The Tap's New Restaurant Features a Multitude of Taps in St. Charles

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The Tap's Hawaiian burger. | Photos by Mabel Suen
In March, the Tap (3803 Elm Street; 636-724-4242) opened in St. Charles, featuring a multitude of taps -- we're not just talking beer, here. Of the 33 beer taps available at the bar, the Budweiser Chill-Rite dispenses the coldest and creamiest brew possible, says proprietor Jerry Berhorst, explaining that a scientifically designed special etching in the bottom of a corresponding glass helps make it possible. Each beer comes with matching glassware, from boots of beer to steins and logoed chalices.

In addition to beer taps at some of the tables, the Tap keeps the theme going with unique options including six wine taps as well as margaritas and sangrias on tap. On the patio, visitors will find a gigantic keg-shaped wood-and-charcoal smoker, which the restaurant will use to roast whole pigs for special events.

See also: The Tap Restaurant + Brewery Has Taps at the Tables

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Taj Mahal, a New Restaurant Serving Modern Indian Cuisine in the Delmar Loop

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Chicken tandoori, vegetable vindaloo, mango chutney and spicy Indian pickles. | Photos by Mabel Suen
If you walk into Taj Mahal (567 Melville Avenue; 314-721-4499) during lunchtime, co-owner Merwin Rebello will likely be the one to greet you at the door. The first question he'll ask is if you'd like to partake in the buffet, followed by whether or not you'd care for some mango lassi. Try to get in a meal before 2:30 p.m., though, because the restaurant closes at that time, re-opening for dinner every day at 5 p.m.

Taj Mahal opened in late March in the Delmar Loop, serving modernized traditional Indian cuisine in the small space previously occupied by Booster's Cafe. Rebello and his chef bring experience to Taj Mahal from stints working at India's Rasoi.

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The Purple Martin, A New Beet-Loving Bistro Serving North African Cuisine in Fox Park

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"Purple Beet and Orange Salad" with arugula and a North African vinaigrette seasoned with cumin, cinnamon, honey and lemon. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Fans of beautiful beets, behold: the Purple Martin (2800 Shenandoah Avenue; 314-898-0011) opened in Fox Park in late March, and true to its namesake, diners will see plenty of purple accenting everything from the restaurant's space to its plates. Located in a residential neighborhood (directly across from Fox Park itself), the American bistro boasts bold North African, Greek and Middle-Eastern flavors.

See also: Purple Martin Brings Homey North African Cuisine to Fox Park

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Corvid's Cafe Debuts in Kingshighway Hills with Signature Crabcakes and More

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"The Crabwich," Corvid's Cafe's signature crabcake sandwich. | Photos by Mabel Suen
In a classic 100-year-old kitchen filled with frying pans, food processors and practically every kitchen gadget imaginable, chefs Cindy and John Panian have cooked up eight years' worth of hors d'oeuvres, buffets and desserts under their catering company Crabcakes Creative. For a period, they even made the food for an old next-door neighbor, World Cafe. But at the time, they always dreamed about what they'd do differently if the coffee shop was theirs. In mid-March, the dream became a reality when the opening of their new restaurant, Corvid's Cafe (5001 Mardel Avenue; 314-481-1522), filled the vacant space.

See also: Corvid's Cafe Revives 100-Year-Old Bakery to Create a Laid-Back Hangout in Kingshighway Hills

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The Dark Room Brings A New Photo-Friendly Bar and Gallery to Grand Center

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Photos by Mabel Suen
Charcuterie board with pickled vegetables, SarVecchio parmesan and crostini.
On March 14, the Dark Room (615 North Grand Boulevard; 314-531-3416) opened its doors in Grand Center, offering a new refined drinking destination in conjunction with the Kranzberg Arts Center's Ken Kranzberg and the International Photography Hall of Fame. The minimal space features artisinal wines, photography exhibits, decorative vintage film equipment and clean, contemporary design from the gallery to the bar.

See also: The Dark Room, Wine Bar and Photography Gallery, Headed for Grand Center in March

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Three Flags Tavern's New Bar Serves Rustic Comfort Food and Carefully Crafted Cocktails

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Photos by Mabel Suen
"Heirloom Pork Mixed Grill" with apple hasty pudding and sauce jus liƩ.
At Three Flags Tavern (4940 Southwest Avenue; 314-669-9222), named after Three Flags Day, owners John and Cathy O'Brien draw influence from Old World French, Spanish and American cuisine to provide a modern-day comfort-food menu alongside a bar brimming with all the proper bottles and accouterments. The restaurant opened late last month in the Southwest Garden neighborhood near the Hill, filling the space formerly occupied by Harry's Bar & Grill.

See also: Three Flags Tavern Gears Up to Open Near the Hill

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First Look: 21st Amendment's New Brewer's Bar is a Secret Lair of 100 Beers

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Photos by Mabel Suen
4 Hands Chocolate Stout float with housemade ice cream.
Fans of PW Pizza and Vin de Set can now enjoy yet another concept from restaurateurs Paul and Wendy Hamilton in the same building: 21st Amendment: the Brewer's Bar (2017 Chouteau Avenue; 314-241-6969) opened in early March. Located in the basement of the building marked by signage leading down a couple flights of stairs, 21st Amendment feels a lot like a secret beer lair -- a candle-lit cave filled with booze and food.

See also: 21st Amendment: The Brewer's Bar on Tap for March 9 Opening

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First Look: Los Punk, A Low-Key Punk Rock Saloon Serving Street Food on Cherokee Street

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Los Punk, now open on Cherokee Street.
Los Punk (2709 Cherokee Street; 314-932-5411) chef-owner Brian Thomas and general manager Sean White play in a cow-punk band together called Millstadt Justice, named after their hometown across the river. In their self-proclaimed "punk rock saloon," a couple of amps, a guitar and drums linger in the back corner, where visitors can find a variety of music performed occasionally on some odd nights -- including Millstadt Justice.

"We'll get up and serve drinks in the middle of the set and help folks while we're playing," says White. "We just have a lot of fun -- the whole point of this place was to have fun."

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First Look: Seedz Cafe Offers Organic Vegan Food and Drinks in DeMun

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Photos by Mabel Suen
"Tempeh Reuben."
Last month, Seedz Cafe (6344 South Rosebury; 314-725-7333) opened in the DeMun neighborhood with a menu of organic, plant-based food and drinks. The 700-square-foot space contains a kitchen that creates vegan scratch-made food, a seating area for around twenty guests to dine-in and outdoor seating when weather permits.

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First Look: The Good Pie Now Serving its Neapolitan-Style Pizzas in the Delmar Loop

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Photos by Mabel Suen
"Genoa Salami" pizza with arugula salad.
On February 26, the Good Pie (6665 Delmar Boulevard; 314-899-9221) opened in the Delmar Loop, cooking up its Neapolitan-style pizzas in a gleaming blue wood-burning oven. The pies come dotted with char on its crisp crusts and topped with bubbling with fresh mozzerella, if requested. Guests can choose from a short list of simple combinations that includes bright marinara, fresh herbs and Genoa salami.

See also: The Good Pie Now Open on Delmar

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