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Budget Crunch: 9 delicious deals to devour now

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Got $10 and a friend? Then contributor Kevin Korinek has 9 tasty deals you must try now.




1. The new Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream in Maplewood is offering a special $9 chicken and waffle deal Thursdays from 4 p.m. until sold out. And yes, it will probably sell out, so make sure you’re first in line. While Boardwalk supplies the delectable waffle, the fried chicken slingers at Byrd & Barrel supply the Chicken Nugz. Adding hot sauce gets you to Flavortown fast, but a little maple syrup goes a long way.

2. A classic Italian bistro that is always adding good times and new flavors, Mangia Italiano might just be one of the best post-work spots for a good deal. Just in time for warm weather and patio dining on South Grand, you can get half off appetizers and a well-made $3 rail cocktail every weekday. Your best bet is the Honey-Cayenne Wings – a generous $5.50 pound of mouthwatering wings in Mangia’s signature sauce. They’re crunchy, spicy and oh, so satisfying.




3. Every taqueria in St. Louis claims to have the best fish tacos, but The Red Shack in Dogtown may have the best monthly deal to prove it. Fridays during Lent, the Tex-Mex haven has a killer special of two, scrumptious salmon tacos with house-made chips and salsa for a mere $5.50.

4. Of course life isn’t all about tacos. It’s also about pizza. If you find yourself near Lafayette Square during the week, run (don’t walk) to happy hour at Eleven Eleven Mississippi, where you can snag a gorgeous, Tuscan-inspired flatbread for $6 to $7 each Monday to Thursday. Try the Italian sausage for authentic Old World flavor or the poached pear and fig if you’re feeling adventurous.




5. Craft beer has turned a scientific corner, and we are now seeing an explosion of flavors that would make Eberhard Anheuser and Adolphus Busch do a double take. One of the more recent highlights to hit our beloved craft scene is sour beers. Retreat Gastropub in the CWE wants you to get more acquainted at its Thursday Sour Hours. In March, select sour beers are only $5 from 4 to 7 p.m., giving you the chance to pucker-up buttercup and experience some new flavors. Rest assured, the craft beer revolution carries on – what a time to be alive.

6. Back to tacos, because tacos. If you’re eating lunch in Brentwood and looking for a quick fix, Whole Foods kitchen now has you covered. The market recently opened up a lightning fast taqueria where you can grab a made-to-order burrito or three tacos for $8. Where else can you get Mexican food and finish grocery shopping on your lunch break?




7. Copper Pig in beautiful Southampton has an amazing happy hour this month. Weekdays between 4:30 to 6 p.m., appetizers are $6 bucks and most drafts are a cool $3. The deal does not include its famous winter app, bacon jam and Brie (bummer!), but I’m sure you can find something to love between the General Tso’s cauliflower or the duck confit poutine.

8. Ramen is all the rage in St. Louis these days, and Hiro Asian Kitchen aims to keep it that way by offering a Ramen Happy Hour Tuesday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Sample from an assortment of ramen dishes that will make your head spin. If you miss the first window, don’t worry – the deal also happens for evening diners from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Two ramen happy hours in one day is one way to keep customers happy.

9. Again, life is nothing without damn good pizza, and Plank Road Pizza has them in spades. The Cottleville pizza den offers lunch special: an 8-inch pizza and side salad for $10. My go-to: the honey-bacon-chicken pizza. It’s a work of art – house-made crust topped with olive oil, brown sugar, roast chicken, bacon, honey, red onion and bubbling mozzarella. The lunch special is good from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and also comes with a side salad.


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

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

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Welcome to Budget Crunch, wherein intrepid reporter Byron Kerman offers 10 tips on delicious menu items and sweet deals happening now. Got $10? Grab a friend and sample, split and stuff yourselves with these steals.



1. Soulard’s Epic Pizza & Subs has fun creating wild flavors for pies like the Toasted Ravioli Pizza. It starts with pizza crust and an egg wash, topped with toasted-ravioli meat filling, Provel and mozzarella. After a final sprinkle of bread crumbs, it’s baked and served with a side of marinara. You can order it anytime, by the slice for $3.75 or whole for $17 to $20.

2. Speaking of T-ravs, in honor of National Ravioli Day on March 20, all three Charlie Gitto’s locations will offer half-priced toasted ravioli for $5. Its version of the cute little fried pasta pockets is tasty as heck and a window into the Italian St. Louis of old; Charlie Gitto’s claims to have invented the app in 1947.

3. The Saint Louis University’s School of Law’s restaurant, The Docket, is offering a real bargain for those who like to load up at lunchtime. The Chef’s Table is an all-you-care-to-eat buffet available weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A recent spread included beef stew, fried chicken, various salads, couscous, mac-n-cheese and veggies. The buffet, which changes daily, is just $10.



4. When a kitchen of Truffles’ caliber puts out a scrumptious lunch for just $5 Tuesday through Friday, it’s worth taking note. Recent blue-plate specials have included a barbecue burger with Parmesan fries, a braised beef short-rib burrito with salad, and chicken and white bean chili with crispy tortillas, sour cream, and shredded white cheddar. All meals include a draft beer, too. You’ll have to hit Truffles’ Facebook page for the magic daily password, though.

5. At the CWE’s Crepes Etc., the weekly Waffle Wednesday deal means all waffles are $5. That includes menu selections like the malted waffle with fresh seasonal berries and cream, the buttermilk-pecan waffle, and the occasional off-menu special waffle du jour.

6. Kids adore the make-your-own-pizza experience Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. at the O’Fallon, Mo., location of Stefanina’s Pizzeria. The kitchen brings the ingredients to the table, where kids 12 and younger are invited to adorn their mini-pizzas with up to three toppings for $5. Then, their creations are baked and brought back to be served to the grateful artists.



7. The revamped brunch menu at Mangia Italiano includes goodies like a chicken and waffle sandwich, an egg sandwich starring prosciutto and blue cheese, smoked salmon hash with poached eggs and bacon, a mixed-green salad with roasted duck and fried eggs, and a build-your-own frittata dish. The bloody mary crowd has not been ignored; a new 65-item build-your-own-bloody buffet is $11 (and $8 for a non-alcoholic version).

8. If you’ve not yet tried new Italian hot spot Cucina Pazzo (or if you have), consider the deals to be had during the restaurant’s weekday happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Half-priced appetizers and drinks means that appetizers like the “ricconi,” fried ricotta with crispy pepperoni, basil blossom and tomato confit, or the mortadella corndogs with Moretti beer cheese, jalapeño honey mustard and basil-fennel salad, both go for just $4.50.  

9. If you’re the sort of human who balks at Buffalo sauce, reconsider your predilections and try the pulled-chicken Buffalo sandwich for $8.75 at the Gobble Stop Smokehouse. The Creve Coeur barbecue hut has crafted a mild Buffalo sauce that, when tossed with pulled chicken and served on a bun with onion and pickle, sits astride the border between tangy and spicy just so.

10. There are 32 seats at the 801 Chophouse bar, and those are the only seats where you can order $1 oysters on the half-shell during the restaurant’s weekday happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. The little guys normally go for $3 to $6 each, so grab a seat early and get to slurping.




Meatless Monday: Raving mad for vegetarian t-ravs

Monday, November 19th, 2012

You’ve probably heard of Mangia Italiano, an Italian restaurant located at 3145 South Grand Blvd., amidst a slew of ethnic eateries. Although Mangia has been around since 1983, evolving and expanding through the years, it recently unveiled a new menu, which boasts a plethora of vegetarian gourmet grub, including house-made pastas, pizzas, salads and sandwiches.

Before I start, let me just say: Mangia has Vegetarian Toasted Ravioli (pictured). Yep, that’s right. We meatless folk almost always get left out when it comes to the toasted ravioli party, so I couldn’t wait to bite into one of these fried triangles of joy. Packed with a spinach ricotta mixture and served with an Italian flag of sauces (verdant pesto, rosy red tomato sauce and white chipotle aioli), these crispy and crunchy t-ravs reminded me of why I’m a St. Louisan.

After a fried appetizer, sometimes a lighter entree is in order. The house-made pasta, Whole Wheat Radiatori, wasn’t heavy in the stomach, just in flavor. The tangy garlic oil drizzled over the noodles let the ingredients truly shine: sharp blue cheese, crunchy walnuts and sauteed spinach. The pasta was cooked to a lovely al dente, and the textured radiatori (Their shape resembles mini radiators.) made for the best hiding spots for the just-melted blue cheese to cling.

Sure, this hipster hideaway may get jam packed in the wee hours of the weekend as a watering hole, but on a Monday night, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a house-made meatless meal.

The Scoop: Bike-based restaurant delivery service now serving downtown

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Griffin Delivery, a bike-based restaurant delivery service, recently added the downtown community to its service area. Griffin has been serving South City since its inception in August of 2010. Currently, Griffin offers lunch delivery from two downtown establishments: Pickles Deli and Tortilla Grille. According to owner Andy Heaslet, partnerships with more restaurants are expected in the weeks ahead. “We have at least two more in the bag and an exciting meeting this week,” he said. Griffin offers downtown delivery service weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to an area bounded by 21st Street, Delmar Boulevard, Cole Street, Interstate 70 and Highway 40.

Customers interested in using Griffin Delivery service can place orders on the company website or by calling 314.270.2276. Griffin contacts the restaurant and then informs customers when they can expect their food. Deliveries to downtown average approximately 30 minutes from the time that the order is placed, said Heaslet. The company charges a $5 delivery fee.

Heaslet also noted that he expects more restaurants to be added to the South City delivery area. Currently, Heaslet and his team of cyclists tote food from Local Harvest Cafe, MoKaBe’s, Orkeed Restaurant, Wei Hong, Mangia Italiano and Natty’s Pizza. Delivery service runs from Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10:30 p.m.

And what about inclement weather? Will the Griffin bike team really come out in rain, sleet or snow? “Absolutely,” responded Heaslet.

The Scoop: News from the food truck beat

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

092711_SausageSynJust in time for the cold weather, a sausage-centric food-mobile is set to join the area’s fleet of food trucks.

When The Sausage Syndicate gets rolling this weekend, it will be dishing out sausages made by a local butcher to the company’s specifications, according to owner Christy Perry. The menu will include a lineup of six, 1/3-pound sausages – including pork, beef, Italian salsiccia and even a cordon bleu chicken sausage stuffed with ham and Swiss cheese – served on 6-inch buns from Fazio’s Bakery and piled with various toppings and sauces.

During breakfast and late-night hours, the truck will offer two items: The Punchy McLaughlin is a banger patty packed with hash browns, topped with a fried egg and havarti cheese and served on Texas toast. The other option is an apple-maple patty topped with a fried egg, Swiss cheese and strawberry preserves, also served on Texas toast. For dessert, The Sausage Syndicate will offer Rounders – two small chocolate-dipped cake balls.

The truck will make its public debut this Sunday for a kickball tournament at Tower Grove Park and then hit the streets on weekdays during lunch hours. It will also participate in the last Sauce Magazine Food Truck Friday of the season, on October 14. Perry noted that she and her two business partners were “trying to get licensed in the county as well,” adding that she doesn’t “want to saturate places in the city.”

Perry, a senior business analyst at Wells Fargo, was inspired to create The Sausage Syndicate after seeing food trucks do brisk lunch business at the financial services company in Midtown. She has partnered with two other women who hold 15 and 20 years experience, respectively, in the restaurant industry.

To follow The Sausage Syndicate, check out its website, or follow the truck on Facebook and Twitter.

In other food truck news, Mangia Mobile has changed its name to Sicily Streat. A ruling by a federal court judge that the name Mangia Mobile was too close to that of local restaurant Mangia Italiano forced owners Thomas, Catherine and Alex Daake to find a new name for their Italian meals-on-wheels biz, as reported last week by Judith Evans of the Post-Dispatch. The Daake siblings asked their Facebook fans and Twitter followers to suggest a new name, specifying that it be a six-letter word. The truck tweeted out its new name today.

Extra Sauce: Bringing fresh pasta into your kitchen

Monday, December 27th, 2010

122710_garlicspgtiIn this month’s Seasonal Shopper column, Fresh, Flavorful, Fast: Local Pastas Pop, Sauce columnist Pat Eby revealed the various types of fresh pasta available in St. Louis. From ravioli and agnolotti to papardelle and angel hair, she showed us the difference fresh pasta can make. Here are some of her delicious recipes for using these tasty ingredients in your kitchen, including Taglietelle Al Limone, made with fresh tagliatelle; Butternut Squash Lasagna, made with Stellina whole wheat walnut pasta sheets; and Spaghetti Aglio Di Olio (Spaghetti with olive oil and garlic), made with Mangia Italiano angel hair.

Timney exec cheffing at Mangia

Monday, December 28th, 2009

David Timney has joined Mangia Italiano as executive chef. He previously spent 15 years at Café Balaban in the Central West End, where he was also exec chef and a partner. Mangia plans to issue new lunch and dinner menus next month under him. Also next month, Mangia will open a pasta factory – a pasta-making facility coupled with a small retail space – in the former Berlinger Dairy Center at 2023 Cherokee  St.

Mangia tries to noodle its way into Guinness

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Remember that sweet moment in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp when the dogs are having a romantic dinner, slurping spaghetti, and, unaware that they’re eating the same noodle, meet for a doggie kiss in the middle?

Maybe David Burmeister will let you and your sweetie re-create that scene. It might take a while, though. The owner of Mangia Italiano, Burmeister is going for the Guinness World Record for making the longest unbroken noodle. At 8 a.m. this coming Monday, Nov. 16, he’ll cordon off a one-eighth–mile track on the Tower Grove Park North Service Road and loop more than 2 miles’ worth of pasta along the ground. Using a portable generator, a pasta-making machine and a very steady hand, he will have to best the current record (10,935 feet, according to Mangia, and who would know better?) without breaking the noodle.

The pasta from the attempt will be donated to the Rev. Larry Rice’s downtown homeless shelter – so show up Monday morning to support Dave in his noble (and hopefully notable) noodling!

– Byron Kerman

Fresh pasta empire

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Mangia Italiano has partnered with Whole Foods Market to bring a taste of South City to Chicago. Four locations now carry nine varieties of Mangia’s fresh pasta, and owner David Burmeister expects to add a fifth store to the list this June. Bravo!

There’s also some good news for hungry St. Louisians. Whole Foods in Brentwood and Town and Country (where Mangia pastas became available last year) now sell the restaurant’s pesto and tomato sauce so that you can make a whole meal.

Photo by Carmen Troesser

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