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Hit List: 11 places you must try this month – Part 2

September 10th 11:09am, 2014

If it’s new and different you want, you’ll easily get your fill this month. Restaurants and bars have been opening left and right, not to mention food trucks, an ultramodern ice cream shop and an international grocery store. Are you ready, food-obsessed St. Louis? We’ve got 11 – yes, 11! – places you need to check out this month.

Did you miss Part 1 of our September Hit List? Never fear; click here to for 5 other places you must try this month.




6. Ices Plain & Fancy: 2256 S. 39th St., St. Louis, 314.601.3604, icesplainandfancy.com

One of Shaw’s newest (and zaniest) storefronts masquerades as a modest corner ice cream shop, but a closer look reveals some seriously weird science going on behind the counter. Started by four college chums, Ices Plain & Fancy evokes the techniques of Victorian desserts innovator Agnes B. Marshall to make the Nitro Ice (pictured), which uses liquid nitrogen to flash-chill cream to silky perfection. Best of all? It’s made to order right in front of you with nitrogen steam pluming all around. Pick from around seven seasonal flavors each day, or try the Sump Pump, soft-serve infused with whatever’s on the grind over at Sump Coffee. Most items are available in soy if you’re eating vegan or gluten-free – otherwise, be sure to have your ice cream scooped into one of the house’s fresh-made waffle cones.


7. United Provisions: 6241 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314.833.5699, unitedprovisions.com

What do you get when Olio and Elaia chef-owner Ben Poremba teams up with Global Foods guru Suchin Prapaisilp? You get shelves upon shelves of international foodstuffs, from kefir to pork ramen to Pocky. You get an unexpectedly diverse selection of beer, wine and cider, curated by Andrey Ivanov. You get sushi master Naomi Hamamura delicately arranging spicy tuna rolls behind the raw bar. You get coffee and espresso served over the marble countertop at the coffee bar. And at the restaurant area known as Dining District, you get table service for an impressive lunch (sandwiches, salads and burgers) or dinner (oysters, barbecued ribs, lamb kebabs and so much more). This grocery store-turned-gastronome refuge has us standing united in admiration.


8. Whitebox Eatery: 176 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.862.2802, whiteboxeatery.com

Early risers can tuck into fine breakfast fare at Whitebox Eatery in Clayton. Step up to the gleaming white counter and place your order for coffee and a grilled ham breakfast sandwich, a thick slice of house-baked ham, an over-hard egg and gooey melted Gruyere cheese stacked between a house-made buttermilk biscuit slathered with apple butter. Lunch service starts at 11 a.m., and we’re digging into a filling organic farro salad, the ancient grain tossed with a handful of peppery arugula, roasted mushrooms, caramelized fennel, mozzarella and a pesto dressing. On your way out, snag that fruit Danish you’ve been staring at since you arrived. Its buttery, flaky goodness is so worth the calories.





9. Rack House West Winery: 5065 N. Highway N, Cottleville, 636.244.0574, rackhouse.westwinery.com

Rack House West Winery somehow successfully manages to be a tasting room, whiskey bar, restaurant and cigar lounge all at once. The new spot in Cottleville exclusively serves West Winery wines, (and will soon make a few in-house), but with 14 varietals from the super-sweet Duck Creek rosé to the dry, full-bodied Roundhouse Red, there’s something to please every palate. While you taste, snack on a few bar bites like bacon kettle corn. Hungry for more? The smoked brisket panini will more than satisfy with a mountain of tender meat slathered in a house-made barbecue sauce and topped with a spicy horseradish aioli, arugula, melted cheddar and caramelized onions. It’s comes on herb foccacia, but a knife and fork are required for this one. If you’d rather a whiskey and a stogie, step into the cigar lounge, sink into one of the comfy armchairs and light up, a snifter of one of 85 available whiskeys or a barrel-aged Manhattan (pictured) by your side.


10. Unkle Munkey’s Coin Club: 1027 Century Drive, Edwardsville, 618.692.5152, unklemunkeys.com

For the last few years, food has beckoned us to Edwardsville. Now that Unkle Munkey’s Coin Club has unlocked its doors, we’re heading across the river for some good, clean fun. The arcade offers more than 50 classic video games like Pong, Tetris, Galaga and Breakout, along with a dozen wicked pinball machines, including the classic Addams Family, and three skee-ball lanes, too. When thirst, hunger or a hand cramp finally pull you away from blinking lights and digital chirps, grab a table or take a seat at the full-service bar, the top of which is laminated with old comic book covers, quarters and game tokens. Hot dogs, pizzas and sandwiches make up the bulk of food offerings. Opt for The Hot Mess, a toasted Companion baguette packed with pastrami, roast beef, bacon, provolone and Swiss cheese, then turned into a hot mess thanks to ranch dressing and house-made giardiniera. Wash it down with one of seven mostly local rotating beers on tap. Kids can run amok until 8 p.m., when this hangout turns into a playground for the 18-and-older crowd. Sundays, however, offer amusement for all ages, all day.


11. Taste of St. Louis: Fri., Sept. 19 to Sun., Sept. 21, Chesterfield Amphitheater and Park, 631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield, 314.534.2100, tastestl.com

The annual three-day food festival Taste of St. Louis returns this month, promising even more culinary delights. Grab a bite from one of more than 35 restaurants participating in Sauce Magazine’s Restaurant Row, watch area chefs compete in the Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale and take a stroll on the Art and Wine Walk. New this year are ticketed events featuring interactive cooking demonstrations by Food Network chefs Tyler Florence of Food Court Wars and The Great Food Truck Race and Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes fame. Live music and fireworks are also in store.

-photos by Michelle Volansky



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