Blind Tiger at Sutton Place to Close Friday, September 19

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The Bolo pie at Blind Tiger. | Jennifer Silverberg

Mike McLaughlin's rookie restaurant the Blind Tiger at Sutton Place (7376 Manchester Road; 314-646-8822) will close this Friday, September 19, after just a year in business. When we reviewed the pizza, ribs and whiskey joint, we acknowledged that there was some work to be done, but the pizza is just delicious. It first opened in December 2013.

See also: #91: The "Hog Mess" at Blind Tiger

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Mama's on the Hill to Open Second Location September 22

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Mama's Pasta Challenge at Mama's on the Hill. | Zach Garrison

In another expansion announcement this week, Mama's on the Hill (2132 Edwards Street; 314-776-3100) (formerly known as Mama Campisi's) will open a downtown location on September 22. The somewhat beleaguered restaurant claims to the be originator of toasted ravioli and is home to a very hefty food feat, Mama's Pasta Challenge.

See also: The 6 Toughest Eating Challenges in St. Louis and One Foolish Man's Attempt to Beat Them All

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How to Make Grenadine at Home in 3 Easy Steps

Categories: Drunken Vegan

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Fresh grenadine at home. | 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.

To most, grenadine brings to mind those clear bottles of screaming chemical red mix in the liquor aisle at the grocery store. That stuff is made from corn syrup, red dye and natural and artificial flavors and tastes like -- well, it's hard to say what exactly it tastes like. In its current state, it's used for color only. What it ought to taste like and be made from is fresh pomegranate juice. The good news? It's very easy to make it at home.

See also: How 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar Got Way Ahead of the Whiskey Craze

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KimCheese to Hit Creve Coeur in October

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The Kim Cheeseburger. | Jennifer Silverberg

Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant KimCheese (13435 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield; 314-485-1408) has announced that a second location will open in Creve Coeur next month. The original is inside a former Dairy Queen, but don't let that fool you. The burger is one of the best -- and we mean the best.

See also: Kim Cheese's "Kim Cheese Burger": One of 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now

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The London Tea Room's Blueberry-Lemon Cake: Perfect Pair with a Fragrant Cup of Tea

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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London Tea Room's blueberry-lemon cake. | Photos by Mabel Suen

While growing up in the county of Hampshire on the southern coast of England, the London Tea Room's (3128 Morgan Ford Road; 314-241-6556) manager Jackie James adopted a knack for baking at an early age. She'd wait for her parents to go on their weekly Saturday stroll, during which time she'd experiment in the kitchen making pots of tea and sandwiches to go with her homemade rock cakes, shortbread and sponge cakes.

When Pat and Alan Richardson decided to open up a mom-and-pop tea shop to coincide their furniture business in 2007, James seemed like a natural choice to fill in when the cafe lost its baker. Since then, she's developed the range of in-house baked goods for the pastry case, including everything from rock cakes and their family's recipe for scones to a tried-and-true customer favorite: moist and flavorful blueberry-lemon cake.

See also: First Look: The London Tea Room

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The 5 Best Oktoberfest Celebrations in St. Louis This Fall

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Deutschland und bier! | Jon Gitchoff

One of the great things about St. Louis is its history. We can celebrate Mardi Gras with the best of them, thanks to our French roots, but St. Louis also had a large amount of German immigrants in the 19th century (Anheuser-Busch, anyone?). Today, that mostly means we have some awesome Oktoberfest celebrations starring Germany's best export, beer. There are celebrations all over town, so grab some friends and start drinking. One heads up, though: Belleville, Illinois, won't be having an Oktoberfest this year because of its 200th anniversary celebration, which takes place on the same weekend.

See also: 4 Seasons Bakery's Ksekuchen, A German Dessert That Redefines Cheesecake

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Vote for St. Louis' Most Underrated Pumpkin Beer

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What's your favorite brew? | Jennifer Silverberg

Scratch what we said last week -- it really does feel like fall. Pumpkin beers are everywhere, the more exciting sibling of the ubiquitous pumpkin spice latte. With the amount of craft breweries in town, we also have an unprecedented number of pumpkin beers. You gave us some great nominations for lesser-known brews. So what'll it be? Should we check out Charleville Brewing, Crown Valley, Ferguson Brewing or Square One?

See also: Six of the Best Locally Brewed Pumpkin Beers

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Chef Chat: Alex Cupp Is Adam's Smokehouse's Pit Boss

Categories: Chef Chat

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Alex Cupp of Adam's Smokehouse | Cheryl Baehr

After cooking for the city's well-to-do at a private club, Alex Cupp was looking for a new culinary path. He never expected it would lead to the barbecue world, but when he saw the sign for a then-unopened Adam's Smokehouse (2819 Watson Road; 314-875-9890), something told him to go inside.

See Also: #75: Smoked Salami Sandwich from Adam's Smokehouse

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St. Louis' "Best" Bean Pie, the Dessert That's Good and Good for You

Categories: Eat This?!

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A slice of bean pie. | Stu Spivack

Bean pie is a classic dish in the African American Muslim community. When Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammed set out the group's dietary restrictions in the 1960s, popular items like sweet potatoes were out and the high-protein navy bean was in. It's the main ingredient in bean pie, and Muhammed claimed it could extend your lifespan.

Bean pie especially took hold on the east coast, but you can get them right here in St. Louis -- if you know where to look. Wanting to taste this unusual creation, we decided to seek out the maker of the self-proclaimed best bean pie in St. Louis.

See also: Smoki O's "Snoot," the Other-Other White Meat You Should Definitely Eat

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Guess Where I'm Eating This Sausage Pizza and Win $20 to Fork & Stix

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Sausage pizza with arugula, portobello mushrooms and fontina. | Nancy Stiles

It was a beautiful weekend here in St. Louis, and if you're anything like us, you wish you were outside throwing a football or enjoying some wine today. Unfortunately, we're all at work, but we bet some free food would make you feel better. All you have to do is take guess at where we ate this sausage pizza.

See also: Guess Where I'm Eating This Turkey Panini and Win $20 to De Palm Tree

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