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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

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:

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

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

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

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

Delicious Things are Planned for New CWE Bissingers

Delicious Things are Planned for New CWE Bissingers

Bissingers Chocolatier to Open CWE Handcrafted Cafe

St. Louis, MO/May 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It was a sad day for St. Louis’ chocolate lovers when Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier closed their award-winning Maryland Plaza location.  The sleek, modern dessert bar offered visitors confections that included indulgent desserts, liqueurs served in chocolate cups, and those handcrafted chocolates too.  But there is light at the end of this dark, chocolate-less tunnel.  Bissinger’s is planning to reopen at 32 Maryland Plaza in St. Louis’ Central West End next month as Handcrafted by Bissinger’s.  The newly renovated establishment will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner—and of course, Bissinger’s delectable chocolates too!

When the new Handcrafted by Bissinger’s in the Central West End opens in June, it’ll operate in collaboration with Bissinger’s sister company, 23 City Blocks Catering.  Led by Executive Chef Nicholas Miller, this is the catering team behind Bissinger’s premiere event venue, The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s Chocolate Factory, 1600 North Broadway in downtown St. Louis.  Chef Miller and his team specialize in infusing chocolate into the menu for a wide variety of special occasions.  Now, they’re creating a menu just for the chocolate company’s new restaurant.

The newly remodeled Central West End Bissinger’s will offer breakfast, lunch, and light dinners.  Breakfast offerings will include quiche (including vegan and gluten-free varieties), pastries, homemade granola, yogurt parfaits, and breakfast breads. There will also be plenty of coffee and coffee beverages.  Patrons will find many of the coffee drinks that had been popular at the Maryland Plaza Bissinger’s before it closed.  Lunch customers will be able to get salads, sandwiches, and soups—including Chef Miller’s signature French onion soup.  Dinner will feature light meal options and smaller dishes.  Look for cheese and charcuterie, fig spread, and flat breads. Bissinger’s award-winning chocolates will be available all day.

Besides the chocolate factory downtown, and the soon-to-open Handcrafted by Bissinger’s at Maryland Plaza in the Central West End, the chocolatier has a retail location at Plaza Frontenac (97 Plaza Frontenac, St. Louis, Missouri 63131, 314-432-1329).  Bissinger’s confections can also be purchased online, through catalogs, and from gourmet retailers including: Whole Foods Market, Straub’s, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, and Dillard’s.

For St. Louis chocolate lovers who’ve long-dreamt of eating chocolate morning, noon, and night—the dream is about to come true.  Yay!

Grapeseed Owner & Chef No Longer Sowing the Seeds

Grapeseed Owner & Chef No Longer Sowing the Seeds

St. Louis’ Southampton Neighborhood Restaurant Grapeseed Unexpectedly Closes

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 7, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) It was one of the shining stars of the SoHa neighborhood, but after just three years of operation, the popular Southampton Neighborhood Restaurant Grapeseed recently closed its doors.  “It was a hard decision to let go,” Owner & Chef, Ben Anderson says.  “We had a good thing going.  Business was in a good place.”

Although the nearly three-year-old restaurant enjoyed almost instant popular and critical success, Anderson decided to pursue “something a little bit different” outside St. Louis.  With an upcoming wedding, he and his fiancee are taking advantage of other opportunities.  “I was looking to regain a little bit of normality, which there isn’t much of in the restaurant business,” he said.

In 2013, Anderson, made his return to a St. Louis kitchen with his new restaurant Gist.  The 41 year old is a Culinary Institute of America graduate who’s worked at restaurants in other states as well as locally, at the Chase Park Plaza, Cardwell’s at the Plaza and his own place, Canoe Regional American Fare in St. Charles.

Gist Bistro opened in February and closed its doors in October, but fortunately before it was on its way out, Anderson was already announcing his new venture named Grapeseed.  In September 2014, the new restaurant opened at the corner of Nottingham and Macklind avenues and featured Anderson’s talented Gist Sous Chef, Jonathan Olson.  It was a three-time member of the STL 100.

“We have enjoyed our wonderful location in SOHA,” the posting said.  “We will miss both our customers and this great area of the city.”  As far as the future of the building, Anderson would only say, “I doubt that it will be vacant for too long.”

Laylas and The Grove

Laylas and The Grove

ST. LOUIS, MO/April 26, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) St. Louis is an ever developing and expanding city. Often this entails re-branding an historic district, The Grove is a perfect example of the city’s growth.  The Grove used to be known as Adam’s Grove and, in the 1950s, it was a busy commercial district for the city.  For years after, Adam’s Grove fell into decline as businesses moved into the downtown area and upkeep on the area was poorly maintained.  The Grove area received its’ first wave to revitalizing investments in the 1980s, starting first with Attitudes Night Club.  In 2009, a group of property owners founded The Grove Community Improvement District (CID).  CID’s main goal is to strengthen the area’s businesses, residential community, and entertainment.  On December 4th, 2015 approval was granted from the Missouri Housing Development Commission to begin development creating affordable housing.  The development incorporated contemporary design and green building into the building of 50 garden apartments and town-homes.  After decades of growth and development, The Grove has become an eccentric area full of diverse cultures and exciting events.

Layla is a restaurant located in the heart of The Grove.  It embodies the cities vision for this area, by offering entertainment, delicious food, and local art.  Layla offers its patrons entertainment most nights of the week.  They are often the host of fundraising events, live bands, and the last Wednesday of each month is designated Simpsons Trivia Night, where you can show off your Simpson’s knowledge and win big!  Layla’s has so much more than entertainment, they are St. Louis’s only restaurant to offer Shawarma and gourmet burgers.  Layla’s menu is filled with options like falafel fries and three types of homemade hummus to choose from.  They have eleven mouthwatering hand dipped milkshakes ranging from Strawberry or Mango to Gooey Butter Baklava or Feel Like Bacon Love!

Layla’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday 11 am to 11 pm, Saturday 10 am-11 pm, and Sunday 10 am-10 pm.  The restaurant holds happy hours from 4 pm-7 pm, Monday through Friday.  For more information on upcoming events visit Layla’s Facebook page or follow them on instagram at @laylastl.  For discounted lunch look for Layla on Groupon, currently offering $20 for $12 or $40 for $24.

Location:

4317 Manchester Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63110

Phone: (314) 553-9252

Email: [email protected]

Hours:

Monday thru Friday: 11 am-11 pm
Saturday: 10 am-ll pm
Sunday: 10 am-10 pm

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Author: Caley Johnson

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Perlmutter, Larry. “Adams Grove on the Rise.” Rise. Larry Perlmutter http://www.risestl.org/media/2016/01/rise-web-logo-no-slogan-2.png, 30 Dec. 2015. Web. 25 Apr. 2017

Cedar Hill’s Down Home Dining Favorite Is Coyote Joe’s

Cedar Hill’s Down Home Dining Favorite Is Coyote Joe’s

Homespun Hospitality and Down Home Good Eats at Coyote Joe’s

Cedar Hill, MO/April 16, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – If you drive out Hwy 30 through Jefferson County, you’ll come across the small town of Cedar Hill, tucked along the bank of the Big River.  This is a quintessential Missouri small town.  With fewer than 2,000 residents, it’s fairly rural, with a definite Ozark hills flavor.  The local park is a popular canoe launch site for locals and city-folk alike, since its about 10 miles upstream from Rockford Beach.  There’s an old mill and dam, and a popular fishing hole too.  Visitors will also find an old log cabin near the river that has a great view of the Cedar Hill area and is home to Coyote Joe’s Bar & Grill.

Kristi and Joe Lunsford opened their bar and grill in August 2016.  It’s a family-friendly establishment, even offering a special “Li’l Pups’ Coloring Corner” where kids can color their own coyote pictures to be hung on the restaurant walls.  Since they’re a 100-percent family owned and operated restaurant, they wanted to make sure families feel welcome in their place.  They’ve even started a Tuesday night dinner special that has kids eating free!  Kristi Lunsford says welcoming families, and providing a clean, comfortable dining destination for them is important.  She says they want to make their guests and their staff feel at home.

Coyote Joes offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day.  Their menu is a bit different. It’s written in “Ozark slang,” but don’t worry.  The friendly staff is more than happy to translate for you!  From the fried walleye and alligator tacos to the house-made pork skins—fried fresh daily, and the locally sourced, grass-fed beef, this is down home, Southern-style comfort food.  They even use grandma’s recipes to make their homemade desserts.  Diners will find daily and weekly lunch and dinner specials.  Every Friday, they do “FryDay” all you can eat catfish, shrimp, homemade hushpuppies, and a “fixin.”  There’s a takeout menu too, and customers say the prices are the best in town.

Besides their down home, Southern-style hospitality, another thing that sets Coyote Joe’s apart is their dedication to hunting and using game in their kitchen.  Two Saturdays every month, they offer special “wildlife” dinners featuring dishes made with buffalo, elk, venison, wild boar, rabbit and other game animals.  That culture is reflected in the decor too.  The walls are covered with wildlife and there’s even a stuffed coyote, and a “braggin’ wall” for everyone to hang up their hunting pictures.

Coyote Joe’s is a bar and grill, so you’ll find a full bar offering beer, wine, liquor, and mixed drinks.  They have weekly drink specials during “Happy Hour.”  Like any good bar, you can catch a game (or your favorite sport fishing/hunting show) on one of the TVs.  There’s a jukebox, Video Keno, and lottery ticket sales too.

The Lunsfords are a community oriented family, so they make it part of their business to get involved in community service projects, donate to local charities, and even host benefits.  They have a great private party room that’s perfect for civic events, club meetings, and private party rentals too.

They love to party at Coyote Joe’s, so they celebrate just about everything.  They do themed parties for all the national holidays, including the unofficial celebrations like Mardi Gras, Taco Tuesdays, the Daytona 500, etc.  They’re planning crab boils this spring and summer.  They’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef and cabbage specials on Friday and Saturday.  They’ll have plenty of green beer and drink specials too!

Coyote Joe’s is closed on Mondays.  They’re open Tuesday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Unlike some rural establishments, Coyote Joe’s takes credit cards!  There’s always plenty of parking for motorcycles, big trucks, campers and RVs—whatever you’re driving.  “So come on down,” Lunsford says, “we want to see ya here!”

Contact Information:

Coyote Joe’s Bar & Grill
Owners: Joe and Kristi Lunsford
7000 State Road BB
Cedar Hill, Missouri
Phone: (636) 285-0926

Top 10 Best Asian Restaurants in St. Louis

Top 10 Best Asian Restaurants in St. Louis

Blend of Cultures Represented Among STL’s Best Asian Restaurants

St. Louis, MO/April 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Best Asian Restaurants – Asian food is a broad category.  It includes the cuisines of many nations. Most Westerners may think of it as Southeast Asian and East Asian, but South Asian, Central Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines are also included.  It also includes the micro-cuisines of subcultures within those regions.  Some Asian fare crosses national lines.  Some are the creations of immigrants who left their native countries and created new dishes by applying their traditional cooking techniques to new foods found in their new lands.

That blending of old world technique and new world ingredients is the root of what we call Asian Fusion cuisine.  It’s a blending of cultures across regional and national lines that has become quite popular in the U.S. and other Western nations.  St. Louis is, of course, no exception.  So it shouldn’t be a surprise that when we went looking for the Gateway City’s favorite Asian restaurants, nearly half of the top ten spots are filled with restaurants offering Asian Fusion, including the top spot!

Topping the list is Lona’s Lil Eats at 2199 California Avenue in St. Louis’ Fox Park neighborhood.  This place began in a stall with a single gas-grill at Soulard Market.  Their fried dumplings quickly became a favorite stop for shoppers.  Then in September 2015, the cafe opened, offering diners fresh Asian fare with a soul food vibe.  You can still get those famous dumplings at the restaurant, along with make-your-own giant rice paper wraps, which is what they’re most famous for…that and the small town, Chinese style hospitality.  But then, Lona’s Lil Eats is St. Louis’ favorite Chinese restaurant too.

We checked the customer reviews and found that many of the Asian restaurants that made our top 10 list last year, are still local favorites.  There are some new faces too. According to local diners, here are the top 10 best Asian restaurants in St. Louis:

1. Lona’s Lil Eats (4.64 stars/370 reviews) Asian Fusion, Vegetarian, and Chinese in Fox Park, 2199 California Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 899-5582.
2. Pad Thai (4.54 stars/192 reviews) Thai Food in South County, 12676 Lamplighter Square, Saint Louis, MO 63128, (314) 843-0999.
3. Smiling Buddha (4.44 stars/75 reviews) Asian Fusion, Desserts, and Salad in Oakville, 5544 Telegraph Road, Saint Louis, MO 63129, (314) 845-8233.
4. Himalayan Yeti (4.44 stars/75 reviews) Indian, Himalayan/Nepalese in Northampton, 3515 South Kingshighway Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 354-8338.
5. Tai Ke (4.40 stars/105 reviews) Taiwanese in University City, 8604 Olive Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63132, (314) 801-8894.
6. Kimcheese (4.30 stars/286 reviews) Asian Fusion in Chesterfield, 13435 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017, (314) 485-1408.
7. Guerrilla Street Food (4.29 stars/227 reviews) Filipino Street Food in Tower Grove East, 3559 Arsenal Street, Saint Louis, MO 63130, (314) 529-1328.
8. Monsoon Vietnamese Bistro (4.27 stars/168 reviews) Vietnamese in Manchester/Ballwin, 14248 Manchester Road, Ballwin, MO 63011, (636) 256-8838.
9. Seoul Taco (4.27 stars/526 reviews) Korean and Asian Fusion in The Loop, 6665 Delmar Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63130, (314) 863-1148.
10. Truc Lam (4.26 stars/114 reviews) Vietnamese in Tower Grove South, 3737 Gravois Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63116, (314) 776-1299.

Honorable mentions (Best Asian Restaurants):

Kounter Kulture (4.80 star/46 reviews) Asian Fusion in Lindenwood Park, 3825 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63109, (314) 781-4344.  This little shack of Asian fusion heaven actually got the highest score, but didn’t have enough reviews (minimum 50) to make the top 10.  It’s not too surprising since they just opened as a brick-and-mortar incarnation of Kitchen Kulture last fall.  The little carry out restaurant occupies the location vacated when Pint Size Bakery moved to bigger digs.  Now that the weather is warming up, making their outdoor-only seating more appealing, Tower Grove Farmer’s Market favorite is sure to become a farm-to-table favorite among south-side diners.

Private Kitchen (4.39 stars/36 reviews) Chinese, University City, 8106 Olive Blvd, University City, MO 63130, (314) 989-0283.  This is one of the more unique restaurants in the St. Louis area, Asian or otherwise.  Private Kitchen is a reservations-only restaurant offering original and authentic Shanghai-style Chinese food.  The twist is that your order is taken when you make book your table.  That way owner and chef Lawrence Chen can shop for the ingredients, ensuring they are the freshest possible.  It also allows him to create some extraordinary menu items that require days of preparation.  Everything is good—the soup dumplings are amazing.

Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet at Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar, Ballwin, MO

Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet at Candicci's Restaurant and Bar, Ballwin, MO

BALLWIN, MO/April 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar located in Ballwin, MO has announced their Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet special and menu.

Candicci’s has been serving fine Italian cuisines to the St. Louis area for more than 36 years.  Additionally, Candicci’s offers catering, banquet, online ordering, delivery and special events for holidays such as Easter.

Candicci’s Easter Sunday Buffet will begin at 10 am and last till 4 pm on Easter Sunday, Sunday April 16, 2017.  Cost of the buffet is $23.99 for adults, $8.99 for children and children 4 or younger are free.

Candicci’s Restaurant is conveniently located one block south of Manchester Rd in Ballwin at 100 Holloway Rd.  For reservations it is recommended that they are made very soon as Candicci’s is known for their Easter Sunday Buffet and seats fill up quickly.  Depending on weather patio seating may be available.

The buffet will feature the following items:

Assorted Danish & Cinnamon Rolls, Fresh Fruit Display with Berries, Scrambled Eggs, Crisp Smoked Bacon, Sausage Links, Cheesy Breakfast Potatoes, Baked French Toast, Biscuits & Sausage Gravy, Peel & Eat Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce, Roasted Smoked Ham with Apple Bourbon Butter Glaze, Tuscan Pork Roast with Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Puree, Seafood Cajun Pasta in Alfredo Sauce, Slow Roasted Italian Beef with Horseradish & Au Jus, and Seared Salmon with Lemon, White Wine Butter Sauce.  Additionally, Candicci’s Favorites: Italian House Salad, Grilled Chicken Picatta, Toasted Ravioli with Marinara, Pasta Con Broccoli and a Variety of Desserts.  Included are, Soda, Iced Tea, Coffee

Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd.

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Element Restaurant and Lounge offers an Easter Brunch Menu

Element Restaurant and Lounge offers an Easter Brunch Menu

ST. LOUIS, MO/April 12, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Easter Brunch – Element Restaurant and Lounge, St. Louis’s destination for contemporary comfort food, has prepared a seasonally-inspired Easter Brunch menu for patrons to enjoy on Easter.  The menu will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sun., April 16, 2017.

Normally closed on Sundays and does not serve brunch, but is offering a specially crafted menu for the public in celebration of the Easter holiday.

Selections include Challah French toast with bananas, nuts, and a side of melons; eggs Benedict with braised pork cheek, biscuit, poached eggs, spinach, and Hollandaise; Cast Iron Smashed Burger with caramelized onion, avocado, fried egg, and home fries, and more.

We usually aren’t open for brunch, so this is an exciting opportunity for us to add our own creative twist to some brunch classics,” said Tudor Seserman, Executive Chef at Element Restaurant & Lounge. “We enjoy taking comfort food and adding a little something unexpected. We put a lot of detail into this menu to reflect that.”

Guests can book their reservation anytime by visiting http://www.elementstl.com.

Element Restaurant and Lounge is located off Lafayette Square on 1419 Carroll Street and offers contemporary comfort food using local ingredients and a menu that changes seasonally.  Guests can enjoy small and large shareable plates in an expansive, sophisticated, and open-concept atmosphere.

For more information, please call Element Restaurant and Lounge at (314) 241-1674.