Relish July 2012

On May, 30 of this year, 14-year-old Cameron Vennard (left) was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Kirkwood. He was the son of Darryl Vennard and Sue Herrin Vennard, both long time personal fr... more

Jul 31, 2012 11:45 AM Dining

Outstanding gyros can be found at SoCo's Gyros in St. Louis' South County. more

Jul 31, 2012 10:30 AM Dining

Water Street in Maplewood is one of St. Louis' better under the radar restaurants. more

Jul 28, 2012 9:05 AM Dining

Ken Cobb’s perfect lunch is a meaty sandwich and a cupcake. The retiree and his wife Kathy are re-entering the workforce to open Farmhouse Sandwiches  in O’Fallon, Mo., on Aug.6. His plan: to sell... more

Jul 27, 2012 1:25 PM Dining

Annie Russo Gitto, wife of Charlie Gitto, Sr, passes away at the age of 81. more

Jul 26, 2012 9:30 AM Dining

Larry Lampert is one of the more colorful--and emotive--guys on the local restaurant scene. Several years ago, it was Lampert who threw me out of his now-shuttered restaurant in Rock Hill, Larry... more

Jul 25, 2012 9:45 AM Dining

The Travel Channel was on hand July 21, 2012 at Saleem's West in St. Louis to witness Mark Hellige beating a 26 year old garlic-eating record: he ate 16 roasted heads of garlic in under 10 minutes, beating the previous record of 15. , set back in 1986. more

Jul 24, 2012 4:50 PM Dining

The most recent restaurant openings, closings, and "coming soon" announcements. more

Jul 24, 2012 4:24 PM Dining

In 1986 a Washington University student casually strolled into the annual garlic-eating contest at Saleem’s, “Where Garlic is King,” and inhaled 15 entire roasted heads of garlic in seven minutes. ... more

Jul 20, 2012 8:45 AM Dining

You’d think this broiling heat wave would boost the business at the summer ice-cream and concrete/custard shacks that dot the area, and to some extent, it does. And yet, explained Deirdre “Dede” Co... more

Jul 19, 2012 12:35 PM Dining

When I pay with a credit card at a restaurant, I usually try to tip in cash, as I always thought servers preferred it. Does "cash or credit" make any difference in the tip department? Please advis... more

Jul 19, 2012 12:35 PM Dining

Mike Johnson (of Boogaloo) and Carolyn Downs (of Cyrano's) will open Sugarfire Smokehouse, adding some twists and turns to the exciting St. Louis BBQ scene. more

Jul 18, 2012 10:40 AM Dining

Editor's Note: This is part two of Jenny Agnew's two-part series. For part one, click here . Local chains, in particular, which employ thousands of people, may be affected the most by the act... more

Jul 13, 2012 2:35 PM Dining

His most recent Facebook post says it all: “Christopher Hoel is happy to fail instead of failing to be happy! Next year!” He is referring to the Court of Master Sommeliers' (CMS) exam he took in... more

Jul 13, 2012 11:05 AM Dining

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, but sometimes, if you get lucky, there might be a free breakfast. They call it "Free Bagel Friday," and it puts a smile on the faces of the customers... more

Jul 12, 2012 4:40 PM Dining

Editor's Note: The following is part one of a two part series by Jenny Agnew on how President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare) affects not only the wo... more

Jul 12, 2012 4:30 PM Dining

Could you swoon in helpless rapture for... an apricot? You could if it were one of John Driver's " CandyCots ." The Modesto, CA farmer traveled to the far reaches of Tajikistan to obtain stock to g... more

Jul 11, 2012 5:10 PM Dining

Lofty news indeed. In a press release received this morning, it was announced that Balaban's Wine Cellar and Tapas Bar has earned its first Wine Spectator  Best of Award of Excellence . S... more

Jul 11, 2012 7:05 AM Dining

Honestly, we'd written off Mama Carlie's as a well-intentioned idea that remained just that. Relish learned--way back in November of 2010 --that a BBQ joint by that name would open in early 201... more

Jul 10, 2012 12:40 PM Dining

The Italians are in the house, and they’re taking the humble calzone to new heights. Business partners Dan Porzel, Ryan Mangialardo, and Brendon Maciariello (pictured left to right) are preparin... more

Jul 10, 2012 10:58 AM Dining