Lücha Mexican Soul Food Opens at Grand Center

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The new home of Lucha, across from the Fox Theatre. | Google Street View

Lücha (522 North Grand Boulevard; 314-833-9993), a new Mexican (sort of) restaurant, opened October 24 at Grand Center, in the former Kota Wood Fire Grill space. space. Owners Brian Schmitz and Hugo Perez call it "Mexican soul food."

See also: Bonefish Grill Now Open in Brentwood

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Truffles Butchery's Sandwiches and Artisan Goods at New Shop in Ladue

Categories: First Look

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A look inside the display case at Truffles Butchery. | Photos by Mabel Suen
As reported by Gut Check, Truffles Butchery (9202 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314-567-9100) celebrated its grand opening on October 16. The 800-square-foot full-service butcher shop attached to Truffles restaurant in Ladue is an omnivore's dream stocked with fresh local cuts and all the accompanying fixins. Those not looking to do the cooking can stop in to pick up one of the Butchery's sandwiches made to order with in-house goods.

See also: Truffles in Ladue to Add Butcher Shop

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Thursday Throwdown: World's Fair Donuts vs. O'Fashion Donuts: The Buttermilk Cake Edition

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The buttermilk cake doughnut from World's Fair Donuts. | Cheryl Baehr

If there's one thing that unites our city besides baseball, it's our love of doughnuts. From Florissant to Wentzville, Overland to south city, the landscape is dotted with one mom-and-pop shop after another. Classic glazed, long john, cream-filled or Strange, there's no denying it -- St. Louis is a doughnut town.

See Also: Game of Dones: A Blind Taste Test of 6 Doughnuts Including Reigning Champ Pharaoh

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Tropical Liqueurs Coming to Soulard

Categories: Restaurant News

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Trops in downtown Columbia. | Chris Yunker

Mizzou mainstay Tropical Liqueurs, a.k.a. Trops, is finally coming to St. Louis. The bar, known for its alocholic slushies, is adding a Soulard location that will open next spring. It's the fourth Trops; there are two in Columbia and one in Springfield.

See also: Strange Donuts Announces Columbia Expansion

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Happy Hour at United Provisions: Half-Price Sushi, Sake and More

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Sushi at United Provisions' the Dining District. | Photos by Mabel Suen
The Place: United Provisions (6241 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-833-5699)

The Hours: Happy hour is offered Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Deals: Half-off select sushi, sake, wine and beer.

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The 10 Best Food Instagrams in St. Louis This Week: October 22 to 28

Categories: Food Porn

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Chocolate icing at Russell's on Macklind. | Instagram/@mugginspring

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Instagram was practically made for pictures of food. Gut Check has rounded up our favorite foodie accounts in St. Louis, but there are so many cool photos every week, we wanted to share what St. Louis' best chefs, bartenders and eaters are Instagramming. If you see a good one, send it to us!

See also: The 10 Best Food Instagrams in St. Louis This Week: October 15-21

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Review: Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. Is a Delicious, Transportive Experience

The Maine lobster boil at Peacemaker. | Jennifer Silverberg

Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.
(1831 Sidney Street; 314-772-8858)
4:30-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.,
4:30-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.,
1:30-8:30 p.m. Sun.

To say that Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. brings good seafood to St. Louis is a huge understatement. It's more like the doorway to the Benton Park eatery is some sort of wormhole, transporting diners to a dockside table on the Chesapeake Bay. It's a good thing, too -- Peacemaker was the most hotly anticipated St. Louis restaurant opening of the year (even the national food site Eater took notice). That's mostly because of the man at the helm, chef Kevin Nashan, whose Midas touch has earned him acclaim for Sidney Street Cafe, a James Beard Award nomination and a passionate fan base. It's no surprise, then, that his new seafood concept lives up to -- no, exceeds -- the hype.

See also: Kevin Nashan Talks Battling New York Chef Harold Moore on Knife Fight

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Tazé Mediterranean Street Food to Open at the Mercantile Exchange

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The future Tazé Mediterranean Street Food at the MX. | Google Street View

Tazé Mediterranean Street Food is the latest restaurant to join the Mercantile Exchange Building (a.k.a. the MX) downtown at 626 Washington Avenue. The fast-casual restaurant will focus on housemade Mediterranean delicacies from owners Justin and Casey Roth and chef Matt Borchardt.

See also: First Look: Downtown's MX Movies Makes Dinner and a Movie Way Too Easy


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Strange Donuts' New Kirkwood Store Now Serving Doughnuts Day and Night

Categories: First Look

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The display case with options inside. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Shortly after celebrating the first anniversary of its original Maplewood store, Strange Donuts (2709 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-932-5851) debuted the second location of its growing empire. Strange Donuts' (107 1/2 East Argonne Drive) Kirkwood outpost opened on October 22, with two more unique locations -- one in the Central West End and another in Columbia -- on the way.

See also: Strange Donuts Opens October 22, Central West End Location Soon

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Athlete Eats Plans Second Location, Food Truck and Fine Dining Concept

Categories: Restaurant News

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Bibimbap at Athlete Eats. | Jennifer Silverberg

It's going to be a big year for Athlete Eats (2837 Cherokee Street; 314-932-5566), the polished cafe from the Cardinals' nutritionist. Owners Simon and Angelica Lusky are planning a threefold expansion which will include a second location, a food truck and a fine-dining concept.

See also: Athlete Eats: The Cardinals' nutritionist brings health food to Cherokee Street

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