A new full-service, upscale-casual restaurant recently opened in Wildwood, Missouri. Craft Eats & Drinks debuted on April 30, offering everything from jumbo soft pretzels and pizzas to burgers and internationally inspired bowls.

The concept comes from David McDonald, who owns 1356 Public House, and his brother, John McDonald, who owns Nick’s Pub and SOHA Bar & Grill. Shane Godfrey, who previously served as the kitchen manager at Nick’s, now fills that role at the McDonalds’ new venture.

“Dave lives in the Wildwood area and wanted to have a place he would like to go to for food that’s a bit different than anything else out here,” says general manager Travis Thompson. “He and John started talking and decided to work on it together.”

Craft Eats & Drinks fills a space previously occupied by Big Bear Grill, with around 60 seats available in the dining area, another 30 at the bar and 40 on an outdoor patio. The contemporary interior features a gray color scheme and walnut features. Guests can check out sporting events on 70-inch TVs throughout the space.

Highlights from the menu include a jumbo-sized everything pretzel that is baked in house, buttered and topped with everything seasoning, served with house beer cheese and scallion cream cheese spread. Additional shareable appetizers include chicken wings and goat cheese medallions.

Salad options include classics such as Caesar, cobb and wedge salads. “Handheld” options include a signature Craft grilled cheese with sourdough, short rib, Gouda, sharp Cheddar and horseradish mayo. A stuffed burger features a patty filled with bacon and Cheddar. 

Gluten-free alternatives on the menu include the option to sub in a gluten-free bun for any sandwich and a cauliflower crust for any pizza, such as a Bianco pizza with garlic-butter sauce, roasted red peppers and mozzarella.

Internationally inspired dishes include a steak fajita bowl with sautéed peppers and onions, pico de gallo, queso and grain blend. Street tacos are another popular pick, as well as a Big Island poke bowl with raw ahi tuna, avocado, wasabi, fresh vegetables, udon noodles and lime vinaigrette.

From the full bar, choose from options such as 36 drafts, more options by the can and a wide selection of whiskies, scotches, bourbons and ryes. Brunch is available on Sundays and includes offerings such as biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, and eggs Benedict. Happy hour specials, available on the bar and on the patio, run Monday through Friday from open until 6pm and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

“We were just looking to be different and unique for the area,” Thompson says. “There’s something for everyone, whether it be families or folks just getting off of the golf course.”

Craft Eats & Drinks is currently open Sunday through Thursday from 11am to midnight as well as Friday through Saturday from 11am to 1am.

Craft Eats & Drinks, 16524 Manchester Road, Wildwood, Missouri, 636.235.0882, craftrestaurantstl.com

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