This Week's Dish: Opening Day At Paddy O's, April 8 Declared 'Imo's Day'

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Even though attempts at making Opening Day a national holiday were nixed, celebrations are still starting bright and early at Paddy O’s. The beloved bar sits practically in the shadows of Busch Stadium, making it an ideal spot for the first beverage of Opening Day. The taps will start flowing at 10:30am, with food service following closely behind at 11am. Even if you weren’t lucky enough to get a ticket for the game, you won’t miss a single pitch at Paddy O’s thanks to over 40 HD TVs. For a list of more spots to grab great Opening Day grub, check out our guide on The Dish.

Image courtesy of Paddy O's

Image courtesy of Paddy O’s

Speaking of holidays, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Charles County Executive Charlie Dooley are honoring Imo’s Pizza with a special proclamation to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The two men will declare April 8 “Imo’s Day” in recognition of the influence Ed and Margie Imo have had on the area. What began as a small shop in south St. Louis City has expanded to nearly 100 franchised stores and an iconic destination for St. Louisans. If you’d like to attend the event, it will be held on Tuesday, April 8 at 2pm. 5916 Wilson Ave., The Hill.

St. Louisans know that when the Cardinals take the field it also means it’s now prime patio season in the area. A new spot to check out this spring is Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria, which will soon be adding a pergola and large vegetable garden to their patio. The new pergola will cover large community tables, providing not only a wonderful ambiance but also a spot for fresh herbs to be grown. Garden beds will act as the perimeter of the patio and will be filled with vegetables to be used by the kitchen staff at Katie’s. 9568 Manchester Rd., Rock Hill, 314.942.6555. 

Planter’s House also has news about an addition to their current offerings. Now, cocktail connoisseurs can sip their favorite concoctions for a little less thanks to a new happy hour. The menu will include $5 cocktails, $3 pints of Founders Red Rye Pale Ale and a selection of small plates for $5 a piece. Catch the great deals from 2-5pm on Friday through Sunday. 1000 Mississippi Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.696.2603.

On March 28, the highly acclaimed New York Times food writer Mark Bittman mentioned the St. Louis restaurant Acero in his piece, “Not Enough Cooks in the Kitchen.” The article focused on the difference in dining at a restaurant where a talented chef is actually cooking in their kitchen. Acero popped up when Bittman asked New York chef Jason Wang where he had one of his most memorable meals. Wang recalled eating a warm salad simply dressed with fresh anchovies, roasted red peppers and a light vinaigrette. Although that specific salad is no longer on the menu, there are delicious seasonal selections that are equally inspiring.

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