#87: The Roasted Chicken Spinach Flatbread at Cooper's Legendary American Pub

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The flatbread at Cooper's Legendary American Pub steals the show. | Mabel Suen

The bars of Main Street in St. Charles tend to blend in with one another, and from the outside, Cooper's Legendary American Pub (140 North Main Street, St. Charles; 636-724-5505) is no exception. However, step inside this humble bar and grill, order the roasted chicken spinach flatbread, and it quickly becomes clear that Cooper's is a standout.

See Also: Cooper's Legendary American Pub Serves Both Timeless and Forgettable Food: Review

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Fish Fry-Days: Epiphany of Our Lord

Categories: Fish Fry Frenzy

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The line at the Epiphany of Our Lord fish fry. | Cheryl Baehr

As the revelry of Mardi Gras gives way to the solemn season of Lent, seafood-loving St. Louisans can rejoice: It's fish fry season. This year, we're checking out some of the area's Catholic churches to see what's cooking.

Epiphany of Our Lord: The "Best Kept Secret in Southwest City"

Monica Hunyar wears a pin of three gilded fish on her apron. "It was a gift from one of the old-timers," she explains. "His wife used to be really involved with fish fry, and when she passed, he gave it to me."

Hunyar's story pretty much sums up the tradition-steeped Epiphany of Our Lord (6596 Smiley Avenue; 314-781-1199) fish fry. For more than 50 years (Hunyar can't exactly recall, but she's certain it's been that long), the Clifton Heights parish has honored this Lenten tradition with a massive feast every Ash Wednesday and Friday during Lent, except Good Friday.

See also: 5 St. Louis Restaurants to Celebrate Lent

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The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: February 27 to March 1

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It's never too cold for the Fire & Ice party at Three Sixty. | Debbie Frank

It's practically spring, but you wouldn't know it from these St. Louis temperatures. Warm up with the annual Centennial Beer Festival, or help raise money for cystic fibrosis at FestivAle. St. Patrick's Day is a few weeks away, but you can celebrate your Welsh heritage at Llywelyns for St. David's Day. Continue on for our food-related recommendations.

See also: Hot Box Cookies Now Open in the Central West End

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Still 630 Wins Gold Medal from the American Craft Spirits Association

Categories: Booze

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Still 630's winning spirits. | David Weglarz

Still 630 is essentially a one-man operation. The St. Louis craft distillery was founded in 2012 by David Weglarz. He's been plugging away, making small-batch whiskies and rum, with some local recognition and distribution. But Weglarz won big when he entered his spirits in their second-ever competition with the American Craft Spirits Association.

See also: Still630 Distills Whiskey in Downtown St. Louis

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Hot Box Cookies Now Open in the Central West End

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Insomnia Cookies (226 North Euclid Avenue) now has a homegrown competitor: Hot Box Cookies (3 North Euclid Avenue; 314-899-0909) has arrived from Columbia. The late-night cookie bakery opened in the Central West End on February 11 and is celebrating its grand opening this Friday, February 27.

See also: Hot Box Cookies Heads to St. Louis As Insomnia Cookies Adds a Second Location

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A Look Inside the Little Dipper, a New Sandwich Shop on Cherokee Street

Categories: First Look

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"The Little Dipper" sandwich: Italian beef with giardiniera. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Jason Paul wanted to open a food truck but settled for something a little different, albeit roughly the same size. His new brick-and-mortar sandwich shop, the Little Dipper, (2619 1/2 Cherokee Street; 314-625-3530) opened in south city on February 20 in the 300-square-foot space previously filled by Smalls Tea & Coffee. The menu features made-to-order dishes geared primarily for carryout -- Italian beef, salads and more.

"The inspiration was borderline healthy food. There's a little decadence in there, but we're sticking to real ingredients," Paul says. "All our stuff is humble and simple. We make most everything we serve here, including the sauces and dressings."

See also: First Look: Gooseberries

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The 6 Best German Restaurants in St. Louis

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The dining hall at Bevo Mill. | Cody Krogman

During these cold winter months, we sit and daydream about our favorite fortifying comfort foods. This week, we're craving hearty German fare -- schnitzel (a thin boneless meat coated in bread crumbs and fried), wurst (sausage), spaetzle (potato dumplings) brezen (pretzels) and sauerbraten (vinegar- or wine-marinated pot roast), to name a few. St. Louis is no stranger to German cuisine, given Missouri's deep German roots, but do you know where to go today for a proper German repast? Let us help you find the perfect spot to treat yourself, and don't forget wash it all down with a cold beer.

See also: The 10 Best Mediterranean Restaurants in St. Louis

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Brunch at Melt: Sweet and Savory Waffles Throughout the Week

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Melt's "Traitor Tot" sandwich: biscuit-batter waffle with hash browns cooked into the batter, layered with Canadian bacon, eggs, Swiss cheese and hollandaise. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Where: Melt (2712 Cherokee Street; 314-771-6358)

When: Anytime during regular business hours -- Tuesday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We Tried: "Traitor-Tot" waffle sandwich ($9); "Melt Club" waffle sandwich ($8); "Tipsy Violet" waffle ($7.50).

See also: Melt Relaunches Menu, Amps Up Cocktails

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5 St. Louis Restaurants to Celebrate Lent

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Crawfish étouffée at Riverbend. | Mabel Suen

We love a good fish fry (and there are plenty to choose from), but some of our favorite St. Louis restaurants are offering limited-run, seafood-focused menus to help you stay on track during lent. Or, you know, you could just have a McDonald's Filet-o-Fish.

See also: UPDATED Fish Fry Frenzy: A Gut Check Guide

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Review: Ferguson Burger Bar, Six Months Later

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The "Garbage Burger" with lettuce, bacon, egg, onion, cheese and mayo. | Mabel Suen

Ferguson Burger Bar & More
(9120 West Florissant Avenue, Ferguson; 314-388-0424)
Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

"My friend was on vacation -- I think it was the Bahamas -- and the owners of a restaurant she stopped in knew all about us. She was like, 'Kizzie, you've gone worldwide!'" It might seem unthinkable that a humble burger joint in a St. Louis county strip mall has international name recognition, but Ferguson Burger Bar & More is not just any restaurant. Since opening its doors on August 7, 2014 -- two days before the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson -- the restaurant has become the face of a community stricken with grief, unrelenting in the face of violence and committed to moving forward.

See also: Review: Leonardo's Kitchen Serves Delicious St. Louis-Style Italian in Generous Quantities


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