Posts Tagged ‘restaurants’

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 smokeĀ 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 […]


The Best Fried Chicken This Side of the Mississippi

The Best Fried Chicken This Side of the Mississippi

On Saturday I ate the best fried chicken this side of the Mississippi. Sidenote: Why is it a thing that the Mississippi still delineates the US for comparisons? Is it relevant? Does something happen when you cross over the river? It’s not like there are any competitions between people on one side of the river […]


Have You Been to a Cat Cafe?

Have You Been to a Cat Cafe?

I recently learned that St. Louis is getting its very first cat cafe, the astutely named Mauhaus. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a cat cafe is a cafe that serves drinks and sometimes food…and there are cats everywhere. The cafe provides the cats. I’m very curious about Mauhaus, and I’ll definitely check it out. […]


There Is a Portal to Japan Somewhere in St. Louis, and I Know Where to Find It

There Is a Portal to Japan Somewhere in St. Louis, and I Know Where to Find It

On Friday night, I traveled thousands of miles in less than a second. No drugs were involved. A few days before that, I happened to drive past a new, unfamiliar restaurant called Robata in Maplewood, Missouri. The sign out front advertised sushi, ramen, and yakitori. Ramen? What’s this? When I studied abroad in Japan, ramen […]


Korean BBQ and Mondays

Korean BBQ and Mondays

A few days ago I experienced a new style of restaurant at Seoul Q in St. Louis: Korean BBQ. The concept of Korean BBQ is that you cook your food on a grill built into the table. I’ve experienced something like this (yakiniku) in Japan, but there were some big differences. The yakiniku I ate […]


The Kangaroo Burger

The Kangaroo Burger

I’ve eaten a lot of odd things in my life, but up until Friday, I had never eaten kangaroo. That includes a trip to Australia 10 years ago when I ate emu and crocodile, but not kangaroo. Then came the BBQ Saloon in St. Louis. I recently read a review about this new restaurant that […]


Where Do You Look When Learning About a Restaurant?

Where Do You Look When Learning About a Restaurant?

I’m meeting up with a friend for lunch tomorrow, and we were discussing where to eat. A few restaurant came up that we’ve heard of but never tried. Usually when this happens, I go through a two-step process: I search for reviews about the restaurant. Usually this involves me looking on Sauce Magazine’s website (it’s […]


One of the Best Dining Experiences of My Life: Dim Sum

One of the Best Dining Experiences of My Life: Dim Sum

This past Saturday, I ate dim sum, and it was ridiculously awesome. From what I understand, “dim sum” is a Chinese word that roughly translates to, “We keep bringing you small plates of Chinese food until you burst, and then we bring more.” I was invited to the dim sum experience with 7 other people […]


The Great Cocoa Shortage of ’15

The Great Cocoa Shortage of '15

A few weeks ago I caught wind that Jeni’s Ice Cream had opened in St. Louis. I was introduced to Jeni’s a few years ago by a woman I was dating. At the time, it was only available in a few grocery stores in St. Louis, and it stood out for its $10 price per […]


The Mystery and Shock of Market Price

The Mystery and Shock of Market Price

Today I learned an important lesson about market price. And lobsters. For the last few months I’ve heard several people rave about a restaurant in St. Louis called Peacemaker that specializes in upper East Coast seafood…and lobster rolls. I was particularly curious about the lobster rolls, especially after several friends talked about how amazing they […]


The Decadence of Eggs Benedict

The Decadence of Eggs Benedict

I’ve eaten eggs benedict twice in my life. The first time was 15 years ago. The second was today. It was worth the wait. Back in the year 2000, I flew up to Chicago with my sophomore-year girlfriend to spend more time with her before heading home for the summer. During the trip, I went […]


The Porknado

The Porknado

If someone told you that you could eat a sandwich that looked like “a tornado of meat,” are you really going to turn down that opportunity? This is the situation I was presented with at my first visit to Sugarfire Smokehouse in St. Louis last week. The menu is chock full of items I’ve never […]


My Bucket-List Taverns

My Bucket-List Taverns

Geek & Sundry recently posted a list of the 15 Geekiest Bars in the World. As I scrolled through the list, a few captured my attention and imagination. I want to go there, drink butter beer, and play games. Here are my top three: 3. Safe House in Milwaukee, WI The thing I really like […]


Is It OK for You to Bring Your Own Dessert (Not Birthday Cake) to a Restaurant and Eat It at the Table?

Is It OK for You to Bring Your Own Dessert (Not Birthday Cake) to a Restaurant and Eat It at the Table?

A friend of mine who owns a restaurant posted this question on Facebook yesterday. I don’t know the full context of it, but I was fascinated that it was even a question, because the answer to me is so clearly “no.” However, my guess is that my friend has seen guests do this at his […]


You Must Pay for Your Meal

You Must Pay for Your Meal

Today I was looking over the lunch menu at a local Mexican restaurant, and I noticed something unusual taped to the front of the menu. It was a piece of paper that said (this isn’t an exact quote): “You MUST pay for your meal.” (It said a few other things, but that’s the key part.) […]


Turn Off Your Phone, Get a 50% Discount

Turn Off Your Phone, Get a 50% Discount

The other day I was posting on a board game forum about my latest game, and one of the comments evolved into a discussion of player habits at the table. One of the people in the discussion said they have a house rule that bans players from looking at their phones at the table during […]


The Trendiest Bar in the World

The Trendiest Bar in the World

Today’s guest post is brought to you by my best friend, Trevor, who recently visited the trendiest bar in the world. Last week I had a chance to visit San Diego for the first time. I was there for a conference, but I also got to take in what the city had to offer, particularly […]


The Best Food in St. Louis

Having lived in St. Louis for over 10 years, I’ve developed intimate relationships with specific restaurants and food selections. Thus I present to you my Best of St. Louis list. Bookmark this page if you ever decide to visit St. Louis, and comment below if you disagree or have something to add. I’ve listed these […]