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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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Budget Crunch: 8 delicious deals for (almost) $10 or less

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Got $10 and a friend? Then contributor Kevin Korinek has 8 tasty deals you must have now.




1. Out-of-this-world Southtown barbecue joint The Stellar Hog has a new dessert on the menu that should become a staple – $7 S’mores Bread Pudding. Sugar, milk, eggs and custard soak into stale bread all day before its topped with graham cracker crumble and house-made marshmallow fluff. It has luxurious, campfire flavor and is seriously crave-worthy.

2. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will make it rain tacos on its three-year anniversary, Monday Feb. 19. Dine in at the Maryland Heights location and get $1 tacos all day. The deal excludes options like the shrimp, Cali Heat and fajita tacos, but there are so many more to try, like shredded brisket, fish tempura, grilled veggie and more. Take your pick and chow down.




3. This Valentine’s Day deal at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is slightly above our normal limit, so make sure your special someone can chip in. Get a $15 ice-cream bouquet of chocolate for two today, Feb, 14. The bouquet includes two waffle cones topped with three scoops: Darkest Chocolate, cookies and cream and dark chocolate truffle. Wash it down with two bottles of Boylan’s Classic Seltzer. Nothing says I love you like six scoops of ice cream.

4. Another call for tacos – this time at Southtown Pub in Tower Grove South, an upscale, neighborhood dive, perfect for fans of hockey and barbecue. Every Tuesday, enjoy $2 off craft margaritas and $3 tacos. My favorite is the tender beef brisket topped with pico de gallo and sour cream. It might still be too cold for patio seating and the free washer pit, but there are plenty of seats and TVs at the bar to catch a Blues game.




5. 4 Hands Brewing Co. and The Sweet Divine might have the most budget-friendly Valentine’s Day deal in town. Today, Feb. 14., enjoy three 5-ounce pours paired with three mini cupcakes for $10. Try the Cherry Chocolate Milk Stout with a Cherry Chocolate Milk stout cupcake, the Strawberry Chocolate Milk Stout with a chocolate-covered strawberry cupcake and Pineapple City Wide with a pineapple upside-down cupcake. Pineapple City Wide? Sign me up.

6. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. is celebrating three breweries, seven years of craft beer and you. February is Customer Appreciation Month at all three UCBC locations, and the entire month is filled with Instagram contests, discounted drafts and cool, collectible glassware. For you Budget Crunchers, enjoy $5 pretzel plates served with Obatzda cheese, Bavarian mustard and whipped butter.




7. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s a good time to stop by the Pig & Pickle in Debaliviere Place. The southern-style restaurant serves small plates big on flavor, and now it’s updated the happy hour menu for spring. In addition to half-priced draft beer and $4 glasses of Scarpetta Frico Rosso from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, snack on $8 pretzel-covered cheese curds or $10 chicken wings tossed with soy-based sauce and chili honey.

8. Not enough money to travel? Broaden your palate at The Palm Trees Restaurant on Cherokee Street, which features authentic Saudi and Middle Eastern food. This month, get any lunch sandwich with a side salad for $7. I dig the shish tawook with grilled chicken breast marinated in garlic and lemon juice, or go for the Special Falafel sandwich stuffed with fried eggplant, mashed potato and tossed with tahini.

Photos courtesy of The Stellar Hog, Pig & Pickle, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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

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Budget Crunch: 8 delicious deals for $10 or less

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Got $10 and a friend? Then contributor Kevin Korinek has 8 delicious deals to try now.




1. Feeling lucky, punk? Head east to Recess Brewing in Edwardsville today, Jan. 23, and spend $5 for a pint of its best-selling IPA 2211 (named after Dirty Harry’s badge number) and keep the special-edition glassware for another $5. After that, head next door to the Wildey Theatre to catch a screening of the Clint Eastwood classic, where more beer will be available on draft.

2. Do you like beer and cheese? Do you like parties? Then this one’s for you. Parker’s Table in Richmond Heights is hosting a $10 beer and cheese party today, Jan. 23. Sample a number tasty treats including imported cheeses, sausages and domestic beers and wines from across the region.




3. Nudo House in Creve Coeur (yes, that’s them on the February cover of Food and Wine Magazine) has long been a fan of hometown UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley – so much, they named an off-menu sandwich after him. “The Chosen One” K.O.rean BBQ Bahn Mi for $8 features bulgogi beef, house kimchi, pate, pickled carrots, cucumbers and jalapenos in a crunch baguette.

4. Clementine’s Creamery rolled out new flavors – Mugolio and Butternut Squash Sorbet – that are too intriguing to pass up. Mugolio is concocted from a distinctive syrup made with wild herbs, maple amd the buds of Italian Mugo pines. For those who wish healthy eating had a bit more pizazz, the Butternut Squash Sorbet features mango and squash evenly matched with seven different vegetables to create this unique flavor. Two scoops (we vote one of each flavor) costs just $5.

5. The Heavy Anchor is probably one of best places for southside good times. A great happy hour now rounds out the regular offerings of cheap drinks, hilarious open mic nights and hip indie bands. Grab an $8 pizza and enjoy $1 Pabst Blue Ribbons for a tasty, budget-friendly meal from 5 to 7 p.m.




6. Happy hour equals family hour this month at Pastaria in Clayton. Snag the kids from school or practice and head to the Clayton eatery from 3:30 to 6 p.m., when everything on the kids menu is half off and a Margherita or pepperoni pizza for $10.

7. The newest taqueria in town has breakfast covered. Bring this coupon to Taco Buddha, and when you order four breakfast tacos, and you’ll receive a fifth one free. Choose from potato, spinach or spicy chorizo, with jalapeno or roja sauce on a flour tortilla. You can split them with your co-workers, but I recommend eating them all yourself. No judgment here.

8. Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions in Maplewood brings out my inner carnivore. It’s always a solid spot for great sandwiches, but now the butchers are getting into the breakfast game. On Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, get a stellar, southern-style breakfast sandwich for $6 or biscuits and gravy for $5, made with locally sourced buttermilk and house-made sausage. Get there early – once they run out, you’ve got to wait until next weekend to taste these gems.


 Beer photo courtesy of Recess Brewing Co., banh mi photo courtesy of Nudo House, pizza photo by Greg Rannells courtesy of Pastaria

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

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Thursday, December 28th, 2017

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




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.




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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Budget Crunch: 7 delicious deals to devour now

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Got $10 and a friend? Then contributor Kevin Korinek has seven tasty deals to try now.




1. Guerrilla Street Food is making friends this month, offering weekly collaborations with a few St. Louis favorites, including farmers market favorite, The Tamale Man. This week, $4 gets you the Tamale Man’s take on a bubuto – the Filipino tamale – that includes roast chicken, coconut milk, annatto seed, rice flour, masa, dried shrimp and a hard-cooked egg wrapped in a banana leaf and corn husk.

2. The Royale launched a new light lunch menu this month that’s big on taste and Budget Crunch friendly. For $8, pick two items – a main dish and a side – or pick three for $10 and add an extra side. Choose from mains like a taco, single cheeseburger or a vegetarian hopping John cake, then select sides like a green salad, chips, cup of soup, mac and cheese or a health-conscious Brussels sprout salad.

3. Happy hour is even better at Sardella. Gerard Craft’s restaurant recently updated its menu with some budget-friendly drinks and snacks to enjoy from 4 to 6 p.m. Try a variety of drinks from house red wine to a cold pint of Perennial White Impala, all $5 or less. While you’re there, nosh on $5 toasted ravioli or an assorted array of $6 bruschetta bites.




4. La Patisserie Chouquette goes all out when it come to Turkey Day with its signature Turducken croissants. These warm, buttery pastries are filled with mouthwatering, crispy duck skin, chicken and turkey, surrounded by cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce and fried onions. With gravy available on the side, it’s a complete handheld Thanksgiving meal. These $7 treats are only available on Saturdays in November, and it’s first come, first serve – so get there early.

5. Get a jump on the Christmas shopping this year and get something in return. On Tuesday, Nov. 14, DiGregorio’s Italian Market on the Hill hosts a free fall wine tasting just in time for the holiday season. Sample more than 25 wines and try delicious hors d’oeuvres and signature entrees while perusing a variety of holiday gift baskets.




6. Coming in at $8, The Goat is a must-have favorite from hip Cherokee Street coffee shop The Mud House. This delicious little veggie sandwich is sure to have you asking for more. Cold slices of cucumber are stacked atop greens and a creamy goat cheese spread and topped with beet chutney on toasted wheat. It’s a light, refreshing bite for your lunch break.

7. ’Tis the season of giving, and Niche Food Group is looking to reward your generosity during the month of November with its Cookies for Cans drive to benefit Operation Food Search. Dine-in guests can bring a canned good or nonperishable food item to any of Craft’s five restaurants and receive a free banana-butterscotch-oatmeal cookie from Sardella pastry chef Sarah Osborn.


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

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Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Got $10 and a friend? Then contributor Kevin Korinek has eight delicious deals to dig into now.




1. 2nd Shift Brewing offers a piece of free glassware on Keep the Glass Wednesdays. Each week, $10 gets you a 12- to 14-ounce pour of a 2nd Shift brew served in that week’s selected glass. Previous offerings included a balloon glass featuring the brewery’s feline mascot, Sunshine, and a coffee mug (perfect for sipping coffee Liquid Spiritual Delight).

2. Known for stellar fare like shawarma sandwiches and house-made hummus, I’ve got my eyes on Layla’s gourmet burger. Dine in on Wednesdays and get Layla’s standard burger and fries (with any drink purchase) for $8. Don’t let the name fool you; this isn’t a standard sandwich: pasture-raised beef on a brioche bun is topped with cheddar cheese, romaine lettuce, tomato, sumac onions and Chartreuse pickles.

3. Square One Brewing Co. has it all – a brewery, distillery and an inspired kitchen to keep things interesting. Square One’s a Build-A-Burger night on Tuesdays from 5 to 9 p.m. mean a single patty starts a mere $3. Choose from a list of add-ons like cheese and tomatoes – but those are extra, so keep it simple to keep it Budget Crunch friendly.




4. Judging from the number of taquerias in St. Louis – both traditional and experimental – this city has a love affair with tacos. Lindenwood Park’s Snax Gastrobar has your back this month with Taco Tuesdays, featuring $2 tacos and $4 margaritas. The rotating selection of traditional and veggie tacos will satisfy, but try a few from the WTF (weird taco filling) menu, where the chefs try out eccentric flavor combinations, like Reuben or meatloaf tacos.

5. If it’s Mexican you crave, Rosalita’s Cantina gets you what you need fast with one of the earliest happy hours in town. It kicks off at 3 p.m. with $3 off appetizers like butternut squash tamales, delicious sopes or a mile-high mound of house-made nachos. Add a $4 Rosie’s Favorite Margarita or a $2.50 draft beer, and the rest of night should take care of itself.


The Classic Brew Cheeseburger is topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and the house Signature Wheel fry sauce.


6. Craft breweries are one of the best kept secrets for lunch specials, and Third Wheel Brewing in St. Peters has one of the best deals around. Head for the The Window Kitchen at this popular brewpub Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the $8 lunch special that comes with fries or side salad and soft drink. Choose from items like the classic brew burger, chicken or veggie wraps, house-made beer cheese soup or chili, which comes loaded with cheese and red onion. Not enough time to sit and enjoy? Order online for carryout.

7. Pretzels are one of the most perfect foods ever created. The satisfying crunch, the mouthwatering salt – throw-in something sweet, and you’ve got a trifecta of flavor difficult to find elsewhere. In October, celebrate National Pretzel Month at The Fountain on Locust with its pretzel ice cream cone for another $1.50. It’s best enjoyed with a heaping scoop of the delicious Zanzibar chocolate ice cream – some of the richest, creamiest chocolate ice cream I’ve experienced.

8. Unlike its name, the kitchen at Boundary seems to have no limits on shareable comfort foods. In addition to an assortment of great happy hour goodies from 4 to 6 p.m., Boundary now offering its classic burger and fries for only $5. The burger is a house blend ground of ground chuck topped with aged white cheddar on a brioche bun, and it is not to be missed. While you’re there, take advantage of a $3 draft of 4 Hands Incarnation IPA or the Charleville Tornado Alley Amber – perfect compliments to the perfect Budget Crunch.

Beer photo courtesy of 2nd Shift; taco photo courtesy of Snax Gastrobar; The Window photo by Michelle Volansky

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

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Short List: St. Louis’ top 3 house pretzels

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Is there anything better equipped to satiate hunger and simultaneously increase thirst than the pub pretzel? I haven’t found it. A bready, delicious heft of hot, salty carbs served with mustard and cheese for slathering, washed down with a cold pint, it’s the perfect feast. While the pretzel is decidedly German, it has taken on a life of its own in St. Louis. Here are three of the best house-made pretzels this side of the Rhine. 




1. Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern 2101 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, 314.241.4677, charlevillebeer.com

The pretzel at Charleville is made with spent grain – that’s the grain left over from the beer-brewing process – and comes out with a glowing, blond hue. The top is salted and slathered in butter, which pools at the bottom of the plate and soaks the base of the crust that’s dredged in leftover grain. The dough is heady with a hint of nuttiness in the aftertaste, and when you pull it apart, it doesn’t tear – it shreds. The rosemary whole-grain mustard offers an initial hint of sweetness, but it is spicy enough to singe your nose hair. Order with a pint of house Half Wit Wheat for the perfect pairing.




2. Das Bevo 4749 Gravois Ave, St. Louis, 314.396.6900, dasbevo.com

Recently opened in Bevo Mill, Das Bevo is already making headway with its pretzel game, relying on the skills of Anne Cronin (the pretzel maker who also sells her goods at the Arnold Farmers Market). These beauties come German-style, two by two, with a hot, crunchy crust that bounces back if you give it a pinch. The extra heap of salt on top means you’ll need nothing less than a pitcher of Griesedieck to accompany them. Enjoy with both house-made grain mustard and beer pub cheese sauce on the side.




3. Union Loafers Café & Bread Bakery 1629 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, 314.833.6111, unionloafers.com

The pretzels at this first-rate bakery have a rustic personality. They are handmade daily in the classic knot shape (with a gentle twist at the top) and finished with a lovely scatter of big, square Maldon salt flakes. Less buttery than some, these Bavarian-style beauties take a generous lye bath for a dark color and a thick, chewy crust. The house-made grain mustard served with it is exceptional, but unnecessary since the flavor of the dough unravels in your mouth as soon as you take a bite.

Photos by Izaiah Johnson

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

Budget Crunch: 8 delicious deals to try now in STL

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Got $10 and a friend? Then we’ve got eight delicious deals you must try now in St. Louis.




1. Turning your favorite food into an ice cream counterpart is a fun game. Choco Tacos. Ice cream cookies. Boozy floats. But now we have doughnuts. Swing by Vincent Van Doughnut in The Grove and magically turn any of its house-made doughnuts into a ice cream sandwich for around $7.

2. Now through October, sample the new fall lunch and dinner menus at The Presentation Room, the student-run restaurant by L’Ecole Culinaire. For $10, enjoy a three course-meal that includes appetizer, entree and desert, all inspired bites from culinary students and future chefs in the making. Choose from flavors like chicken white-bean cassoulet, black and white pasta with steamed mussels or a juicy bourguignon burger, and don’t forget about the vanilla bean ice cream with port wine glaze.

3. Cantina Laredo in downtown Clayton is featuring half-price combination steak and chicken fajitas on Wednesdays after 5 p.m. While you’re there, enjoy a 3 G’s Please cocktail made by bartender Lucero Ortiz, the recent winner of the 2017 National Tequila Day competition.




4. 4204 Main Street Brewing in Alton recently changed its name to The Perfect 10 Pub and Grill, and it’s everything you could want in a hangout spot – literally, everything on the menu is $10 or less, including daily specials, like its Monday steak and beer night – an 8-ounce sirloin with one side and a 4204 beer.

5. If you’ve got a taste for something light and fruity, check out the wild flavors of Bissinger’s Gummy Pandas. At $4 a package, electrify your taste buds on the cheap with flavors like Strawberry Mango and Blackberry Hibiscus. They’re perfect for late-summer campouts or between sets at LouFest.




6. School is back in session, and hungry college students can get their fix of sweet and savory Italian treats at Piccione Pastry on College Night. Every Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m., college students with an ID get 25 percent off just about everything in the store. That’s a lot of panini and cannoli, kids.

7. Every home cook knows the important of taste testing before you serve the meal. Lend a hand (and your taste buds) to Kakao Chocolate in Maplewood on Taste Test Tuesdays. Watch the chocolate shop’s Facebook page for the daily code word, then utter it at the counter for a free tasty treat. “Classic” for a milk chocolate-sea salt caramel? “How do you like them apples?” for an apple caramel? Yes, please!

8. Can’t make it to the Grafton Apple Festival this weekend? Get a taste of the season with The Daily Bread’s apple pie. Each pie is filled with more than 2½-pounds of apples, and you can snag a slice for a few bucks in Des Peres.

Photos courtesy of Vincent Van Doughnut, Cantina Laredo and Piccione Pastry 

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

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1. Why grill at home during the week when Gerard Craft and his crew will do it for you? Each week Brasserie by Niche elevates a basic brat and fries for $8. A recent special featured raging, Buffalo sauce-inspired bratwurst topped with Frank’s Red Hot aioli, blue cheese and celery. They’re available every day except Saturday – but you were probably going to do your own cookout then anyway.

2. 1818 Chophouse in Edwardsville offers an assortment of Budget Crunch-friendly snacks during happy hour. Indulge in the lobster salad sliders and the grilled beef tenderloin kabobs for $4 each. Or load up on the $2 tomato-avocado bruschetta, made with fresh pico de gallo, avocado and balsamic vinegar. Combined with $5 martinis on Thursdays, you’ve got yourself a fine first-date spot.

3. Try your luck at Sanctuaria Wild Tapas’ Thursday night cocktail roulette. Five bucks gets you a randomly selected cocktail from Sanctuaria’s heavily curated list of 150 libations. Just head to the bar and let President Lincoln do the rest. You may lose money at the casino, but everyone’s a winner here.




4. Yemanja Brasil in Benton Park is one of the few places in The Lou where you can sample authentic Brazilian cuisine. The flavors are intense, and during happy hour, you can enjoy a plate full of its famous Brazilian-style chicken wings for $9. Fried in a Brazilian hot sauce and served with a side of blue cheese, they’re crispy, spicy and satisfying.

5. Dine in at Stir Crazy for an all-you-can-eat vegetarian feast at its $10 market bar. Fill your bowl with fresh crisp veggies, pick your sauces and base (noodles, rice or soup), then hand it to the staff who prepare and deliver it to your table with a hot bao bun. If it’s protein you’re after, add tofu or meat for an additional cost.





6. At Hendricks BBQ in St. Charles, Thursday is $5 nachos. All. Day. And if you’re sporting 10 bucks, that’s dos orders of crispy cheesy nachos, my friends. Smothered in barbecue queso, pulled pork, baked beans and jalapenos, these are a meal and a snack all wrapped up in one.

7. St. Louis’ home for Cuban-inspired eats, Boogaloo in Maplewood offers a slightly earlier happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., where you can get 25 percent off tapas and wine by the glass. Try the Cigarro Cubanos –braised, flash-fried flank steak served with an avocado-ranch dipping sauce for around $7 and change. Get there early to get a swing at the bar (yes, they have those).




8. No better way to beat the summer heat than with some seriously cheap eats at Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill, a new food truck that makes scheduled stops all over St. Louis. A standout is the traditional Hawaiian plate lunch: two fish tacos with a macaroni side salad and a side of creamy slaw for $7. Check out Buzz’s Twitter feed for locations and don’t forget to say mahalo.

9. Aside from the occasional Steve Ewing performance, Kirkwood Brewing Station hosts a wicked early weekday happy hour that kicks off at 2 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Enjoy $4 draft beer and half off apps, like $7 nachos or hot pretzels for $4.50.  You might even be able to make this happy hour on a late lunch break. It probably won’t make you more productive, but you’ll be happier.

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


Budget Crunch: 10 delicious deals to try now

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Got $10 and a friend? Then we’ve got 10 tasty deals you must try now.



{ EdgeWild’s burger }

1. If you’re jones-ing for a great burger, EdgeWild Bistro & Tap in Creve Coeur has saved you a seat. On Tuesdays from 4 to 10 p.m., check out its $5 burger night, where they serve a traditional hamburger with fries, chips or creamy coleslaw. This thing comes fully loaded with toppings piled sky-high on a juicy, mouthwatering all-beef patty.

2. Closer to the city and still want to get your burger fix? Tucker’s Place in Soulard has you covered. Every Monday through Friday until 4 p.m. you can get its signature, charbroiled 9-ounce Tucker Burger, complete with a side and beverage for a hard-to-beat $6. Think it might be a late night with friends? Take advantage of the late-night happy hour from 9 p.m. to midnight and save on $2 bottles, pints and well drinks.

3. Take a deep dive into the farthest recesses of your couch and you can swing Syberg’s $7 blue plate specials like a culinary Jacques Cousteau. The plates change daily to the whim of the head chefs, but regular recurring items have included a Buffalo shrimp wrap with a side of fruit and country-fried steak with mashed potatoes and green beans. Sometimes there’s even a helping of fried chicken.



{ selections from Pastaria’s new Aperitivo Menu } 

4. Pastaria is ramping up its happy hour by introducing a new Aperitivo Menu, which includes colorful, $7 summer cocktails and table-sharing snacks like the $9 ’nduja risotto balls and the $7 fried potatoes with salmoriglio sauce. The new bites are perfect for unwinding and noshing with friends, but keep in mind, this menu is only available Monday through Friday from 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Plan to get there on time by leaving work early. (You were going to anyway.)

5. When you find yourself in the valley after a sprint of power shopping, visit Brick House Tavern & Tap during its lengthy happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. for a few good eats like soft pretzels, deviled eggs or spiked calamari for a mere $5 each. Toss in an extra two bucks and go for the specialty snacks like crispy ducks wings or Buffalo chicken meatballs. Add a $3 domestic draft on top of that, and you’ve got yourself a mini-meal.



 { Dollar Express Chinese chicken }

 6. Sure, you can splurge for the fancy stuff, but this super cheap Chinese food has got us all aflutter. At the recently opened Dollar Express Chinese Restaurant in Overland, traditional Chinese fare is $1 per scoop. Yes, you read that right. Throw down a couple bucks for some spicy Kung Pao chicken, egg rolls and crab rangoon, and you’ll still have cash for a second helping. If you’re looking for a king’s feast on a commoner’s budget, you’ve come to the right place.

7. Start your week off right at Bella Milano for Martini Mondays, where you can get martinis and select appetizers for $5. Think of it as good motivation for a hectic workday. If you need more than an appetizer to fill you up, stick with $10 lunch specials offered weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. With items like the Thai chile pasta or the honey pecan white fish, you won’t regret it.

8. Soulard restaurants are rocking lunch deals like nobody’s business. At Epic Pizza & Subs, splurge on a generous slice of cheesy, pizza goodness with a side salad and drink for $9.09. Known for their New York-style slices with thin crust and fired in the brick oven, just the way a pizza pie should be.



{ T-Ravasaurus Rex Dog at Steve’s Hot Dogs }

9. Almost everything on Steve’s Hot Dogs menu is Budget Crunch friendly, but for a real treat, watch for the weekly specials like this week’s T-Ravasaurus Rex Dog: a quarter-pound Nathan’s hot dog with Anthonino’s Taverna toasted ravs and mac n cheese. The dog is complete with red sauce and Parmesan cheese. Mention the weekly word (check social media), and get $1 off your total.

10. Fried chicken takes a long time to prep, so avoid messing up your kitchen and check out Helen Fitzgerald’s in Kirkwood on Sundays and Mondays, where you can get a colossal four-piece fried chicken meal and side for a cool $8. That’s plenty of yardbird to split between you and a friend and still have money to tip.

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

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