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Shake Shack Coming to Founder’s Hometown, St. Louis, in 2017

Danny Meyer is bringing concretes to the home of Ted Drewes! A native of St. Louis, Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer was no doubt inspired by his hometown legend Ted Drewes and his 1959 creation of the concrete when he conceived of his Shake Shack concretes. Come 2017, Mr. Meyer will be competing on Ted Drewes home turf, although Shake Shack offers much more than Drewes’ frozen custard-centric menu. The new Shake Shack will be located in a totally different neighborhood as well, in the Central West End just east of Forest Park at 32 North Euclid Avenue. This will be the first Missouri Shake Shack.

Meat, Smoke, and Time: America’s Best BBQ

Where can you find the best barbecue in America? Leaving aside, for the moment, the silliness of seeking a single best barbecue joint, the answer to that question is a very personal one. Our favorite spots may not be your favorites. Do you like ribs, pulled pork, smoked brisket? Do you prefer a lot of smoke, or a subtle hit? Do you like it spicy or do you prefer to taste mostly meat? Do you want the meat to fall apart at the slightest prodding or do you think barbecue should retain an honest chew? Is sauce the most important factor to you? Continue reading

Gus’s Fried Chicken Hits Knoxville TN Early 2016

Gus’s Fried Chicken, which began life in the 1950s in the small town of Mason, Tennessee, northeast of Memphis, will be opening their 13th store early next year in Knoxville, TN. That’s not all for the spicy-crusted bird that many folks put on their top-ten lists. By early 2016 there should also be new stores in Los Angeles, Detroit, Fort Worth, and Kansas City (where it will face especially stiff competition). Future stores are in the works for St. Louis and Philadelphia.

Free Chocolate Tours of Bissinger’s

One of the benefits to the public of Bissinger’s move last year, in St. Louis, to their new location in a former railroad depot is the opportunity to tour the manufacturing facility. Three times a week, at 10 a.m., free tours, of up to an hour or so, are offered. Not only do you get to see how the candy is made, but samples are offered at the end of the tour! Spaces are limited and the tours are popular, so it’s a good idea to reserve a month or more in advance. Read about the tours in this story in the Belleville News-Democrat.

Winstead’s, Kansas City MO

REVIEW

We’ve encountered a style of hamburger cookery in the Midwest that we rarely see in the East. Many of these places use fresh, coarsely ground beef and smoosh it down hard on the cooktop, resulting in a thin, irregularly formed patty with crisp edges and the chaw of real beef which hasn’t been pulverized to a pulpy paste. The Kansas City chain Winstead’s makes such a burger. Continue reading

Gus’s Fried Chicken Coming to St. Louis Burbs

As part of Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken‘s big expansion this year, they will be setting up shop in the St. Louis suburban city of Maplewood this summer. The address: 7434 Manchester Road. This will be Missouri’s first taste of Gus’s. A Kansas City Gus’s is planned for later this year.

St. Louis Fried Chicken Bracket

The St. Louis Post Dispatch is beginning a fried chicken bracket competition today (by the way, is the food bracket competition the big media gimmick of 2015?). Nothing especially unusual about that, except they managed to fill out four divisions of 16 each, for a total of 64 places that serve fried chicken! Keep in mind they are limiting the bracket to local places, with no chains or drive-thrus. When did fried chicken become such a big thing in St. Louis? Continue reading

LAF in the A.M. March 7th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

 HAPPY NATIONAL CROWN ROAST OF PORK DAY!

A Visit to Crown Candy Kitchen

Making Salsa at Boca Tacos Y Tequila of Tucson

The Frito Pie Queen Has Passed Away

A Tale of a Huddy Burger Love Affair

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LAF in the A.M. February 25th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL CLAM CHOWDER DAY!

Gates Bar-B-Q of Independence MO Burns Down

Shake Shack Coming to Japan Next Year

Graeter’s Coming to Tennessee and Cleveland?

Giordano’s, Stunned by Indy Success, Plans Further Indiana Expansion

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LAF in the A.M. February 19th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MINT DAY!

Gus’s Fried Chicken Going National

Dining Out in Snowy Portland ME

The Best of Carolina BBQ

The Best American BBQ Cities

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L C’s Bar-B-Q, Kansas City MO

REVIEW

In the ongoing and certainly never-ending debate over which KC Q joints reign supreme, and which have passed their prime, let us nominate LC’s in the former category. For our money, LC’s is one of the greats, in Kansas City or anywhere.

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LAF in the A.M. February 3rd, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL CARROT CAKE DAY!

Some Love for Arthur Bryant’s

Blondie Joins Dagwood at Sycamore

Galatoire’s Homeless Line Placeholders

Clifton’s Cafeteria of LA Making Progress

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LAF in the A.M. January 8th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL ENGLISH TOFFEE DAY!

The Z-Man!

Antoine’s at 175 Years Old

A Closer Look at NJ’s Most Iconic Restaurant

Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Marshmallows

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LAF in the A.M. January 2nd, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Top 10 Tucson Food Events of 2014

Bauder Pharmacy License Extended Through March

10 Most Instagrammed New Orleans Restaurants

Kansas City’s 2014 in Barbecue

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LAF in the A.M. December 30th, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Jacques Torres Pop Up Comes to Pittsburgh

Bauder Pharmacy of Iowa Closing?

Gooey Butter Cake, Frozen Custard, and Chocolate

Owl Bar and Cafe History

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LAF in the A.M. December 29th, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Barbecue on Sunday

How Is Shake Shack’s ‘Shroom Burger?

Stroud’s Bringing Fried Chicken to Independence, MO

Al’s #1 Italian Beef Groupon

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LAF in the A.M. December 24th, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

El Charro New Concessionaire for Tucson’s Rillito Park Track

Greenwich, CT’s Méli-Mélo Looking to Expand

Chicago Writer Approves of Chicago Shake Shack

Graeter’s Coming to Chicago Region

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LAF in the A.M. December 23rd, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Spud Fish and Chips Coming to Edmonds WA

KC’s Golden Ox Has Closed

First Vegas Shake Shack Opens Monday

The Last Days of Cafe Edison

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LAF in the A.M. December 19th, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Top 40 Food Cities in U.S.

Tulsa Lobster

How to Spend Only a Few Hours in Chicago

An Interview with Tony Luke Jr.

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Gates Bar-B-Q, Kansas City MO

REVIEW

As soon as you walk in you are hit with a greeting of “Hi, may I help you?” Of course, if you’re new here then at least a quick scan of the overhead menu will be necessary. So step aside and listen to the regulars place their orders: it’s like another language. Folks here are very specific about how they want their meats cut, their meals prepared. Slice this cut of beef in such-and-such a manner from that side, extra meat on a roll. None of these options appear on the menu, mind you; they are simply the requests of experienced barbecue eaters who know what they like. Newcomers can get flustered and overwhelmed. Continue reading

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