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The Scoop: The Red Shack closes doors in Dogtown

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

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The Red Shack in Dogtown has shut its doors at 6401 West Park Ave. The Tex-Mex restaurant’s last day of service was Friday, May 26. It opened last year on Memorial Day weekend.

The restaurant was a joint venture between father-daughter duo Larry and Angie Lampert. Larry Lampert died on May 8, and according to Angie Lampert, his passing led to the closure.

“He and I started working together 12 years ago at our store Plush Pig Barbecue in Clayton,” Lampert said. “It was something fun that we could do together and without him here, it’s not fun anymore.”

Lampert said The Red Shack was her final foray into the restaurant business.

“The Lampert restaurant dynasty has come to an end,” she said. “We had a great run.”

 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.  

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Local chefs have found new homes and Bevo is abuzz. Here’s what went down this weekend, ICYMI…

 

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1. Another Sauce One to Watch is striking out on her own. Jessie Gilroy, currently sous chef at Sidney Street Cafe, will soon head west to start her own restaurant, Pangea. Gilroy plans to open doors in The New Town  neighborhood in St. Charles this September.

2. Tin Roof, the Nashville-based chain of music venues/fast-casual eateries, is set to open up a St. Louis location this summer, and they’ve tapped a local culinary up-and-comer to helm the kitchen.

 

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3. Edibles & Essentials is hitting the streets this summer with a new food truck, Essentially Fries.

4. University City will soon be home to another taco spot. Taco Buddha is slated to open at 7405 Pershing Ave., this summer in the former home of short-lived Perjax American Kitchen.

 

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5. Former Sardella executive chef Nick Blue has left fine dining behind and is headed in a more casual direction. Last week, he began a new chapter at Sugarfire Smoke House.

6. The Bevo neighborhood welcomes a new Mediterranean eatery this weekend. Husband-and-wife duo Zamir and Josi Jahic are scheduled to open J’s Pitaria on Saturday, May 27, at 5003 Gravois Road.

 

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7. Lemmons in South City has been known for many things over the years, from fried chicken to pizza to live music. The space reopened Wednesday as Lemmons by Grbic, soon to be known for Balkan-American cuisine and cold beer.

8. Got $10 and a friend? Then Kevin Korinek has 8 tasty deals you must try now.

 

The Scoop: Edibles & Essentials launches french fry food truck

Friday, May 26th, 2017

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Edibles & Essentials is hitting the streets this summer with a new food truck, Essentially Fries.

“I’ve always wanted to do a food truck,” said chef-owner Matt Borchardt. “I was going to do one before Edible & Essentials opened.”

After looking for a commissary, Borchardt opted to open his brick-and-mortar establishment first.

The truck will feature Edibles & Essentials popular classic hand-cut fries, along with an initial menu of other fry-based specialties. Look for beef bulgogi fries, Greek caprese fries, Carolina pulled pork fries and a poutine with duck confit. Borchardt said there would likely be some seasonal variations subbed out down the line.

Essentially Fries will be making the rounds of food truck events, as well as offering catering services once it’s on the road in late June. Follow the truck on Twitter at @essentiallyfry, and on Facebook and Instagram at @essentiallyfries.

Photo courtesy of Edibles & Essentials

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: Taco Buddha to open in University City

Friday, May 26th, 2017

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University City will soon be home to another taco spot. Taco Buddha is slated to open at 7405 Pershing Ave., this summer in the former home of short-lived Perjax American Kitchen.

“Taco Buddha is world flavors put into the vessel of a taco,” said owner Kurt Eller. Eller, who came to St. Louis from Austin, Texas, said his tacos are similar to those served in the Southwest. “It’s not strictly meat and lettuce and cheese,” he said.

Menu items will include a chicken tandoori taco with a mango chutney salsa and a Thai-influenced taco with beef marinated in ginger and red pepper flakes. Eller has property in New Mexico and brings back chiles from the area, which he plans to incorporate in his creations.

A variety of breakfast tacos will also be offered, as well as other dishes, like cilantro lime rice and beans and sopapillas.

Eller said he expects doors to open in late June or early July, and the counter service cafe will have 25 seats inside and 25 patio seats.

Initially, Taco Buddha will be open for breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday, and breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday. Eller said he expects to expand hours and be open six days a week in October.

Photo courtesy of Taco Buddha

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Pita-focused restaurant to open Saturday in Bevo

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

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The Bevo neighborhood welcomes a new Mediterranean eatery this weekend. Husband-and-wife duo Zamir and Josi Jahic are scheduled to open J’s Pitaria on Saturday, May 27, at 5003 Gravois Road, as reported by St. Louis Magazine.

Josi Jahic said the space itself took about six months to get ready. “Electric, A/C, everything had to be redone,” she said. The result seats 35, and Jahic said that the restaurant would eventually offer delivery service. Initial hours will be Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As the name implies, the menu is focused on pitas, made with Zamir Jahic’s phyllo dough recipe, rolled out thin by hand and filled with either savory or sweet ingredients. J’s Pitaria will offer six pitas: on the savory side, beef, spinach and cheese, potato and cheese will be available, while sweet versions include apple and a J’s Pitaria original, Nutella.

Other menu items include paninis, doner kebab, salads and uštipci, house-made balls of fried dough served with either Kajmak (a cheese spread) ajvar (a spread of roasted peppers and eggplant) or Nutella.

The drink list includes ayran, a traditional beverage made with house-made yogurt, sea salt and water, along with an array of coffee drinks, including espresso, lattes and cappuccino.

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Tin Roof to open in former Joe Buck’s space downtown

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

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Tin Roof, the Nashville-based chain of music venues/fast-casual eateries, is set to open up a St. Louis location this summer, and they’ve tapped a local culinary up-and-comer to helm the kitchen. Nowell Gata, formerly an executive sous chef for Baileys’ Restaurants, will assume the role of executive chef.

Tin Roof St. Louis will be housed in the former Joe Bucks’ space downtown at 1000 Clark St. The restaurant will have approximately 135 seats inside, 40 bar seats, 32 patio seats and 12 seats at the patio bar.

There will also be a rooftop event space as well as a VIP room, and Gata said the hope is for the doors to open in late June.

Tin Roof will be hosting local and touring musicians, as well as offering favorites like burgers, po’boys and house-smoked pulled pork. Gata said he hopes to include some regional favorites as well.

“I definitely want to do a slinger for brunch,” he said, adding that late night food will also be available.

Photo courtesy of Tin Room

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Budget Crunch: 8 delicious deals to try right now

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Got $10 and a friend? Then Kevin Korinek has 8 tasty deals you must try now.

 

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1. In honor of its 99th anniversary today, May 25, Gioia’s Deli treats its customers to tasty treats. Its renowned hot salami sandwiches for just $5 all day. There’s a limit of two per customer – so you can eat one there and eat the other on the way home. Support the St. Louis institution that was recently named an American Classic by the James Beard Foundation.

2. Thursday night is burger mania at Satchmo’s Bar & Grill in Chesterfield, where you can try a 6-ounce version of its juicy burger and a side of fries for only $4. You do have to purchase a drink to get the deal, but that’s pennies compared to the how full you’ll be when you’re finished.

 

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3. VietNam Style exists to challenge your conceptions of Vietnamese food. The recently opened restaurant on Delmar Boulevard is has nabbed Asian cuisine enthusiasts with fresh fare and a regular lunch special. Get a drink, an appetizer and a traditional Vietnamese sandwich for a mere $7. Try the spring rolls with the Egg and Shredded Pork Sandwich and feel your taste buds do a happy dance.

 

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4. Fondue sounds fancy, but not at Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas in lovely downtown St. Charles. Every Thursday, check out a delicious $5 four-cheese fondue with rolls for dipping and sopping up cheesy goodness. It’s a perfectly sized appetizer for sharing with a friend or enjoying all by yourself. While taking in the scenic Main Street views from the beautiful patio, you can also take advantage of the happy-hour drink specials.

5. A word of warning: nothing on the menu at The Taco & Ice Cream Joint is Whole30 compliant. Two of the best foods ever devised by man are found within this new shop on Cherokee Street, just waiting for us to gorge. The curious, incredulous Vaso Loco might be the most audacious menu item to appear during your lunch hour. It’s a 16-ounce plastic cup filled with candy, cheese balls, corn chips, wasabi peas and gummy worms, and shaken (not stirred) with a bit of tomato juice and hot sauce. It’s a trail mix with no redeeming health qualities, and we can’t take our eyes off of it.

 

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6. If you’re the type to rock ’n’ roll all night and part of every day, check out the newest chain brewpub making some noise. Rock & Brews is owned by legendary Kiss frontmen Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons – another business venture the marketing geniuses are trying to capitalize on. They may be onto something with their Wednesday deal for Buds & Burgers. For $10, you can get the Ultimate Burger and fries and an ice-cold 16-ounce Budweiser product. The Starchild approves.

7. Adrianna’s On The Hill known for some stellar pasta and sandwiches, and it has a solid reputation for a good daily lunch special, too. Every day, the team posts new, exciting specials on its Facebook page and while they have a few different regular specials to choose from, you really can’t go wrong with the $8 pasta special, which includes a full-sized plate of penne smothered in tomato-basil sauce and served with soup or the house salad and bread and butter.

 

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8. St. Louis has some tasty taquerias, but you can still find some crunchy deals at nontraditional spots like The Crow’s Nest, where you can get a banging Taco Tuesday deal and side for around $10. Try your luck at the Maplewood hangout with a different weekly special, like sweet and spicy chicken enchiladas with cheddar and grape tomatoes or Hawaiian pulled pork tacos with pineapple-cantaloupe Sriracha salsa. If you can spare the extra change, they also offer $4 margaritas and $1 pints of Stag (on draft!) after 10 p.m.

 

Kevin Korinek is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for making homemade pie.

 

First Look: Lemmons in South City

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

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Lemmons in South City has been known for many things over the years, from fried chicken to pizza to live music. Today, May 24, the space reopens as Lemmons by Grbic, soon to be known for Balkan-American cuisine and cold beer.

As The Scoop reported in August 2014, Grbic family, known for Grbic Restaurant, bought the building at 5800 Gravois Ave., nearly three years ago. Chef Senada Grbic said her father, Sulejman Grbic, initially had plans to reinvent Lemmons as a sports bar, but soon changed course.

The result was a complete gut rehab of the building. “There’s not an original electrical wire left,” Senada Grbic said, adding that the only appointment former Lemmons patrons will likely recognize are the exposed brick walls.

The interior is eclectic, owing to the different tastes of the three Grbic siblings, who were let loose to handle the decor: Erna, who employs a modern sensibility; Ermin, who favors a more industrial vibe; and Senada, who tends toward farmhouse chic. Appointments range from old school graffiti to light fixtures hanging from knotted ropes to an eclectic array of collectible salt-and-pepper shakers on the tables.

The menu features what Grbic describes as Balkan-American fusion. Some dishes are more traditionally American, like the smoked chicken wings, while others include a distinctive Balkan influence, like Babo’s flatbread, which features grilled chicken and an ajvar spread made with roasted peppers and eggplant.

Grbic said Lemmons aims to maintain its reputation as a neighborhood place where everyone is welcome. “It’s about giving something to everyone,” she said.

Lemmons opens tonight at 4 p.m. Regular business hours will Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer for Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Chef Nick Blue lands at Sugarfire Smoke House

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

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Former Sardella executive chef Nick Blue has left fine dining behind and is headed in a more casual direction. Last week, he began a new chapter at Sugarfire Smoke House.

“After Sardella, I got reached out to by so many great chefs and restaurant owners and it was really a great feeling,” Blue said.

As The Scoop reported in April, Blue left Sardella and Pastaria executive chef Ashely Shelton added the eatery to her list of duties at Niche Food Group. During his hiatus, Blue met Sugarfire owner Mike Johnson, and something clicked. Both had backgrounds in fine dining and worked for chef Charlie Trotter in Chicago during their careers.

“Mike’s a great guy,” Blue said. “He’s got a lot of things happening, and he has a lot of fun with what he does.

So, Blue decided to give the fast-casual barbecue world a try.

“I’ve never done anything this casual, I’ve never done anything barbecue related,” Blue said. “I’m only a week in, but I’ve never experienced a culture in a restaurant like this. Everybody has fun with what they do, with their co-workers. It’s been great.”

Blue said he’s not stepping into a specific position at Sugarfire, but is working in a variety of roles and learning the ropes at Sugarfire’s Olivette location. Once barbecue competition season starts in earnest, Blue said he’d likely be helping out at other Sugarfires.

“I’m doing everything,” he said. “I’m trying to learn everything I can at the restaurant to be an asset.” That includes learning the pit, helping out with specials working the line and working the floor.

“I’m kind of along for the ride,” he said. “I’m willing to do whatever they need. I want to prove myself to them as much as I can and see where it goes from there.”

Photo by Ashley Gieseking

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: Chef Jessie Gilroy to open Pangea in St. Charles

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

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Another Sauce One to Watch is striking out on her own. Jessie Gilroy, currently sous chef at Sidney Street Cafe, will soon head west to start her own restaurant, Pangea. Gilroy plans to open doors in The New Town  neighborhood in St. Charles this September.

Gilroy – who declined to share the exact address at this time – said the concept will be casual fine dining, and, as the name of the place implies, the menu will be eclectic.

“I don’t want to do the white tablecloth thing. That’s just not me,” Gilroy said. “But I do want people to be able to enjoy that kind of food but not have to get dressed up. It doesn’t have to be a once a month kind of thing. I don’t want to blow people’s budgets.”

Gilroy said the menu will span the globe and blur borders.

“Pangea was the super continent before all of the continents split, so I want to have a worldly influence on the food and show that you can have spices or techniques from anywhere in the world and have it be cohesive,” Gilroy said.

“You don’t have to just do Italian or just do French. People ask me what kind of food I like to eat, and I like to eat everything, so the best way I can put me on a plate is to show that everything can go together.”

One dish that’s already in her sights: foie gras and a miso waffle with a shallot and pepper mostarda, a mashup of Italian and Asian influences.

Gilroy said the space doesn’t need much in the way of rehabbing and most of the work will be cosmetic.

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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