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Relish February 2013

Ask George: For once and for all, is pink pork safe to eat or not?

Q: For once and for all, is pink pork safe to eat or not? —Susie S., St. Louis A: Well...Grandma would have said no. Pink and pork go together like gourmet food and Guy Fieri. Back in Nana's d... more »

Feb 28, 2013 12:00 PM Dining

Blog Eat Blog: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook Signing March 1

It is not so much Deb Perelman’s kitchen ingenuity—which is impressive enough—that intrigues, but her popularity. By all accounts, Perelman is the food blogger of the moment. Her Smitten Kitc... more »

Feb 28, 2013 12:00 PM Dining

Our Dining Critic Criticizes the "No Reservations" Policy

If you have waited 90 minutes in line for dinner, you, sir or madam, are a putz. We say that with all due affection. And in your own best interest. After all, recognizing you are a putz is the f... more »

Feb 28, 2013 12:00 PM Dining

February's Ins, Outs, and Almosts (UPDATED)

The following list was accurate as of a late February press date and will be published in the April 2013 issue of SLM . UPDATES ARE IN BOLDFACE Closings: Ozella's Pizzeria: 468 Highway... more »

Feb 28, 2013 12:00 PM Dining

Lettuce Have a Little Water Now, Maybe? “Wasabi Arugula” is Hot, Hot, Hot

Ryan Mangialardo, head calzone-crimper at Sauce on the Side , has a secret. But if you’re nice, he will show you. Come back into the kitchen. Come closer. Yesssss, that’s right… Come back to th... more »

Feb 28, 2013 12:00 PM Dining

More on the EdgeWild Negotiations at Busch's Grove

In December, EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery was close enough to making a deal for 7500 square feet of the former Busch's Grove space that a June 2013 date was projected for the opening date of thei... more »

Feb 26, 2013 5:10 PM Dining

A Sneak Peek at La Pâtisserie Chouquette, Opening February 26

By George Mahe Simone Faure was a wizened pastry chef before she ever was hired as Exec Chef the Ritz Carlton-St. Louis, but it wasn't until she began creating cakes fashioned after women's handbags a... more »

Feb 25, 2013 5:30 PM Dining

Changing of the Guard: Jeff Stettner Sells 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar

Four years ago, Jake Hafner, then owner of 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar , sent out a long, heartfelt, and entertaining letter to his customers informing them he was selling the bar to Jeff Stettner.... more »

Feb 24, 2013 9:50 AM Dining

Soul Food in Benton Park West: The Choice

Move over, Sweetie Pie's . There's a new soul food restaurant in South City, and it has chops. Depending on the day, The Choice features fried chicken, smothered chicken, smoked turkey legs, ... more »

Feb 21, 2013 3:25 PM Dining

Not To Miss Dinner Event with Fio and Lisa Antognini

Those who remember Fio's La Fourchette do so fondly; those who've never had the pleasure now do...sort of. Next month, Fio and Lisa Antognini will return to St. Louis for a series of dinners hos... more »

Feb 20, 2013 9:25 AM Dining

Araka To Close, Des Moines-Based 801 Chophouse Takes Over Space

Is Clayton, Mo becoming a steak and potatoes town? One could make a case for it... On the heels of the two-month old Brazikat Brazilian Steak & Seafood House  comes word that  ARAKA  will close... more »

Feb 19, 2013 6:25 PM Dining

St. Louis' Only Soup Competition--Manor Grove's "Soup's On!"--Is This Sunday (UPDATED, with winners)

OK, there are a few parish-church-type soup competitions around town throughout the year, but in comparison to the 6th Annual " Soup's On! ," they are minor and few. "Soup's On!" is an annual fu... more »

Feb 19, 2013 12:20 PM Dining

Ask George: Why does a restaurant host/ess seem to seat diners at the most disagreeable table in a dining room full of empty tables?

Why does a  restaurant host/ess seem to seat diners at the most disagreeable table in a dining room full of empty tables? Carol M, St. Louis And I thought it was just me ! If there's a bus ... more »

Feb 14, 2013 2:24 PM Dining

Restaurant Service in St. Louis: Six Recurring Themes from Four Local Experts

“Bad service will stay with you forever as a guest—you’ll tell that story,” says Chris Kelling, general manager at Niche . He’s right. If you think about your recent dining experiences, you probab... more »

Feb 14, 2013 2:24 PM Dining

Grilled-Cheese Nirvana: A Guide to the Area’s Best and Weirdest

There are those of you – and you know who you are – who have not journeyed beyond the Land of the Expected, when it comes to grilled cheese. You think of grilled cheese as American cheese on white ... more »

Feb 14, 2013 2:24 PM Dining

The Cod Chronicles: Your Best Bets for Lenten Fish Fries in St. Louis

The Catholic church will be temporarily headless soon, but Lent must go on. Around these parts, that means a dizzying array of temporary cafeterias dishing up fried cod and sides of widely varyin... more »

Feb 14, 2013 2:24 PM Dining

What Wine Goes Best with Oysters a la Schadenfreude?

February is the calendar’s hospital-gown month: short, drab, and miserably chilly. And so one is thankful for diversions of whatever sort. That’s why we were taken with a story recently from San Fr... more »

Feb 12, 2013 5:25 PM Dining

A Closer Look at a Simple Dish: Cacio e Pepe

Editor's note: This month SLM dining critic Dave Lowry reviewed (naw, raved about ) Gerard Craft's Pastaria in Clayton. One of Lowry's obsessions was the canestri cacio e pepe : "You can—you m... more »

Feb 11, 2013 5:50 PM Dining

Support Your Local Chocolatier: The Top 5 Chocolate Shops for Valentine's Day

By George Mahe In the last decade, Missouri has produced an uncanny number of quality chocolatiers: bean-to-bar makers like Patric in Columbia and Askinosie in Springfield, plus some equally impre... more »

Feb 11, 2013 9:37 AM Dining

Bye-Bye Bella: Rue Lafayette Is Closed--for now

Anyone who knows the Rue Lafayette café knows owner Araceli Kopiloff and her Boston Terrier, Bella (at left), always on the premises and often in pearls. If you like dogs you have to marvel at ho... more »

Feb 11, 2013 5:15 AM Dining