Friday, May 8, 2015

EdgeWild Bistro & Tap Now Open in Creve Coeur

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 6:30 AM

"Asian Chicken" pizza with soy-garlic marinated chicken, sesame oil, red onion, edamame, orange segments and wasabi aioli. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • "Asian Chicken" pizza with soy-garlic marinated chicken, sesame oil, red onion, edamame, orange segments and wasabi aioli. | Photos by Mabel Suen

As reported by Gut Check, WildSmoke -- from the husband-and-wife duo behind EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery (550 Chesterfield Center; Chesterfield, MO; 636-532-0550) -- closed in January one year after its opening to make way for a new concept. EdgeWild Bistro & Tap (12316 Olive Boulevard; 314-548-2222) opened in the Creve Coeur space on April 13, featuring a craft beer theme.

See also: WildSmoke Closing January 10, Will Relaunch as EdgeWild Bar & Grill

Co-owner Andy Kohn behind the bar.
  • Co-owner Andy Kohn behind the bar.

"We quickly learned in the first year of operation of WildSmoke that we couldn't make it. It's not because we didn't have customers -- it's frankly because the economics of a higher-end barbecue restaurant in the area just didn't work," says co-owner Andy Kohn. "We knew there was a great interest in doing another EdgeWild. Because we're only five miles from the other location, we decided to try a different concept focused on craft beer rather than wine."

Spiced popcorn and kale chips.
  • Spiced popcorn and kale chips.

EdgeWild Bistro & Tap riffs on its sister restaurant while putting a new spin on things. Instead of the charcuterie plate that customers might pick up at the winery location, for instance, patrons will find snacks that pair well with beer. Try spiced popcorn and kale chips ($3) or soft-baked pretzels ($7.50) served with Guinness mustard-and-cheese sauce.

"Customers can go to both places have a different experience," says Kohn. "In addition to twenty wines, we've got 70 craft beers -- 22 of them are on tap, with rotating handles."

The brand-new patio.
  • The brand-new patio.

Though the dining room hasn't changed drastically, the interior does feature new art on its walls and a dozen new seats at the bar. The space also opens up onto a brand new outdoor patio for sipping brews and enjoying food. Executive chef Aaron Baggett, who has helmed the original EdgeWild concept since day one, developed the menu of casual American fare for the full-service setting.

"Avocado & Crab Salad" served with fried Indian bread.
  • "Avocado & Crab Salad" served with fried Indian bread.

Baggett takes some of the best-selling items from both EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery and WildSmoke and incorporates them into new dishes. Award-winning jumbo smoked chicken wings ($10), for instance, are available in a few different flavors: buffalo, black pepper garlic and sweet chile. Cider-maple marinated smoked turkey from WildSmoke finds its way into a new sandwich.

Now open in Creve Coeur.
  • Now open in Creve Coeur.

Some other recommendations from Kohn include a "Beer Cheese Steak" sandwich ($12.50), "Avocado & Crab Salad" ($12), and a variety of pizzas made from scratch. Choose from toppings including "Pistachio & Proscuitto" ($13) and "Asian Chicken" ($13).

Edgewild's current hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. For more the full menu and additional information, visit the Edgwild Bistro website and follow it on Facebook.

See also: - First Look: The Shack - First Look: Medina Mediterranean Grill - First Look: Antonio's Bistro & Market

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