A Look Back at the Best of the Best – STL Restaurant News

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Nick's Irish Pub
Nick's Irish Pub

Best of the Best – STL Restaurant News

St. Louis, MO/December 25, 2016 (STL.News) STL Restaurant News – St. Louis is no doubt the culinary capital of the mid-west. With its many awarding winning, nationally recognized restaurants, top chefs, noteworthy breweries, wineries and more, there’s much to write about. We try to keep our readers informed about the latest openings and closings that might go unnoted. We cover the entire St. Louis metro area and write about everything from small mom and pop cafes to fine dining restaurants. Sometimes we also write about the “in between.”

For instance, what are some of the restaurants that remain open on those most popular holidays? Who serves the best brunches? What bars have the most extensive wines lists? If you’re planning a big party, what restaurants have some of the best catering options? What are some of the tips you might need to know before you decide where to spend New Year’s Eve? And, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, where can you find some of the most decadent chocolates at reasonable prices?

These are all things we like to stay in the know about, and we feel our readers do also. In case you got busy and weren’t able to check us out, at the end of each week we’ll publish a short recap of some of the top stories that made a splash. And, if there’s something you want us to cover that we’re not already covering let us know and we’ll be happy to start.

A Legend in Its Own Time – Nick’s Pub

Nick's Irish Pub
Nick’s Irish Pub

We told you about a terrific neighborhood bar in Maplewood. Nick’s Irish Pub is one of those timeless places where you go once, or perhaps a few times a week, to see your friends, shoot the bull with the bartender, watch your favorite sports team or play some games. It’s been a Maplewood mainstay since it opened at 6001 Manchester in 1996. Nick’s Pub has that special combination that makes a bar great: high end pub food at amazingly reasonable prices, an extensive list of beers, outstanding cocktails, great bands, bartenders who remember your name, and most importantly, that comfortable, no frills atmosphere. In classic public house style, this is the kind of place you want to spend time, hang out with friends, have a drink, and catch a game. It’s the kind of place “where everybody knows your name.”

Picture courtesy of M Smith

All-You-Can-Eat Without a Buffet at Bombay Food Junkies

Bombay Food Junkies
Bombay Food Junkies

St. Louis Diners were already familiar with the Bombay Food Junkies food truck. When Sid and Krupa Panchal began their food truck business in 2013, it was the very first food truck in the St. Louis area offering Indian food. Since then it’s become a popular stop at food truck-friendly festivals around town. What fans of the Indian Street food vendors might not have known was that their favorite food truck menu items can be found in the Bombay Food Junkies “All You Can Eat Dinner” restaurant at 3580 Adie Road in St. Ann. Even more interesting, is that there’s no buffet. Instead, the Panchals want you to try everything in small plate first, and then order more of the dishes you liked! From the healthy, vegetarian fare, to the friendly hospitality of the owner, it’s a great dining adventure.

Picture courtesy of Discover Missouri  S&T

Kitchen Kulture Expands to Kounter Kulture

Kounter Kulture, St. Louis, MO
Kounter Kulture, St. Louis, MO

There’s news of another leap to brick-and-mortar. This one has taken a Tower Grove Farmer’s Market favorite Kitchen Kulture and transformed it into Kounter Kulture. The new restaurant will serve Asian cuisine with a rotating menu between China, Korea, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam. Kounter Kulture at 3825 Watson Road in the Lindenwood Park neighborhood of South St. Louis is a carry out restaurant with outside seating. They’re in the old Pint Size Bakery location, so there’s just no room for tables inside. But dining in wasn’t the point behind the collaboration between Christine Meyer and Michael Miller. Offering seasonal cuisine sourced from local farmers was and still is. The Farmer’s Market booths will return in May, but for now their brick-and-mortar Kounter Kulture is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Picture courtesy of Kounter Kulture

JBF Celebrity Chef Tour Comes to St. Louis – Vicias Executive Chefs Host Event

Photograph by St. Louis Photographer Jonathan Gayman.
Photograph by St. Louis Photographer Jonathan Gayman.

We told you about the upcoming James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner in St. Louis. Chefs Tara and Michael Gallina will host the dinner at their soon-to-open Vicia Restaurant. Founded by noted cookbook author and teacher, the late James Beard, JBF is a not-for-profit that oversees educational initiatives, chef advocacy training, culinary school scholarships, and hands out some of the most prestigious food industry awards in the nation. The JBF Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner March 21, 2017 will take place in 20 cities across the country, including St. Louis. The event will bring six nationally renowned chefs to Vicias, turning dinner into a performance event. Tickets are $200 and they’re on sale now.

Charlie Gitto’s Legendary Toasted Rav Featured on Traveling Chef’s Series

Everyone already knows that toasted ravioli is a St. Louis original that’s steeped in legend. Everyone in St. Louis knows that. Now, the rest of the word does too. Recently, Chef Jon Ashton visited with Charlie Gitto Jr., and his son Anthony Gitto to talk about the classic dish for Community Tables’ video series “What America Eats.” In an interview published to the Community Table website December 15, 2016, the Gittos talk about the origin of toasted ravioli and explained how it’s made. Charlie Gitto’s was a fitting choice, since toasted ravs were invented in their kitchen on the Hill. It’s well-deserved recognition for St. Louis’ hottest restaurant offering a casual, yet fine dining atmosphere featuring Italian cuisines in three different St. Louis locations (on the Hill, in Chesterfield, and at Hollywood Casino).

Video courtesy of Community Table

St. Louis’ Premier Supper Club, Blood & Sand Is Offering Membership In Luxury

Blood & Sand
Blood & Sand

We told you about a couple of opportunities to be a part of something elegant and delicious. Blood & Sand, the nationally recognized private restaurant, cocktail, and wine club at 1500 St. Charles Street in downtown St. Louis, is again offering full memberships. Since opening in 2011, the establishment has been highly regarded by members and critics alike for its craft cocktails, inventive New American fare, and impeccable service. They’ve been so popular at times, they’ve had to close membership enrollment. But for a limited time, full memberships are available. For the “try it before you buy it” diner, Blood & Sand offers non-members a one-time trial visit so that they can check out the understatedly elegant decor, unparalleled service, and an extraordinary dining and drinking experience, before joining. Even after it’s sale in October to long-time member Tim Murphy, Blood & Sand remains dedicated to providing lavish service and pushing culinary boundaries. And now, you can be a part of it.

Picture courtesy of Blood & Sand

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Contributing Editor: Susan Smith-Harmon

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