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J Greene’s Pub Is Irish Tradition + Family Recipes + Local Sports

J Greene’s Pub Is Irish Tradition + Family Recipes + Local Sports

St. Louis County’s Authentic Irish Pub is J Greene’s

Warson Woods, MO/February 22, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – When you think Irish pub, you might think of beer, and Celtic music, darts and St. Patrick’s Day.  And those are certainly fine images of some of the roles Irish pubs play in the St. Louis community.  But do you think of a chef conceived menu of scratch made food and slow-roasted meats?  How about big screen TVs and online ordering for carryout?  You should, if you’re thinking of J Greene’s Irish Pub at 10017 Manchester Road in Warson Woods.  This is a neighborhood pub in the old tradition.  It’s the kind of place where families gather for a meal, where friends meet to share the events of the day over drinks, and the community comes together to cheer on their favorite teams.  Owners Juliet and Jason Greene wouldn’t have it any other way.

In proper Irish-American tradition, you’ll find their menu includes Fish & Chips (hand-dipped, beer-battered cod and fried curry chips), Corned Beef & Cabbage (sliced from the whole brisket they cooked overnight), as well as Bangers & Mash (which includes their house made pork sausage, and Guinness onions).  You’ll also find their signature dish: John R. Greene’s Beef Tenderloin Medallions (with garlic mashed potatoes and an Irish whiskey mushroom and onion cream sauce).  Even more Irish favorites are coming to the J. Greene menu starting March 1st, including braised lamb shank!  Since this is a terrific sports bar too, their menu also includes all the sandwiches, pizza, and apps you’d expect—including J Greene’s awesome take on that St. Louis favorite, toasted ravioli—giant, handmade, golden brown, and delicious!  Want something sweet?  This is an Irish Pub, so try the Chocolate Guinness Cake: it’s moist chocolate cake made with Guinness stout, and topped with Bailey’s whipped cream and Jameson anglaise.  Erin go braugh!

At J Greene’s, any day is a good day to celebrate your Irish, but St. Patrick’s Day is their favorite day of the year!  So they’ve planned some special events to celebrate:

Saturday, March 11th, skip the downtown crowds after the parade and head to J Greene’s for authentic Irish food and drinks!
Tuesday, March 14th, the Kräftig team visit J Greene’s for trivia night starting at 8:00 p.m.  There will be free samples and giveaways, including some excellent Blues Hockey tickets in section 124!

Thursday, March 16th, the Jameson team will be along to help you get an early start on your St. Patrick’s Day festivities!  Join them from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for free samples and great giveaways!

Friday, March 17th, celebrate St Patrick’s Day at one of the most authentic Irish Pubs in St. Louis County!  J Greene’s Irish Pub is pulling out the stops for a day filled with grown-up fun!  There will be visits from the Guinness team, the girls from Tullamore Dew, and Bushmills will feature their newest Irish whiskey, Red Bush!  It’s a day of free samples, giveaways, and authentic Irish food and drinks!

J Greene’s opens at 11:00 a.m. each day. Sunday – Tuesday they’re open until 11:00 p.m., Wednesday – Thursday until midnight, and Friday – Saturday, until 1:00 am.  Since J Greene’s Pub is all about celebrating the season, you won’t want to miss their Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil!  This Friday – Sunday, February 24 – 26, they’re offering an authentic Louisiana craw-fish boil and other Cajun specials to celebrate Mardi Gras.  A ligean ar an dea-uair rolla! (Let the good times roll…Irish style!)

Contact Information:

J Greene’s Pub
Owners: Juliet and Jason Greene
10017 Manchester Road
Warson Woods, MO 63122
Phone: (314) 394-2330
jgreenespub@gmail.com

St. Patrick’s Day at Krieger’s Hometown Sports Grill

St. Patrick’s Day at Krieger’s Hometown Sports Grill

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Krieger’s; for the Irish at Heart

BALLWIN, MO/February 21, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Once a year when March 17 rolls around the Irish and the Irish-at-heart celebrate around the globe in observation of St. Patrick’s Day.  It might have begun as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, but it has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with special foods, parades, dancing, and a whole lot of green.

This St. Pat’s Day, you don’t have to find that four-leaved clover to feel lucky!  All you need to do is come spend the day at Krieger’s Sports Grill in Ballwin.  You can still pinch your friends that aren’t wearing green without getting in trouble and hunt for leprechauns who will hopefully lead you to that elusive pot of gold, but you can do it all while enjoying fabulous food and great specials!

Enjoy an “ALL YOU CAN EAT” St. Patrick’s Day Buffet!  From 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Krieger’s is hosting a Breakfast Buffet you won’t want to miss.  It’s only $9.95.  Then at 11 a.m. delight in a Corned Beef & Cabbage Buffet for only $12.99.  You can’t get much luckier than that.

Also, take advantage of their other outstanding menu items, broad list of over 33 craft beers, high and lower end wine selections, and 44 flat-screen TV’s on which to watch all your favorite March Madness teams!  Enjoy regular Happy Hour Specials during all Tournament Games (in the bar area only.)  So come out, relax and mingle with friends and family at the sports bar that has your best interests at heart!

Happy Hours:

Mon –Thurs 11 am- 7 pm & 9 pm-midnight
Friday 11 am- 1 am
Saturday 11 am- 7 pm
Sunday 11 am- 11 pm

Regular Hours of Operation:

Monday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Sundays- 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Happy Hour all day)

Drink Specials:

$2 Domestic Bottles
$2.50 Domestic Drafts (23 oz.)
$3 Premium Pints
$2 Wells
$4 House Wines
Food Specials:
½ Off Appetizers (Excluding Combo)
$3 Chili Cheese Dogs
$3 Cheese Pizza (9 in)

Krieger’s Sports Grill

1356 Big Bend Road

Ballwin, MO 63021

Phone (636) 861-1618

 

Popular Watering Hole Going Strong – Missouri Bar and Grille

Missouri Bar and Grille, St. Louis, MO

Missouri Bar and Grille

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 21, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Missouri Bar and Grille – You might call it “home away from home.”  Missouri Bar & Grille, fondly referred to by regulars as “MoBar,” has been a pillar in St. Louis for over 50 years.  Because of its close proximity to the Post-Dispatch and other thriving businesses, it quickly became a popular watering hole for reporters, newsmen, movers and shakers, and local major sports players, as well as, your average working man.

Owner, Trifon Panopoulos, came over from Greece in 1966 with his parents and two brothers, Louis 10, and Jim 3.  Like many at that time, they were searching for a new life.  He eventually became the manager of a restaurant and years later in 1983, along with then partner, Chris Dubis, opened his own place, Missouri Bar and Grille.  He became sole owner a few years later and updated the name to “The NEW Missouri Bar & Grille”.

To the disappointment of many the pub closed down for a time after Trifon passed away in 2013, but thanks to Co-Owners/ Brothers, Louis and Jim Panopoulos, the popular haunt is back open for business and going strong.  The two made the decision to honor their brother and keep his legacy alive.  Now they are spending their days treating every person that walks through the door as though they were part of his family…just like Trifon did.

After more than a year-long closure, “MoBar” reopened for business with a revamped new look and a brand new concept.  The old familiar drinking hole now has a refined, modernized interior and some fun new menu items.  What used to be a cafeteria style restaurant is now a sports bar with delicious food.

Besides the updated kitchen and remodeled bar, the bar now has higher ceilings, new lighting and some enjoyable entertainment items like darts, a shuffleboard and a lively jukebox.  The popular core items loved by so many from the previous menu, including the Trashed Wings, Steak Sandwiches, Gyros and House-Made Toasted Ravioli are still being served.

However, they’ve got some great new additions like the crispy, customizable Thin-Crust Pizzas sold in two sizes, 12 and 16-inch options.  Each Pizza is offered in new combinations like the MoBar deluxe with sausage, pepperoni, bacon, onions, green peppers, mushrooms and black olives.

They also now serve a new item called “Jim’s Firehouse Burger”.  This yummy sandwich features charbroiled Angus beef with BBQ sauce, mild Cheddar, Apple wood bacon and a fried onion ring.  You can also expect to find tasty new appetizers, like Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Feta cheese served with Pita bread, and awesome Chili-Cheese Nachos.

The 3,500-square-feet of room accommodate 97 seats leaving plenty of room for all of the old time regulars and the new younger crowd they’re hoping to entice.  And what better way than by offering fun happy hours with great discounted food and drinks?  Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy specials on draft and canned beer, buckets, well drinks, wine, appetizers and pizza.  Pitcher specials are also available during all Cardinal and Blues games.

On Thursday nights between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. you can come in for a fun night of Trivia. So, whether you’re wanting a great meal, or are looking for a fun happy hour with good discounted food and drinks, Missouri Bar & Grille at 701 N. Tucker is where you might want to head.

Missouri Bar & Grille
701 N. Tucker
Phone: (314) 202-8791

Hours:

Sunday thru Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Thursday thru Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3:30 a.m.

Chipotle Is Latest Loop Restaurant to Close

Chipotle Is Latest Loop Restaurant to Close

Lease, Loop Trolley Construction Factors in Chipotle Closing

University City, MO/February 20, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — The New Trolley that will link University City to Forest Park is going to be a good thing for both businesses along Delmar and visitors to The Loop.  But there’s no denying that construction of the trolley tracks is causing traffic congestion and mess that is deterring some visitors.  Some businesses claim there’s been a noticeable downtick in sales for many of the restaurants, entertainment venues, and retailers during construction of the $50 Million dollar Loop Trolley.

Chipotle Mexcian Grill at 6316 Delmar Blvd. in University City will shut its doors at the end of February—when the lease is up for that site.  The fast-food chain offers Mexican cuisine, including design-your-own burritos, tacos, salads, and bowls.  Chipotle is the latest in a spate of restaurant closings in the area over the last year.  Independents like 8 Dollar Deli, Moya Grill, Seoul Q, and Zippy Burger are among the closure.  Several chain restaurants have also shut their doors, including Chipotle neighbor, Noodles & Co., along with a Panera location (St. Louis Bread Co.), Smoothie King, and Subway.

Only Subway and Chipotle are likely to return any time soon.  There are plans in the works to reopen the Subway Restaurant in a different location a few blocks away.  It is supposed to open early this year at 6253 Delmar, which faces a landscaped pathway through the neighborhood.  A Chipotle company spokesperson says there are plans to open new locations in the metro area, and another location in the Loop is probable, but no details or timetable have been worked out.

Chipotle opened its Loop location in 2007.  That location will close at the end of the day on February 28, 2017.  Ironically, the corporate website is still advertising for crew members for the Delmar Loop location.  There are currently nine other Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants in the St. Louis area.  The closest alternatives for Chipotle fans are the SLU location at 212 South Grand Blvd. in Midtown, and the 1 North Central location in downtown Clayton.

The Best of the Restaurant Top 10s

Restaurant Top 10s - Charlie Gitto's on The Hill

St. Louis’ #1 Restaurants

St. Louis, MO/February 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Each week we look at the top of the top 10 restaurant lists and bring you the highlights.  What follows is not a top 10 list, but a compilation of restaurants that are ranked #1 on a top ten list.  Just like the top ten’s we publish every week, these rankings are based on customer reviews. So the restaurants featured here are the favorites among St. Louis diners.

As we look at the top of the restaurant charts this week, we find some longtime St. Louis favorites still leading in their particular culinary niche.  But there are some relatively new restaurants too.  St. Louis is a city of culinary adventurers, movers and shakers.  So it’s not surprising that some of the newest restaurants in town have quickly become some of our favorites.  Some filled a void in St. louis’ dining scene; others just do it better than anyone else.

Here are ten of St. Louis’ favorites.  Whether an old favorite, or a hot new place, each is exemplary in its own right, and that’s why each holds the top spot in their respective Top 10 categories:

Brunch:

Egg (4.62 stars/164) Benton Park, 2200 Gravois Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 202-8244.  This has been a top 10 brunch spot since it first began as a pop up event inside the original Spare No Rib location.  It’s since taken over that spot, and the top of the brunch top 10 with hearty, delicious brunch fare, including Bloody Marys that customers rave about.

Kid friendly:

Fitz’s Restaurant (4.03 stars/1183 reviews) The Loop, 6605 Delmar Blvd, University City (314)726-9555.  With a menu of pizza, burgers, crispy chicken strips, and monster ice cream sodas, this may be kid paradise! Bonus: you can watch the soda being bottled while you eat!

Pet friendly:

Edibles & Essentials (4.72 stars/85 reviews) Saint Louis Hills, 5815 Hampton Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 328-2300.  This artisanal New American cafe specializes in high quality ingredients (think house-cured bacon).  They are known for their charcuterie boards, changing special menus, and a terrific, dog-friendly patio!

Italian:

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill (4.50 stars/893 reviews) The Hill, 5226 Shaw Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 772-8898.  The birthplace of Toasted Ravioli, this place is a St. Louis classic, with an upscale Italian menu famous for its perfectly prepared pasta, veal, chicken, steaks, and seafood.  Gitto’s wine list is also highly praised and customers love the old world elegance of this distinctive restaurant.

Cajun/Creole:

Broadway Oyster Bar (4.5 stars/870 reviews) Downtown, 736 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 621-8811.  One of St. Louis’ most popular restaurants, Broadway Oyster Bar has been serving up fresh Gulf shrimp, po’boys, and great music in downtown St. Louis for the last 35-years.  Their Alligator Sausage & Shrimp Cheesecake is legendary.

Middle Eastern:

Sameem Afghan Restaurant (4.65 stars/458 reviews) The Grove, 4341 Manchester Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 534-9500.  This is Missouri’s first and only Afghan restaurant. Sameem serves predominantly traditional Afghan cuisine consisting of lamb, chicken, hearty stews, kabobs, chops and rice dishes, including halal meat.  They also have a nice vegetarian selection. It’s so good, you’ll need a reservation on weekends.

Mexican:

Mission Taco (4.22 stars/ 440 reviews) The Loop, 6235 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130, (314) 932-5430.  This is St. Louis’ original gourmet street-taco specialist, offering great food and creative cocktails in a rustic cafe with a San Francisco vibe.  This location in The Loop was the first for Jason and Adam Tilford.  Now there are three locations in St. Louis, with plans for additional Taco Joints in St. Peters and Kansas City.

Wings:

O! Wing Plus (4.6 stars/66 reviews) Overland, 10094 Page Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63132, (314) 395-0180.  This family owned restaurant fuses this classic bar fare with the exotic flavors of Korea, Southeast Asia and beyond.  They offer nine sauces that run from mild and sweet teriyaki to the super spicy “Beast Mode,” creating wings that will have you smiling as you lick your sticky fingers.

Pizza:

Melo’s Pizzeria (4.92 stars/50 reviews) Benton Park, 2438 Mcnair Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 833-4489.  This is a case of the new kid on the block is coming out on top.  Melo’s sits in the garage behind another St. Louis favorite, Blues City Deli.  After just over a year in business, Melo’s authentic wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza made with simple, high quality ingredients has become St. Louis’ favorite.

Irish Pubs:

Morrison’s Irish Pub (4.61 stars/59 reviews) Alton, 200 State Street, Alton, IL 62002, (618) 433-8900.  This is what an Irish pub is supposed to be—authentic pub ambiance, plenty of Irish spirits, and home-cooked dishes like Irish stew, Bubble & Squeak, Bangers & Mash, and Colcannon.  On the 12 taps you’ll find a nice selection of local and imported beers, ales, and stouts.  Weekends add authentic Irish music to the mix.

Five St. Louis Chefs Among 2017 James Beard Semifinalists

James Beard Semifinalists

James Beard Semifinalists – Four Beard Nominees for Best Chef Midwest, and One Rising Star

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 16, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis has a long history of great culinary offerings.  The metro area is rich with restaurant variety when it comes to cuisine, scale, style, and innovation.  The Gateway City is both a launching pad and a landing zone for great chefs.  And let’s face it, St. Louis diners love great food.  So it’s always an honor, but never a surprise when the chefs and restaurants dedicated to feeding us are honored on a grand scale.  And this week, six were named as James Beard Foundation Award semifinalists.

The James Beard Foundation was established to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other culinary professionals who make America’s food culture more diverse, sustainable, and of course, delicious.  And so the JBF Awards were established in 1990 to recognize culinary excellence and achievement.  Many consider it the highest level of recognition in the culinary world.  This year, there were more than 24,000 entries in 21 restaurant and chef award categories.  Five chefs in the St. Louis area are among the JBF Award semifinalists announced this week.

St. Louis’ 2017 JBF Award semifinalists:

Rising Star Chef of the Year: This annual honor is awarded to a chef age 30 or younger who displays an impressive talent and who is likely to make a significant impact on the industry in years to come.  This year, Chef Ashley Shelton of Pastaria in Clayton is among the semifinalists.

Best Chef Midwest: This honor is awarded regionally to chefs who’ve set new or consistent standards of excellence.  St. Louis is in the Midwest region, which includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  To be eligible for the Best Chef Award, candidates can work in any kind of dining establishment, but they must have been working as a chef for at least five years, with the three most recent years spent in the region.  This year, five St. Louis area chefs are semifinalists.  They include: Executive Chef Jesse Mendica of Oak + Olive (Wesbster Groves), Executive Chef/Owner Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Cafe (Benton Park), Executive Chef/Owner Mike Randolph of Público (University City Loop) and Executive Chef/Owner Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus (Lindenwood Park).

Chef award winners will be announced in Chicago on May 1st.  In January Gioia’s Deli (the Hill) won the James Beard Foundation’s America’s Classics Award, which recognizes regional restaurants distinguished by their timeless appeal, and quality food that reflects the character of their communities.

21st Street Brewers Bar Honors St. Louis Beer Heritage

21st Street Brewers Bar, St. Louis, MO

Craft Beer Underground at 21st Street Brewers Bar

St. Louis, MO/February 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) 21st Street Brewers Bar – St. Louis has a rich beer making history.  It dates back to the the city’s earliest days, with the first production brewery operating as early as 1810.  The first craft brewers were making beer and selling it to their neighbors at least as long ago.  John Coons was known to have a small batch brewery operating as early as 1809, and neighborhood breweries were commonplace throughout the 19th century.  After Prohibition ended, the beer making began anew.  There was the Griesedieck Brothers and Falstaff, and or course, the King of beers was born here.  That’s a lot of beer making history!  The 21st Street Brewers Bar at 2017 Chouteau Ave. just south of downtown St. Louis celebrates the city’s brewers, old and new.  The Centennial Malt House, home to 21st Street Brewers Bar, is also home to St. Louis’ first beer festival each year, this week’s Centennial Beer Festival (Feb. 13 – 18, 2017).  These folks are serious about beer.

The bar is a classic rathskeller—it really is a bar in the basement of a prominent building, in this case the old Schnaider Brewery (c.1876), at 21st and Chouteau in Lafayette Square.  The decor is just what you’d expect in a rathskeller too: stone walls, natural wood, and cozy leather, lounge furniture.  It’s upscale, but with a casual, comfortable vibe that make this bar a perfect place for celebrating with friends or just hanging out.  Even the history of the space is all about beer.  The bar occupies a basement that once served as catacombs for the Schnaider Brewery, one of St. Louis’ first and largest beer makers.  In fact, when Paul and Wendy Hamilton first opened the bar in the basement beneath two of their restaurants, PW Pizza and Vin de Set, they called it 21st Amendment Brewers Bar, to pay homage to the city’s historic beer makers and the Constitutional Amendment that officially repealed Prohibition.

So what’s a brewer’s bar?  In the case of 21st Street, it’s a bar with more than 50 draft beers available and more than 80 bottled varieties of mostly craft and artisan brews.  In fact, they claim every local brewery is represented on tap or by bottle, along with having the best domestic and international craft selection available.  And they just might.  At the time of this writing, the draft list included products from Excel, Schlafly, Urban Chestnut, Cathedral Square, 4204 Main, Perennial Artisan Ales, Four Hands, Modern Brewery, Griesdieck Brothers, Public House (Rolla), Civil Live, Six Mile Bridge, Charleville (Ste. Genevieve), Log Boat (Columbia), Bur Oak (Columbia), Mark Twain (Hannibal), Boulevard (Kansas City), and Crane (Raytown), plus several others from brewers in Chicago and northern Illinois, Colorado, Washington, Kansas, Maryland, California, Michigan, and Ireland.  There are literally dozens more available in cans and bottles: mass market domestics and imports; pilsners and pale lagers; amber and dark lagers; ciders and meads; wheat beers; blonde and pale ales; IPAs; amber, red, and brown ales; porters and stouts; strong ales; sour and fruit beers; and even NABs.  Beers can be purchased in full pour or 6 oz. pours.

Chase that sampling by nibbling one of their brew snacks.  They’ve got bar favorites like hard pretzels and spicy nuts, or you could get adventurous and try the Big White Fried Corn Nuts.  This salty, crunchy treat was first served in South American bars back in the mid-1930s.  Or go for a throwback option like the Cheddar Cheese Ball.  Theirs is rolled in IPA poached walnuts and served with hard pretzels.  If you want something more substantial, step up to the bar and order a pie from the upstairs neighbor, PW Pizza.  The full PW menu is available in the basement bar.  On the off chance that someone in your party prefers a cocktail or wine to beer, 21st Street’s bar is fully stocked to accommodate everyone.

In the three years it’s been open, this subterranean bar has earned accolades from critics and customers alike.  Customers give them 4.5 stars in 57 reviews.  They like the deep list of brews that really showcase the scope and skill of the craft brewers in this region and beyond.  Others find it to be the perfect place to chill with friends.  One reviewer called it the “ideal man cave (or woman cave)”  It’s coziness is especially welcome in the depths of winter, and it’s basement cool makes it inviting during the heat of a St. Louis summer.  But when the weather is nice, there’s also a patio. So 21st Street offers the best of both worlds—and on draft, the best of about 50 worlds.

Contact Information:

21st Street Brewers Bar
Owners: Paul and Wendy Hamilton
2017 Chouteau Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: (314) 241-6969

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Vincent Van Doughnuts

Vincent Van Doughnuts

Future New Concept for Vincent Van Doughnuts

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Vincent Van Doughnuts – The Grove is getting a little sweeter.  After launching as a popular food truck in 2013, and finishing a successful year in their first brick-and-mortar business in Clayton, Vincent Van Doughnut, is now open for business at their second location.  And, the new shop, located at 1072 Tower Grove Ave., is opening just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Their second handcrafted, specialty doughnut shop is close to the size of the Clayton location but will showcase a more exposed kitchen area.  In the future it could also have expanded hours to serve the neighborhood’s vibrant nightlife.  Owner, Vincent Brian Marsden, is pursuing a liquor license to offer late night party-goers somewhere to land for a sweet treat and an adult beverage.

He has been intrigued by the interesting new concept which has been tried successfully outside of Missouri.  Marsden says they’ve used liquor in their doughnuts before so that’s given him a good crowd to do testing on.  Eventually, that will require a late shift from 9 p.m. to midnight or so, with doughnuts and possibly beignets fried to order for necessary freshness.

Right now, the Grove shop will be serving the entire list of mouthwatering treats served at the Clayton shop like the Biscuit Kolaches in sausage gravy, as well as bacon, egg and cheese, Homemade Pop Tarts and the popular Crustless Quiches.  They will also be serving Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches and Affogato not yet offered at the Clayton shop, thanks to the company’s Pastry Chef, Candis Stiebel.

The new shop will be open in time for the morning rush, serving its regular delectably light, flaky donuts with the distinct square shape, including specialty flavors like the Dulce De Leche, the Grand Marnier, the Turtle, and the Maple Bacon, topped with brown sugar, cinnamon, and cayenne candied bacon.  They will also be serving pastries and delicious coffee to all those tired early morning risers.

Tasty breakfast treats will have to be enough to keep customers satisfied for now.  But never fear, Vincent Van Doughnut will have just what you need to fill your Valentine’s Day gifting needs.  And, for its special grand opening Valentine’s Day celebration, they will be giving.

Grove customers a free glazed doughnut with each purchase, while supplies last!

Vincent Van Doughnut

1072 Tower Grove Avenue

St. Louis, MO

Hours:
Tuesday through Friday from 6 a.m. until sold out
Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. until sold out

Love is in the Air on Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day

Fun Valentine’s Day Facts

February 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) What’s the most celebrated day of the year after Christmas?  You’ve got it, Valentine’s Day…the International Day of Love!  Also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, the annual holiday is celebrated on February 14 in many countries around the world.  Besides being an American phenomenon, it’s also observed in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Italy and Denmark.

St. Valentine’s Day began as a celebration and a form of worship for one or more early Christian Saints.  Its history –and the story of its patron Saint or Saints–is cloaked in mystery.  However, we know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we have come to know it, includes some remnants of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.

For many women it means a day when your spouse or significant other had better come up with something special for us, whether it be a gift or a romantic night out.  For many men it’s a time to panic and scramble to order last minute flowers, or if you’re creative, to buy a special gift or plan an exciting evening for your special someone.

Of all the holidays throughout the year, Valentine’s Day is probably the most unoriginal because the gifts people give to symbolize their affection are usually the predictable standard flowers and chocolate.  One thing it means for both sexes is time to hit the store shelves to buy that romantic or funny Valentine’s Day card.

Here are some fun facts that you may not know about Valentine’s Day:

  • In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
  • According to Hallmark, more than 163 million cards—not including packaged kids’ valentines—are exchanged each year making it the second-largest holiday for giving greeting cards.
  • The number of these candy hearts produced each year is approximately 8 billion.
  • According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, 35 percent of Americans will buy flowers for Valentine’s Day 2017, spending a total of $2 billion.
  • Valentine’s Day is the big time of year for red roses. Mother’s Day sees more pastel-colored roses sold.
  • Fifteen percent of American women will send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
  • The State of California produces 60% of American roses, but most roses sold on Valentine’s Day in the U.S. are imported from South America.
  • Men purchase about 75 percent of all the roses sold in the U.S. at this time every year.
  • According to Her.com, 15 percent of the women polled ranked “Cheap Flowers” as the #2 most disappointing Valentine’s Day gift, after “Cheap Underwear.”
  • According to The National Confectioners Association, as many as 40 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold each year.
  • On average, men spend double the amount of money on Valentine`s Day gifts than women spend.
  • According to AOL.com, the No. favorite Valentine’s Day gift is candy, chocolate in particular. 
  • Estimates from the National Retail Federation suggest that consumers who buy Valentine’s Day presents will spend nearly $137 on average in 2017 for flowers, clothes, jewelry, candy and other gifts, down from a record high last year of about $147.

Trophy Presented To Ted Drewes For International Title

Ted Drewes, St. Louis, MO

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Ted Drewes – A popular St. Louis attraction is once again being recognized.

On Monday, Explore St. Louis of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission presented Ted Drewes with a trophy for capturing the World’s Best Ice Cream Title.

In September of 2016, Ted Drewes beat out over a dozen countries for the international title in the second annual SoolNua #worldICECREAMindex, a competition that celebrates the central role that ice cream plays in defining a destination and highlighting its authenticity and originality.

“We’re thrilled to see that it has captured the imagination of destinations as far apart as Vancouver and Istanbul” said Patrick Delaney of SoolNua.

Gilligan added: “This year’s rankings were hotly contested with over 20 DMOs from 13 different countries participating.  It was particularly gratifying to see how creatively the top DMOs and their stores engaged with visitors to secure votes and to build brand profile”.

“With so many great ice cream shops and destinations from around the world participating in this fun (and delicious) competition, it is truly an honor for Ted Drewes, St. Louis and the U.S. to be recognized as the winners of the 2016 #worldICECREAMindex,” said Kitty Ratcliffe, president of Explore St. Louis.

“Ted Drewes is an institution in our city and has been serving up amazing frozen treats for visitors and residents along historic Route 66 for generations.  We want to give a special thank you to all the Ted Drewes’ fans who voted for them and helped secure this very sweet and special recognition.” added Ratcliffe.

With 30,000 votes cast, the longtime south city attraction beat out Koun Gelato in Slovakia for the top spot.  Lake Lounge,Grand Hotel Toplice in Slovenia came in at third place.  A full list of the results is available online at www.http://soolnua.com/icecream/

The iconic ice cream shop is also celebrating it 76th year at the historic Route 66 location.  Ted Drewes, Sr. opened his first frozen custard store in Florida in 1929.  This was followed by the opening of another store in St. Louis on Natural Bridge in 1930.  A year later, Drewes opened a location on South Grand.  Finally, in 1941 the family opened a second south side store on Chippewa, which is the only remaining location today.

Two Ted Drewes locations:

6726 CHIPPEWA
St. Louis, MO 63109
Phone: (314) 481-2652

4224 S. GRAND BLVD.
St. Louis, MO 63111
Phone: (314) 352-7376

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Contributing Editor: Jill Enders