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Hit List: 6 new places to try this month

February 4th 10:02am, 2014

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Small Batch: 3001 Locust St., St. Louis, 314.380.2040, smallbatchstl.com

Restaurateur Dave Bailey’s newest concept, Small Batch, pairs the liquor of the moment – whiskey – with 100-percent vegetarian fare in an elegant bistro setting marked by high ceilings, large windows, marble on the bar top and tables, large mirrors, original tile flooring, and ironwork supporting a newly built mezzanine. Order a  flight to sample the extensive whiskey selection. Among small plates, opt for the offbeat eggrolls stuffed with mushrooms and blue cheese, accompanied by a thick fig-port wine dipping sauce. Also nice for sharing is the gratin, which holds an unexpected combination of cipollini onions and white grapes. The light-as-a-feather gnocchi stands out among heartier fare.

 

The Whiskey Ring: 2651 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314.769.7249, Facebook: The Whiskey Ring

The Whiskey Ring recently added its name to a growing list of local whiskey bars. This one has a rotating stash of nearly 50 labels. Not in the mood for Basil Hayden’s or 12-year-old Japanese Nikka? The Whiskey Ring has other spirits – recognizable and lesser-known brands – plus eight local brews on tap, bottled beers and a small wine selection.

 

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Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar: 1131 Colonnade Center, Des Peres, 314.821.5455, pairingswinebarstl.com

While Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar offers starters and entrees, it’s the sweet stuff that impressed us. Peanut Butter Affair is layered with chocolate cake, peanut butter fudge and chocolate fudge. Layers of Love (pictured), which features Frangelico-hazelnut chocolate mousse layered between chocolate crepes and topped with dark chocolate ganache and candied hazelnuts, is light and mildly sweet. For a creamy, citrusy delight, try the deconstructed key lime pie.

 

Fields Foods: 1500 Lafayette Ave., St. Louis, 314.241.3276, fieldsfoods.com

It would be an understatement to call Fields Foods just a grocery store. The locally-owned and operated store in Lafayette Square is the newest option for consumers looking to support area farmers, growers and producers, yet it also carries brands that meet the price point of every patron. The prepared foods (all made on-site) section in the 37,000-square-foot store caters to on-the-go customers morning (coffee, eggs, baked goods), noon (wood-fired pizzas, deli sandwiches) and night (rotisserie chicken, smoked ribs). Kudos for its wine and local beer selection, and double-kudos for a wine bar where you can relax with a glass while you hand your shopping list to the concierge.

 

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Taha’a Twisted Tiki: 4199 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.202.8300, tahaatiki.com

It’s rum all the time at the newest nightspot in The Grove. Cocktail offerings include usual suspects like mai tais and Hurricanes, as well as some lesser-known classics like the gin, brandy and ginger beer-laden Suffering Bastard or the frozen, mouth-puckering Missionary’s Downfall. Complement your umbrella drink with chicken wings, Polynesian beef skewers and fish tacos with Asian slaw, pico de gallo and chile lime crema. Forget about life in the city on the back patio where tiki torches, a fire pit and a bar will put you in an island state of mind.

 

801 Chophouse: 137 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.875.9900, 801restaurantgroup.com/st-louis

Everything about 801 Chophouse in Clayton is big: the massive bar, the towering wine racks, the wide tables and booths, and the portions. Order an 8-ounce filet mignon if you want to save room for a few of the 24 traditional steakhouse sides, the majority available as half-orders. Keep an eye on 801′s Fresh Sheet, a changing menu of seasonal salads, sides, fish and featured wines. For dessert, try the deceptively light house-made Milk Chocolate Frangelico Bombe.

 

 

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