This Week's Dish: Doughnut Shops Make National List And Area Chefs Make Literary-Inspired Pastries

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Love for doughnuts has been stronger than ever in the area and Grub Street has taken notice by including three St. Louis shops in their list of “101 Amazing American Doughnut Shops With Serious Street Cred” late last week. The Donut Stop in South County was featured for their cinnamon glob—a unique crossbreed pastry with a flaky exterior and chewy center. World’s Fair Donuts in Tower Grove was another historic institution that was mentioned for their popular cake varieties made with sour cream and buttermilk. St. Louis’ next generation of doughnut makers in Maplewood also received a nod for their untraditional collaborations, which put everything from Vietnamese pho to childhood cereals on top of their creations at Strange Donuts.

Image courtesy of Strange Donuts

Image courtesy of Strange Donuts

Bistro 1130 is back in action after almost a two-month hiatus to shift their concept from classic French to a more diverse Mediterranean menu. New executive chef Karim Bouzammour will bring influences from his Moroccan heritage with classic takes on tagines while also extending into other cuisines, such as Spanish, Greek and Italian. Bistro 1130 will debut an updated interior with bright pops of color and a more casual décor. The space will re-open on Feb. 24 and will offer lunch service Tuesday through Friday; dinner Monday through Saturday. 1130 Town & Country Crossing, Town & Country, MO, 636.934.1130.

Words will have a whole new meaning on March 7 when area pastry chefs translate their favorite literary works into the finest sweet treats at the St. Louis Public Library event, “A Taste of Fiction.” Look for cupcakes inspired by “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” from Jilly’s or Piccione Pastry’s devil food cake laced with cayenne pepper to portray the fiery plot in “Faust.” Guests will be welcome to view the 12 pastry displays while enjoying literature-inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $50 per person and proceeds benefit culinary programming at the St. Louis Public Library. 6:30pm to 8:30pm. 1301 Olive St., Downtown, 314.241.2288.

Changes happening this spring at Cherokee Street’s all-encompassing Blank Space will include a new beverage program, renovated second floor and an updated kitchen. Local bartender Joel Clark has joined the Blank Space team to create a diverse list of spirits, beer and wine that will rotate on a regular basis. Owner Kaveh Razani hopes the new kitchen space will allow him to host things like pop-up restaurants and private events. 2847 Cherokee St., Benton Park, 314.300.8831. 

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