The Dish: 12 Deliciously Interesting Things Happening This Week in St. Louis Dining
Mon., July 8: Entrepreneurs Jerome and Cathy Jenkins made their debut into the restaurant world with Cathy’s Kitchen, a diner-style restaurant in downtown Ferguson with an eclectic menu. After a cross-country research trip, the Jenkinses curated a list of offerings that represents the best of American cuisine. Look for New Mexico-style fish tacos as well as deep-dish pizza and cornmeal-crusted fried shrimp with hot sauce, two favorites from their travels to nearby Chicago.
250 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, 314.524.9200, facebook.com/CathysKitchenrestaurant
Mon., July 8: One of St. Louis’ favorite bakeshops has expanded. Caife Caife by Colleen’s Cookies opened last week, offering small-batch coffee and sweet and savory pastries to complement the shop’s signature cookies. The new coffee cafe (which, btw, is what “caife caife” means in Gaelic, as well as how you pronounce the name) is an extension of the existing cookie shop, bringing with it more seating and menu options. Over the next month, look for lunch options to appear, as well as expanded sweets and treats.
7337 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.727.8427, colleenscookies.com
Fri., July 12: Ellisville is the scene of the newest microbrew mecca in town, The Crafty Chameleon Bar. This craft brew-centric pub, located in the Dierbergs Plaza at Clarkson and Clayton roads, will feature 40 microbrews on tap–half will be Missouri beers–and another 300 in bottles and cans. As is the trend with this brand of establishment, there is no food menu, but patrons are encouraged to bring in their own. In fact, neighboring Windowsills Cafe & Marketplace will deliver their delectable housemade barbecue right to your table.
1384 Clarkson Clayton Center, Ellisville, 636.220.9144, craftychameleonbar.com
Fri., July 12: It was a big weekend for beer, as the beloved International Tap House opened its third location in the Central West End, offering 60 beers on tap and hundreds of brews by the bottle. The inaugural keg tapped at the new location was New Haven, Mo.-based 2nd Shift Brewing‘s Katy, an oak-barrel-aged American Brett beer. Look for the fourth I-Tap location to open in Colombia, Mo., in August.
16 S. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.4827, internationaltaphouse.com
Mon., July 15: Today is opening day for chef Nate Bonner‘s most recent project, NHB KnifeWorks, a cutlery shop in Tower Grove. Bonner is best known for his lively and delicious cooking classes, but after using his handcrafted knives ourselves, we think he’ll soon be known as St. Louis’ premier knife maker. The shop will feature his unique designs that include, of course, cutlery, but also handcrafted pens, bottle stoppers, salt bowls and salt and pepper mills, with French-style rolling pins to come. And mark your calendars for his official grand opening event on Sun., Sept. 29, featuring live music and food and beverages from Kitchen Kulture, Civil Life Brewing Co. and Charleville Brewing Co.
4159 Beck Ave., Tower Grove, 314.825.5398, nhbknifeworks.com
It’s blackberry season at Eckert’s. Head to Belleville soon to pick your own blackberries from their new rotating trellis system at only $3 per pound. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to noon; Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Eckert’s, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville, Ill., 618.233.0513, eckerts.com
Summer seasonal beers are on the scene, with a few interesting newcomers to check out. Last week 4 Hands Brewing Co. released their Prussia Berliner Weiss, a tart wheat session beer with 3.5 percent ABV. (Look for their sequel, Ruby Red Prussia, to be released in August. This mouthwatering brew will have ruby red grapefruit juice added during the fermentation process.) And Charleville Brewing just added their Explicit IPA to store shelves and bar menus as well. Made with Cascade and Centennial hops, this bold brew comes in at 35 IBU and 5.4 percent ABV. Bottoms up!
Happy 10th anniversary to Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream in Webster Groves! The shop kicked off its week-long celebration today by debuting a customer-driven creation and naming of a new flavor. Caramel Decade-ance, named by customer Jennifer Valier Drury, is salty caramel ice cream with chocolate-covered caramel cups. On select days this week, the ice cream shop will donate 10 percent of all sales to local charities, including Operation Food Search (Tue.), Food Outreach (Wed.) and Gateway to Hope (Thu.). And this weekend will celebrate the shop’s birthday, as well as National Ice Cream Day, with live music, games, giveaways and more.
8130 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314.962.2700, serendipity-icecream.com
Head to MX Movies on Thu., July 18, for a special screening of CRAFTING A NATION, a documentary on American craft beer and the economic revitalization of small business. Filmed here in St. Louis, you’ll recognize personalities from Schlafly, Urban Chestnut and more. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased here. And be sure to hang around for the post-screening party at Pi with the filmmakers.
Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant may have come up with their most inspired pairing yet: their scrumptious Spanish small plates and soccer. Every time you dine or drink at the restaurant between now and Aug. 5, you’ll be entered to win two tickets to the Real Madrid vs. Inter Milan soccer match at Edward Jones Dome on Aug. 10, and a complementary dinner for two at Modesto after the game. The package is valued at $330, and the clock is ticking. Stop in today. And tomorrow. And the next day…
5257 Shaw Ave., The Hill, 314.772.8272, modestotapas.com
Teams have been announced for the St. Louis leg of Chochon 555, an esteemed nationwide touring barbecue competition in which each team is tasked with using an entire heritage-breed pig to create six distinct dishes. Four meat dishes must meet the dish criteria of bone, meat, pull and stew. The two side dish categories are simply mayo and mustard. Team captains are Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus, Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Café, Gerard Craft of Craft Restaurants Ltd. and Fabrizio Schenardi of the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis .This year’s event will be hosted by Four Seasons St. Louis on Sun. Aug. 25. Tickets go fast, so get in line fast. VIP tickets are $200 per person and general admission is $125. Both can be purchased here.
With its first successful year under its belt, The Kitchen Sink has announced it will be moving and expanding later this year. The compact Cajun/Creole diner in the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood will move a few blocks east to 255 Union Ave., where it will triple its seating capacity and feature two dining patios. It will also expand its menu to include seafood, vegetarian options and alcoholic beverages. It will keep its late-night diner theme, staying open until 1:30a.m. daily.