Steve's Hot Dogs Adds New Menu of Decadent Mac & Cheese Bowls

Categories: Restaurant News

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Mac & cheese bowls from Steve's Hot Dogs. | Steve Ewing

Steve's Hot Dogs (multiple locations) is obviously known for its wieners, but customer requests for more of its mac & cheese sides led to an additional menu.

"We thought of doing the mac & cheese bowls almost how we do the hot dogs -- start with the hot dog, and embellish," owner Steve Ewing tells us. "So we started with our mac & cheese [that] we make all day long, that's really good by itself, and started putting things on top."

See also: Tick Tock Tavern and Steve's Hot Dogs' New Partnership Debuts in South City

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Tiny Bar Is Opening Downtown, Literally

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Finishing up the mural at the Tiny Bar. | Courtesy Aaron Perlut

St. Louis is home to a few lovely, pint-sized diners. Whether it's a quick stop during the workday or a late night after the bars, cozy spots like Carl's Drive-In (sixteen seats) or Tiffany's Original Diner (twelve or so seats) are perfect for a quick bite. But can we expect the same charm from an itsy-bitsy bar? We're about to find out, once Tiny Bar (1008 Lucas Street) opens in downtown.

The Tiny Bar comes from marketing and public-relations firm Elasticity, which just couldn't decide what to do with its 250-square-foot lobby. So, it'll be a twelve-seat bar, complete with $10 cocktails and a drink menu developed by Ted Charak of Planter's House.

See also: Tony's Restaurant to Add Fast-Casual Sibling, Tony's A.M.

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The 10 Best Food Instagrams in St. Louis This Week: January 21 to 27

Categories: Food Porn

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The turkey club at Crepes, etc. | Instagram/@crepesstl

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Instagram was practically made for pictures of food. Gut Check has rounded up our favorite foodie accounts in St. Louis, but there are so many cool photos every week, we wanted to share what St. Louis' best chefs, bartenders and eaters are Instagramming. If you see a good one, send it to us!

See also: The Best Food Instagrams in St. Louis This Week: January 14 to 20

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Old Standard, Ben Poremba's New Fried-Chicken Restaurant, Sets the Bar: Review

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Fried chicken at Old Standard. | Mabel Suen

Old Standard Fried Chicken
(1621 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-899-9000)
Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-midnight;
Sun. 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

About a year ago, Ben Poremba was sitting in the middle of his Mediterranean wine bar Olio when he had a revelation. "I think I'm going to open a fried-chicken place." It seemed like an odd venture for Poremba, an Israeli who grew up in Morocco. His employees certainly thought so and laughed him off when he made his proclamation.

The next thing they knew, the chef was taking off on multi-day adventures around the country to learn everything he could about this most American of dishes. Whereas Olio represents the food he grew up eating and Elaia is a nod to the refined, classic techniques he learned in cooking school, Old Standard is Poremba's homage to his adopted American home.

See also: Pizzeoli Has Perfect Neapolitan Pizza Down to a Science: Review


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Living Room's Peanut-Butter Chocolate-Chip Cookie: A Flourless Treat to Go With Your Coffee

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.

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Living Room's peanut-butter chocolate-chip cookie. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Since opening in mid-December, Living Room (2808 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-306-7626) has taken care in pairing small-batch roasted, single-origin coffees from around the world with a variety of from-scratch baked goods. The sweets selection varies by day and includes everything from cinnamon rolls and quick breads to baker Nate Larson's personal favorite: his peanut-butter chocolate-chip cookie.

See also: A Look Inside Living Room, A New Coffeehouse in Maplewood

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Tony's Restaurant to Add Fast-Casual Sibling, Tony's A.M.

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The Equitable Building will add Tony's A.M. next month. | Google Street View

Tony's (410 Market Street; 314-231-7007) is pretty much the opposite of a fast-casual restaurant. The St. Louis classic is known for its impeccable meals -- even after 40-plus years, St. Louis Magazine named it the best restaurant of 2014. But when the cafeteria tenant's lease in the Equitable building was not renewed, Tony's A.M. was born.

See also: Tony's Downtown to Undergo Latest Renovation in January

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Old Bakery Beer Opens to Overwhelming Response in Alton

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Old Bakery Beer Company. | Courtesy Old Bakery Beer

Alton's first craft brewery is now open. Old Bakery Beer Company (400 Landmarks Boulevard, Alton, Illinois) was alive and brewing as of Friday, January 23. The response was so overwhelming that the brewpub, which serves lunch and dinner, ran out of food pretty quickly. It hopes to have the kitchen back up and running by tomorrow, January 28.

See also: Old Bakery Beer Will Be Alton's First Craft Brewery

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A Sneak Peek at Element's New Drink and Snack Menus

Categories: Booze

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The "Blood Moon." | 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.

Lafayette Square's Element (1419 Carroll Street Street; 314-241-1674) recently brought on a new chef and bar manager. Recently promoted executive chef Brian Coltrain will be focusing on what he calls contemporary comfort food. The real fun is upstairs in the lounge, though. There, bar manager Sasha Alms has put together a brand-new cocktail list with the help of his talented staff -- plus the lounge menu will bring street food indoors.

See also: Ancho Reyes, a Spicy Chile Liqueur, Arrives in St. Louis

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#96: The Meatloaf Blue Plate Lunch at Farmhaus

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Wednesday's Blue Plate Lunch at Farmhaus. | Cheryl Baehr

The aroma of smoky bacon wafting out of Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800) on any given Wednesday afternoon announces a glorious event: meatloaf day.

The Lindenwood Park restaurant, headed by Kevin Willmann, is known for its self-described "edgy" takes on Southern and Midwestern cuisine. At night, the small dining room buzzes with guests eager to sample the acclaimed chef's upscale fare. During weekday lunches, however, the place transforms into a casual eatery, serving up daily blue plate specials that look and taste like Grandma's home cooking.

See Also: Thursday Throwdown: The Quincy Street Bistro-Farmhaus Meatloaf Battle

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Chef Chat: Joy Christensen Makes Sundaes and Merriment at the Fountain on Locust

Categories: Chef Chat

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The Fountain on Locust's Joy Christensen. | Mabel Suen

Looking back on it, Joy Christensen admits she didn't know what she was getting into when she opened the Fountain on Locust (3037 Locust Street; 314-535-7800). She thinks that's a good thing. "I think that is how a lot of stuff gets done," she muses. "If people knew how hard some things would be, they wouldn't even try to do them."

See Also: The Fountain on Locust's "Banana Bourbon": A Sundae with a Shot of Booze

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