Purple Martin

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2014

    #56: Cafe Natasha's Beef Shish Kebab

    When Behshid Bahrami came to the United States in the late 1970s, he was culinarily dismayed. He simply could not find lamb that tasted like what he had in his native Iran. American lamb, Bahrami will tell you, has a gamey taste compared to its mild Persian counterpart. Rather than swearing it off a ... More >>

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    November 13, 2014

    #57: The Maine-Style Lobster Roll at Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.

    Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. (1831 Sidney Street; 314-772-8858) was the most anticipated restaurant opening this year, with so much hype it was the St. Louis equivalent of a Hollywood premiere. No one doubted that chef Kevin Nashan could pull off a classic lobster and crab shack in the middle of Am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    #58: Panorama's Croque-Madame

    When chef Ivy Magruder took over the kitchen at Panorama (1 Fine Arts Drive; 314-655-5490), the restaurant was -- to put it kindly -- not doing so well. Plagued by a series of bad reviews, financial troubles and guest complaints, the Saint Louis Art Museum knew it had to completely reinvent its less ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    #60: The Egg Rolls at Bek-Hee Chinese Restaurant

    I'd driven by Bek-Hee (10200 Page Avenue, Overland; 314-426-4773) hundreds of times without giving the place a second glance -- the hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant looks like just another Overland chop suey dive. Then I got a tip from a trusted colleague that the restaurant is under new ownershi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    #61: Pumpkin Maple Latte at Kaldi's Coffee

    This time of year, pumpkin spice lattes are about as ubiquitous as falling leaves and decorative gourds. There's something about that first chill in the air that whips folks into a squash-guzzling frenzy -- and everyone from beer brewers to dog-biscuit manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon. Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    #62: Casconcelli at Giovanni's Kitchen

    "Luxurious" is the word that kept coming to mind as I savored bite after bite of the casconcelli at Giovanni's Kitchen (8831 Ladue Road, Ladue; 314-721-4100). Chef Alessandro Bozzatto's hand-made half-moon shaped pasta is like edible silk -- good enough to be enjoyed on its own, but positively decad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    #63: Athlete Eats' Bibimbap Bowl

    Simon and Angelica Lusky have a sacred responsibility: feeding the St. Louis Cardinals. Perhaps it is merely a coincidence that ever since Mr. Lusky came on the scene as their nutritionist, the Redbirds have been on a tear. (OK, they have always been winners, but Lusky has kept up the streak.) Could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    #66: Home Wine Kitchen's Shortbread Sea-Salt Biscuits

    Narrowing down a favorite brunch item at Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676) is like choosing a favorite child. Red wine braised pork belly versus crab-covered poached eggs? It's just not fair. See Also: Cassy Vires, RFT's Best Chef Winner, on Foam, Fried Chicken and H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    #67: Death in the Afternoon's Grilled Mahi Mahi Sandwich

    The grilled mahi mahi sandwich at Death in the Afternoon (808 Chestnut Street; 314-621-3236) is so beautiful it could grace the pages of a glossy food magazine. Its sesame-studded, perfectly round bun glistens with a buttery sheen, and the grill marks on the gossamer piece of fish look as if they we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    #68: The Brisket Burger at Three Flags Tavern

    "You know," the bartender said as she leaned in a little closer. "The servers from O'Connell's [Pub] come in here for our burger." It's no wonder she had such a hushed tone. O'Connell's Pub has legendary burgers. That some of the employees have been spotted bellying up to the bar at Three Flags Ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    #70: Urban Chestnut's "Strammer Max"

    Urban Chestnut's (4465 Manchester Avenue; 314-222-0143) chef Andy Fair says that people come to the Grove Brewery and Bierhall, first and foremost, for the beer. This may be true, but his creative twist on classic German food gives the suds a run for their money. See Also: Review: Urban Chestnut Gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    #72: Broasted Chicken at Frank & Helen's Pizzeria

    Frank & Helen's Pizzeria (8111 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-997-0666) is a St. Louis institution. The University City eatery has been serving diners its signature thin crust pizza, "charcoal steaks" (you have to love that sign out front) and Italian specialties since opening in 1956. On any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    #73: Parmesan Chicken Broth at Bocci Wine Bar

    My partner is picky. Though he refuses to admit it, his decade-plus career in the kitchen has made him blasé about going out to dinner. It's rare that anything wows him, so when he tasted Bocci's (16 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-932-1040) Parmesan chicken broth and proclaimed it "the best dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    #74: "Burger" at Small Batch Whiskey & Fare

    Sometimes, I just have to have a big, greasy burger -- one that covered in gooey cheese, tangy sauce and served on a soft buttery bun with crispy lettuce, red onions and some juicy tomatoes. I never expected I'd find one to satisfy this craving at a vegetarian restaurant. See Also: Dave Bailey A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Summer Polar Vortex Hits St. Louis: 10 Outdoor Activities To Do Before It's Hot Again

    If only the polar vortex came every summer -- and never in the winter. After a demoralizing and brutal winter under the icy thumb of the polar vortex, St. Louis is feeling a similar weather pattern that's capping summer temperatures at a pleasant 80 degrees. It's not exactly a polar vortex, becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    #75: Smoked Salami Sandwich from Adam's Smokehouse

    The secret to the smoked salami at Adam's Smokehouse (2819 Watson Road; 314-875-9890) is the 70/30 blend of pork and beef. Or is it the fruitwood smoke that permeates the meat? Then again, it could be the generous flecks of black pepper and blend of spices the pit-masters keep as closely guarded as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    #76: Gryo on Pita at Olympia Kebob House & Taverna

    Please indulge this recently repatriated St. Louisan who just returned from the hinterlands. It's not exactly breaking news that Olympia Kebob House & Taverna's (1543 McCausland Avenue, Richmond Heights; 314-781-1299) gyro is the best in town. Like most, I've been going to Olympia for years, taking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Refab, "Sustainable Deconstruction" Nonprofit, Robbed of $10,000 Worth of Tools

    Updated: Daily RFT just heard back from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department about the theft. Refab, the nonprofit that rescues materials, furniture and other curios from St. Louis homes slated for demolition, has been robbed for the second time in the group's short history. The booty -- $1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Chef Chat: Chase Overacker on Cooking in the Marines, His Food Crush and Fox Park

    It was a long road from the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee to the Purple Martin (2800 Shenandoah Avenue; 314-898-0011) in Fox Park, but it made Chase Overacker the chef he is today. "I grew up around classic Southern comfort food," he explains. "Gumbo, shrimp and grits, anything smoked -- pork ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    #77: The Johnny Cake at Tree House

    I used to feel bad for vegetarians. While I got to dine out and stuff my face with prosciutto and ribs, their menu choices were typically more limited ("Um, we can do a veggie pasta?"). Thankfully, meatless options have gotten much better over the past few years, and vegetarian restaurants like Tree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    The Best Restaurant Openings of 2014 So Far

    Where did the first half of 2014 go? It seems like only yesterday that we were cursing the endless winter, and now we're suffocating in the sweltering heat. With half of the year already in the rearview mirror, we thought it appropriate to reflect on the best restaurants that have opened in 2014...s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    #79: Skordalia at the Purple Martin

    This is not just my usual weekly selection. It's a plea to Brooke Roseberry and Tony Lagouranis, owners of the Purple Martin (2800 Shenandoah Avenue; 314-898-0011). See, just recently they announced that they're revamping the menu at their delightful Fox Park eatery. Guys, I'm begging you: Keep the ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 5, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Critic's Notebook: The Purple Martin Revamps Menu to Focus on American Classics

    Yesterday morning the Purple Martin (2800 Shenandoah Avenue; 314-898-0011) announced via its website some big changes in store for the fledgling restaurant -- a new menu and a slight shake-up in the kitchen. "I see us as a community amenity," owner Brooke Roseberry explains. "The neighborhood is fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Chef Chat: Juniper's John Perkins Explains the Dangerous "Steak Double Down"

    It's been quite a year for pop-up chef-turned restaurateur John Perkins. First came the opening of his permanent restaurant, Juniper (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-329-7696) -- already considered one of the city's best. Then came his Iron Fork win, where he somehow managed to turn beef liver into a br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Giovanni's Kitchen, a New Italian Bistro Serving Handmade Pastas and More in Ladue

    "The pappardelle -- the pasta itself -- is my recipe," says chef and Italian native Alessando Bozzato of Giovanni's Kitchen (8831 Ladue Road; 314-721-4100), which opened in Ladue's Colonial Marketplace last month. "The meat sauce is what my mother used to cook for me."

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Master Pieza's Late-Night Pizza-by-the-Slice at New Storefront on Cherokee Street

    Master Pieza's (2846 Cherokee Street; 314-899-9939) first brick-and-mortar storefront opened last month in south city, but it certainly isn't new to the neighborhood. In 2008, owner William Porter spent time volunteering at the Cherokee Community Garden, thanks to advice from his aunt who owns a dec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Bobby's Place's New Location Downtown Features Food, Booze and the St. Louis Blues

    With the Stanley Cup playoffs in full swing, sports bars get packed to the brim with hockey lovers and St. Louis Blues fanatics. Those who can't travel to the rink to see the action up-close can retreat to outposts named after former Blues defenseman Bobby Plager to catch the games. The third locati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    First Look: The Tap's New Restaurant Features a Multitude of Taps in St. Charles

    In March, the Tap (3803 Elm Street; 636-724-4242) opened in St. Charles, featuring a multitude of taps -- we're not just talking beer, here. Of the 33 beer taps available at the bar, the Budweiser Chill-Rite dispenses the coldest and creamiest brew possible, says proprietor Jerry Berhorst, explainin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Taj Mahal, A New Restaurant Serving Modern Indian Cuisine in the Delmar Loop

    If you walk into Taj Mahal (567 Melville Avenue; 314-721-4499) during lunchtime, co-owner Merwin Rebello will likely be the one to greet you at the door. The first question he'll ask is if you'd like to partake in the buffet, followed by whether or not you'd care for some mango lassi. Try to get in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    The Purple Martin, A New Beet-Loving Bistro Serving North African Cuisine in Fox Park

    Fans of beautiful beets, behold: the Purple Martin (2800 Shenandoah Avenue; 314-898-0011) opened in Fox Park in late March, and true to its namesake, diners will see plenty of purple accenting everything from the restaurant's space to its plates. Located in a residential neighborhood (directly acros ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Purple Martin Brings Homey North African Cuisine to Fox Park

    Brooke Roseberry has lived in Fox Park for fourteen years, and has seen the historic building at the corner of Shenendoah and California Avenues be many things. Finally, though, she's bringing a restaurant to the neighborhood that it desperately needs. See also: New Restaurant Tidbits: Premierz, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    First Look: Annie Moons Bakery and Café Makes Bite-Sized Breakfast, Lunch and Baked Goods in Tower Grove South [Photos]

    The hand-drawn lady in the logo for Annie Moons Bakery and Café (4001 Utah Street; 314-296-3300) -- a Cartoon Network-esque chick who resembles someone's ridiculously boisterous aunt -- boasts an extraordinarily large behind. Contrastingly, the portions at the recently opened Tower Grove South rest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    New Restaurant Tidbits: Premierz, the Purple Martin, Annie Moons

    Some quick-hit opening news from around town. - Driving South Grand Boulevard the other day, I spotted activity at the former Mikey Moes location at 5535 South Grand, near the intersection with Bates Street. A sign in the front window advertised a new restaurant called Premierz, featuring "American ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    Migration: Accomplished

    Daily RFT exclusive!! The first pair of Purple Martins has finally made it from South America up to Forest Park, according to an e-mail just received from John Miller, our local Purple Martin enthusiast: Have been straining my eyes looking. Finally spotted two purple martins at Probestein Golf Cour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    And They Shall Descend Forth From The Skies

    www.purplemartin.orgSome say I'm purple. I say I'm Martin.After a long schlep from South America, the first adult male Purple Martins should be alighting in Forest Park any day now. You might be interested in this species of songbird (Progne subis) for the following reasons:1) If humans don't prepar ... More >>