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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, June 19th, 2016

From new restaurants on Cherokee Street and Edwardsville to big announcements for Midtown and The Grove, here’s what went down in the St. Louis dining scene last week, ICYMI…

 

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1. Husband-and-wife team Michael and Tara Gallina announced June 14 that they will open Vicia, at 4260 Forest Park Ave., in The Cortex. The Gallinas are looking at a fall opening.

2. The Grove is about to get a little tastier. With a year under its belt in Clayton, owner Vincent Marsden plans to open a second brick-and-mortar Vincent Van Doughnut at 1072 Tower Grove Ave., in mid-October.

 

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3. Korean barbecue goes south of the border when Kalbi Taco Shack opened at 2301 Cherokee St., on Saturday. Mother-daughter duo Sue and Olivia Shackelford helm the kitchen and serve flavorful, Korean-inspired proteins with a Latin flare.

4. Anyone for a spot of tea? On Friday, Queen’s Cuisine opened its first brick-and-mortar location, Queen’s Cuisine Tea Room, at 120 S. Main St., on the corner of East Park and South Main streets in Edwardsville.

 

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5. Step inside SweetArt during a bustling Saturday afternoon, and you’ll find it hard to believe co-owners Reine and Cbabi Bayoc had never worked in a restaurant when they opened in 2008. Learn more about the “love and magic” at this cafe/bakeshop/art gallery in What I Do.

6. The newest place to get a slice and a pint is coming to downtown St. Louis when The Sliced Pint opens at 1511 Washington Ave., later this summer.

Sneak Peek: Kalbi Taco Shack on Cherokee Street

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

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Korean barbecue goes south of the border when Kalbi Taco Shack opens at 2301 Cherokee St., on Saturday, June 18. Mother-daughter duo Sue and Olivia Shackelford helm the kitchen and serve flavorful, Korean-inspired proteins with a Latin flare.

Guests can choose to dine in or carryout any of the tacos, burritos, quesadillas, rice bowls or banh mi sandwiches filled with a choice of boneless beef short rib, sweet and spicy chicken, spicy pork or tofu. Pair the meal with kimchi, spicy cucumbers or Asian slaw and wash it down with a bubble tea, slushy or soda.

The bright, vibrant dining room seats around 50 while the ample, shaded patio accommodates another 48 at communal picnic tables. The semi-open kitchen was built out and offers diners a view of food prep. Open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, here’s what to expect when you step up to the counter at Kalbi Taco Shack.

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Our new issue hit stands this week, and we’ve got the hottest news and trends in our annual Sauce Guide to Beer. And from popups putting down roots to juicy new shops in Edwardsville, here’s what went down in the STL food scene this week, in case you missed it…

 

 

1. Our new issue featuring our annual Guide to Beer hit stands this week. Don’t miss a word. Click above to read it online now!

2.. Combining Asian culinary roots with love of the established Mexican food scene on Cherokee Street, Sue Wong-Shackelford and husband Mark Shackelford plan to open Kalbi Taco Shack in late spring or early summer at 2301 Cherokee St.

 

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3.. Everyone is movin’ on up on Watson Road. Kitchen Kulture’s Michael Miller and Christine Meyer announced March 3 that they will open Kounter Kulture in the space currently occupied by Pint Size Bakery.

4. Fresh juice and good vibes were flowing on Tuesday at Source Juicery in downtown Edwardsville as owners Michelle Motley, Lisa Hudson and Chrissy Stevens, formerly of the Cleveland-Heath kitchen, opened the doors of their healthy food-to-go concept at 220 N. Main St.

 

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5. A carryout taco joint and a recording studio walk into a bar … Rather, they share a space with one at 4916 Shaw Blvd., on The Hill, where patrons can now experience all three in one night at Cha Cha on Shaw, The Gaslight and Gaslight Studio.

 

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6. After 14 years at Schlafly, Troika Brodsky became a one-man PR machine for the Guild’s 40-plus area breweries. Find out his thoughts on the power of St. Louis beer.

 

 

The Scoop: Kalbi Taco Shack to come to Cherokee Street

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

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Combining Asian culinary roots with love of the established Mexican food scene on Cherokee Street, Sue Wong-Shackelford and husband Mark Shackelford plan to open Kalbi Taco Shack in late spring or early summer at 2301 Cherokee St.

Inspired by a trip to Los Angeles some years ago and her own upbringing with parents who both worked in the restaurant industry, Wong-Shackelford is looking forward to bringing pan-Asian cuisine with a Mexican twist to South City.

“I want people to experience all of the flavors and fresh ingredients and homemade sauces,” said Wong-Shackelford, who has worked with daughter Olivia Shackelford to develop the menu.

The counter-service eatery will feature build-your-own options where customers can choose from tortillas and breads from Cherokee Street vendors and add proteins like boneless short ribs, sweet and spicy chicken, pork or tofu. Toppings will include a house-made slaw of Napa cabbage with a tangy vinaigrette and a house-made aioli.

The space formerly housed a variety of retail businesses, so Wong-Shackelford said they are transforming it into a restaurant, adding a kitchen and dining room that will seat approximately 30, as well as a patio in back.

 

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