Rack House Winery Opens August 2 in Cottleville

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The new urban winery. | Rack House West Winery

The St. Charles outpost of West Winery, Rack House West (5065 North Highway N, Cottleville; 636-244-0574) opens this Saturday, August 2 with a grand opening August 8. You'll have the opportunity to sample the wines and the menu of appetizers, small plates, flatbreads and paninis.

See also: Rack House West Winery Pops the Cork in Cottleville

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The Fountain on Locust's "Banana Bourbon": A Sundae with a Shot of Booze

Categories: Sugar High

Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.

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The Fountain's "Banana Bourbon" sundae. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? Okay, so we're a little late in the game, but summer's as good a time as any for frozen treats -- especially at the Fountain on Locust (3037 Locust Street 314-535-7800), where ice cream takes center stage year round. The Fountain has a number of old-fashioned sundaes for kids of all ages to enjoy, but it's the booze-infused cocktails and dessert sauces that really take the menu of sweet treats over the top.

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St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: July 2014

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Sauce on the Side opened its second location this month. | Jennifer Silverberg

Some of the most-anticipated restaurants of the summer are still teasing us with opening dates -- we didn't get much in July. Peacemaker, the Peacock Diner, Old Standard, White Box Eatery and more are almost here. For now, we'll just have to get along with the knowledge that we were spared the restaurant massacre that was June 2014. Check out our full list of openings and closings after the jump, and as always, let us know anything we missed in the comments.

See also: Kevin Nashan to Open Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. in July

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Missouri Is the No. 5 Most "BBQ-Crazed" State

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We're in barbecue heaven! | Courtesy Estately

According to a new real estate study from Estately, Missouri is the No. 5 most barbecue-crazed state in the country. That's it?! Coming in at No. 1 is Alabama, followed by Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Hey, at least we beat Kansas.

See also: Spare No Rib Lands on Zagat's 15 Hottest Barbecue Restaurants

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Slugging a Pickleback, a Shot of Moonshine and Pickle Juice, at Quincy Street Bistro

Categories: Drunken Vegan

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The "Tall, Neat, and Pickled" at Quincy Street Bistro | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

When you think of cocktail ingredients, pickle juice generally doesn't come to mind (though it's good in a bloody mary). There is a growing trend, however, that pairs pickle juice with a variety of spirits. The term "pickleback" refers to a shot of pickle juice taken after a shot of booze. When the Drunken Vegan heard about the "Tall, Neat & Pickled" at Quincy Street Bistro (6931 Gravois Avenue; 314-353-1588), he had to try it.

See also: Square One Builds its Cocktail List Around House-Distilled Spirits

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Joe Edwards Readies 24-Hour Peacock Diner

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The first phase of the new Washington University housing and diner project on Delmar Boulevard is set to open August 11, but the 24-hour Peacock Diner will take a little bit longer. The latest Joe Edwards project is in the last building to be completed, so it will probably open in late September. We talked to Edwards about decorating the diner and why the Loop should be a 24-hour neighborhood.

See also: Peacock Diner, Global Foods Market Coming to Delmar Loop

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Siam Aims to Be a Place to Eat, Drink and Be Bear-y: Review

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Onigiri: Tea smoked salmon, teriyaki sauce, fried rice ball, spring onion. | Jennifer Silverberg

Siam
(4121 Manchester Avenue; 314-533-7426)
Hours: 4 p.m.-3 a.m. Wed.-Sat., 1 p.m.-3 a.m. Sun. (Closed Mon. and Tues.)

It was an early Friday night at Siam, and the place was filled with its usual suspects: young professionals bidding farewell to the week over martinis, a gaggle of beautiful people in their nightclub best and a large group of puppies. Not the adorable, furry kind — the fetish kind. The leather-clad-men-on-leashes kind.

Indeed, the scene at Siam doesn't exactly scream "restaurant" (unless that's the safe word), but owners Steven Preston and Ron Bray are challenging diners to think differently. When the two acquired the former Novak's space, they had a choice — either reopen as just another Grove gay bar or try something new. They created Siam to be equal parts restaurant, bar and nightclub, inviting diners to partake of its "elevated comfort food."

See also: Giovanni's Kitchen Has Quality of the Hill without the Bill: Review

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Local Harvest to Eliminate Breakfast and Lunch Service

Categories: Restaurant News

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LHC's vegan banh mi with sesame tofu, mushroom "pate," pickled daikon radish, carrots, jalapeno and cucumber. | Mabel Suen

After months of struggling, Local Harvest (3137 Morganford Road; 314-772-8815) isn't closing down, but it will no longer offer breakfast or lunch. Dinner service was eliminated earlier this year. The grocery and bakery will still sell prepared foods like salads, wraps and sandwiches to go. Luckily, its excellent weekend brunch is still on, but the last day for breakfast and lunch is this Friday, August 1.

See also: First Look: Local Harvest Cafe Rebrands as "LHC" with Cultured Foods and Fresh Juices

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Oscar Mayer Wants to Buy the World's Largest Catsup Bottle [UPDATED]

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Catsup and wieners, BFFs. | Oscar Mayer

In what is probably the greatest giant catsup bottle news ever, Oscar Mayer announced today that it's looking into buying the world's largest catsup bottle in Collinsville, Illinois. The bottle recently went up for sale along with the warehouse property it stands on. The asking price is $500,000, which is surely chump change for a company like Oscar Mayer.

See also: Non-Profit Rallies to Save the World's Largest Catsup Bottle

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Ben Poremba's Old Standard and the Dining District Take Shape

Categories: Restaurant News

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Ben Poremba. | Jennifer Silverberg

Chef Ben Poremba already has a lot on his plate: Elaia, Olio, La Patisserie Chouquette. Now he's adding not one but two more high-profile projects to the list. His hotly anticipated fried chicken restaurant now has a name (Old Standard) and a big chef (Chris DiMercurio). He's also opening the Dining District inside the new United Provisions in the Loop.

See also: Ben Poremba Adds Fried Chicken to His Flock of Restaurants

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