This Week's Dish: USA Today Showcases St. Louis Eateries And NoWait Makes Getting A Table At Pastaria Fuss-Free

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

A recent article in USA Today helped put St. Louis on the map as a foodie destination that’s well worth the trip. After only a few days of being posted, the story already has over 2,500 Facebook “likes,” 77 retweets and a handful of comments asking why more restaurants were not featured.

Image courtesy of Element

Image courtesy of Element

 

Casual eateries were represented by the high caliber culinary skills of Guerrilla Street Food and Pappy’s Smokehouse while the younger fine dining crowd cheered for Elaia & Olio and Element. While Gerard Craft’s Niche, Kevin Willmann’s Farmhaus and Josh Galliano’s Libertine are all regularly celebrated as go-to foodie hotspots in St. Louis. The list was rounded out by Cielo’s stunning view of the Arch and modern take on Italian cuisine, Juniper’s spot-on Southern comfort food in the Central West End, and the craft cocktails and New American menu found at Planter’s House in Lafayette Square.

Jeff Orbin announced last week that he is leaving the restaurant scene in St. Louis in order to focus his professional career on design and consulting. As reported by Sauce Magazine, Orbin was the business partner of Aaron Teitelbaum at Herbie’s Vintage 72 and Monarch Event Space. Orbin shared that he intends to stay in the St. Louis area and Teitelbaum is remaining in the restaurant business as the owner of both Herbie’s and Monarch.

St. Louisans can look forward to tasting the small-batch salumi of chef Scott Ramey, a veteran of Harvest and Sidney Street Café. As initially reported by Feast Magazine, Ramey’s salumi will feature local ingredients and food products, such as Sump Coffee and Perennial Artisan Ales. The company, Cured: Local Artisan Meats, is projected to be available in the area come 2015, but get a sneak peek of what Ramey is experimenting with by following him on social media.

Having the patience to snag a table at Pastaria can be enough to push a cacio-e-pepe-craving person to the edge. Thankfully, there’s now an app called NoWait that alleviates the stress of dining at Pastaria. With the app, diners can get a glimpse at the wait time and then place their name on the list for a table without setting foot in one of the participating restaurants. The best part is that the convenient app comes free of charge for both Apple and Android phones.

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