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Budget Crunch: 8 delicious deals to try now

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

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

 

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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.

 

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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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The Scoop: Grub Go delivery service appears to be closed

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

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From all appearances, it looks like local restaurant delivery service Grub Go is no longer doing business.

Layla owner Jason Sparks said he found out Friday, Jan. 13, when Grubhub, the online platform Grub Go uses to process orders, contacted him about an overdue meal delivery. Sparks said he contacted the Grub Go office and couldn’t get through. He then called his representative at Grub Go, who said the company was no longer in business.

Sparks said Grub Go still owes him approximately $2,200. “We’re talking a lot of money here,” he said.

Grub Go owner Peter Wheeler did not respond to repeated requests for comment or to confirm the closure. No closure information was available on the company’s social media or website, but all restaurants have been removed from the website.

Taco Circus manager James Lopez said the South City restaurant stopped using Grub Go about two months ago, and he still hasn’t received the remaining money Grub Go owes them.

“We haven’t heard anything from them, he said. “It’s a sad thing for a company to go out of business, but to go out like that is even more disappointing.”

5 Star Burgers owner Stephen Gontram said via text message that Grub Go still owes him for several weeks of deliveries during the holiday season. In his message, Gontram said he’s reviewing his agreement with Grub Go to see what recourse he may have, and he urged restaurants to use caution when using future-pay delivery services.

Extra Sauce: 6 debate watch parties this Sunday

Friday, October 7th, 2016

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Whether you’re red, blue or somewhere between, we can all agree the next presidential debate this Sunday, Oct. 9, will be more bearable with a drink. Most St. Louisans won’t be lucky enough to grab a seat at Washington University, but we can post up at these fine establishments with a cold cocktail or beer, watch the debate and engage in some lively – and hopefully civil – discourse.

 

1. Schlafly Bottleworks
Grab a Pint of POTUS, Schlafly’s limited-release American lager inspired by the election, and sip it from a Republican red Trump pint glass, a Democratic blue Clinton option or a neutral black glass. Enjoy a menu of burgers, hot dogs and apple pie available for free with beer purchase, then head to the bar or the Crown Room for the main event.
6 p.m., 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood, 314.241.2337, Facebook: Pints for POTUS 

2. The Royale
This South City public house has long been known as the place to go for spirited political discussion over spirits. Watch inside or head to the back patio, where the debate will be projected on an outdoor screen.
7 p.m., 3132 S Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, 314.772.3600, theroyale.com 

3. Hopskeller Brewing Co.
Express your political opinion at Waterloo’s newest restaurant and brewery with specialty cocktails. Order a red The Donald or a blue I’m With Her – or request a mix for uncommitted, none-of-your-business purple sipper and settle in for the debate.
7 p.m., 116 E. Third St., Waterloo, 618.939.2337, Facebook: Hopskeller

4. St. Louis Public Radio and The Nine Network
Head to the Public Media Commons at Grand Center to watch these larger than life candidates debate on a two-story outdoor screen. While you wait for the debate to start, grab a slice from the Pi on the Spot and a beer or glass of wine from the cash bar. Reserve your spot online.
7 p.m., Public Media Commons at Grand Center, 3653 Olive St., St. Louis, stlpublicradio.org 

5. Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice
One of Midtown’s newest bars livens up debate night with frozen cocktail slushies and debate games. Write down your predictions before the debate starts, and the person with the most correct answers wins a prize.
7 p.m., 3906 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, 314.696.8388, narwhalscrafted.com 

 6. Layla
Debate fun and games abound at Layla, too. Grab a bingo sheet and pay close attention through the debate to win prizes throughout the night. Food and drink deals include $5 smoked wings and $3 and $4 craft beer specials.
6 p.m., 4317 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.553.9252, laylastl.com

Just Five: Chocolate-Tahini Milkshake

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

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Remember that jar of tahini that you bought six months ago to make hummus? The one from which you used a whopping 2 tablespoons, then shoved in the back of your fridge? Roll up your sleeves and find it.

This treat was inspired after a sweet treat at Layla in The Grove. As lovers of all things chocolate and peanut butter, we gave Layla’s Chocolate Tahini Shake a try. Not only was I delighted, I immediately made a beeline to the bar and demanded to know how many ingredients it included. As I suspected, this was in my wheelhouse. Tahini is not as sweet or salty as peanut butter, so I added a touch of salt, as well as dark chocolate shavings for extra depth. Be a pal, double the recipe and share with a friend.

Chocolate-Tahini Milkshake
Inspired by a recipe from Layla
1 serving

4 tennis ball-sized scoops vanilla ice cream
1 cup whole or 2-percent milk
3 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
2 Tbsp. tahini
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
2 Tbsp. dark or semisweet chocolate shavings

• Add the ice cream, milk, chocolate syrup, tahini and salt to the pitcher of a blender and mix on high speed 10 seconds. Add the chocolate shavings and pulse, then pour into a large glass. Serve with a straw and long-handled spoon.

Dee Ryan is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine and regularly pens Make This.

Drink This Weekend Edition: Murphy’s Second Law at Layla

Friday, January 15th, 2016

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When new spirits come to the St. Louis market, local bartenders get giddy and creative. Enter Murphy’s Second Law, a collaborative effort by Layla general manger (and current president of the St. Louis Bartender’s Guild) Tony Saputo and bartender Zach Murphy. They have taken brand-spanking new booze, added some fire and introduced a wonderful weekend drink.

First, the new stuff: Bone Snapper Rye Whiskey is a dry-as-a-bone, spicy, smoky treat from Indiana and is the backbone of this powerful sipper. Next, rethink single malt whiskey and get France in on the action with Brenne, a fruit-sweet, caramel-smooth whiskey aged in cognac barrels. Mix both whiskeys with three amari: china-china, which offers sweet orange up front and a bitter finish, Zucca with its super smoky nose and fruity rhubarb notes and the classic standby, Campari.

The spirits are stirred and strained over a large ice cube and finished with burned Chartreuse. Burn a liquid? Yes – with a spritz bottle and a culinary torch. The fire burns off the sugar, leaving behind botanical notes. Swipe the rim with an orange peel, and you’re ready to sip. Murphy’s Second Law starts with a citrus nose and an herbal start. Along the way is a deep, smooth orange and fruit flavor that turns pleasantly acidic before finishing slightly dry and warming yet bitter. Balanced and nuanced, the Bone Snapper Rye’s dryness tempers the sweetness of the other ingredients for a sophisticated, layered libation. We can all drink to that.

 

 

This week, Ligaya Figueras is obsessed with…

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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{This summer, a soccer injury sidelined me from the field for five long months. I recently celebrated my return to the beautiful game with a beautiful cocktail at The Restaurant at The Cheshire. Tudor Red Rose holds elegant elderflower liqueur, whose sweetness is balanced by bitter Aperol and tart blood orange juice, then topped with sparkling wine and a touch of rose water. Here’s to personal victories!}

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 {A nightclub where you need to know the code – password, clothes, handshake and all. Not interested. A club where a luxury box seat to a live show includes a parking spot, a private entrance, pre-show dining on a grand staircase, a private cocktail lounge, in-seat food and beverage service and a private restroom? Someone please sign me up for the Fox Club at the Fabulous Fox Theatre! Now that I’ve had a taste of gentrified entertainment, I can’t bear to go back to my commoner seats in the upper balcony.}

 

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{I must be on some sort of international drinking trip. Last month, I drank up India; I’ve moved on to Lebanon. At Layla, you can find a trio of wines from the Middle Eastern nation, as well as cocktails by bar manager Nick DiGiovanni that incorporate Lebanese kitchen staples such as sumac, zaatar, ginger, dates and flower waters. Try A Bedwin [sic] in The Grove, which takes the margarita on an excursion to the Middle East.}

The Scoop: Layla reopens under new ownership, offers new fusion cuisine

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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Layla reopened earlier this month under the direction of new chef-owner Jason Sparks. Located in The Grove at 4317 Manchester Ave., the restaurant is moving in a new direction. When Sauce reviewed Layla in December 2012, the restaurant focused on Lebanese cuisine. Sparks, formerly of the now-defunct Wapango, has broadened the concept to Middle Eastern fusion.

The menu, developed by Sparks in collaboration with local restaurant consultant Sam Taha and Sparks’ colleague Elizabeth Schuster of Tenacious Eats, showcases Lebanese and other Middle Eastern flavors in familiar foods. Among offerings are: a Beirut Burger that features seasoned beef, roasted lamb, Monterey Jack cheese and sumac onions; the Layla “Pitza,” topped with herbed goat cheese, sliced leg of lamb, dates, figs and roasted apples; and Gooey Butter Baklava. Layla’s new tagline is: “Pitza, shawarma and shakes.” House-made shakes will be a focus at the reinvented restaurant, though its bar also offers specialty craft cocktails inspired by Mediterranean ingredients, and local draft beer.

Former Layla customers will notice that even the space received a makeover and that belly dancers take to the floor nightly. The restaurant opens daily at 11 a.m. Its late-night lounge offers specials on appetizers, drinks and hookah on weekends.

 

 

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