Ices Plain & Fancy's New Liquid Nitrogen Fueled Ice Cream Shop

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Peach chai ice cream. | Photos by Mabel Suen
In late July a corner shop of the Shaw neighborhood decked out in a fresh coat of regal pink and blue paint opened its doors to the public. And with it, St. Louis gained a brand new concept utilizing a sweet treat technique developed in the early 19th century: Ices Plain and Fancy (2256 South 39th Street; 314-601-3604). Inside, sweet surprises await -- luscious ice creams made completely to order using liquid nitrogen as well as vanilla soft serve infused and flecked with cold-pressed Sump Coffee (3700 Jefferson Avenue; 917-412-5670).

See also: Ices Plain & Fancy to Cool Down Shaw Neighborhood

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Rise Coffee Offering Free Java to Journalists Covering Ferguson Protests

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Rise Coffee in the Grove

This week has been pretty crazy, and unless you've been living under a rock, you know why. Luckily, last night's protests in Ferguson were peaceful, but this thing isn't over. There are many journalists, concerned citizens and out-of-town media covering Ferguson, and that means makeshift offices and workspaces. If you need somewhere to go, try Rise Coffee House (4180 Manchester Avenue) in the Grove.

See also: 5 Ferguson Restaurants You Should Visit This Week

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The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: August 15 to 17

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Celebrate the Dam's first birthday with a Dam Burger. It's damn good. | Jennifer Silverberg

Despite the roller coaster that has been this week, you can still get out and about this weekend. Patronize your favorite restaurants on North Florissant Road, or escape to the country with Chaumette Vineyards and Baetje Farms. Keep calm and eat on -- check out our food-related recommendations after the jump.

See also: Steve's Hot Dogs to Open in Tower Grove East on August 18

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Join Gut Check at the Top Chef Ultimate Burger Challenge

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Sugarfire Smokehouse will defend its title at this weekend's Top Chef Ultimate Burger Challenge. | Jennifer Silverberg

Alive magazine is holding its sixth annual Top Chef Ultimate Burger Challenge this Sunday, August 17. And guess what? Gut Check is helping judge! The competition pits six local chefs against each other to see who can cook up the best burger. We'll be nibbling on each one, but you can too.

See also: Top Chef: St. Louis? Local Chefs Compete in Burger Cookoff

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A Pizza Story Cooks Up Wood-Fired Neapolitan Pizzas in Maplewood

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"Fantasy" pizza with tomato sauce, prosciutto de parma, fresh burrata and arugula. | Photos by Mabel Suen
In June A Pizza Story (7278 Manchester Avenue; 314-899-0011) opened in Maplewood serving Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas alongside a full bar. With each pie, former Washington University professors Muhammad Alhawagri and Sherif Nasser aim to serve up crisp, charred crust and a supple interior, topped with fresh ingredients.

See also: A Pizza Story Will Serve Neapolitan Pizza Cooked Up By Two Wash. U. Professors

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Kevin Nashan Brings the Coast to Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.

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The Peacemaker bar. | Nancy Stiles

Kevin Nashan's highly anticipated restaurant, the Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. (1831 Sidney Street; 314-772-8858), opened last night in Benton Park with just a few hours' notice. The place was still lively, though, with Nashan himself dismantling crabs in the kitchen window and servers flitting around the rustic, beachy dining room. We stopped by to see just how good the seafood can be in the middle of America.

See also: Kevin Nashan to Open Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. in July

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Steve's Hot Dogs to Open in Tower Grove East on August 18

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The "Gorilla Mac & Cheese Dog" at Steve's. | Mabel Suen

Steve's Hot Dogs (2131 Marconi Avenue; 314-762-9899) will open its second location at 3457 Magnolia Avenue in Tower Grove East on Monday, August 18. The soft opening will kick off at 4 p.m.

See also: Steve's Hot Dogs Exceeds Fundraising Goal, Moves Forward With Second Location

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5 Ferguson Restaurants You Should Visit This Week

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Growlers at Ferguson Brewing Company. | Pat Kohm

With so much bad news coming out of Ferguson this week, it's reassuring to see people building up the community and supporting each other. In that spirit, we'd like to suggest five of our favorite Ferguson restaurants that could use some love.

See also: Ferguson: An Updated Guide to Restaurants Along Florissant Road

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Mad Buffalo Distillery is Now Coulter & Payne Farm Distillery

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Mad Buffalo Distillery is launching a major rebranding initiative, starting with its name. It's now known as Coulter & Payne Farm Distillery. We talked to founder Chris Burnette about why the name change matters and what's next for Missouri's first craft distillery.

See also: Mad Buffalo Distillery Makes Moonshine Eco-Friendly

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Review: Death in the Afternoon Makes Lunch the Most Important Meal of the Day

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Tonkotsu ramen with pork belly and loin, soft boiled egg, black garlic oil and mushroom. | Jennifer Silverberg

Death in the Afternoon
(808 Chestnut Street; 314-621-3236)
Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri. (Closed Sat. and Sun.)

Sitting on the patio at Death in the Afternoon, located in the northeast corner of downtown's Citygarden, the dominant sound is children happily playing in a nearby fountain. But don't be misled - this restaurant is not geared toward kids. There are no chicken fingers or high chairs, and it looks like the changing table was removed from the restroom during the remodel from the building's previous tenant, Joe's Chili Bowl. The restaurant, which is only open weekdays for lunch, makes no attempt to be a mere amenity for the families and tourists that flock to the garden. It aspires to be a destination unto itself.

See also: Death in the Afternoon, New Citygarden Restaurant, Will Complement Blood & Sand

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