Monthly Archives: November 2012

Hendricks BBQ

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Cathedral Square Brewery

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Moonshine Blues Bar

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Sanctuaria

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Diablitos Cantina

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About Café Ventana

Café Ventana brings to Saint Louis the look and feel of a French Quarter bistro while offering deliciously comfortable foods. From French style beignets to incredible locally roasted coffee to delectable sandwiches, salads and soups, dining at Café Ventana is truly a culinary experience. Our irresistible beignets are made fresh to order using our hand-crafted recipe, bringing everyone’s favorite New Orleans treat directly to the heart of St. Louis… and we’re always happy to offer a sample! We’re proud to serve the freshest cup of coffee in the city.  Small batches are professionally roasted twice a week by our favorite

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I don’t know, where do you want to go?

A shiny new cafe has opened next door to my esteemed University. Julie and I gathered there with a couple of our friends last weekend. Free wi-fi, of course. I give it good marks on its pastries, beverages, and overall decor, lower marks on its air conditioning (way too cold) and on its wooden chairs (too small and hard). Next time we’re bringing an extension cord and making ourselves comfy in the big easy chairs in the corner. Read full story here.  

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Kitchen Q&A: Christopher Lee

In a time when restaurants are closing faster than a screen door in a windstorm, Christopher Lee is opening two in the same year. What does he know that the rest of the cognoscenti don’t? How will he avoid becoming another ugly restaurant statistic? Is he a pie-eyed sophomore restaurateur with crazy dreams or a talented young chef with visionary ideas and a good investor? One look at the ultra-cozy side patio at his just opened New Orleans–themed Café Ventana suggests the latter. SLM sat down with him just to make sure. Read full story here.

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St. Louis Eats and Drinks With Joe and Ann Pollack

Café Ventana’s web site talks about it as having a French Quarter style. And that’s not just because beignets are available — oh yes, and excellent, too. Located on the first floor of an old house (although happily wheelchair accessible) just west of the St. Louis U. campus, it has an easy-going feel that fits well with its architectural charm. On the outside, in front, alongside and behind, there are separate seating areas. The warm, friendly dining room has tables and chairs, but also counters and arm chairs and a fireplace that offer relaxing options for the frantic and the

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The Food of Iron Fork

The Cuban wrap, with Cobb smoked ham and carnitas, grilled in a tomato wrap with gruyere cheese, dill pickle and dijon, from Café Ventana.

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