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Dressel’s Public House and its Porchetta “Louie” Featured in Show Me St. Louis on KSDK

Dressel's Public House and its Porchetta "Louie" Featured in Show Me St. Louis on KSDK

KSDK’s Show Me St. Louis reminds viewers about a local landmark, Dressel’s Public House, a favorite Welsh-style pub in the Central West End of St. Louis MO

ST. LOUIS, MO/August 07, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Dressel’s Public House, a welsh-inspired pub located in the Central West End of St. Louis, MO, is featured on KSDK’s Show Me St. Louis. Dressel’s showcased it’s farm-to-table cuisine, craft beer and cocktail selection and its dedication to bringing the cultural arts to their customers’ dining experiences.

KSDK’s Heidi Glaus interviewed Benjamin Dressel, owner and operator of Dressel’s Public House, and rediscovered the Central West End pub’s charming decor, outstanding lunch, dinner, and brunch menus, and extensive craft beer, specialty cocktail, and wine list, calling it her “new favorite spot”.

Jon and Barbara Dressel opened Dressel’s Public House in 1980, and son, Benjamin, took it over in 2005. While Dressel’s Public House maintains an old-world, Welsh setting, Benjamin added his own touch by introducing farm-to-table cuisine and paying special attention to the pub’s craft beer selections.

Ms. Glaus emphasized Dressel’s attention-grabbing dish, the Porchetta “Louie”, for its rise to fame on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. “After roasting the pork in herbs and secret ingredients, It goes into a fry pan…sizzle, sizzle, sizzle…we add beer and pepperoncinis and a lot of cheese, and it all gets melted into a hot, gooey, yummy mess,” says owner, Benjamin Dressel.

“The most popular things we do, I suppose, are the more pubby things,” says Dressel, “our burger probably sells more than anything else on the menu.” Ms. Glaus quotes photojournalist, Randy Schwenker, saying it’s the best burger he’s had.

Glaus also gives a shout out to the Truffled Grilled Cheese with Tomato Bisque, and the “massive” Dressel pretzel, which is essentially a “loaf of pretzel” served with rarebit, a classic Welsh cheese dip.

Glaus also mentions that dining here makes one feel “miles away from the Show Me state” as the Dressel family injects inspiration from their time living in Wales into the pub, even down to the tiled floor design, a reproduction of a dining room floor at the “King Arthur”, a famous Welsh pub near Ben Dressel’s favorite surf beach.

KSDK aired the interview with Dressel and tour of the Dressel’s Public House on Show Me St. Louis on Friday, August 4, 2017, and its generating quite the buzz. The spot can be viewed at http://www.ksdk.com/ and Dressel’s Public House menu can be seen here: http://dresselspublichouse.com/food-drink/.

“Dressel’s is a cultural icon,” says Ben Dressel, “and I am proud to carry it on.”

About Dressel’s Public House

Dressel’s Public House is a Welsh inspired pub located in the Central West End of St. Louis, MO serving craft beer, specialty cocktails, and local farm-to-table cuisine for lunch and dinner and brunch on Sundays.


Source: News provided by Dressel’s Public House – distributed by 24-7 Press Release – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC


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The Best Fish & Chips in St. Louis

Best Fish & Chips in St. Louis, MO

The Top 10 Spots to go for this British Staple – Best Fish & Chips in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO/February 3, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — Since the 19th century, fish and chips has been the original fast food of the Western world.  This crispy combination of battered, fried cod and fried “chips” of potato has been an English staple since Joseph Malin opened the first fish and chip shop in London in 1860.  But the crispy, battered fish goes back even farther.  Even Malin credited the recipe to Spanish Jews who migrated to England in the 1700s.  The quintessentially British dish had spread to Ireland by 1880, and can now be found across the globe, including the United States.  And we’re sure glad it’s here.

Fish and chips are popular in the U.S., even inspiring a couple of fast food chains, but finding really good ones is a little harder than finding a great hamburger or pizza.  There’s a burger joint or pizzeria in every town in America after all.  But there are very few authentic chippies outside of London or Dublin. Still, we had a hankering for some golden, crispy fried fish and salty fries, err, chips.  So where do you go in a great American city like St. Louis for a terrific fish dinner?  We checked with fish and chips lovers to find out.  We scoured the customer reviews, to find the best in town.

Among the top 10 are a number of English and Irish pubs, as one might expect.  But it’s a couple of American style microbreweries that are leading the pack.  This shouldn’t really be a surprise either, since the beer batter is often the star of a good “fish dinner.”  And topping the list is the Schlafly Tap Room downtown, a classy, but casual eatery in a hundred year old building that feels right for a classic, but casual dish like fish and chips—and they specialize in pairing European pub fare with Schlafly draft beer too.  The fish in Schlafly’s “Fish & Fries” are crispy, tender Hefeweizen-battered Pollock fillets.  The fries are well regarded as crispy and delicious.  The Tap Room opened in 1991 as the first new brewpub in Missouri since Prohibition, and it’s St. Louis’ favorite place for fish and chips.

Here’s the full list of the ten best spots for fish and chips in St. Louis:

1. The Schlafly Tap Room (4.0 stars/483 reviews) Downtown, 2100 Locust Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 241-2337.
2. Square One Brewery & Distillery (4.0 stars/426 reviews) Lafayette Square, 1727 Park Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 231-2537.
3. The Scottish Arms (4.0 stars/356 reviews) Central West End, 8 South Sarah Street, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 535-0551.
4. Tigin Irish Pub (4.0 stars/342 reviews) Downtown, 333 Washington Avenue, Saint Louis, Missouri 63102, (314) 241-8666.
5. Three Kings Public House (4.0 stars/320 reviews) The Loop, 6307 Delmar Blvd, University City, MO 63130, (314) 721-3388.
6. Dressel’s Public House (4.0 stars/296 reviews) Central West End, 419 North Euclid Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-1060.
7. John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub (4.0 stars/286 reviews) Soulard, 1200 Russell Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 776-8309.
8. King Edwards Fried Chicken (4.0 stars/79 reviews) Webster Groves, 8654 Watson Road, Crestwood, MO 63119, (314) 843-3474.
9. O’Shay’s Pub (4.0 stars/65 reviews) Forest Park Southeast, 4353 Manchester Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 932-5232.
10. Fox & Hounds Tavern (4.0 stars/64 reviews) Hi-Pointe, 6300 Clayton Road, Saint Louis, MO 63117, (314) 647-7300.

In order to make the top 10 list, restaurants had to have at least 50 customer reviews.  That left a couple of places off the list that are also local favorites.  So we wanted to send a shout out to these neighborhood fish and chip favorites.  Honorable Mentions go to:

Spike’s Pub & Grub (4.5 stars/15 reviews) Belleville, 3701 West Main Street, Belleville, IL 62226, (618) 235-2734.

Mother’s Best Fried Fish (4.0 stars/5 reviews) JeffVanderLou, 2738 North Grand Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63106, (314) 533-4433.


top 10 bars and pubs

Top 10 Bars and Pubs

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) There are approximately 87 bars and pubs located throughout St. Louis, MO.  We have found what the public has rated as the top 10 bars and pubs in the St. Louis area using a public database for verification.  Yes, there are hundreds of bars in the St. Louis, MO area, but these establishments are listed as bars and pubs only, however, some may still offer a menu for dining purposes.

Our Top 10 Bars and Pubs in St. Louis, MO are:

  1. Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar – #1 out of 87 bars and pubs with 177 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating
  2. Tigin Irish Pub – #2 out of 87 bars and pubs with 310 reviews resulting in a 4 Star rating 
  3. Square One Brewery & Distillery – #3 out of 87 bars and pubs with 227 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating
  4. Brewhouse Historical Sports Bar – #4 out of 87 bars and pubs with 306 reviews resulting in a 4 Star rating
  5. Dressel’s Public House – #5 out of 87 bars and pubs with 156 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating
  6. Seamus McDaniel’s – #6 out of 87 bars and pubs with 105 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating
  7. Fox and Hounds – #7 out of 87 bars and pubs with 104 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating
  8. The Tavern Kitchen and Bar – #8 out of 87 bars and pubs with 124 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating
  9. Budweiser Brew House at the Ball Park – #9 out of 87 bars and pubs with 233 reviews resulting in a 4 Star rating
  10. Three Kings Pub House (University City) #10 out of 87 bars and pubs with 92 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating

Hopefully, this list will help you find your new favorite bar or pub.

Our Top 10 list consists of public reviews made available to the public.  We use this database because it represents the satisfaction of many customers that have taken the time to post online reviews.  Reviews are an excellent source of information for consumers as well as restaurant owners/management.  While many restaurant owners do not like or appreciate online reviews they are an important part of business and life in today’s technology driven society.  As an owner you need to embrace online reviews and make them part of your mission.  We have talked to restaurant owners that have the opinion that customers post bad reviews to get something for free or they are a target of a dissatisfied employee.  While this might be the case in select situations, our experience suggest something much different.  We strongly encourage restaurant owners to embrace these reviews and make it part of their operational objectives.  From our experience, high reviews are possible, in the majority of cases, the reviews are an honest opinion and that every successful restaurant that we are familiar with place a high value on reviews.

Nonetheless, enjoy our new Top 10 Bars and Pubs list.  Enjoy, but please be safe!