Posts Tagged ‘restaurants’

For Restaurant Food, What Is Your Desired Ratio of Known to New?

For Restaurant Food, What Is Your Desired Ratio of Known to New?

I had a few delicious meals/desserts at restaurants this past weekend–including Louie, Clementine’s, St. Louis Coffee House and Creperie, and Nudo House, in case you’re in St. Louis–and a question arose in several conversations: For restaurant food, what is your desired ratio of known to new? That is, when you eat at a restaurant, how […]


Have You Eaten an Impossible Burger?

Have You Eaten an Impossible Burger?

I love the idea of alternative, sustainable sources of food. That’s why I’ve been fascinated by things like cricket flour over the last few years. I’m an omnivore, and I can’t deny that I enjoy the taste of chicken, fish, beef, turkey, etc, but I worry about their impact on the environment (and on my […]


Have You Ever Eaten Rolled Ice Cream?

Have You Ever Eaten Rolled Ice Cream?

I’m writing this while my belly is still full of ice cream. Tonight I ate a new-to-me dessert. Some friends recently discovered a place called Snow Factory near where I live in St. Louis, so we made a trip there to see if their ice cream was as delicious as it looked on YouTube. The […]


What’s the Most Outlandish Burger You’ve Ever Eaten?

What's the Most Outlandish Burger You've Ever Eaten?

I’ve learned something new about myself this year: I love outlandish burgers. I mostly have Hi Pointe Drive Thru to blame, as they create a unique burger every day (my favorite so far is a Korean-inspired burger on a bao bun). But Hi Pointe has competition from Layla for the best burger in St. Louis, […]


Pet Peeve #68: When Restaurants Don’t Update Their Online Menus

Pet Peeve #68: When Restaurants Don't Update Their Online Menus

I rarely post pet peeves anymore, as I’d much rather talk about things I love or am fascinated by than things that annoy me, but I’m going to make an exception for this one. Recently I visited not one, but two restaurants over the course of a few weeks where the online menus–like, the official […]


Have You Ever Ordered One of Everything?

Have You Ever Ordered One of Everything?

Every now and then, I read the menu at a new-to-me restaurant menu (like the amazing St. Louis restaurants on this list) and think, “Everything looks so good! How can I possibly choose?” Usually this results in me picking something and being pretty happy with it, but slightly coveting the dish a friend ordered. It […]


How Do You Like Your Eggs?

How Do You Like Your Eggs?

A few weeks ago I learned something about eggs. I’m not a big egg eater. If you put some eggs on my plate, I would eat them, but I wouldn’t seek them out. I don’t get excited about them. There is one exception, but I’ll get to that in a minute. A few weeks ago […]


I May Have Solved Brunch

I May Have Solved Brunch

Let’s be clear: Brunch doesn’t need fixing. It’s a hearty breakfast, but served around lunchtime. I love it. However, I’ve found a small issue with brunch. My body wants savory for sustenance and nutrients, but my mind wants sweet. As a result, I’m always faced with a conundrum at brunch: Do I get a savory […]


Have You Ever Eaten Vegan?

Have You Ever Eaten Vegan?

Years ago, I was dating a woman who was Coptic Orthodox. Part of her religious tradition was to go vegan for about a week each year, and she asked/told me to do it with her. So I did. All I can remember from the experience was (a) I was hungry all the time and (b) […]


Why Is Finding a Hair in Your Food so Disturbing?

Why Is Finding a Hair in Your Food so Disturbing?

A few weeks ago, I was cheerfully chowing down on some leftover Korean food when it happened: I picked up a chunk of rice, only to find a long, black hair protruding from it. My stomach dropped. There was something about that hair, pieces of rice stuck to the strand, that made me lose my […]


Have You Tried a Self-Pour Bar?

Have You Tried a Self-Pour Bar?

It’s a rare occasion that I go to a bar or brewery, but when I do, one of my favorite things is to try a flight of beer. I like to try a lot of different options in small doses. So when a few friends mentioned that they were going to check out a place […]


A Few Random Thoughts About Food

A Few Random Thoughts About Food

For the longest time, I bemoaned the fact that St. Louis didn’t have any ramen restaurants. I loved eating different types of ramen when I lived in Japan. But then, in the span of 18 months, 4 different ramen restaurants sprang up within 15 minutes of my house. I’m spoiled by all the options. I […]


Put a Taco on It

Put a Taco on It

Some people want bacon on everything. Others want coffee or an egg. Me? I’ve discovered that I want a taco salad on all foods. It started a few months ago when I heard that a new burger place, Hi-Pointe Drive-Thru, had a taco burger on their menu. It awoke something deep inside of me that […]


A Brilliant Innovation in Tableside Service

A Brilliant Innovation in Tableside Service

I worked as a server at the Olive Garden and a local restaurant in Virginia during two college summers. I quickly learned that every guest wants a different level of attention, and that level might change throughout the meal. Too often I erred on the side of giving too much attention. Recently I wrote about […]


What’s Your Favorite Style of Pizza

What's Your Favorite Style of Pizza

I’m asking really hard-hitting questions this week, aren’t I? Sandwiches, silly dances, Netflix, pizza…what is this, The Atlantic Monthly? In short, I ate pizza today–really good pizza–so it’s on my mind, especially since I resisted eating the leftovers for dinner. I don’t like to eat the same thing for lunch and dinner. The pizza I […]


What’s the Best Sandwich You’ve Ever Eaten?

What's the Best Sandwich You've Ever Eaten?

I had an incredibly luck streak of delicious¬†sandwiches this week. It started with The Gramophone on Tuesday. I took a gamble and tried one of their specials, a taco salad sandwich on toasted sesame bread. It was everything I’ve ever wanted in a taco dressed up as a sandwich. On Wednesday I went to lunch […]


Put a Waffle on It

Put a Waffle on It

I’ve theorized on this blog that The Rock makes every movie better. I’m starting to think that waffles have the same impact on food. I grew up in the south (Virginia), but for some reason I wasn’t exposed to chicken and waffles until a few years ago. I’ve been hooked every since. It may sound […]


Pet Please #138: Big Straws

Pet Please #138: Big Straws

Earlier this week I tried out a new restaurant here in St. Louis called the Hi-Pointe Drive-In. It’s a bustling venue with a variety of interesting burgers and milkshakes. I wouldn’t normally get a milkshake for lunch, but I decided to splurge a little and go for a chocolate shake. To my delight, it had […]


Have You Tried Real Japanese Ramen?

Have You Tried Real Japanese Ramen?

11 months ago, I discovered a portal to Japan in St. Louis called Robata. Robata serves delicious ramen, sushi, and other Japanese cuisine. It’s fantastic. Well, I’ve discovered another portal: Midtown Sushi and Ramen. I went there on a whim a few weeks ago after hearing that it was pretty good. The first thing I […]


Do You Ever Crave Very Specific Foods?

Do You Ever Crave Very Specific Foods?

At 11:18 am this morning, I was hit with an intense craving for crispy fried chicken on a biscuit with pickles and some kind of cheese or sauce. I displayed a little bit of discipline. By that I mean I didn’t immediately run out of the house to grab the nearest chicken and fry it. […]


Do You Get Hangry?

Do You Get Hangry?

Hangry. Hungry-angry. Getting grumpy or cranky when you haven’t eaten a regular meal. Does this happen to you? Today I went with a group of friends to a fried chicken festival in St. Louis. Fried chicken is one of my all-time favorite foods, and all of the best St. Louis restaurant were to be featured […]


What Do You Remember About the Restaurant?

What Do You Remember About the Restaurant?

I don’t go out to eat all that often, but I had the pleasure of joining a few friends at Modesto on Saturday for tapas. It was a lovely evening filled with nearly a dozen shared dishes, some delicious drinks, and interesting conversation. One of the topics we discussed was memory; specifically, what we remember […]


How Did You Celebrate 4/20?

How Did You Celebrate 4/20?

April 20th isn’t a date that ever occurs to me as something special, as I don’t smoke¬†marijuana. But sometimes when other people are celebrating a special occasion, I like to join in the excitement. That’s what happened today. (And no, I didn’t do anything illegal that I’m aware of.) I was out at lunch at […]


Have You Ever Ordered Off the Menu?

Have You Ever Ordered Off the Menu?

“Off the menu” is such a weird phrase. Colloquially it sounds like you’re doing a normal thing: Looking at the menu and ordering off of it. But when people use that phrase–including me today–we mean that you ask for a dish that isn’t on the menu. A friend recently shared an article about a guy […]