Dogs N Frys

by Stephanie on August 8, 2014

in American

I love hotdogs. Love. Especially Chicago Dogs. So why don’t I blog about them more?

Good question. Let’s change that, shall we?


A few weeks ago, my sister was talking about a new hot dog joint in St. Louis that was getting a lot of attention. Good attention. She really wanted to try it, and you all should already know my feelings on new restaurants. I was in!


And so was the rest of my family. Winking smile The family that eats hot dogs together stays together!

Back to the restaurant. Dogs N Frys is a new-ish restaurant in Florissant (a suburb of St. Louis) that serves – you guessed it – hot dogs! They also serve specialty fries. I was super excited to try this place!


The interior was small and cozy, with just enough room to fit our large group. We immediately began to check out the (very large!) menu.


So many dogs and fries to choose from!

I was torn between the Peanut Butter Jelly Bacon Dog (peanut butter jelly sauce, beef bacon, topped with caramelized onions) and the Sweet and Spicy Dog (spicy raspberry sauce, cheddar cheese, seared jalapenos, and sweet BBQ sauce). After lots of back and forth (and a little help from my friends on twitter!) I decided to go with the Sweet and Spicy dog. I love sweet and savory flavors together, so I had high hopes for this one.

As far as the fries were concerned, I had a tough time settling on one option for those, as well! Literally everything sounded good: Hot Frys (grilled jalapenos, cheddar cheese, hot sauce, sriracha, crushed red pepper, flamin hot cheetos), Slaughter Stack (coleslaw, beef bacon, sweet BBQ sauce), and Philly Fry (beef bacon, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, sauteed green peppers) all caught my eye.

But I decided to go with something a little different from all of those:



See that little gem at the bottom? Ice Cream Frys! Yes, yes, and yes. As someone who dips her fries in ice cream all the time (Wendy’s frosty and french fries, anyone?), this was right up my alley.

Service was fast and friendly, and our food came out really quickly. My Sweet and Spicy dog and ice cream fries looked incredible:


Come to mama.

My family made some pretty solid choices too!

The Hot n Spicy Dog:


The Chicago Dog:


The Chili Dog:


And the Western Dog:


Everything looked amazing! I couldn’t wait to dig in.

The verdict? Well, I inhaled my sweet and spicy dog and ice cream fries in record time. Let’s just say that. Winking smile 

All in all, I highly recommend Dogs N Frys. Service was fantastic, the prices were really reasonable, the portion sizes were huge, and most importantly, the food was delicious! I loved this place so much I was even able to forgive them for the (intentional?) misspelling of the plural form of ‘fry’. Winking smile

See you next week!


Morning, friends! Anyone else excited that it’s Friday? What a silly question – of course you are! Winking smile I have a lot of fun plans this weekend (an outdoor movie festival, paintball shenanigans, running, and this bike event?!), and I can’t wait!

But I’m getting way ahead of myself here. I’m excited about the weekend, but I’m also really excited to tell you all about a really neat event I went to last night.

Side note: I just realized I typed the word ‘excited’ three times already. Well, four times if you count that instance. I promise not to use it anymore. Someone buy this girl a thesaurus! Smile

Moving on. Yesterday evening, my awesome sister invited me to an event here:


The Culinary Institute of St. Louis! Yes, my sister is in culinary school. I’m so proud of her!


Isn’t she cute?


Also, can I just mention how perfect it is that my sis is in culinary school and I’m a food blogger? I’m in a family of foodies, and I love it. Smile

Anyway, The Culinary Institute had an event last night called ‘Around the World’ Sliders and Fries. The event promised a variety of sliders, a french fry station, beverages, and dessert, all prepared by some of the students at the school. 

Sliders? Dessert? A FRENCH FRY STATION?! Yes yes yes. There was no way I was going to miss this.

My sister and I arrived to the school a little early, so while we waited for the event to start, she gave me a quick tour of one of the kitchens she takes her classes in.





It was super cool, and you gotta love all of that natural light! I didn’t get much of that during my years in the Chemistry lab at SLU! I’m a little jealous. Winking smile

Once the announcement was made that the food was ready, we scrambled to the kitchen to load up our plates.


Are you surprised that we were first in line? We don’t mess around when it comes to food!

We started by grabbing a few toasted buns.


Next up? The meat! There was a lot to choose from.

Ground beef sliders:


Pulled chicken:


Duck sliders:


Pulled pork:


And chorizo sliders:


As if that wasn’t enough food to choose from, there were also a variety of fries: cajun, lemon pepper, and garlic parmesan, just to name a few!


The selection of meat and fries was enough to impress me, but the thing that really sealed the deal for this girl? The condiment table!


Holy freaking moly.

There were the usual suspects – ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickles – but there were also some pretty unique offerings that caught my eye.

Pear chutney:


Roasted red pepper compote:


Sweet and spicy mayo:


And my new favorite thing: pickled jalapenos.


These were so tasty! They were sweet and spicy, and I wanted to steal that little bowl and eat all of them, but then my sister would have to answer questions about her weird food-blogging sister that stole the bowl of jalapenos, and I didn’t want to do that to her. The thought did cross my mind, though! Just kidding. Kind of. Winking smile

I ended up going with a duck slider (topped with bacon and pickled jalapenos), a chorizo slider (topped with grilled pineapple and pear chutney), and cajun fries.


Oh, and a side of BBQ sauce!


To this day, it is still my all-time favorite condiment, even after the great rib debacle challenge of 2012, where I consumed so many ribs (10 restaurants in 5 weeks!) that I still feel a little queasy when I even think about ribs. I’ll get over it soon, I promise.

Back to the food. Everything was super delicious. The duck burger was flavorful and tasty, and I loved my chorizo burger! The addition of the pineapple and pear chutney was not something I would typically go for – I normally don’t do fruit on my burgers! – but it worked REALLY well.

And the fries! Oh, the fries.


I’m a little disappointed in myself for only eating two sliders, but it’s probably because I loaded up half my plate with these delicious little things. Completely worth it!

All in all, it was a super fun event. It was fun to hang with my sis and meet some of her classmates. Everyone was so nice! I guess I would be too if I was surrounded by delicious food all day! Winking smile 

Thanks again to the little sis for inviting me to this event, and thanks to the Culinary Institute for allowing me to take half a million pictures of everything.

See you next week!

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Five Star Burgers!

by Stephanie on July 18, 2014

in American, Burgers

Hello and happy Friday! Unlike last week, this week has absolutely zoomed by. Does anyone else agree? Why can’t every week be like this? Smile

As you all (hopefully) know, I love a good burger. I feel like I’ve written at least a dozen blog posts about burger joints. I don’t know what it is – I think it’s just the satisfaction of biting into a juicy, perfectly cooked hunk of meat. It feels so wrong…but oh so right! Diets? Yeah, I don’t do those. Winking smile

So it goes without saying that when I found out about Five Star Burgers, I had to try it.

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This little burger joint has been around for a few years at least, and it’s located in Clayton, a (really) nice suburb of St. Louis. Even though Clayton is not too far from where I live, I rarely venture out that way; I’m definitely more of a city girl. But I heard good things about this place, and I’ll travel just about anywhere for good food.

I arrived on a quiet night and had the whole place pretty much to myself.


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Super cute!

Before I made my decision on what to eat, I had to start with a drink. I settled on the Last Word: Gin, maraschino liquor, green chartreuse, and lime.


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It was perfect! A little sweet, a little tart, and all around delicious.

I took a look at the menu to decide what I would feast on.


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All of the burgers sounded delicious, but the Breakfast of Champions burger really caught my eye: A sunny side up egg, American cheese, roast tomato-bacon jam, and hollandaise sauce? Sold! I went with a mixed basket of russet and sweet potato fries as my side.


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As usual, I ordered my burger cooked medium rare, and while 5 star didn’t quite hit the mark on that, the burger was still delicious. It was juicy, flavorful, and all around delicious. The fries were a winner too – crispy and tasty!

Service here was attentive and speedy. My drink and food came out in record time!

I’m really excited to come back and try more items on the menu – hopefully they measure up to my great first experience!

See you next week. Smile



by Stephanie on July 11, 2014

in Dessert, Mexican

Hola, amigos! Sorry I missed ya last week – I was on vacation in Malibu, enjoying the beach and pretty much loving life. I wasn’t ready to come home, but alas…here I am. I miss the beach, but it really is good to be home in good old St. Louis. Smile

I’m sure most people would agree that the first week back to work after a long vacation is really really hard. It took me a little longer than I would have liked to get out of vacation mode! In between meetings and projects and other worky things, all I could think about was how badly I wanted to go back to the beach, relax, and drink a margarita the size of my head.

Thankfully, I won’t have to fly all the way back to Cali to make this happen.


Hola, Gringo!

This restaurant is fairly new, or new to me, at least. It opened while I was away in Virginia, and when I came back to St. Louis, it’s one of the first places I visited with friends. They know me well. Winking smile

Gringo is located in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, in a pretty prime location: right in the middle of all of the action!

The inside of the place is beautiful:




I visited with my friends Joselyn and Christine. I won’t embarrass them with pictures this time. Just trust me on this one!

We grabbed some seats at the bar, and the friendly bartender immediately handed us menus.

We weren’t super hungry, so we decided to stick with the essentials:





Cocktails and desserts, baby!

I went with the Gringo Margarita. Jos and Christine went with the El Camino Margarita and Mexican Sangria.


My Gringo Margarita (Exotico Blanco, triple sec, fresh lime and orange) was delicious. I tasted the El Camino and Mexican Sangria, and those were tasty as well. Winners all around!

For dessert, we decided to share churros:



And tres leches cake:


I thought both desserts were good, but I was more drawn to the churros. Anything topped with cinnamon and sugar = instant winner in my book!

Service at Gringo was great – our bartender was super attentive and kept our drinks filled. Prices were reasonable, and the atmosphere was awesome.

I’m looking forward to coming back to try their lunch or dinner menu. And I’ll definitely be back for more margaritas!

See you next week! Smile


Uptown Café!

by Stephanie on June 27, 2014

in American

Happiest of Fridays to you all! It’s a very happy Friday for me; I leave for California tomorrow! I’ll be there for a week, and I absolutely cannot wait. Bring on the sun and sand! Smile

This week’s review takes us to Uptown Café, in the lovely suburb of Clayton.


I met up with my friend Holly for a quick lunch. Fun fact: we met up here just a few days after I came back to St. Louis (after almost 2 years of living in Virginia). It was a super happy reunion with one of my best friends in the world. Smile

And you know what? In searching through the pictures on my camera, I realize I didn’t take any pictures of us during this outing. That’s completely unlike me, as I love embarrassing my friends by including pictures of them on the blog. What kind of friend am I? The worst kind. Winking smile

Anyway, I dug through my old photos on my computer and found a few:




2007 vs. 2014. We really haven’t changed too much in 7 years!

Enough of that. Let’s talk food!

Uptown Café has a pretty decent menu, with a large variety of pastas, pizza, and sandwiches to choose from. Their Thai Pizza sounded amazing; this New York style pizza included grilled teriyaki chicken, green onion, sweet peppers, chili peppers, and spicy Thai-peanut sauce.

The Mostaccioli also sounded amazing, and I have to admit, I almost ordered this classic dish, just because it is SO St. Louis. Mostaccioli itself is pretty simple: it’s basically just noodles mixed with marinara sauce, topped with cheese, and baked. But go to any wedding, barbeque, or work potluck, and it is always there. Someone always brings Mostaccioli. Just don’t ask anyone from St. Louis to pronounce it. Spoiler alert: we completely butcher the pronunciation.

However, I decided to go with the Seasoned Beef: this sandwich consists of roast beef topped with melted provel (another St. Louis thing), green peppers, and onions, and served on toasted garlic bread with a side of au jus.


Speaking of provel cheese, remember when I used to hate the stuff? That reminds me – I should probably write another review of Imo’s. My tastes have changed a lot since 2010. Winking smile

Anyway, the seasoned beef sandwich. It was super tasty! The beef was flavorful and juicy, and I loved the added flavor that the garlic bread added to the sandwich. I will admit, the bread was a little hard (I should have asked for it untoasted!), but the delicious au jus definitely fixed that problem.

Service at Uptown Café was quick, efficient, and friendly. The prices were more than reasonable, and the atmosphere of the restaurant was nice, even though the size of the place is pretty small.

Uptown Café is nothing to squeal about – I save my squealing for very special occasions – but it’s a good place to visit if you’re in the Clayton area and need a quick bite to eat.

See ya next time!


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