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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.

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

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

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:

Daytime only restaurant, First Watch, opens at Streets of St. Charles

Daytime only restaurant, First Watch, opens at Streets of St. Charles

First Watch at Streets of St. Charles

ST. CHARLES, MO/August 5, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) On August 7th First Watch opens a new restaurant at Streets of St. Charles, strategically located off the first exit just west of the Missouri River off 1-70.  “Our development team is always looking for vibrant, growing communities to build First Watch, and the Streets of St. Charles is already a vibrant part of town that’s really ideal for a breakfast, brunch and lunch spot like First Watch,” comments Eleni Kouvatsos, Public Relations and Communications Manager of the successful daytime restaurant chain.

With numerous awards including the 2016 top Family Dining restaurant by Consumer Reports, a 2015 Top Consumer Pick by Nation’s Restaurant News and over 200 “Best Breakfast” and “Best Brunch” accolades, these will not come as a surprise once you’ve sampled their innovative menu.  Classic favorites include The Traditional Breakfast and the Tri-Fecta.  Specialty items feature “Egg-Sclusives” (made with cage-free eggs) featuring Eggs Benedict, Farm Stand Breakfast Tacos, Chickinchanga, Biscuits & Turkey Sausage Gravy, and Skillet Hash creations.  If it’s an Omelet or Frittata you’re craving, there are plenty of choices such as the Bacado, Ham and Gruyere, Chile Chorizo, Morning Market Veg, Inspired Italian, Frittata Rustica and the Smoked Salmon & Roasted Vegetable Frittata all of which are paired with house made side(s) and/or whole grain artisan toast.

The First Watch Griddle can satisfy any foodie’s sweet tooth with their multigrain pancakes (humongous Plain, Banana Granola Crunch, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Chip or Blueberry); Lemon Ricotta Pancakes; French Toast (Traditional or the Flordian); and Belgian Waffle.

For the Power Breakfast or Brunch, the Healthier Side of the Menu boasts: Avocado Toast, Sunrise Granola Bowl, Steel-Cut Oatmeal, Egg White Omelets (Turkey or the Tri-Athlete), the Power Wrap, the A.M. Superfoods Bowl, and protein packed Power Bowls (Breakfast Quinoa Bowl or The Pesto Chicken Quinoa Bowl).

Lunch features a variety of Salads (Superfood Kale, Chicken Avocado Chop, Cobb, and Sweet Honey Pecan).  Sandwiches (served with mixed greens or a bowl of hot soup) include: Monterey Club, Blite, Baja Turkey Burger, Market Veggie, Roast Beef & Havarti, Ham & Gruyere Melt, Veggie Burger and Chicken Salad Melt.

If you’re not that hungry or want an additional side, First Watch Sides & Small Plates include: Bob’s Red Mill Grits, Fresh Seasonal Fruit, Fresh, Seasoned Potatoes, Fresh Baked Muffin, Hardwood Smoked Bacon, organic greens, Soup, and Whole Grain Artisan Toast or English muffin with All-Natural House Preserves.

If your body is craving Vitamin C, First Watch is known for their freshly squeezed orange juice and their Fresh Juice Bar (Juiced daily using fresh, all-natural ingredients) featuring their signature liquid delights: The Morning Meditation and the Kale Tonic.

First Watch supports local farmers/growers with locally grown seasonal produce whenever possible and everything is made from scratch and made to order.  First Watch is the largest and fastest-growing daytime-only restaurant concept in the U.S. with more than 295 restaurants in 26 states, including more than 195 First Watch, several of which are enjoying tremendous success in the local area:

First Watch, the Daytime Only Restaurant
Open 7:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Nine locations in the St. Louis Area!

First Watch – Chesterfield
120 Hilltown Village Center, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone: (636) 530-1401

First Watch – Clayton
8001 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, MO 63105
Phone: (314) 863-7330

First Watch – Creve Coeur
742 N. New Ballas Road, Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Phone: (314) 994-7171

First Watch – Des Peres
13323 Manchester Road, Des Peres, MO 63131
Phone: (314) 966-3913

First Watch – Kirkwood
491 South Kirkwood Rd, Kirkwood, MO 63122
Phone: (314) 909-7271

First Watch – Oakville
5646 Telegraph Road, Oakville, MO 63129
Phone: (314) 293-1024

First Watch – St. Peter’s
312 Mid Rivers Center, St. Peter’s, MO 63376
Phone: (636) 970-0050

First Watch – Streets of St Charles (Opens 8/7/17)
1405 Beale St, Ste 102, St. Charles, MO 63303
Phone: (636) 238-8970

First Watch – Town & Country
1130 Town & Country Crossing Drive
Town & Country, MO 63017
Phone: (636) 238-3949

Pangea to Bring Global Cuisine to New Town this Fall

Pangea to Bring Global Cuisine to New Town this Fall

Chef Jessie Gilroy Leaving Sidney Street for Own Digs

ST. CHARLES, MO/July 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Pangea was theoretical supercontinent that made up all of the land on Earth before the dinosaurs roamed.  Everything was Pangea, and for land dwellers, Pangea was everything.  So, it’s an interesting name Chef Jessie Gilroy has chosen for the new restaurant she’s opening this fall in New Town at St. Charles.  Pangea at 3245 Rue Royale, St. Charles will be an eclectic neighborhood eatery, offering upscale food in a casual atmosphere.

Gilroy worked most recently as sous chef at Kevin Nashan’s famed Sidney Street Cafe.  She also spent years learning everything she could while working in the kitchens of some of St. Louis’ favorite restaurants including Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill, The Tavern Kitchen & Bar, Cucina Pazzo, and Peacemaker Lobster & Crab.

The new restaurant will feature an eclectic menu that reflects her own eclectic culinary taste.  Gilroy says she loves all cuisines and really can’t pick a favorite, so that will be reflected in Pangea’s menu.  It will draw on a mix of cuisines, including Indian, French, Italian, and Spanish, fusing the elements of several into unique, cohesive dishes that introduce diners to new flavors blended with the familiar.  She chose the name Pangea to embody this global approach to cooking.

She also wants to create a restaurant that is at once comfortable, but with an elevated menue.  She calls her concept “casual fine dining.”  In an interview with The Vital Voice, Gilroy said she wants to give people access to the kind of food you find in a fine dining establishment, but without the linen tablecloths, dress-up clothes, and budget-blowing prices.

Gilroy got the keys to her new restaurant earlier this month.  Since the space that will be Pangea was once a restaurant (the Cornerstone Cafe), Gilroy says it won’t need much of a rebuild, just some cosmetic changes.  You can follow Pangea’s progress on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pangeaworldfusion/.  Gilroy says she expects to open in early fall.

Contact Information:

Owner: Chef Jesse Gilroy
3245 Rue Royale
New Town
St. Charles, MO 63301

Fire-Damaged Lewis & Clark – Plans to Reopen Soon

Fire-Damaged Lewis & Clark’s Plans to Reopen Soon

Historic St. Charles Restaurant Set to Rise from the Ashes – Lewis & Clark

St. Charles, MO/June 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Lewis & Clark – Three months is a long time in the restaurant business.  It feels even longer when that time is spent rebuilding after disaster strikes, instead of serving your customers.  It was just about three months ago when disaster struck Lewis & Clark’s Restaurant at 217 South Main Street in St. Charles.  It came in the form of fire in the wee hours of Wednesday, March 9, 2017.  The three-story, historic building (dating to the late 1800s) was saved, but the restaurant suffered extensive damage and was forced to close temporarily.  Now, after three-months of rebuilding, this Main Street mainstay is about to reopen for business.

Lewis & Clark’s first opened along Historic Main Street in the mid 1980s. Dan Badock bought the popular St. Charles restaurant and public house in 2012.  The restaurant was already well known for its classic American fare, including great burgers and white chicken chili.  Badock elevated the cuisine, by adding upscale selections like prime rib, filet mignon, and grilled salmon, while maintaining the restaurant’s comfortable, family-friendly vibe and reasonable prices.  He says it’s important to him that families continue to feel comfortable dining at Lewis & Clark’s.  When customers return, they will find the menu and the hours haven’t changed.  Lewis & Clark’s will be open Sunday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Fire-Damaged Lewis & Clark - Plans to Reopen Soon

Fire-Damaged Lewis & Clark – Plans to Reopen Soon (Picture property of St. Louis Media, LLC d.b.a. STLRestaurant.News)

The restaurant’s enormous three-story brick building has alway provided ample dining and event space with big picture windows, and balcony seating that offers nice views of the Missouri River and historic Main Street.  Badock says having to rebuild after the fire gave him and his wife the chance to freshen up the restaurant’s decor, and give it a nice makeover.  “While we were down,” he said, “we were able to do some other really nice renovations.”  That includes a new cedar deck and a fresh new look in the restaurant itself.  Badock says one of the best features of the new design is that even though it’s a large space, they purposely created plenty of cozy nooks.  That gives the place a more intimate, comfortable feel.

Besides daily lunch and dinner service, Lewis & Clark’s has been a popular events venue for decades, and once it reopens, it will continue to be a go-to location for wedding receptions, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, business meetings, anniversary parties, and other social gatherings.  The restaurant specializes in customized menus for gatherings of 20 or more guests.  Badock says they’re already booking reservations for events in July, August, September, and beyond.  Reservations and party arrangements are being accepted by telephone at (636) 947-3334.

Badock says he expects things to go fairly smoothly when they reopen later this month.  One of the reasons Lewis & Clark’s can get back to business as soon as the physical rebuild is complete, is because they were able to retain most of their staff through the rebuild.  The restaurant and event venue normally employs about 45 people.  Badock says he’s glad he was able to keep most of his staff employed throughout the rebuilding process.  That’s meant less disruption for their lives, and it’ll mean a quicker return to normal once the restaurant doors open again.

Badock says they have set the target date for their reopening as Wednesday, June 21st.  He says he’s really hopeful they will be ready to get back to serving their customers by that date.  But rebuilding an entire three-story restaurant is a daunting task, with many, many moving parts.  So, Badock is advising customers to keep an eye on the restaurant’s FaceBook page for updates, and to watch their progress.  He says he’ll post an announcement there if they have to push back that opening date.  Even with the constructions still underway, it’s nice to know that this little slice of St. Charles will soon be returning to normal.

Contact Information:

Lewis & Clark’s Restaurant
Owner: Dan Badock
Historic St. Charles
217 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301

Join Olivino for Streets of St Charles Yoga on Beale

Join Olivino for Streets of St Charles Yoga on Beale

Spend a Healthy Morning with Olivino at Yoga on Beale

ST. CHARLES, MO/May 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) We try to eat healthy but with all the temptations put in front of us, it’s sometimes very difficult!  Yet we know that eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis can add several years to your life.  Sometimes we just need a little guidance and tips on staying fit.  That’s why you’ll want to be sure and join Olivino this Saturday, May 13, for the Streets of St. Charles first ever Yoga on Beale event.

The Streets of St Charles is partnering with Barnes-Jewish, St. Peters and Progress West hospitals to bring you a triple dose of Healthy Living!  When you get in sync with the Universe everything turns out better.  Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Yoga Teacher, Maegan Beale, will be holding 2 sessions of yoga, one from 8 am-9 am and one from 11 am-12 pm.

One of the sponsors, Mobile Health Unit, will be on-site giving FREE health screenings.  There will also be a nutritionist, as well as, fitness demonstrations with Orangetheory Fitness!  And in addition, you can expect cooking demonstrations featuring Olivino and Prasino.

Olivino is excited to be participating in the event!  Beachbody Coach & daughter-in-law of Olivino Owner, Debbie Baker-Oliver, Melissa Baker, will be on hand to demonstrate healthy and easy recipes at 8:00 a.m., and again, at 11:00 a.m.  She’ll talk about all the ways to make quick meals that are also good for you.

She’ll be whipping up a Green Smoothie with Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil.  She’ll also be preparing a Mason Jar Mediterranean Salad drizzled with Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic and Tuscan Herb Ultra-Premium Olive Oil and Greek Yogurt with fresh Berries with Strawberry and Blueberry Balsamic Vinegars, both to be sampled.

Find out from Olivino just how easy it is to make quick, delicious and healthy meals at home by incorporating quality olive oils and balsamic vinegars.  Besides tasting fantastic in a variety of food applications, Extra Virgin Olive Oil can contribute nutritional support in the fight against such health problems as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, and in pain management.

There are also a multitude of health benefits of Balsamic Vinegar such as reducing the risks of heart disease, cancer and other infectious diseases.   Moreover, balsamic vinegar decelerates the aging process, controls diabetes and assists in digestion.
Yes, that’s right…good quality extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars are scrumptious and great for you!  So come out and have fun and learn more.

“Yoga on Beale”
1650 Beale St #147, St Charles
Saturday, May 13- 8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Tickets available at – yogaonbeale.eventbrite.com

Olivino Tasting Bar 1650 Beale St #167, St Charles 636-757-5455
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Celebrate Streets of Saint Charles “Summer Beale Street Concert Series” Kick-Off with Olivino Tasting Bar

Celebrate Summer Beale Street Concert Series” Kick-Off with Olivino

Olivino Tasting Bar Offers Special Cocktails at Streets of Saint Charles “Summer Beale Street Concert Series” Kick-Off

ST. CHARLES, MO/May 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) We know about coffee and tea aficionados who will drive out of their way for that one special cup, but something new is making its way to the top of the favorites list and that’s the different smell and tastes of Ultra-Premium extra-virgin olive oils and amazing balsamic vinegars.  Many chefs consider it the most essential, elemental ingredient in their craft.

Olivino Tasting Bar at 1650 Beale Street #167, in the Streets of St. Charles, is giving home cooks and foodies a wonderful opportunity to sample pairings of olive oil and balsamic vinegars, plus try both as ingredients in foods ranging from tasty caprese salads to delicious brownies made with blood orange olive oil.  They realize the importance of tasting items before you buy them.

The eclectic shop that opened at the end of 2016 has been wowing customers ever since with their vast selection of olive oils, balsamic vinegars, local food products, gift baskets and accessories for entertaining.  Owner, Debbie Baker-Oliver, is a former corporate career woman who channeled her career experience and passion for excellent food into Olivino.

Tonight is the kick-off of the Streets of Saint Charles’s “Beale Street Concert Series,” featuring the popular Dr. Zhivegas, and Olivino is ready to help with the celebration.  Stop by and sample incredible Caprese Bites, Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Crostini and No-Bake Cheesecake with Raspberry Compote.  That’s on top of their usual samples made with their Ultra-Premium Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars.

They will also be selling a variety of Specialty Cocktails including Vodka Balsamic Club, Blackberry Bourbon Fizz, and yummy Tropical White Sangria.  Olivino also carry’s wines from Noboleis Vineyards, along with a variety of craft beers for to choose from.

In case you’re still hungry after all the delectable samplings, they will also be selling sausage and cheese complete with small picnic bags for napkins, plates and knives to enjoy while watching the concert.  Bring a lawn chair and come out for a night of fun!

Streets of Saint Charles’s “Beale Street Concert Series” Today- May 10 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Olivino Tasting Bar

1650 Beale St #167

St. Charles, MO

Phone: (636) 757-5455

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The Top 10 Mexican Restaurants in St. Louis

The Top 10 Mexican Restaurants in St. Louis – STL.News

Best Bets for Your Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

St. Louis, MO/April 30, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching!  The annual May 5th observation may have started as a commemoration of the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla, but in the U.S., it’s grown into a celebration of Mexican culture.  Cinco de Mayo has us heading to our favorite cantina to celebrate.  It’s with this in mind that we scoured the customer reviews to find the very best of the hundreds of Mexican restaurants in the St. Louis area.

We cast our net wide, to make sure readers all over the St. Louis area could find the best Mexican restaurants in the metro area.  What we found is that there’s a lot of great Mexican food in every corner of St. Louis.  From St. Peters to Waterloo, and Benton Park to Edwardsville, there’s a fiesta in everyone’s back yard!

Topping the list is Rosy’s Cakes & Paco’s Tacos in St. Peters.  This tiny storefront opened in 2016 and quickly became a local favorite.  Rosy’s & Paco’s isn’t fancy, just a small restaurant in an unadorned strip mall, but don’t let that deter you.  They’re making fresh, authentic Mexican food, Tres Leches cake and specialty desserts that are second to none.  Tacos are a specialty at Rosy’s & Paco’s.  They do tacos seven different ways—with chicken, steak, pork, chorizo, and other delicious fillings. Customers also rave about their burritos, quesadillas, nachos, sopas and flautas.  A trip to Rosy’s and Paco’s wouldn’t be complete without a sample of Rosy’s amazing Mexican sweets.  From Tres Leches cake and Mexican flan, to cupcakes and cookies, everything is authentic, fresh, and delicioso!  There’s not a lot of seating at Rosy’s & Paco’s, but that’s okay.  You can get your fiesta to go.

Our list of the Top 10 Mexican Restaurants in St. Louis includes a wide variety of restaurants ranging from quick service cafes specializing in Mexican street food to full service restaurants as well loved for their margaritas as they are for their carnitas.  Diners are sure to find a great place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo their way on this top 10 list.

  1. Rosy’s Cakes & Paco’s Tacos (4.76 stars/75 reviews) St. Peters, 6240 Mexico Road, Saint Peters, MO 63376, (636) 244-4599.
  2. Casa Romero (4.71 stars/52 reviews) Waterloo, 512 South Market Street, Waterloo, IL 62298, (618) 939-6440
  3. Casa Maria Mexican Grill (4.43 stars/79 reviews) Belleville, 100 North High St, Belleville, IL 62220, (618) 416-1337.
  4. La Gardenia Mexican Restaurant & Cantina (4.40 stars/73 reviews) Collinsville, 8406 Collinsville Road, Collinsville, IL 62234, (618) 344-9763.
  5. El Tio Pepe (4.38 stars/79 reviews) O’Fallon, 315 West Terra Lane, O Fallon, MO 63366, (636) 978-9766
  6. Kalbi Taco Shack (4.36 stars/50 reviews) Benton Park, 2301 Cherokee Street, St Louis, MO 63118, (314) 240-5544.
  7. La Tejana Taqueria (4.34 stars/117 reviews) Bridgeton, 3157 N Lindbergh Blvd, Bridgeton, MO 63043, (314) 291-8500.
  8. Catrina’s (4.28 stars/65 reviews) Edwardsville, 1027 Century Drive, Edwardsville, IL 62025, (618) 692-5522.
  9. El Burro Loco Mexican Restaurant (4.23 stars/217 reviews) Central West End, 313 N Euclid Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 224-5371.
  10. Mission Taco Joint (4.20 stars/377 reviews) Soulard, 908 Lafayette Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 858-8226.

We use customer reviews to find St. Louis’ favorite restaurants for our top 10 lists.  In order to make the list, a restaurant must have great ratings, and a lot of them (at least 50).  That way we, and our readers, can be sure the restaurants on the list are consistently great.  Because of these strict criteria, there are always a couple of really terrific restaurants that don’t quite make the top 10.  So, we offer honorable mentions to these highly rated restaurants that are worth checking out.

Honorable Mentions to:

Chaparritos Mexican Restaurant (4.63 stars/48 reviews) Gravois Park, 2812 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 240-5990.

Terra Sur Mexican Cuisine (4.64 stars/36 reviews) Troy, IL, 920 Edwardsville Road, Troy, IL 62294, (618) 667-1022.

King Burrito Mexican Cafe (4.47 stars/30 reviews) Maryland Heights, 11084 Midland Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63114, (314) 427-5580.


Bike Stop to Open Chesterfield Café

Bike Stop to Open Chesterfield Café

New Monarch Levee Trail Bringing 2nd Bike Stop to Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, MO/April 26, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – There’s great news for cycling enthusiasts and those looking for another healthy dining option in Chesterfield.  A St. Charles favorite, the Bike Stop Café is opening a second location at Taubman Prestige Outlets Mall (17057 N. Outer Road, Chesterfield), which is adjacent to Great Rivers Greenway’s new Monarch Levee trail.

The original Bike Stop Café at 701 South Riverside Drive in St. Charles sits along the Katy Trail, the 225-mile multi-use trail that runs from St. Charles to Clinton, Missouri.  The café was opened in 2010 by husband-and-wife team Tony Caruso and Jodi Devonshire.  Both cycling enthusiasts, the couple wanted to provide customers of all walks of life, reasonably priced bicycles, cycling service, and healthy foods in close proximity to a great riding trail.  It’s a goal that will extend to the new Chesterfield location.

Devonshire calls this expansion “an exciting step.”  She said it “demonstrates the strength of the cycling community.”  With the two cafés connected by 18 miles of biking trails along the Missouri River, Devonshire said she expects to see their dedicated cycling customers from St. Charles visit them at both locations.  Like the original location, the new Bike Stop will also rent bicycles, and shuttle service can be arranged for riders who want to make a one-way trip between cafés.

Menu favorites from the St. Charles café will also be available in Chesterfield, including Bike Stop signature items like the Lewis & Clark wrap (feta, organic field greens, tomato, avocado, red onions, and pesto in a wheat wrap), the Greek Goddess wrap (eggs, feta, organic spinach, red onion, tomato, avocado), and their deliciously moist vegan zucchini muffins.  Customers will also be able to get Jodi’s healthy peanut butter balls.  But the new café will be much larger, allowing Devonshire and Caruso to expand their menu.  Other features of the St. Charles shop diners will find in Chesterfield include all-day breakfast and lunch service, a full-service coffee bar, and a curated selection of beer and wine.

The new café at Taubman Prestige Outlets Mall is expected to open in late June or early July.  The Chesterfield Bike Stop Café will be open Monday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Contact Information:

Bike Stop Café
Owners: Tony Caruso and Jodi Devonshire
(636) 724-9900

Saint Charles
701 South Riverside Drive
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Two Plumbers Offers Craft Beer & Video Games in St. Charles

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St. Charles’ Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade Now Open

St. Charles, MO/March 27, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Charles County has a brand new way to play.  Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade at 2236 First Capitol Drive opened for business on March 18th.  It’s one of just a handful of establishments nationwide to combine the arcade bar experience with house-brewed beer.  Two Plumbers was named to honor Mario and Luigi, Nintendo’s famous video game brothers who first emerged to save New York from the monsters in its sewers in 1983.  As Mario Brothers, they went on to rescue the hapless Pauline from the great ape Donkey Kong, and to arcade racing fame in Mario Kart, becoming the faces of Nintendo’s brand.

Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade, St. Charles, MO

Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade, St. Charles, MO

The new brewhouse and arcade near Lindenwood University is the collaborative creation of childhood friends Robert Schowengerdt and John Simon.  A longtime video game fan, Schowengerdt’s background is in animation.  Simon is a microbiologist.  With a decade of home brewing experience, plus time spent in the breweries of Six Row Brewing Co. and Ferguson Brewing Co, he’s leading the brewing operations.

Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade is an adults-only (over 21) establishment offering small-batch craft beer.  There are ten taps with seasonal offerings and two year round beers: a honey blond called Pauline (the damsel in distress in Donkey Kong), and an American brown ale called Braunen Mantel (German for “brown coat”), which is a nod to the rebels in the sci-fi TV series Firefly. You’ll also find the wares of other craft brewers like Firestone Walker (Buellton, CA), Founders Brewing (Grand Rapids, MI), Logboat Brewing (Columbia, MO) and others.

The arcade and bar occupies more than 3,000 square feet in an unassuming looking strip mall.  Inside there’s an industrial vibe and seating for about 80.  The space is centered by long, beer hall style tables, and surrounded by the bright, inviting lights of more than 25 video games and a wall of 10 pinball machines.  Customers will find everything from the classic Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and Frogger to Mortal Combat and imported Japanese gaming consoles.

Schowengerdt and Simon are part of an emerging beer making community west of the Missouri River.  St. Charles County has been called a craft beer desert.  A few breweries have begun to fill that void.  Two Plumbers is the newest.  As such, they’re hosting a Marquee event during this year’s St. Charles County Craft Beer Week (April 22-29, 2017).  Join them Friday, April 28th from 8:30 p.m. to midnight for Brewery + Arcade Night.

Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade is open Tuesday – Friday from 3:00 p.m. to Midnight and Saturdays from noon to 1:30 a.m.  Be advised that this is a craft brewery and arcade, not a restaurant.  So if you want food, you’ll probably want to bring your own.  The owners say they are working to add (locally produced) Dan O’s frozen pizza.  It should be available at the bar in the next few weeks.  Even so, customers are welcome to bring in their own food, or have it delivered to them at the arcade.

Contact Information:

Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade
Owner: Robert Schowengerdt
Brewmaster: John Simon
2236 First Capitol Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301
Phone: (636) 224-8626