Review: Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. Is a Delicious, Transportive Experience

The Maine lobster boil at Peacemaker. | Jennifer Silverberg

Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.
(1831 Sidney Street; 314-772-8858)
4:30-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.,
4:30-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.,
1:30-8:30 p.m. Sun.

To say that Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. brings good seafood to St. Louis is a huge understatement. It's more like the doorway to the Benton Park eatery is some sort of wormhole, transporting diners to a dockside table on the Chesapeake Bay. It's a good thing, too -- Peacemaker was the most hotly anticipated St. Louis restaurant opening of the year (even the national food site Eater took notice). That's mostly because of the man at the helm, chef Kevin Nashan, whose Midas touch has earned him acclaim for Sidney Street Cafe, a James Beard Award nomination and a passionate fan base. It's no surprise, then, that his new seafood concept lives up to -- no, exceeds -- the hype.

See also: Kevin Nashan Talks Battling New York Chef Harold Moore on Knife Fight

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Tazé Mediterranean Street Food to Open at the Mercantile Exchange

The future Tazé Mediterranean Street Food at the MX. | Google Street View

Tazé Mediterranean Street Food is the latest restaurant to join the Mercantile Exchange Building (a.k.a. the MX) downtown at 626 Washington Avenue. The fast-casual restaurant will focus on housemade Mediterranean delicacies from owners Justin and Casey Roth and chef Matt Borchardt.

See also: First Look: Downtown's MX Movies Makes Dinner and a Movie Way Too Easy

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Strange Donuts' New Kirkwood Store Now Serving Doughnuts Day and Night

Categories: First Look

The display case with options inside. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Shortly after celebrating the first anniversary of its original Maplewood store, Strange Donuts (2709 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-932-5851) debuted the second location of its growing empire. Strange Donuts' (107 1/2 East Argonne Drive) Kirkwood outpost opened on October 22, with two more unique locations -- one in the Central West End and another in Columbia -- on the way.

See also: Strange Donuts Opens October 22, Central West End Location Soon

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Athlete Eats Plans Second Location, Food Truck and Fine Dining Concept

Categories: Restaurant News

Bibimbap at Athlete Eats. | Jennifer Silverberg

It's going to be a big year for Athlete Eats (2837 Cherokee Street; 314-932-5566), the polished cafe from the Cardinals' nutritionist. Owners Simon and Angelica Lusky are planning a threefold expansion which will include a second location, a food truck and a fine-dining concept.

See also: Athlete Eats: The Cardinals' nutritionist brings health food to Cherokee Street

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Kaldi's Coffee and Kakao Chocolate Nominated for the Good Food Awards

Beans at Kaldi's Coffee. | Jon Gitchoff

Two local shops, Kaldi's Coffee (700 DeMun Avenue, Clayton; 314-727-9955) and Kakao Chocolate (2301 South Jefferson Avenue; 314-771-2310), have been named finalists for the 2015 Good Food Awards. The awards celebrate socially and environmentally conscious products that are (duh) also delicious. Judges selected 206 finalists from all across the country.

See also: #61: Pumpkin Maple Latte at Kaldi's Coffee

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What Are St. Louis' Most Underrated French Fries?

The fries at the Kitchen Sink. | Nancy Stiles

French fries may be the greatest side dish ever created. So simple, yet so delicious. Despite the name (which refers to the cut of the potato, not its country of origin), french fries are just as American as apple pie. One of McDonald's bestsellers can also be elevated to gourmet heights, for better or worse. (It's truffle oil, we get it.) We have several restaurants here in St. Louis that serve our favorite fries, but who serves the most underrated version?

See also: The 7 Best French Fries in St. Louis

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Chef Chat: Mark Sanfilippo Is Salume Beddu's Cured Meats (Philosopher) King

Categories: Chef Chat

Mark Sanfilippo of Salume Beddu. | Cheryl Baehr

Mark Sanfilippo, the man behind Salume Beddu(3467 Hampton Avenue; 314-353-3100), didn't set out to be St. Louis' king of cured meats. The former academic spent years studying Hegelian philosophy and German, priming himself for a career as a professor when reality set in. "There are only two or three philosophy jobs in the country available any given year," Sanfilippo explains. "I realized that my chances of becoming a professor were pretty slim."

See Also: Best Deli/Sandwich Shop St. Louis 2013 - Salume Beddu

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Guess Where I'm Eating These Ribs and Win $20 to Fork & Stix

Ribs with baked beans and cole slaw. | Nancy Stiles

It was a beautiful weekend in St. Louis, and we took full advantage and ate outside as much as possible. We sat on a patio one recent evening and enjoyed some hearty ribs, baked beans and cole slaw. If you think you know where we got it, you'll win some free food. All you have to do is take a guess.

See also: Guess Where I'm Eating This Lobster Bisque and Win $20 to La Tejana [UPDATED]

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Cabana on the Loop's New Family-Friendly Brunch Food Eatery

Categories: First Look

Cabana on the Loop's "Apple Caramel Sweetheart" waffle. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Cabana on the Loop (6100 Delmar Boulevard; 314-875-0532) celebrated a grand opening on October 11, serving up a family friendly menu featuring Southern cuisine, breakfast dishes and traditional American-style offerings. The dine-in concept comes from husband-and-wife duo Wendell Bryant and Latoshia Morrow along with chef Nikki Griffin, formerly of the Rib Shack and SoHo.

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The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: October 24 to 26

Halloween in the Central West End last year. | Jon Gitchoff

It's not quite Halloween just yet, but you wouldn't know it if you're going to the Central West End this weekend. You can also celebrate local gardeners with Gateway Greening or meet chef Sean Brock and score a signed copy of his new cookbook, Heritage. Continue on for our food-related recommendations.

See also: Kevin Nashan to Host Chef Sean Brock at the Peacemaker October 25

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