St. Louisan Opening Barbecue Shop in Colorado

Categories: Restaurant News

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Courtesy of Jason Ganahl

Jason Ganahl, a 1994 graduate of Webster Groves High School, is taking St. Louis barbecue to Colorado. The St. Louis native has fond memories of his father grilling in the back yard with his Weber Grill and Maull's sauce at the ready -- such flavors and experiences, he believes, are missing in much of the West.

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La Vallesana's Paletas, A Tasty Frozen Treat To Beat the Heat

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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Pistachio and strawberry paletas. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Before La Vallesana (2801 Cherokee Street; 314-776-4223) expanded into the full-service, multi-patio Mexican-food mecca it is today, it had humble beginnings as a simple frozen-treat stand. According to manager Marco Vargas, whose father owns the business, the restaurant originally opened in 2003 selling ice cream. The addition of tacos, tortas, burritos and more came in years following. To this day, La Vallesana still offers some of the desserts that started it all: paletas.

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Aaron Teitelbaum's New Chess-Themed Kingside Diner Is a Clear Winner

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Mabel Suen
Kingside's slider is served all day.
Kingside Diner
4651Maryland Avenue; 314-454-3957.
Sun.-Thurs. 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 6-1:30 a.m.

When asked about his pregame dining regimen -- and yes, he gets asked about it quite often -- chess wunderkind Magnus Carlsen will spout off a menu that sounds as if he is training for an Iron Man. Actually, it's far healthier.

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Missouri Honored or Snubbed by Wine Spectator?

Categories: Show Me Wine, Wine

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Courtesy of Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator's August 31 issue has hit the shelves, featuring its 2015 Restaurant Awards. A number of Missouri restaurants made the list, but were they high enough? Was anyone snubbed?

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9 Great non-Memphis or Kansas City Barbecue Joints Worth the Drive

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Johnny Fugitt
Brisket at Smoque BBQ in Chicago

Eat barbecue. Blog. Drive. Sleep. Repeat. That was the pattern of my life for a year as I visited 365 barbecue restaurants across 48 states to research my book (by stuffing my face) - The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America. I visited the famed houses of barbecue lore, mom-and-pop shops and everything in between in search of America's best barbecue.

Even vegetarians know Kansas City and Memphis are great places to go for barbecue. I want to point you toward some terrific barbecue joints outside these barbecue centers -- all within five hours of St. Louis. These nine spots might just make you question your allegiance to Pappy's, Bogart's, Sugarfire, Salt+Smoke, the Shaved Duck and all of the other great St. Louis favorites. Hey, I said might...

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Starbucks in Ferguson: New Details Emerge

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Courtesy of Natalie's Cakes & More

Details were thin when Starbucks announced in April that they would open a store in Ferguson. Today, the company provided a few more details for the opening next summer.

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Distiller Chat: St. Louis Distillery's Bill Schroer Is Dr. Vodka

Categories: Chef Chat

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St. Louis Distillery partners Steve Herberholt, Bill Schroer and Greg Deters. | Complements of St. Louis Distillery

"I'll be honest -- I was escaping a Pampered Chef party," Dr. Bill Schroer laughs when asked about the origins of St. Louis Distillery. "I was with two of my neighbors at one of their houses while their wives were down at mine. We got to drinking and talking about how there are a lot of people who open breweries and wineries, but not many who open distilleries. Then it came to us: We could do that."

See Also: 10 Delicious New Summer Cocktails in St. Louis

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Cocktail Menu Sneak Peek: Tiki Takeover at Taste by Niche

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Taste by Niche
Port Light
Taste by Niche is trying to right a historical wrong by redeeming the tiki cocktail. Bastardized by premixed cocktails, the libations served at Tiki Takeover will not be what you find at all-inclusive resorts.

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#UberIceCream Comes to Town, but It's Not What You Think

Categories: Food Trucks

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Uber
When we first heard that #UberIceCream was coming to St. Louis today, our Gut Check response was that this was yet another shot fired in the St. Louis Uber War of 2015.

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Nourish by Hollyberry's Chocolate-Chip Cookie and Cold Mug of Milk Hits the Sweet Spot

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 combo is available on Nourish's cafe menu. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Nourish by Hollyberry (10037 Manchester Avenue; 314-835-9196) opened in Warson Woods on April 1, bringing a newfound cafe and grab-and-go market aspect to chef-owner Holly Cunningham's catering company. The longtime from-scratch cook has her roots in sweets, originally kicking off her brand as a baked-good business in 1998. While things have grown and changed over the years, one simple, sweet staple on her menu has stayed the same for more than a decade, and patrons can still get it today: a Hollyberry cookie, paired with a cold mug of milk.

"We started the company featuring our cookies and dessert bars, and we are still known for them today," Cunningham says. "We use the original recipes we started with seventeen years ago because they are too good to touch."

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