Cabana on the Loop's New Family-Friendly Brunch Food Eatery

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Cabana on the Loop's "Apple Caramel Sweetheart" waffle. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Cabana on the Loop (6100 Delmar Boulevard; 314-875-0532) celebrated a grand opening on October 11, serving up a family friendly menu featuring Southern cuisine, breakfast dishes and traditional American-style offerings. The dine-in concept comes from husband-and-wife duo Wendell Bryant and Latoshia Morrow along with chef Nikki Griffin, formerly of the Rib Shack and SoHo.

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The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: October 24 to 26

Halloween in the Central West End last year. | Jon Gitchoff

It's not quite Halloween just yet, but you wouldn't know it if you're going to the Central West End this weekend. You can also celebrate local gardeners with Gateway Greening or meet chef Sean Brock and score a signed copy of his new cookbook, Heritage. Continue on for our food-related recommendations.

See also: Kevin Nashan to Host Chef Sean Brock at the Peacemaker October 25

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Critic's Notebook: Panorama's Retooled Brunch

Panorama's croque-madame. | Cheryl Baehr

One has to hand it to Ivy Magruder and David Marshall. The chef and general manager, respectively, had quite a job ahead of them when they took over the Saint Louis Art Museum's struggling restaurant, Panorama (1 Fine Arts Drive; 314-655-5490). Plagued by terrible reviews, bad press and financial difficulties, the restaurant needed a complete reinvention if it had any hope of surviving. The pair changed the menu and fine-tuned service, turning Panorama into a worthy dining destination.

See Also: SLAM Dunk: The St. Louis Art Museum's Restaurant Revamp is a Success

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#60: The Egg Rolls at Bek-Hee Chinese Restaurant

Bek-Hee's handmade egg rolls. | Jennifer Silverberg

I'd driven by Bek-Hee (10200 Page Avenue, Overland; 314-426-4773) hundreds of times without giving the place a second glance -- the hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant looks like just another Overland chop suey dive. Then I got a tip from a trusted colleague that the restaurant is under new ownership and that the family now in charge is churning out delicious handmade cuisine. He said their egg rolls are the best he's had in town -- a bold statement from a man with a discerning palate.

See Also: Bek-Hee Brings Sha County Chinese Cuisine to St. Louis: Review

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El Tropical's New Cuban and Mexican Restaurant in South City

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Cuban sandwich. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Recently the space formerly filled by the longstanding La Tropicana Market opened under new ownership and a new name, albeit serving up similar Mexican and Cuban favorites. El Tropical (5001 Lindenwood Avenue; 314-833-3513) debuted on August 29 featuring tacos, taquitos, Cuban sandwiches and more. Owner Daime Gomez cooks up some Cuban dishes from his native country while chef Lorena Munoz brings a hefty offering of Mexican fare to the table.

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The Precinct Hires New Chef

Categories: Restaurant News

Inside the Precinct downtown. | Jennifer Silverberg

The Precinct (1900 Locust Avenue; 314-588-8899) has hired chef Jason Hector after Ben Welch left to pursue his own projects. There won't be huge changes, but look for a renewed focus on nighttime dining.

See also: The Precinct Launches Revamped Menu

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Thursday Throwdown: Blueberry Hill and O'Connell's Pub Vie for the Burger Title

The classic burger at Blueberry Hill. | Cheryl Baehr

Take a poll on who serves the best burger in town, and you're likely to get one of two answers: O'Connell's Pub (4652 Shaw Avenue; 314-773-6600) or Blueberry Hill <em>(6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-4444). Whether this is true or not is matter of discussion in its own right, but conventional wisdom holds that these two St. Louis institutions are the places to go when a carnivorous craving hits. For this week's Thursday Throwdown, we're crowning the town's burger king.

See Also: Thursday Throwdown: Clash of the (Gyro) Titans

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10 Best Places for a Boozy Brunch in St. Louis

Rooster | Amy VanDonsel

There's a certain art to lingering over a leisurely brunch with a cocktail (or two) and friends. Food is definitely only half of the experience where drinking before noon is the name of the game. We've assembled our top picks for boozy brunches in St. Louis that showcase inspired cocktails made for pairing with this weekends-only feast.

See also: Bixby's Named One of the Best Brunches in America

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Happy Hour at Hammerstone's: St. Louis-Style Appetizers and More

Appetizer-sized pepperoni pizza. | Photos by Mabel Suen
The Place: Hammerstone's (2028 South Ninth Street; 314-773-5565)

The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m.

The Deals: Discounted appetizers. Fifty cents off of drafts, wells and domestics.

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Piccione Pastry Now Serving Seasonal Brunch, Including Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Options

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Ricotta pancakes. | Piccione Pastry

Italian-style bakery and cafe Piccione Pastry (6197 Delmar Boulevard; 314-932-1355) is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. 1 p.m. The menu additions came a few weeks ago, but they have proven so popular, Piccione has added seasonal items as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.

See also: First Look: Piccione Pastry Serves Cannoli, Cookies and Italian Coffee in the Delmar Loop [Photos]

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