Living Room's Peanut-Butter Chocolate-Chip Cookie: A Flourless Treat to Go With Your Coffee

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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Living Room's peanut-butter chocolate-chip cookie. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Since opening in mid-December, Living Room (2808 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-306-7626) has taken care in pairing small-batch roasted, single-origin coffees from around the world with a variety of from-scratch baked goods. The sweets selection varies by day and includes everything from cinnamon rolls and quick breads to baker Nate Larson's personal favorite: his peanut-butter chocolate-chip cookie.

See also: A Look Inside Living Room, A New Coffeehouse in Maplewood

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Tony's Restaurant to Add Fast-Casual Sibling, Tony's A.M.

Categories: Restaurant News

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The Equitable Building will add Tony's A.M. next month. | Google Street View

Tony's (410 Market Street; 314-231-7007) is pretty much the opposite of a fast-casual restaurant. The St. Louis classic is known for its impeccable meals -- even after 40-plus years, St. Louis Magazine named it the best restaurant of 2014. But when the cafeteria tenant's lease in the Equitable building was not renewed, Tony's A.M. was born.

See also: Tony's Downtown to Undergo Latest Renovation in January

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Old Bakery Beer Opens to Overwhelming Response in Alton

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Old Bakery Beer Company. | Courtesy Old Bakery Beer

Alton's first craft brewery is now open. Old Bakery Beer Company (400 Landmarks Boulevard, Alton, Illinois) was alive and brewing as of Friday, January 23. The response was so overwhelming that the brewpub, which serves lunch and dinner, ran out of food pretty quickly. It hopes to have the kitchen back up and running by tomorrow, January 28.

See also: Old Bakery Beer Will Be Alton's First Craft Brewery

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A Sneak Peek at Element's New Drink and Snack Menus

Categories: Booze

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The "Blood Moon." | 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.

Lafayette Square's Element (1419 Carroll Street Street; 314-241-1674) recently brought on a new chef and bar manager. Recently promoted executive chef Brian Coltrain will be focusing on what he calls contemporary comfort food. The real fun is upstairs in the lounge, though. There, bar manager Sasha Alms has put together a brand-new cocktail list with the help of his talented staff -- plus the lounge menu will bring street food indoors.

See also: Ancho Reyes, a Spicy Chile Liqueur, Arrives in St. Louis

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#96: The Meatloaf Blue Plate Lunch at Farmhaus

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Wednesday's Blue Plate Lunch at Farmhaus. | Cheryl Baehr

The aroma of smoky bacon wafting out of Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800) on any given Wednesday afternoon announces a glorious event: meatloaf day.

The Lindenwood Park restaurant, headed by Kevin Willmann, is known for its self-described "edgy" takes on Southern and Midwestern cuisine. At night, the small dining room buzzes with guests eager to sample the acclaimed chef's upscale fare. During weekday lunches, however, the place transforms into a casual eatery, serving up daily blue plate specials that look and taste like Grandma's home cooking.

See Also: Thursday Throwdown: The Quincy Street Bistro-Farmhaus Meatloaf Battle

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Chef Chat: Joy Christensen Makes Sundaes and Merriment at the Fountain on Locust

Categories: Chef Chat

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The Fountain on Locust's Joy Christensen. | Mabel Suen

Looking back on it, Joy Christensen admits she didn't know what she was getting into when she opened the Fountain on Locust (3037 Locust Street; 314-535-7800). She thinks that's a good thing. "I think that is how a lot of stuff gets done," she muses. "If people knew how hard some things would be, they wouldn't even try to do them."

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

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What is St. Louis' Most Underrated Muffin?

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Banana-split muffins at Annie Moons. | Mabel Suen

When it comes to breakfast, we tend to agree with Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation -- why don't we just eat it all the time? However, you can't always grab a plate of eggs Benedict to go. A warm, fresh muffin will have to do. We realized we don't talk about muffins very much here on Gut Check, so hopefully you can help us out.

See also: Vernon's BBQ Voted "Most Underrated": Matt Stiffelman on What Makes It So Irresistable

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The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Week: January 26 to 29

Categories: Events

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Stop by the Tree House after-hours for the first STL Vegan Drinks event.

We can hardly believe January is already over. Well, almost. Finish it up with a bang with a wild game dinner, or pretend you're in New York at the James Beard House with Josh Galliano. Continue on for our food-related recommendations.

See also: Anheuser-Busch Buys Seattle Craft Brewer Elysian Brewing

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Guess Where I'm Eating This Steak Salad and Win $20 to Apollonia

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Steak salad with asparagus tips, roasted fingerling potatoes, mixed greens, roasted tomato vinaigrette, Gorgonzola cheese and red onion.| Nancy Stiles

Clayton Restaurant Week is sadly over (don't worry, it pops up a few times a year) but we got to squeeze in a meal at one of the coziest spots in the neighborhood. If you think you know where we got it, take a guess in the comments and we'll hook you up.

See also: Guess Where I'm Eating Sausage Pizza and Win $25 to iTap [UPDATED]

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Anheuser-Busch Buys Seattle Craft Brewer Elysian Brewing

Categories: Beer

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Elysian is a Seattle-based craft brewery. | Richie Diesterheft

Anheuser-Busch is continuing its foray into the craft beer game: the acquisition of Seattle brewer Elysian Brewing was announced today. The buyout includes the brewery and its four area brewpubs. Elysian was founded in 1996 and currently distributes to eleven states, though not Missouri (yet).

See also: Anheuser-Busch Leaves Competitors in the Dust in Missouri Beer Sales

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