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Soulard Blues Band Jam Sessions

Soulard Blues Band Jam Sessions

Soulard Blues Band Jam Session at Broadway Oyster Bar

ST. LOUIS, MO/March 1, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Formed in 1978 the Soulard Blues Band has become an important piece of the Historic Soulard community.  In the past 25 years the band has been credited with bringing the Soulard community together and building the blues scene in St. Louis into the vibrant culture that it is today.  Tom Burnham of PPC Sine Blogs stated that “the Soulard Blues Band is among the unheralded saviors of the community” (Soulard).  The Soulard Blues Band has won Riverfront Times Music Poll for Best Blues artists in St. Louis twelve times.  For the past 20 years, Broadway Oyster Bar has been hosting The Soulard Blues Band’s Jam Session every Monday night!  It is the longest running Jam Session in the Nation!  Created by Art Dwyer, the lead bassist, the band currently consists of five members: Art Dwyer, Kirk “Dr. Drum” Grice, Brian Casserly, Tom Maloney, and vocalist Marty Abullah.  The Band is known to say, “Our mission always is to leave things around a little better than we found ‘em.”  Their motto is said to not only apply to the community, but also the mood of their audience.

Join the band every Monday night from 9:00 pm until 1:00 am for a patio Jam Session at Broadway Oyster Bar located at 736 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO.



Contributing Editor: Caley Johnson



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The Top of the Restaurant Top 10s – Best Restaurants in St. Louis

Best Restaurants in St. Louis

Best Restaurants in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Best Restaurants in St. Louis – As a major outlet for restaurant, brewery, winery, and craft food maker news in the St. Louis region, we’ve certainly kept up with which restaurants are on top.  We’ve analyzed thousands of customer reviews to find which restaurants St. Louis diners like best.  We’ve used that data to bring you lists of the Top 10 restaurants in every category from seafood to burgers, and Cajun to Italian.  Most recently, we wrote about the top 10 pizzerias in town just in time for National Pizza Day.

We thought it would be fun to take a moment to shine the spotlight on the top slots on all those lists.  So in this new feature, we’ll be writing about the restaurants that are St. Louis diners’ absolute favorites in each category.  And since there are so many ways to categorize restaurants, we’ll bring you 10 seasonably relevant #1s each week.

Without further ado, here are 10 St. Louis favorites that hold the top spot in their respective Top 10 categories:

Coffee Shops:

The Mud House (4.5 stars/764 reviews) Benton Park, 2101 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 776-6599.  This is a special spot along Cherokee Street’s Antique Row.  It’s cozy, with a friendly staff and relaxed coffee house vibe.  So whether you stop in for an espresso, a macchiato, a mocha, a rosemary & honey latte, or a simple cup of coffee, the Mud House brews a divine cup.  They do specialty teas, brunch, breakfast, and lunch too.


Missouri Baking Company (4.9 stars/521 reviews) The Hill, 2027 Edwards Street, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 773-6566.  This family owned business has been offering Italian sweets and other pastries, breads, and desserts—everything from cannoli to Napoleons, and biscotti to gooey butter cake since 1924.

Fine Dining:

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill (4.5 stars/893 reviews) The Hill, 5226 Shaw Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 772-8898.  This storied St. Louis institution has been one of the very best restaurants in town for decades.  This elegant restaurant in the Hill neighborhood offers an upscale menu of Italian favorites including pasta, veal, chicken, steaks, and seafood.  Customers praise the food, the wine, and the impeccable service of this distinctive restaurant.


Kounter Kulture (5.0 stars/40 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 3825 Watson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 781-4344.  This is a relatively new brick-and-mortar take-out restaurant from the same team that gave Saint Louis locally-sourced, freshly-prepared foods at the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market.  It’s the same rotating, locally sourced menu of inventive, Asian fusion fare, but you can get it every Monday – Saturday 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Sushi Tatsu (4.5 stars/129 reviews) Metro East, 5725 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights, IL 62208, (618) 277-5554.  This unassuming, family owned restaurant makes specialty sushi rolls as well as Japanese & Korean dishes.  There’s a warm, friendly vibe here, even at the bar—a place that intimidates some.  If you’ve never done so, this place is the perfect opportunity to sit at the sushi bar and watch the chefs prepare your food using classic Japanese techniques.


Broadway Oyster Bar (4.5 stars/1895 reviews) Downtown, 736 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 621-8811.  This decidedly Cajun/Creole joint has been serving up some of the best seafood in St. Louis for about 35 years.  With fresh oysters, live music nightly, and a killer patio, it’s easy to see why BOB is St. Louis’ favorite.


Stacked Burger Bar (4.6 stars/397 reviews) Patch, 7637 Ivory Street, Saint Louis, MO 63111, (314) 544-4900.  This quirky restaurant has been the best burger joint in South St. Louis since opening three years ago.  With more than seven different patties available, including bean and locally-sourced, grass fed beef, plus six buns, seven different cheeses, ten sauces, and dozens of other toppings available, there are literally hundreds of possible combinations.  You could make a dozen trips to this Ivory Triangle gem and only begin to try everything Stacked Burger Bar has to offer.


Pappy’s Smokehouse (4.5 stars/5299 reviews) Midtown, 3106 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 535-4340.  This Midtown barbecue joint offers slow smoked Memphis style BBQ in a rustic, down-home setting.  Since opening in 2008, the accolades just keep rolling in, including being named the #1 ribs in the country by Food Network.  Pappy’s Smokehouse is #1 on the list of top rated barbecue restaurants, and one of St. Louis’ very favorite places to eat.

Craft Brewery:

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. (4.4 stars/436 reviews) Midtown, 3229 Washington Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 222-0143.  This German inspired brewpub has quickly become a St. Louis favorite and the company is growing almost as fast in size as popularity.  This is UCB’s original microbrewery and biergarten.  It serves up a rotating selection of beers that run from the old-school Bavarian lagers like Zwickel to bitter, hoppy ales like the STLIPA.  Brewmaster Florian Kuplent brings nearly two decades of beer-making experience to UBC.  There’s also a small food menu with German biergarten staples like sausages, pretzel bread, and cheese, as well as soup, salad, and sandwiches.


Ted Drewes Frozen Custard (4.5 stars/3036 reviews) St. Louis Hills, 6726 Chippewa Street, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 481-2652.  This is St. Louis’ original frozen custard.  We’ve been lining up for their delicious, hand-dipped cones, concretes, shakes, malts, sundaes, and floats since 1929.  It’s a popular stop after visiting the Arch, the Muny, the Zoo, or a Cardinal’s baseball game—a truly multigenerational treat!  And lucky for us, the St. Louis Hills location just reopened Feb. 9 for the 2017 season.

Top 10 Cajun/Creole Restaurants in the St. Louis Area

Top 10 Cajun/Creole Restaurants

Authentic N’Awlins Flavor Customers Love – Top 10 Cajun/Creole Restaurants

ST LOUIS, MO/January 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis may be a few hundred miles up the Mississippi River from New Orleans, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get great Cajun and Creole cooking right here.  We’ve asked St. Louis diners before where to get the best, most authentic taste of N’awlins in the Gateway City.  With the ever changing restaurant scene in St. Louis, and since we were looking for a good cup of gumbo to warm up in this frigid weather, we thought it was time to check the customer reviews once again.

We set a few limitations, as we usually do, only including local, independently owned restaurants: no out-of-town chains.  In order to make the top 10, the restaurant had to have received at least 50 reviews.  The resulting list contains many of the same names as past “Top 10 Cajun/Creole” lists.  But there are few new ones too!

For instance, Broadway Oyster Bar has been the top rated destination for authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine since our first Top 10 list in this category.  But then they’ve been local favorites for almost as long as they’ve been serving up fresh Gulf shrimp and po’boys.  But then “BOB” owners John and Victoria Johnson have spent the last 35-years bringing great food and music to guests at their downtown St. Louis restaurant.  They also recently topped our list of the best seafood restaurants in St. Louis.  Their menu includes all the New Orleans favorites from Shrimp & Grits and Lobster Po’ Boys to oysters, which they do ten different and delicious ways!  And don’t forget their legendary Alligator Sausage & Shrimp Cheesecake app.  There’s nothing else quite like it anywhere.

But there are some newcomers to our Top 10 list this time too.  Taytro’s Bar & Bistro in Festus was the only restaurant on our list to match BOB’s 4.5 star rating.  This family-owned restaurant has all the crawfish, shrimp, jambalaya, gumbo, po’boys, and red beans & rice you could want.  They also make a killer brown sugar and garlic glazed pork chop, and down home good bread pudding!  Besides cold beer on tap, they also have a pretty terrific wine list.  They serve up live music on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and they’ve cooked up some special magic for their annual Mardi Gras party February 25th.  Diners in the Festus–Crystal City area have grown to love Taytro’s.

Here are the top 10 Cajun/Creole restaurants in St. Louis, according to customer ratings and reviews:

1. Broadway Oyster Bar (4.5 stars/870 reviews) Downtown, 736 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102 – Phone: (314) 621-8811.
2. Taytro’s Bar & Bistro (4.5 stars/99 reviews) Jefferson County, 343 North Creek Drive, Festus, MO 63028 – Phone: (636) 931-1880.
3. Ragin Cajun Piano Bar (4.3 stars/60 reviews) Alton, 210 West 3rd Street, Alton, IL 62002 – Phone: (618) 433-9119.
4. BB’s Jazz Blues & Soups (4.2 stars/215 reviews) Downtown, 700 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102 – Phone: (314) 436-5222.
5. Evangeline’s Bistro and Music House (4.1 stars/210 reviews) Central West End, 512 North Euclid Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108 – Phone: (314) 367-3644.
6. Gulf Shores Restaurant and Grill (4.0 stars/474 reviews) Creve Coeur, 12528-A Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141 – Phone: (314) 878-3306.
7. Riverbend Restaurant & Bar (4.0 stars/96 reviews) Richmond Heights, 1059 South Big Bend Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63117 – Phone: (314) 664-8443.
8. Molly’s in Soulard (3.8 stars/271 reviews) Soulard, 816 Geyer Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104 – Phone: (314) 241-6200.
9. Hwy 61 Roadhouse & Kitchen (3.7 stars/377 reviews) Webster Groves, 34 South Old Orchard Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119 – Phone: (314) 968-0061.
10. Boogaloo (3.6 stars/335 reviews) Maplewood, 7344 Manchester Road, Maplewood, MO 63143 – Phone: (314) 645-4803.

Since we limited the top ten to restaurants with 50 reviews or more, a couple of highly rated restaurants didn’t quite make the list.  Both of these metro-east eateries feature authentic New Orleans style food, great service and great venues.  The both have 4-star ratings or better, just not quite enough reviews to make our list.  Our Honorable Mentions go to:

Grafton Oyster Bar (4.1 stars/34 reviews) Grafton, 215 West Water Street, Grafton, IL 62037 – Phone: (618) 786-3000.
Railshake Brewery (4.0 stars/48 reviews) Madison County, 504 Walnut Street, Highland, IL 62249 – Phone: (618) 651-4900.


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Pet Friendly Restaurants

Chowing Down with Your BFF (Best Furry Friends) – Pet Friendly Restaurants

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – It’s no secret that we Americans love our pets.  We spend more than $60 billion each year on their care and feeding.  For some, that’s simply food, grooming and medical care.  For others, that means full wardrobes of clothes, including holiday attire, special car carriers, dog walkers, organic baked goods, puppy play groups, and even massages therapy sessions.  In a poll last year by PoochPerks.com, 38-percent of respondents said they loved their dog more than their significant (human) other.

With all this puppy love, it’s not surprising that more and more restaurants are carving out a little pet-friendly space for their customers and their customer’s BFFs (best furry friends).  Always on the cutting edge of culinary trends, St. Louis is no exception.  There are scores of restaurants where pets are welcome.  Generally pets are allowed only in the outdoor spaces, like patios or sidewalk café areas, and not in the dining rooms.  But hey, you dog would probably look pretty silly sitting at a table with a napkin in his lap, right?  Even with the limitations, St. Louis dog owners have their favorite spots, and according to the customer reviews, this is a great city for food lovers with dogs.

Topping the list of customer favorites for a repast with a pet is Edibles & Essentials Market Café in St. Louis Hills (5815 Hampton Ave).  The café offers freshly prepared cuisine from a thoughtful menu and at an affordable price.  They have a great patio out back, away from the traffic and noise of South Hampton Avenue.  It’s a terrific spot to enjoy one of their Charcuterie boards (usually smoked, dry-cured or cooked meat with a selection of cheeses) and a local soda or a glass of fine wine with your friends, including Fido.

The weather is turning cooler, but there are sure to be a few comfortable weekends and evenings left this fall.  Besides, a hot meal shared with a great friend is sure to keep you warm.  So grab your leash and your BFF, and check out the top 10 pet friendly restaurants in the St. Louis area according to customer reviews:

1. Edibles & Essentials (5.0 stars/62 reviews) Saint Louis Hills, 5815 Hampton Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 328-2300
2. Broadway Oyster Bar (4.5 stars/863 reviews) Downtown, 736 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 621-8811
3. Taste Bar (4.5 stars/370 reviews) Central West End, 4584 Laclede Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-1200
4. Pizzeoli – Wood Fired Neapolitan Pizza (4.5 stars/130 reviews) Soulard, 1928 South 12th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 449-1111
5. Hendel’s Restaurant (4.5 stars/111 reviews) Old Town Florissant, 599 St. Denis Street, Florissant, MO 63031, (314) 837-2304
6. Cafe Nova (4.5 stars/100 reviews) Princeton Heights, 5611 South Kingshighway Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 351-7443
7. PuraVegan (4.5 stars/77 reviews) DeBaliviere Place, 307 Belt Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63112, (314) 932-5144
8. The Living Room (4.5 stars/58 reviews) Maplewood, 2808 Sutton Blvd, Maplewood, MO 63143, (314) 899-0173
9. The Wine Tap (4.5 stars/56 reviews) 223 East Main Street, Belleville, IL 62220, (618) 239-9463
10. Brasilia (4.5 stars/43 reviews) Grand South Grand, 3212 South Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 932-1034

Honorable mention: Salt + Smoke, BBQ Bourbon and Beer (4.0 stars/509 reviews) The Loop, 6525 Delmar Blvd, University City, MO 63130, (314) 727-0200.  Texas style BBQ, everything made from scratch, and they offer more than 100 different bourbons, craft and barrel aged cocktails, plus craft beer options that rotate regularly, and they have great sidewalk café seating for you and your furry friend!


Top 10 Cajun Restaurant in St. Louis, MO

Top 10 Cajun Restaurant in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – If you hear some people say “the only place to get true Creole and Cajun food is in Louisiana”, they really haven’t visited St. Louis and been to any of the many restaurants that have all but perfected that cuisine. Cajun and Creole are two distinct cultures, but over the years they’ve blended together. One over-simplified description of the two cuisines is to deem Creole cuisine “city food” and Cajun cuisine “country food.” Either way, St. Louis’ talented chefs have used their culinary expertise to capture the diversity of the culture.

For some of the very best Gumbo, Jambalaya, Crawfish Bisque, or Spicy Lobster Po-Boy, check out the list of the best ranking restaurants in the St. Louis metro area.

Our Top 10 Creole and Cajun restaurants are as follows:

1. Broadway Oyster Bar- 736 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102
2. Gulf Shores Restaurant and Grill-12528 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, Saint Louis, MO 63141
3. Hwy 61 Roadhouse & Kitchen-34 S Old Orchard Ave, Webster Groves, Saint Louis, MO 6
4. Evangeline’s Bistro- 512 N Euclid Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108
5. Boogaloo- 7344 Manchester Rd, Maplewood, Saint Louis, MO 63143 (Sutton)
6. The Kitchen Sink- 255 Union Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63108
7. Fleur de Lilles- 1031 Lynch Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118
8. St. Louis Wing Company- 9816 Manchester Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63119
9. Almond’s Restaurant- 8127 Maryland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63105-3720
10. PerJax Americana Kitchen-7401 Pershing Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63130

Contributing Editor: Kara Savio



ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Broadway Oyster Bar has become a destination in the St. Louis area as many of their customers are from out of town coming to St. Louis just to visit their favorite Cajun restaurant or listen to their favorite band.

Their Cajun cuisines is some of the best around, if not the best Cajun cuisine in the city.  St. Louis Restaurant Review recently published a REVIEW about Broadway Oyster Bar.  They have a very interesting menu, atmosphere and following.  It is a casual atmosphere and one that the customers are there to have fun.  Not only is their cuisines outstanding so it their live music.  The upcoming schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 1st @ 9 pm – Delta Sol Revival celebrates Tyler’s Birthday
  • Thursday, June 2nd @ 10 pm – Southern Exposure Plays the Funk and Soul of New Orleans
  • Friday, June 3rd @ 10 pm – Rhythm Section Road Show presents Big Mike & The Blue City
  • Saturday, June 4th @ 10 pm – Old Shoe with guests TBA
  • Friday, June 10th @ 10 pm – The New Orleans Suspects with Special Guests, Funky Butt Brass Band

For more information we recommend that you contact Broadway Oyster Bar.

Contact information:

Broadway Oyster Bar

736 South Broadway

St. Louis, MO 63102

Phone: (314) 621-8811

Email:  bob@broadwayoysterbar.com

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