TwinOak Wood-Fired Pizza & BBQ
Brentwood, MO/December 18, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – The last full weekend of the Christmas shopping season is upon us. For some that means two days of making mad dashes from one shopping center to the next. All that running around makes you hungry! Food courts or drive-thrus might seem convenient, but a quick respite between mega-plazas is a more sensible option. Why eat poorly when you don’t need to go out of your way for a great meal? TwinOak Wood-Fired Pizza & BBQ at 1201 Strassner Drive in Brentwood is making real, fresh food and they’re a convenient stop between shopping destinations. They’re right around the corner from the Promenade, and just a few blocks from Brentwood Square and St. Louis Galleria. There’s even a Sam’s Club and Walmart Supercenter right across the street on Hanley Road.
Freddie Friedrichs opened the restaurant with his sons, twins Casey and Curt Friedrichs in 2011. Curt has moved on to Nashville with his wife, former KSDK-TV meteorologist Bree Smith—now Chief Meteorologist at CBS affiliate, WTVF. But Freddie and son Casey are still running the family-friendly TwinOak Wood-Fired Pizza & BBQ restaurant.
Just as the name implies, they specialize in wood-fired pizza and slow-smoked barbecue. The restaurant lays claim to the largest wood-fired oven in the US, and they fire it up to 900-degrees to bake their Neapolitan style pizza to crispy perfection in just a few minutes. They use only Missouri grown oak to fire it. The consistent quality of the wood they use ensures everything they bake in the oven meets their high quality standards. Local sourcing lets them make great food in a sustainable way. Casey Friedrich says the wood-fired oven is not only fast, but it’s a healthy way to bake delicious food.
TwinOak’s Chefs Andrew Beuschel and Aaron Hults have created several signature pizzas, including the Bleu Ribbon Pizza: a glorious combination of filet mignon, arugula, bleu cheese, shaved parmesan, and mozzarella, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The meatier-ologist is made with three kinds of sausage: chorizo, Italian, and Andouille; plus bacon, basil, mozzarella, and their house-made tomato sauce. But they didn’t stop there. They do pizzas with pulled pork and pulled chicken. They have Cajun, tropical, classic Italian, and Jamaican jerk too. They also do vegetarian pizzas, including a Mediterranean complete with artichoke hearts and kalamata olives. They’ll even let you pick whatever toppings you like so you can build your own.
The BBQ side of the menu offers some crowd pleasers that are slow-smoked over Missouri hickory. There’s pulled chicken and pork, of course, but you’ll also find beef brisket, smoked wings, and fall-off-the-bone-tender baby back ribs. Order three bones for lunch or happy hour; get a half rack for dinner, complete with classic sides like homemade coleslaw or twice-baked potatoes.
At TwinOak, there’s a little something for everyone. As if great pizza and barbecue weren’t enough, they also offer perfectly cooked steaks, great starters (like bacon-wrapped shrimp poppers, and home-smoked salmon), salads, wraps, and desserts. They also have a terrific selection of local craft brews on tap.
With a gigantic oven like the one at TwinOak, you know someone is baking cookies! They do chocolate chip by the cookie or the baker’s dozen (13). If you’re feeling indulgent, try their signature deep dish cookies. These are thick skillet-baked cookies (chocolate chip or snickerdoodle) fresh from the oven and topped with ice cream.
TwinOak Wood-Fired Pizza & BBQ opens at 11:00 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, so they’re a perfect choice for lunch or a quick pick-me-up between shopping centers. Once the errands are done, you can count on them for a feel-good family dinner. They’re open until 10:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday, and until 9:00 p.m. Sunday – Thursday. They have Happy Hour seven days a week from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Reservations can be made online, although they generally aren’t necessary for lunch or weeknight dinners. For large parties, they ask you give them a call at (314) 644-2772. That’s also the number to call to arrange catering.
The atmosphere at TwinOak is casual and family-friendly. The hospitable staff offers service that is quick and efficient—just what you want in the middle of your bustling day! Why settle for a blah fast food lunch or dinner when you can take the break you need without derailing your shopping plans? TwinOak Wood-Fired Pizza & BBQ lets you make the most of the last full weekend of the Christmas shopping season and warm up with a good meal.
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