St. Louis Restaurant News Weekly Recap May 21 – 27, 2017
ST. LOUIS, MO/May 28, 2017 (STL.News) – There’s always something good to eat in St. Louis. It doesn’t matter what time of day or time of year. This may be the Gateway to the West, but it’s also the Gateway to some of the best meals to be found anywhere. We spend our weeks studying, learning about, and sampling all that this city’s restaurant industry is dishing out. It’s a demanding task, but we are dedicated to bringing you all the delicious news you crave.
This week has been no exception. From food trucks and barbecue joints to wine and tacos, we’ve kept up with it all. This was a good week for St. Louis foodies and the culinary professionals who feed us all. Some of our favorite makers achieved national acclaim. Some of our favorite haunts are bringing us new things to eat and drink, and bringing exquisite new pleasures to our tables. And we gobbled it up so that we could share it all with you.
What follows is a recap of some of the tastiest restaurant news of the past week. This is just a sample of the lively happenings in St. Louis restaurants, cafes, and other eateries. If there’s more culinary news you crave, let us know. We want to give you, our readers, your fill. Have a tip or story idea? Pass it along. We’d love to write about it!
Pappys Wins Steve Harvey’s Battle of the BBQ Ribs
Barbecue lovers in St. Louis have known for some time that Pappy’s Smokehouse makes the most delicious ribs anywhere. They’ve been the local favorite for delicious smoked meats in a colorful, unpretentious Midtown space since just after opening in 2008. They are #1 on poll after poll, year after year. They were even named the #1 ribs in the country by Food Network. Pappy’s Smokehouse is currently #1 on our list of top rated barbecue restaurants, and one of St. Louis’ very favorite places to eat. Add one more jewel to Pappy’s barbecue crown: The Golden Spatula for winning The Great American Food Fight on the Steve Harvey Show. The contest dubbed “the Battle of the BBQ Ribs” pitted Pappy’s Executive Chef Skip Steele against the pit masters at Memphis’ Rendezvous. Steve’s studio audience tasted and voted, and Pappy’s came away the clear winner.
Imos’ Named One of the Best Pizzas in America
St. Louis pizza lovers have taken a lot of guff over the years for our love of thin-crust pizza topped with Provel cheese. Now, the granddaddy of St. Louis-style pizza, Imo’s, is being lauded as one of the best pizzas in America. The editors at Tasting Table, a website and newsletter for foodies, has included Imo’s pizza on their list of the Best Pizzas in the Country. The list features pizza establishments from coast-to-coast and includes styles from deep dish to Neapolitan. The Tasting Table editors noted the thin, crispy crust and Provel cheese as unique to the St. Louis area. Imo’s began delivering “the square beyond compare” to hungry St. Louisans in 1964, and we’ve been devouring their pizza ever since. It really is a St. Louis original, and arguably one of the best pizzas in America.
Top 10 Vegetarian & Vegans Restaurants
When St. Louis eats, we like to chow down on food that tastes good and food we can feel good about. Sure, we love our barbecue, and this great city offers some of the very best, but there’s so much more too—a veritable cornucopia of prime culinary offerings—including an abundance of great vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants. So, we wanted to know which restaurants offer the best vegetarian and vegan fare. We checked the customer reviews and found St. Louis diners have a lot of good choices for meatless meals. We compiled a list of the top 10, based on customer reviews, and threw in a few more fresh ideas too.
Gamlin Whiskey House is Elevating its Wine Program
St. Louis is fortunate to be home to one of the best whiskey bars in the country. Gamlin Whiskey House at 236 N. Euclid in the Central West End is well known for its locally sourced steakhouse fare and extensive whiskey list. They already had a great wine list at Gamlin. Now, they’re elevating their wine program by bringing in Level-One sommelier Caitlin Martines, who’s already making some additions. In her first expansion of the wine list, Martines has added four highly acclaimed and hard to find Sine Qua Non labels to the Gamlin cellar. These California wines are all made in limited batches and sold only to select clients. They are as highly acclaimed as they are hard to come by. For Gamlin, Martines has selected three Sine Qua Non labels that have received 100-points from Robert Parker: The Wine Advocate, and a fourth that’s earned 98-points. All four Sine Qua Non wines are now available at Gamlin Whiskey House for $400–600 per bottle.
Kickin’ it up Baja Style at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
We told you about a taco shop that puts its own spin on Tex Mex Cuisine. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop serves up their signature Baja style tacos, plus nachos, quesadillas, burritos, and more. While it’s a speedy turn around once your order is placed at the counter, this is not your typical fast food fare. These are gourmet tacos with creative toppings like garlic sauce and Feta cheese. Fuzzy’s offers a wide variety of tacos to suit many appetites, like grilled shrimp tacos, shredded chicken or brisket, spicy beef or pork, grilled fish or veggies, even tempura tacos. For foodies who like to start their morning with a kick, Fuzzy’s serves up an impressive Tex Mex breakfast menu of burritos, tacos, migas, chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, and more. There are four strategically located Fuzzy’s Taco Shops in the St. Louis area can be found in Maryland Heights, Manchester, Webster Groves and St. Charles.