Pearl’s Oyster Bar at Ameristar

St. Louis area seafood fans, put Pearl’s Oyster Bar on your list! Located at Ameristar Casino in St. Charles.

Ameristar has added a new executive chef for the St. Charles casino and has just introduced a new menu at Pearl’s. A recent tasting event featured several items with a distinctive New Orleans influence, including Shrimp and Grits, shown below.

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The new executive chef for Ameristar St. Charles is Chicago native Don Yamauchi who was on hand during my recent visit to Pearl’s Oyster Bar.

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Yamauchi’s honors include having been listed by Food & Wine magazine as one of the “Top Ten New Chefs in America” and being named one of the “Top Five Rising Chefs in America” by the James Beard Foundation.

Pearl’s Oyster Bar offers cornmeal crusted fried oysters in a po’ boy sandwich and as an appetizer. And, of course, they have raw oysters.

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Among my favorite items at Pearl’s were the Lobster Rolls and the Shrimp Po’ Boys, seen below.

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Add Hush Puppies, with remoulade sauce…

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And a bowl of Gumbo…

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And finish up with Key Lime Pie that has a perfect blend of sweet and tart.

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If you’re up for a cocktail, Pearl’s has a cocktail menu that includes concoctions called “Cajun Lemonade,” “Sweet Mother of Pearl,” “Blazing Cyclone” and “Who Dat.” (I’m more of a beer guy—and they have a good variety of beers available.)

The food choices at Pearl’s also include a Filet Mignon Po’ Boy, Live Maine Lobster, New England Clam Chowder and that New Orleans favorite Red Beans and Rice.

Pearl’s Oyster Bar is open Fridays and Saturdays, 5:00 p.m. to midnight and Sundays, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Click HERE for more info.

For info about Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles, click HERE.



Are You Ready For Some Futbol?

The 2014 World Cup kicks off tomorrow (Thursday, June 12) at 3:00 p.m. STL time with host country Brazil facing Croatia.

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Tucanos Brazilian Grill in St. Charles and the St. Louis Ambush are hosting a watch party tomorrow from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The game will be shown on a large projection screen TV and several Ambush players will be on hand to meet and greet soccer fans.

Tucanos will offer an assortment of Brazilian appetizers at half-price, including coxinhas (click HERE for Wikipedia entry on coxinhas) and Brazilian nachos.

An assortment of non-alcoholic Brazilian drinks will be available and, of course, there will be beer!

Tucanos is located at 1520 South 5th Street in St. Charles, just off I-70.





prasino opening today in st. charles

e.e. cummings fans and k.d. lang fans, take note:

The restaurant name is “prasino,” with a lower case “p.”


prasino is located right off I-70 at the 5th street exit. They’re in the same building as the new Tucanos, where the old Noah’s Ark used to be.

prasino is open at 11:00 a.m. each day thru next Monday. Beginning April 30, they’ll open each day at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast.

They’re offering an Earth Dinner (a sustainably sourced Lobster Stuffed Avocado with chili beurre blanc and mango salsa) thru Friday (4/26), with a portion of the proceeds going to Chefs Collaborative.