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First Look: Start Bar downtown

Friday, July 15th, 2016




Start Bar, downtown St. Louis’ new arcade bar opened Wednesday, July 13 at 1000 Spruce St. As The Scoop reported in April, the colorful, game-themed space was designed with an eye for detail, from the old school Nintendo console wall art to the narrow tables hidden between game cabinets for drink storage while you play.

“You make enough venues and you start to learn a few things,” co-owner Stephen Savage said. “And [the branding and design firm] Atomicdust did a phenomenal job. We couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.”

Game manager Mike Ahearn said Start Bar’s 19 cabinets offer a variety of fighting and combat games, shooters, and other classic old school and multi-player games that will rotate based on popularity. Enthusiasts will be happy to know the arcade bar is awaiting the arrival of Killer Queen, a multi-player game with a cult following. “It should be in within six weeks,” Savage said. “It’s our number one requested game.”

Gamers can take a break at one of the 55 seats inside or one of the 50 picnic table seats on the patio. Parties of six to 10 looking to relive childhood glory can take over four reservation-only game lounges stocked with Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart and GoldenEye 007 games.

The menu reflects Start Bar’s playful atmosphere, with boozy shakes, floats, snow cones, slushies and popsicles for your inner child and a short list of snacks and candy. The kitchen turns out house-made Neapolitan-style pizzas for those who need something a little more substantial.

Start Bar is open Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Saturday from noon to 1:30 a.m. and Sunday from noon to midnight. A short brunch menu with breakfast pizzas and drinks is available from noon to 3 p.m. on weekends. Here’s a peek inside downtown’s new arcade bar:

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-Photos by Michelle Volansky

First Look: Absolute BBQ Indian Wish Grill in Chesterfield

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Absolute BBQ Indian Wish Grill opened doors at 17409 Chesterfield Airport Road on June 23.

Absolute BBQ Indian Wish Grill, Chesterfield’s new Indian fusion joint, started serving up lunch and dinner on June 23 at 17409 Chesterfield Airport Road.

As The Scoop reported in February, the menu is inspired by first-time restaurant owner Venkatesh Sattaru’s travels. Various curry, kabab and biryani dishes are offered with a choice of protein, and Sattaru hopes to add Naan wraps and Chinese barbecue dishes to the menu soon.

Sattaru has big plans for his new venture, hoping to open a second location in The Loop, a food truck and franchises across the country. For now, the Chesterfield Absolute BBQ Indian Wish Grill is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Here’s a first look at what the restaurant has to offer:


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-photos by Michelle Volansky

Readers’ Choice 2015: Favorite Frozen Desserts – Ted Drewes

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

A trip to Ted Drewes is a St. Louis tradition. Your favorite place for frozen desserts has been inverting bright yellow cups filled with thick, rich custard before handing them over to your greedy little fingers for decades. Single-topping concretes – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, anyone? – are tried-and-true, and when you want to pile on the calories, Ted’s custard crew comes through with specialties like Hawaiian (pineapple, banana, coconut and macadamia nuts) and Cardinal Sin (cherries and hot fudge). With dozens of toppings and add-ons, the mixing and matching possibilities are endless. Here, six of our favorite concrete creations from this town’s beloved custard stand.


Clockwise from top left: Coconut, chocolate chips and almonds – Michelle Volansky, production designer | Oreos and cookie dough – Meera Nagarajan, art director | Hot fudge and raspberries – Rebecca Biundo, intern | Banana, marshmallow and hot fudge – Angie Rosenberg, account executive | Heath Bar, banana and hot fudge – Allyson Mace, publisher | Pretzels and chocolate chips – Catherine Klene, managing editor, digital

-photos by Jonathan Gayman 

Behind the Scenes at Sauce: February 2015

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

A lot happens behind the scenes at Sauce HQ, from nearly burning down the house to cupcake photo shoots. Here’s a peek at some of our favorite moments on the job:


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Extra Sauce: Team Sauce’s favorite chicken wings

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Chicken wings are ubiquitous on a Super Bowl spread. We’re all for making our own, but nothing can beat our favorite restaurants, bars and barbecue joints. Here’s where Team Sauce goes when we’re craving chicken wings:



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Did we pick one of your favorites? Are we out of our minds? Who did we miss? Tell us your go-to chicken wings in the comments below and find our favorites here: Three Kings Public House, Cleveland-Heath, Planter’s House, St. Louis Wing Co., Hiro Asian Kitchen and Bogart’s Smokehouse.


-Three Kings photo by Greg Rannells; Bogart’s photo by Carmen Troesser



Tweet Beat: The week’s best tweets from #STL foodies

Friday, November 7th, 2014

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@cookingkid and Ira Glass tonight. pic.twitter.com/G9i09ZfWZr

It’s like she’s blowing away on this really windy day! #feasting #postworkout #mailee @PhoKingQui pic.twitter.com/HZYZSlpMss

Our first ‘ham’ hanging on the rail in the walk in. #minimeathead pic.twitter.com/er3Pefnc0V

My phone just autocorrected the word “digitally” to “sushi talky” #something

The chefs from @PizzeriaLocale  discussing the sexiness of wheat with the @PastariaSTL staff! #edisonwheat pic.twitter.com/DpVSUZQa3t

@Pigpicker milling logs half a block east of Pappy’s… Make the wind blow elsewhere. Ur teasing us

Received and organized ~60,000lbs of malt this morning. Also, brewing more @Schlafly Coffee Stout. Because delicious. #beer #math #STL

Happy Tuesday folks
Go vote and than go grab lunch and or dinner at your favorite watering hole since these ads drive us to drink!

If you’re over 12 and still eating cupcakes, they may as well be Chanel! #sweetchic pic.twitter.com/bVDEqTfAwr

Postorgasmic chillout with Ben and Sauce magazine comrades created Elaia Unbearable lightness of Being in St.Louis.awesome city and people!

Typo or does my mom know something about @thelibertinestl @cookingkid @JoshuaPoletti that I don’t? pic.twitter.com/MTk1dxMltJ


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Tweet Beat: The week’s best tweets from #STL foodies

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

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I’m gonna need about 10 of these today #jetlaggggg @sumpcoffee @ Sump Coffee http://instagram.com/p/oV_O4IKdOi/ 

New swag, via @QuincyStBistro Happy Memorial Day, y’all! pic.twitter.com/WX9TgeqyvW

Why do I keep finding these everywhere!?!?! @ARTBARSTL @kgettinger pic.twitter.com/dVTlxuz8du

The boss is cleaning out the sample room again. #jobperks #FreeBooze

Back when dish towels equaled hours of fun. #tbt pic.twitter.com/dNZxEtA2LV

Pre-service mistakes. Thanks Obama… pic.twitter.com/bOLAR5TnLz

Retweeted by Brian Moxey

Drinking game. Do a shot every time you see someone take a selfie.

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This week, Michelle Volansky is obsessed with…

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014


{Newberry Furniture is a special addition to the St. Louis craft scene. Its kitchen items and furniture pieces are gorgeous and completely handmade. I whip out my Newberry cheese board for special occasions, and my table immediately becomes Instagram-worthy.}




{While Gamlin Whiskey House seems as though it was made for my bearded, whiskey-loving boyfriend, I think the Gamlin brother’s newest establishment, Taha’a Twisted Tiki, opened just for me! Give me fun, fruity drinks and a kitschy atmosphere, and I’ll hang out all night. My favorite drinks are the Taha’a floats. House-made ice cream and soda in creative, refreshing flavor combinations like mango and hibiscus make me one happy lady.}




{My go-to present is a gift basket from Parker’s Table. When you’re in a hurry, you can pick one of their themed baskets filled with local goodies, or if you have time, take a leisurely walk around the store and pick out everything yourself. The knowledgeable staff always help me make a great custom basket at a reasonable price.}

This week, Michelle Volansky is obsessed with…

Thursday, November 14th, 2013



{Cucina Pazzo is the shiny new Italian eatery from chef Justin Haifley, and I am obsessed. If you, too, are a raving lunatic for the house bread at Haifley’s other restaurant, The Tavern, just wait until you try the Rosemary Focaccia with Sicilian Butter at Cucina Pazzo. This warm, soft bread is loaded with olive oil and Italian seasonings, and the first complimentary serving will not be enough.}



{Some people practically need a coffee IV to kick-start their mornings, but I usually just require a warm mug of something tasty to tide me over until lunch. I like to mix it up with a savory cup of miso soup. It’s so easy; just add about 1 tablespoon miso paste to 1 cup hot water into a mug and stir.}



{Nothing gives me the warm fuzzies like shopping handmade for the holidays. St. Louis has a thriving indie craft scene with tons of choices for unique gifts. Right now I’m really into these hand-painted Botanical Custom Doodle Mugs from Villa Design. Each one is dishwasher- and microwave-safe and totally one of a kind!}

This week, Michelle Volansky is obsessed with…

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013



{No trip to Blues City Deli is complete unless I leave with 10 sticky, orange fingers, thanks to a bag of Kitchen Cooked Kettle Kurls. Each bag is packed with cheesy flavor and produced fresh daily in Bushnell, Ill. These melt-in-your-mouth curls put those hard, bland Cheetos from the corner gas station to shame.}


{During my brief stay in Japan in high school, I fell in love with green tea-flavored everything. In Japan, you can take your pick of green tea-flavored cookies, candy, surprising savory treats, and even the notorious green tea Kit Kat bars. But the Midwest is a somewhat of a green tea desert.  Thankfully, Central West End staple Coffee Cartel carries green tea-flavored Edy’s ice cream; I can get my fix with a crazy-delicious milkshake. And best of all, I can feed that craving 24 hours a day!}


{Nothing feels more special – or more financially practical – than lunch at Annie Gunn’s. Up the fancy factor with its Fried Bologna Sandwich on brioche with comté Gruyere. I didn’t know I loved fried bologna until I sunk my teeth into this sandwich. It tastes like a hot dog with fancy cheese on flawless bread, and the side of rich heirloom tomato soup is a great dipping sauce that makes me wish Annie Gunn’s made a grilled cheese, too.}



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