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US regulators outline oversight on meat grown in lab dishes

NEW YORK (AP) — Burgers made by growing cow cells in a lab dish have a clearer path to reaching supermarkets as U.S. regulators on Thursday outlined how the emerging food category will be monitored. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said meat from cultured animal cells will have to undergo agency inspection, as with other meat … Continue reading US regulators outline oversight on meat grown in lab dishes

TripAdvisor News: 2018’s Best U.S. Restaurants

2018’s Best U.S. Restaurants by TripAdvisor Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for restaurants around the world, gathered over a 12-month period. “Millions of diners worldwide rely on TripAdvisor to discover their perfect culinary experience.  The 2018 Travelers’ Choice restaurant winners are what diners … Continue reading TripAdvisor News: 2018’s Best U.S. Restaurants

NEW YORK | Americans celebrating Independence Day with food, fireworks

NEW YORK  — With fireworks thundering across night skies and backyard barbecues, Americans are celebrating Independence Day by participating in time-honored traditions that express pride in their country’s 242nd birthday. But this quintessential American holiday will also be marked with a sense of a United States divided for some — evidenced by competing televised events … Continue reading NEW YORK | Americans celebrating Independence Day with food, fireworks

Food, showers, tents: Does the help help the homeless?

ANAHEIM, Calif. /December 28, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) –  Mohammed Aly does not see any reason why he shouldn’t try to ease the lives of Orange County’s homeless. But the authorities — and many of his neighbors — disagree. Aly, a 28-year-old lawyer and activist, has been arrested three times as he campaigned on behalf of street … Continue reading Food, showers, tents: Does the help help the homeless?

Marcoot Whey Ice Now Available at Dierbergs Markets

Cheese-Making By-Product Finds New Life as a Frozen Treat – Marcoot Whey Ice @ Dierbergs Markets St. Louis, MO/December 4, 2017 (STL.News) – Dierbergs Markets has just announced it will be carrying Marcoot Jersey Creamery’s newest product – whey ice – in all locations. Protein-packed whey is a by-product of the cheese-making process, Marcoot’s primary … Continue reading Marcoot Whey Ice Now Available at Dierbergs Markets

Frankly Sausages Opens Cherokee Brick-and-Mortar

Frankly on Cherokee Offers Food Truck Favs & More St. Louis, MO/November 23, 2017 (STL.News) – Some of the best sausages served in the St. Louis area have come from the food truck run by Chef Bill Cawthon and his wife Jamie Cawthon.  Hungry denizens of the Gateway City have followed the Frankly (Artisan) Sausages … Continue reading Frankly Sausages Opens Cherokee Brick-and-Mortar

New, enhanced Missouri Grown web site launched to provide a one-stop shop for consumers to explore food and farming

JEFFERSON CITY, MO/November 22, 2017 (STL.News) From turkey to sweet potatoes and green beans to pumpkin pie, Missouri farms produce food that will have a place on the dinner table on Thanksgiving. Missourians are fortunate to be home to plentiful agriculture which grows a variety of foods like beef, pork, peaches, walnuts, watermelon, potatoes, sweet corn … Continue reading New, enhanced Missouri Grown web site launched to provide a one-stop shop for consumers to explore food and farming

UberEATS Now Up and Running in St. Louis

Uber Now Putting Dinner on St. Louis Tables ST. LOUIS, MO/November 13, 2017 (STL.News) – We have become a society that lives by our smart phones.  We rely on them for everything from driving directions and daily news to tracking our fitness and entertaining our kids.  Sure, you can use them to make telephone calls … Continue reading UberEATS Now Up and Running in St. Louis

The Bagel Factory- New York Style Bagels

Authentic Bagels Available at the Bagel Factory in Creve Coeur St. Louis, MO/November 13, 2017 (STL.News) – We’ve all most likely had a bagel or perhaps several bagels in our lifetime, but how many of those were authentic?  I’m talking about the New York style bagel.  This is not what you’ll typically find in your … Continue reading The Bagel Factory- New York Style Bagels

23rd Annual Taste of St. Charles

Enjoy Local Food, Wine & Beer for a Good Cause St. Charles, MO/November 12, 2017 (STL.News) – On the northwestern edge of the St. Louis metropolitan area sits St. Charles, a city with a great history and tremendous culinary offerings.  The original Missouri capitol, St. Charles traces its roots back to 1769, when it was … Continue reading 23rd Annual Taste of St. Charles

Let EVERY Sunday be an Olivino Sunday-Funday?

Olivino Tasting Bar Serving Up Delicious Bloody Mary’s at Sunday-Fundays St. Charles, MO/November 11, 2017 (STL.News) – Whoever said that when you’ve got a good thing going you can’t make it even better did not know what they were talking about! That’s according to Olivino Tasting Bar Owner, Debbie Baker-Oliver. She just recently made one … Continue reading Let EVERY Sunday be an Olivino Sunday-Funday?

Food for Thought: Hunger hits close to home

October 31, 2017 (STL.News) Millions of children across the United States will go to bed hungry tonight—including many who live right here in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties. According to FeedingAmerica.org, as of 2016, 41.2 million Americans struggle with hunger, including 28.3 million adults and 12.9 million children. In 2015, 10.4 percent of the … Continue reading Food for Thought: Hunger hits close to home

Facebook takes on food delivery, challenges Uber and others

Facebook takes on food delivery while challenging Uber and other food delivery companies NEW YORK/October 13, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Several online services already offer food delivery, but that doesn’t mean Facebook (FB) won’t jump on board anyway. The social-media giant says ordering food for takeout or delivery is complicated. It promises to help save time … Continue reading Facebook takes on food delivery, challenges Uber and others

5th Annual Brew in the Lou Returns to Francis Park

Brew in the Lou Showcasing Local Beer and Spirits St. Louis, MO/October 1, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It began as a simple fundraiser for the Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA), but Brew in the Lou has grown into an annual festival celebrating locally produced beer, wine, and spirits.  Now in its fifth year, the festival is … Continue reading 5th Annual Brew in the Lou Returns to Francis Park

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin Pie Spice Season in St. Louis

Beyond Lattes: St. Louis’ Best Pumpkin Spice Specials This Fall St. Louis, MO/September 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Ah fall!  The leaves are turning.  The days are shorter, bringing the promise of cooler weather.  And the warm aroma of pumpkin spice is everywhere!  We’ve become accustomed to the annual return of pumpkin pie spiced lattes at … Continue reading Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin Pie Spice Season in St. Louis

Chef Ashley Shelton Named to Zaget’s 30 under 30

Pasteria, Sardella Exec. Chef Ashley Shelton Wins National Honors St. Louis, MO/September 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – One of the best young, innovative chefs in America is St. Louis’ Ashley Shelton. That’s according to New York-based restaurant review site Zagat.com.  The Zagat editors have been doling out restaurant evaluations since they began publishing a restaurant guide … Continue reading Chef Ashley Shelton Named to Zaget’s 30 under 30

St. Louis’ Top Restaurants from a Summer of Top 10s

The Best of St. Louis’ Favorite Restaurants this Summer St. Louis, MO/September 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Following the trends in St. Louis’ restaurant industry is what we do.  We track the tastes of St. Louis diners too.  Each week we examined thousands of customer reviews to bring you a list of the Top 10 restaurants … Continue reading St. Louis’ Top Restaurants from a Summer of Top 10s

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host September Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting Project, Inc.

ROCK HILL, MO, September 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill is proud to announce their upcoming Giveback Tuesday event, which will benefit Project, Inc.  The event is slated for Tues., September 26. Every month, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria features a local nonprofit charity and donates 100 percent of … Continue reading Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host September Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting Project, Inc.

Soulard’s Pizzeoli Under New Ownership

Acclaimed Vegetarian Pizzeria Sold to First Time Restaurateur St. Louis, MO/September 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Sold is better than closed.  That’s the new mantra for St. Louis’ vegetarian pizza lovers in the wake of news that Scott Sandler has sold Pizzeoli, his popular vegetarian and vegan-friendly pizzeria in Soulard.  Sandler had opened the wood-fired pizza … Continue reading Soulard’s Pizzeoli Under New Ownership

Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria Opens Second Location in Town & Country

Katie’s Pizza new location in Town & Country opened its doors on August 16 TOWN & COUNTRY, MO/September 08, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie and Ted Collier, co-owners of Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill, are proud to announce that they have opened their second location in Town & Country on Wed., August 16. … Continue reading Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria Opens Second Location in Town & Country

Popular Belleville Seafood Restaurant Heading West to St. Louis

Seafood by Crushed Velvet Moving from Belleville to Washington Avenue St. Louis, MO/September 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – When Chef Jasmine Brooks opened a seafood restaurant in the heart of Belleville, local seafood lovers rejoiced!  So naturally, many metro-east diners were saddened to learn that Brooks is moving her restaurant, Seafood by Crushed Velvet, to the … Continue reading Popular Belleville Seafood Restaurant Heading West to St. Louis

Big Events, Family Dinners & the Best Places to Sip Whiskey in St. Louis

St. Louis Restaurant News Weekly Recap August 20–26, 2017 St. Louis, MO/August 27, 2017 (STL.News) – St. Louis is a restaurant city that offers something for everyone. From the slick, modern cafés and hip microbreweries to fine dining luxe and family dining mainstays, there’s a restaurant ready to serve just the sort of meal you … Continue reading Big Events, Family Dinners & the Best Places to Sip Whiskey in St. Louis

Fresh Fare, Fresh Faces, and Fresh Inspiration

St. Louis Restaurant News Weekly Recap July 23 – 29, 2017 St. Louis, MO/July 31, 2017 (STL.News) – Summer is peak barbecue season, and in no one does it better than the pit-master in the St. Louis area. We are home to some of the best barbecue in the nation, and this past week we … Continue reading Fresh Fare, Fresh Faces, and Fresh Inspiration

The Top 10 Cheesecake Makers in St. Louis

St. Louis’ Favorites for National Cheesecake Day St. Louis, MO/July 30, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – National Cheesecake Day is a real day.  Yay!  It’s today, July 30th, so it’s the perfect time to have a slice of your favorite kind.  Of course, we’re all familiar with the dense, creaminess that is New York style cheesecake.  And … Continue reading The Top 10 Cheesecake Makers in St. Louis

The Last Week Brought a Mixed Plate of Restaurant News

St. Louis Restaurant News Weekly Recap July 16-22, 2017 St. Louis, MO/July 23, 2017 (STL.News)(Restaurant News, Mixed Plate) – Whoever said the only constant is change could have been talking about St. Louis’ vibrant restaurant industry.  There’s always something new happening, openings, closings, special events and projects.  The past week was no exception. Change brought … Continue reading The Last Week Brought a Mixed Plate of Restaurant News

Celebrate National Mac and Cheese Day Friday

Where to Find the Best Mac and Cheese in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO/July 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — National Mac and Cheese Day is upon us.  Of all the celebrated food holidays and observances, this is one of our favorites in my family.  Macaroni and cheese is a simple combination of noodles, butters, and cheese that comes in a multitude of variations.  Mac and cheese can be made with a variety of cheeses, from mild to sharp, tangy to smoked, and everything in between.  It can be an artisan creation that blends familiar flavors with exotic ingredients.  Or a homey dish of cheese, butter, milk, and pasta that is as warm and satisfying as it is simple.

The origins of this classic dish are a disputed matter.  James Beard Foundation cookbook winner Clifford A.  Wright says, “there can be no doubt that its ultimate origins are Italian.”  As proof, he cites a 13th century cookbook recipe for a dish that calls for lasagna noodles to be cut into squares, cooked, and tossed with grated cheese.  Food 52 says the dish may be French in origin.  Dishes combining dough or pasta, cheese, and butter appear in several 14th century cookbooks across Italy, France, and even England’s The Forme of Cury.  American-style mac and cheese may date back to the eighteenth century.  Smithsonian Magazine says, “it most likely hails from Northern Europe, with the earliest known recorded recipe being scribbled down in 1769.”

It’s not even clear how Americans came to know this classic comfort food.  Some food historians credit Thomas Jefferson with bringing macaroni and cheese to the U.S. after a European trip that took him to Italy and France.  Others say colonists in Connecticut introduced a creamy casserole form of mac and cheese, having brought the recipe with them from England.  No matter how it got here, macaroni and cheese has become a classic—if not the quintessential American comfort food.

Most of us grew up with the blue boxed macaroni and cheese with it’s convenient combination of elbow macaroni and dried cheese sauce mix.  It was weeknight fast, and surprisingly tasty.  It was the only mac and cheese my mom ever made.  I loved the stuff, right up until the cafeteria at my elementary school began serving their version of macaroni and cheese at lunch time.  The creamy, buttery, white cheddar and Velveeta-based, baked casserole was made by the lunch ladies at South Elementary School in Fairborn, Ohio—and it put the boxed kind to shame.  It was creamy and cheesy, with the perfect toasty cheese crust on top.  If that mac and cheese was sold in a St. Louis restaurant, I would eat there every day.

Fortunately for mac and cheese lovers across the metro area, there are a lot of local restaurants that do justice to this American mainstay.  Some local eateries offer their takes on this classic as side dishes to accompany fried chicken, steak, or barbecue mains, or on their kids’ menus.  Other places feature mac and cheese as an entree that stands on its own.  Across town, you’ll find mac and cheese stirred into a creamy, saucy dish; baked under a blanket of buttery, crispy breadcrumbs; and topped with everything from bacon to asparagus relish.  You’ll even find crispy mac and cheese balls (Lotawata Creek in Fairview Heights), and a smoked gouda mac and cheese hand pie (Saturdays only at Pint Size Bakery in Lindenwood Park).

Since Friday, June 14th is National Mac and Cheese Day, we thought we’d point you to a few St. Louis restaurants that do this creamy comfort food justice.  Each has its own version of the noodle, butter, cheese combo that makes their mac and cheese worth the trip.  Here are our recommendations for five places that offer exceptional interpretations of this homespun comfort food favorite:

1. Sweetie Pies makes the mac and cheese of my dreams.  This is the closest approximation I have found to the old elementary school lunch ladies’ version I fell in love with all those years ago.  It’s super cheesy, creamy, and baked with a toasty cheese crust (no breadcrumbs), and simply delicious.  Miss Robbie Montgomery, founder of Sweetie Pie’s soul food restaurants (and one of the stars of the reality TV show Welcome to Sweetie Pies on OWN) has even shared the secrets to her signature Mac and Cheese.

VIDEO: Miss Robbie Montgomery shows Food Network’s Guy Fieri how to make Sweetie Pie’s Mac and Cheese.

There have been several iterations of Sweetie Pie’s Restaurants over the years. Currently, you’ll find this incredible mac and cheese at Sweetie Pie’s The Upper Crust, 3643 Delmar Blvd. in St. Louis’ Grand Center neighborhood.

2. Steve’s Hot Dogs at 2131 Marconi Ave. on The Hill is known for two things, hot dogs, as the name suggests, and mac and cheese.  They offer the great American comfort food five ways, from the unadorned, silky “Madeline Mac & Cheese Bowl” to the decadent layers of rotini, alfredo, parmesan, cheddar, bacon, and fried onion known as “The Macgyver Bowl,” the choices offer a little something for everyone.  At Steve’s you can get mac and cheese topped with bacon, or chili.  They even have a sweet and spice combo called the “Kevin Bacon Jamaican Bowl” which starts with a slice of pepper jack that’s topped with Mac & Cheese, honey chipotle, crisscrossed bacon slices, grilled bell peppers and then more bacon.  Can’t decide between a hot dog and mac and cheese? Have a Gorilla Mac & Cheese Dog: a smoked Nathan’s hotdog, topped with creamy mac and cheese, bacon, and French fried onions.

3. Mak’s Pub and Grub is a family owned bar and grill that specializes in gourmet “Mak” and Cheese.  The Princeton Heights restaurant (6109 Gravois Ave.) opened last year offering six different, creative versions of macaroni and cheese.  The choices run the gamut from a “Classic Mak” made with their melted four-cheese blend, cavatappi (corkscrew noodles) and toasted pretzel crumbs, to the “Brinner Mak” made with brown sugar bacon, hash brown, a sunny side egg, and corn flakes.  You can even get mac and cheese stuffed into a grilled cheese sandwich!

4. The Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese at Herbie’s is legendary.  This dinner menu entree is a brilliant combination of lobster tail, four-cheese mornay, asiago gratin, corn, and truffle oil.  Since July 14th is also Bastille Day, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate America’s favorite comfort food than ordering the Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese at Herbie’s (8100 Maryland Ave, Clayton) French-inspired American bistro.

5. The Thai Pork Mac N’ Cheese at the Walnut Grill is something special.  It’s loaded with four cheese alfredo and smoked gouda, then topped with Thai-seasoned pulled pork, asparagus relish, and sweet chili sauce.  Not exactly a traditional mix of flavors, this mac and cheese is creamy, smoky, spicy, and oh so delicious.  Walnut Grill is a boutique restaurant chain based in Pittsburgh, Penn.  There are currently two locations in St. Louis (1386 Clarkson Clayton Center in Ellisville and 4401 State Hwy K in O’Fallon, MO), with a new Sunset Hills location (10797 Sunset Hills Plaza) set to open in August.

Bonus Pick: Mangia Italiano at 3145 South Grand Blvd in south St, Louis offers a baked lobster mac and cheese that can be ordered with gluten free pasta.  You’d never guess this rich and creamy dish is gluten free.

Strauss Park Alive Festival Bringing 8 Weeks of Fun to Grand Center

Free Summer Fun & Great Food at Strauss Park Alive Festival St. Louis, MO/June 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Have you been looking for fun and interesting ways to get out of the house and spend your summer days in the sunlight and fresh air?  If so, then you might want to mark your calendar!  Starting … Continue reading Strauss Park Alive Festival Bringing 8 Weeks of Fun to Grand Center

Change Was Last Week’s Theme in Restaurant News

STL Restaurant News Weekly Recap June 18 – 24, 2017 St. Louis, MO/June 25, 2017 (STL.News) – Change can be good or bad, but it is always inevitable—especially in the dynamic, ever-evolving St. Louis restaurant industry.  And there’s so much happening in St. Louis this summer!  It’s a great place to be if you want … Continue reading Change Was Last Week’s Theme in Restaurant News

Dave & Buster’s to Debut Exclusive Spider-Man Arcade Game Nationwide

Tremendous Year for Spider-Man Franchise Continues with New Arcade Game at Dave & Buster’s DALLAS/June 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – In anticipation of the worldwide release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, in theaters July 7, Dave & Buster’s, the ultimate destination for fun, food, friends and games introduces a brand new Spider-Man arcade game created exclusively for the … Continue reading Dave & Buster’s to Debut Exclusive Spider-Man Arcade Game Nationwide

St Louis Union Station’s Station Grill Competes

St. Louis Union Station’s Station Grill Competes in the James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project ST. LOUIS, MO/May 30, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Station Grill – The James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project is back and St. Louis has a delicious home town competitor. From now through July 31, food lovers can vote for St. Louis Union … Continue reading St Louis Union Station’s Station Grill Competes