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Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery—Making Farm-to-Table Spirits

Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery—Making Farm-to-Table Spirits

Stumpy’s is a Family-Owned Whiskey Farm in Columbia, IL

Columbia, IL/August 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – We’re all familiar with the farm-to-table trend in restaurants and catering, but what about farm to bottle?  Would local sourcing, and growing their own ingredients entice you to try a fresh alcoholic beverage brand?  What if it gave you the chance to support another local business?  The folks at Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery, 1727 Centerville Road in Columbia, Illinois are hoping their grain-to-glass methods will do just that.  This Metro East distillery may be the perfect brand for anyone looking for a locally sourced product which packs a punch while maintaining its small-batch integrity.

Adam Stumpf founded his distillery in 2014, after developing a business plan during an entrepreneurship class while working toward his MBA at Washington University.  He started making his own beer back in his undergraduate days in Rolla, Mo.  He told the Belleville News-Democrat, “There’s literally nothing to do in Rolla other than school and beer.”  So, he took up brewing, eventually trying his hand at distillation.  He fell in love with the process, and founded the distillery on his family’s farm. This is a small-batch, craft distillery that aims to give customers a farm fresh, pure drinking experience.  This makes Stumpy’s Distillery a truly unique local business—they don’t just make the whiskey, they grow the grain and pump the water from the well to make it with.  So, when they say that they are locally sourced, they really mean it.

Stumpf says being able to source almost all their ingredients from their 8th generation family farm has allowed them to have absolute control of the quality of the ingredients they use.

Stumpy’s founder Adam Stumpf spoke with Fox 2’s John Pertzborn about what goes into making quality whiskey.

Stumpy’s is the first distillery in Columbia, Illinois since the repeal of Prohibition back in the 1930’s.  Before the alcohol ban was lifted, there was an illegal distillery named Old Monroe open on Main Street in Columbia.  Stumpf pays tribute to the old bootleggers by adopting the Old Monroe label for his whiskeys.  Stumpy’s has four labels on the market so far: Old Monroe Bourbon Whisky (single barrel wheated, 90 proof), three Old Monroe flavored whiskeys (Pecan Pie, Lemon Drop, and Honey—all 60 proof), Old Monroe White Whiskey (100 proof), and their very first product, Unbroken Vodka (80 proof).  And, the distillery has something else promising in the works—a new alcohol which Stumpf calls a “Midwestern version of a Scotch single malt” which he hopes to be releasing to the public in the near future.

Want to try a taste of what Stumpy’s has to offer?  Well, you can!  The company’s products are available at several area retailers, and served in a variety of local restaurants and bars.  Here’s a few:

Total Wine – Town & Country at 13887 Manchester Rd, Town and Country MO
Total Wine – Chesterfield at 1781 Clarkson Rd, Chesterfield MO
Friar Tuck – O’Fallon at 4629 Hwy K, O’Fallon MO

Friar Tuck – Crestwood at 9053 Watson Rd, Crestwood MO
Friar Tuck – Fenton at 792 Gravois Bluff Blvd, Fenton MO
Telegraph Liquors at 5661 Telegraph Road in St. Louis, MO
The Wine & Cheese Place – Creve Coeur at 457 N Ballas Rd, Creve Coeur MO
The Wine & Cheese Place – Clayton at 7435 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis MO
Fallon’s Bar & Grill at 9200 Olive Blvd, Olivette MO
St. Louis Brewery (The Schlafly Tap Room) at 2100 Locust St, St. Louis MO
TwinOak Wood Fired Fare at 1201 Strassner, Brentwood MO
Wild Flower Restaurant & Catering at 4900 Laclede Ave, St. Louis MO
One Eyed Willie’s Pub & Grill at 2924 Telegraph Road in St. Louis, MO
Who Dat’s Southern Food at 123 South Main Street in Columbia, IL
Chateau La Vin at 119 S Main Street in Columbia, IL
J. Fires’ Market Bistro at 725 North Market Street in Waterloo, IL
Boxing Turtle Saloon at 1310 Dutch Hollow Road in Belleville, IL.

Stumpy’s products are also available online at http://stumpysspirits.com/

You can learn more about whiskey making by touring Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery.  There’s also an onsite tasting room, so you can actually sip a farm fresh alcoholic beverage at the farm where it was created.  Talk about knowing where your product comes from!  Distillery tours, tastings, full bottle sales, and merchandise are available Thursday – Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The 45-minute tours begin at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m.

Stumpy’s also hosts special events at the distillery, such as the spirits tasting and crawfish boil (a collaboration with Geaux Cajun) back in June.  Next month they’re hosting their first painting party.  Reservations are being accepted for the Pour.  Sip.  Paint.  Party!  On Wednesday, August 16 (6:30 p.m.)  Seating is limited.  As the business continues to grow, more fresh, fun events will be held Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery.  In the meantime, Adam Stumpf and his family are busy growing wheat, barley, and rye, and making farm fresh whiskey (and bourbon and vodka) from grain to glass.

Contact Information:

Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery
Owner: Adam Stumpf
1727 Centerville Road
Columbia, IL 62236
Phone: (618) 281-7733

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By Katie Smith

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host August Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting National Council of Jewish Women

Katie's Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host August Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting National Council of Jewish Women

ST. LOUIS, MO/August 12, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill is proud to announce their upcoming Giveback Tuesday event, which will benefit the National Council of Jewish Women. The event is slated for Tues., August 22.

Every month, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria features a local nonprofit charity and donates 100 percent of the earned proceeds from the entire day to the charity. Lunch, dinner, drinks, and carryout are all included. So far, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria has donated more than $120,000 to local nonprofit organizations.

Funds raised from this Giveback Tuesday event will help support the National Council of Jewish Women and their annual Back to School! Store, which is a one-day event in which more than 1,300 pre-selected elementary school children walk through and choose brand new items from the organization’s pop-up store.

The money raised will help purchase clothing, backpacks filled with school supplies, coats and winter wear, shoes, and personal care items for more than 1,300 underserved children.

“We are honored to be part of Katie’s Giveback Tuesday program on August 22,” said Jennifer Scissors, a volunteer co-chair of National Council of Jewish Women’s Back to School! Store. “It’s so gratifying to see underprivileged children receive the clothing and supplies they need to start school with enthusiasm, positive self-esteem, and a readiness to learn at our Back to School! Store. We know this could not be possible without the help of local organizations and businesses like Katie’s.”

Founded in 1985, the National Council of Jewish Women works to improve the lives of women, children, and families throughout the Greater St. Louis region. The organization helps more than 9,000 people each year and partners with more than 45 social service agencies, churches, and community organizations to identify qualifying children from low-income families whose needs are not currently being met by existing services.

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria is open every day at 11 a.m. and features Happy Hour specials from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. Carry-outs are also available.

For more information or to make reservations, please call (314) 942-6555 or visit http://www.katiespizzaandpasta.com.

For more information about the National Council of Jewish Women, please visit http://www.ncjwstl.org.

Location:

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria

9568 Manchester Road

St. Louis, Missouri 63119

Phone: (314) 942-6555

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Source: news provided by Katie’s Pizza – distributed by 24-7 Press Release – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

The Sweet Divine Bakery Boutique & Coffee Bar Reopens

The Sweet Divine Bakery Boutique & Coffee Bar Reopens

Renovated Soulard Bake Shop is Sweeter than Ever

St. Louis, MO/August 12, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – There’s good news for lovers of fresh baked goods (and fans of comeback stories).  Ten months after an electrical fire gutted the Sweet Divine Bakery Boutique & Coffee Bar, the Soulard-based bakery at 1801 South 9th Street is back in business!  The bake shop, most known for their cupcakes, reopened on August 3rd, and business has never been better.

The local favorite went up in flames last October due to a malfunctioning compressor under a refrigerator.  Determined not to let the tragedy kill their local business, owners Jenna and Jason Siebert, temporarily relocated after they were forced to close the shop following the fire.  Luckily, the Sieberts were welcomed with open arms into McArthur’s Bakery Café, utilizing their bakery as a temporary work space and base for The Sweet Divine while they got back on their feet.  The couple also worked out of their food truck, Georgie, using social media to announce their daily locations to the public.  Over the past ten months, the team took advantage of the fresh start by remodeling their original location to their liking—now it’s time for all that hard work to pay off.

Designed by Jenna and Jason, The Sweet Divine’s new storefront has an extensive white brick interior that includes ample natural lighting and a new public restroom (upstairs).  The new space offers a more open concept, inviting customers to be a part of the Sweet Divine experience.  The new layout offers a view of the bakers working in the back and frosting in the front—as soon as you step through the shop’s door, your eyes are drawn to the delectable creations being made there.  The new space comfortably seats about 21 guests, with storefront seating options including high-top seating and bar seats by the decorating table.  There is also a large (and very comfy looking), vintage style pink couch in the corner underneath the shop’s Instagram-worthy, decorative light-up letters which spell “CAKE” hanging from the white exposed brick wall.

Along with the new design, The Sweet Divine is also revamping their menu.  The bake shop is adding items: bringing back croissants, even more cupcake selections, and special treats like chocolate truffles.  Lead pastry chef Tim Kutterer is also working on gluten-free donuts and blueberry muffins.  Coffee drinks from Park Avenue Coffee are also now available to pair with the pastries.  The store is also selling fresh flowers, so customers who buy cakes to-go can have something special to accompany them.  What could be more romantic than greeting your sweetie with scrumptious cupcakes for two and a blossoming bouquet?

The Sieberts hope to draw in breakfast fans with the shop’s new early morning hours.  The Sweet Divine is now open Tuesday – Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The shop is closed on Mondays.

The Sweet Divine Bakery Boutique & Coffee Bar has really risen from the ashes as what may be the new ultimate cupcake and chill location.  The Soulard bakery is back in business offering sweet relief for your sweet tooth—after all, they do make luscious cupcakes.

Contact Information:

The Sweet Divine Boutique Bakery & Coffee Bar

Owner: Jenna and Jason Siebert

Soulard

1801 South 9th Street

St. Louis, MO 63104

Phone: (314) 942-2900

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By Katie Smith

Explore an affordable All-You-Can-Eat Japanese Cuisine at Sushi AI

Explore an affordable All-You-Can-Eat Japanese Cuisine at Sushi AI

Sushi AI, St. Charles, Missouri

ST. CHARLES, MO/August 12, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Sushi AI located in St. Charles creates an exotic yet casual dining atmosphere.  As you’re seated to your cozy table you’ll notice that you are surrounded by green bamboo floor to ceiling accents, which perfectly set the mood for your culinary adventure.  And you can enjoy exploring without blowing your budget with Sushi AI’s All-You-Can -Eat” lunch and dinner specials.  And for those who are true sushi connoisseurs, this is a pretty big deal as this type of dining can be quite costly, but not at Sushi AI!

One of the most enjoyable aspects of this type of food is the delicate and colorful presentation.  Legend has it that a truly great itamae-san or sushi chef should be able to create the nigirizushi or sushi in which all of the rice grains face the same direction.  At this restaurant, expect to see beautiful culinary art on your plate.

For fans who enjoy the traditional raw fresh fish rolls, sushi or sashimi, there’s a wide variety of rolls or hand rolls to chose from such as: Yellowtail, Spicy Tuna, Spicy Salmon, Philadelphia and Christmas roll and so many more.  Their sushi or sashimi menu features favorites such as White Tuna, Sweet Shrimp, Mackerel, Red clam, Octopus, Masago, Spicy Scallop, and Smoked Salmon, to name a few.

For those who prefer alternatives to the traditional Japanese sushi, Sushi AI has many fully cooked or vegetarian rolls such as: Cucumber, California, Honey, Shrimp Tempura, Yamaha, Boston, Jalapeno, Futo Maki and many more.  Fully cooked or sashimi menu items include Shrimp, Crab, and Avacado, to name a few.

Sushi AI Special Rolls include: Crazy Spicy Crab Roll, Sexy Girl Roll, Volcano Roll, Under Control Roll, Obama’s Choice Roll, Pink Lady Roll, World Series Roll, Yummie Roll and more.

Their menu also includes a selection of Hibachi items: Proteins (chicken, beef, shrimp and salmon) Hibachi Fried Rice &/or Lo Mein with vegetable &/or protein options.  The House Specialties feature several Teriyaki favorites such as Chicken Teriyaki and Tempura dishes such as Soft Shell Crab Tempura.  The Chef’s Specialties include General Tso’s Chicken, Sesame Chicken and Orange Chicken.

The menu boasts plenty of appetizers as well such as Crab Rangoon, Tempura (Vegetable, Shrimp or Soft Shell), Hamachi Kama Yaki, Endamame, Gyoza and more.  Several salads are available such as Seaweed Salad, Ika Salad and more.  Their Miso Soup is excellent and their fabulous pickled ginger is the perfect refreshing pallet cleanser.  And don’t forget to finish your culinary adventure with an exotic dessert such as Cheese Cake Tempura or Mochi or any of their interesting sweet tooth spins!

Sushi AI
2009 Zumbehl Rd
St Charles, MO 63303

(636) 949-8888 (Call for reservations)
On-line ordering for take out & local St. Charles delivery is also available.
http://sushiaistl63303.com

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: (10:30 AM – 10:00 PM)
Friday – Saturday: (10:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Sunday: (11:30 AM – 10:00 PM)

All You Can Eat Lunch Special $12.99 (10:30 AM – 3:00 PM)
All you Can Eat Dinner Special: $19.99
Tuesday Special: Buy One All-You-Can-Eat at Regular price & Get Second for 50% off!

There are additional Sushi AI locations in Clayton, Downtown St. Louis, Chesterfield Valley and O’Fallon

Nudo House Brings Fresh Ramen to Creve Coeur

Nudo House Brings Fresh Ramen to Creve Coeur

From Pop-Ups to Full-Time Eatery, Nudo House Now Open

St. Louis, MO/August 12, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – If (like me) you are a fan of ramen, then you might be interested in the new, long-anticipated ramen restaurant which opened in Creve Coeur July 28th.  Nudo House, 11423 Olive Boulevard in Creve Coeur, is just the sixth restaurant to open in the St. Louis area that specializes in authentic ramen.  The city’s love affair with Nudo House’s tasty Asian noodles actually began long before the restaurant opened—when owner, Qui Tran decided to feature a series of special ramen pop-up dinners at his first restaurant, Mai Lei—and the rest was sweet, sweet (or should I say savory?) noodle history.

Tran has said he got into the restaurant business in St. Louis more than 30 years ago after realizing there weren’t any restaurants offering the Vietnamese cuisine he loved.  Tran decided to combat the sad lack of Vietnamese restaurants in the St. Louis area by simply opening his own.  And, thus, Mai Lei was born.  This was just the humble beginnings for Vietnamese food in the Gateway City, but the global cuisine has only grown in its popularity in St. Louis ever since.  And Qui Tran was at the start of it all—now he’s apparently back at it again with the opening of Nudo House.

You might be thinking to yourself right now, “Hey, wait a minute!  Isn’t ramen that 99 cent, freeze dried stuff I ate back in college that came in a tiny plastic bag with an even tinier flavor packet inside it that when heated and ingested definitely did not provide me with my basic daily nutrients that any hot meal should!?”  Well, you’re half right.  They call that packaged stuff ramen too.  But, if you are unfamiliar with fresh ramen, then sit down, take a deep breath and let me show you the light (the savory, noodle-y light!).  You see, the origin of ramen is kind of a mystery: some sources credit the Chinese for its origin, while other sources claim it was invented in Japan in the early 20th century.  The word ramen is actually Japanese borrowing of the Chinese lamian (拉麵).  But that’s enough of a history lesson!  What’s really important is how it tastes!  Now, the biggest issue with those 99 cent grocery store ramens is that they aren’t fresh (freeze-dried noodles just aren’t the same) and they are very basic; just noodles and a flavor packet.  I have come across ramen cups that include freeze dried peas, carrots, and sometimes even teeny, tiny shrimps, but these are not the norm and still pretty subpar compared to the real thing.  Real ramen is a totally different experience.  Unlike that grocery store puck, real ramen noodles are freshly made, not fried and dried.  If it’s done right, ramen is served in a big bowl with fresh ingredients like cut up vegetables, a savory meat of your choice, and usually a soft-boiled egg—and, of course those signature, slurp-worthy noodles.  Yum! I’m getting hungry just writing about it.  Eating authentic ramen is really an experience everyone should try once.

Nudo House offers the raw power of real ramen in a relaxed restaurant setting.  The fast-casual service model makes this an unintimidating experience even for ramen novices.  It’s clear a lot of thought was given to the ramen experience at Nudo House.  Qui Tran and his partner, Nudo House head chef Marie-Anne Velasco, spent two years travelling the country in search of the most sought-after ingredients, recipes, and techniques in order to perfect Nudo House’s cuisine.  Their effort is aimed at maintaining as much authenticity to traditional Japanese ramen as possible.  Tran says he wants to share the best, most authentic ramen you can find outside of Japan.  Nudo House features a small but carefully curated menu that includes four different ramen bowls, two kinds of bánh mì sandwiches, pho, kimchi, spring rolls, crab rangoon and several salad options.  Two flavors of soft-serve ice cream are also available for dessert.  Nudo House also has a liquor license pending, so hopefully beer and wine will be available in the near future.  Nudo House is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m..  This might just be the perfect new place to grab a bite to eat, it’s certainly a great choice for authentic ramen in Creve Coeur.

Contact Information:

Nudo House
Owner: Qui Tran
11423 Olive Blvd.
(Creve Coeur)
St. Louis, MO 63141

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By Katie Smith

The Top 10 Iced Coffee Spots in St. Louis

The Top 10 Iced Coffee Spots in St. Louis

Where to Beat St. Louis Heat with Chilled Java – Top 10 Iced Coffee Spots in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO/August 12, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – When I first tried iced coffee, I’ll admit that I was skeptical.  The dark, rich mug of black coffee I had been drinking since high school was perfect just they way it was.  It was reliably delicious and invigorating, fortifying me for the day ahead and the perfect afternoon pick-me-up—except when it’s really hot out, like July or August in St. Louis.  How would I get an afternoon caffeine hit that’s cold and effective?  Enter iced coffee.  Whether cold brewed with a splash of milk, double-strong hot brewed over ice, or a creamy, espresso-based frappe, a chilled cuppa joe is the perfect warm weather refresher.

This summer has been a warm one in St. Louis and many of us have reached for an iced coffee for relief.  This cold elixir has become so popular in recent years, it’s available in every coffee shop, many restaurants—including fast food joints, and even bottled on grocery store shelves.  So who makes the best iced coffee in St. Louis?  We turned to customer reviews to find out where to go for the best iced coffee in town.  Topping the list is Coma Coffee Roasters in Richmond Heights.  The cafe inside the University Club Tower opened just about a year ago (August 2016). In a relatively short time, this office-building coffee shop has drawn in caffeine-craving customers who rave about all of the coffee and espresso drinks, but most especially, their cold brews.  Coma Coffee is serious about cold brew and they’re out to prove it’s top tier.  They took second place in this year’s Cold Brew Competition at Coffee Fest Chicago.  This is seriously good iced coffee.

Everyplace on our Top 10 Iced Coffee list offers a selection tasty, frosty, delicious iced coffee drinks in a unique environment.  No wonder customers love them! Just in time to help you breeze through the dog days of summer, here are St. Louis’ Top 10 Iced Coffee Makers:

1. Coma Coffee Roasters (4.70 stars/56 reviews) Richmond Heights, 1034 South Brentwood Blvd, Richmond Heights, MO 63117, (314) 250-1042.
2. Comet Coffee & Microbakery (4.65 stars/259 reviews) Cheltenham, 5708 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 932-7770.
3. Kitchen House Coffee (4.63 stars/60 reviews) Compton Heights, 3149 Shenandoah Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 732-0009.
4. Gelato Di Riso (4.60 stars/153 reviews) The Hill, 5204 Wilson Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 664-8488.
5. Washington Avenue Post (4.55 stars/65 reviews) Downtown, 1312 Washington Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 588-0545.
6. Union Loafers Cafe and Bread Bakery (4.55 stars/174 reviews) McRee Town, 1629 Tower Grove Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 833-6111.
7. Park Avenue Coffee – The Hill (4.52 stars/130 reviews) Southwest Garden, 5105 Columbia Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 717-1900.
8. Pint Size Bakery & Coffee (4.52 stars/176 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 3133 Watson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 645-7142.
9. 2Schae Cafe (4.41 stars/193 reviews) DeBaliviere Place, 275 Union Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-5333.
10. RISE Coffee House (4.41 stars/149 reviews) Forest Park Southeast, 4180 Manchester Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 405-8171.

Some of St. Louis’ newer establishments are quickly becoming favorites.  These spots each offer a unique environment in which to sip really excellent iced coffee.  Their high marks translate into enthusiastic recommendations from customers, but they don’t yet have enough reviews (minimum 50) to make the top 10 list.  So, to these iced coffee purveyors, we offer Honorable mentions:

La Cosecha Coffee Roasters (4.57 stars/28 reviews) Maplewood, 7360 Manchester Road, Maplewood, MO 63143, (314) 440-0337. One of Maplewood’s many synergistic businesses, La Cosecha shares space with Great Harvest Bread Co.  They offer their own roasted Fair Trade beans, and beverages made with them.  Their Flash Brewed iced coffee is rich, yet well balanced, making it the perfect summertime pick-me-up.
Cursed Bikes & Coffee (4.65 stars/17 reviews) University City, 7401 Pershing Ave, University City, MO 63130, (314) 601-3136.  This full-service bike and coffee shop opened in May.  The little coffee bar offers big flavor using locally roasted Dubuque Coffee beans.  Bike over for a caramel frappe or one of their exquisite cold brews.
Comet Croissanterie and Creamery (4.55 stars/22 reviews) Kirkwood, 640 West Woodbine Ave, Kirkwood, MO 63122, (314) 394-1033.  This is Comet Coffee’s morning-operated bakery, specializing in croissants and espresso-based drinks—all of which can be made iced.  A fresh croissant and iced cappuccino with a shot of their homemade Tahitian vanilla syrup is a great way to start a summer day.

Hunan House in St Charles: Delicious Chinese Cuisine Delivery & Take Out

Hunan House in St Charles: Delicious Chinese Cuisine Delivery & Take Out

Hunan House, St. Charles, Missouri

ST. CHARLES, MO/August 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Sometimes the best place to find authentic and fresh Chinese food is from the family owned little places.  Never judge an eatery by it’s exterior, for what you may discover inside could stimulate your pallet and satisfy your cravings.  Hunan House Chinese on South Fifth Street in St. Charles is one of the best-kept secrets for great Chinese delivery, delicious take out and friendly dine-in service.

No matter what you’re craving, Hunan House delivers signature flavors and unique textures such as their exceptional Fried Rice (Chicken, BBQ Pork, Vegetable, Beef, Seafood, & more) or a sampling of their many flavorful appetizers such as Egg Rolls, Edamame, Fried Chicken Wings, or their Crab Rangoon (which is one of the best with a savory crab meat flavor), or relaxing with one of their Asian soups such as Hot & Sour, Wonton, Egg Drop, Seafood, Vegetable & Tofu, or Miso.

Their impressive menu features nearly twenty House Specialties such as Green Jade Scallops, General Tso’s Chicken, Beef with Snow Peas, Lemon Shrimp, Peanut Butter Chicken, and many other innovative creations.  The menu boasts a variety of Shrimp entrees such as Pineapple Shrimp, Snow Peas Shrimp and Shrimp in Lobster Sauce to name a few.

In addition to the traditional Chinese favorites (Mongolian, Kung Pao, and Szechuan) Beef lovers have several options such as Beef with Broccoli, Pepper Beef, Potato Beef and many more.

If poultry is what you’re craving, Hunan House has several to choose from including Chicken with Broccoli, Pineapple Chicken, Moo Goo Gai Pan, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Cashew or Almond Chicken and a few dishes with a spicy kick such as Hot Braised Chicken, Kung Pao or Curry Chicken, and Sesame Chicken.  They like to zest up their Pork dish flavors as well, such as Hot Braised, Hunan, Szechuan, to name a few.

A variety of spicy vegetable dishes such as Szechuan Veggie, Orange Tofu, Curry Vegetable, are available in addition to a variety of other mildly spiced Chinese Vegetable plates such as Sweet & Sour Tofu, Garlic Broccoli and more.  Health Conscious options include a variety of Steamed Vegetables or Steamed Broccoli with Steamed Chicken, Steamed Shrimp, or Tofu.

Hunan House features a variety of Lo Mein (Soft Noodles), Chow Mein (Crispy Noodles), Mei Fun (Rice Noodles), Mu Shu (with 5 pancakes), Egg Foo Young, and Chop Suey entrees with Vegetable, beef, chicken, pork and/or Shrimp.

Their portions are huge, the flavors are plenty (no MSG), and their prices are affordable.

Lunch Specials are available Monday – Friday (10:30 AM – 3:30 PM) and Combo Plates are available after 3:30 PM.

Hunan House
428 S. Fifth St. St. Charles, MO 63301
Phone: (626) 947-6999

Hours:
Monday – Thursday (10:30 AM – 9:30 PM)
Friday (10:30 AM – 10:00 PM)
Saturday (11:30 AM – 10:00 PM)

On Line Ordering Available:
www.hunanhousesaintcharles.com

Now Open: The Mad Crab in University City

Now Open: The Mad Crab in University City - STLRestaurant.News

BYOB (Build Your Own Boil) at the Mad Crab

University City, MO/August 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – No plates!  Who ever heard of a restaurant with no plates?  At the Mad Crab at 8080 Olive Blvd. in University City, they line the tables with paper and serve your boil or fried basket right on the table—they just dump it out and you dig in.  This is fresh, casual dining at its best.

The concept may be new to St. Louis, but it’s old hat in Texas and California.  First time restaurateurs and brothers Nam and Victor Ho modeled their restaurant after similar concepts Victor Ho had discovered while living in Dallas.  Victor Ho had moved to Texas after selling his successful nail supply business (Max Beauty Source) on Olive to other family members a few years ago.  He’s partnered with his brother Nam Ho in the new venture.  Nam Ho, who lives here, manages the Mad Crab’s day-to-day operations, including leading the restaurant’s culinary team.

The Mad Crab opened July 17th at 8080 Olive Blvd., where Kim Son Vietnamese Bistro had been before it closed in May.  The Ho brothers gave the restaurant a nautical facelift, with wood planking on some walls, lots of netting, and rustic wooden posts that give the interior a seaside vibe.  Victor gives University City officials credit for moving things along swiftly so that he and Nam could get the restaurant up and running in such a short time.

The ultra-simple concept puts the focus on the fresh seafood itself.  Customers choose which seafood to include in their boil: blue crab, crab legs (Snow, Dungeness or King crab), crawfish, lobster, shrimp (heads on or off), oysters, clams, or mussels.  Seafood is priced by the pound, and varies based on market prices because it’s fresh.  Frozen crawfish can be had for $6/pound.  Clams will run you $11/pound, mussels $10/pound. Mix and match the seafood options any way you like.  Diners can order steamed rice to go with their BYOB or add the traditional corn, potatoes, or sausage to their boil, then pick from three flavor options that can be combined any way you want.  The choices include: Cajun, lemon pepper, and garlic sauce, or “The Whole Sha-Bang!” which combines all three.  Spice levels can be adjusted too.  The menu explains the range this way: non spicy (plain n simple), mild (just a kick), medium (it’s getting HOT in here!) and XXX (I can’t feel my mouth).  The seafood is boiled, seasoned, and literally dumped on your paper-lined table—no plates or utensils.  It really is a fun way to eat, especially if you’re sharing.

The fried baskets work on the same principle.  They offer breaded, fried catfish, fried shrimp or fried chicken tenders.  Each is served with an order of French fries or Cajun fries.  There are also apps including raw Gulf oysters, hot wings (seasoned with the same Cajun, lemon-pepper, or garlic sauce), and fried shrimp baskets.  Like the boils, they cook it up and dump it on your table so you can dig in with your fingers.  If you’re really not into finger food, you can order a plate from a menu that includes gumbo, fried rice, and noodles with crawfish or shrimp.

The Mad Crab is open Monday – Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from noon to 11:00 p.m.  The Ho brothers plan to add canned and bottled beer, along with wine to their offerings, as soon as their liquor license is approved.  In the meantime, customers can wash down that scrumptious, fresh seafood with a soft drink.

Contact Information:

The Mad Crab
Owners: Victor and Nam Ho (brothers)
8080 Olive Boulevard
University City, MO
https://www.facebook.com/themadcrabstl/
[email protected]

Sacred Grounds Serving Coffee & Vegetarian Fare on Main Street

Sacred Grounds Serving Coffee & Vegetarian Fare on Main Street

Veg-Friendly Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at Sacred Grounds in Edwardsville

Edwardsville, IL/August 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – If you’re in the mood for a hot cup of joe with a side of eclectic atmosphere and maybe a slice of pumpkin bread, or a quick and affordable vegetarian-friendly bite to eat at a cozy study spot with your college buddies, then Sacred Grounds, at 233 North Main Street in downtown Edwardsville might just be right up your alley.  As a patron of Sacred Grounds, I’ve got to say that they are my new favorite vegetarian-friendly hang out in the St. Louis area.  After an old college friend introduced me to Sacred Grounds a few months back, I have been raving about them to all my friends—and now I’m going to rave about them to you, too!

Sacred Grounds has it all: a menu which caters to vegetarians while also not alienating non-veggie patrons (for example, my mother and grandmother ate a whole meal there and did not realize it was a vegetarian joint until I told them last week!), super friendly and helpful workers, and a cozy and artsy hipster vibe.  The exposed brick walls are hung with interesting and fresh local art; patrons sit at vintage, yet chic metal chairs and wooden tables; an old acoustic guitar leans in the corner, presumably for live music nights, but maybe just for decoration? (nobody is really sure of its true purpose, but everyone accepts it as a part of the atmosphere); mason jars, and a stack of classic board games.  It’s all a little strange, but in the best way.

Last time I was there, I ordered a slice of the pumpkin bread (moist and delectable) and a kale panini, which comes with melted cheddar cheese, sliced tomato, and perfectly blanched kale.  It was delicious—and only five dollars!  The DJ (just a girl working in the back with an iPhone hooked up to the speakers) was taking requests for “Diva Night” and I suggested Wannabe by the Spice Girls.  Although Sacred Grounds technically closes at 8:00 p.m., the workers told everyone still milling around the dining area that we were more than welcome to stay later.  I really can’t stress how polite, accommodating, and friendly the people who work there are.

Sacred Grounds’ owner Jenn Courtney does all the baking.  She gets started between 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. each morning.  Courtney was taught the baking basics by her grandmother, but has been self-taught ever since, honing her skills through experience—from just doing it for more than 15 years.  And she’s accomplished some delicious things in that time.  Courtney has established numerous connections with local farmers, so that she can source as much produce as she can close to home.  The freshness shows in the quality of the small cafe’s offerings.  There’s a wide selection of fresh baked goods to choose from, along with paninis and wraps.  At breakfast, you’ll also find classic dishes like scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, and waffles with real maple syrup.

Although the coffee shop is in the heart of the downtown Edwardsville business district, they are open all day—from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and serve breakfast, lunch, and early dinner every day of the week.  But, if you are less of a foodie and more of a caffeine-head, then Sacred Grounds has your back.  They are a coffee shop, after all, and what kind of coffee shop wouldn’t serve great coffee? Sacred Grounds sells gourmet coffee drinks (lattes, cappuccinos, iced coffee, etc.), as well as pour overs, (I’ve heard great things about their black coffee), and they have a nice selection of teas.

The cafe is filled with people of all ages, so it is not just a college kid hot spot.  This place is great for groups of friends to hang out, but it’s also very family friendly.  I have seen people of all ages enjoying everything Sacred Grounds has to offer—maybe I’ll see you there too.

Contact Information:

Sacred Grounds

Owner: Jenn Courtney

233 N Main Street

Edwardsville, IL 62025

Phone: (618) 692-4150

Dressel’s Public House and its Porchetta “Louie” Featured in Show Me St. Louis on KSDK

Dressel's Public House and its Porchetta "Louie" Featured in Show Me St. Louis on KSDK

KSDK’s Show Me St. Louis reminds viewers about a local landmark, Dressel’s Public House, a favorite Welsh-style pub in the Central West End of St. Louis MO

ST. LOUIS, MO/August 07, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Dressel’s Public House, a welsh-inspired pub located in the Central West End of St. Louis, MO, is featured on KSDK’s Show Me St. Louis. Dressel’s showcased it’s farm-to-table cuisine, craft beer and cocktail selection and its dedication to bringing the cultural arts to their customers’ dining experiences.

KSDK’s Heidi Glaus interviewed Benjamin Dressel, owner and operator of Dressel’s Public House, and rediscovered the Central West End pub’s charming decor, outstanding lunch, dinner, and brunch menus, and extensive craft beer, specialty cocktail, and wine list, calling it her “new favorite spot”.

Jon and Barbara Dressel opened Dressel’s Public House in 1980, and son, Benjamin, took it over in 2005. While Dressel’s Public House maintains an old-world, Welsh setting, Benjamin added his own touch by introducing farm-to-table cuisine and paying special attention to the pub’s craft beer selections.

Ms. Glaus emphasized Dressel’s attention-grabbing dish, the Porchetta “Louie”, for its rise to fame on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. “After roasting the pork in herbs and secret ingredients, It goes into a fry pan…sizzle, sizzle, sizzle…we add beer and pepperoncinis and a lot of cheese, and it all gets melted into a hot, gooey, yummy mess,” says owner, Benjamin Dressel.

“The most popular things we do, I suppose, are the more pubby things,” says Dressel, “our burger probably sells more than anything else on the menu.” Ms. Glaus quotes photojournalist, Randy Schwenker, saying it’s the best burger he’s had.

Glaus also gives a shout out to the Truffled Grilled Cheese with Tomato Bisque, and the “massive” Dressel pretzel, which is essentially a “loaf of pretzel” served with rarebit, a classic Welsh cheese dip.

Glaus also mentions that dining here makes one feel “miles away from the Show Me state” as the Dressel family injects inspiration from their time living in Wales into the pub, even down to the tiled floor design, a reproduction of a dining room floor at the “King Arthur”, a famous Welsh pub near Ben Dressel’s favorite surf beach.

KSDK aired the interview with Dressel and tour of the Dressel’s Public House on Show Me St. Louis on Friday, August 4, 2017, and its generating quite the buzz. The spot can be viewed at http://www.ksdk.com/ and Dressel’s Public House menu can be seen here: http://dresselspublichouse.com/food-drink/.

“Dressel’s is a cultural icon,” says Ben Dressel, “and I am proud to carry it on.”

About Dressel’s Public House

Dressel’s Public House is a Welsh inspired pub located in the Central West End of St. Louis, MO serving craft beer, specialty cocktails, and local farm-to-table cuisine for lunch and dinner and brunch on Sundays.

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Source: News provided by Dressel’s Public House – distributed by 24-7 Press Release – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

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Picture courtesy of CWEScene.com