This Week's Dish: MOFU Tofu and Sump Coffee Host Last of Summer Ramen Pop-Ups, Hacienda Mexican Restaurant Expands Tequila Selection

By Heather Riske
In Food

Native Pops is offering free ice pops in honor of National Cherry Popsicle Day from 7-8pm on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at The Heavy Anchor. They’ll have four different flavors of pops to help you cool down, and you can stick around for Red Beard’s Trivia from 8-11pm. 5226 Gravois Ave., South City, 314.352.5226

The last of the L’Ecole Culinaire and Schlafly beer dinners is this Thursday, Aug. 28. The five-course dinner includes corn and lobster fritters, roasted sweet pepper stuffed with goat cheese and pine nuts with a currant and bacon dressing, grilled salmon with brussels and potato hash, beef and Boursin and baked peach with vanilla ice cream. Each of the courses will be paired with a Schlafly beer. Tickets are $40, and reservations can be made on the L’Ecole website or by calling 1.866.LECOLECHEF. 9811 S. 40 Dr., Ladue, 314.587.2433

Photo courtesy of MOFU Soy

Photo courtesy of MOFU Soy

This summer, MOFU Tofu and Sump Coffee teamed up for a series of ramen pop-ups on the last Saturdays of each month. The last of the popular events will be held this Saturday, Aug. 30 from 4to around 7:30pm. The menu hasn’t been released yet, but past dishes have included MOFU Mazeman (chicken-fried MOFU, sesame, dashi, radish, harissa, egg) and Chilled Summer Shio Ramen (silken mofu, subtle broth, gyoza, bodacious sweet corn, beefsteak tomato, yuzu). Scott Carey and his Sump Coffee crew also prepare inventive drinks, like Iced Coffee Tonic (espresso, tonic water, coffee 7up), Kyoto cold brew and Dried Coffee Cherry Ginger Mocktail (Costa Rica – Perla Negra Cascara Tea, ginger, simple syrup, served over ice). 3700 S. Jefferson Ave., South City, 917.412.5670

As previously reported by ALIVE, breakfast and lunch concept White Box Eatery opened just last week in Clayton. In addition to their eclectic menu full of breakfast and lunch sandwiches, breakfast bowls, salads and soups, the restaurant will also feature an “out of the box” special from a featured chef. Each month, they’ll invite a notable local chef to create a new menu offering. This month, James Beard-nominated chef Ben Poremba of Olio and Elaia has crafted the Whitebox Italian Bahn Mi, featuring country pâté, mortadella, Calabrian chilies and giardiniera. 176 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.862.2802

Hacienda Mexican Restaurant is expanding its tequila offerings and completely redesigning its bar interior within the next month. They’re adding an expanded selection of premium tequilas, a seasonal drink menu and its first-ever tequila flight to transform the Rock Hill Tex-mex spot into a south-of-the-border margarita and tequila bar. The bar will have a new modern rustic-inspired design and offer mezcals and an original Mezcal Mule made with Legendario Domingo, a mezcal line owned by the restaurant’s founding family. The new margarita and tequila bar will be officially unveiled on Sept. 26. 9748 Manchester Rd., Rock Hill, 314.962.7100

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