Pedal Pub Attacked In Minneapolis

In 2009, my family and I visited the Twin Cities and had fish and chips at Brit’s Pub on Nicollet Mall. That’s not far from where Mary Tyler Moore famously threw her hat into the air in the opening of her 70s TV show.

Sidewalk dining on the downtown Minneapolis mall is nice because the only vehicles allowed thru the mall are busses. And the Pedal Pub, a cool way for a group to go bar-hopping. The folks who rode past us that evening all appeared to be having a fun time. Here are a couple of photos I took.

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This past Saturday, there were attacks on Pedal Pubs in Minneapolis by folks with water balloons and water guns. And one group of Pedal Pubs riders was made up of off-duty cops who confronted the attackers. Here’s video:

Why would people want to mess with folks who are just out for a fun time on a Pedal Pub bike? An article posted yesterday by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune points out: When there’s a Facebook page called “I Hate the Pedal Pub,” with more than 4,000 “likes,” it can embolden people to act in ways they never might have before. Read the full article by clicking HERE.

A Pedal Pub partner was quoted in today’s Wall Street Journal saying: “This would’ve probably flown under the radar forever” if there hadn’t been police on the bikes. Read the WSJ article by clicking HERE.

Here in STL, we have the St. Louis Bar Cycle which runs pub crawl rides around the Soulard neighborhood. Click HERE for their website and HERE for their Facebook page.

One would think that there would be a market for more such vehicles around metro St. Louis in neighborhoods that have a concentration of eating/drinking establishments. The Loop? Maplewood? CWE? South Grand?

Sounds like big fun to me. Just keep an eye out for guys with Super Soakers and water balloons.

Waino, These Are Bueno

Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright posted these words on his Twitter account (@UncleCharlie50) Sunday night:

Making the most of my DL time. Enjoying stl’s sneaky great restaurant scene! Tonight, @vindeset Wow! Last wk Stone Soup Cottage! Any Rec’s?

As a matter of fact, Adam, I do have a few suggestions! (FULL DISCLOSURE: Some of the places listed below are past or present PR/Social Media clients, but my comments here are from a diner’s perspective not that of a consultant. If that’s possible.)

I know that you get to visit America’s great restaurant cities like San Francisco, New York, Chicago, etc. every season. I’d guess that you have visited all sorts of places from the funky joints to the exclusive high-end restaurants.

You are known to be a fan of Pappy’s BBQ here in St. Louis. I’ve heard that you’ve been known to visit Bogart’s as well.

You mentioned Vin de Set and Stone Soup Cottage in your tweet. Both work hard to make the entire customer experience memorable, just as much as they focus on their food and drink.

Since you like those, I’d recommend Paul and Wendy Hamilton’s sister restaurant to Vin de Set, 1111 Mississippi which has a different feel and a different menu, but a similar pronounced emphasis on great service. The Crossing in Clayton also delivers wonderful service and great food. Because The Crossing is a smaller place—though not as small as Stone Soup—the kitchen and serving team are able to match your particular wants and needs.

Another fine dining experience I’d recommend is Cielo at the Four Seasons Hotel. As you likely know from your travels, some hotel restaurants are good and some are embarrassingly bad. Cielo is top-notch.

During the 90’s my wife and I dined many times at Cardwell’s At The Plaza at Plaza Frontenac. Not sure why we haven’t gone there in a long while, but our meals there were always enjoyable. (Plus we sat right next to Big Mac once in ’99 but we didn’t bother him.)

Haven’t been to Annie Gunn’s in the valley in a few years either, but dinners there were very good and chef Lou Rook, Jr. is a good guy.

Since you are a Georgia native, you’d likely enjoy the food at Highway 61 Roadhouse in Webster. They feature favorite foods from New Orleans, Memphis and St. Louis. I recommend the Smothered Catfish. And you must try their Mac’n’Cheese.

In the BBQ realm, for pulled pork, try Super Smokers in Eureka. Your BBQ buddies Mike Emerson and Skip Steele both worked with Super Smokers’ Terry Black back in the day. The pulled pork is always smoky and tender and comes un-sauced, as I prefer. A good assortment of sauces is available.

Like burgers? 5 Star Burgers in Clayton and Kirkwood is a new favorite. Seamus McDaniel’s in Dogtown never disappoints. And I’ve always enjoyed my burgers at P.J.’s Tavern in Kirkwood.

Enjoy the St. Louis dining scene during your time on the DL! And be sure to share your impressions of local restaurants on Twitter. We’ll be following. I hope your rehab goes smoothly and that you’ll be back on the mound for the Cardinals in great form in 2016.















Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin With Glayva Whiskey Glaze by Alastair Nisbet

Here is the latest video from STL’s Alastair Nisbet from The Scottish Arms and The Shaved Duck restaurants, just posted this week.

The series of Scottish cooking videos, produced by St. Louis’s Elasticity agency, will be posted monthly through the end of the year. They are featured online at

For more info about Alastair Nisbet, including photos and audio clips, scroll down to the April 28 post.

Mother’s Day—Take Your Mom Out To Eat!

Yes, Mother’s Day is a busy day for restaurants. But if you make a reservation and show up on time, you should be able to be seated and served promptly.

Tons of spots around St. Louis are offering Mother’s Day brunches. Here’s a list compiled from my inbox and my Twitter feed. It includes a few obvious spots (Four Seasons, e.g.) and some you may not have considered (Frazer’s, e.g.).

You should note: Some brunches are buffets. Others are not. Here are a few you might like to know about…

Flemings on Lindbergh has a 3-course brunch featuring appetizer, entrée and dessert for 39.95. (The Baked Brioche French Toast, pictured, is one of the entrée choices.)

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Plus all moms receive a 25-dollar gift card for a future visit.


Tenacious Eats at 3117 Olive combines a 5-course meal (+ 5 special cocktails) with a movie! For Mother’s Day, the film is The Help. All moms receive a corsage and complimentary Mimosa on arrival. (And, yes, dessert will be chocolate pie!)

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. First course and first reel are at 11:00 a.m. Cost is 65.00 advance. (85.00 at the door.)


Eleven Eleven Mississippi is offering a 3-course prix-fixe Mother’s Day lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for 28.99 (+ tax and tip).

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Cielo at the Four Seasons Hotel has a Mother’s Day Brunch with bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Cost is 90.00 (35. for kids 5-12). It features 70 items and action stations.

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Robust Wine Bar at the MX Downtown (635 Washington) will feature an a la carte menu starting at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Click HERE to view the menu and get more info.


Highway 61 Roadhouse in Webster Groves begins its Mother’s Day Brunch at 9:00 a.m. with last seating at 2:30 p.m. Cost is 16.99.

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The Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton has a Mother’s Day brunch buffet that runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost is 89.00. (44.50 for ages 5-12.)


Frazer’s at 1811 Pestalozzi, just across I-55 from the brewery will serve Mother’s Day brunch 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Remember your mom (and all the other moms in your family) and remember to make reservations!





Alastair Nisbet Brings Scotland And Its Food to St. Louis and The World

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Alastair Nisbet, owner of The Scottish Arms restaurant and bar in St. Louis, is starring in a series of videos celebrating the food of Scotland. (2015 is the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland.) Here’s the first video:

Nisbet spoke recently about why he came to the U.S. from Scotland and the work he did in St. Louis before opening The Scottish Arms a decade ago. (Audio runs 2:54)


Alastair points to his hometown of Aberdeen on the map of Scotland he proudly displays at The Scottish Arms.

How was Alastair chosen to do the videos? (Audio runs 3:55)

Here’s Alastair’s April video in which he prepares Scottish Salmon:

Alastair has another restaurant and bar in St. Louis called The Shaved Duck, featuring a totally American type of cooking. He explained how the place got its name. (Audio runs 2:26)

The bar at The Scottish Arms is well stocked.

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There have been changes in the beer selection at The Scottish Arms in recent times. (Audio runs 2:00)

Be sure to bookmark the website and look for Alastair’s videos each month.

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The Scottish Arms is located at 8 South Sarah Street, just north of Forest Park Avenue (and just a hop, skip and jump from the new IKEA store).

The Shaved Duck is located at 2900 Virginia at Pestalozzi in Tower Grove East.

Sample QuikTrip’s Breakfast Pizza

Leftover pizza is a classic breakfast food. Though often found in same cardboard package it came in the night before, it can provide you with that needed morning fuel, even if it is a bit stale.

You may have wondered why nobody offers a breakfast pizza, made fresh each morning. Well, now, Quiktrip does just that. They’ve had decent grab’n’go food for years. Recently they introduced their QT Kitchens in many of their locations, with a variety of foods prepared to order from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Click HERE for a post from last summer that can tell you more.)

Slice of QuikTrip Breakfast Pizza

And now, QT has breakfast pizza with egg, sausage, bacon and cheese. Cost is $2.99 per slice or $5 for 2.

Watch this video for more info:

And here is the sampling schedule for free tastings of QT’s Breakfast Pizza over the next few weeks. Sampling will occur at listed locations from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Monday, April 27, 2015 676 10768 W Florissant Ave
St. Louis, MO 63136
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 628 2791 Dunn Rd
St. Louis, MO 63136
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 605 10845 Lilac Ave
St. Louis, MO 63137
Thursday, April 30, 2015 688 3120 Nameoki Rd
Granite City, IL 62040
Friday, May 01, 2015 694 2490 Troy Rd
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Monday, May 04, 2015 639 11802 Lusher Road
St. Louis, MO 63138
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 698 2809 Godfrey Rd
Godfrey, IL 62035
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 695 605 W Bethalto Dr
Bethalto, IL 62010
Thursday, May 07, 2015 670 2105 N Hwy 67
Florissant, MO 63033
Friday, May 08, 2015 627 150 Howdershell Rd
Florissant, MO 63031
Monday, May 11, 2015 686 755 S Belt W
Belleville, IL 62220
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 690 1800 Lebanon
Belleville, Illinois 62220
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 674 4435 Telegraph Rd
St Louis, Missouri 63129
Thursday, May 14, 2015 633 3475 Lemay Ferry Rd
St. Louis, MO 63125
Friday, May 15, 2015 649 6312 S Lindbergh Blvd
Green Park, MO 63123
Monday, May 18, 2015 657 1150 Feise Rd
Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 619 4646 S St Peters Pkwy
St Peters, MO 63304
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 660 1500 Zumbehl Rd
St Charles, MO 63303
Thursday, May 21, 2015 673 2260 1st Capitol Dr
St Charles, MO 63301
Friday, May 22, 2015 602 1640 S 5th St
St Charles, MO 63303
Monday, May 25, 2015 659 12700 St Charles Rock Rd
Bridgeton, MO 63044
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 664 11444 St Charles Rock Rd
Bridgeton, MO 63044
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 635 10111 St Charles Rock Rd
Breckenridge Hills, MO 63114
Thursday, May 28, 2015 614 10793 Page Ave
St. Louis, MO 63132
Friday, May 29, 2015 622 11829 Lackland Road
Maryland Heights, MO 63146

Okay, one more TV spot for the breakfast pizza. This one is pretty funny!

Opera Tastings


Look, I know opera is weird to many people. Maybe better words would be different, exotic, unknown. Kind of like green vegetables were to me when I was a kid. I now love green veggies and I think opera is okay, too. Which is why this is such a cool idea.

Opera Theatre of St. Louis is partnering with several local food/beverage venues for Opera Tastings. These are hourlong events which will offer a sampling of opera performances, along with wine samples and small bites. All for just $10.


The lineup:

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. at Herbie’s, 405 N. Euclid in the CWE.

Friday, March 27, 7:00 p.m. at Moulin Events, 2017 Choteau in Lafayette Square.

Saturday, March 28, 7:00 The Dark Room, 615 N. Grand in Grand Center.

Of course, each of these venues invites you to stick around and enjoy drinks and dinner afterward.

If you’d like more information about this week’s Opera Tastings, call Opera Theatre of St. Louis at 314-961-0171.