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Bar/lounge near Sidney St Cafe

Great - thanks for the feedback. Really like the food and drink at Ernesto's - it can get crowded and noisy inside though. Cheers!

about 16 hours ago
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Bar/lounge near Sidney St Cafe

Also nice is Ernesto's Wine Bar in Benton Park.

Apr 16, 2014
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Easter Brunch - St Louis?

You might consider Bixby's at the MO History Museum.

Feb 23, 2014
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St. Louis: Has anyone been to Juniper yet?

I've not yet been to Juniper, thanks for the reminder. This is the first ongoing restaurant by the chef, who is very gifted and has run short-term concepts in this space (which is lovely) and underground dinners. More intimate space at Juniper, food and drink would be great both places.

Dec 11, 2013
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BBQ...near downtown St Louis...on a Sunday evening

I would try to work out a Pappy's visit. Try to get there before mid-afternoon.

Oct 10, 2013
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St. Louis visit - Open to additional ideas

Thanks for the great update. Yes, StL is now getting a rep as a great BBQ destination. I've not been to Rooster since it expanded. I was just at Bogarts today (I live nearby in Lafayette Square). They have smoked tri tip sandwiches now - OMG!

Sep 14, 2013
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Sherman's Deli (St. Louis) Cabbage Soup Recipe

Pretty sure the deli itself is closed, but the exchange might work for you.

Aug 01, 2013
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German bakeries in St. Louis

How in the world does an "anarchist bakery" work? Violent overthrow of the status quo with baked goods? Nobody has scheduled shifts?

Jul 15, 2013
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German bakeries in St. Louis

Try Four Seasons Bakery off 70 in St. Charles, highly recommended:

http://www.4seasonsbakery.com/

Jul 11, 2013
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rehearsal dinner - St. Charles, MO

Pios is not haute cuisine but might work. Another place that comes to mind is Beefeaters near 370. What about that banquet center near the casino? Never been there, not sure if it is still open.

Jun 17, 2013
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rehearsal dinner - St. Charles, MO

Hendricks is indeed good and a huge space. I've not yet been to Prasino or the Brazilian place in the Streets of St. Charles development (the old Noah's Ark site), but that might be worth checking out. Old school but pretty good food is Pio's across from the hospital in downtown St. Chuck. Sadly that area is still mostly full of chains...

Jun 17, 2013
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Clayton/St. Louis questions

Thanks for the follow up, glad you enjoyed. I often wonder as so many posters never post after their visit!

Jun 17, 2013
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Trip Report [STL] – Bogart’s Smokehouse, Rue Lafayette, Half and Half, Niche, Rooster, Bailey’s Range

Rue Lafayette has been closed for several months now. Sad, but due to a divorce between co-owners.

Jun 09, 2013
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STL general area (wide net) question

That's too bad...not sure I can justify their dinner prices last time I looked at the menu, given all else that's out there. I had a great pork chop entree at the Block in the CWE that was only $17!

Jun 07, 2013
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STL general area (wide net) question

Lemons, how recently did he move to Overlook? The last time I ate at Duffs (within the last year) I could have thought of 100 places in StL where I could get a better meal. Not sure what's up there or if their 40+ year run is coming to an end. Loved Overlook when Grandinetti was there, too far to go if they are on their "B or C" game there. Granted, I think the competition in StL is MUCH higher than it was 40 years ago, or even 4! And that is a great thing.

Jun 07, 2013
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STL general area (wide net) question

Wine Country Gardens is pretty good, I've been there a few times over the last couple of years for Mother's Day brunches and the like.

Jun 07, 2013
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STL general area (wide net) question

Overlook Farm had great food and a very good chef, but from what I understand things have gone downhill precipitously since his departure.

Jun 01, 2013
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STL general area (wide net) question

The food at Chandler Hill near Augusta is pretty good and there is a nice view and huge patio. What about the Hawthorne Inn in Labadie? No view, but good food.

May 27, 2013
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Two Great Burgers in StL -- O'Connell's and Fatted Calf

Yes, Fatted Calf is gone for good. It was once a small national chain in larger cities. I thought the new burger place in Clayton pretty good. Five Star has been open at least six months or more, Fatted Calf has closed more recently, I'm pretty sure.

My go to places for great burgers:
Price no object: Blood and Sand
$10 and under: Sassy Jacs (Soulard) - great meat, toasted brioche bun
O'Connell's Pub, Blueberry Hill

In between: Late night menu at Five Bistro on The Hill

May 22, 2013
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Cafe Luna closed, Champaign

I read with sadness about the closure of Cafe Luna. I lived in CU for the better part of 20 years, and remember well Luna at the 4th and Green location, which was some of the best dining around. It seems their decline started around the time I left in 2009. I admit I haven't been there for several years. I wonder what happened? I see online harrumphing about tapas style places, but it seems to me that the point is to order 4-5 things and share. Yes, it can get expensive if you aren't careful. Anyone want to chime in on what they think happened?

Jan 15, 2013
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Jelly Doughnuts in St Louis

Not sure about Sunday, but John Donut on Broadway near Soulard is great. There are certainly Jewish folks in St. Louis, but more spread out than they used to be.

Dec 06, 2012
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Non-Chain Recommendations in Champaign-Urbana, IL

The last time I ate Garcia's at Glenn Park in Champaign, the last location of which I am aware, it was pretty dingy and the food not very good. This was several years ago.

Oct 04, 2012
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Non-Chain Recommendations in Champaign-Urbana, IL

Maize... Is that in place of Ye Olde "fill in the blank" at 1st and Green? I'm hoping to get up next weekend overnight, trying to find someone to stay with. No home football game but hotels are sky high, even in Bloomington Normal. Is there something at ISU I wonder...what's the lowdown on the replacement in the TGIF space? I find myself craving Seaboat, may have to make a stop. Black Dog is without question. There is BBQ at that level in St. Louis, but not a place with as many things I like as BD. There are over 30 food trucks in StL and nearby, and most are very good.

Oct 01, 2012
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Non-Chain Recommendations in Champaign-Urbana, IL

Thanks debbiel. I've heard good things about the new Mexican place in the old Sweet Betsy's spot. Have you been? What's the latest in the various dining spots at Village at the Crossing? I must say I'm spoiled living in St. Louis, in the city, the food scene is really exploding here.

Oct 01, 2012
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Fanciest, Tastiest, Money-no-object Dining in STL

In St. Louis, there are very few places that approach the trifecta: beautiful space, fine food done creatively, and excellent service. Niche would probably come the closest of the places I have been, I have not been to Tony's. Farmhaus is casual with top-notch food and I have had good service. I don't care for the atmosphere at Sidney Street. I'd love to do Stone Soup Cottage but it is booked many months in advance, for good reason from what I have heard.

Sep 26, 2012
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STL Weekend Report (1st installment - more to follow)

St. Louis has a good theater scene too, but it's spread out over a wider area. The amount of development and dining on Washington especially even in the last 3-5 years is amazing. There are some nicer places, but many are not destination places, but more cater to the downtown loft clientele.

Sep 18, 2012
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STL Weekend Report (1st installment - more to follow)

That's kind of the sense I got. Even with all the pop loss, I always feel like the built environment really makes you feel like you are somewhere when I'm St. Louis. Cleveland has us beat in skyline and lake. Believe it or not (nerd alert!), Cleveland peaked at just under 1,000,000 in the city, and St. Louis peaked around 856,000. Both are under 400k people now. The St. Louis metro pop is about 2.9 million, and the Cleveland-Akron CSA is almost identical. So population is in essence the same. Not sure about the comparison of square miles, these days the suburbs in StL stretch some 40 miles beyond the city!

Sep 12, 2012
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STL Weekend Report (1st installment - more to follow)

I've not been to Cleveland but have heard plenty of good things about the food scene there. Since you were just here and have been to STL plenty of times, can you speak of comparisons?

Sep 11, 2012
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STL Weekend Report (1st installment - more to follow)

Indeed, I just had dinner at Royale tonight, with a few delicious drinks. Let us know again several weeks prior to your next gastronomic junket. Niche is moving to Clayton, and Craft is opening a place called Pastaria there as well. Other places you should try in no order if they are still open when you come: Riverbend, Home Wine Kitchen, Crows Nest, Winslow's Home (brisket), Stellina, Stone Soup Cottage (will take many months of advance planning)

Sep 10, 2012
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STL Weekend Report (1st installment - more to follow)

I think Vin de Set's raison d'être is the Sunday brunch. I'd try that if you have a chance. My suggestion for old school cocktails: Royale on Kingshighway. Would have had a helluva Negroni there, and the food is very good, upscale pub food.

Sep 10, 2012
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