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

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

It’s time for Budget Crunch, wherein intrepid reporter Byron Kerman 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.

 

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1. The talented team at Red Fox Baking has just announced another day of baking to its weekly schedule. That means more fresh Pecorino Romano-black peppercorn loaves, olive oil-semolina cakes with blood orange, lemon-grapefruit bars and more baguettes, batards, croissants, tarts, turnovers, galettes and cookies. Seek out Red Fox’s exalted carbohydrates at Grove East Provisions, Local Harvest Grocery and City Greens Market.

2. If you’re gonna watch a Cardinals spring training game, why not watch it on the obscenely huge 40-foot TV screen at FOX Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village? And why not dine on the Businessman Spring Training Special while you cheer? The $10 burger-and-beer special is available at Fox Sports Midwest Live! as well as the Budweiser Brew House, Cardinals Nation and Bud Brewhouse (the games are shown on TVs at each participating restaurant). The promotion includes any burger and any pint of domestic beer on any of the restaurants’ menus. Go here for a complete list of eligible pre-season games in March and April

 

 

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3. Lent is observed reverently and deliciously at Sister Cities Cajun & BBQ with a holy trinity of fish tacos. Tilapia is battered in flour, cornmeal and spices, fried and blessed with an unusual pico de gallo made with poblano and jalapeno peppers and garlic-roasted corn. The overstuffed tacos, which go for three for $9, are finished with a drizzle of remoulade and are available throughout Lent.

4. Sometimes you need just a bit-o-brunch to get Sunday rolling. Other times, you like doing some real calorie-inhaling damage. That’s where the all-you-care-to-eat Sunday brunch at St. Charles’ Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas comes in. Ten dollars gets you all the Eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, French toast, bacon, house-made sausage, potato hash and omelets to order you can handle. A selection of bloody marys and coffee cocktails are available for an extra charge.

 

 

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5. At Gus’ Pretzels, Twisted Tuesdays means a variety of discount offers on Tuesdays in March. The deals include two deli sandwiches for $6 (March 17) and four pretzel sandwiches for $10 (March 31). The 60 pretzel ends for $5 (March 24) and are great for surprising the whole gang at the office.

6. The clam chowder at Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. is positively swoon-worthy. The $5 a bowl they charge seems like a fair price, but perhaps any price would be justifiable for this velvety, addictive soup. It’s made with clam juice, fish stock, white wine, a blonde roux, diced potatoes, half-and-half as well as heavy cream, and, naturally, steamed clams. Tell ‘em Budget Crunch sent ya.

 

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7. The Peacock Loop Diner has been sliding milkshakes down the counter for about six months now, and owner Joe Edwards is excited about the latest changes to the 24-hour diner’s menu. Budget-friendly choices now include a cheeseburger with fries ($4.50), fried pickles ($3.50), pancakes ($4.50) and French toast ($4.50) with topping options of berries and chocolate chips (for an extra dollar) and a larger, foot-long corn dog fried in house-made sweet batter ($5). New cocktails include the California Girl, made with two types of rum, pineapple juice, sweet and sour mix and grenadine ($8), and the Apple Pie Kick made with Rumchata, Fireball whiskey, vanilla ice cream, cinnamon and diced apples ($9).

8. Cinco de Vino is a monthly holiday at all three locations of Robust Wine Bar. Every fifth of the month, guests receive a whopping 40 percent off all bottles at the wine bar and in the cafe and 15 percent off everything in the wine shop.

 

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9. If you happen to hang out at Kreis’ Steakhouse & Bar while waiting for a table, be sure to ask for the complimentary cheese and crackers and have a nice little pre-prandial scarf-down. The free app is a steakhouse tradition, we understand. The cheese is soft, spreadable Wisconsin cheddar served with Ritz crackers. Everybody’s eating it – why not you?

10. They do have potato chips at Pizzino in Clayton, but for the discriminating, they also have house-made walnut/blue cheese crostini chips to enjoy with your panini or salad. They’re a little different and a lot inexpensive, just $2 a serving. Call ahead to make sure they have them, since they don’t bake them daily.

 

Extra Sauce: Where to Eat at a Blues Game

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Now that baseball season is officially over, St. Louis turns its attention to the boys of winter. Hockey-loving foodies will find an array of food and beverage offerings when the St. Louis Blues are on the ice at Scottrade Center this year.

At concession stands and portable carts scattered through the plaza and mezzanine levels, you can load up on traditional fare like hot dogs, pizza, nachos and even build-your-own mac-n-cheese (section 104). A gluten-free cart peddling hot dogs, nacho, beer and other wheat-free fare is back again, too. But in our hunt for winning dishes, we found a few spots where food service provider Levy Restaurants as really upped its game with choices like stir-fried rice and blackened chicken sandwiches. Best of all, you’ll find these meals at stands accessible to any ticketholder, even one bleeding blue in the nosebleeds.

 

 

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 -photos by Meera Nagarajan

Stocking Up: Gus’ Pretzels

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

022311_guspretzelsAs spring training commences, we’re thinking not only of La Russa, Pujols and the rest of the Cardinals, but also of all the food that always tastes better at the ballpark. We can all agree that no game is complete without a nice, greasy hot dog, but for some of us, baseball season also means pretzels in all their salty, doughy deliciousness.

The king of the St. Louis pretzel world is undoubtedly Gus’ Pretzels, which began operations way back in 1920. Many families make the pilgrimage to Gus’ storefront on Arsenal Street for these chewy treats, but these locally made pretzels are also available at area grocery stores. A stroll through the freezer aisle at the Brentwood Dierbergs one recent chilly afternoon meant nabbing a pack of Gus’ pretzel twists to take home for the family. The package says the pretzels can be popped in the microwave, though we chose the conventional oven method. Four minutes at 425 degrees gave us the perfect after-school snack for a couple of hungry kids.

The pretzels are just fine on their own, complete with a sprinkle of crunchy salt, but why not get creative? The pretzel sticks could stand in for bread sticks at any weeknight meal, and they’d be great as an accompaniment to beer cheese soup, such as this tasty version. You can even create your own spring training treat by slicing the twists crosswise and using them as a creative hot dog bun. Now, bring on the boys of summer!

The Scoop: Pretzel Boys to add to local soft pretzel market

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

112910_pretzelboysPretzel Boys, a soft pretzel chain that was started five years ago in Philadelphia and that now totals 10 stores nationwide, is making its westward expansion. Owner Tim Garvey is setting up shop at 11750 Manchester Road in Des Peres, where he will offer carry-out and wholesale/bulk order delivery of umpteen varieties of soft pretzels, all made on-site.

Garvey told The Scoop that the menu will include the traditional hand-twisted pretzel as well as pretzel-wrapped hot dogs, brats and sausages, various cheese pretzels, and those topped with flavors like cinnamon and sugar. Considering that the founder of Pretzel Boys, who is also a friend of Garvey’s, gave him the OK to switch up the menu a bit, the St. Louis locale will offer a slight variation from the standard Pretzel Boys menu.

Soft pretzels aren’t exactly new to Garvey. He owns four vending corners outside of Busch Stadium where he sells quick snacks – including Gus’ Pretzels – and cold beverages to fans headed to the game. Should we guess which brand of freshly baked pretzels he’ll be peddling on Eighth Street come baseball season next year?

Pretzel Boys will open the first week of January, operating Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

UPDATE 1.10.11: Pretzel Boys is now open.

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