drinks at sugarwitch in carondelet photo by michelle volansky

4 new St. Louis restaurants to try this month

If Sugarwitch’s seasonal pop-ups around town have slipped your grasp, now is finally your time. Their first brick-and-mortar location is now open in Carondelet, serving a full beverage program in addition to their signature frozen confections like ice cream sandwiches, dipped cones and pops. Drip coffee, cold brew and café au laits are available with house-made frozen cereal milk cubes for that extra touch of magic. Local roaster Coffeestamp provides the Witches Brew house blend while Big Heart Tea Co. supplies fresh tea. The matcha ice cream float is a decadent must-try that balances the toasty earthiness of green tea with sweet fizzy Boylan Bottling Co. cream soda and topped with vanilla-infused whipped cream made with Rolling Lawns Farm heavy cream.
7726 Virginia Ave, St. Louis, 573.234.0042, sugarwitchic.com

The Fattened Caf
With The Fattened Caf, Charlene Lopez-Young and Darren Young have built a reputation as one of the area’s standard-bearers for Filipino cuisine. Regular pop-ups at Earthbound Beer over the past year have now evolved into an ongoing residency in the kitchen at the Cherokee Street brewpub with a menu that rotates frequently. It’s hard to pick a favorite between the smoke-kissed pumuputok na manok, a grilled half chicken coated with a sweet, garlicky marinade and topped with red chile peppers and spring onions, and the sosyal na baboy’s succulent rib tips. The sweetness of these dishes is tempered by the accompanying garlic rice and sides like pickled red cabbage atchara, and the flavor profiles are nuanced and distinctive. Earthbound and The Fattened Caf have collaborated on Tambay, a flaked corn, pandan and coconut cream ale, to pair with the food – we also found Earthbound’s Allstars Special stout an excellent foil.
2724 Cherokee St. (inside Earthbound Beer), 636.498.4240, thefattenedcaf.com

photo courtesy of mochi donut factory

Mochi Donut Factory
Mochi donuts come in a bubble-ring shape and are light with a chewy texture from the combination of glutinous rice and tapioca flours in the dough. They’re one-part mochi, one-part funnel cake, and one part-cake doughnut energy. At Mochi Donut Factory, nine signature flavors circulate and will always be available, like hazelnut, black sesame and churro with rotating specials every couple of weeks like matcha or mango.
16023 Manchester Road, Ellisville, 636.422.1401, stlmochidonutfactory.com

Shabu Day
Shabu shabu is a do-it-yourself hotpot dish and communal dining experience where participants swish thinly sliced meats and vegetables around in rumbling pots of hot soup. Shabu Day offers a single, all-you-can-eat shabu shabu option. Choose two of three flavored broths: sweet-and-savory sukiyaki, rich beef, or the house spicy with floating slices of jalapeno and green onion. Then select two meats from the column of beef and pork options (or add shrimp for an extra charge), and let the fun begin. The meat is served alongside a bowl filled with noodles, dumplings, fish cakes and fresh, crunchy veggies like cabbage and mushrooms; these soak in the broth while your slivers of raw brisket or sirloin get dunked briefly. Cook it all to your liking before sopping up a buffet of dipping sauces and enjoying.
8237 Olive Blvd., University City, 314.755.1075, Instagram: shabu.day