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11 reasons to go to Westport Social right now

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

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Westport Social is a versatile bar. You want to drink craft cocktails? No problem. How about getting crazy competitive while playing bocce ball? Sure thing. Even if you just want to sit in the corner with a glass of wine and a healthy-ish salad, you can do that, too. If you’re not convinced, here are 11 more reasons to go.

1. Pingpong tables + a killer beer list = grown-up beer pong, basically.

2. Funnel cake fries, please.

3. We’re into these nachos for more than the cheese sauce. They’re made with crisp wonton skins riddled with air pockets, burnt ends from heaven and the occasional vinegar blast of pickled banana pepper.

4. Big, comfy leather couches and other modern touches add sophistication to the warehouse-sized space.

5. The punch, made with Old Tom gin, Crown Royal, Giffard pamplemousse, lemon and yerba mate, is fresh and goes down super easy.

6. A solid wine list proves this isn’t just a bro bar – furmint, anyone?

7. Pop-a-Shot-style basketball hoops in the back are regulation-size. (Watch for a rogue elbow – competition gets stiff.)

8. With crowd noise and larger than life-sized players (one of the many TVs is 9-by-15 feet), it’s like you’re at the game – only better.

9. Karaoke in private rooms means you can make a fool of yourself to a select audience of your choosing.

10. When the energy gets too crazy inside, there are fire pits to cozy up next to on the patio.

11. Shuffleboard two ways: tabletop or on sprawling cruise ship-style floor courts. Those cues are fun even if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Photo by David Kovaluk

Meera Nagarajan is art director at Sauce Magazine. 

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Hit List: 5 new places you must try this October

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

From new restaurants in New Town to southern tradition in The Grove, here are five new restaurants you can’t miss this month.

 

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1. Pangea
3245 Rue Royale, St. Charles, 636.757.3579, pangeaworldfusion.com

Chef Jessie Gilroy (Sauce Ones to Watch class of 2015 and former sous chef at Sidney Street Cafe) has brought her brand of culinary creativity to The New Town in St. Charles. The aptly named Pangea incorporates a wide swath of international ingredients and flavors. For starters, the ricotta gnudi, cooked in brown butter and accented with leeks and a variety of herbs, makes a rich and comforting appetizer. On the other side of the flavor spectrum, salmon crudo, topped with crisp pickled cucumber and radish, is a bright, fresh way to start things off. Mains run the gamut from a three-cheese risotto to a jerk-spiced chicken with cilantro-lime crema. Don’t miss the potato-crusted snapper, a melt-in-your-mouth preparation served with chunks of beets and a pea-herb puree. Then round out your meal with the lightly sweet macaroon, a wedge of almond cake topped with buttercream and strawberries.

 

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2. West Port Social
910 Westport Plaza Drive, Maryland Heights, 314.548.2876, westportsocial-stl.com

Westport Social isn’t your typical sports bar. There are massive TVs everywhere, but the design is stylish and modern with muted colors, wood paneling and sleek leather furniture. You can watch sports or play them instead. Everything from pingpong to hoops to bocce ball is available to feed your competitive spirit. Since its best to play armed with a drink in hand, bar manager Kyle Mathis, formerly of Niche Food Group, developed a cocktail menu set for victory. Try the Spritz, layered with floral orange flower water, or the Frozen, an icy mix of Fernet Branca Menta, Genepy des Alps, ginger beer and lime. The wine list offers an interesting selection, like a furmint from Tokaji, Hungary, and if beer is your thing, local suds are sure to satisfy. Fuel the competition with shareable options like burnt-end nachos piled high with fresh wonton chips, or edamame – a surprisingly ideal bar snack with an added zip of lime. Even if you hate sports, you’ll enjoy hanging out at Westport Social.

 

3. Taco Buddha
7405 Pershing Ave., University City, 314.502.9951, tacobuddha.com

St. Louis taco lovers just got another spot in University City. Taco Buddha offers its international take on substantial rotating offerings – three of these tacos will sate the most ravenous appetite. Start your morning with breakfast tacos. We’re partial to the spinach, egg and cheese or the spicier chorizo, egg and cheese. Both offer generous helpings of fluffy scrambled eggs and gooey Monterey jack cheese, perfect for dipping into the smoky green chile sauce. When it’s available, snatch up a Thai Street Beef taco, which fills a flour tortilla with tender marinated beef topped with crunchy cabbage slaw, cotija cheese and a chile crema. The humble Veggie Saute taco won our hearts with a jumble of sauteed mushrooms, squash and green peppers wrapped in a flour tortilla and topped with that cabbage slaw and a crisp, creamy fried avocado wedge.

 

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4. The Cut
2635 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, Facebook: The Cut

Chef Ari Jo Ellis (Sauce Ones To Watch class of 2016) made a name for herself working in such local establishments as Southern, Quincy Street Bistro, Bolyard’s Meats & Provisions and Kounter Kulture. Last month, she struck out on her own, opening The Cut inside The Fortune Teller Bar on Cherokee Street with a tight menu of artisan sausages and sides. Sausage choices range from The OG, a traditional bratwurst served up with house-made grain mustard and kraut (both available for purchase by the pint for home use), to the vegetarian Mofu Dawg topped with sunflower-arugula pesto, all on crusty Vitale’s Bakery buns. While the sausages are the main attraction, the sides are just as carefully crafted. Standouts include the sweet and meaty baked beans, spiced up with Red Hot Riplets Seasoning.

 

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5. Grace Meat & Three
4270 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314.533.2700, stlgrace.com

St. Louis first got a taste of Rick Lewis’ decadent comfort food at Quincy Street Bistro, then experienced his fiery way with fried chicken at Southern. Now he and wife Elisa Lewis bring their southern cuisine to The Grove with Grace Meat & Three. Of course, the menu boasts Rick’s Famous Fried Chicken (served hot or not) and his ever-present fried bologna sandwich, but the sleepers on this menu are worth notice. Starters like creamy white bean hummus spiked with harissa and crisp, succulent chicken livers on toast are worth saving room for, as is the heirloom tomato salad starring a generous dollop of quark farmers cheese and charred onion vinaigrette. Limiting yourself to just three sides could be a challenge; the earthy, sweet and sour greens, gooey mac and cheese, fluffy biscuits and sweet cornbread all deserve a taste. Whatever you choose, plan for a leisurely nap after lunch.

 

Photos by Meera Nagarajan and Michelle Volansky 

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First Look: Westport Social in Maryland Heights

Friday, September 8th, 2017

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Get in touch with your inner child at Westport Social, which opened earlier this month at 910 Westport Plaza Drive in Maryland Heights.

The cavernous, adults-only space – almost 14,000 square feet – is billed as a “classic bar and gaming lounge” with an extensive selection of beer, wine and house cocktails, elevated pub grub and an adult playground with all manner of diversions.

Patrons can grab a drink and try their hands at bocce ball, table tennis, foosball, or even shoot a few free throws. Those who don’t feel like playing can catch the latest college or pro game of the moment on banks of ginormous TVs or play rock star in the karaoke lounge on the second floor.

Westport Social pairs industrial elements like ultra-high ceilings, exposed ductwork and brick walls with warm wood, metal and leather accents. An entire wall in the front of the space features a colorful mural highlighting Westport amenities. There’s plenty of room for 175 or so to spread out at two bars, tables, patio seating with fire pits and indoor alcoves replete with upholstered armchairs, rockers and couches.

The menu features several shared plates and pub fare like pulled pork or chicken sliders, burnt end nachos and meat skewers. Tacos, pizzas and a handful of entree-sized plates are available, as well. The beverage program at Westport Social is rife with libations from curated wine and beer lists to classic and house cocktails available solo or by the pitcher.

Westport Social is open Tuesday to Sunday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Here’s a First Look at Westport’s newest happy hour hotspot:

 

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Photos by Meera Nagarajan

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

 

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