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The Best Fried Chicken in St. Louis

The Best Fried Chicken in St. Louis

St. Louis’ Top 10 Fried Chicken Restaurants

St. Louis, MO/April 22, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Fried chicken may be the ultimate picnic food.  It is quintessentially American.  Yet everyone has their own ideas about what makes for perfect fried chicken.  Yet we can all agree that when it’s done right, it’s juicy, crispy, and delicious!  America loves fried chicken so much that it’s become the staple menu item for restaurants of many kinds.  American Southern-style fried chicken is internationally popular and global variations from Korean, Japanese, and other culinary centers are finding their way to dinner plates in St. Louis.

From fast casual to fast food, and diners to food trucks, it seems the fried chicken options are endless.  With all that chicken frying in St. Louis restaurants, we wanted to know who does it best.  So we checked the customer reviews to find out who does it best.  What we found was an eclectic selection of casual eateries that span the metro area.

Topping the list is a Metro East lounge that’s truly unique.  The Fairview Lounge at 10616 Lincoln Trail in Fairview Heights is part restaurant, part convenience store, and part gas station.  In 2014, lounge owners Abraham and Lorena Abdalla divided the space, using part of it to create a restaurant called Panka Peru, which specializes in Peruvian cuisine and fried chicken.  The Peruvian dishes occupy the bulk of the menu—everything from empanadas and ceviche to anticuchos (beef heart on skewer) and Papas a la Huancaina (potatoes with spicy yellow cream sauce).  Fried chicken can be ordered as a dinner or in bulk to go.  Beyond the Peruvian dishes, sides include sweet potato fries, red beans and rice, onion rings, and more.

At first glance, Fairview Lounge looks like a gas station and convenience store, and it is.  Once inside, customers will find a restaurant with comfortable, casual vibe.  Diners will also find a fully stocked bar offering a wide selection of reasonably priced drinks, including more than 200 beers available, including craft, imports, and domestics, and 16 on tap.  If you don’t want alcohol, they also offer soft drinks, iced tea, juice, and traditional Peruvian drinks like Chica Morada (made from purple corn, pineapple juice, and spices) and Inca Kola (a sweet, creamy soda made with lemon verbena).  They also feature live music on Friday nights, everything from rock ’n’ roll, to jazz, and blues.  Modeled after convenience store-gas station-restaurants found in Peru, Fairview Lounge is unlike any fried chicken place you will find anywhere, and it’s St. Louis’ favorite.

Here’s the complete list of the top 10 fried chicken restaurants in St. Louis, according to customer reviews:

1. Fairview Lounge (4.77 stars/90 reviews) Metro East, 10616 Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights, IL 62208, (618) 394-8904.
2. Maggie’s Lunchbox (4.52 stars/73 reviews) Fenton, 867 Horan Drive, Fenton, MO 63026, (636) 326-4411.
3. Southern (4.36 star, 362 reviews) Midtown, 3108 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 531-4668.
4. Goody Goody Diner (4.32 stars/183 reviews) Wells/Goodfellow, 5900 Natural Bridge Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63120, (314) 383-3333.
5. Farmhaus Restaurant (4.27 stars/386 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 3257 Ivanhoe Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 647-3800.
6. The Piccadilly at Manhattan (4.23 stars/240 reviews) Ellendale, 7201 Piccadilly Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63143, (314) 646-0016.
7. Hilary’s Roadhouse Diner (4.31 stars/72 reviews) Maryland Heights, 11488 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, MO 63043, (314) 291-0599.
8. Castelli’s Restaurant at 255 (4.23 stars/141 reviews) Metro East, 3400 Fosterburg Road, Alton, IL 62002, (618) 462-4620.
9. Porter’s Fried Chicken (3.96 stars/188 reviews) Maplewood, 3628 South Big Bend Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63143, (314) 781-2097.
10. Juniper (3.95 stars/221 reviews) Central West End, 360 North Boyle Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 329-7696.

As is often the case when we look for the best restaurants of any sort, there are a couple of really terrific places that didn’t make our list because they didn’t have enough reviews. The minimum is 50. Customers rave about the fried chicken at the following three restaurants, so Honorable Mentions go to:

Jerry’s Cafeteria & Catering (4.52 stars/27 reviews) Metro East, 1920 Edison Ave, Granite City, IL 62040, (618) 452-0078. After 30 years in downtown Granite City, this place is still a local favorite for the scratch made desserts, generous portions, and crispy, homestyle fried chicken that’s available to eat in or carry out. They also cater!

Chicken Coop (4.49 stars/39 reviews) St. Peters, 449 South Church Street, Saint Peters, MO 63376, (636) 278-2969. This is a walk-up window offering takeout fried chicken, catfish, and classic Southern-style sides. They cook it fresh, so customers recommend calling ahead, or plan for a 20-minute wait.

Standard Brewing Co. to Close April 30th

Standard Brewing Co. to Close April 30th

Maryland Heights Brewpub, Standard Brewing, Calling it Quits

Maryland Heights, MO/April 22, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – The gnarly cycle of the restaurant industry has claimed another victim.  After less than two years at 12322 Dorsett Road in Maryland Heights, the Standard Brewing Company has announced plans to close at the end of the month.  The brewpub inside the old Fuddruckers had been open since September 2015.

The announcement was made Wednesday night on the SBC Facebook page. The post read:

Facebook friends,

It comes with great sadness that Standard Brewing Company will be pouring it’s (sic) last pint Sunday April 30th. We want to thank everyone that has supported us during our journey. Please come see us one last time and have a beer with us (or several). We have plenty of beer, so we are offering $10 growler fills every day till the end. We’ll also be running several specials. We will be open during our normal business hours until May 1st. Hope to see you all soon.

The Standard Brewing Family

Mug Club members should expect a special email regarding the closing.

Before opening SBC, Jeff Harlan and Jeff “Jonesy” Jones had owned a brew-it-yourself store called J2 in Chesterfield.  At SBC, Jones is the brew-master with Harlan focusing more on the business and front of house.  The brewpub offers eight to twelve of their own hand-crafted beers on tap.  Some of the varieties offered regularly include a light, German-style Hefeweizen to a robust Dry Irish Stout, plus an American blonde ale, a Belgian tripel, and two IPAs.  They also made special small-batch offerings.  In January 2016, Harlan and Jones tapped Executive Chef Wade Waller (Zydaco Blues, Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Vin de Set, Cleveland-Heath) to elevate their pizza-driven menu, and create beer-infused dishes to accompany their what’s on tap.

No details about what’s behind the closing have been forthcoming.  But the recent closure of a nearby hotel may have negatively affected business at the brewpub which is situated in a somewhat difficult to access location just west of I-270.

Standard Brewing Company will be open Tuesday – Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays from noon to midnight, and Sundays from noon to 8:00 p.m. through Sunday, April 30, 2017.

Noboleis & Other Wineries Celebrating 15th Annual Augusta Plein Air Art Festival

Noboleis & Other Wineries Celebrating 15th Annual Augusta Plein Air Art Festival

Augusta Plein Air Art Festival for Noboleis & Other Wineries

AUGUSTA, MO/April 21, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Springtime is definitely in the air and so is the 15th Augusta Plein Air Art Festival that runs through April 30, 2017.  In its 15 year, the Augusta Plein Air Art Festival is a collaboration featuring numerous talented artists from Missouri as well as from states across the country.

The festival provides artists with the opportunity to enhance their skills and receive recognition for their extraordinary works of art.  It also gives them the chance to create outdoors capturing the traces of natural light in the majestic Missouri Wine Country.

Over 100 artists of all levels are expected to attend this year’s event.  They will be spread through-out the small towns of Washington, Defiance, New Melle, and Augusta capturing the most picturesque settings that can be seen anywhere.

Artists will be recreating historic structures on their canvas such as the scenic rolling hills of wine country, the exquisite Missouri River bluffs, the rich farmland, and the charming Katy Trail.  Visitors can watch the art be created live each day, and have the opportunity to purchase it directly from the easel.

There will be unique events featured each day during the festival at a variety of locations from local wineries to historic sites and in surrounding towns.  Come out and experience the fun filled events of the festival and award winning wineries.

Art completed during the festival will be on display and available for sale each day at the Augusta Visitor Center in the heart of Augusta as well as on location at each special event. Judging and awards and the Final Sale will take place at Mount Pleasant Estates on April 30.

Watch artists take over our hillsides and paint original artwork at Plein Air Evening Paint at Noboleis Vineyards.  Come out and enjoy live music, food and wine tasting April 21, from 4:00pm 9:00 pm.

Below is a list of scheduled events for the festival.  For additional information, go towww.augustapleinair.com.

Daily Events:

Noboleis Quick Paint
April 21, 2017 4:30 pm
Morning at the Park
April 22, 2017 6:00 am

Piccione Pastry Shop Celebrates Birthday With Festivities

Piccione Pastry Shop Celebrates Birthday With Festivities

ST. LOUIS, MO/April 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Piccione Pastry is celebrating its fourth birthday this week.

To mark the occasion, St. Louis’ premier Italian pastry shop in the Delmar Loop is offering special treats, discounts and drawings, and an epic showdown as participants take on the shop’s All-You-Can-Eat- Cannoli Contest.

“We are grateful for our loyal customers and dedicated staff that have already made Piccione Pastry a local favorite. It’s important for us to share this celebration with them, said Piccione Pastry Chef, Colleen McBryan.

“St. Louisans have requested a second all-you-can-eat cannoli showdown, and we are more than happy to oblige!”  McBryan added.

The shop’s All-You-Can-Eat- Cannoli Contest will take place on April 22nd, which marks the shop’s actual anniversary.  Cannoli lovers will battle to win free pastries for a year.  The contest is free and participants sign up in-store at the pastry counter for the 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. time slots.

All-You-Can-Eat- Cannoli Contest Rules:

  • Eat as many cannolis as you can in 2 minutes! 8 participants per time slot.
  • 1st place winners receive free pastries for a year*!
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your start time to get briefed on rules.
  • Otherwise your seat will be given to another participant on the wait-list.
  • Head to the table marked “CANNOLI EATING CONTEST”.
  • Cannolis counted towards final total: -Entire cannoli must be consumed (half eaten cannolis don’t count).
  • Can be crushed/crumbled to eat, but if left uneaten, it will NOT count towards total.

Guests who prefer to purchase pastries and lunch items in-store on April 22 will receive a mystery party favor.  In addition, patrons who spend $10 or more in-store can pull their own party favor from Piccione’s Mystery Grab-Bag to include free items, discounts and more.

Piccione Pastry first opened its doors on April 22, 2013. It’s the only late-night Italian pastry shop of its kind in St. Louis.  The shop features single-serve Italian desserts, rich Italian coffees, locally handcrafted gelato and sorbet and seasonal breakfast and lunch choices, including vegan, vegetarian, sugar-free and gluten-free options.

More information about this week’s festivities are available online at www.piccionepastry.com

Scarecrow Restaurant May Be Chesterfield’s Best Kept Secret

Scarecrow Restaurant May Be Chesterfield’s Best Kept Secret

Robust Whiskey & Wine Programs at Scarecrow in Chesterfield

Chesterfield, MO/April 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Change is inevitable in the ebb and flow of St. Louis’ restaurant industry.  Sometimes change comes quickly, with restaurants closing suddenly and others popping up overnight to take their places.  Sometimes, the changes are more subtle, transforming a neighborhood place into something new over the course of months, even years.  The launch of Chesterfield’s Scarecrow Restaurant at 1095 Chesterfield Pkwy East was more like the latter.

Chris Mertz and Shawn Mulholland opened Scarecrow in January 2013 in footprint of the former Press Box Bar & Grill, but they didn’t change everything all at once.  They tapped Chef Michelle Parker to take what was essentially a bar and grill menu and elevate it to a menu of “creative American cuisine” with a much greater focus on creating fresh, scratch-made dishes.  Consequently, the Scarecrow menu has evolved over the last four years.  Diners will still find a nice selection of “starters,” including bar and grill staples like calamari, potato skins and wings.  But they’ll also fine thoughtful creations like the cheese and sausage board, baked brie, and Buffalo cauliflower.  They’ve also added fresh-built salads that go beyond the typical Caesar or chopped iceberg side salad, and vegetarian options like seasonal vegetable risotto and pizza Margherita.  They kept the best of the burger menu, but expanded the entree selection to include new favorites like blackened salmon, pan-seared walleye, and beef tenderloin in a brandy peppercorn sauce.  These can be paired with baked potato, mac-n-cheese, or thoughtful sides like Brussels sprouts and Parmesan flash-fried spinach.  Lunch customers will find apps, soups, salads, burgers, pizza, and specialty sandwiches like Caprese grilled cheese, melty pressed Cubans, and hot pastrami.

Mertz and Mulholland have also developed a fairly robust wine program in a relatively short amount of time.  They began with about 45 labels, with ten available by the glass—five whites and five reds.  They’ve expanded the wine program to include more than 80 bottles from some of the best winemaking regions of the world.  Their wine room includes selections from Italy, France, Germany, Australia, Argentina, as well as domestics from California, Washington, Oregon, and Missouri.  Prices range from $27/bottle (Missouri’s Noboleis 2010 Chambourcin and 2011 Baril de Blanc), to $120/bottle (Italy’s 2009 Antinori ‘Tignanello’ Super Tuscan), with a large selection in the $30-50/bottle range. Wine by the glass includes a rotating selection of red and whites for $7-10/glass.

Scarecrow also offers 14 beers on tap, including mass market labels (Bud Light, Bud Select, Stella Artois), craft beers from Civil Life, Boulevard, Goose Island, Kirkwood Station, and Schlafly), and Irish imports (Guinness and Smithwick’s).  They also offer domestic bottles (the A-B line), imported bottles from Mexico, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, and Italy, as well as American and Irish hard ciders.

Scarecrow’s whiskey selection may be among the best in the region.  They offer more than 200 whiskeys from the very best whiskey distilleries worldwide.  There are American whiskeys of every kind—Tennessee, Wheat, Corn, White, etc.—including blends and single malts.  There’s a nice selection of American ryes and a huge selection of American bourbon whiskey.  Scarecrow also offers a variety of Canadian whiskeys, Irish whiskey, blended Scotch whiskey, and a well-curated selection of single malt scotches, plus brandy & Cognac, port wine, and spirited liqueurs.

Scarecrow is open Monday – Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to midnight and Friday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Happy Hour is Monday – Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  And they’re now available for private parties.  When Mertz and Mulholland first opened Scarecrow, they said their intent was to create for the Chesterfield area the kind of place they would want to visit.  Customers rave about the warm pretzels, bacon-wrapped pickles, the wine program, and the incredible whiskey selection.  There’s also a very nice patio to enjoy apps and drinks al fresco, or a meal with friends and family.

Contact Information:

Scarecrow Restaurant
Owners: Chris Mertz and Shawn Mulholland
General Manager: Michael Butler
1095 Chesterfield Pkwy East
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone: (636) 536-9440

Fortels Pizza in University City Closed

Fortels Pizza in University City Closed

Tax Suit Appears to Shutter U-City Fortels Pizza

University City, MO/April 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – No one likes to see another restaurant closed, especially when it’s a franchise location of a favorite local pizza chain.  But it comes as no surprise that the Fortel’s Pizza Den at 7358 Forsyth Blvd. in University City has shut down.  The move comes less than a month after owner Jeffrey Behrmann and his company JB2, LLC were sued by the State of Missouri over unpaid taxes.  The lawsuit, filed March 20, 2017, alleges that the restaurant owes the state $149,389.  The debt is allegedly a combination of sales taxes paid by customers on their purchases and earnings taxes withheld from employee paychecks, but never paid to the state.

The pizzeria apparently closed early last week. Still, there is no posted sign indicating the restaurant has closed, but the building is dark and the doors remain locked.

Behrmann and JB2, LLC had been working with the state to pay back taxes, even entering into a payment plan.  But the Department of Revenue now claims that three payment checks issued by the pizza restaurant bounced.  This issue of back taxes is not new for Behrmann.  Even before last month’s lawsuit, Behrmann and his business have been the subjects of at least 21 liens and three writs of garnishment.  The lawsuit also alleges that the restaurant has allowed its business license to lapse, a code violation.

Tax issues between the State of Missouri and Behrmann have drug on since at least 2014, with the Department of Revenue reporting it had revoked the pizzeria’s sales tax license in December of that year.  The state is now asking a St. Louis County judge to bar the restaurant from doing business or to consider putting it in receivership so that it can be closed permanently.  Behrmann was supposed to appear at a hearing last week (4/11/17) to tell the judge why the preliminary injunction should not go forward.  It doesn’t look as if Behrmann came to court.  According to Missouri Case.net, a summons was served to the Fenton man the following day (4/12/17).  That’s about the same time his U-City Fortel’s location closed.

Fortel’s Pizza Dens are all franchises that are independently owned.  There are other Fortel’s franchises located in Afton, Ballwin, Creve Coeur, Fairview Heights, and Kirkwood.  The pizza restaurant at 7358 Forsyth Blvd. in University City is the only one owned by Behrmann, and the only one involved in the state’s lawsuit.

Starbucks and Anheuser-Busch Brewing Up Partnership

Starbucks and Anheuser-Busch Brewing Up Partnership

Two Powerhouses, Starbucks & Anheuser-Busch Joining Forces

ST. LOUIS, MO/April 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Two of the world’s largest beverage powerhouses, Anheuser-Busch and Starbucks, are teaming up on a new line of nonalcoholic, bottled Teavana tea drinks to capitalize on the rapidly growing tea sector.  Premium bottled tea is the fastest growing segment in the Ready-to-Drink (RTD) tea category, representing a substantial growth opportunity for both companies.

Starbucks and Anheuser-Busch Brewing Up Partnership

Starbucks and Anheuser-Busch Brewing Up Partnership

According to the Tea Association of the U.S., 80 percent of tea consumed in America is iced tea.  Their statistics also show that overall tea has an international category size of $125 billion, with Americans drinking close to 800 million cups of tea per week.  The liaison will position Starbucks and Anheuser-Busch to claim market share in the more than $1 billion premium Ready-to-Drink (RTD) tea category.

Starbucks acquired Teavana in 2012 and sold more than $1 billion of brewed Teavana tea in its U.S. stores in the past 12 months.  That’s an 11 percent increase from a year earlier for the Seattle-based company.  Now, the two companies will be working together to produce, bottle, distribute and market the first Teavana Ready-to-Drink (RTD) tea in the U.S.

“Starbucks’ expertise and leadership in premium tea combined with our world-class production capabilities and strong U.S. distribution footprint, will position this new product well in what is an exciting and growing category,” said Carlos Brito, Chief Executive Officer of Anheuser-Busch InBev.  Each company has a long history of successful brand-building.

While Starbucks brings Teavana’s tea expertise, retail power and consumer engagement capabilities to the partnership, Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser and Bud Light beers, will oversee production, bottling and distribution to retailers nationwide through its already established network of wholesalers.

The new RTD product line will incorporate the handcrafted nature and gourmet flavors drawn from Starbucks and Teavana’s retail favorites to offer consumers premium layered flavors.  Look for an anticipated product launch sometime in the first half of 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

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Ranks Second-Best Wheat Beer Out of 59 Best Wheat Beer/Hefeweizens

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Ranks Second-Best Wheat Beer Out of 59 Best Wheat Beer/Hefeweizens

Paste Magazine Names Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Ranks Second-Best Wheat Beer

ST. LOUIS, MO/April 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) There’s no denying that St. Louis is one of the great beer brewing cities of the world.  Well now, according to Paste Magazine, Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. which is the third-largest brewery in St. Louis has the second-best wheat beer out of their list of the 59 best wheat beer/hefeweizens.

Paste Magazine returned to print in March of 2017, as a quarterly magazine writing about a number of different topics such as Music, Movies, TV, Design, Style, Visual Arts, Tech, Food, Drink, Travel, Politics, Media, Business, Science and Health.  So how did they come to their conclusion? Professional beer writers, brewery owners and beer reps did a blind-tasting of 59 American pale wheat’s and German hefeweizens to make that determination.

Each year Urban Chestnut produces about 20,000 barrels.  They have locations in the Grove, Midtown and Germany.  “This is one of those beers we never seem to be able to praise enough,” Paste said.  “We have yet to encounter any American brewery that consistently brews classic German styles as cleanly and superbly as St. Louis’ Urban Chestnut.  This is just what these guys do best, and it’s well past time that everyone else shared our esteem.”

Schlafly Beer, the second largest St. Louis brewery producing over 60,000 barrels a year has made the top 10 list twice, with its hefeweizen coming in at No. 4 and its raspberry hefeweizen at No. 8.  According to Paste, ” The raspberry hefe gives you is the best of both worlds — decadent aroma, but without all the cloying sugar or artificiality on the palate.  For that reason, it’s absurdly drinkable.”

St. Louisans will have the opportunity to make their own determinations on their favorite beers at this year’s St. Louis Microfest.  The 2017 22nd Annual St. Louis Microfest will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017, 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 6, at 10:00 p.m.  It is one of the premiere festivals in the St. Louis area offering festival goers the chance to do a lot of sampling.

1860 Saloon Building History

1860 Saloon Building History

1858 – 1860 South Ninth Street in the Soulard neighborhood

St. Louis, MO/April 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) The original building was built in the late 1800’s as a two-family town house with two separate entrances (1858 – 1860 S. 9th St.).  In the early 1900’s the south side residence was converted to commercial space with the north side preserved as the living quarters for the commercial space proprietors.

Over the years the commercial side of the building has been a bakery, butcher shop, confectionery, and, in the 1960’s, a storefront church.  The two spaces were eventually made into one space and became a tavern.  The attached picture was during this time period.

In early 1980’s Richard Marion bought the building for $15,000; changed the front entrance to one door and the name to Marion’s 1860’s Tavern.  The inside remodel included the addition of a stairway to the second floor (the opening in the ceiling when you walk in the 1860’s Saloon front door is where the stairway was located), the historic back bar and the vintage Budweiser neon sign.  The tavern did not have food at this time.

In 1989, what is currently the Game Room was added with a full kitchen.  The exposed beams are from old railroad tresses, which were dismantled in the 1970’s and 80’s when the railroads were in decline.  When this room was finished the tavern’s name was changed to 1860’s Hardshell Café & Bar.

In 1992 construction began on what was to be a garden area on the east end of the building.  Original plans called for an open-air building without a roof.  By the time the project was finished there was a plastic roof along with weather-proof doors and windows.  A unique feature is that the concrete floor was installed with heat pipes underneath so the snow and ice would melt off when bad weather prevailed.  The system is still used today on cold winter nights to heat the floor.  The plastic roof let in a lot of light, but never seemed to keep the rain out.  The roof was replaced in 2013 with beautiful reclaimed wood from an old warehouse in north county.  This space is now called 1860’s Hardshell Café, but the locals still call it “60’s Patio”.

Stay tuned for:

1860’s Parking Lot Miracle
(Installment Two)

1860’s Ghosts, Legends and Myths
(Installment Three)


Author: Tom Gullickson