restaurants

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.) […]


Pet Please #109: Having Leftovers After Eating at a Restaurant

Pet Please #109: Having Leftovers After Eating at a Restaurant

One of my favorite things in the world are leftovers. When I was a kid, I used to eat dinner leftovers for breakfast and lunch. As an adult, when I cook, I love to have leftovers because it means I have homecooked food without having to cook again. Amazing. But we all know the best type of […]


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 […]


My Groupon Rule

My Groupon Rule

I’ve written about how much I love daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial; given their success, you probably do to. However, I have one rule about this sites that I want to share, and I want your opinion about it. I think it’s a rule worth following, but I understand if others have different […]


Wingfest 2010

Wingfest 2010

Last weekend, Trevor had people over for Pizzafest 2010–basically, a bunch of people went out during halftime of the Rams game, picked up pizzas from different restaurants, and brought them back to Trev’s place to try. It was a lot of fun, so I decided to host a similar function this week, but with buffalo […]


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 […]


How Is Everything?

What do you say when the waiter or manager at a restaurant comes up to the table and asks, “How is everything?” You know what you say. Regardless of how the food tastes, you say, “It’s great!” You do this for a few reasons: You know it’s the answer that he wants to hear. That […]


Random Restaurant Ideas

Random Restaurant Ideas

A friend of mine is thinking about starting a restaurant. If he goes through with it, I’m sure I’ll be posting about it in the future. Sharing in his excitement has made me look back on some of the restaurant ideas I’ve had over the years–some of these are concepts, parts of restaurants, while others […]


Best. Burger. Ever.

There are a lot of great burgers in St. Louis. O’Connell’s. Seamus McDaniel’s. Hardees. None are better than the Liluma cheeseburger. If you come to St. Louis, get this burger. It’s so good that it didn’t even occur to me to add condiments when I ate one today. Didn’t even think about it. The meat […]


Pet Please #7: The Forgotten Milkshake Phenomenon

I had the pleasure of going to St. Louis’ shining star in the north of the city, Crown Candy Kitchen, on Saturday morning. The place was packed, and many people who were in line before the restaurant even opened were stranded outside for over an hour. As with any olde fashioned candy shoppe, Crown Candy’s […]


Pet Peeve of the Hour

The Pet Peeve: When you call ahead to order a pick-up lunch from a nearby restaurant, wait the alloted time before arriving, and the order isn’t ready when you get there. Call me picky, but that’s the kind of thing that makes me not want to patronize that restaurant in the future. Thanks for ruining […]


Black Thorn Review: Of Mice and Pizza

I had this whole glowing review written in my head even before I arrived at the Black Thorn Pub (St. Louis) on Friday. I’d been there before, so I was fully prepared to rave about their pizza and their shuffleboard table, insist that you go there, and further insist that you share a few slices […]


The Best Restaurant in St. Louis

The best restaurant in St. Louis is Iron Barley. That’s all I really need to write. It’s one of those places that you have to try for yourself, and you’ll never want to eat anywhere else. Iron Barley’s secret is the smoked flavor infused into almost all of their meats. It’s this rich, heavenly flavor […]