#UberIceCream Comes to Town, but It's Not What You Think

Categories: Food Trucks

When we first heard that #UberIceCream was coming to St. Louis today, our Gut Check response was that this was yet another shot fired in the St. Louis Uber War of 2015.

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Nourish by Hollyberry's Chocolate-Chip Cookie and Cold Mug of Milk Hits the Sweet Spot

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.

The combo is available on Nourish's cafe menu. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Nourish by Hollyberry (10037 Manchester Avenue; 314-835-9196) opened in Warson Woods on April 1, bringing a newfound cafe and grab-and-go market aspect to chef-owner Holly Cunningham's catering company. The longtime from-scratch cook has her roots in sweets, originally kicking off her brand as a baked-good business in 1998. While things have grown and changed over the years, one simple, sweet staple on her menu has stayed the same for more than a decade, and patrons can still get it today: a Hollyberry cookie, paired with a cold mug of milk.

"We started the company featuring our cookies and dessert bars, and we are still known for them today," Cunningham says. "We use the original recipes we started with seventeen years ago because they are too good to touch."

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Stop with the Giant Zucchini Pics

Categories: WTF?

While #checkoutmygiantzucchini isn't trending...yet...a number of people post pictures/videos this time of year featuring baseball-bat-size home-grown zucchini.

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The 7 Best Steakhouses in St. Louis

J. Gilbert's Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood | photo courtesy of J. Gilbert's Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood

What makes a perfect steak? Certainly, the quality of the meat is fundamental. Many of the best steakhouses in the country only serve the highest grade of beef available in the United States -- USDA Prime -- that features extensive marbling and melt-in-your mouth texture. Only 1-3% of all beef produced in the country is rated Prime. Others contend the breed, age and diet of the cow are the most critical elements. A dry- or wet-aging process brings out flavor and tenderness and is truly an art. And, without a doubt, the expert flick of the chef's wrist and precise timing at the grill is where the alchemy really begins. We've got the bite on where to go for an exceptional steak in St. Louis.

See also: The 10 Best Burger Joints in St. Louis

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RIP "Fast" Eddie Sholar, Sr.

Categories: Restaurant News

After a Ten Year Hiatus, Lion's Choice Opens in Ellisville with New Look

Categories: Food News

Emily McCarter
The interior of the new Lion's Choice in Ellisville, Missouri.

With modern finishes, high ceilings, a redesigned layout, multiple televisions and accessible USB charging ports, Lion's Choice is catching up with the times.

The locally based fast-food chain hadn't opened a new location in over a decade, until the new location at 3048 Clarkson Road opened its doors for business in June. Under new ownership, the new style and experience showcases the new owner's concept of what Lion's Choice can be.

Local investors Millstone Capital Advisors and BlackRock Holdings purchased the St. Louis-based chain from its founders, Marvin Gibbs and Clint Tobias, approximately a year and a half ago. The new owners then hired Chicago-based Chipman Design to develop a new style, brand and identity for the chain.

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Medina Grill Is a Cosmopolitan Take on International Flavors -- and Its Owner's Lifetime

Mabel Suen
Hummus, falafel on pita, chicken shawarma, beef shawarma and a blondie.

Medina Grill
1327 Washington Avenue; 314-241-1356.
Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ibrahim Ead wants you to know that medina means "city" in Arabic. Jerusalem is a medina. So are Gaza, Mecca and Dubai. But don't let the exotic-sounding word fool you into thinking it's reserved for the Middle East. New York is a medina, as are Paris, London and even our little slice of Americana, St. Louis.

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Update: Johnny's Restaurant & Bar is Still for Sale

RFT's coverage of the potential sale of Johnny's Restaurant & Bar in Soulard sparked all kinds of nostalgic responses from readers, including memories of good times, a lack of memories from even better times and daydreams about owning a restaurant and bar.

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Chef Chat: Ben Grupe on Pop-Ups and Being an Olympian

Categories: Chef Chat

Ben Grupe. | Photo by Mabel Suen

Ben Grupe has had a culinary career that many aspiring chefs can only dream of. The classically trained chef has worked at some of the areas best clubs, cooked at the world-renowned Greenbriar resort in West Virginia and studied under master chefs. It's an impressive resume, but for Grupe, something was missing.

See Also: Chef Chat: Stephan Schubert Is River City Casino's High-Flying Pastry Chef

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Cider House In Grafton Plagued by High Tide

Categories: Restaurant News

Photo by Kevin Korinek
Flooding in Grafton, Illinois.

River City Cider House (211 W. Main Street; 618-320-9392) has been under the weather. Owner Brian Runge is finally getting back to the business of running his cafe on the River Road in Grafton, Illinois. But the rising tide is making it difficult for him to do that. "I knew the flooding would be a problem, because everyone warned me." But he wasn't prepared for the water rising as high as it did.

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