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Dynamic duo of quality, taste fills plates at Yellowstone Café and Lazy River Grill

Quality and freshness are more than words to John Marciano. They’re a commitment and a guarantee that are given to every plate – and every customer – served at his Yellowstone Café and Lazy River Grill. “It’s all about the food and what we have to offer,” Marciano said. “Everything begins with quality and freshness. You have to start with quality if you want high quality on the table.” Yellowstone and Lazy River specialize in sourcing the highest quality fish, beef, chicken and pork on the market. Once it’s delivered, the expertly trained staff at each location oversees to its ...

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Chesterfield-based Balaban’s serves award-winning wines, catering and more

Recognized as an up-and-coming caterer by the St. Louis Business Journal, Balaban’s, led by managing partner Brian Underwood, has realized a growth in its catering operation of 1,000 percent over the last two years. Underwood saw the demand for catering after Balaban’s, a staple on the St. Louis dining scene in the Central West End from 1972 until 2006, reopened five years ago in Chesterfield. By 2012, Underwood had spearheaded the move to nearly double the restaurant and wine store’s footprint by adding a private Wine Room, which seats eight and houses the Library Wines from the original Café Balaban ...

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Massa’s offers a trio of locations for good food and fun – of course!

Reputation. It’s central to a restaurant’s success, especially those restaurants that operate multiple locations. Massa’s, Of Course! is such an operation. Its stellar reputation has allowed the brand to flourish from Ballwin to its two St. Charles locations at Winghaven and New Town. “Good people, good food and atmosphere is what keeps brining people back, – no matter where they are,” said Jack Massa, who established Massa’s, Of Course! with his brother Bill. “Each Massa’s location is a little different – of course,” Jack said. “Each place has its own personality. While the menus may be a little different, the ...

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Big Chief brings food fresh from the backyard garden to the table

When Stephanie Mulholland, co-owner of the Historic Big Chief,decided to grow her business, she did so literally. Mulholland planted a garden behind the restaurant to save money and to add garden freshness to Big Chief’s menu. She calls gardening her second passion. “The thought came when I was doing invoicing and realized I had spent over $100 in fresh basil in one month. That’s when I decided I could grow my own basil for about $1,” Mulholland said. After two growing seasons Mulholland now plants five different types of basil along with an array of produce, from spring/summer crops such ...

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Villa Farotto offers something for everyone

When Villa Farotto debuted in Chesterfield Valley 10 years ago its chef was given a few restrictions from Jim Parrott, patriarch of the original Farotto’s on Manchester. “Don’t mess with my pizza; don’t mess with my sauce, dressing or dough. Anything else is fair game,” Proprietor and Executive Chef Gerard LaRuffa recalls his father-in-law saying – and he took that advice to heart. When LaRuffa, his wife, Lisa, and brother-in-law, Jeff Parrott, designed their Chesterfield restaurant, the concept was mortared in red sauce – and culinary creativity. “If you would lift our restaurant up its core foundation would be Manchester’s ...

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Nadoz Bakery + Cafe serves up a full menu of healthy offerings + decadent treats

Inside Taubman Prestige Outlets in Chesterfield is a treat for all who love great food. Nadōz Bakery + Cafe, which has long satisfied customers at its Brentwood (The Boulevard-St. Louis) and Coronado Ballroom locations, opened quietly in February. Perhaps a little too quietly, says restaurant co-owner Kathy Becker. “Shoppers just happen upon us, but we’re really a convenient destination in Chesterfield Valley.” Located adjacent to the Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and The Gap Factory Store, the restaurant offers easy access from the outlet mall’s parking lot and shares a covered outdoor dining area with its food court. So it’s ...

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Shamrocks Pub & Grill: Home to great food and good times

Shamrocks Pub & Grill is a place where the staff knows your name. The restaurant, located at 4177 Veterans Memorial Parkway in St. Peters, prides itself on superior customer service. “Our staff is very one-on-one with our customers,” said Kelly Dent, who owns Shamrocks Pub & Grill with her husband, Kyle, and her parents, Tom and Mary Durst. “We have a lot of regulars, and we care about their lives. They are not just a number. We build relationships with our customers.” Whether it’s a girls’ night out, dinner with the family or a retirement party, Shamrocks Pub and Grill ...

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Made from scratch is Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders recipe for ‘deliciousness’

Any successful business demands a solid foundation. At Bellacino’s that foundation is built on dough – pizza and bread dough that is. “If you have a good base you can build on it. That’s one of our slogans,” said Valerie Worley, who with husband, Craig, continues to build success at their Town & Country Bellacino’s franchise. “Our foundation is our dough, which we make from scratch and bake fresh everyday. Other sandwich/pizza shops don’t bake from scratch anymore. Most get in frozen dough. We’re here at seven in the morning making our pizza and bread dough up fresh every day.” ...

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Smoothie King offers nutrition on the go for ‘everyone who loves a delicious drink’

Getting a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables is as easy as ordering a delicious, refreshing drink  at Smoothie King. “We are smoothies with a purpose,” said Cherry Villegas, co-owner of the Cottleville and O’Fallon Smoothie King locations. “We have a variety of smoothies to meet your needs. Whether you need to get toned, recover faster from a workout or get enough energy to keep up with your kids, we have a smoothie for you.” Smoothie King also offers smoothies to help customers build muscle or slim down. Customers can add a muscle builder, which contains 100 percent pure Creatine ...

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