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Budget Crunch: 8 delicious St. Louis deals to try now

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Got $10 and a friend? Then Kevin Korinek has 8 delicious deals you must try now in St. Louis.




1. On March 18, you’re going to need a little substance to soak up all the Guinness and Jameson in your system. Plan head and pick up a loaf of Daily Bread Bakery & Cafe‘s Irish soda bread for $8 now through March 17. The recipe has been handed down through generations and features a moist inner cake with dark raisins and aromatic caraway seeds. If you can scrape together an extra $5, get a jar of their whipped, clover honey butter to spread on top.

2. If only every day could be Pi Day. Today through tomorrow, celebrate Pi Pizzeria’s 10th birthday (March 14, of course). Deals include all-day happy hours, buy-one-get-one pizzas for $3.14, 4 Hands Pi Common for $3.14 and pi memorization contests for kids and adults at some locations. If your birthday also falls on Pi Day, bring a photo ID and enjoy a free large pizza.




3. March is the perfect time to check out Mr. Meowski’s, one of St. Charles’ newest bakeries. This month, it’s offering delicious ham and cheese croissants for only $3.45. These delectable treats are made with European butter, then baked with a slice of ham and a chunk of Swiss cheese in the middle. The result is a flaky, cheesy, savory piece of heaven.

4. Every Friday in March, head to Pearl’s Oyster Bar at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles from 5 to 7 p.m. to enjoy $1 oyster happy hour. Slurp a few cold raw oysters, then put the rest of your money down on Red 27 at the roulette table. Just trust me, OK?




5. Grab a fun snack for the road. Sweetology is currently offering gummy bears coated in Albanese milk chocolate. For $10 a pound, get a mix of fun flavors like strawberry-banana, marshmallow and apricot. If you’re looking for something with a little more heft, spend $4 instead and request the off-menu, double-chocolate cupcake, topped with chocolate sprinkles and milk chocolate gummy bears.

6. The Swedish furniture company that’s built a worldwide following also knows how to build an affordable meal. Enjoy a hearty Ikea breakfast that includes eggs, chicken sausage, breakfast potatoes, Swedish pancakes and unlimited coffee for $2.




7. Every Monday, Edibles & Essentials offers a prix fixe, three-course dinner for $20. Selections change weekly, but first courses generally range from french fries to select soups and salads. The main course is where the money is. Look for the roasted vegetable quesadilla or country-fried chicken sandwich, made with smoked, boneless chicken thighs and served with havarti cheese and bacon gravy on a brioche bun. Grab a friend and split the bill.

8. Looking for a quick sushi fix? The Frontenac Schnucks at Lindbergh Boulevard and Clayton Road has you covered. Right now, it offers $5 sushi Fridays on select to-go packages at the sushi counter. Try the Spicy Alaskan with brown rice or a refreshing California roll with avocado.

Edibles & Essentials photo by Michelle Volansky; all others courtesy of Sweetology, Mr. Meowski’s and The Daily Bread

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

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City Foundry STL Food Hall locks in first 7 local restaurants

Thursday, January 25th, 2018


{ City Foundry STL rendering } 

The first group of Food Hall tenants at City Foundry STL, the sprawling 15-acre mixed-use development at 3700 Forest Park Ave.,in Midtown, have been announced.

Brad Beracha, director of culinary services for The Lawrence Group, which is developing the project, said all occupants will be from the St. Louis area and include a mix of established vets and up-and-comers. “It’ll be all top operators and chefs, all St. Louis based, in the food hall,” he said.


Essentially Fries owner Matt Borchardt passes a basket to hungry hands.

{ Essentially Tacos owner Matt Borchardt } 

The first group of food hall residents includes:

Matt Borchardt: The chef-owner of Edibles & Essentials will focus on street tacos at Essentially Tacos.

Natalie DuBose: The owner of Natalie’s Cakes & More will bring her penchant for sweet treats to the hall.

Michael Friedman: Formerly the executive chef of Retreat Gastropub, Friedman will open Lost & Found, a burger and pizza concept.

Tamara Keefe and Frank Ubile: The duo will open another location of their popular Clementine’s Creamery.

Brendan Marsden: The owner of Whitebox Eatery plans to introduce a sister restaurant centered on salads.

Britt Simpson and Kevin Pellegrino: The duo behind BK Catering will open Hari Manok, a Filipino grilled chicken restaurant.

Jason and Maria Sparks: The husband and wife who own Layla in The Grove will open Sumax, focused on house-made hummus and wraps.


Clementine’s owner Tamara Keefe

{ Clementine’s Creamery owner Tamara Keefe } 


The food hall is part of the $185 million first phase of the $230 million project and will eventually be home to 20 individual concepts. Beracha said that the current plan is for the food hall to open in the summer 2019 with 15 of those slots filled.

The Foundry also announced that Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinema plans to open a 10-screen theater and restaurant in the complex. A location of Punch Bowl Social, the Denver-based concept that combines arcade games and food and drink, will call City Foundry home, as well.

In addition to the food hall, the City Foundry complex will also include four brick-and-mortar restaurants that will be home to regional concepts. Fassler Hall from Oklahoma has committed to the project, and Beracha said letters of intent have been signed for the remaining three spots.

Rendering courtesy of City Foundry STL, photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Essentially Fries Food Truck

Thursday, September 7th, 2017



Kick off the weekend with a basket of fries from one of the city’s newest food trucks, Essentially Fries. The truck debuts this Friday, Sept. 8, at Food Truck Friday in Tower Grove Park.

As The Scoop reported in May, Edibles & Essentials chef-owner Matt Borchardt announced plans to launch a food truck concept around his Southampton restaurant’s popular french fries. To maximize efficiency, Borchardt kept the menu narrow menu with one main dish and a variety of toppings.

“People constantly come up [at Edibles & Essentials] and say they’re the best freaking fries they’ve ever had,” Borchardt said. “Not a day goes by.”

Toppings range from Carolina pulled pork to fajita vegetables to white chicken chili. You can also order a classic basket, topped with just garlic and Grana Padano and served with a rich truffle aioli and a house-made smoked ketchup for dipping.

Edibles & Essentials chef Steven Teters, who has previously worked at Sidney Street Cafe, will man the truck. Borchardt and a few others will help out at big events and festivals.

“Our plan is to do primarily corporate events and obviously any festivals, Food Truck Friday-type events and community events we can,” Borchardt said. Customers can follow the truck on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updated locations.


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Editor’s note: Food Truck Friday is a Sauce Magazine event. 

Photos by Meera Nagarajan 

Heather Hughes is managing editor at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Edibles & Essentials launches french fry food truck

Friday, May 26th, 2017



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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Budget Crunch: 6 delicious deals to try now

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Got $10 and a friend? Then contributor Holly Fann has six delicious deals you need to devour this month.




1. The burger at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Clayton is a glorious, meaty, satisfying sammy. Usually priced at $16, the restaurant offers its massive 10-ounce burger with seasoned house-made chips for $10 Thursdays in the bar – a perfect opportunity to indulge in some of the city’s best beef at a budget-friendly price.

2. There are still a few more days to enjoy Anheuser-Busch annual holiday lights display through Dec. 30. After you stroll through the self-guided tour, head to the Biergarten where guests 21 and older can enjoy five 5-ounce samples of A-B beers and ciders. Food stations offer hot snacks; opt for $2.50 s’mores kits ready for the nearby fire pits.




3. Sriracha Granada is a glorious green, locally made hot sauce popping up all over city. With a touch more heat and slightly sweeter than the red Sriracha we are all familiar with, this sauce is delicious on anything from eggs to burgers to pho. Bottles sell for around $6 local shops including Edibles & Essentials and Fields Foods.

4. New to Laclede’s Landing, The Roaring Twenties fills you up on Tuesdays with a Two Dog Tuesday special: two of their loaded hot dogs or sausages, fries and a drink for $10. Try the heart stopping Cuckoo Dog, a beer-battered, deep-fried dog with beer-battered bacon, jack cheese sauce, caramelized onions and mustard, and pair it with the healthier Russo Dog, a veggie dog with cucumbers, tomato, red onions and basil relish.




5. The complex Spiced Caramel Spread sold at the Nathaniel Reid Bakery in Kirkwood is pure velvety caramel flavor. Reid suggested pairing it with fresh fruit, on ice cream, drizzled on pies and tarts or even in savory preparations like on a roast pork or duck breast. For $8.50, you may also enjoy a spoonful of it straight from the jar.

6. The $10 khao soi at Fork & Stix is the perfect remedy for wintertime woes. A gorgeous bowl is filled with a curry broth, egg noodles, red onions, crispy noodles and addictive pickled mustard greens and is perfect to cure what ails you.


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Budget Crunch: 10 delicious dishes and sweet deals to try right now

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

It’s time for Budget Crunch, wherein intrepid reporter Holly Fann offers 10 tips on delicious menu items and sweet deals happening now. Got $10 and some change? Grab a friend and sample, split and stuff yourselves with these steals.




1. The first Bionic Apples of the season have been dipped, rolled and wrapped up at the three Merb’s Candies locations. Merb’s has made its Bionic apples the same way since the early 1970s using tart Granny Smith apples dipped by hand in Merb’s caramel and then rolled in pecans. Pick up one for $6 at any Merb’s locations and select grocery stores.

2. Yes, you can dine on a dime at one of the most anticipated restaurants that opened this year. A number of wines by the glass, beer, cocktails at Reeds American Table in Maplewood are available for less than $10, but don’t overlook the small plates, either. My pick: the $5 crisp shoestring french fries served with intensely flavorful aioli.





3. Grab a fast, satisfying lunch bite at Edibles & Essentials, where chef-owner Matt Borchardt offers $10 Vietnamese-inspired bahn mi tacos. Corn tortillas are generously filled with spice-cured pork belly slow-cooked in its own fat. Hoisin mayo gilds the lily and pickled slaw adds brightness and balance.

4. Marcoot Jersey Creamery takes a year to develop its Cave-Aged Heritage cheese, a complex fruity sharp flavor similar to Gruyere. Ideal for cool-weather comfort food favorites like grilled cheese, fondue and French onion soup, this wonderfully gooey cheese is available at farmers markets and local grocery stores where a 4-ounce chunk goes for $5.




5. The California Do-Nut Co.’s Felinna Love has big plans to open a brick-and-mortar doughnut shop on South Jefferson Avenue, but until then, snag one of her apple cider-glazed donuts or vanilla-glazed for a $1 each or $12 for a dozen at the St. Louis Swap Meet this Sunday, Nov. 1.

6. Milque Toast Bar knows no bonfire is complete without rich, decadent grown-up s’mores. Get the good stuff when you grab one of the bitty shop’s s’more kits, featuring rorating flavors from Kakao like Mexican chocolate, dark chocolate-coffee or white chocolate-coffee. Each take-home kit costs $6 and makes two generous s’mores.




7. Pumpkin lovers go a little crazy at Pint Size Bakery when the Drunken Punkin Cupcakes hit the bakery case. Fresh baked pumpkin cupcakes are covered in a velvety buttercream frosting flavored with RumChata. The combination of tender, fragrant cake and subtly-sweet cinnamon liqueur sells for $3 each, an affordable fix for any pumpkin enthusiast. Look for them through the end of the year.

8. When the highly-anticipated Ikea opened to much fanfare last month, die-hard devotees discovered there was no need to step foot outside this utopia of Swedish design for sustenance. With $10, you can fuel yourself with three complete meals starting with a breakfast of eggs, turkey sausage and potatoes ($1) and organic penne with red sauce for lunch ($2). With leftover $7, splurge on the most expensive menu item, a white tablecloth-worthy dinner of wild-caught hot smoked salmon served on a bed of red beans, haricot verts and yellow beets served with a dill cream sauce.




9. Watching The Libertine’s beverage director and mad scientist Ben Bauer playfully create a cocktail is nothing short of entertainment. To prepare the Robin’s Nest Reverie offered on the “imagined” portion of the cocktail menu, Bauer cooks fresh pineapple in duck fat, then releases its juice into cachaça. Mixed with Big O ginger liqueur and lime juice, this silky-smooth combination blends citrusy, spicy and savory flavors in one duck fat-washed glass for $10.

10. Grab a sweater a cozy up outside 4 Hands Brewing for free movies Monday nights through November starting at 7 p.m. Grab a pint (around $5 each) inside or snag one from its outdoor container bar, then pop open a lawn chair and catch a screening under the stars. This Monday, Nov. 2 start with Fight Club, and other films include The Sand Lot (Nov. 9), National Lampoon’s Vacation (Nov. 16) and The Big Lebowski (Nov. 23).


Holly Fann is a longtime food writer who currently blogs at GastrononicSTL.

-photos by Holly Fann  

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Get caught up on all last week’s food news, from sneak peeks of just-opened restaurants to new places you must try this month. ICYMI, here’s the latest in the St. Louis restaurant scene:



1. After success in University City and Columbia, Missouri, owner David Choi is taking Seoul Taco to another college town: Champaign, Illinois. Click here for the Sauce Scoop on his first Illinois location.

2. Cardinals fans have one more post-season to enjoy at Joe Buck’s downtown and J. Buck’s in Clayton. The baseball-themed restaurants are closing for good Oct. 30. Click here for the Sauce Scoop.

3. After a combined 44-year run, family-owned Dooley’s Beef N Brew House is closing its doors for good on Saturday, Oct. 17. Click here for Sauce Scoop on why owner Sean Dooley is closing up shop.




4. Ramen is on the rise in St. Louis, and doors recently opened at Robata, a ramen, yakitori and sushi eatery in Maplewood. Click here for the Sauce First Look.

5. Owner Travis Howard opened doors at Retreat Gastropub Friday, Oct. 9, and Sauce stepped inside a few days before to check out this outdoors-inspired gastropub in the Central West End. Click here for the Sneak Peek.

6. Part market, part cafe, chef-owner Matt Borchardt opened Edibles & Essentials in St. Louis Hills on Monday, Oct. 5. Click here for the Sauce First Look.




7. Julia Li grew up in the kitchens of her family’s Chinese restaurants, including Lu Lu Seafood & Dim Sum. Click here to find out how she’s shaking up the family business in What I Do.

8. We’ve got 5 new must-try STL eateries in October. Click here for the Sauce Hit List.

9. Inspired by her favorite Piccione Pastry cookie, Baked set out to create a vibrant Tricolor Almond Cake. Click here for the stellar recipe.


-Seoul Taco photo by Michelle Volansky; Robata photo by Meera Nagarajan; Julia Li photo by Ashley Gieseking



First Look: Edibles & Essentials at St. Louis Hills

Thursday, October 8th, 2015



Part cafe, part market, Edibles & Essentials opened its doors at 5815 Hampton Ave., this Monday, Oct. 5. Chef-owner Matt Borchardt said his aim is to create a comfortable atmosphere and support regional and national artisans.

On the edible side, the menu offers six small plates of salad and meat options, as well as eight large plates of sandwiches and banh mi tacos. Charcuterie boards can be customized at a per-person price with a regional rotation of salumi, cheese, nuts, pickles, olives, fruit and bread.

The essentials are displayed on shelving around the perimeter of the store and feature a blend of international sauces like Korean Yuzu mayonnaise and Italian olive oils. Domestic offerings like a white Alabama-style barbecue sauce from Lillie’s Q. Also scattered on the shelves are locally handmade cutting boards and pottery made by Borchardt’s brother, Anthony Borchardt.

The back patio accommodates three dozen diners who have an unobstructed view across the field of Bishop DuBourg High School. The market and cafe also offers catering and private parties.

Edibles & Essentials is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here’s what to expect at South Hampton’s latest eatery:


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-photos by Meera Nagarajan

The Scoop: Edibles & Essentials to open in St. Louis Hills

Thursday, August 27th, 2015




St. Louis Hills will soon see the opening of Edibles & Essentials, a counter service cafe and market at 5815 Hampton Ave. Chef-owner Matthew Borchardt said the 1,600-square-foot space will include an artisan market and a counter-service cafe showcasing dishes from around the world.

Borchardt most recently served as a consulting chef for Taze Mediterranean Street Food, along with previous roles at Cafe Provencal, Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge and a program director position at L’Ecole Culinaire. For his first independent venture, Borchard is opening his shop on home turf.

“My wife and I met as next-door neighbors in Clifton Heights. My parents’ house was in the Lindenwood Park area right up the street from Mom’s Deli. I love the St. Louis Hills area,” Borchardt said.

On the market side, Edibles & Essentials will offer a variety of imported and locally sourced goods including oils and vinegars, breads, cheeses, wine and spirits, spices, cured meats, cookbooks, cookware, kitchen utensils and kitchen gadgets. A small butcher counter will also feature a selection of hand-cut steaks, chops and seafood.

The cafe will feature globally inspired cuisine and fresh, seasonal ingredients. Standard menu items will include small plates like french fries, sauteed spinach or crab cakes and larger entrees such as a roasted pork sandwich and grilled meats. The menu will also feature charcuterie boards paired with jams, jellies, cheeses, pickles and breads. Both international and local bottled brews and wines by the glass or bottle will also be available for customers. Borchardt hopes to seat 20 inside and an additional 30 under a covered courtyard.





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