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Hit List: 7 new places you must try this month – Part 1

January 5th 09:01am, 2015

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1. Peel Wood Fired Pizza and Brewery: 104 S. Cherry St., O’Fallon, Illinois, 618.726.2244, peelpizza.com

The second location of this popular pizzeria is bigger, badder and boozier than its Edwardsville home base. The O’Fallon, Illinois location opened in a massive two-story space (former incarnations include a bank, a bowling alley and a roller rink) to welcome up to 230 people. Head upstairs to the brewpub to take in the seven-barrel brewery and order the Peel flight to sample the four house brews or choose from two dozen other craft labels on draft. Get your belly full and satisfied with the jalapeno sausage pizza that’s piled with house-smoked jalapeno sausage, smoked mozzarella and bread-and-butter pickled jalapenos.

 

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2. Zydeco Blues, 1090 Old Des Peres Road, Des Peres, 314.858.1188, zydecobluesstl.com

Cajun and Creole cuisines have come to Des Peres. Grab a seat at the 19th-century wood bar and sip on a Hurricane or a bottle of Abita Amber while you nibble on (OK, devour) complimentary savory beignets. Save room for dishes like shrimp and grits, po’boys, gumbo and fresh oysters. For dessert, don’t miss the bananas Foster creme brulee.

 

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3. Recess Brewing: 307 N. Main St., Edwardsville, 618.692.5101, recessbrewing.com

Edwardsville now has its first brewery with a sparse but stately tasting room in the heart of Main Street. A red brick archway, salvaged barn wood and large windows lend a cozy, tavern-like feel to the space. Ten taps hold brews to please everyone from hopheads (2211 IPA) to ale fans (Four Square nut brown ale). Our pick: Pedagogical, a winter porter to sip by Recess’ custom-built brick fireplace. It’s a BYO-dinner joint, but don’t be surprised if the movie theater across the street stops in with free fresh popcorn. Edwardsville is neighborly like that.

 

 

4. Living Room: 2808 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314.899.0173, arthousecoffees.com

Local micro-roaster Arthouse Coffees has opened a coffee shop and bakery. Take in the cafe’s casual laboratory aesthetic, from the faux soapstone chemist’s bar to the vintage pharmacy rack with bottles of Arthouse’s popular Bitt’s Cold Press and Chemex pour-over gear for purchase. Order a cup of a rotating house roast prepared one of five ways (espresso, pour over, siphon, Kyoto cold brew or cold press) and pair it with a freshly baked French roll served with house-made honey butter.

 

Still hungry? Click here for Part 2 of Hit List!

 

-photos by Michelle Volansky

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