New Flavors, Unique Experiences, and a Little St. Louis History

New Flavors, Unique Experiences, and a Little St. Louis History
New Flavors, Unique Experiences, and a Little St. Louis History

St. Louis Restaurant News Weekly Recap May 14 – 20, 2017

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 20, 2017 (STL.News) – The restaurant industry in St. Louis is always churning out new culinary adventures for our hearty appetites.  This is a city rich in culture, and that’s certainly exemplified in our local eateries.  Hungry diners can find just about anything they want to eat in our fair city.  It really is a food lover’s paradise.  From food trucks dishing up ethnic street food to fine dining atop a downtown skyscraper, St. Louis’ culinary masters are offering something for everyone.  And we bring it all to you at STLRestaurant.news.

We scour the dining rooms, lunch counters, and rathskellers to find the most exciting things cooking all across town.  We nibble, sip, and taste our way around, so that we can bring you news of the best food this city has to offer.  Yes, it’s a tough job, but we all must make sacrifices.

The point of our endeavors is to bring you the information you need to find your next great culinary adventure, or at least a terrific dining experience.  It’s a mission that is both important and delicious.

Here is a recap of the biggest restaurant news stories of the last week.  We brought you new flavors, unique experiences, and a little local history too.  We hope to whet your appetite for St. Louis’ vibrant restaurant scene.  If you have a restaurant story you want us to cover, let us know.  We’d love to share it with our readers.

New Ladue Pizzeria is Humble Pie

We love to tell you about someplace new to eat, and this week it was pizza.  Ladue has a great new pizzeria that specializes in real food made with locally sourced, fresh ingredients, and take out.  Humble Pie at 9783 Clayton Road opened earlier this month in the spot left vacant when Red-L Pizza closed last November.  The new pizzeria comes from the creators of Fozzie’s Sandwich Emporiums (Richmond Heights, Des Peres).  Just as in their sandwich shops, Mark and Jessica Lucas’ pizzeria is focused on using fresh, wholesome ingredients.  At Humble Pie, customers can buy pizzas by the slice, or order a whole pie with thin, St. Louis-style crust, or thick, Sicilian-style.  Toppings range from the expected pepperoni and mozzarella, to more adventurous choices like artichoke hearts, hot cherry peppers, salmon, falafel, and goat cheese.  But there’s not dining room at this humble pizzeria.  It’s take-out, delivery, and patio dining only.

The Vine Café on South Grand Offers Fresh Pita, Shawarma, and Hookah!

There’s always something interesting and delicious happening along South Grand Blvd. in South St. Louis.  This bustling six block strip is a hub of international cuisine offering everything from American comfort food to creative fusion cuisine.  One of the area’s more unique establishments is the Vine Mediterranean Café & Market at 3171 South Grand.  This bright, inviting café specializes in Middle Eastern fare—mainly Lebanese—offering the comfort of fresh baked pita and shawarma.  At the Vine, everything is made fresh every day and every dish on the menu is halal.  There’s a fresh selection of house made bakery items (like namura and baklava) in the bakery case each day.  Their signature chocolate baklava is worth the trip itself.  The Vine is part café, part Mediterranean market, and part hookah lounge, making it truly unique among St. Louis eateries.

The 1860s Saloon Parking Lot Miracle

This is Part Two of a three-part series on the history of one of St. Louis’ favorite Soulard hang outs, 1860s Saloon at 1860 South 9th Street in St. Louis.  In this installment, readers learn about the issues faced by the original 1860s owner, Richard Marion, when he decided to expand his Soulard restaurant.  One issue that became immediately apparent was the need for more parking to accommodate more guests.  Marion looked to solve his dilemma by raising an ugly, old building across the street from his restaurant.  But old brick buildings, even the ugly, bright orange ones, are part of the city’s history.  The one in Marion’s way couldn’t be torn down because of its historic designation.  Then, a miracle happened.

St. Louis Makes Grubhub’s List for Most Popular Healthy Eating Plans

In a great restaurant city like St. Louis, one known for it’s slow-smoked swine and comfort food sides, it may be hard to imagine we’d make anyone’s top 10 list for healthy eating plans.  But it turns out Gateway City diners are choosy about their orders.  A recent study by Chicago based Grubhub, the nation’ s leading online and mobile takeout food-ordering marketplace, unveiled some interesting facts about America’s relationship with food.  They took a look at the most popular healthy eating plans and which major cities regularly partake in those eating plans.  Grubhub analyzed orders related to the most popular healthy eating plans in the U.S. such as paleo, raw, juice cleanse, vegan, gluten-free, low-fat, Mediterranean and keto diets.  By using a combination of dietary tags and delving into foods that align with specific eating plans, they analyzed order data from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2016, for its study.  St. Louis came in at No. 7!  According to Grubhub, St. Louisans ordered 53-percent more food related to popular eating plans than the rest of the country and the most popular healthy eating plan in St. Louis is gluten-free.

LouFest 2017 Will Bring Some Big Names to Forest Park

We gave you a peek at the star-studded lineup for this year’s LouFest at Forest Park.  Now in its eighth year, the festival in Forest Park is more than a concert.  LouFest offers a two-day cultural experience bringing about 30 national acts to four stages, plus food, drink and more.  Listen Live Entertainment, which produces the festival last week announced a partial lineup of acts who will perform at this year’s festival.  According to LouFest officials, some of the biggest-named national acts headlining this year includes Weezer, Cage the Elephant, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, as well as Huey Lewis and the News.  The full list of performers will be announced May 30.  This year’s festival, September 9 – 10, will also feature a marketplace with food vendors, a kids’ area, the Shocktop Beer Garden, free samples from the Cupcake Vineyards Truck and Starbucks, and loads more.  Festival organizers also announced a new Platinum VIP ticket ($750) that will give festival goers special access to a private lounge, private onstage viewing areas, complimentary catered meals and beverages, onsite concierge, and more.

Susan Smith-Harmon
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Susan Smith-Harmon is an experienced writer, editor, and broadcast journalist with a strong news background. She’s worked in radio and television news, and for national and international newswire services. She began her career in public radio while still a student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (where she earned a B.A. in Communications). She soon made the jump to news/talk radio, handling assignments from field reporting, airborne traffic, and news anchor, to producing and hosting daily talk shows. She’s also worked in television, most recently as the inaugural producer for The Allman Report on KDNL-TV 30, and as a news writer and reporter for national and international newswire services.