A Look Inside Racanelli's New York Pizzeria in the Delmar Loop

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A slice of Racanelli's veggie pizza. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Racanelli's New York Pizzeria (6314 Delmar Boulevard; 314-727-7227) recently made a return to its roots in the Delmar Loop, opening a location of the local pizza chain that originated in the area twenty years ago. As reported by Gut Check last month, this is the fifth location of the New York-style pizzeria. The Racanelli family also owns Market Pub House (6655 Delmar Boulevard) -- in the space which once housed Racanelli's Cucina -- down the street.

See also: Racanelli's Pizza to Open in the Loop

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

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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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A Look Inside Las Palmas' New Location on Washington Avenue

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"Carnita Pork" at Las Palmas. | Photos by Mabel Suen
The last time we took an in-depth look at Las Palmas, former RFT food critic Ian Froeb reviewed its second location in Maplewood, an outpost that followed the model of original flagships in north county. In late September the local Mexican restaurant expanded to include a third location: Las Palmas (1901 Washington Avenue; 314-241-1557), and it's all set to serve up the best margarita in town.

See also: Las Palmas Opening Third Location on Washington Avenue

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A Look Inside Insomnia Cookies' New Central West End Storefront

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Options at Insomnia Cookies. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Last month East-Coast chain, Insomnia Cookies (226 North Euclid Avenue), opened its first Missouri location in the Central West End, offering up its classic American sweet treats all day every day into late night hours. As recently reported by Gut Check, a similar concept called Hot Box Cookies will soon join the cookie craze in the neighborhood this January. Meanwhile a second location of Insomnia Cookies is due to open in the Delmar Loop soon.

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

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A Look Inside Lucha's New Mexican Soul Food Restaurant in Midtown

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"Asada" taco with beef brisket, onion and seasonal salsa. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Grand Center visitors have a new dining destination to hit up in midtown: Lucha (522 North Grand Boulevard; 314-833-9993) opened on October 24, serving a full menu of self-proclaimed Mexican soul food, now available for lunch and dinner. As reported by Gut Check last month, Lucha mixes contemporary culinary methods with traditional Mexican flavors including chile de árbol, guajillo and more.

See also: Lucha Mexican Soul Food Opens at Grand Center

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A Look Inside Leonardo's Kitchen and Wine Bar

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Leonardo's "Chic Sev" white pizza with roasted-garlic olive oil, grilled chicken and more. | Photos by Mabel Suen
As reported by Gut Check in September, Leonardo's Kitchen and Wine Bar (2130 Macklind Avenue; 314-664-1410) joins the Hill neighborhood roster of Italian restaurants with a new pizza and wine restaurant. The concept comes from Rich and Terri LoRusso of LoRusso's Cucina (3121 Watson Road; 314-647-6222).

See also: Leonardo's Kitchen & Wine Bar to Open on the Hill

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Sugarfire Pie's Brand New Shop: A Sweet Slice of the Fifties in Olivette

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Sugarfire Pie's Stack Pie. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Coinciding the sugar rush of Halloween, Sugarfire Pie (9200 Olive Street, Suite 108; 314-736-6300) opened at the end of October in Olivette, serving pastry chef Carolyn Downs' pies and pastries just two doors down from Mike Johnson's Sugarfire Smokehouse (9200 Olive Boulevard, Olivette; 314-997-5301).


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A Look Inside Sushi House: Restaurant and Karaoke Bar in Chesterfield

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Sushi House's "White Tiger" roll with deep-fried shrimp, crab, asparagus, avocado and white tuna. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Sushi House (17265 Chesterfield Airport Road; 636-778-3232) opened on August 9, offering sushi, Asian fusion cuisine and private karaoke in Chesterfield. The new concept comes from Hyeong and Myong Bae, who previously owned and operated Momoyama with their son and chef Jin Bae. Bae brings six years of sushi-making experience to developing the menu, which features bar food in addition to authentic Japanese and Korean dishes.

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A Look Inside Three Kings Public House's New Second Location in Des Peres

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Three Kings' "Salmon BLT." | Photos by Mabel Suen
On October 6 Three Kings Public House (11925 Manchester Road; Des Peres; 314-815-3455) opened in west county, filling a space previously occupied by Mosaic restaurant. The brew and grub-slinging pub is the second location of the concept preceded by its original spot in the Delmar Loop (named Best New Bar in the RFT's 2011 Best of St. Louis).

See also: Three Kings Expands to Des Peres

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

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Old Standard's three-piece chicken dinner. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Old Standard Fried Chicken (1621 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-899-9000) opened in Botanical Heights on October 20, joining a league of concepts headed by chef Ben Poremba that includes Olio, Elaia and La Patisserie Chouquette. The self-proclaimed "chicken shack" features comfort food starring ethically raised Indiana's Miller Poultry chicken, flanked by all the trimmings.

See also: Ben Poremba Adds Fried Chicken to His Flock of Restaurants

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