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The Dining District at United Provisions

United provisions 7Exciting things are happening in the Delmar Loop including the building of Wash U. student housing, the opening of exciting new restaurants, and the creation of a much needed grocery store. The owners of Global Foods Market in Kirkwood recently opened their newest venture, United Provisions. This specialty supermarket features items you would find in a typical American grocery store as well as products from around the world. Another component unique to this location is a restaurant called The Dining District, located inside United Provisions. Chef Ben Poremba, James Beard nominated chef and owner of Olio and Elaia, has partnered up as chef in this new venture.

The Dining District offers a variety of foods including old favorites from Porembra’s other restaurants such as Olio’s egg salad and burrata as well as a huge menu of new creations. They feature a raw bar, a long list of sandwiches, grill items, and full sushi menu which is overseen by Chef Naomi Hamamura.

I started my meal with two appetizers, the burrata and crudo. The burrata was topped with olive oil, salt, and pepper and served with beets on the side. It came with a large portion of warm pita bread although I was happy eating the dish on its own. The crudo included five thinly sliced pieces of fish that were also lightly seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper. I was a little nervous about ordering this on a Sunday night because it is hard to expect much freshness out of seafood at that time of the week. However, this fish was perfect and tasted like it was caught that morning!

Next up was a marinated artichoke and provolone warm-pressed sandwich. It was filled with marinated artichokes that were just a little too lemony for my liking but delicious nonetheless. There was a thin layer of a mayo based spread over the bread which was crisp on the outside and soft in the middle. I’ll be honest, I didn’t finish the sandwich at the restaurant but ate the rest at home later that night. My husband ordered the goat burger which was a hamburger topped with a healthy serving of goat cheese and medjool date tampenade for sweetness. The burger was served medium rare and was devoured before I could even finish half of my sandwich.

Because there was a sushi menu sitting in front of me the whole night, I couldn’t help but order one roll. I went with the Hamma’s tuna roll which is Chef Hamma’s signature spicy tuna roll. The tuna was incredibly fresh and the sauce was not overpowering as it sometimes is. The sushi was a bit more expensive than most restaurants in St. Louis with prices averaging $8.50 for basic rolls and $10 to $22 for specialty rolls.

United provisions 3Somehow, I managed to save just a tiny bit of room for dessert. Desserts at the restaurant are provided by La Patisserie Chouquette and are displayed in a case at the front of the restaurant. Since I had just eaten the equivalent of about three meals, I stuck to macarons. Although there were lots of interesting flavors such as absinthe and lavender, I chose to play it safe with pumpkin and chai. They were both fresh, delicious, and probably the best I have found in St. Louis.

Overall, I was really impressed with both the grocery store and restaurant and I think that this space adds so much to The Loop. Whether you need groceries, takeout, a fast lunch, or want to sit and enjoy a nice meal with a bottle of wine, you will be able to find something at United Provisions and The Dining District that works for you.

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The Good Pie

Wood buring brick oven at The Good PieI was in the mood for pizza (when am I not?) so I thought I’d head down the street and check out the newest addition to the Delmar Loop, The Good Pie. Previously located in midtown, The Good Pie serves Neapolitan-style pizzas straight from a beautiful, wood-burning brick oven that is covered in blue mosaic tiles. I walk by this restaurant on my way the gym and this oven caught my eye several months ago so I was really excited when I finally had the chance to check out the restaurant.

After learning that they are closed on Mondays, we decided to do dinner on a Wednesday night. Overall the space has a relaxed vibe and rustic but trendy décor. The open kitchen allows you to watch your food as it is being prepared. The restaurant was pretty loud for only being half full and I think it would have been hard to have a conversation with more than four people.

White bean dip at The Good PieWe were seated and a server came over right away. We were given separate food and cocktail menus as well as a small chalkboard with their 10 craft beer offerings. Since I am a firm believer that pizza and beer are made for each other, I went with a Civil Life cream ale and the white bean dip for a starter. The bean dip was every bit as good as the waitress said it would be! This creamy spread was a great alternative to the standard hummus appetizer and was drizzled with a lemony olive oil and served with crispy flat bread with edges that were slightly charred. If I had been at home, I would have licked the bowl.

While there were pasta choices on the menu, we decidNeapolitan pizza at The Good Pieed on two pizzas, the Margherita for me and Mastunicola for my husband. Both arrived quickly on metal pans with pizza cutters for you to slice your own pieces. The Margherita was very light on the sauce and mozzarella cheese but it didn’t matter because the fresh basil and the sourdough pizza crust were so delicious that you almost did not want anything to overpower it. The Mastunicola pizza was topped with cured pork belly, sage, parmesan cheese and an egg. This sauceless pizza was my favorite of the two and my husband is lucky there was meat on it because I would have wanted to trade. I was glad that we went for two pizzas because one would not have been enough. This Neapolitan-style of pizza was great because it left me feeling not overly full or greasy.

Overall, I was really impressed with this new pizza spot. It is always a risk for a restaurant to move locations but I think that The Good Pie managed to do it successfully. Hopefully this new location continues to bring the same success and great pizza as the last!

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