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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ryan McDonald's Good Fortune Is to Be Cooking

Posted By on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 6:54 AM

Ryan McDonald, chef of the forthcoming Good Fortune (1641 Tower Grove Avenue), always knew he wanted to spend his life taking care of people. He just didn't know it would be in a restaurant. "Right out of high school, I was planning on going to nursing school," McDonald explains. "Then...

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Thai Kitchen Brings Top-Notch Thai Classics to Florissant

Posted By on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 6:54 AM

If Florissant is not on your radar for outstanding Thai cuisine, Thai Kitchen (8458 N. Lindbergh Boulevard, Florissant; 314-695-5039) is about to change that. Fans of owner Andie Ongartsutthikue's cooking — and there are quite a few — might recognize the restaurant's name; the not-quite two month-old spot is the...

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Urban Chestnut's Sustainability Efforts Win National Recognition

Posted By on Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 11:07 AM

Sure, you already love Urban Chestnut (three locations, including 4465 Manchester Avenue). Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is giving you another excuse to support the local brewer: The agency recently recognized the brewery for its sustainability efforts. The EPA named Urban Chestnut "Small Business Partner of the Year" on...

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Milk Snack Bars, Invented in Metro East, Are Named No. 1 New Dairy Product

Posted By on Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 6:47 AM

The nation's best new dairy product of the year was invented right here in metro St. Louis. Prairie Farms' Milk Snack bars are being pitched as a new take on chocolate cake — "America’s first refrigerated snack cake bar to combine chocolate cake with a real whole milk crème filling."...

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L'Acadiane Gives Lafayette Square a Taste of New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 6:00 AM

There is a large map on the back wall of the front room of L'Acadiane (1915 Park Avenue, 314-875-0108), David Bailey's new restaurant in Lafayette Square. To the uninitiated, it may seem like merely a cool design element, something to look at while you're quaffing one of the bar's...

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Parm Pasta & Sandwich Co. to Open on Cherokee This Month

Posted By on Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 7:42 AM

The sandwich shop planning to open on Cherokee next week, Parm Pasta & Sandwich Co. (2619 1/2 Cherokee Street, 314-833-3034), will be a father-and-daughter operation. Diane Maijala has spent her career in the medical field, but she's counting on her father, a seasoned restaurant hand, to steer the ship....

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

VietNam Style Is Now Rebel @ VStyle, Serving Asian Fusion

Posted By on Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 2:00 PM

VietNam Style, the well-reviewed Vietnamese restaurant on the eastern edge of the Delmar Loop, is now Rebel @ VStyle (6100 Delmar Boulevard, 314-405-8438) — an Asian fusion spot with a late-night lounge. Thao Truong, the co-owner of VietNam Style, says she remains involved, but that she's now working in...

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Chesterfield's Seoul Taco Is Now Open

Posted By on Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 10:54 AM

Seoul Taco, the homegrown Korean fusion chain that boasts outlets in Chicago, Champaign and Columbia, can now add another "C" to that list — its Chesterfield restaurant opened this morning. The restaurant, located at 46 Four Seasons Shopping Center, is the second in St. Louis County. Originally launched as...

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With the 'Alphateria,' Plantain Girl Mandy Estrella Is Going Full Circle

Posted By on Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 10:20 AM

As Mandy Estrella surveys the Tower Grove South space that will become the brick-and-mortar home of her Caribbean restaurant Plantain Girl (; 314-578-8789), she can't help but feel like she's come full circle. "The first job I ever had was in a bingo hall kitchen when I was fifteen,"...

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St. Louis Breweries Fight Back After Instagram Controversy Puts Them on Blast

Posted By on Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 6:41 AM

Libby Crider was on the first real vacation she'd taken in years when she started getting messages about the story. A site that covers the beer world had published a piece about misogyny in the industry — and her brewery, St. Louis-based 2nd Shift, had been singled out. The...

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