New Beginnings, Music & Accolades for STL Restaurants

New Beginnings, Music & Accolades for STL Restaurants

STL Restaurant News Weekly Recap Feb. 26 – March 4, 2017

ST. LOUIS, MO/March 4, 2017 (STL.News) – As we keep up with the latest happenings in St. Louis’ restaurant industry, we find ourselves covering everything from innovative pop-ups to long celebrated dining fixtures. It’s our mission to arm our readers with the information they need to find that next great meal and to introduce them to culinary adventures they might not have tried yet.  Consider this a tasting menu of the stories we brought you last week, or as Adolph Simon Ochs might have said, all the news that’s fit to eat.

This past week of restaurant news was more upbeat than the week before.  Just as that week saw a spate of restaurant closing announcements, this week the news was about new endeavors that are bringing new flavors and experiences to St. Louis area diners.

The weekly recap is our look back at the most important stories of the week.  These are the stories our readers want to read.  If you have a tip for us, send it along so we can get the scoop for you!

Olivino: Bringing Good Taste to St. Charles

We told you about a great new business in St. Charles that’s giving home cooks and foodies the chance to taste the very best olive oils and balsamic vinegars available. Olivino Tasting Bar at 1650 Beale Street #167, in the Streets of St. Charles is the culmination of owner Debbie Baker-Oliver’s passion for good food.  She created Olivino to share that passion with the public.  This specialty food shop encourages sampling, giving customers the chance to try these premium ingredients before they buy.  They also offer samples of foods made with these amazing oils and balsamics, so you can taste for yourself what a difference quality ingredients make.  A favorite among customers is the blood orange olive oil brownies.

Balance Coffee & Tea Is Brewing New Life into the Old Belleville Depot

We also told you about something new brewing at the old Belleville train depot.  A brand new a coffee roastery and café, Balance Coffee & Tea opened February 20th in the former depot at 732 South Illinois Street.  Marshall Morris is a Southwestern Illinois native.  He learned the coffee business in Seattle, and it was there he founded his roasting business, Balance Coffee & Tea, and began selling his small batch, artisan beans online.  Morris says he a lot of factors came together to lead him back to Belleville.  It was a chance to come home, a chance to bring an incredible coffee experience to his home town, and a chance to help nurture the culinary and artisan community here.

Soulard Blues Band Jamming at Broadway Oyster Bar

As the weather warms up, restaurant patios around St. Louis are getting set for crowds of diners hungry for a great night out.  No one does that better than Broadway Oyster Bar, and one of the premiere events every year is Soulard Blues Band Monday night jam sessions on BOB’s patio.  Broadway Oyster Bar has been hosting St. Louis’ favorite blues band for jam sessions for the past 20 years.  It is the longest running jam session in the nation!

Candicci’s Releases March Music Schedule

Warmer weather also means a return to a St. Louis favorite: Candicci’s Party on the Patio.  This OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award winner is already well known and well-loved for its authentic Italian cuisine, fine dining atmosphere, and bill of top quality local entertainment.  Every spring, Wednesday nights on Candicci’s patio brings live music and dinner specials.  In the meantime, Candicci’s is offering live music every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening in March.

St. Louis’ Top 10 Craft Brewpubs

St. Louis is a beer town.  It’s part of our community history and part of our local culture.  So when microbreweries began to emerge across the country at the end of the 20th century, St. Louis was on board.  As our thirst for these new, specialty beers grew, so did the number of artisan makers brewing something to quench us. Now there are scores of craft beer makers in the St. Louis area.  After checking customer reviews, we found St. Louis’ top ten favorites.  Topping the list is The Civil Life Brewing Company at 3714 Holt Ave., in south city’s Tower Grove South neighborhood.  This is a great choice for the craft beer novice, as there’s always an eclectic selection of their artisan beers on draft and the crew is super helpful to those just trying to figure out what they like.  Just keep in mind; this is a cash-only establishment.

St. Louis Diners Choose Their 2017 OpenTable Favorites

As lovers of great food know, St. Louis is full of terrific culinary experiences.  We have everything from great take out and sidewalk cafés to artisan food crafters and fine dining destinations.  It is a culinary scene that is as delicious as it is dynamic.  Each year OpenTable, the San Francisco-based online reservation service, publishes their Diners’ Choice list to recognize restaurants their users found to be most excellent.  The list is unique because it’s based only on diners who’ve used the site to make reservations to eat at the restaurants they’ve rated.  The 2017 list was just released, and there have been some big changes in the last year.  Not surprisingly, a St. Louis classic (Tony’s) tops the list, but there are some relatively new faces too.