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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.




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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Meatless Monday: Rosalita’s Cantina’s Roasted Vegetable Torta

Monday, January 27th, 2014



The roasted vegetable torta at Rosalita’s Cantina is proof positive that going veg does not mean going hungry. Piled inside a big ‘ol artisan roll is a messy mélange of veggies – zucchini, broccoli, jalapenos, onions, tomatoes – plus avocado, refried beans and queso fresco. A creamy, jalapeno mayo with just a hint of heat pulls it all together. It’s hot, filling goodness on a cold winter’s day. Gracias, Rosalita.



Meatless Monday: Rosalita’s Cantina

Monday, December 24th, 2012

It’s time to turn your holiday happy hour into a fiesta at Rosalita’s Cantina on Washington Avenue. The menu does not stop short with great drink and appetizer happy hour specials (like $2.50 drafts, $4 margaritas and $3 off appetizers from 3 to 7 p.m., Mondays through Fridays); it actually features some creative meatless Mexican dishes that will please the palate — whether you’re a vegetarian or not.

The Vegetarian Tamale, stuffed with butternut squash, goat cheese and served with a honey mole is a must. Whether you split it with the table as an appetizer or make a meal of it alongside those bottomless crispy tortilla chips and fiery salsa, it’s certainly the meatless item to try. Sweet corn masa is stuffed with tender, roasted butternut squash and tangy goat cheese. After baking in the oven, the tamale is ladled with a rich and sticky honey mole. This version of a tamale is so much more exciting than the plain-Jane regular cheese tamale, and it tastes just right when the weather is cold.

If you’re already tired of wine and Christmas ham, try dousing some extra hot sauce (or tequila) into your holiday this week at Rosalita’s. We doubt you need another reason to sneak out of the office on the days between Christmas and New Year’s, but, regardless, we just gave you one.

Washington Avenue restaurants participate in pilot composting program

Monday, September 17th, 2012

The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis has launched an environmental stewardship program with downtown restaurants on Washington Avenue. The 16 eating establishments, all located between 9th and 14th Streets, participating in Project Compost will focus on waste reduction by depositing pre- and post-compostable waste into compost bins located on-site.

According to Project Compost’s web page, the goal of the project is to divert more than 1,500 tons of organic food waste from landfills per year, for a total of 3,000 tons of waste diverted over the two-year life of the pilot project. The program is funded by a grant from the Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Upon completion of the pilot program, Partnership for Downtown St. Louis hopes to encourage participating establishments throughout downtown to advance the composting and recycling process independently.

Restaurants participating in the initiative include: Blondie’s Coffee and Wine Bar, Caruso’s Deli, Copia Restaurant & Wine Garden, The Dubliner, Flannery’s Pub, Gelateria Tavolini, Lola, Lucas Park Grille, Mizu Sushi Bar, Nara Cafe & Hookah Lounge, Prime 1000, The Over/Under Bar & Grill, Rosalita’s Cantina, Rue 13, Washington Ave Post, and Park Avenue Coffee.


The Scoop: Tex-Mex restaurant and coffee bar could make 13th and Washington Ave. a cornerstone in Loft district

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

100610_rosalitasDevelopers Tim and Seamus McGowan are hoping they can make 13th Street and Washington Avenue a focal point in the downtown Loft district. The first or second week of November, they will be opening Tex-Mex restaurant Rosalita’s Cantina at 1229 Washington Ave. (even though the website says it will be opening early fall). Just adjacent to Rosalita’s, at 1223 Washington Ave., they’re opening dueling piano bar The Jive and Wail, and come January, McGowan Brothers Development will commence construction on a yet-to-be-named high-end coffee bar and late-night lounge inside the Fashion Square Lofts directly across the street at 1307 Washington Ave.

“Most notable of all is that we have vacated 13th Street from Washington Avenue north to Lucas Avenue, taking out a parking lane for traffic,” said Tim McGowan. Closing the street just west of the building will allow for a large street side patio. When construction on the patio is completed in spring, the all-seasons outdoor space will allow 120 more seats at Rosalita’s. The McGowans hope this section will become the cornerstone of the district. “Envision the corner of Maryland and Euclid – that’s what we envision to do with this area,” said Tim McGowan.

Though the lunch and dinner menus are still being finalized, Tim McGowan said Rosalita’s Cantina will hit “the general St. Louis expectation of Tex-Mex,” while also offering eight to 12 dishes “that are more on the upper end and considered authentic Tex-Mex. And we’ll have great chips and salsa and margaritas – a litmus test for most St. Louisans,” he added. Look for several types of margaritas available frozen or on the rocks.

The coffee bar and lounge is slated to open in the spring. The establishment, which will have a liquor license, will serve lunch and dinner and will even be open late night. Tim McGowan compared the concept to Café Ventana in Midtown where “customers can spend time on a laptop … get away from loud music or go study and have a couple beers.”

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