Relish July 2011

East Side Eats: Alton’s State Street Market Debuts Lunch Menu

Editor’s Note: Relish would like to welcome Katie O’Connor, a well-known and well-respected editorial professional in the local dining community, to its Food & Drink team. We look forward to heari... more »

Jul 29, 2011 1:20 PM Dining

Spicy Food When It's Hot? The Pollacks Say "Aw-haw" at Riverbend Restaurant & Bar

When we talk about Riverbend Restaurant & Bar , let's get one thing out of the way immediately. The owners, Sam and Pat Kogos, were formerly our next-door neighbors. So we enjoyed their food at bl... more »

Jul 27, 2011 8:45 AM , Dining

July's Ins, Outs, and Almosts

The following is accurate as of a late-July press date and will be published in the September 2011 SLM: Recent Closings: Brandt’s: 6525 Delmar, June 6 Ozzie’s Restaurant and Sports... more »

Jul 26, 2011 10:40 AM Dining

There's That Word Again...Kabuki Sushi and Fusion Coming to Ballwin

Just when you think that word had disappeared from the local lexicon, it returns.  As the word "fusion" became more popular--and then ubiquitous--so did its connotation. "Fusion cuisine" today h... more »

Jul 26, 2011 10:05 AM Dining

First Look: RJ Chocolatier Is A Choc-o-Gasm

To listen to Rick Jordan describe the rigors of the boot camp-like environment of the French boutique chocolateries where he apprenticed– and then, to try one of his ganache pieces -- is to appreci... more »

Jul 25, 2011 9:35 PM Dining

Tour D’Onut Itinerary: Bike, Donut, Bike, Donut, Bike, Donut, Bike, Donut, Bike, Donut, Drink Beer, Maybe Pass Out

Is it wrong to bicycle to five donut shops, eating a donut at each? What if you rode on a tandem bike, and shared a donut at each stop? Then you would only be eating a reasonable two-and-a-half do... more »

Jul 22, 2011 3:05 PM Dining


Photographs by Leah Beane and Kevin A. Roberts

Bigger Bites: The Pork Duo at The Crossing Is Doubly Decadent

We're not statisticians. So it is possible there is a flaw in our formulations. That said, are we the only ones who've noticed that as pork in this country has gotten leaner, people have gotten fat... more »

Jul 21, 2011 10:45 AM Dining

The New Balaban's Earns Its First Wine Spectator Award Of Excellence

It probably came as no surprise. When Balaban's wine cellar & tapas bar owner Steve McIntyre was back at the original Cafe Balaban in the CWE, he won Wine Spectator awards for 15 consecutive... more »

Jul 21, 2011 6:00 AM Dining

Gourmet to Go Closing Downtown Location, Adding One in Clayton

The feets on the streets of downtown tipped off Relish that the downtown location of Gourmet to Go at 200 N. Broadway will close next Friday, July 29. GtG opened the small-scale, cafe-style locat... more »

Jul 20, 2011 9:58 AM Dining

It Came From Denver: Smashburger Begins Ground (Beef) Assault of StL

When exploding fast-casual burger franchise Smashburger sets its sights on different markets, they know it would behoove them to speak their language. So when they tweaked the menu for our area, ... more »

Jul 20, 2011 8:05 AM Dining

Ole! "Drink What Goya Drank" Features Powerful Punch (and Live Snakes)

In our "30 Days of Summer Drink Recipes" feature -- you know, the one you've taped to your refrigerator to consult when the mercury begins to boil within area thermometers -- one of our burg's pr... more »

Jul 18, 2011 6:16 PM Dining

Max & Erma's To Move Into Both Hanley's Grille & Tap Locations

A few years ago, and at almost the same time, two Hanley's Grille & Tap stores popped up in former J. Buck's locations, at St Clair Square and West County Center . Now Max & Erma's is pulling ... more »

Jul 18, 2011 3:15 PM Dining

Food Network Star Open Casting Call Downtown July 30

Food Network Star , the Food Network 's popular TV series, is heading into Season 8 and will be holding an open casting call in St. Louis on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sh... more »

Jul 18, 2011 2:05 PM Dining

Billy Busch To Roll Out Two New (Non-Craft) Beers

Give Geoff Whittington of Off the Beaten Patch a gold star for breaking the story , and the P-D's Evan Benn credit for spreading that word via Twitter.  It's true that William K."Billy" Busch, ... more »

Jul 18, 2011 1:10 PM Dining

Michael Del Pietro Personates Energizer Bunny: Plans More New Restaurants

Just the other day, when asked if he ever takes a break, Michael Del Pietro replied, "In this business, when you get on a roll, you've gotta go with it." And so he is... Right on the heels of th... more »

Jul 18, 2011 11:30 AM Dining

Locavore, Gourmet, and Maybe Even Vegan: South St. Louis Pizza Company Delivers...To Several Local Bars

“Pepperoni and sausage pizzas are boring,” said John Hatzl (on right in photo). “They’re all the same. When will South St. Louis Pizza Company make a pepperoni pizza? Never.” In a town divided... more »

Jul 16, 2011 3:10 PM Dining

Taste Wood Fired Fare Changes Its Name to TwinOak

Having two restaurants in the same town with the same name is, in Relish's opinion, confusing and unnecessary, so when we first heard of Curt and Casey Friedrichs' new pizza joint called Taste, ... more »

Jul 15, 2011 8:55 AM Dining

Rhine Haus to Replace Spyglass on the Park

Hey, if an opening announcement is affixed to a window using blue painter's tape, that makes it official enough for us. Construction on the renovation at 255 Union Blvd began last winter, the RF... more »

Jul 14, 2011 10:06 AM Dining

A Groupon for Guys >> Prix Fixe Dinners

"Gentlemen don't carry Groupons." Or so said a colleague recently. Which is not entirely true, mind you, but Relish will concede that gentlemen are not the prime target for companies that offer ... more »

Jul 12, 2011 6:00 PM Dining


Photographs by Kevin A. Roberts

Been There? To Dave & Tony's Premium Burger Joint? SLM's Dave Lowry Pays A Visit

Image: St. Louis Burger—premium steakburger with Provel cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, relish and thousand island dressing on Dave's original bun "So you have crushed ice? And p... more »

Jul 12, 2011 4:00 PM Dining

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