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Meatless Monday: Ranoush’s Meza

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

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It’s not often vegetarians and meat-lovers can dine in harmony at one restaurant; someone always gets the dinky section of the menu. But at Ranoush, traditional Syrian meatless dishes get as much love as kababs and grilled meats. Entrees are available, but diners can easily make a meal by sharing three of the dozen or so hot and cold meza.

These small plates, available at the Kirkwood and U. City locations, can easily sate a hungry appetite. Crisp, golf-ball sized falafel yields to a verdant, moist center of spiced ground chickpeas. Cheese fatayer – Halloumi cheese wrapped in pastry and fried – oozes when you first slice into this little pie. And use fresh pita to scoop up refreshing, cool baba ghanoush to cut through some of the heavy fried goodness. Oh, and be sure to ask for a side of Ranoush’s garlic mayonnaise to dip, well, everything. No sacrifices here.

 

 

The Scoop: WUSTL Loop Development gets a 24-hour diner and a grocery store

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

 

 

Joe Edwards, owner of numerous venues in The Loop, is adding another attraction to Delmar Boulevard. So too is Suchin Prapaisilp, owner of Global Foods Market, King and I and co-founder of Jay International Food Co.

In a press release from Washington University in St. Louis, the university announced today that Edwards will open Peacock Loop Diner at The Lofts of Washington University, an $80 million retail and student apartment development currently under construction. Global Foods Market, which currently has a location in Kirkwood, will be the other anchor tenant for the 4.4 acre project. The diner and the nearly 15,000-square-foot grocery store both are slated to open in August 2014.

“The two things I felt were missing [in The Loop] were a grocery store and something open 24/7,” said Joe Edwards. “A year from now, we’ll be a true 24/7 neighborhood.”

Peacock Loop Diner will feature classic diner fare, but Edwards also hopes to offer some creative menu items and dishes with an international flair. The culinary team has yet to be determined, although Edwards noted Rob Mueller, currently bar manager at Blueberry Hill, will be the diner’s general manager. “I’m open to a good creative chef,” said Edwards. “If some chefs out there are interested, I’d be open to talking to them.”

Located at 6261 Delmar Blvd., the 4,875-square-foot diner will seat somewhere between 100 and 120 guests, surmised Edwards, who will work with architectural firm Kiku Obata and Company, designers of The Pageant, another of Edwards’ businesses in The Loop.

-Photo by Carmen Troesser

The Scoop: Deli serving veg, vegan and raw food coming soon to U. City

Monday, December 5th, 2011

100511_fridasVegetarians, vegans and raw foodists can delight that a U. City deli will soon be serving up eats to suit their lifestyles. Frida’s Deli will open in early 2012 at 622 North & South Road in the same building that houses Greek restaurant Momo’s. According to the Frida’s Facebook page, the deli will be St. Louis’ only combined vegetarian, vegan and raw deli, offering sandwiches, soups, smoothies, and juices (including gluten-free and low-glycemic-index selections). Frida’s currently has a placeholder website at FridasDeli.com.

The Scoop: Tom Schmidt to open Nico in old Brandt’s space

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

090711_FRANCOMinutes ago, Tom Schmidt signed the lease on the building at 6525 Delmar Blvd., that was formerly occupied by Brandt’s Café, which closed earlier this year. Schmidt, who also owns Franco in Soulard, told The Scoop that he considers the restaurant, to be called Nico, “Franco’s Little Brother.” “It will be a little more approachable, affordable and casual” than the French-inspired Franco, he explained, and will feature a small, farm-to-table menu. Chris Williams, currently the executive chef at Franco, will also be manning the kitchen at Nico.

As a native of U. City, Schmidt said he was excited when the Brandt’s space became available. Building owner Joe Edwards – who owns fellow U. City eateries Eclipse and Blueberry Hill as well – also expressed his pleasure at the addition of Nico to the local restaurant scene. “It adds as a whole new dimension to The Loop,” he noted.

Architectural plans are currently being finalized for Nico, which is being designed by Space Architecture + Design, the firm that also designed Franco. “It was the first restaurant that Space designed,” Schmidt said. He is hoping for a December 1 opening date.

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