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The Scoop: New North County restaurant Hokkaido offers affordable Asian buffet

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

010611_sushibarWe’re always looking for a buffet to fill our bellies so you can bet we’ll be showing up hungry at Hokkaido, a new buffet-only restaurant in North County that offers Asian eats. The fare at Hokkaido, located at 660 N. Lindbergh Blvd., in the Florissant Meadows Shopping Center, changes daily. Diners can hit the hibachi station to create their own grilled veggie medley, select from a huge variety of Chinese dishes, choose from freshly rolled sushi pieces at the sushi bar, and fill up on good-for-you salads and soups. For those with a sweet tooth, myriad desserts are offered including kid-faves like soft-serve ice cream and a chocolate fountain.

In addition to pleasing a variety of palates, Hokkaido’s will also keep customers smiling with affordable prices. During the week, lunch is a mere $7.59 (drinks not included) and dinner is $11.99; add a buck on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant also offers discounts for kids and seniors. Hokkaido is open everyday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and to 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Scoop: A trio of Planet Subs now orbiting in St. Louis’ sub sandwich galaxy

Monday, December 13th, 2010

121310_planetsubZach Oldham has opened his third Planet Sub shop. The newest oven-baked subs in the St. Louis galaxy are being made in Maplewood at 1805 Maplewood Commons Drive, next to San Sai Japanese Grill. Why did Oldham select Maplewood as the sister site to locales in the Central West End and downtown? “Because it’s a high-traffic area and a really nice, small, clean city,” said Oldham. “We wanted to give it a shot out here.”

The menu is identical at all three Planet Sub locations, but the Maplewood shop offers a couple deals unavailable at the other stores. Mondays is Kids Eat Free day – purchase an adult meal and get up to two free kid’s meals. On Turkey Tuesdays, customers can purchase a six-inch turkey sandwich for $2.50 or a foot-long sub for $5.

Drink This Weekend Edition: Tequila dinner season begins at Espinos in Chesterfield

Friday, November 26th, 2010

-1Espinos, the family-owned Mexican bar and grill in Chesterfield Valley, began offering tequila dinners long before imaginative multi-course meals paired with cocktails became popular. Next week marks the start of tequila dinner season at the restaurant, with Cazadores tequila featured in the glass and on the plate.

Owner Roseann Espino has quite the fiesta planned for the Dec. 1 four-course tequila dinner. It begins with a flight of Cazadores tequila – blanco, reposado and añejo – served with spicy shrimp torte with Cazadores crème fraiche. As you enjoy your appetizer, a Cazadores rep will be on-hand to explain flavor profiles and notable distillation tidbits about the company’s line of blue agave–based spirits. Guests will then have a choice of apple butternut squash tequila soup or a roasted pear salad with Cazadores balsamic reduction. Of the entrée options, might we suggest the grilled venison? Mexican bread pudding will make a sweet ending to the meal. Each course will be accompanied by a tequila-based cocktail: a pumpkin margarita, a Fuji apple cocktail, Black Winter margarita and Mexican eggnog.

For just $50 a person, you can sit with your own party and eat – and drink – at your own pace. Seating is limited, though, so call 636.519.0044 to make your reservation.

Looking to get an early start on tequila quaffing? Head to Espinos this weekend for a house margarita. And if you can’t make it out to the tequila dinner Dec. 1, mark your calendar for the first Wednesday of each month. January will feature Dos Lunes; the heartfelt month of February is appropriately reserved for Corazón; and March will see either Patrón or Cabo Wabo as the evening’s estrella.

The Scoop: Jilly’s Cupcake Bar to expand, launch Sunday brunch buffet

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

112210_jillysJill Segal, owner of Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Café, is expanding her restaurant located at 8509 Delmar Blvd., near I-170. If remodeling the space next door that was formerly Winston’s Fabrics goes according to plan, the seating capacity at Jilly’s will double by mid-December.

Remodeling plans include creating a room for small private events such as birthday parties for cupcake-loving, icing-licking kids or business meetings, Segal told Sauce. The front space, meanwhile, will be changed to provide comfortable lounge seating and to accommodate those who “want a quick cupcake to go.”

Segal will need all that extra room once folks get wind of Jilly’s oh-so affordable Sunday brunch buffet, which rolls out Dec. 5. The menu was designed by Jilly’s chef Dana Holland, whom folks may remember as the owner-chef of the now defunct Caribbean barbecue stop, Babalu’s Snack Shack in Kirkwood. Holland consulted for Segal when her eatery opened in July 2007, and he stepped back into the kitchen at Jilly’s just over a year ago.

So what can you get for a $14.99 Sunday brunch buffet? Holland cited a long list of tempting items that include: house-made cheddar biscuits with Creole gravy; house-made breakfast sausage patties; a breakfast burrito bar where you can stuff your tortilla with eggs, house-made chorizo, stove-top black beans, pickled onions, cheese and salsa; egg-stravaganzas like a strata or Italian creamed spinach and artichoke eggs Benedict; and hearty dishes such as jambalaya, chicken stroganoff, Cuban roast pork or brisket hash. Vegetarians will find lots of options too – whether at the burrito bar, among the egg choices, or with one of Jilly’s several cold salads like the chilled tortellini salad. And for kids, Jilly’s will offer a seven-cheese mac-and-cheese, bananas Foster French toast and, for dessert, a DIY cupcake station where the kiddos can pile on the icing and sprinkles. Even better: Kids ages 7 to 10 eat brunch for just $7.99; those under age 6 eat for free.

Segal is also working on securing a liquor license, she said. So while the buffet will include a standard beverage like coffee, tea or juice, it’s only a matter of time before you can enjoy all that food with a Bloody Mary or mimosa.

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