Saturday, August 30, 2014

Peacemaker Lobster & Crab

Sometimes there are good ideas, and sometimes there are great ideas! My friend Beth picked Peacemaker as the restaurant of choice for our birthday celebration. We're a little bit late in celebrating, but it all worked out in our favor since we got to try this brand new restaurant.

Normally, I try to wait until the hype dies down and the restaurant has worked out the kinks when it's this new, but none of that applies. Go now and go often. That's really the best way to try everything on the menu.

Since Peacemaker has been getting a ton of press already and you know what to expect when you hear the name Kevin Nashan. (I even saw him in the kitchen!) As a seafood lover, I am just thrilled that there is a top notch place in St. Louis for it now along with a casual feel.

The inside is a stark contrast to Sidney Street, literally down the street, as the Peacemaker has a New England lobster shack feel to it. All the servers are in t-shirts and aprons, and there were quite a few of them for a medium-sized space. This means excellent service.

Another great idea that I had was getting there early on a Friday night. The restaurant was actually slow at 5:30pm when we arrived and by 6pm, it was just starting to get busy. Peacemaker doesn't take reservations for parties less than six, so you definitely want to plan accordingly. By the time we left at 7:30, there were almost as many people waiting outside the restaurant as they were inside, and the bar area was packed.

Getting to the restaurant early meant we could review the menu and plan our attack. Of course we wanted to order everything, but luckily, it wasn't too long so we could cover most areas. We started the night with five different types of oysters, and I found that I enjoyed the saltier ones better since I was able to compare them all. Regardless, they are so light that you can afford to have quite a few and still have room for the rest of the menu.

My friend Matt started out with a cup of gumbo, which would be perfect for me on a chilly night.

Our "side dish", fried green tomatoes, actually came out next and we enjoyed them as an appetizer as well. This was probably for the best because once our entrees came out, we were far too distracted.

Fried Green Tomatoes
I ordered my first shrimp po'boy, which was a lot sweeter than I imagined. while Patience got the lobster roll, Connecticut style, which was so incredibly rich! Both entrees came with a side of homemade chips.

Shrimp Po'Boy

Lobster Roll
Regardless of the amount of food we had eaten at this point, we weren't too stuffed so we went ahead an ordered TWO desserts and combined them together. Peach pie and vanilla ice cream in a chocolate shell...all homemade!

Peach Pie with ice cream and magic shell
For my friends, they decided to try the Lobster Frito Pie, which was actually on the side dish menu. The Fritos bag contained frito powder, red chili cooked in lobster stock, sweet chunks of lobster, and a sprinkle of cheese.

Lobster Frito Pie
Let me know anytime you want someone to go with! I hope to go a lot more!


Peacemaker Lobster & Crab=

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bishop's Post

When I first walked into Bishop's Post, I had a strong feeling of deja, it wasn't the Matrix being updated, but indeed, I had been there before when the restaurant was the West County version of Oceano Bistro.

I was so happy to see such a beautiful restaurant (with huge glass wine racks) going strong with new owners. Since it was happy hour, there was a great deal on discounted drinks and $7 appetizers. I ordered two, the crab cakes and the sliders, and it was the perfect size meal for a dinner.

Like before, there is a large selection of seafood and steaks, but if you can make it to happy hour, the list also included the House Smoked Missouri Trout, Flash Fried Razor Clams, and Beef Tenderloin Bruschetta to name a few. Certainly worth the $7.

The crowd died down after happy hour, but that just made it easier to hear the easy listening covers by Joe Metzka. It was worth the price just to hear him play and it's such a wonderful way to wind down after a long work week!

Since I was with friends, there are no pictures, but definitely worth a nice evening out or a happy hour.


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A Pizza Story

I was all excited that I finally made it to A Pizza Story, which just opened up in downtown Maplewood last month. I convinced my boss to take us there for our weekly lunch instead of the same old sandwich delivery.

Since my boss was there, unfortunately, there are no pictures, and since I waited so long, another article also came out about it this week. So you can check out here:

A Pizza Story spins a flavorful tale in Maplewood

I was pleased to see they had a small lunch menu so I could get a small side salad with fresh parmesan cheese on top.

Then there are two pastas or two pizzas (Magherita and Thriller - with Spanish Chorizo) from which you can choose and my Magherita was amazing. Huge glops of mozzarella and a very light crust. No greasiness! My boss inhaled his Thriller. I was smart and saved half for my next lunch!

The full dinner menu has several more pizzas as well as a few desserts.

Nice and quick for lunch and not too crowded (good for us) if you're there before Noon. Can't wait to go back again!


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Inaugural Wine Girl Wednesday at Scape

As a long time fan of STLwinegirl, I couldn't wait to for her next set of events...Wine Girl Wednesdays!

The first Wednesday of every month, the Wine Girl will pick a restaurant for happy hour 5:30-7:30pm where you can get a glass of wine and appetizer pairing for a discounted price. There were THREE different pairings to choose from if you prefer a specific wine or appetizer, but you know, I went ahead and got ALL THREE because everything was so delicious.

WineGirl Wednesday Menu
The Deviled Eggs and Caviar was the RICHEST deviled egg I have ever had. Perfectly paired with the Moet champagne to help cut through the creaminess.

Deviled Eggs & Caviar with Moet & Chandon Imperial, Epernay, France
And you know I loved the second pairing, since Kung Fu Girl Riesling (2012 Washington) was featured with the Ahi Tuna Tacos. The shell was crispy and you got a big taste of fresh tuna. So wonderful!

Ahi Tuna Tacos with Kung Fu Girl Riesling, 2012, Washington
Even though it was a bit warm for the Cotes du Rhone glass of red wine, it was amazing with the Braised Beef Bruschetta, which was my favorite appetizer of the night! 

Again, with the high humidity, we finished off the night with a discounted glass of the Spatburgunder Rose Trocken 2013 from Germany. Spatburgunder is really pinot noir and the rose was quite refreshing. 

I cannot wait for the next one on September 3rd at Element!!! Here is more information:


Scape Bistro =

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Sunday, August 3, 2014

PW Pizza Six Row Beer Dinner

Another month and another new beer for us! I found the beers very wheaty, but the dishes really stood out!

We started with a very unique Watermelon salad, which was more like a caprese with something extra. The vinaigrette dressing mellowed out the sweetness of the watermelon.

Watermelon Salad
The chicken and peach pizza also used a balsalmic reduction to chill out the sweetness of the peach but had a very fresh flavor, and was my favorite. I found it went well with the lighter Whale Ale, which is a mix of wheat and pale ale styles.

Chicken & Peach Pizza
The cajun shrimp pizza only had a little kick to it and it tasted more like catfish to me. The Arch Nemesis was similar to an Imperial Stout.

Dessert was a total standout since fresh strawberries were paired with a whipped goat cheese. Oh my it was intense and I had to take a bite of the goat cheese with a strawberry each time!

The Killer Whale is hard to get (only available at PW Pizza and the brewery) and is a strange mix of an IPA style with some sweetness mixed in.

While a lot of people said it wasn't the best pairing, I thought the sharpness of the beer helped to cut through the goat cheese.

Fresh Strawberries and Whipped Goat Cheese

Six Row Brewing Company =

PW Pizza =

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Sidney Street Cafe 2014

I wasn't going to post about my latest trip to Sidney Street Cafe because I had been there once before and you don't really need me to tell you how wonderful it is.

So I apologize that I didn't note what everyone had, but the pictures came out so amazing, that I just had to share.


Squash soup

Pork tamales

Lamb with meatballs


Creme Brulee

Sidney Street Cafe =

Photos by Patience Scanlon