Lampert's BBQ to Return February 5, This Time in Maplewood

Patio construction at Lampert's Q-Shack. | Angie Lampert

Lampert's is a name barbecue fans are familiar with. Father-daughter team Larry and Angie Lampert have been serving the good stuff in Webster Groves, Rock Hill and Maryland Heights just in the last few years. Their operation in Maryland Heights closed last year, but the Lampert's have taken over the shack (literally) formerly known as BJ's BBQ -- you might recognize it as the barbecue shack in the parking lot of Walgreens at Manchester and McCausland. After a little upgrade, it is set to open next week as Lampert's Q-Shack.

See also: Waldo's Wings to Replace Lampert's BBQ in Maryland Heights

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A Look Inside Winfield's Gathering Place, A New Kirkwood Bar and Restaurant

Categories: First Look

Winfield's "BBQ Burnt Ends Sourdough Melt." | Photos by Mabel Suen

As reported by Gut Check, Winfield's Gathering Place (10312 Manchester Road; 314-394-2200) opened in Kirkwood on January 19. The new venture from restaurant partners Mark Winfield and former Major League Baseball player Jim Edmonds -- who also co-own the Precinct together -- features a casual atmosphere and Southern-inspired cuisine.

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Kaldi's Now Has Fresh Mint Lattes, Plus More New Menu Items

The fresh mint latte and the "Winter Breakfast Tea" latte. | Courtesy Kaldi's Coffee

Forget pumpkin spice lattes. (It's January, so hopefully you have). Kaldi's Coffee now has fresh mint lattes, among other new menu items to help you get through the remaining winter months.

See also: #61: Pumpkin Maple Latte at Kaldi's Coffee

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Critic's Notebook: Old Standard's Ben Poremba Is the Philosopher King of the Kitchen

Ben Poremba of Old Standard Fried Chicken | Mabel Suen

Ben Poremba's culinary prowess was known around the halls of UMSL's philosophy department well before Old Standard Fried Chicken (1621 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-899-9000). "The head of the department used to call me its personal chef," he laughs. "I was always doing catering or cooking for parties as a way to supplement my income."

See Also: Old Standard, Ben Poremba's New Fried-Chicken Restaurant, Sets the Bar: Review

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Happy Hour at Felix's Pizza Pub: Half-Price Pizza with the Purchase of Any Pitcher of Beer

A slice of "Felix's Baby Back Pie." | Photos by Mabel Suen
The Place: Felix's Pizza Pub (6407 Clayton Avenue; 314-645-6565)

The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Deals: Buy a pitcher of beer and get any pizza for half off. $1 off of all drinks, shots, drafts and domestics.

See also: Dogtown: Where to Eat and Drink In St. Louis' Hibernian Hot Spot

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Steve's Hot Dogs Adds New Menu of Decadent Mac & Cheese Bowls

Categories: Restaurant News

Mac & cheese bowls from Steve's Hot Dogs. | Steve Ewing

Steve's Hot Dogs (multiple locations) is obviously known for its wieners, but customer requests for more of its mac & cheese sides led to an additional menu.

"We thought of doing the mac & cheese bowls almost how we do the hot dogs -- start with the hot dog, and embellish," owner Steve Ewing tells us. "So we started with our mac & cheese [that] we make all day long, that's really good by itself, and started putting things on top."

See also: Tick Tock Tavern and Steve's Hot Dogs' New Partnership Debuts in South City

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Tiny Bar Is Opening Downtown, Literally

Finishing up the mural at the Tiny Bar. | Courtesy Aaron Perlut

St. Louis is home to a few lovely, pint-sized diners. Whether it's a quick stop during the workday or a late night after the bars, cozy spots like Carl's Drive-In (sixteen seats) or Tiffany's Original Diner (twelve or so seats) are perfect for a quick bite. But can we expect the same charm from an itsy-bitsy bar? We're about to find out, once Tiny Bar (1008 Lucas Street) opens in downtown.

The Tiny Bar comes from marketing and public-relations firm Elasticity, which just couldn't decide what to do with its 250-square-foot lobby. So, it'll be a twelve-seat bar, complete with $10 cocktails and a drink menu developed by Ted Charak of Planter's House.

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

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The 10 Best Food Instagrams in St. Louis This Week: January 21 to 27

Categories: Food Porn

The turkey club at Crepes, etc. | Instagram/@crepesstl

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 Best Food Instagrams in St. Louis This Week: January 14 to 20

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Old Standard, Ben Poremba's New Fried-Chicken Restaurant, Sets the Bar: Review

Fried chicken at Old Standard. | Mabel Suen

Old Standard Fried Chicken
(1621 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-899-9000)
Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-midnight;
Sun. 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

About a year ago, Ben Poremba was sitting in the middle of his Mediterranean wine bar Olio when he had a revelation. "I think I'm going to open a fried-chicken place." It seemed like an odd venture for Poremba, an Israeli who grew up in Morocco. His employees certainly thought so and laughed him off when he made his proclamation.

The next thing they knew, the chef was taking off on multi-day adventures around the country to learn everything he could about this most American of dishes. Whereas Olio represents the food he grew up eating and Elaia is a nod to the refined, classic techniques he learned in cooking school, Old Standard is Poremba's homage to his adopted American home.

See also: Pizzeoli Has Perfect Neapolitan Pizza Down to a Science: Review

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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.

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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