As we gear up for the holidays, St. Louis diners have plenty of new spots to explore. Two of the city's most renowned restaurant couples – Mike and Liz Randolph (Half & Half, plus the now-shuttered Público and Randolfi's Italian Kitchen) and Michael and Tara Gallina (Vicia) – opened new concepts, both in U City. From the Randolphs, Original J's Tex-Mex & Barbecue is serving up central Texas-style 'cue, including plenty of smoked meats and tacos, while the Gallinas have revamped the much-loved Winslow's Home into Winslow's Table, offering the same seasonally inspired, vegetable-forward fare that won them acclaim at Vicia. The second restaurant at the much-anticipated St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, Train Shed, also opened this month, as well as a coffee shop featuring food from acclaimed chef Rob Connoley of Bulrush and a new wine shop in the Shaw neighborhood.
Although openings were, thankfully, slim this month, a few restaurants did close up shop, including Guerrilla Street Food's outpost inside Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade in St. Charles and brunch favorite Café Madeleine at the Piper Palm House, which plans to reopen with a new concept in the spring.
1798 BBQ, 5210 Highway N, Cottleville, Missouri, facebook.com/1798BBQ
Britt's Bakehouse, 137 W. Jefferson Ave., Kirkwood, Missouri, 314.440.4794, brittsbakehouse.com
Destination Café, 3182 Morganford Road, Tower Grove South, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.899.0413, destinationcafe.org
J’s Pitaria Mediterranean Cuisine, 91 Concord Plaza Shopping Center, Sappington, Missouri, 314.270.8005, jspitaria.com (second location)
Wild Olive Provisions, 2201 S. 39th St., Shaw, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.300.8089, facebook.com/WildOliveProvisions
Café Madeleine, 4256 Magnolia Ave., Tower Grove Park, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.575.5658, cafemadeleinestl.com
Guerrilla Street Food (located inside Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade), 2236 1st Capitol Dr., St. Charles, Missouri, 636.224.8626, twoplumbers.com