Rockin’ At The Biergarten

The A-B Biergarten is hosting Bud Light Happy Hours on the next few Thursday evenings, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with Bud Light drafts and bottles for $2. Plus discount deals on appetizers.

And… live music! Here’s the lineup:

January  14 – Copper Creek Duo
January 21 – The UltraViolets
January 28 – Pure Nectar
February 4- Javier Mendoza
February 11- McCready & Co.


This is a warm weather pic. In the winter, there’s a roof over the Biergarten.

The Biergarten is located at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery on the northeast corner of the campus, with free parking. Enter at 12th and Lynch.

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I can’t guarantee you’ll get to meet a Clydesdale (like I did at an event there last summer), but you never know…


Big Imo’s Sign Going Up!

Imo’s is moving its original 10 feet tall neon sign to 17th and Delmar. It is expected to be installed, atop a 30 feet pole, by 4:00 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, October 21).


The sign will be located between Imo’s new headquarters and a new downtown Imo’s pizza parlor, expected to open in summer 2016. (The sign was previously located at the Hampton and Oakland avenue Imo’s.)

imo logo hori eps.cmykThe location is a block west of City Museum. Click HERE to read Lisa Brown’s Post-Dispatch story from August about Imo’s move of its headquarters and distribution center to downtown.

New Tech: OPER

Order. Pay. Earn. Redeem. That’s what it stands for.

OperOPER is a new St. Louis-based app that lets you set up an account, add money and pay at several area restaurants. Along with convenience, OPER gives users a 5% reward for each dollar spent via OPER.

It allows for mobile ordering and payment at restaurants that feature carryout and delivery.

Among the participating restaurants are Herbie’s Vintage ’72, The Libertine, The Fountain on Locust, Blueberry Hill, Kirkwood Station, Atomic Cowboy, Lucas Park Grille, Molly’s in Soulard, Chris’ Pancakes, Kemoll’s, Evangeline’s and Favazza’s.

Spots like Piccione Pastry, Vincent Van Doughnut, Stone Spiral Coffee and Ices Plain and Fancy are on the OPER list.

OPER_LOGO_NEWPartners David Laiderman and Scott Hunley plan to take OPER beyond St. Louis. Laiderman says, “It was an easy decision to develop and grow OPER in St. Louis before rolling it out in other key market areas..”

The app should be available soon for iPhone and Android. You can learn more about OPER and sign up for notifications about the app’s launch by clicking HERE.

Soused—Vodka and BBQ! Coming July 8

Isn’t it about time that one of the hottest categories in food (BBQ) comes together with one of the hottest categories in drink (vodka)? Yes, it is.

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Capitalist Pig, located at the Mad Art Gallery, 2727 South 12th Street, just north of the A-B brewery, has a big event set for Wednesday, July 8, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sowsed (get it?), a vodka-themed barbecue dinner featuring Cardinal Sin vodka from St. Louis Distillery, will infuse vodka into every aspect of the meal, from smoking to sauces.


Among the menu items  for Sowsed from Capitalist Pig chef Ron Buechele:

  • Barrel-smoked pork and pear with lemon vodka compote. (Smoked over wood from the vodka aging barrels.)
  • Vodka braised smoked brisket with with roasted grapes, carrots and garlic and more (pictured below).

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  • Black bean salad with corn, hominy, red peppers and avocado in a vodka-lime cilantro vinaigrette.
  • Stuffed conchiglie with pork belly bacon and vodka arribiata sauce.
  • Drunken summer vegetables.
  • And… a vodka-infused dessert!

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Of course, the meal will be accompanied by a flight of Cardinal Sin vodka cocktails.

Hot jazz/swing band Miss Jubilee will provide live music.

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But wait, there’s more! Each diner age 21 and over will take home a 375mL bottle of Cardinal Sin Starka.

Cost of the dinner is 49/person and tickets may be purchased from or by clicking HERE.


One more thing: If you’ve never been to the Mad Art Gallery and Capitalist Pig, you should know that the building has a big sign out front that reads “Police.” It’s there for a reason. The building is the former Third District St. Louis Police Station.


BPV Crawfish Fest Saturday (June 20)

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St. Louis’s Ballpark Village will host its 2nd annual Crawfish Fest on Saturday, June 20, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Budweiser Brew House. Two packages are available.

For $25, you get unlimited crawfish, jumbo shrimp, red potatoes, corn on the cob and smoked sausages plus $3 draft Abita Beer specials. (Abita is brewed about 30 miles north of New Orleans.)

For $50, you get all that PLUS early admission at 4:00 p.m, a commemorative Crawfish Fest t-shirt and glass and reserved seating in the Budweiser Brew House Garden.

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BPV will have a thousand pounds of crawfish to boil Saturday, so don’t be timid about going back for seconds.

The very cool North of the Quarter band will provide live music during the event.

For more info, go to

Tequila Dinner at Cantina Laredo!

Cantina Laredo, the new Mexican restaurant in Clayton, is hosting a Tequila Dinner on Wednesday, June 17, 7:00 p.m.

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The three-course meal will feature three different Milagro brand tequilas, selected by Cantina Laredo chef Sean Scott to complement each course.

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Here’s the menu:

1st course: Choice of Ensalada de Mango or Sope de Brisket 

2nd course: Choice of Filet Pasilla served with potato confit and sautéed green beans or Sea Bass Oscar served with a chili lime sauce and asparagus.

3rd course (dessert): A special Dia y Noche flan (a “day and night” chocolate flan).

Cost for the dinner is 49.99. Advance reservations recommended. Call 314-725-2447.

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Cantina Laredo is located at 7710 Forsyth Boulevard in Clayton in the Centene complex.

Cantina Laredo will offer its tequila dinners four times each year: one per season and will feature a different tequila brand at each dinner.


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!