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Ann Lemons Pollack
St. Louis-based food writer.
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It’s no secret that I’m pretty crabby on the subject of morning potatoes. The last place I expected to find platonic antemeridianal spuds was New York City. But there they were, smiling and waving at me from a plate across... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Folks don’t dress up for seafood in Baltimore. There, as in New Orleans, it’s an ordinary part of everyday life, not something that calls for nice shoes and something a step up from a t-shirt. Sure, there are fancier spots,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Can we agree that most airport food is pretty unsatisfying? Accordingly, when good stuff pops up, it’s worth noting. I have a few standards I always suggest – but with the reminder that part of the trick is being in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
What fun it is to go to a show about which you’re hesitant – and come out grinning from ear to ear. Stages St. Louis’ current show is 9 to 5 The Musical, and for those of us who delighted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The 21st century did not invent “fake news”. (As the widow, mother, mother-in-law, and stepmother of journalists, and in the interest of full disclosure, I will say the phrase makes my skin crawl.) It was going on in the United... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Is He Dead? could well be described as a melodrama of manners. St. Louis Shakespeare has brought in director Ed Coffield, a guy possessed of a fine hand with comedy, to handle this Mark Twain story, found only a few... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Could someone please figure out how to hook up Stray Dog Theatre’s new production of Ragtime The Musical to an energy cell? They’re generating enough voltage to keep the lights burning all over south St. Louis with this show. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The first time I went to Goody Goody Diner must have been - oh, well, never mind, I guess I am that old. But the cops from Mobile Reserve, a bunch of guys very serious indeed about law enforcement, hung... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Even more than fried chicken, there are probably never enough pizza places in St. Louis. One of the newest is ‘ZZA Pizza + Salad, the new baby of the Pi Pizzeria family. Located northeast of Washington University at the corner... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Nary a man is still alive who remembers Tony Faust's Oyster House & Restaurant. But it's referred to from time to time, and newcomers and young ones need to learn the history of this elegant eatery. A little more about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The second half of 2017’s LaBute New Theater Festival is on the boards, and they’re very close to three for three with this collection. Instead of four short plays, this group is three short ones, beginning with Hate Crimes, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
If the last time you saw The Unsinkable Molly Brown was in, oh, the Eighties, don’t think the current production at the Muny is the same old same old. It was frequently done there from the Sixties through the Eighties,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
After Italian food, Mexican is probably America’s most familiar foreign cuisine. Pasta and pizza really don’t seem foreign any more, and tacos and nachos aren’t far behind. It’s always fun to explore Mexican beyond the guilty pleasures of drive-thru burritos... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
National Ice Cream Day was this past Sunday. Wise of them to do it on a Sunday, don’t you think? A Sunday afternoon stroll or drive? Maybe a post-prandial cone in the evening? Americana at its best, one of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
It’s amusing to ponder what the Twenty-somethings are thinking if they see All Shook Up!. It opened Thursday at the Muny. Certainly the story, which is very, very loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, talking about love among the young... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
This is not a review. It was going to be, but things happened. I had brunch with four friends at Evangeline’s Bistro and Music House. I’ve had brunch there before, and was happy with the food, the service, and of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Those who mutter about opera being too serious, too heavy, should hie themselves to Union Avenue Opera’s current offering Albert Herring, good lighthearted stuff in the heat of mid-July. Victorian morals cross swords with a mamma’s boy in the tale... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
On Golden Pond is rather more disconcerting than its general reputation implies. The play, by a 28-year-old Ernest Thompson, shows us a long-term marriage between a retired English professor and his patient wife. There’s a certain aww, cute aura about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
An overnight run to Kansas City last week found my pal and me knocking back ‘que at Fiorella’s Jack Stack. They’ve been around since 1957, and there are five locations, all rather large. We hit the one in Country Club... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
St. Louis Actors’ Studio’s LaBute New Theater Festival has opened. As usual, there’s a new LaBute short play and six other plays from their competition. Also as usual, the Festival is in two parts, each composed of the LaBute offering,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
It’s true that no one walks out of a theater humming the scenery. But on leaving the Muny’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, there were a couple of people merrily singing “Everybody Ought to Have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The Taco and Ice Cream Joint is way too much fun. On Cherokee Street a few blocks west of Jefferson, it’s a great combination of old and new in a setting definitely falls into the New category, brick walls, barn... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Regular readers know that, on the whole, I don't post links except to my own work. But I just came across this video from Tasting Table. It's from the third generation of the family that owns the Nom Wah Tea... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Full of courthouse regulars in the daytime and families at night, The Branding Iron was a Clayton standard. I wrote about it for St. Louis Magazine. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
It’s all swimming, all dancing this week at the Muny. When it comes to musical theatre, selling the sizzle is just as important as selling the steak. Or, in this case, perhaps the salmon. The Muny is giving us Disney’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks