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rehearsal dinner - St. Charles, MO

We already have south St. Louisans crossing the Missouri ocean to come to a wedding in the back woods of St. Charles - anything further than the church at 70 and Zumbehl is really pushing it. But thanks for the reminder about McGurks; we tend to forget about it for our own dining out.

Jun 17, 2013
kroppinkris in Great Plains

rehearsal dinner - St. Charles, MO

Pios is on the radar; my own rehearsal dinner was held there 25 years ago! I know it's not haute cuisine, but admit to loving their pizza; could we serve that at a rehearsal dinner?????? I'd be happy.

Jun 17, 2013
kroppinkris in Great Plains

rehearsal dinner - St. Charles, MO

Good suggestion! That's what my brain is missing - thinking of places that we really like that also could serve a large group. I know the bride and groom like it there too; he's a huge fan of all of their "moonshine" options and she loves the selection of microbrews - and the food is pretty good too :)

Jun 17, 2013
kroppinkris in Great Plains

rehearsal dinner - St. Charles, MO

Looking for ideas for a rehearsal dinner for about 50 in the city of St. Charles (not wanting to go far out into the county down highway 94 or 70). Not sure of a price per plate (we're the parents of the bride) but definitely the more inexpensive would be preferred. Wine and beer needs to be an option but not an open bar. I should have more ideas since this is our stomping grounds but just can't think of ideas.

Thanks!

Kris

Jun 16, 2013
kroppinkris in Great Plains

STL - downtown (pre Blues game)

I'm surprising my husband with Blues tickets for Saturday night's season opener. The pregame stuff starts as early as 5:30. I'd like to find a fun place for dinner before the game. We like casual food more than fancy and a great beer selection is probably as important as the food. We are staying downtown and will have a car although I'd prefer to be able to walk or use Metro Link.

Thanks!

Jan 17, 2013
kroppinkris in Great Plains

Where to eat in St Louis with kids?

My kids always loved The Boathouse in Forest Park for the day you are at the Zoo - especially if it's a nice day and you can eat outside around the lake. There's something about paddle boats that really made my family happy. It's been a while so I honestly can't speak of it from a food experience.

Sep 19, 2012
kroppinkris in Great Plains

Tongue Hanging Out in St Louis

We did not serve it at our wedding. I've always figured that gave me built in grounds for an annulment if needed :)

But back to the thread topic - I don't know that I've ever really seen it on a menu. Reminds me of pork steaks. Everyone makes those themselves and you wouldn't order it out.

Aug 14, 2012
kroppinkris in Great Plains

Kids in Downtown St. Louis

I would concur with the Fitz's recommendation. My kids love the bottomless soda mug where you can sample almost all of their flavors.

Jul 26, 2012
kroppinkris in Great Plains

Indianapolis (east) - casual, inexpensive, perhaps a brewpub? pizza?

Just wanted to give you a quick report back on my trip. Unfortunately, we really didn't get to enjoy much of Indy food. We got a much later start on our drive and didn't realize there was e time change so we just grabbed something on the road. And I totally forgot about one of our nights in town being a Friday in lent so I wasn't prepared for non-meat options. We actually ended up at the chain, Old Spaghetti Factory which was rather nostalgic for me since I worked at one in college and really haven't gone since.

Our one Indy meal was at Bazbeaux's for pizza. I'm not sure if I read about it directly on a Chowhound thread or in the pizza blog someone recommended. I love pizza in all forms so I'm not the best critic since I'm so easy to please. But we enjoyed our meal quite a bit. The pizza was a bit burnt on the bottom but I appreciated the extra crispiness of that bottom crust. We were disappointed in that there were only 3 beers on tap and the other local beers were only available in cans so we could not taste those. In the end, we decided it was well worth the 2 mile round trip walk from the convention center.

We did pop in to the brewpub, RAM in downtown for a quick beer. I think it's a chain but it wasn't one either of us had seen. I appreciated that they were willing to give us a few tasters of the the beers that appealed to us without having to get the whole sampler containing beers that I knew I wouldn't like. It was a nice place to sit and wait out the storm that blew through.

Your city did a great job with our convention and I really enjoyed walking around the downtown area. I'm working on convincing my husband that he'd enjoy a long weekend there sometime. Thanks!

Apr 01, 2012
kroppinkris in Great Lakes

Indianapolis (east) - casual, inexpensive, perhaps a brewpub? pizza?

Thanks for the links. I guess I hadn't gone far enough back because the 2nd and 3rd threads were more of what I was looking for. Most of the threads I was reading were specifically talking about downtown options which I'd prefer to avoid.

I think we're about 10 miles east of downtown; no idea what that area is called.

I didn't find much specific to pizza or brewpubs. Am I out of luck?

Thanks for the links.

Feb 27, 2012
kroppinkris in Great Lakes

Indianapolis (east) - casual, inexpensive, perhaps a brewpub? pizza?

I'll be coming to Indy at the end of March for the Science Teacher's convention (yes, all of us nerds in one place!). We're actually staying east of downtown and from what I've been reading, downtown seems more "chainish" which we'd prefer to avoid anyway. We'll have a car and a teacher's budget. My friend and I particularly enjoy trying beers when we travel so a brewpub is always a good choice for us. We're in town for 3 nights so we're looking for several options. Otherwise, we're open for options. Is Indy known for any particular foods that natives love (and usually outsiders find "interesting" - I speak from the experience that no one gets St. Louis pizza but those born here.)

Thanks for your help.

Feb 26, 2012
kroppinkris in Great Lakes

Springfield, MO - single person

Thanks for the ideas. Googling addresses linked me to some other reviews and they sound promising.

Hoping to get out of STL early this afternoon so I'm not eating on the road and get a chance to try something tonight!

Nov 17, 2011
kroppinkris in Great Plains

Springfield, MO - single person

I'll be in Springfield later this week for a conference. Lunch is included so I'm only looking for dinner ideas. Pretty much open to anything in the $15 and under range. I get in later Thursday so that night I'd probably be more interested in something for take out for that evening.

Thanks!

Kris

Nov 14, 2011
kroppinkris in Great Plains

St. Louis Brewpubs

We love, love Urban Chestnut. Each beer is served in its particular glass or stein. Food is definitely limited but we've enjoyed the sausage/cheese platters they do offer. We describe the place as sort of a "Starbucks" for beer drinkers - with that just hang out, enjoy your drink attitude. It's good we don't live too terribly close, my husband would be a regular.

I remember liking Six Row well enough but don't remember what we've eaten there. Husband liked the cask beer that they had tapped. Seems to me, they rotate their beers a bit more and have more single cask, limited offerings than other breweries.

Ferguson definitely is a decent food option choice and they have a wide beer selection.

I didn't know there was a new one opening in Cottleville - that will my husband way too happy.

Kris

Aug 30, 2011
kroppinkris in Great Plains

BBQ Pork Steak Potato Chips from Old Vienna

And buying a bag from Circle K means my husband makes that huge commission off it's sale :)

I'll be curious to hear what you think of them. They are interesting.

May 02, 2011
kroppinkris in Great Plains

BBQ Pork Steak Potato Chips from Old Vienna

My husband just happens to be the OV route guy for this area so here's a pretty inclusive list. They do taste just like bbq pork steaks. I find that it a bit disconcerting in a chip so I'm not fond of them but he says they are definitely selling well in areas. I much prefer the red hot riplets.

Circle K at Olive and Hanley
Pete's Sure Save at Olive and Hanley and the one on Vernon
Mobil at Page and Hanley
Hanley Hills Market
Mobil in Olivette and Creve Couer both on Olive

May 01, 2011
kroppinkris in Great Plains

Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg - Brew Pubs (and other casual types)

Just a quick report back on our stay in the Smokies.

We really enjoyed our dinner at the Smoky Mountain Brewery. Very good (and cold!) beers with a nice sampler. We had a difficult time choosing which beers to each get in regular size. We loved the naked wings. We had sides of several sauces and our favorite was the Thunder road although we liked the hot and spicy (but it's not in the Frank's hot sauce, buffalo style) and the ginger soy also. My husband's burger was good. My chicken sandwich as served was a bit blah but fortunately we had plenty of the sauces left over which made it a great sandwich. We went back on our way out to get a 6 pack of beer and a pizza walked by that smelled amazing - would have liked to have tried one.

We also enjoyed Calhoun's. We had the 3 sampler plate. The ribs were tasty as was the pulled pork. Still trying to figure out why chicken tenders was the third meat - seemed out of place. But - we were able to have the beers we didn't choose the night before so all was well!

Thanks for the recommendations.

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Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
1004 Parkway Ste 501, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg - Brew Pubs (and other casual types)

I've been to Branson in Missouri and had read some threads on PF/GB so I had a pretty good idea of what our eating options were going to be. It seems to be best that we're probably more interested in good beer than good food! We tend to stick to more casual places when we travel - hate to deal with packing hanging clothes. However, we do like to try something local & original; I don't want to eat somewhere I can easily find here in the STL.

As long as there's a brewpub, my husband will be happy and we enjoy comparing bbq styles around the country so Smoky Mountain and Calhoun's sound like our kind of places.

Anything unique or special about Tenn. pizza? I think I should add "eat a pizza in all 50 states" to my bucket list!

Thanks for the help. I'll report back.

Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg - Brew Pubs (and other casual types)

I've found a few older threads but nothing more recent than 6 months or so for the area. Hoping to see if there's anything interesting in the brew pub style since my husband loves to try out the local brews. Anything else in the casual, relatively inexpensive style recommendations would also be appreciated. Thanks!

Kris

St Louis for a week

And while it may be tempting at Crown Candy to just sneak in and get a to go order - don't do it! - at least not with kids. My own (who are now 18 and 21!) love, love getting that wonderful malt served with the metal mixing cup half filled with more malt. There's just something nifty about that no matter what your age.

Feb 21, 2011
kroppinkris in Great Plains

Brewpubs in ST. Louis

The Post had a relevant article today:
http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment...

We've been to many of these and all have their positives. My husband loves all the "interesting" beers; I always end up with the one that tastes most like Bud Light, much to his dismay - so I can't comment much on these. He did like the Winter Ale at Trailhead and loves the Scottish Ale at Schlafly.

Enjoy! We always find local brewpubs when we travel also.

Jan 28, 2011
kroppinkris in Great Plains

Fun and celebratory in downtown KC

We're definitely more casual than anything - no cuisine preference except no Italian since we'll be heading somewhere for pasta/carbs the night before. I didn't realize Jack Stacks was downtown and I've seen that referenced several times here for KC bbq so that's intriguing. Price point - relatively inexpensive; part of the group will be college kids!

If we end up in the Power and Light district post dinner just for drinks, is there any place that would be good (or less bad)?

Oct 09, 2010
kroppinkris in Great Plains

Fun and celebratory in downtown KC

A group of us are heading to KC to run the 1/2 marathon this weekend. Assuming we survive the 13.1 miles, we will want to celebrate on Saturday evening. I'm guessing we'll end up with a group of about 10 to 15. We are staying at various downtown hotels and will want to be within an easy cab ride. Our son is only 18 so we will need some place that he is welcome. A good selection of beers is a must; we're open to food options.

Thanks!

Oct 09, 2010
kroppinkris in Great Plains

Brew pubs in Austin?

Thanks for the link. I did do a search first and only got hits where beer was mentioned in the thread and not the thread topic. Looking forward to doing my research!

Jun 27, 2010
kroppinkris in Austin

Brew pubs in Austin?

We're heading to Austin for volleyball nationals next week. Saw a post earlier about suggestions for where to take the boys and I definitely will do some more research there about feeding our 18 year olds also but.........

this post is about making the adults happy! We love to find brew pubs whenever we travel and taste locally brewed beer. Would love to hear where we need to go on our visit. Thanks!

Jun 27, 2010
kroppinkris in Austin

Seeking rennet

Our local IGA in the St. Louis area has/had it. I used to get it there when I made cheese as part of a Biochemistry lab. It was in the ice cream toppings and cone area there.

Jun 24, 2010
kroppinkris in Great Plains

Seeking Good Beer Places (St. Louis)

My husband likes the selection of beers at Growler's. Food is basic pub fare but since that's what we tend to like, that's fine with us. A toddler would be fine at the Olive/Ballas Rd location.

Jun 22, 2010
kroppinkris in Great Plains

Seeking Good Beer Places (St. Louis)

We like Hill Brewing also. Go to their website and sign up for their email list and you can get free coupons via email. Our last one was for $5 off and the most recent is for a free appetizer.

To the original poster, are you looking specifically for a brew pub that serves its own microbrews or a place that offers a wide selection of multiple beers - bottled or on tap?

Jun 21, 2010
kroppinkris in Great Plains

21st birthday - STL - Lafayette Square?

We celebrated the birthday last night. We did go to Square One Brewery. We all had sandwiches which we liked. The beer sampler was tasty :) Service was not so hot. She never brought out my husband's salad and the beer he ordered after the sampler didn't come out until we were basically finished eating but she didn't charge us for either. However, we were charged for the birthday brownie sundae she did bring us when she found out we were celebrating a birthday. If we had asked for something to celebrate, I wouldn't mind paying but we didn't really ask.

We loved Bailey's. The martini's were delicious - the Bailey's and the coffee ice cream were both quite tasty. Desserts were good also but it was really about the ambience which was very nice. We did laugh when we realized we spent more on dessert than dinner!!

It was a nice night celebrating.

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Square One Brewery
1727 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104

May 15, 2010
kroppinkris in Great Plains

Great new brewpub in Ferguson, MO

We went Friday night; mixed reviews. My husband and friend loved the beers. They liked that so many were on tap instead of rotating seasonal ones in and out.

Everyone but me ordered bbq and were very pleased with it. The two guys got the platters and had lots of food. BBQ sauce was in the sweet range versus spicy. I ordered the beer cheese soup. I was told it was the bottom of the pot so it would be a bit till they could bring out the next batch. It was cold when it did come out. I have never sent food back to the kitchen, but the soup went back. I think it would've tasted fine if it had even been a bit warm. They were apologetic and did give me a complementary french onion soup (not bad, but not special).

Service - very very slow. Not an especially big deal because we enjoyed the company and the beer but definitely slow enough to warrant a mention.

We'll definitely give it another whirl sometime.

May 02, 2010
kroppinkris in Great Plains