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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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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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