lot of large timbers.

Well, as luck would have it, the heavy rain and windstorm did come through St. Louis that night, and, like the big bad wolf, it blew the Pumpkin House down.  Richard called the city’s Building Commission to report the catastrophe and they had no choice but to declare the building a public hazard and that it needed to be torn down.

Out of the bad luck Richard saw the bright side and built his parking lot.  Some seem to recall him saying, “Mother Nature was good to me that day.”  And rumor has it that he toasted Her with a shot of Jager and called it the Soulard carpenters’ miracle.

This is installment 2 of 3.  Installment 1 was The 1860 Saloon Building History.  Stay tuned for Installment 3, 1860’s Ghosts, Legends and Myths


Location: 822 – 826 Geyer Ave., Soulard


Contributing Editor: Tom Gullickson

Have a Slice of Humble Pie: Ladue’s New Pizzeria

Have a Slice of Humble Pie: Ladue’s New Pizzeria

New Ladue Pizzeria is Serving Up Humble Pie

St. Louis, MO/May 16, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Humble Pie – Just in time for a spell of beautiful, summer-like weather in St. Louis, a new pizzeria offering outdoor-only seating has opened in Ladue.  Humble Pie at 9783 Clayton Road in Ladue has been open about two weeks, offering fresh pizza with for takeout, delivery, and patio dining.  The new pizzeria occupies the spot left vacant when Red-L Pizza closed last November.

Humble Pie owners, husband and wife, Mark and Jessica Lucas are no strangers to hungry St. Louis County denizens.  Their Fozzie’s Sandwich Emporium shops in Richmond Heights (1170 S. Big Bend Blvd.) and Des Peres (11656 Manchester Road) have been local favorites for their big, inventive sandwiches made with fresh ingredients (some of which they grow themselves) and perfectly crispy, house-made chips.

The Lucas’ commitment to creating real food made with locally sourced, fresh ingredients and without unnecessary additives is carrying through to their new pizzeria.  The pizzas at Humble Pie are made with small batch, organic dough, then heaped with fresh, wholesome toppings. There are plenty of vegan and gluten-free options too.  This healthier approach to pizza means there are delicious creations that diners can also feel good about.

Diners can choose from their crispy, thin crust, or their thicker, Sicilian-style crust. At lunchtime, they offer pizza by the slice.  The rest of the time the price is based on crust type and size, with three price points: 12-inch thin, 14-inch thin or half pan Sicilian, and 18-inch thin or whole pan Sicilian.  There’s also a 10-inch gluten-free crust available for $2.00 more.

Pizza purists will appreciate menu classics like the Humble Margherita with it’s organic red sauce, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, drizzled with olive oil and a dash of pink himalayan salt.  They also offer some creative combinations like the Presto Pesto with fresh pesto, red peppers, artichokes, chicken and fresh herbed goat cheese; the BRIEzy with Brie cheese, granny smith apples, dates, fig balsamic, and fresh arugula; plus pizzas made with sliced Brussels sprouts and bacon, or barbecued cauliflower.  And diners are free to select their own combination of toppings from lists that include all the classics like Italian sausage, pepperoni, green peppers, and onions, plus less conventional choices like marinated artichokes hearts, hot cherry peppers, chopped peanuts, fennel, salmon, organic tofu, and falafel, plus fresh herbs.

The selection doesn’t stop there. Humble Pie offers several cheeses, which diners can mix and match as they desire.  There’s the house’ classic-style mozzarella, plus fresh mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, a pepper jack-mozzarella blend, vegan Daiya mozzarella, fontina, brie, feta, and goat cheese.  The menu includes dozens of options for vegetarians and vegans, each indicated with a small leaf icon (vegetarian), and a circled leaf (vegan).

Besides pizza, diners will find bread sticks, garlic sticks, meatballs, and organic, baked “smashed taters” which can be served plain, or topped like a 12-inch pizza.  The nine offered salads can be ordered as halves or whole salads.  They come in clever combinations like the Herb-A-Voire, a combination of fresh herbs (cilantro, basil, mint, parsley), mixed greens, toasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and dried cherries with a citrus champagne vinaigrette; the Humble Caprese with marinated, grilled zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil with basil oil and a balsamic drizzle; or the Lux Lox with a spinach- arugula mix, smoked salmon, herbed goat cheese, capers, cucumber, hardboiled egg, pickled red onion, and lemon-dill yogurt dressing.

There’s also a kids’ menu with options like pizza, baked chicken strips, mac & cheese, as well as pizza bread grilled cheese and pizza bread PB&J.

Dessert includes a selection of small pies (1–2 servings) in flavors like Vegan Mexican Chocolate, with a hint of cayenne, cinnamon, silken tofu, and vegan chocolate in a coconut graham crust.  There’s also the Gimme S’More made with hazelnut chocolate ganache and marshmallow fluff, plus salted caramel apple, and blueberry lemon.  They also make pie pops, which are like really small, two-crusted pies on a lollipop stick.  And their signature granola bars, playfully dubbed “The Humble Square.”  It’s a crunchy, sweet combinations of pumpkin seeds, flax, unsweetened dried cherries, mini chocolate chips, rolled oats, sunbutter, flour, and maple syrup.

Humble Pie is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Keep in mind, they offer takeout and delivery ($10 minimum), and the only seating is on their patio.  But when the weather is as nice as this week’s, that’s plenty.

Contact Information:

Humble Pie
Owners: Jessica and Mark Lucas
9783 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63124
Phone: (314) 997-7070

LouFest 2017 Will Bring Some Big Names to Forest Park

LouFest 2017 Will Bring Some Big Names to Forest Park

Weezer, Huey Lewis & the News Among LouFest 2017 Lineup

St. Louis, MO/May 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) LouFest 2017 – Summer music festivals have been a seasonal tradition in St. Louis for decades.  The city has offered residents everything from free symphony concerts in the park to day-long jam-fests that filled old Busch stadium.  LouFest continues in that tradition, with its eighth annual festival in Forest Park.  More than a concert, LouFest offers a two-day cultural experience bringing about 30 national acts to four stages, plus food, drink and more.  Listen Live Entertainment, which produces the festival has announced a partial lineup of acts who will play this year’s festival.

According to LouFest officials, the national acts headlining this year will include:

Cage the Elephant
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Huey Lewis and the News
Marian Hill
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Hippo Campus
The Record Company
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Mondo Cozmo
Future Thieves

As is the annual custom at LouFest, several popular local acts will also perform. The list of local performers includes:

Jack Grelle
18 and Counting & the Only Ensemble
Beth Bombara
Mathias & the Pirates

Other names taking the stage include Ron Gallo, Jonny P, Harts, Jess Nolan, and Chris Bandi.  Additional acts will be announced May 30.  Festival organizers say they must hold off on naming them because of exclusivity clauses in some performers’ contracts.  There are also plans to honor St. Louis native Chuck Berry, who died in March.  Details will be made public at a later date, but officials say they plan their tribute to Berry will be something that lasts well beyond this summer’s festival.

LouFest 2017 will offer a lot more than music to festival goers.  The Market Square will showcase local artists.  The Nosh Pit celebrates St. Louis’ culinary excellence.  Festival organizers are still accepting applications from local restaurants and food vendors.  Also around the park, festival goers will find the Shock Top Beer Garden, featuring local and regional favorites from Faust and Shock Top to Goose Island Beer Company.  There will also be games and limited seating in the beer garden.  And the Cupcake Vineyards Truck will back this year, offering free samples and contests with a chance to win prizes.  Starbucks will be handing out samples of their coffee and protein doubleshot.  Whole Foods Market will team up with local makers, Perennial, to offer demonstrations on turning old t-shirts into reusable totes, festival headbands, and more.  There’s even a kids’ area.  LouKidz will offer family-friendly activities include music (daily performances by Robot+Bike), dancing, crafts, face painting and more from noon to 5:00 p.m. each day.

Unlike many of the summer concerts offered in St. Louis’ public venues, LouFest isn’t free.  Tickets went on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday.  A general admission ticket for the two-day event will set you back $95.  Kids 12 and under are admitted free with each paid adult.  One-day tickets will be available soon.  This year there are two tiers of VIP tickets.  The standard two-day VIP tickets are $350 and included shaded seating, complimentary food and drinks (including beer, wine, and specialty libations), reserved (air conditioned) restrooms, VIP parking (must purchase two VIP tickets), a VIP Lounge, and gourmet happy hour.  If that isn’t special enough, starting this year Platinum Tickets are available for $750.  The new Platinum Ticket includes a private lounge, private onstage viewing areas, complimentary catered meals and beverages, onsite concierge, and more.  Platinum Ticket holders will spend less time standing in line thanks to private entrances and exits.  Platinum VIP parking with shuttle service is also included.

This year’s LouFest at Forest Park will be Saturday and Sunday, September 9 – 10.  Festival gates open each day at 11:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m.  For more information about this year’s event, including purchasing tickets and a list of what can be brought onto festival grounds and what can’t (no coolers), see the official LouFest 2017 website.  If you still have questions, contact [email protected].

St Louis Makes Major City List for Most Popular Healthy Eating Plans

St Louis Makes Major City List for Most Popular Healthy Eating Plans

Grubhub Announces Top Major Cities with Healthy Eating Plans

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Healthy Eating Plans – Grilling with family and friends, the ice cream truck jingle…summer break means a lot of fun in the sun, but it is also a three-month period when making the healthiest food choices is not always the easiest thing to do.  Even so, we know that healthy eating has all sorts of benefits for your body and your brain, as well as, helping you stay slim and allowing you to live longer.

Recent results posted of a new study by Chicago based Grubhub, the nation’ s leading online and mobile takeout food-ordering marketplace, unveiled some interesting facts about Americans relationship with foods.  They took a look at the most popular healthy eating plans and which major cities regularly partake in those eating plans.

How did St. Louis rank? The Gateway to the West came in at No. 7.  Data shows that in 2016, 53 percent of its orders included more food related to popular eating plans than the rest of the country.  According to Grubhub, the most popular healthy eating plan in St. Louis is gluten-free.  It is the fifth-most-popular healthy eating plan nationwide.

Grubhub analyzed orders related to the most popular healthy eating plans in the U.S. such as paleo, raw, juice cleanse, vegan, gluten-free, low-fat, Mediterranean and keto diets.  By using a combination of dietary tags and delving into foods that align with specific eating plans, they were able to analyze order data from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2016, for its study.

Results from this study shows that Paleo reigns supreme in order data showcasing the dominance of popular healthy eating plans nationwide, including city-by-city.

Below find the Most Popular Eating Plans Nationwide, the Top 10 Major Cities that participate most in healthy eating plans, and the Most Popular Eating Plans in Major Cities:

Most Popular Eating Plans Nationwide:

1. Paleo
2. Raw
3. Juice cleanse
4. Vegan
5. Gluten-free
6. Low-fat
7. Mediterranean
8. Keto

Top 10 Major Cities Participating in Popular Eating Plans:

1. Seattle — orders 309 percent more foods related to popular eating plans
2. Portland, Ore. — orders 154 percent more foods related to popular eating plans
3. Dallas — orders 140 percent more foods related to popular eating plans
4. Chicago — orders 94 percent more foods related to popular eating plans
5. San Francisco — orders 74 percent more foods related to popular eating plans
6. Los Angeles — orders 66 percent more foods related to popular eating plans
7. St. Louis — orders 53 percent more foods related to popular eating plans
8. Austin, Texas — orders 44 percent more foods related to popular eating plans
9. Las Vegas — orders 27 percent more foods related to popular eating plans
10. San Diego — orders 22 percent more foods related to popular eating plans

Most Popular Eating Plans in Major Cities:

Miami — juice cleanse
San Jose, Calif. — vegan
Seattle — gluten-free
Dallas — paleo
Houston — paleo
Austin, Texas — paleo
Phoenix — gluten-free
Minneapolis — gluten-free
Portland, Ore. — gluten-free
Las Vegas — vegan
St. Louis — gluten-free
Nashville, Tenn. — juice cleanse
San Diego — vegan
Atlanta — gluten-free
Los Angeles — vegan
San Francisco — low-fat
Boston — low-fat
Chicago — vegan

Schlafly Beer To Commemorate Solar Eclipse

Schlafly Beer To Commemorate Solar Eclipse

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Schlafly Beer – A St. Louis brewing company is joining in the excitement of the much anticipated total solar eclipse this summer.

Schlafly Beer has announced plans to commemorate this summer’s solar eclipse with a special Path of Totality pack for its Helles-style lager.  Beginning in June, consumers can purchase the special edition, black and metallic silver in all bottles of the beer style, including six and 12-packs.  A pair of solar glasses to watch the phenomenon will also be included inside the pack.

“St. Louis is along the Path of Totality, the path of the eclipse that will experience total darkness.  As science nerds at Schlafly, we are very excited for this, along with the rest of the city, so we wanted to do something fun to celebrate.  The last total eclipse seen in St. Louis was almost 550 years before anyone had tried a Schlafly beer back in 1442,” said Founding Brewer Stephen Hale.

In addition, the brewing company will also offer a field trip to celebrate the spectacular event.  Schlafly will bring the party to the epicenter of the eclipse with the “Schlafly’s Eclipse Field Trip” at the Dew Drop Inn in Bloomsdale, MO on August 21, 2017.  The event will offer BBQ, beers, lawn games, and live music.

For the ultimate excursion, Schlafly will provide an all-inclusive pass including transportation from the Tap Room and back for $45.  Tickets are limited and can be purchased at www.schlafly.com/eclipse starting on July 1.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the sun disappears behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight.  This will also result in a rapid drop in and will reveal massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon.  This incredible sighting will move through the continental United States on August 21, 2017.

The last total eclipse occurred on June 18, 1918. It crossed the United States from Washington State to Florida.
More information about the total solar eclipse is available online at www.space.com and www.nasa.gov.