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First Look: Texas De Brazil at the Saint Louis Galleria

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018



Texas de Brazil opened its first St. Louis-area location at the Saint Louis Galleria on Monday, March 12, bringing South American flair to the table with hand-carved meats and gaucho pants. The churrascaria, or steakhouse in Portuguese, offers 15 cuts of meat alongside a 50-item salad bar that includes seafood, pasta, cheeses and more.

For a flat $43, guests can experience interactive dining at their own pace by placing colorful tokens on each table green-side-up when ready for meat. Servers dressed in traditional gaucho garb, then carve the meat tableside right onto the plate.

Staying authentic to Brazilian culture, meats like beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage are cooked over a wood charcoal fire as opposed to a gas flame. “The concept originated in southern Brazil with gauchos, otherwise known as cowboys, living on the grasslands,” said Hannah Thompson, Texas de Brazil director of marketing and PR.

The full bar features wine and spirits with an emphasis on South American varietals and cocktails like caipirinhas. While beverages and dessert are an additional cost, children 6 to 12 eat for half the adult price and those ages 3 to 5 eat for $5. Those who want to forego the meats altogether can have unlimited salad bar access for $25.

The space that formerly housed Casa del Mar will seat 205 inside and another 24 on the patio. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., Friday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., Saturday from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Here’s a first look at St. Louis’ latest churrascaria:


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Photos by Caitlin Lally 

Caitlin Lally is a contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Guerrilla Street Food on The Loop

Friday, March 9th, 2018



Guerrilla Street Food’s Filipino-inspired fare is sweeping St. Louis, with a fourth location to open Tuesday, March 13 at 6120 Delmar Blvd. on The Loop.

“Delmar was one of my must-have spots I wanted to have a place,” said co-owner Brian Hardesty. “I’ve been coming down here since the early ’90s. … It’s really nostalgic for me, and the same for my business partner (Joel Crespo).”

The 2,100-square-foot space will seat 48, with the soon-to-open patio adding about another 30 seats. It joins the original food truck, the first brick-and-mortar at 3559 Arsenal St., and the GSF kitchen inside 2nd Shift Brewing on The Hill. A fifth location inside Tropical Liquors in The Grove is also slated to open this year.

Much of the menu will be recognizable, but along with fan-favorites like chicken adobo and the Flying Pig, the new location will feature 22 new dishes available only at that location. With executive chef Heidi Hamamura in the kitchen, Hardesty said they can experiment with flavors and techniques, pushing the boundaries of what people expect. Look for colorful plates like kinilaw (a Filipino raw seafood dish similar to ceviche), sour fried chicken and pininyahang seitan (a pineapple-marinated version of the popular wheat-based meat substitute).

“We want to keep people entertained,” Hardesty said. “I like to think with this particular menu there are a lot of flavors people aren’t familiar with.”

The restaurant is opening without a liquor license, but Hardesty plans to serve local and Filipino beer and wine as soon as possible.

GSF will be open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Here’s a first look at the latest eatery on The Loop.


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Photos by Caitlin Lally

Caitlin Lally is a contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Brew Hub Taproom in Dogtown

Friday, March 2nd, 2018



Craft beer fans can toast to Brew Hub when it opens the doors to its new St. Louis taproom today, March 2, at 5656 Oakland Ave. The partner brewing company will feature 20 rotating beers on tap from its 100,000-barrel brewhouse in Lakeland, Florida, in addition to specialty releases from the house 4-barrel pilot system.

“We’ll do some small standard pub beers like a gold or a brown, something that’s pretty drinkable and can pair well with some of the food,” James “Otto” Ottolini said, who is chief of brewing operations at Brew Hub and former Schlafly brewmaster. 

However, there are also opportunities for testing new ideas and theories on their small system. “We’ve got the ability to do some barrel-aging here, and we’ve also got the ability to do some controlled experiments,” Ottolini said. An onsite still means craft spirits are an option, as well.

“Our whole platform is ‘where craft brewers go to grow,’” said Diane Schoen, vice president of sales and marketing. “It’s a unique opportunity to bring our partners’ brands into St. Louis.”

Guests can enjoy Brew Hub’s own Rome City IPA, the Keybilly Island Ale, Deep Dark Secret Imperial milk stout or the Sun Gose Down sour ale.

“Think ‘fun and innovation’ in terms of the styles of beer that are available – not just in what’s made here in a small scale, but also in terms of what we’re bringing up from Florida,” Ottolini said.

The 2,800-square foot space welcomes 120 with a variety of bar and table seating, along with lounge areas. As the weather warms, another 40 seats will be available on the patio.

While they explore Brew Hub’s beers, patrons can enjoy lunch or dinner from chef and general manager Andy White, another Schlafly alum. “It’s going to be very familiar food, but done with the craft to match our beers and our partners’ beers,” White said.

The menu will include a section with small bites like kabobs, sandwiches and tacos. “We want to have things that make you feel comfortable, and somewhat familiar, but done a little more modern,” White said, pointing to items like hand-ground burgers, Moroccan lamb meatballs and a duck Rueben, in addition to several vegetarian-friendly selections.

Brew Hub Taproom will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Here’s a first look at Brew Hub’s newest home:


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Photos by Caitlin Lally

Caitlin Lally is a contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Growler USA in St. Charles

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018



St. Charles residents don’t need to travel far for their favorite St. Louis brews. Growler USA opened last week at 3833 Elm St., and is now pouring from more than 100 taps.

Co-owners Nicholas and Jody Hester have lived in the St. Charles area for 15 years and began the process of owning a franchise about a year-and-a-half ago when they came across the Colorado-based pub. “They don’t dictate any of the beers that are going to be on our tap. … It ultimately is the owner’s decision,” said Nicholas Hester. “We’re really into the local beer scene ourselves. We want those brewers to be here because a lot of our clientele can’t make it down there (to the breweries).”

Local beers include those from 4 Hands Brewing Co., Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., Civil Life Brewing Co., Perennial Artisan Ales and 2nd Shift Brewing Co. — just to name a few. As for the craft selection beyond the St. Louis region, guests can taste a variety ranging from the East to West Coasts with pours from brewers like Brooklyn Brewery, Tallgrass Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery and Stone Brewing.

Alongside libations, the lunch and dinner menu offers pub food with “an elevated spin,” Hester said. Guests will find salads, ahi tuna, fresh hummus and chicken and waffles in addition to house-made wings, tenders and burgers.

The 2,300-square-foot space seats 73 inside, and another 50 when the outdoor patio opens. Growler USA is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Take a first look at St. Charles newest beer bar:


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Photos by Caitlin Lally

Caitlin Lally is a contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Seoul Taco in Chesterfield

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017



West County residents no longer need to trek to University City or hunt for a Seoul Taco truck. The St. Louis-based chain opens Friday, Dec. 29 at 46 Four Seasons Shopping Center in Chesterfield.

As The Scoop reported in August, owner David Choi announced he planned to open his fifth brick-and-mortar location (the second in St. Louis) in his hometown.

Fans of the Korean-Mexican fusion can expect a similar menu to its predecessors with seasonal rotating specials. Choi said he may reach out to local chefs in the neighborhood for possibly collaborations. The Chesterfield space will be the first to feature beverages from Ireland-based Stubborn Soda.

Upon entering the 80-seat restaurant, a symbolic Seoul Taco food truck jumps off the wall in an art installation created by Chicago interior designer Alex Morales. The space also incorporates colorful street art by Daniel Burnett and Won Kim. “It’s street food coupled with street art,” Choi said.

Choi said transitioning the 3,600 square-foot space that formerly housed a St. Louis Bread Co. proved smooth thanks to an established kitchen and plumbing. “It had the right bones in place,” he said.

Seoul Taco in Chesterfield will be open daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Here’s a first look at the newest Seoul Taco location:


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Photos by Caitlin Lally; food photo by Carmen Troesser

Caitlin Lally is a contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Knead Bakehouse & Provisions on South Hampton

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017



Knead Bakehouse & Provisions is officially open for business at 3467 Hampton Ave. Owners AJ and Kirsten Brown opened doors at their bread bakery and cafe on Nov. 18.

As The Scoop reported in September, Knead bread got its start selling bread at farmers markets in St. Charles County before the Browns signed a lease on the former Salume Beddu space.

Knead currently offers two types of bread in whole loaves: a flagship rustic sourdough loaf and a brioche. The grain is sourced from the Missouri Grain Project, Great Harvest of Montana and Heartland Mills from neighboring Kansas.

The naturally leavened loaves use only water, flour, sea salt and a sourdough starter to begin. “When you have only four ingredients, you can’t really hide behind poor quality of those ingredients, so we have to get the best ingredients for that bread,” AJ Brown said.

While bread is the focus of Knead, the 25-seat cafe also serves breakfast and lunch. Doughnuts, morning buns and pastries are available alongside tea and Blueprint coffee in the morning. Sandwiches, salads and soups take over the menu midday. House-made botanical sodas with fresh herbs are offered as well.

Although Brown said in the future, customers can expect Knead bread mixes, house-made jams and butters for sale. Kolache will also eventually appear on the counter, as the Brown family has Czechoslovakian roots.

Brown said the goal of Knead is to revive American bread culture, and the bakery will offer goods that Americans are familiar with. “[You] don’t have to be a bread connoisseur,” Brown said.

Regular business hours for Knead Bakehouse & Provisions are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Here’s a first look at what to expect from St. Louis’ newest bread bakery:


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Photos by Caitlin Lally 

Caitlin Lally is a contributing writer to Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Fiddlehead Fern Cafe in the Shaw neighborhood

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017



Fiddlehead Fern Cafe recently hosted its grand opening Oct. 14 at 4066 Russell Blvd., and owner Darcy Heine is inviting St. Louis to try a cup of coffee new to St. Louis.

Heine, who grew up in the area, has worked in the coffee industry since she was 15 and said she’s long wanted to open her own cafe. “The idea started about five years ago when a place that I was managing closed, and it was at that point where I realized I could do this,” Heine said.

Heine sources Fiddlehead’s beans from PERC Coffee Roasters in Savannah, Georgia, where she used to live and work. “It was the best cup of coffee I’d ever had,” she said. “It’s very special, and I wanted to bring that to St. Louis.”

Unlike most cafes with large espresso machines, Fiddlehead Fern uses the minimalist Modbar, a modular coffee brewing system that tucks the bulk of the machinery below the counter, with only shiny metal spouts exposed. These devices create both espresso-based and pour over coffees. “It’s really beautiful, and it makes for a more intimate interaction between the customer and the barista,” Heine said.

Fiddlehead Fern not only offers a coffee buzz, but also a boozy one. The cafe also offers wine, sangria and cocktails using shrubs from local company Heirloom Bottling Co.

The bright cafe is illuminated mostly by natural light with white walls and wood accents. The space seats 24 comfortably with an extra standing bar. “Our very subtle theme is very botanical based, and that comes from inspiration from the Missouri Botanical Garden, which is just a couple blocks away,” Heine said.

Fiddlehead also serves baked goods and light lunch fare, featuring soup and toasts like avocado or apple and brie served on bread from St. Louis baker Joey Vitale (not affiliated with the well-known Vitale’s Bakery on The Hill).

The full menu is still in development, but Heine said it will be available next week. “We’re kind of starting out slow, but really … everything should be available all the time coming up soon,” Heine said.

Fiddlehead Fern Cafe is open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect at Shaw’s new coffee shop:


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Photos by Caitlin Lally 

Caitlin Lally is a contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Saint Louis Hop Shop on Cherokee Street

Thursday, October 5th, 2017



After being closed for nearly a month, Saint Louis Hop Shop recently reopened at its new location 2600 Cherokee St., offering a larger selection of beverages for craft beer connoisseurs and beginners alike.

At the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Cherokee Street, the 1,500-square-foot storefront is a few doors down from its former address at 2606 Cherokee St., but it gives co-owners and brothers Justin Harris and Ryan Griffin nearly double the space to grow.

“[The other space] was small and we could see that we needed more room,” Harris said. “We really liked what we developed over there, and the goal is to bring that same formula over here and expand on it.”

The new location offers increased refrigeration and more shelving for beer, apparel and glassware. Additionally, a larger variety of ciders, spirits and imports, including more Belgium and lambic options, will be available. The new Hop Shop also features a larger bar area with six rotating taps. Harris said guests can expect a different brew every seven to 10 days.

“We do a lot of sixth barrels, so that gives us the flexibility to constantly bring in new stuff,” Harris said.

Brews currently on top include Dogfish Head Lupu-Luau Coconut IPA, Modern Brewery Citrapolicious, Ace Pineapple Cider, Prairie Artisan Ale Birthday Bomb, Urban Chestnut O-Katz and 4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout.

With more space, Harris and Griffin also plan to host monthly events and weekly tastings through October. “It gives people a chance to come in and try some seasonal stuff before having to purchase it,” Harris said.

Saint Louis Hop Shop hosts a grand reopening this Saturday, Oct. 7 from noon to 10 p.m. The new location is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Here’s a First Look at what to expect from Hop Shop’s new home:


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Photos by Caitlin Lally 

Caitlin Lally is a contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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Knead Bakehouse & Provisions will offer fresh bread in Southampton

Monday, September 11th, 2017



There’s a bun in South City’s oven, and it’s due this October. Knead Bakehouse & Provisions will open at 3467 Hampton Ave., the former home of Salume Beddu.

Owners AJ and Kirsten Brown said Knead will offer fresh bread and baked goods to the area. “Our goal is bringing that old world style of bread with a modern American flair,” AJ Brown said.

The Browns started small, selling their bread at farmers markets in St. Charles County. After launching a Kickstarter campaign three years ago and “a lot of different headaches,” they found a space to scale up their production and seat 25 in a breakfast and lunch cafe.

Brown learned his craft after college when he traveled to France for culinary school. His breads use the same sourdough starter, carefully tended for five years.

“I’ve always had a passion for food,” he said. “My family is full of men, and we weren’t into sports but during the holidays, we would be in the kitchen and be engaged in that way.”

Brown said he and his wife embrace “traditional bread roots,” sourcing the ingredients from Eat Here St. Louis, Missouri Grain Project and Heartland Mill. Knead’s loaves will include a rich brioche-like loaf and a staple sourdough, Brown’s favorite. “It cuts back to the bare minimum, but it has so much character,” he said.

Guests can expect breakfast and lunch menus featuring doughnuts and sandwiches, respectively, alongside coffee and tea. Loaves and flour mixes for home baking will also be available for purchase.

“Bread is the centerpiece of what we do,” Brown said. “Everything we make is centered around how well it pairs with the bread.”

Photo courtesy of Knead

Caitlin Lally is an intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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Sugarfire Smoke House to open in O’Fallon, Illinois

Thursday, August 17th, 2017



Barbecue powerhouse Sugarfire Smoke House is making its way across the Mississippi to open a franchise at 1405 Green Mount Road in O’Fallon, Illinois by early 2018.

As reported by the Belleville News-Democrat, co-owners Mike Johnson and Christina Fitzgerald said plans are in place to break ground at the site this October.

Fitzgerald said they are excited to bring their food to Illinois since so many people travel to Missouri enjoy it already. “Sugarfire is a destination,” she said. “People travel from Illinois to get barbecue, so we’re excited to bring it to them.”

In addition to the O’Fallon franchise, Johnson and Fitzgerald plan to open at least four more Sugarfire restaurants before the end of the year in Farmington, Wentzville, Indianapolis and Tampa, Florida.

The restaurant will open its doors soon after construction of the freestanding building is complete. The look, feel and menu at the new establishment will be reminiscent of its predecessors. “We’re really excited to be in Illinois and be more accessible,” Fitzgerald said.

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine.

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