Posts Tagged ‘restaurants’

What Part of Your Restaurant Experience Is the Most Likely to Be a Dealbreaker?

What Part of Your Restaurant Experience Is the Most Likely to Be a Dealbreaker?

I want to preface this post with a disclaimer: I worked as a server in two restaurants during summers in college. I took my job quite seriously, as I was contemplating opening a restaurant after I graduated. Because of that experience, I have a huge amount of empathy for servers, and I try not to […]


Outward-Facing Lifehack #3

Outward-Facing Lifehack #3

Quite some time ago, I posted a few blog entries about tiny things I can do that can make someone else’s job much easier. The last one I posted was about how to position your knife on a plate at a restaurant, and I have another server-focused lifehack today. Have you ever been at a […]


What’s the Best Bakery You’ve Even Eaten Your Way Through?

What's the Best Bakery You've Even Eaten Your Way Through?

“One of everything, please.” I came pretty close to saying that when I recently visited Nathaniel Reid Bakery per the recommendations of a few friends and the best food blog in St. Louis. When you walk in, you’re greeted with an impressive array of pastries and smells in the air to indicate that they really […]


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 […]