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Sunday, November 25, 2018

PW Pizza Breckenridge Brewery

I've actually BEEN to the Breckenridge Brewery!! One of my few cool claims to fame is that I stopped there for dinner one night after skiing. (I will probably never say those words again.)

It was strange to start off with an IPA, but it does make sense to pair it with goat cheese. And the Hop Peak IPA actually was drinkable...not hoppy at all.

Mountain G.O.A.T. Salad
Macaroni & Cheese Pizza was brilliant and was the best pizza of the night for sure. It stood up to the heavier and fuller bodied Christmas Ale.

Macaroni & Cheese Pizza
Yes, that's mashed potatoes on top there! We had the usual "turkey" pizza, this time called "Pilgrim Pizza", and I actually enjoyed it a lot although I'm not sure the flavor combination went well for anyone else. Definitely not as good as in year's past since there was a lot less "sauce" involved. The Agave Wheat was the star for this course as the beer was so easy to drink.

Pilgrim Pizza
The Vanilla Porter is their most famous beer and a perfect dessert pairing although it overwhelmed the pumpkin pie a little bit. (I figured we weren't going to have a chocolate dessert, but I bet that would have gone even better with the porter.)

Pumpkin Pie
Menu
Resources:

Breckendridge Brewery = https://www.breckbrew.com/

PW Pizza = https://pwpizza.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Friday, November 23, 2018

PW Pizza Six Mile Bridge Beer Dinner

Both Patience and I remember the first Six Mile Bridge beer dinner (in 2015 - I looked it up!) so it was cool to see them again. Not that it's hard to forget a South African dialect. hehe

We still have never made it out to the brewery so I feel bad since now that I've left Maryland Heights, it rare I go back...

The first course was a familiar Citrus Salad, which easily paired with the Blood Orange Wit. This was my favorite beer and went down smooth. So much flavor for a lighter beer!

Citrus Salad
Chicken Taco Pizza was definitely the winner between the two pizzas of the night, and the cilantro even passed the soapy taste on to the beer to someone who was sensitive to it. The pizza taco ingredients helped to cut through the slight hoppiness of the Double Dry Hopped Citra IPA.

Chicken Taco Pizza
Luau Mango Pizza means that I had to pick off all the ham and bacon, but the Mango BBQ Sauce on the top was amazing. I was surprised at how well it paired with the Cinnamon Maple Stout. You get more maple than you do cinnamon and they both complimented each other in sweetness.

Luau Mango Pizza
For the third month in a row, we had a chocolate dessert! The chocolate goddesses have heard my cries! Patience and I both had two servings of the White CHocolate Mousse with coffee cookie crumb. The whole dish tasted coffee so the stout might have been a better pairing, but the Irish Red Ale with Honey was another favorite of mine since it was easy to drink.

Irish Cream Mousse

Menu
Resources:

Six Mile Bridge = http://sixmilebridgebeer.com/

PW Pizza = https://pwpizza.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Yellowbelly

Yes, yes it does live up to the hype! They have yet to have a slow night, so you'll still need to wait before it quiets down over there, if it ever does.

The first time I went was before 6pm on a Sunday night, and no matter what night you go, I highly recommend you get there before 6pm to have a good chance of getting a table. They do NOT take reservations! Yellowbelly does have a good size bar, but by the time we left, there was a row of people standing behind those seated at the bar.

Speaking of the bar, this is definitely the place where you want to get a cocktail, whether it's a rum-based tiki drink or not. There should be something for everyone. I tried the namesake, the tropical looking Yellowbelly, and it was so refreshing.

Yellowbelly
Look! There is Matt Sorrell in the wild.

Matt Sorrell slingin' drinks
The menu is not too big and it helps to bring a friend to try a few dishes or share a big one. Both times I went, we started with the Sea Biscuits, which are just adorable.

Sea Biscuits
Beth wanted to try the Charred Carrots, which seemed to be a nice side dish to a larger entree you order with it.

Charred Carrots
The Avacado Toast was amazing!! You must get this! And no...it's not an egg...it's actually a mango... and it still explodes all over the place when you cut into it. Patience loved it as well!

Avocado Toast
The first time I went I split the double cheeseburger with Beth. Oh my...so filling. Tons of fries!

Double Cheeseburger
A couple of weeks later, Patience and I split the Thai Cioppino...if you love shellfish and can handle a little kick, this was a delicious and hearty dish with clams, prawns, calimari, and a white fish.

Thai Cioppino
Keeping with the Polynesian theme, I had Grandma's Coconut Cake to take home both times, although I'm not sure who's Grandma is the actual baker.

Yellowbelly is going to be busy for a while, but it is definitely worth waiting at the bar for!

Resources:

Yellowbelly = http://yellowbellystl.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Friday, November 16, 2018

River's Edge

I work out four times a week and every time I do, I drive by River's Edge. It's literally on the border between the city and the county, just before the River Des Peres, hence the name.

After being super curious and reading mixed reviews on NextDoor.com, I finally had a friend's birthday as an excuse to try it out! He is always wanting to go someplace new, and not necessarily fancy.

Most of the comments I read were accurate, although it could have just lived up to my expectations: the service was slow, but the food is excellent. With a partially Mediterranean-themed menu, there were quite a few things I wanted to try.

The restaurant is large enough that there is a separate room for the bar, so if you just want to watch a game and drink, you can do that, although there are smaller TVs in the main restaurant too.

Since it was happy hour, we couldn't resist ordering a couple of appetizers...

Happy Hour Menu
I was most curious about the Moroccan Meatballs, even though there were only a few, I still shared!

Moroccan Meatballs
Nathan went Italian with the Bruschetta, and he was nice enough to share as well.

Bruschetta
I started with a Greek House Salad, but after this and the appetizers, I was already almost full.

Greek House Salad
I was wanting to try something more Mediterranean, and I thought the Baked Orzo Chicken Ratatouille Casserole would be amazing. It was amazingly huge! Make sure you share this with someone. I could barely make a dent. Also, the chicken seemed more "smoked" than baked.

Baked Orzo Chicken Ratatouille Casserole
Patience was smart and just ordered mussels for her main course and then ate bites off of the other plates.

Mussels
Nathan also was daring an ordered a complex paella that was a giant bowl of everything. He definitely got another meal out of it.

Paella
This one contained Roasted Chicken, Pork Bellly, Chorizo, Mussels, Shrimp, and Saffron Rice!

Don't worry... if you just want pub food, you can still get a burger or a pizza, and there are still smaller Greek dishes like gyros and lamb dishes too.

For a quick bite in the neighborhood, I do hope to make it back again.

Resources:

River's Edge = https://www.riversedgesocial.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Monday, October 1, 2018

PW Pizza Odell Brewing Beer Dinner

While the name Odell Brewing sounds familiar, I really wasn't familiar with any of their beers.

I was thrilled to start out with an Oktoberfest since that is one of the beers I generally like and this one had plenty of flavor. It paired well with the Bavarian Pretzel and trio of mustard sauces, which was a big change from the usual starter course. (You know I couldn't handle the sauce with jalapeno in the middle.)

Bavarian Pretzel
My favorite pizza of the night was the Wurst Pizza, but it wasn't the worst by far! Ha! The apple chunks, mozzarella, and sausage went well together as you would expect, although the Rupture Fresh Grind Ale was too hoppy and overpowering. At first I thought they had accidentally served the IPA a round too early!

The Wurst Pizza
The German Potato Salad Pizza was definitely something unique and I ended up getting extra slices of this one. The mustard vinaigrette and Gruyere cheese made this a tasty pizza, but again, the Odell IPA was way too bitter for me. I even made the "bitter beer face"!

German Potato Salad Pizza
Dessert was another winner with a Black Forrest Cupcake...chocolate for the second month in a row too! The 90 Shilling is a Scottish-style Amber Ale and was also quite strong despite the mid-range level of IBUs.

Black Forest Cupcake
Luckily, I got extra cupcakes from my table mates after donating most of my beers!

Menu
Resources:

Odell Brewing Company = https://www.odellbrewing.com/

PW Pizza = https://pwpizza.com/