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Budget Crunch: 9 delicious deals to devour now

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Got $10 and a friend? Then contributor Kevin Korinek has 9 tasty deals you must try now.

 

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1. The new Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream in Maplewood is offering a special $9 chicken and waffle deal Thursdays from 4 p.m. until sold out. And yes, it will probably sell out, so make sure you’re first in line. While Boardwalk supplies the delectable waffle, the fried chicken slingers at Byrd & Barrel supply the Chicken Nugz. Adding hot sauce gets you to Flavortown fast, but a little maple syrup goes a long way.

2. A classic Italian bistro that is always adding good times and new flavors, Mangia Italiano might just be one of the best post-work spots for a good deal. Just in time for warm weather and patio dining on South Grand, you can get half off appetizers and a well-made $3 rail cocktail every weekday. Your best bet is the Honey-Cayenne Wings – a generous $5.50 pound of mouthwatering wings in Mangia’s signature sauce. They’re crunchy, spicy and oh, so satisfying.

 

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3. Every taqueria in St. Louis claims to have the best fish tacos, but The Red Shack in Dogtown may have the best monthly deal to prove it. Fridays during Lent, the Tex-Mex haven has a killer special of two, scrumptious salmon tacos with house-made chips and salsa for a mere $5.50.

4. Of course life isn’t all about tacos. It’s also about pizza. If you find yourself near Lafayette Square during the week, run (don’t walk) to happy hour at Eleven Eleven Mississippi, where you can snag a gorgeous, Tuscan-inspired flatbread for $6 to $7 each Monday to Thursday. Try the Italian sausage for authentic Old World flavor or the poached pear and fig if you’re feeling adventurous.

 

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5. Craft beer has turned a scientific corner, and we are now seeing an explosion of flavors that would make Eberhard Anheuser and Adolphus Busch do a double take. One of the more recent highlights to hit our beloved craft scene is sour beers. Retreat Gastropub in the CWE wants you to get more acquainted at its Thursday Sour Hours. In March, select sour beers are only $5 from 4 to 7 p.m., giving you the chance to pucker-up buttercup and experience some new flavors. Rest assured, the craft beer revolution carries on – what a time to be alive.

6. Back to tacos, because tacos. If you’re eating lunch in Brentwood and looking for a quick fix, Whole Foods kitchen now has you covered. The market recently opened up a lightning fast taqueria where you can grab a made-to-order burrito or three tacos for $8. Where else can you get Mexican food and finish grocery shopping on your lunch break?

 

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7. Copper Pig in beautiful Southampton has an amazing happy hour this month. Weekdays between 4:30 to 6 p.m., appetizers are $6 bucks and most drafts are a cool $3. The deal does not include its famous winter app, bacon jam and Brie (bummer!), but I’m sure you can find something to love between the General Tso’s cauliflower or the duck confit poutine.

8. Ramen is all the rage in St. Louis these days, and Hiro Asian Kitchen aims to keep it that way by offering a Ramen Happy Hour Tuesday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Sample from an assortment of ramen dishes that will make your head spin. If you miss the first window, don’t worry – the deal also happens for evening diners from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Two ramen happy hours in one day is one way to keep customers happy.

9. Again, life is nothing without damn good pizza, and Plank Road Pizza has them in spades. The Cottleville pizza den offers lunch special: an 8-inch pizza and side salad for $10. My go-to: the honey-bacon-chicken pizza. It’s a work of art – house-made crust topped with olive oil, brown sugar, roast chicken, bacon, honey, red onion and bubbling mozzarella. The lunch special is good from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and also comes with a side salad.

 

Kevin Korinek is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for making homemade pie.

Budget Crunch: 8 delicious deals to try now

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Got $10 and a friend? Then contributor Holly Fann has eight delicious deals you need to devour this month. 

 

 

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1. Throwback to your arcade days Wednesdays at Start Bar. Hump day includes happy hour specials including half-price pizzas, milkshakes and slushies from 4 to 7 p.m., and all the games are set to free play until close. Ready for endless rounds of Galaga, Mario Kart or skee-ball? Game on!

2. Celebrate the harvest of healthy, gorgeous apples by smothering them in sugary goodness Oct. 8 and Oct. 29 at Whole Foods in Town & Country. Naked apples wait to be dipped, rolled and dotted with caramel, nuts and candies for $5 each. Adults and children are welcome to make and decorate caramel apples from noon to 3 p.m.

3. After a summer of competitive cook-offs at area farmers markets, five chefs have made it to the final round of the Chefs Cook Real Challenge. The Dam’s Matt Galati, Byrd & Barrel’s Ryan McDonald, Bon Vivant Catering’s Wayne Judge, Olive & Oak’s Jesse Mendica and 1818 Chophouse’s Antoine Moussali create delectable bites with goods purchased from Midtown Farmers Market on Oct. 8. Purchase a taste of each for $5 and cast your vote before 1 p.m.

 

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4. With just a ten spot, you can make a night of it at The Silver Ballroom. Play any pinball machine for a couple quarters and have a drink in its Retox Center. Feeling peckish? Grab a substantial $5 to $6 Australian meat pie; flavors include classic beef and cheddar and specials like chicken fajita or a slinger pie.

5. Take a scenic drive the last weekend in October to Kimmswick for two days of apple butter-centered fun. The town’s annual Apple Butter Festival draws thousands of attendees each year with local food booths, crafts, free tastings and live entertainment. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30 and makes a tasty weekend getaway.

6. Listening to new tunes and drinking craft beer is always pretty great way to spend a few hours. Music Record Shop on Washington Avenue offers just that and more with their New Music Fridays in-store events. Owners play brand new vinyl releases and serve free Urban Chestnut beer to browsing customers.

 

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7. There are plenty of places in St. Louis to get a cheap tasty burger and crispy fries, but there is nowhere quite like Carl’s Drive In. When a loaded double cheeseburger, fries and a frosty root beer add up to less than $10, Carl’s is a Budget Crunch-approved destination.

8. Doughnuts and beer collide in the ring during Wresting at 4 Hands Brewing Co., a free event on Oct. 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. Local Dynamo Pro wrestlers divide into teams representing 4 Hands and Strange Donuts and take to the mat for a throwdown. Bring a chair and claim your spot, then grab a bite from Seoul Taco, Gioia’s Deli, Slide Piece, Southern and The Fifth Wheel. Wash it down with Apricot Slam, 4 Hands City Wide made with apricots.

The Scoop: Parker’s Table amps up specialty food focus with new staff

Monday, September 29th, 2014

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Customers at Parker’s Table have long enjoyed the artisan food offerings that owner Jon Parker carries at his Richmond Heights boutique wine shop, from dried bulk pastas to fine cheese and specialty European condiments. Now, a recent addition to the staff is set to bring patrons even more options when shopping at 7118 Oakland Ave.

New shop manager Karl Runge joined the crew at Parker’s Table earlier this month. Runge comes from Whole Foods Market, where he worked as specialty team leader for wine, beer and cheese for more than a decade, most recently at the Whole Foods location in Brentwood. Prior to that, Runge lived in Richmond, Virginia, working for retailers similar to his new employer.

“It’s in my roots to work at a place like Parker’s Table,” Runge said. “My duties are going to revolve around the cheese case and food selection in the shop. We’ll be bringing on lots of fun, new products. The shop has expanded over the years. We have more room to bring in new stuff from local producers and from further afield. We want to round out the fact that we have a great wine selection with food.”

Runge will also draw on his knowledge of specialty food in the coming months as Parker’s Table prepares to open a kitchen. The Scoop reported in January that Parker’s Table would add a bakery component to the business; Runge said the bakery is still a question mark, but the shop’s full kitchen will offer a daily lunch menu featuring many of the same ingredients sold on its shelves. “It will be more grab-and-go than a dining area or cafe,” he said. Look for lunchtime fare to roll out in January 2015.

 

Budget Crunch: 9 delicious dishes and sweet deals to try right now

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Welcome to Budget Crunch, wherein intrepid reporter Byron Kerman offers 9 tips on delicious menu items and sweet deals happening now. Got $10? Grab a friend and sample, split and stuff yourselves with these steals.

 

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1. The new Cookies and Cream Frozen Toddy at Crepes Etc. is a cold, blended coffee drink that starts with dark roast cold-brewed Kaldi’s coffee. Both condensed and skim milks are added, and the mixture is blended with ice, Ghiradelli white-chocolate syrup and a scoop of freshly crumbled Oreo cookies. A second scoop of Oreo crumbles is mixed in gently, and the final product is a thick liquid dessert for $6. Mmm…

2. The new One Buck Shuck deal at Bristol Seafood Grill in Creve Coeur means oysters on the half shell are $1 each during daily happy hours. The chef selects about a half-dozen varieties of bivalve for you to hoover, and look for specials on beer, wine and cocktails, too.

3. Is there a traffic jam of cyclists outside Café Ventana for free beignets? This eco-cool promotion seems like a real winner. Just bicycle up to the cafe and tell the barista you did so, and he or she will give you a daily free beignet. This freshly fried square doughnut, dusted with powdered sugar, is the cafe’s sweet reward to for you not burning fossils fuels that day. Were I a Saint Louis University student, I’d be all over this one.

 

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4. Is the phrase “upscale slinger” acceptable? If so, try one out at Onesto. Simply called the Onesto Slinger, home fries are topped with marinated grilled skirt steak, a locally-laid fried egg, house-made smoked chili, shredded cheese and jalapenos for $14. It palliates your hangover, while also making you feel refined, yet unpretentious. Available on the new brunch menu from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Sundays.

5. Any excuse to eat at Juniper works for us, so news of the avant-Southern eatery’s new Happy Hour is more than welcome. Available from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, the half-price happy-hour Snackies include deviled eggs in two flavors, andouille corn dogs with spicy ketchup, and a wild creation called Nashville hot fried chicken skins made with strawberry buttermilk. New $6 happy-hour cocktails priced at $6 include Tim’s Gone to the Keys made with rum, sugar, maraschino juice, and vermouth; and the Tea Julep made from bourbon, sugar, tea and fresh mint.

 

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6. The new St. Louis Bacon Meet-Up Group is celebrating the joys of bacon addiction at its first Bacon Potluck at the Heavy Anchor Friday, July 25. The free event promises all kinds of porky awesomeness, including bacon-themed games and prizes, “bacon karaoke,” and treats made with an obscene amount of bacon. Look for bacon-peanut butter cannoli (pictured), among other dishes – and bring a creation of your own. RSVP here.

7. We have tried the sorbet of the summer, and we pronounce it excellent. Both area locations of Whole Foods (Brentwood and Town & Country) are scooping up a stellar Root Beer Sorbet at the gelato counter. Does it actually have a touch of that fizzy root-beer carbonation about the edges? (No, said one sorbet-scooping dude, we are imagining things.) The root-beer flavor rotates in along with the rest, we’re told, but it is sufficiently popular that it’s usually in the lineup. Look for a Wednesday special of $4 for 12 ounces of any flavor.

 

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8. Amy’s Corner Bakeshop’s Clear the Cases deal is a two-for-one sale on everything in the joint at 2 p.m. Sundays. The staff needs to sell the day’s baked goods before they’re consigned to oblivion, and you benefit. Look for cookies in flavors like white chocolate chip-pretzel and the Monster Cookie, studded with a dozen or more types of candy. Also submitted for your consideration: the coffee cake, the turtle brownie, the tart cherry scone, and the Strawberica cupcake with strawberry cake, vanilla frosting and strawberries on top.

9. Mid-Week Martinis on the Patio at Kirkwood’s Sapore Italian Café has a lot going for it. Two Wednesdays a month, Sapore offers free passed appetizers, $5 martinis (thanks to local sponsor Mastermind Vodka), and live music, from 5 to 7 p.m. The next Mid-Week Martinis on the Patio, billed as a “happy hour, networking and business appreciation event,” is scheduled for Wed., July 23.

 

 

Two St. Louisans earn ACS Certified Cheese Professional designation

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

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The American Cheese Society recently welcomed two local cheese professionals to its elite group of ACS Certified Cheese Professionals from the U.S. and Cananda. Vicki Decker Smith of Fox River Dairy and Melanie Coffey of Whole Foods in Town & Country were among the 132 industry professionals to pass this year’s rigourous exam.

The annual exam tests an individual’s knowledge and skills in all aspects of the cheese-making industry. It covers a broad range of cheese-related topics, such as raw ingredients, the cheese-making process, selecting distributors, regulations, sanitation and more. Once a member earns ACS CCP designation, they must actively participate in the cheese industry and earn recertification every three years. Recipients receive an official lapel pin, embroidered patch, certificate and the right to use the title ACS Certified Cheese Professional.

Decker Smith and Coffey are the latest to achieve this title, but they are not the only ones in Missouri. Diane Bruce and Andrew Fair, both of St. Louis, also are ACS CCPs.

 

 

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