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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.




Hit List: Three new restaurants to try this month

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013


The Docket: 100 N. Tucker Blvd., St. Louis, 314.977.4615, thedocket.cafebonappetit.com

You don’t have to be a law student or white-wig wearer to visit Saint Louis University’s School of Law’s new restaurant, The Docket. With a grab-and-go counter for breakfast, a lunch buffet, an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner, and a fully stocked bar, there’s something for everyone in this modern, industrial corner space (Just make sure to keep your lawyer jokes to a whisper.). On our docket? The lamb kebab. A skewer of tender hunks of lamb sandwiched between red onions and tomatoes, and bookended with figs is topped with mint and house-made tzatziki. The pizza funghi also successfully pleads its case – portobello, cremini and oyster mushrooms, tarragon, mozzarella, shaved Asiago and roasted garlic truffle oil adorn a Roman-style thin crust. It’s served with scissors for easy sharing; although, we advise eating the whole thing.


Baida: 3191 S. Grand Blvd., 314.932.7950, baidarestaurant.com

Add Moroccan to the array of ethnic dining options on South Grand. At time of press, Baida was serving up the flavors of Morocco at lunch and dinner only as a buffet, but an a la carte menu is expected to launch in a matter of weeks. The buffet is a smorgasbord of classic Moroccan starters, entrees (A tajine? But of course.), sides and sweets. Fill up on an array of colorful legume, grain and vegetable salads, a flaky beef-filled pie (M’Lwee) and succulent Cornish hen bathing in a rich saffron broth. Finish with a slice of citrusy orange cake (pictured) crowned with dates and a sweet sesame glaze.



Eleven65: 1165 Technology Drive, O’Fallon, Mo., 636.329.0065, eleven65.com

Upscale, casual restaurant Eleven65 offers new American cuisine in its contemporary space in O’Fallon, Mo. Executive chef Erick Brown has focused his largely locally sourced menu on modern interpretations of American classics like steaks, pork chops and Cobb salads. Start with a beet and strawberry salad (pictured), whose fruit, veggies, candied pistachios and field greens get tied together with a generous grind of black pepper, sweet-tart balsamic vinaigrette and goat cheese mousse. Leave full and satisfied after ordering the roasted vegetable pizza: a crisp, thin crust smeared with a thick layer of pesto, topped with handfuls of diced zucchini, mushrooms, sweet onions and a drizzle of sweet-smoky Banyuls vinegar.



The Scoop: SLU School of Law restaurant The Docket opens downtown

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013



Saint Louis University School of Law’s new restaurant The Docket is now open for service. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the law school’s new downtown location at 100 N. Tucker Blvd. Open to the public, The Docket features a grab-and-go counter for breakfast and lunch, a buffet and an a la carte menu for lunch, and regular dinner service.

Chef Treff Baker is helming the kitchen, and as with other Bon Appétit-managed venues (Washington University’s dining services and Saint Louis Art Museum’s restaurant Panorama), he and his team are using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and scratch-made sauces, dressings and dough. On the beverage side, the bar features wine, craft beer, handcrafted cocktails and house-made sodas.




General manager Jorge Rama described The Docket’s concept as one focused on family-style plates and foods that promote conversation, such as the pizzas served with scissors (pictured). True to its name, in just its first week open, Rama said The Docket has seen judges, lawyers, jurors and law students all frequenting the new space.



The Scoop: The Docket to open downtown at Saint Louis University School of Law

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013


Saint Louis University School of Law has announced that it will be opening a restaurant called The Docket on the ground floor of its new downtown location at 100 N. Tucker Blvd. The Docket will be a cafe and bistro operated by Bon Appétit Management Company, the same food service group responsible for dining services at Washington University and at the Saint Louis Art Museum, whose restaurant Panorama is slated to open to the public on July 1.

Apart from quick bites for breakfast and lunch, the menu at The Docket will focus on small plates, as well as pizzas, pastas and entrees prepared in a wood-burning oven. The restaurant will also have a bar whose offerings will include craft beer, handcrafted cocktails prepared using local spirits and house-made agua fresca.

As with other Bon Appétit-managed venues, The Docket culinary crew will adhere to a philosophy of sustainability, using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and scratch cooking practices. The executive chef for The Docket has not yet been announced.

Although officials at SLU envision the 3,500-square-foot restaurant as a gathering place for the students, faculty and staff at the law school as well as members of the legal and business communities due to its location in the heart of downtown’s civic and judicial center, SLU Law spokesperson Jessica L. Ciccone confirmed that The Docket – with communal and casual seating for 110 diners, plus an additional 72 seats outdoors – will be open to everyone.

When doors are unlocked at The Docket this fall, the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner weekdays, as well as dinner on Saturdays.

– Rendering by Lawrence Group courtesy of SLU Law


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