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Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

From sneak peeks of new restaurants to hometown beer victories to a mouth-watering new issue, here’s everything that went down in the STL culinary scene last week, in case you missed it.


1. Our February issue hit stands Monday, featuring everything we love right now from bread to Scandinavian spirits to a swoon-worthy triple-chocolate croissant from La Patisserie Chouquette. Click above to read online for free now.




2. We shared 4 new restaurants you absolutely must try this month, including Porano Pasta, Moya Grill, Nami Ramen and Midtown Sushi & Ramen. Check out the Sauce Hit List.




3. Companion has invited the public into its baking process on Feb. 2, when doors opened at its new Maryland Heights campus.

4. A taste of China, India and the Mediterranean is slated to open at the end of March when first-time restaurant owner Venkatesh Sattaru welcomes diners to Absolute BBQ – Indian Wish Grill.




5. After four months of renovation, the space in The Chase Park Plaza that formerly housed Eau Bistro, which closed on Nov. 3, 2015, has been transformed into The Preston.

6. Meat lovers in Mehlville and beyond have a new place to get their fix. Co-owners Wes Smith, CJ Baerman and Shawn Orloski opened Ol’ School Smokehouse at 7565 S. Lindbergh Blvd., on Monday, Jan. 25.




7.  True, St. Louis isn’t exactly in love with the NFL at the moment, but we’ll take any excuse to slather wings in hot sauce and eat with reckless, sloppy abandon. Here, 4 chicken wing recipes to win the Super Bowl spread.

8. McArthur’s Bakery Café will whip up a lot more frosting next month. The 60-year-old St. Louis institution announced Feb. 4 that it will add another bakery and cafe at 6630 Delmar Blvd., in The Loop.





9. Meet Patrick Devine, assistant pastry chef of Simone Faure’s La Patisserie Chouquette in Botanical Heights and learn about his love of challenging technique and crowd-pleasing sweets.

10. It was a good start to February for the St. Louis beer scene as several breweries, restaurants and retailers took home RateBeer awards at the website’s annual festival and awards show last weekend, Jan. 30 and 31.


-Porano photo by Greg Rannells, Patrick Devine photo by Carmen Troesser, Companion photo by Meera Nagarajan, The Preston photo by Michelle Volansky 

Extra Sauce: 4 chicken wing recipes to win the Super Bowl party

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

True, St. Louis isn’t exactly in love with the NFL at the moment, but we’ll take any excuse to slather wings in hot sauce and eat with reckless, sloppy abandon. This Super Bowl Sunday, grab a few pounds of drummies and flats and take on any competition with fiery-sweet, lemon-pepper or even vegan (trust us!) options so good, you won’t even need that blue cheese dip.




1. Harissa and Honey Hot Wing tempers a flaming north African chile paste with sweet sticky honey. Fire up the grill or bake to charred perfection.




2. Rooster sauce more your speed? A full quarter-cup of the stuff goes into these wicked-good Honey Sriracha Wings, along with a healthy dose of butter and a dash of funky fish sauce.




3. Banish the Buffalo sauce and bring bright zippy Lemon-Pepper Wings to the table. Baked in a roaring hot oven, they’ll be the unexpected MVP of the party.




4. Before you cry foul because we slipped a vegan dish in, do us a favor: Try them. These Buffalo batter-coated Cauliflower Poppers might just be the most eye-watering, sinus-clearing dish on this list.





Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

From chef changes at The Scottish Arms to new eateries in Webster Groves, Midtown and Edwardsville, here’s a rundown of everything that went on last week in the STL food scene, ICYMI.




1. Chef Will Volny now leads the kitchen staff at Bixby’s, the restaurant located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum operated by Butler’s Pantry.

2. Executive chef Carl Hazel fired his final ticket at The Scottish Arms on Wednesday, Jan. 27. He worked at the Central West End restaurant since 2007, having left in 2012 and returned again in 2013.




3. Webster Groves welcomed its newest restaurant when Olive & Oak fired up the burners Jan. 26 at 102 W. Lockwood Ave.

4. The tide has gone out for good as Coastal Bistro & Bar closed its doors Saturday, Jan. 23 after five years in business.




5. It was out with the arcade and in with asada when Catrinas opened at 1027 Century Drive in Edwardsville.

6. A longtime Maplewood bar and grill is closing to make way for a new gastropub. The Muddled Pig is set to open doors in mid-February in the space currently occupied by The Wood at 2733 Sutton Blvd




7. Pappo’s Pizzeria & Brew Co. opened doors in the former home of Six Row Brewing Co. in Midtown, serving up pizzas and house beer.




Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…..

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

From sneak peeks of one of the year’s most anticipated restaurants to the shuttering of downtown institutions, here’s everything that went down this week in the STL food scene, in case you missed it.




1. After nearly a year of anticipation, chef-owner Gerard Craft will open Porano Pasta, his new fast-casual concept, Tuesday, Jan. 26, and Sauce got the Sneak Peek of this new downtown restaurant.

2. The dining and restaurant community will bid farewell to a downtown institution when Mike Shannon’s Steaks & Seafood turns off the lights Jan. 30 after 30 years in business.




3. After nine years operating Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant, co-owners Henok Gerbi and Alsede Wondem launched their second eatery, Moya, a fast-casual Ethiopian concept.

4. The latest restaurant to close up shop in downtown St. Louis is Harry’s Restaurant and Bar. After 23 years, Harry’s will switch off the burners for good on Saturday, Jan. 30.




5. It’s shaping up to be a busy year for 4 Hands Brewing Co., as the brewery announced plans Jan. 21 to increase production and dip its toe into the spirits market.

6. Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, the 45-year-old Rock Hill institution, is stepping into the world of fast-casual this spring with Wet Burrito in Clayton at 7810 Forsyth Blvd.




7. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, a car carrying three passengers crashed through a window of Sister Cities Cajun & BBQ at 4144 S. Grand Blvd. Find out what their plans are next.

8. Mark Twain Brewing traveled down the Mississippi River to make its debut in St. Louis this week. Find out where to find this Hannibal-based brewery in The Lou.




9. Warm up this weekend with St. Louis classic braised in a smoky Mexican mole. It’s time for a Weekend Project.



Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

From area chefs making big career moves to a downtown location for a Hill staple, here’s everything that went down in St. Louis last week, in case you missed it…




1. Kitchen veteran Jack MacMurray III, aka Jack Mac, tied on the apron and took the reins at the restaurant at Chandler Hill Vineyard in Defiance Jan. 4.

2. A family brewery will come to the countryside when brothers Andy and Rob Grimm open Grimm’s Tree Brewing in Labadie in early summer 2016.




3. Chef Rob Uyemura is adding a restaurant component to his Ballwin CSA at the end of January. Local Chef Kitchen is set to open doors at 15270 Manchester Road.

4. With almost two years at the Taubman Outlet Mall in Chesterfield, Nadoz Bakery Cafe shuttered its doors after service on Saturday, Jan. 9.




5. Experimental beers will take flight in The Grove as Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. prepares to open a consumer research and pilot brewery, the Urban Research Brewery at 4501 Manchester Ave.

6. After a mere 98 years of consideration, Gioia’s Deli is opening a second location. Gioia’s Deli Downtown will open by April 1 in the former Sauce on the Side space at 903 Pine St.




7. Versatility is eggs en cocotte’s greatest strength. DIY your home version, or try our version with smoked salmon, broccolini and creme fraiche.



Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

From our new issue to new ramen shops, here’s everything that went down in the St. Louis food scene last week, in case you missed it…


1. We rang in the new year with our January issue featuring our annual Ones to Watch, six food and drink pros with promise.

2. South American food truck Que Sazon has a new team of chefs behind the window. Aaron Gray and Deana Saunders purchased the business from Fabian and Julie Ocampo Dec. 22.




3. After their much heralded relocation to St. Louis, Michael and Tara Gallina have announced a series of pop-up dinners in January and February 2016.

4. Blood & Sand co-owners TJ Vytlacil and Adam Frager are putting their members-only bar on the market.




5. Clayton, get ready to slurp. Nami Ramen will open doors Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 46 N. Central Ave., in the former home of House of Wong.

6. Resolved to drink better, cheaper or less in 2016? We’ve got you covered.




7. Sauce restaurant critic Michael Renner has tasted his fair share of St. Louis cuisine. All year, he shared his thoughts on New and Notable restaurants, and last week, he shared his top five dishes of 2015.

8. Likewise, Matt Berkley works some odd hours as Sauce’s Nightlife critic, spending many a late night sipping craft cocktails around St. Louis on a hunt for the very best. Here, his top five cocktails of 2015.




Extra Sauce: Top 5 Dishes of 2015

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Sauce restaurant critic Michael Renner has tasted his fair share of St. Louis cuisine. All year, he shared his thoughts on New and Notable restaurants. Here, he shares his top five dishes of 2015:


5. Dumplings at Private Kitchen
Nibble around the edges of the steamed pork dumplings, sip the rich stock and plot how to get more.




4. Cluckin’ Hot Fried Chicken at Southern
Four-alarm, “cluckin’ hot” Nashville-style chicken triggers all the pain and pleasure centers with fire and a hint of sweetness. All other fried chicken is milquetoast in comparison.




3. Lamb Sugo at Reeds American Table
Thick and meaty lamb sugo, amped up with orange zest and mint, sticks to ruffled creste rigate noodles and to your ribs on a cold night.




2. Whole fish at Público
Whole, head-on yellowtail snapper was stuffed with scallion, bay leaf, jalapeno, lemon and lime and roasted in the wood-fueled oven. It comes with house-made tortillas so you can share with the table. Don’t.




And the No. 1 dish of the year…

Cast-iron seared scallops at J. McArthur’s
Cast-iron skillet-seared diver scallops are good enough. Float them in smoked corn bisque with Brussels sprouts, pea shoots and bacon, and you have the best dish of the year.


-photos by Jonathan Gayman


Extra Sauce: Top 5 Cocktails of 2015

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Matt Berkley works some odd hours as Sauce’s Nightlife critic, spending many a late night sipping craft cocktails around St. Louis on a hunt for the very best. Here, Berkley names his top five cocktails of 2015:




5. The Zombie at Taha’a Twisted Tiki
A tangy and tasteful battleground of flavors where Puerto Rican and Jamaican rums duke it out with high-proof Bacardi 151 rum and absinthe, along with fruit juices, bitters and cinnamon syrup for good measure – truly a monster. Ask nicely, and they’ll even serve it up in a cool tiki mug.




4. The Don Johnson at Art Bar St. Louis
This zesty little gin cocktail makes it worth a trip to Cherokee Street. The Don Johnson matches a liberal pour of Ford’s Gin with dry curaçao, Luxardo Sangue Morlacco cherry liqueur and grapefruit bitters.




3. Yellow Brick Road at Tiny Bar
Spicy, sweet and mind-numbingly strong, Tiny Bar’s take on the classic margarita is a refreshing revelation that joins Ocho tequila with Cointreau, fresh lime juice and jalapeno honey.




2. The Old-Fashioned at Anthony’s Bar
An institution within an institution, Anthony’s Old-Fashioned swims with spicy rye and is served up without the fruity flags or over-the-top frills of other bars. This the sort of satisfying cocktail that makes you close your eyes and smile after every sip.




And the No. 1 cocktail of 2015 is… 

The Barrel-Aged Ginger Manhattan at DeMun Oyster Bar

Big O Ginger Liqueur sends this drink into the stratosphere. Expertly mixed with Four Roses bourbon, a splash of Italian vermouth, and Jerry Thomas’ Decanter Bitters, this is a phenomenal, easy-sipping spin on the classic Manhattan.

-Anthony’s Bar and Taha’a Twisted Tiki photos by Jonathan Gayman 

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

From a fried chicken frenzy in Maplewood to the final pitstop for a 4-year-old food truck, here’s everything that went down in the St. Louis food scene last week, in case you missed it…





1. Fried chicken fervor has yet to cool after the first St. Louis-area Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken opened to the public in Maplewood.

2.  The Dark Room has tapped chef Samantha Pretto to take the reins in Midtown after a menu revamp in November.




3. St. Louisans can grabbed their last big fat sushi roll during Chop Shop STL’s final service on Dec. 10, but the truck will not side idle for long.

4. Chef-owner Anthony Ellerson Jr. has brought a taste of New Orleans to Washington Avenue. The Kitchen Sink’s second location opened at 626 N. Sixth St., around the corner from the Mercantile Exchange.




5. Joe Valenza, the son of Blues City Deli owner Vince Valenza, is stoking the wood-fired pizza ovens of Melo’s Pizzeria.  Valenza plans to begin serving pizzas from the garage-turned-pizza shop Dec. 18.

6. From cocktails to sandwiches to egg rolls, we’ve got 10 delicious deals and sweet treats available now on Budget Crunch.

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

Get caught up on all last week’s food news, from the top 11 best new restaurants of 2015 to chef changes, bakery relocations and restaurant closures. ICYMI, here’s the latest in the St. Louis dining scene:

1. Our December issue hit stands this week, and we named the top 11 Best New Restaurants in St. Louis, from fine dining to barbecue. Check out our picks, then vote for your favorite during our People’s Choice Facebook contest.

2. Brush up on your polka dancing skills. Hofbräuhaus plans to open the doors to its beer hall, restaurant and Biergarten in Belleville in early summer 2016.




3. After nearly two years searching for additional elbow room, the owners of Pint Size Bakery have signed a lease to move to 3133 Watson Road in early spring 2016.

4. Last Sunday, Nov. 29, marked the last day of its public sales at Companion’s Early Bird Outlet. Allen said the bakery will continue production for deliveries until the inspections are complete and Companion’s operations move to its new facility in Maryland Heights.




5. After nine years in business, Stellina chef-owner Jamey Tochtrop announced Friday, Dec. 4, that he will serve his last plate of house-made pasta on Dec. 31.

6. Chef de cuisine Chris Tirone has left the kitchen at Quincy Street Bistro, handing the reins to chef Chris Ladley. Tirone (a member of the Sauce Ones to Watch 2011 class) left in late November after two years at Quincy Street.

7. Clayton will have one less pizza parlor as Pizzino announced it will close its doors on Saturday, Dec. 5 after a year in business.




8. Frankly Sausages has hit the brakes in Six Mile Bridge Beer‘s parking lot. Owners Bill and Jamie Cawthon partnered with the Maryland Heights brewery located at 11841 Dorsett Road to serve house-made sausages to thirsty patrons starting this Friday, Dec. 4.

9. STL has declared poutine to be greater than cheese fries, and area chefs are having a ball with unusual meatballs. Check out the latest in the STL dining scene on Trendwatch.



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