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.

See also: Old Standard Fried Chicken's New Comfort Food Restaurant in Botanical Heights

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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.

See also: The 7 Best Spicy Dishes in St. Louis

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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.

See also: Guess Where I'm Eating Pizza and Win a Free Burrito at Chipotle

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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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Pint Size Bakery Offering Thanksgiving Hand Pies November 22 Only

Categories: Gobble Gobble

The turkey dinner hand pie. | Nancy Stiles

You already know how much we love the turducken croissant at La Patisserie Chouquette, so naturally we were intrigued when we heard Christy Augustin at Pint Size Bakery (3825 Watson Road; 314-645-7142) was making Thanksgiving hand pies this weekend. Augustin says she wanted people to be able to eat a whole Thanksgiving dinner (in miniature form), and it did not disappoint.

See also: Christy Augustin is Pint Size Bakery's "Punk Rock Grandma"

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A Look Inside Riverbend Restaurant and Bar's New Expanded Space in Richmond Heights

Categories: First Look

Riverbend's "Cochon de Lait," or house-roasted pork po-boy. | Photos by Mabel Suen
As reported by Gut Check in August, restaurant owner Sam Kogos would move his popular New Orleans-style restaurant to the space recently vacated by Harvest. Riverbend Restaurant and Bar (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard; 314-664-8443) opened in Richmond Heights in early November with an expanded menu and much bigger digs.

See also: Riverbend Restaurant & Bar to Take Over Former Harvest Space

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#56: Cafe Natasha's Beef Shish Kebab

A platter of Cafe Natasha's beef and chicken shish kebabs. | Jennifer Silverberg

When Behshid Bahrami came to the United States in the late 1970s, he was culinarily dismayed. He simply could not find lamb that tasted like what he had in his native Iran. American lamb, Bahrami will tell you, has a gamey taste compared to its mild Persian counterpart. Rather than swearing it off altogether, he developed a marinade that he hoped would soften the meat's flavor. What he ended up developing is the ambrosial nectar that turned out to be perfect for Cafe Natasha's (3200 South Grand Boulevard; 314-771-3411) beef shish kebob.

See Also: Chef Chat: Hamishe Bahrami is Cafe Natasha's Persian Cowgirl

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3 More St. Louis Bakeries Offering Thanksgiving Desserts

Categories: Gobble Gobble

An ice-cream pie at I Scream Cakes. | Kerry Soraci

See also: 5 St. Louis Bakeries Offering Preorder Thanksgiving Pies

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The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: November 21 to 23

The Gamlin Manhattan at a Whiskey in the Winter 2013 event. | Nancy Stiles

Despite the snow last weekend, it's not going to be too freezing the next few days -- so get out and enjoy it. (Plus, you'll also holed up with the family next weekend.) We're most excited about all the whiskey-related events surrounding Whiskey in the Winter. We can't think of a better way to warm up. Continue on for our food-related recommendations.

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

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