Gyro Grill to Open Second Location on Delmar

The original Gyro Grill. | Ian Froeb

As we reported earlier this week, our beloved Chubbies (6227 Delmar Boulevard) is no more. There is some good news, though: The burger joint will be replaced by a second location of south city's popular Gyro Grill (3801 South Kingshighway Boulevard; 314-875-9465). We talked to owner Morad Jaber about his new digs and joining the Loop.

See also: Chubbies Is Closed for Good This Time

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The Q-Shack: A New Roadside Eatery That Cooks Up Barbecue and Burritos

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The "Memphis Pork" sandwich: pulled pork topped with creamy slaw. | Photos by Mabel Suen

As reported by Gut Check in January, the Q-Shack (McCausland Avenue and Manchester Road) fills the space previously occupied by BJ's BBQ, a barbecue spot between a Walgreens store and a used-car lot. Father-daughter team Larry and Angie Lampert, of Lampert's Plush Pig BBQ among other prior local businesses, gave the Q-Shack concept a trial run last fall. After some renovations that include the addition of a full deck and covered patio with forty seats, the stand reopened earlier this month, slinging smoked meats and more.

See also: Lampert's BBQ to Return, This Time in Maplewood

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#80: A Buttermilk Cake Doughnut from O'Fashion Donuts

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O'Fashion's buttermilk cake doughnut.| Cheryl Baehr

Like most patrons, I'd been going to O'Fashion Donuts (1904 South Vandeventer Avenue; 314-776-9975) for years without realizing I didn't know it's name. "You know -- that little place on Southwest" is how people typically refer to this tiny doughnut shack. What it lacks in name recognition it makes up for in taste, and nowhere is this more evident than in its buttermilk cake doughnut.

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7 More Dog-Friendly Restaurant Patios in St. Louis

The sun-filled patio at Market Pub House is a great place to stop with your pooch while exploring the Delmar Loop. | Kholood Eid

Our list of dog-friendly restaurant patios was one of our most popular last spring. When the weather gets nice, it's not just you who wants to get some fresh air -- your dog does, too. Unfortunately, one of the restaurants on our original list is now closed, so we decided to update and add seven more great dog-friendly restaurant patios, with some help from our readers. Let us know if we missed any of your favorites!

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The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: March 27 to 29

Don't miss the release of War Hammer at the annual 4 Hands Lupulin Carnival. | Jon Gitchoff

There are two huge beer festivals happening this weekend, but if that's not your style, you can pair your food with a little night music with Opera Theatre St. Louis. The weather won't be quite as nice as we'd like, but there is plenty to do. Continue on for our food-related recommendations.

See also: The 9 Best Places For Pancakes in St. Louis

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Red Lotus Spa & Bistro: A New Rock Hill Business Where Beauty Meets Banh Mi

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Red Lotus' grilled-pork banh mi. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Last month, critically acclaimed Mi Linh got an extreme makeover, and now its visitors can get made up there, too. On February 13, the Vietnamese restaurant re-branded and opened as Red Lotus Spa & Bistro (9737 Manchester Road; 314-918-8868), a concept that combines owner Dee Dee Tran's background in both restaurants and beauty services by offering the best of both worlds under one roof.

See also: Review: Mi Linh: The Tran family raises the bar for Vietnamese cuisine

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The 9 Best Places For Pancakes in St. Louis

Farmer's cheese pancakes at Scape | Marvin Brown

Whether breakfasting or brunching (or maybe indulging a little brinner) it's hard to beat a hot stack of melt-in-your mouth, light, fluffy, made-from-scratch pancakes topped with melting butter and drenched with real maple syrup. These nine pancake spots have perfected the art of pancakes.

See also: 10 Best Places for a Boozy Brunch in St. Louis

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Copper Pig to Open in Growing Southampton Neighborhood


Another new restaurant is headed to the buzzing SoHa neighborhood: Copper Pig (4611 Macklind Avenue). It's owned by Nhat Nguyen, who you may remember as a star bartender at the late Mirasol and Urban, which closed on South Grand last year.

See also: Best Bartender St. Louis 2009 - Nhat Nguyen

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Chubbies Is Closed for Good This Time

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Oh, how we miss that burger. | Jennifer Silverberg

Chubbies (6227 Delmar Boulevard; 314-725-5000) was one of our favorite places in the Loop, with one caveat: It would close for days or even weeks at a time with no explanation. We feared it had shut its doors for good last summer, but one day in August it miraculously reopened. Unfortunately, it seems we won't be so lucky this time.

See also: Chubbies, Delmar Loop Burger Joint, Has Been Mysteriously Closed for Over a Week

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Brunch at Tree House: Vibrant Vegetarian and Vegan Plates, Cocktails and Doughnuts

Tree House's vegan "Desayuno Latino," or Latin brunch. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Where: Tree House (3177 South Grand Boulevard; 314-696-2100)

When: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We Tried: Biscuit-and-gravy plate ($12); Desayuno Latino ($10); eggs Benedict ($12); banh bao chay ($6); vegan donuts ($3); "Kim Chi Bloody Mary" ($8).

See also: Review: Tree House's Meatless Menu Satisfies Even the Most Reluctant Vegetarian

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