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Hit List: 10 new places to try in January

Monday, January 1st, 2018

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1. Louie
706 Demun Ave., Clayton, 314.300.8188, louiedemun.com

Anyone who still raves about King Louie’s – 10 years after its closing – has probably dined at Louie multiple times by now. But newbies will also make plans for a return visit before their first is even finished. The latest venture from Matt McGuire, former owner of King Louie’s and a Niche Food Group alum, offers a sophisticated but laid-back vibe with low, moody lighting and plenty of Instagram-worthy design elements. (That wallpaper!) McGuire’s love for Italian wine is reflected in the extensive selection of unique offerings meant to pair with the small menu. The kitchen offers a well-chosen list of hearty salads, memorable sides (do not, under any circumstances, miss the cauliflower fritto), wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas like butternut squash-stuffed agnolotti and satisfying entrees, including a thick-cut, bone-in pork chop with shishito peppers and an herbaceous chermoula sauce. This Louie is a worthy successor to the King; we’ll be back – a lot.

 

2. Poke Doke
8 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 314.833.5900, Facebook: Poke Doke

With poke (the super popular Hawaiian raw fish dish) making appearances on menus all over town, it was only a matter of time before a dedicated poke-only place opened its doors. Poke Doke applies the build-your-own concept to poke with predictably tasty results. Choose a base of sushi rice, soba noodles, salad or wonton chips, then add your choice of fish, sauce, toppings and “drizzles” for a custom creation. There’s also a selection of bubble milk teas and a la carte items like crab Rangoon, miso soup and pot stickers to round things out. Do your palate a solid and say aloha to Poke Doke.

 

This Thanksgiving-inspired dish features a turkey sausage topped with roasted Granny Smith apples and cranberry mostarda.

 

3. Frankly on Cherokee
2744 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314.449.1178, franklysausages.com

Frankly Sausages food truck fans already know: This place has the best fries. The fact that these brined, double-fried, exquisitely crisp and tender fries are now available all the time in a brick-and-mortar – and on the bar-hopping mecca Cherokee Street, no less – might be a problem for us. The whole menu is worth the trip with house-made sausages from a classic hot dog and brat to a rich, savory wild boar sausage topped with bright pickled red onion and mildly sweet roasted apple. With the four walls (one of which boasts a huge black-and-white pig painting), tables and chairs, comes a sweet, honey-topped butternut squash salad, balsamic onions-studded chicken liver crostini and the promise of more shareable plates to come.

 

4. Parlor
4170 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.833.4999, parlorstl.com

Relive your ’90s mall arcade dreams at Parlor, The Grove’s newest spot for booze, skee-ball and throwback console games. George Clinton-esque funk trumpets your arrival when you step inside and puts you in the mood to game all night. Start at the bar and order a sweet and fruity Parlor’s Cup, a mix of St. George gin, Pimm’s, lime, passion fruit and Pineapple Vess tempered with cucumber and herbal Chartreuse. Purists should opt for a simple daiquiri with Plantation Three Star, sugar and lime. Cans reign at Parlor; a beer list name drops favorites like 2nd Shift Brewing Co. and Evil Twin, while canned wines include rosés, reds and whites. Drink in hand, hit the dining room and line up for skee-ball, unleash your inner pinball wizard at one of four machines or go for the kill in “Mortal Kombat II.” Forget parking meters or laundromats; your quarters have a new purpose.

 

Local artist Marissa Todd painted The Clover and the Bee’s signature floral mural.

 

5. The Clover & The Bee
100 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, thecloverandthebee.com

Fans of sister restaurant Olive & Oak have waited impatiently for The Clover and The Bee to open since the concept was announced. Despite the whimsical name inspired by an Emily Dickinson poem, the stunning new Webster Groves breakfast and lunch spot is chic as hell. The small menu changes frequently, but always includes well-executed classics and thoughtful salads, sandwiches and entrees served in a lavish setting of emerald banquettes, gold chairs and an arresting floral mural in the back. Try the super rich chicken hand pie or the tender smoked flank steak, served over a warm potato salad tossed with hints of kale, Asiago and a Caesar dressing that affects you more than you thought a dressing could. A to-go window makes it easy to pick up coffee, grab-and-go snacks (crab dip!) and baked goods.

 

6. Knead Bakehouse & Provisions
3467 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, 314.376.4361, kneadbakehouse.com

Farmers market fans of Knead bread can now swing by the bakery’s brick-and-mortar in the Lindenwood Park neighborhood for fresh loaves of country bread or brioche. During early visits, snag a sugary morning bun while you wait, or stop by midday for a quick lunch. All sandwiches are served hot or cold with microgreens, tomato, smoked Gouda, herb aioli, whole-grain mustard and house pickles. Opt for half a warm smoked brisket sammie served on buttered, toasted slices of country loaf. Make the other half of your pick-two meal the Kale & Kefir salad, a playful take on a Caesar with lacinato kale, puffed wheatberries, pecans and a tangy kefir-based dressing. Wash it all down with a house botanical soda like the grapefruit and juniper flavor with fresh mint.

 

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7. Mothership
Earthbound Beer, 2724 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314.769.9576, mothershipsaintlouis.com

The kitchen team from Vista Ramen has started serving up a new menu inside the recently expanded Earthbound Beer, and we love everything about that. The menu offers plenty of smoked meats and tasty sides with that Vista touch. The potato salad is made with Kewpie mayo, the cornbread is served with gochujang honey butter, and the pork plate can be topped with five different house barbecue sauces, including a sweet Korean barbecue and super spicy pomegranate jerk. Try the surprising smoked turkey pita (fall-apart slices of turkey topped with yogurt, house pickles and sumac) with your Liquid Toast (an unexpected wheat beer from Earthbound’s constantly shifting menu).

 

8. Fiddlehead Fern Cafe
4066 Russell Blvd., St. Louis, 314.972.2637, Facebook: Fiddlehead Fern Cafe

Fiddlehead Fern Cafe is where we’ll be posting up for our next coffee meeting or long writing day. The cool, spare space, with concrete floors, bleached wood tables and stark white walls hung with floral art photography, is warmed by bulb light fixtures, bud vases on every table and super-friendly service that’s already attracting Shaw neighborhood regulars. A solid coffee program featuring Georgia-based PERC beans is supplemented by a short menu focused on loaded toasts to calm your caffeine buzz. We like the smashed chickpea toast, topped with radishes and balsamic vinegar – or go for a house-made cranberry-rosemary scone if you just need a bite to go with your cortado. Wine and local Heirloom Bottling Co. shrub cocktails are also available, if that’s how your meeting’s going.

 

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9. Shake Shack
60 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 314.627.5518, shakeshack.com

ICYMI, a little burger-and-shake joint opened in the Central West End last month. Yes, famed restaurateur Danny Meyer has finally brought his internationally popular Shake Shack to his hometown, and lines of St. Louisans have snaked around the building since its debut. When you finally get to the counter, a classic ShackBurger is a must; the buttery toasted bun stands up to a seasoned, crisp-edged smash patty, gooey American cheese and house mayo-based sauce. Crunchy crinkle-cut cheese fries are also required eating for first-timers. Once you’ve checked those off your list, expand your horizons with an ultra-crispy Chick’n Shack sandwich or an indulgent Mound City Double – two smashed patties glued together with Provel cheese and topped with local Niman Ranch bacon.

 

10. Squatter’s Café
3524 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 314.925.7556, squatterscafe.com

James Beard-nominated chef Rob Connoley will launch his much-anticipated fine dining restaurant, Bulrush, this year. Until then, diners can get a taste of his creativity at the tiny Squatter’s Café, with a small, oft-changing menu of surprising “hyper-local daytime classics.” Start your morning with a house-made English muffin crowned with a dome of butternut squash hiding a soft-cooked egg and creamy goat cheese. Or the simply billed Meat & Beans on the lunch menu, Connoley’s version of cassoulet with shredded confit chicken, sausage coins and plump cannellini beans crowned with a delectable pork gyoza. Lighter options include the Veg Marrow, hollowed out roasted carrot halves filled with beet puree served with seed crackers, greens and an English muffin. Save room for dessert; the cinnamon-brown sugar pop tart is better than any prepackaged breakfast pastry you’ll ever try.

Louie, Frankly on Cherokee and The Clover and The Bee photos by Michelle Volansky; Mothership photo by Meera Nagarajan; Shake Shack photo by Caitlin Lally

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Budget Crunch: 6 delicious deals for $10 or less to try now

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Got $10 and a friend? Then reporter Kevin Korinek has six delicious deals to try now.

 

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1. Cheese and potatoes – that’s all I really want out of life, and Frankly on Cherokee has ‘em both. My mouth waters at the thought of Frankly’s $8 Belgian-style, hand-cut fries, drenched in creamy, raclette cheese – a large wheel of funky Swiss cheese. The cheese is melted to order and scraped onto the crispy fries, resulting in a gooey, salty mess of sheer bliss. You can eat them with a fork, but you’d be doing it all wrong.

2. Need a pick-me-up for the weekend? Head for McArthur’s Bakery for a complimentary cup of joe. Every week through February, the bakery hosts Free Coffee Fridays where you can enjoy a free 16-ounce cup of Park Avenue Coffee with purchase at any of McArthur’s four locations from 6 to 8 a.m.

3. There are few places where you can sample the finest flavors of Middle Eastern cuisine, and Ranoush is one of my go-to-spots for a budget-friendly bite. Try any of its lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for just less than $10, including beef kafta, vegetarian platter or falafel sandwich. My money is on the chicken shawarma on fresh pita topped with onions, garlic sauce and sumac.

 

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4. This Friday, slide into The Post Sports Bar, where they sling signature cheesesteak sandwiches for $6, leaving plenty left over for an ice-cold beer. The cheesesteaks come with onion and green peppers piled high on thin-sliced, rib-eye steak and smothered in American cheese. Grab one during Progressive Happy Hour from 2 to 7 p.m. for cheap domestic drafts and $5 select appetizers.

5. Tuesday used to be reserved for tacos, but Vincent Van Doughnut is adding sweets to the mix. Every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to close, take advantage of an unlimited, two-for-one deal on all of Vincent’s doughnuts. The maple and cinnamon topped with cayenne-candied bacon is a house favorite, but you can’t go wrong with a classic vanilla glazed.

6. Kalbi Taco Shack has a lot going on – affordable eats and great flavor combinations blend Mexican and Asian fare. Tacos are filling and easy on the wallet, but I love the banh mi and rice bowls, available for less than $9. Choose from Kalbi’s signature beef short rib, teriyaki chicken, sweet-and-spicy jackfruit and more. Sandwiches come with cilantro and aioli on crusty French bread, while bowls are topped with a fried egg and house-made chile sauce on the side.

Photos courtesy of Frankly on Cherokee and The Post Sports Bar

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

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Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

From the opening of a new sausage joint on Cherokee Street to our go-to Thanksgiving recipes, here’s what went down last week, ICYMI.

 

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1. Bill and Jamie Cawthon have put the finishing touches on the brick-and-mortar iteration of their popular food truck, Frankly Sausages. Frankly on Cherokee opened at 2744 Cherokee St., Friday, Nov. 17.

 

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2. The latest project from the folks behind Olive & Oak now has an official name, The Clover and The Bee, and an almost official opening date. Co-owner Mark Hinkle said the restaurant should debut at the end of this month.

 

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3. Pizza takeout spot Humble Pie, which opened in April, has officially closed its doors, but the space at 9783 Clayton Road in Ladue won’t be empty for long.

 

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4. We all love an invitation, but who doesn’t panic at the thought of hosting? Let’s face it, if you’re in the kitchen, you’re missing the party. The planning, the prep, the cleanup, hours over the stove with complicated recipes… it doesn’t have to be that way. Use these seven recipes to feel like a guest at your own shindig.

 

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First Look: Frankly on Cherokee

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

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Bill and Jamie Cawthon have put the finishing touches on the brick-and-mortar iteration of their popular food truck, Frankly Sausages. Frankly on Cherokee is set to open at 2744 Cherokee St., tomorrow, Nov. 17.

The husband-and-wife team launched the truck in December 2015, specializing in artisan sausages and fries. As The Scoop reported in July, they announced plans to open a restaurant and expand the concept.

The former home of Calypso Cafe has been transformed into a 38-seat counter-service eatery with an open kitchen. While they order, patrons can watch chef Bill Cawthon and his team break down whole animals from Grand Army Farms, Such & Such Farms and others for house-ground, handmade sausages.

Large menu boards are divided into classic sausages like German, Polish and beer bratwursts, and more nontraditional options like a Thanksgiving-inspired turkey and an alligator sausage. A board of rotating sharable plates feature salads and off-cuts dishes like chicken liver crostini. Frankly Sausages fries will also be available at the new space, and on Fridays and Saturdays, Cawthon will break out the raclette wheel for funky, gooey cheese fries.

The Cawthons recruited pastry chef Michelle Hedman, formerly of Sarah’s on Central, to helm their dessert program. Look for seasonal options like a maple-pecan cheesecake, apple pie and caramelitas, caramel and chocolate oat bars.

Instead of a full bar program, they tapped friend and barman Phil Haltom to craft single-serve batch cocktails for on-site consumption. Classics like a Manhattan, a bubbly Gin and Tonic and a carbonated Negroni are available in 6.2-ounce glass bottles. Local draft beer and wine will also be available in the coming weeks.

Frankly fans need not fear the loss of their favorite meal on wheels. The Cawthons said the new space will serve as a commissary kitchen, and the truck will actually increase business after the restaurant opens.

The brick-and-mortar will be open 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Here’s a First Look at what to expect when doors open tomorrow:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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Frankly Sausages announces details, location on Cherokee Street

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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Frankly Sausages now has an official address for its new concept: 2744 Cherokee St.

As The Scoop reported in July, Frankly Sausages co-owners Bill and Jamie Cawthon announced their intent to open a brick-and-mortar location somewhere on Cherokee Street. Now, the concept and the exact location have been revealed, as reported by St. Louis Magazine.

Jamie Cawthon said the restaurant will be called Frankly on Cherokee in the space that once was home to Calypso Cafe. The space will have 38 seats.

“It’s an expansion on the concept,” Cawthon said. “We’re going to have shareable plates, and Bill is going to do a weekend dinner plate that will be completely different from us before, and it’ll be different every weekend.”

There will also be a monthly featured sausage made with ingredients from a local farm.

Frankly fans can get a taste of the new menu at Cherokee Beach this Saturday, Aug. 19 from 5 to 10 p.m., including a duck sausage from Grand Army Farm and desserts.

There will be additional pop-ups scheduled leading up to the grand opening, which Cawthon said should be in early October.

 

Photo by Michelle Volansky

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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