This Week's Dish: Half & Half Gets New Menu Additions

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Mike Randolph’s brunch eatery, Half & Half, is getting some tasty updates this week. With the help of chef de cuisine Dale Beauchamp, the Clayton breakfast and lunch spot worked to bring several “weekly specials” from the past and brought them to full-time menu regulars.

S'mores French Toast at Half & Half | Photo by Katlyn Moncada

S’mores French Toast at Half & Half | Photo by Katlyn Moncada

All the menu favorites are not going anywhere, but expect to see sweeter items like s’mores French toast or Tess’ French toast—which is named for Randolph’s younger daughter since his daughter Clara already has a popular menu item named for her—that is covered in a tangy lemon curd and blueberries. For the savory breakfast items, look for starters like avocado toast and breakfast fried rice that features sausage, egg, jalapeño and pineapple. Breakfast sushi, a bacon-wrapped sushi-style roll stuffed with potatoes and eggs is for the early diners as Beauchamp and crew will only fill a limited amount of orders on weekends only. Lunch goers can try out a steak salad with blue cheese vinaigrette or a Nashville-style hot fried chicken sandwich. The new menu additions begin Thursday, April 14. 8133 Maryland Ave., Clayton

If you’re a fan of strawberries, you’re going to want to check out Ices Plain & Fancy this month for the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. The nitro ice cream joint drove drove 600 miles for the fresh strawberries that will be used in frozen treats with them while supplies last from April 13-24. Try the strawberry nitro ice cream, strawberry nitro sorbet and Strawberry Celebration (chiffon cake, fresh and macerated strawberries and strawberry whipped cream). For the adults guests, there’s a Ponchatoula Sunrise made with tequila, jalapeno and strawberry as well as strawberry daiquiri and green strawberry margaritas. 2256 S. 39th St., Shaw

April 16: If you’re from STL, you probably remember Crestwood Mall. The now-shuttered space is getting transformed into a new housing and commercial property, but before it goes the city is having a Food Truck Party in the plaza. Starting at 11am, enjoy food from 26 food trucks, listen to live music and bid farewell to the old mall. 109 Crestwood Plaza, Crestwood

April 17: Eat for a cause on Sunday at the 28th annual A Tasteful Affair. Benefiting Food Outreach, head to the Four Seasons Hotel for an array of tastes from our city’s favorite local restaurants, chefs and brewers. Tickets start at $75. 999 N. 2nd St, Downtown

Week of April 25: Restaurant Week on The Hill is next week. Save room for three-course meals from the popular Italian neighborhood eateries for $25. Proceeds from the diners that week will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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