Sunday, April 25, 2021

Perennial on Lockwood

It finally happened...ready or not...we were asked out to dinner...INSIDE a restaurant! <gasp>

All of us fully vaccinated, we took our chances and met up at the new Perennial on Lockwood. One of the many places I couldn't wait to try!

Their patio looks awesome, but after making a reservation, we were seated inside, which is directly behind the new location of Olive + Oak. You can either walk through the patio or walk through Olive + Oak to access the actual restaurant.

I was a little disappointed that even with a reservation, we were seated at the long tables with stools when there were a couple of (distantly spaced) tables open. At least we had a good view of the (very) long bar and TVs. There is a fun, brewery feel to it and there are two private rooms as well.

I bet this will be a great place to hang out after dinner at Olive + Oak or to hang out when there can be more hanging out in groups.

There is not an extensive menu, but there is a full list of drinks and upscale pub food.

While there is a long list of Perrenial beer on draft, there are also cocktails, whiskey, and wine thanks to Olive + Oak next door. I ordered the house spritz, while Pai tried out a couple of Perennial's stouts.

Since we had to wait on our friends, we broke down and split the Farmers' Board. There is never enough cheese for me, but I loved the pickled vegetables, and the charcuterie comes from Bolyard's!

Farmers' Board

I had a craving for Fish & Chips...maybe because it was Friday? I love shoestring fries! It helps that were cooked in beef fat too.

Fish & Chips

Everyone ordered winners too. Claire's Grilled Cheese had two kinds of cheese AND jam! 

Claire's Grilled Cheese

The Patty Melt also included beef from Bolyard's and smothered in raclette!

Patty Melt with a side salad

One of the big splurges there is the Farmstead Bistro Steak, and boy is that worth it. Cooked perfectly.

Farmstead Bistro Steak

This is definitely a winner, especially since Olive + Oak will be hard to get into for a while. 

P.S. We didn't have room for dessert but I wish we had! 

Resources:

Perennial on Lockwood = https://www.exploretock.com/perennialonlockwood/search

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

St. Louis Kolache

With so much going on this month, we did a "Take out Tuesday" with the kids. Mostly I was using them as a way to try out the new location of St. Louis Kolache that opened up very close by to me!

What's in the box?!?!?

It was SO easy to order online the night before (they close at 2pm!) and this way you can get all the flavors you want. You can designate your pick up time and I got an email when the kolaches were ready.

Since we were ordering the kolaches for dinner, I ordered all savory items, although Patience wanted one Blueberry one for dessert. You can see it below in the middle since it's not totally enclosed by dough and looks more like a danish.

Kolaches warmed up in the oven for dinner

My favorites were the Pappy's brisket, the Philly Cheesesteak, and the Sloppy Joe....oh wait, and the Gioia's Hot Salami was awesome too! (Note: You'll pay more for the speciality kolaches from Pappy's and Gioia's, but they are well worth it!)

Honestly, I loved them all and I highly recommend cutting them in half so you can mix and match as they fill you up really quickly!

Philly Cheesesetak left and middle, Sloppy Joe on the right

Resources:

St. Louis Kolache - https://stlkolache.com/

Sunday, March 28, 2021

The Parkmoor

After a full year of "Take out Fridays", I am encouraged to see some new restaurants opening that I can't wait to try. It's nice to have something to look forward to. I don't remember the original Parkmoor, but wanted to try it out the new version. 

Since I knew I wanted to order the King Burger and a side of cheese fries, I also ordered a side salad to balance it all out.

King Burger and cheese fries

Perfectly sized side salad

Patience ordered the Super Grilled Cheese, which means there were THREE kinds of cheese involved (pimento, swiss, and american), most of which oozed out the sides!

Super Grilled Cheese and onion rings

Speaking of cheese, I also had to try the Mac & Cheese, which I made gooier by dumping the leftover fry cheese onto it! I highly recommend this hack!

Mac & Cheese side option

The inside of the diner had bright colors and lots of families at 6pm, but I'm curious if the bar area will pick up with some late night dining in the future?

Resources:

The Parkmoor = http://theparkmoor.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Where we are quaran-dining in March 2021

March 5th = To kick off March, we ended up having a "Take Out LUNCH" instead as it is tradition the day before St. Baldrick's. Let's just say I didn't need much dinner after eating off of BEAST Butcher & Block's sandwich menu!

I ordered the Pimento Smash Burger, which is two 5 oz patties, white pimento cheese, mayo, shaved onions and their homemade pickles. Of course I had to have the "Fresh Fries" on the side with their special "fry sauce". Think, 1000 Island dressing with a kick!

Other popular and delicious items ordered were the Italian Beef and the Smoked Meatball Sub. Naps were required afterwards, just warning! 

You can check out the menu here: https://togoorder.com/web/4872#/o/2/f/1/m/13632//s/209285/items

Pimento Smash Burger

March 12th = After missing fish fries completely last year, I was happy to get the chance to do "Take out Fish Fry Friday" this year! Epiphany of Our Lord Parish (in our hood) has an excellent organized system and you can order online in advance! 

We always get cod, shrimp, mac & cheese, spaghetti, 3-Bean Salad, green beans, beets (for Patience), and gooey butter cake. And that's only half of their menu!

Epiphany Fish Fry

March 19th = It has been exactly a year since we last ate out at a restaurant, at a neighborhood Mexican place called La Catrina Mexican Restaurant. So they were our pick for this week!

Fish tacos, magaritas, and chips and salad

March 27th = I wanted to give a new restaurant a try after seeing a friend post about The Parkmoor. I got the King Burger and fries with cheese. Patience ordered grilled cheese (OMG - so much cheese!) with onion rings. 

King burger with cheese fries

Grilled Cheese and Onion Rings

A good way to end March for sure!

Sunday, February 28, 2021

PW Pizza The Other Wine Dinner

For the second month in a row, we opted for the wine dinner instead of beer from PW Pizza. While there is either a beer or a wine dinner each week, the amount of pizza we were eating started to get out of hand so now we're just picking one a month.

Basically, we look for the best combination of either beer or pizza. For the wine dinners, you only get one pizza for three courses total, whereas the beer dinners are four courses.

The featured wine was the Peirano Estate "The Other" Red Blend. The blend was 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Syrah, which lended to a very tannic wine and unfortunately, we didn't make it through.

The Other - a red blend

I think "The Wolf" pizza is what grabbed Patience's attention as it came piled with toppings: tomato sauce, house-made fennel sausage, pepperoni, bacon, caramelized onion, green peppers, roasted garlic and mozzarella.

The Wolf Pizza

Instead of a salad, the appetizer was Three Cheese Spinach - Artichoke Dip served with pita. Now this could have been a meal by itself and we were only able to eat one piece of pizza each!

Three Cheese Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Of course we saved room for dessert, Gooey Butter Cake with caramel sauce.

Goeey Butter Cake

Next month we'll be doing the Irish beer pairing since St. Patrick's Day falls on a Wednesday!

Resources:

PW Pizza = https://pwpizza.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Where we are quaran-dining February 2021

We're still waiting for our turn for a vaccination so it looks like we'll be doing this for several more months...

February 5th = One of our favorite teenagers told us he made his own Flying Pig sauce and then guess what we ended up having for "Take Out Friday"! Guerilla Street Food!

Flying Pig

February 6th = We kept tradition and swung by Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream for National Eat Ice Cream Day for Breakfast as well!

Ice Cream for Breakfast 2021

Then later that night we tried a NEW pizza place! Motor Town Pizza, a ghost kitchen out of Revel Kitchen! The name refers to Detroit style pizza, and boy was this pizza THICK, filling, and tasty! Definitely a must order this winter!

We ordered a few larges and just added our own toppings, although there are many pizzas to choose from. One person can only eat 2-3 slices, they are so thick and heavy, so I'm happy to report there were LOTS of leftovers!

Check out the giant slices of pizza!

February 12th = Farmhaus had been on my list for a while now since they are so close to us, but held off since they are more upscale. Pai and I have only been once, for her birthday, years ago. 

Unfortunately, I made the mistake of picking them the Friday before Valentine's Day as they had a separate menu for the "holiday" weekend that was not published online. 

Our poor Postmate driver had to read the special menu to me over the phone and so our delivery was quite late. I made sure to tip her extra too.

Regardless, our meals were delicious, although a little small. Pai and I split Sea Scallops and a Venison Bolognese with cavatelli noodles. 

Toasted Bread, Venison Bolognese, and Sea Scallops

Farmhaus is probably a better choice for in-person dining.

February 19th = Since Patience had to work late and it was her turn to pick, I asked myself, "What would she pick after a long, cold week of work?" Mai Lee Restaurant of course. I ordered her favorite for her: ducky curry.

Duck Curry
February 27th = When we heard about the flooding problem at Cafe Natasha , you know we wanted to do our part to help out by moving them to the top of the list for "Take out Friday"! Since it's during lent, they had a baked fish special with rice.

Baked Fish Special


Friday, January 29, 2021

Where we are quaran-dining in January 2021

It feels so great to say 2021 for sure, although I'm afraid I'll be wirting quite a few more "quaran-dining" posts in the new year instead of writing about new food adventures. 

January 3rd = We skipped "Take out Friday" since it was New Year's Eve and postponned it until Sunday night. I had been dying to try the new ghost restaurant, "Wing Runner" from the BEAST Butcher & Block folks. It was fun to try a variety of flavors and paired perfectly with football.

Char Siu Wings

January 8th = The cold weather definitely calls for ramen and we went with our favorite Nudo House!

Hebrew Hammer from Nudo House

January 15th = I had been wanting to try Soup Dumplings ever since they opened and since it was my birthday weekend, this was finally my chance! I am sorry I waited so long! 

Unfortunately, they don't deliver to my house, and the soup in the dumplings lost quite a bit of heat in travel, so this is definitely some place that I'm going to have to visit after COVID so I can eat them fresh. We tried the chicken and beef flavored ones (chicken was my favorite), and I definitely want to try the other ones. 

Soup Dumplings

January 22nd = Pasta House again since Patience wanted some comfort food. I can never say no to that salad!

Pasta House Salad

January 29th = A neighborhood restaurant that had been on my list for a while is River's Edge Social. In addition to bar food, they also have paella and other Mediterranean dishes!

Paella


Saturday, January 16, 2021

PW Pizza Swartland Wine Dinner

For this month, Patience decided she preferred the wine dinner over the beer dinner from PW Pizza, due to the pizza option. Even though we've had it before, she like the Shrimpy Shrimpy Bang Bang pizza, which has roasted jalapeno on it to give it a kick.

Normally I would have picked a Riesling or a sweet wine to go with something spicy, but I know Patience prefers red wine, and I prefer it in the winter time. The featured wine was The Curator Red Blend 2019, from Swartland, South Africa. Big time baked cherries on the nose AND taste.

The Curator

The first course was a BLT salad with a peppercorn ranch, so this was definitely well paired with a red wine.

BLT salad

The Shrimpy Shrimpy Bang Bang pizza is topped with garlic olive oil, shrimp, bacon, roasted jalapeno, corn, monterey jack, mozzarella and a cilantro-avocado drizzle.

Shrimpy Shrimpy Bang Bang Pizza

Dessert was a Peanut Butter Satin Pie with chocolate ganache that was just heavenly. Definitely a red wine was needed to stand up to all that richness!

Peanut Butter Satin Pie

Resources:

PW Pizza = https://pwpizza.com/

The Curator = https://www.broadbent.com/the-curator/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Wing Runner

Look! A new restaurant-ish! Wing Runner is a ghost kitchen run by the BEAST Butcher & Block folks on Manchester Ave in the Grove.

Before the end of football season, I figured this would be a fun new place to try while watching a game You can read more about it here: https://www.stlmag.com/dining/david-and-meggan-sandusky-launch-wing-runner-pick-up-delivery-gourmet-chicken-wing-concept/

You can check to see if you're in their delivery range right on their site too!

There are A LOT of flavors to choose from so I ordered the five-piece option of five different flavors in order to try a variety of wings, but there at least ten. You know I'm a spice wimp and stayed away from the hotter flavors.

Mild Buffalo - Just the right amount of buffalo flavor for someone like me, but there is a Hot version.

Mild Buffalo

St. Louis Style BBQ - This was my personal favorite since it the wings were coated in a sweet BBQ sauce and included a side of pickles.

St. Louis Style BBQ

Roasted Garlic Butter - Probably could have used more garlic and no heat whatsoever.

Roasted Garlic Butter

Char Siu - I saw this was labeled as "sesame and green onion" on the website, and these wings were definitely the most interesting. No ranch necessary here.

Char Siu

Dry Rub - The website labeled this as a "sweet heat", but these wings definitely had a kick and I needed a lot of ranch. 

Dry Rub

We also ordered some fries on the side, which came with a "Fry Sauce". Even the sauce was more sweet than I was expecting. Probably will stick with ktechup next time.

Fries and Fry Sauce

If you love wings with a variety of flavors and want to keep it local, these wings are definitely worth a try!

Resources:

Wing Runner = https://www.wingrunnerstl.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon