Tag Archives: Food

Missouri Eats: West Main Pizza²

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It’s “dough time” for Jefferson City, Missouri-based pizza joint West Main Pizza. The second mom-and-pop pizzeria opened in Columbia, Missouri, in March as West Main Pizza² in the space that formerly housed Gunther’s Games. West Main Pizza² offers “exponentially” faster service along with a pizza and salad menu similar to the offerings at its flagship location. Co-owner Jessica Christiansen says she …

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Missouri Eats: Meatball District Kitchen + Bar

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Meatball District Kitchen + Bar is the first restaurant for owner Kal Tandel, who moved from California with his family after growing up in the restaurant industry and then enjoying a successful career managing bars and nightclubs. Housed in the former Saigon 39, Tandel has transformed the spot into a shiny new hangout. With exposed brick walls, white-washed shutters and …

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Missouri Eats: Doughnut Lounge

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Thanks in part to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Jake Randall has had people waiting in line morning, noon and night since he opened Doughnut Lounge in Kansas City’s Westport neighborhood this December. You can expect to find classics like glazed or double-chocolate alongside signatures such as a sheep’s milk cheese-filled Bismarck donut with a basil-root beer glaze. As creative as …

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Missouri Eats: Mary Jane Burgers & Brew

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Carisa Stark’s restaurant isn’t exactly in the center of a bustling metropolis, so she has to make sure she somehow reaches customers within an 80-mile-plus radius of tiny Perryville, Missouri, south of Ste. Genevieve. Enticing Instagram photos of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew have helped make the joint a destination restaurant in southeast Missouri; Stark opened Mary Jane in 2013 …

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Live Local: Farmers’ Markets and Missouri Wine

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Shopping at your local Farmers’ Markets has many benefits. Just to name a few: The goods you purchase at Farmers’ Markets are the freshest available. The fruits and vegetables are allowed to ripen in the fields and on the vines because they don’t have far to travel. When you buy from the vendors at Farmers’ Markets, you are supporting local, …

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Missouri Eats: Curtain Call Lounge

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Legend has it that when sparkling-wine pioneer Dom Perignon first discovered Champagne, he said, “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” The quote headlines the drink menu of the recently opened Curtain Call Lounge, which bubbles with a posh personality all its own. Inside the Fabulous Fox Theatre’s new lavish hideaway, visitors can sip away at stellar cocktails that sparkle …

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Missouri Eats: Melo’s Pizzeria

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When Blues City Deli owner Vince “Vinnie” Valenza acquired the building that houses his popular sandwich shop, he and his son Joey immediately started cooking up ideas for how to make use of the adjacent garage. Initially, that meant experimenting with bread baking, but Joey’s newfound passion led to another craft: pizza making. Named after Vinnie’s father and enthusiastic pizzaiolo, …

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Missouri Eats: Meshuggah Bagels

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Pete and Janna Linde have finally brought “crazy good” New York-style bagels to Kansas City. The couple recently expanded Meshuggah Bagels, their wholesale kosher bagel company, by opening their first retail storefront on 39th Street this month. Growing up in a Jewish family in the New York area, bagels were a part of Pete’s daily life until he moved to Kansas …

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Missouri Eats: Black Sheep Burgers & Shakes

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For someone who practices yoga seven days a week and practically lives off chia seeds, vegetables and water, Mike Jalili makes a mean burger. (He admits to tasting bites every day since opening the burger joint.) This has been a dream of his for years, and in November, Jalili, along with his brother Billy and sister-in-law Sara, opened Black Sheep …

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Missouri Eats: Lucky Boys Bar and Grill

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Justin Norcross, Dan Myers and Keenan Nichols consider themselves lucky. The three partners opened Lucky Boys, a grown-up clubhouse and bar, in Kansas City earlier this year; it’s named after their own real-life hangout where they’d work on their motorcycles, listen to music, have a drink and a bite, and relax. Norcross delivers the culinary talent while Myers displays confident …

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