BaiKu Sushi Lounge to Open October 6 at the Hotel Ignacio

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The future Baiku.

BaiKu Sushi Lounge (3407 Olive Street; 314-977-4411) is opening in the Hotel Ignacio this Monday, October 6, for lunch and dinner. The building also houses the Moto Museum and Triumph Grill.

As we reported back in July, Soung Min Lee of Miso and Central Table Food Hall is the executive sushi chef with Josh Norris as executive chef.

See also: BaiKu Sushi Lounge Opening in Midtown This Fall

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Olio's New October Cocktail List is a Taste of Autumn in New England

Categories: Drunken Vegan

"Medford Stone Fence" cocktail at Olio. | 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.

As we stand at the cusp of the season, we turn from the bright, citrusy, light gin drinks of summer to the deeper and more complex flavors of fall. The October cocktail list at Olio (1634 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-1088) promises some outstanding seasonal treats. John Fausz, bar manager at Olio and Elaia and general manager of Olio, has just finished up the list. "October's a loose theme -- 'harvest' being the best single idea to frame it," Fausz says. He acknowledges that this sounds cliché, but rest assured, Olio's take on the season is wholly unique.

See also: CBGB Mixes the Best Sandinista -- a Shot Made with Sriracha -- in St. Louis

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The Food of the 2014 Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival

Categories: Food Porn

Theo Welling

For the first time, the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival was held in Soulard this year. That didn't slow anyone down, though -- there was plenty of Mexican, Dominican, Colombian, Panamanian and more activities and food to go around. Plus, a camel! Continue on for all the yummy food.

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Introducing Gift Horse, the Best Way to Give Juniper's Housemade Goods for the Holidays

Categories: Restaurant News

Love Juniper's biscuits? Soon you can take them home. | Jennifer Silverberg

Just in time for the holiday season to begin, Juniper (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-329-7696) is developing a retail element for some of its most popular accouterments. It's called Gift Horse and it will debut online and at the restaurant in several weeks.

See also: #99: Breadbasket at Juniper

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Gelateria Tavolini to Close September 30

Outside Gelateria Tavolini. | Laura Miller

After five years, Gelateria Tavolini (1327 Washington Avenue; 314-621-8838)announced on Facebook that it will be closing Tuesday, September 30. It originally opened as the Gelateria in 2006, and current owners Jonathan and Amanda Andrus took it over in 2009. In a statement, the Andrus cite a variety of factors that influenced their decision to close.

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What Is St. Louis' Most Underrated Autumn Drink?

A vegan-friendly pumpkin-spice latte at Foundation Grounds. | Zoe Kline

Forget the pumpkin-spice latte for now -- at least the Starbucks iteration. There are so many other delicious, spiced, and yes, sometimes, pumpkin-flavored beverages to enjoy as the days get colder and shorter. We thought you guys could help us discover some more at places around St. Louis, whether it be a craft beer, apple cider or who knows what else.

See also: The Five Best Pumpkin Spice Lattes in St. Louis

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Guess Where I'm Eating Mushroom Flatbread and Win $25 to Hokkaido Grill

Flatbread with parmesan cream, shiitake, portabella and white mushrooms, mozzarella and goat cheese with fresh rosemary.| Nancy Stiles

It was another beautiful weekend in St. Louis. Seriously, we are getting spoiled -- hopefully the weather gods aren't prepping us for a winter even worst than last year's. We hope you enjoyed your time off with some football and maybe a festival or two. We have something to get you through the week: free food. All you have to do is guess where we got this mushroom flatbread and we'll hook you up.

See also: Guess Where I'm Eating Caprese Salad and Win $20 to De Palm Tree [UPDATED]

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Chef Chat: The Vampire Faure of La Patisserie Chouquette

Categories: Chef Chat

Simone Faure, owner of La Patisserie Chouquette. | Mabel Suen

"I'm not saving lives. I'm making chocolate shoes."

What Simone Faure says may be true, but you wouldn't always know it. People line up at her shop, La Patisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935), desperate for her ornate baked wares as if their lives depended on it.

See Also: La Patisserie Chouquette Crafts Couture Cake Toppers

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A Look Inside Kitchen House Coffee's New South City Neighborhood Cafe

Categories: First Look

Inside Kitchen House Coffee. Photos by Mabel Suen
Kitchen House Coffee (3149 Shenendoah Avenue; 314-732-0009) opened in Tower Grove East this month, offering sustainable, local drinks and snacks to south city residents. As reported by Gut Check, the urban-farm-inspired cafe comes from Paul Whitsitt and David Rodgers. Both live nearby and saw the need for a community gathering place -- and a home for some backyard chickens -- in their own neighborhood.

See also: Kitchen House Coffee Turns an Urban Farm into a Tower Grove East Coffeeshop

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Danny Meyer Was in St. Louis Which Obviously Means We're Getting a Shake Shack

Shake Shack in New York City. | Drew XXX

St. Louis-turned-New York restaurateur Danny Meyer was in town this week which ZOMG obviously means we're getting a Shake Shack! OK, not so fast. Death in the Afternoon already squashed our dreams of getting one at Citygarden. So, was Meyer on his way to fulfilling all our hopes and dreams?

See also: Citygarden's Beautiful Restaurant is Vacant -- Could Shake Shack Swoop In?

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