Posts Tagged ‘St. Louis’

A Surreal Weekend in St. Louis

A Surreal Weekend in St. Louis

You may have heard that there was turmoil in St. Louis this past weekend. A judge acquitted a white police officer for shooting a black man in 2011. There were protests in a number of places across St. Louis, most of them peaceful, but during several of them, several small businesses were damaged. You can […]


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 […]


Have You Watched a Movie in Concert?

Have You Watched a Movie in Concert?

On Friday I had the great pleasure of watching Raiders of the Lost Ark on the big screen, with the music provided by the St. Louis Symphony. I’m not a musician, so while I enjoy the impact music has on movies, I’m usually not nearly as tuned into that aspect of a film as I […]


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 […]


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 […]


How Much Noise Can You Make in 120 Minutes?

How Much Noise Can You Make in 120 Minutes?

Last Saturday I attended a semi-pro soccer game in St. Louis with a few friends (and my friend’s son, pictured here with me). It was a beautiful night, and over 5,000 fans crowded into the small outdoor stadium to root for the home team. The most impressive thing about the game, though, were the St. […]


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 […]


OPER + GrubGo: The New Postmates?

OPER + GrubGo: The New Postmates?

A few months ago, I wrote about a new food delivery service in St. Louis called Postmates. It’s Uber for restaurant food–you can order from any restaurant, and Postmates will pick it up and deliver it to you for a fee. I continue to use Postmates from time to time, but the delivery fee usually makes the […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Four Days of 100% Geekdom

Four Days of 100% Geekdom

I spent the last four days doing something unique compared to the other 361 days of the year, so I thought I’d talk about it here. A few years ago when I started to get into the board game industry as a publisher and designer, I decided to attend my first convention. I was a […]