Restaurants Vandalized Last Night in Ferguson Protest [UPDATED]

Categories: Restaurant News

At least ten of the large windows at Rooster on South Grand were smashed into last night. | Mabel Suen

Last night the protests took a violent turn after the announcement that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted. While several businesses on West Florissant were literally burned to the ground, a number of restaurants in the thriving district on South Grand also had their windows smashed or were otherwise damaged. There were 21 window smashings on Grand alone, per the St. Louis Police Department's report.

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Cyrano's Carrot Cake: A Decadent Classic Dessert Perfect for Two Forks

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.

Pastry chef Carolyn Downs' carrot cake. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Since 2003 Cyrano's (603 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-963-3232) has served up housemade sweets at its Webster Groves cafe so good that they've been named best desserts in RFT's best of St. Louis in both 2010 and 2013. There, guests will find everything from co-owner and pastry chef Carolyn Downs' flaming ice-cream desserts and root-beer floats to cream-filled profiteroles and warm bread pudding. To Downs, however, the mainstay of the menu manifests in simple yet decadent tortes, such as her carrot cake.

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Bolyard's Meat & Provisions Opens Friday, November 28

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Chris Bolyard. | Cheryl Baehr

You should be skipping Black Friday anyway, but we've got another suggestion for you following Thanksgiving. Bolyard's Meat & Provisions (2810 Sutton Boulevard; 314-647-2567) will open this Friday, November 28 at 10 a.m. After ten years with Kevin Nashan at Sidney Street Cafe, Chris Bolyard's full-service butcher shop is finally coming to fruition.

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Put a Bourbon Punch at the Center of Your Table This Thanksgiving

Categories: Booze

Bourbon punch. | 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.

For many, Thanksgiving is the holiday of friends and family reunited to share food and drink and fine fellowship. For others, the holiday is a stressful occasion marked by mediocre riffs on Betty Crocker mid-century classics and some very unsavory political discussions. In either case, strong drink is required.

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Missouri Really Loves Green Bean Casserole

Categories: Gobble Gobble

Green bean casserole at Cielo. | Nancy Stiles

Based on what you're having on Thursday, this shouldn't be a surprise: Missouri really loves green bean casserole. In a new survey from Del Monte, Missouri rated No. 3 in the nation for green bean casserole love; 76 percent said they "really like or love the dish." Well, who wouldn't?

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Vote for St. Louis' Most Underrated Fried Chicken

We'll take that crispy skin. And the meat. So, all of it, really. | Stu Spivack

You guys really love fried chicken. We knew it was having a moment (or jumped the shark, depending on your opinion) when Old Standard, an entire restaurant devoted to the Southern fried bird opened this fall. Continue on for the nominees, and be sure to click the poll to vote.

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The 9 Best Southern Restaurants in St. Louis

Chicken and Andouille sausage gumbo at Molly's. | Rick Gould

Sometimes we all just need a little soul with our meal. Whether it's some Cajun-spiced seafood, perfectly crisped fried chicken, buttery biscuits or any number of barbecue recipes, Southern cuisine is unlike any other and sometimes all that will satisfy -- perhaps best paired with a single barrel bourbon. Because we border the South proper, it's not surprising that St. Louis offers a wealth of choices.

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Chef Chat: Mary Boehne Is a Strange Kind of Pastry Chef

Categories: Chef Chat

Chef Mary Boehne of Strange Donuts. | Noah Besheer

"I'm a pastry chef's worst nightmare," Mary Boehne laughs. "I don't measure things all of the time. I've gotten really good at eyeballing. I probably shouldn't admit this."
Perhaps it's this irreverence that led Boehne to leave her job as pastry chef at the Four Seasons to take on her new role as corporate chef for start-up-minded Strange Donuts (2709 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-932-5851). It wouldn't be the first time she has made such a move.

After graduating from Forest Park's culinary school, Boehne worked at St. Louis Country Club, and then left that position for the anarchist Black Bear Bakery. "It comes down to the fact that I prefer to be in an environment where I feel like I am more connected to the overall picture," Boehne explains. "I like smaller-scale situations where I know that my decisions are having a direct impact on the business."

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Guess Where I'm Eating Butternut Squash Soup and Win $25 to iTap

Butternut squash soup with toasted pecans and sour cream. | Nancy Stiles

One of our favorite seasonal dishes is butternut squash soup. Luckily for us, restaurants all over town offer the creamy soup during the winter months. This past week we cozied up in a restaurant booth and warmed our bellies with some butternut squash soup. Think you know where we got it? Take a guess and we'll hook you up with some free food -- er, beer.

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The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Week: November 24 to 27

Categories: Events

Thanksgiving eve in Soulard. | Jason Stoff

It's a super short week this week because of the holiday, so chin up -- it's basically already Wednesday. Get in a last-minute cooking class or party with your friends on Thanksgiving Eve. Continue on for our food-related recommendations of the week.

See also: 5 Restaurants to Eat at on Thanksgiving in St. Louis

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