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Mamacitas Ancho Fried Chicken & Waffles from Atomic Cowboy
(Courtesy: Sauce Magazine)

There’s new interest in an old favorite: fried chicken. It’s one of the ultimate comfort foods, and has become a popular dish at St. Louis’ old and new restaurants.

Old Standard Fried Chicken is one of those new restaurants, opening in October. As its name indicates, the restaurant specializes in fried chicken.

David Choi demonstrates the grill for Steve Potter and Ligaya Figueras on Feb. 3, 2015, at Seoul Q in St. Louis.
Katie Cook / St. Louis Public Radio

It all started in the kitchen of David Choi’s grandma. It was there that Choi fell in love with the flavors of Korean barbecue and the communal act of eating together, and got the idea for Seoul Taco. Choi's Korean-Mexican fusion food truck hit the streets in 2011 and one year later became a brick-and-mortar restaurant off the Delmar Loop.

Sauce executive editor Ligaya Figueras sits with the magazine's 2009 "ones to watch": Cory Shupe, far left, T.J. Vytlacil, Cory King and Adam Alnether.
Jonathan Gayman / Sauce Magazine

Six years ago, Sauce Magazine put together its first “ones to watch” list. At the time, though, Adam Altnether and T.J. Vytlacil were just trying to get started.

“The year before that was kind of this meteoric rise in Niche that everything just kept coming to me,” Altnether told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter on Friday. In 2009, Altnether was the chef de cuisine at Niche. Today, he’s a partner at Craft Restaurant Group and Niche’s executive chef.

Bar manager Joel Clark mixes drinks at The Purple Martin in St. Louis.
Sauce Magazine

Joel Clark, who has been called one of St. Louis’ top craft cocktail bartenders, lost his sense of smell after suffering a seizure in December. Losing a sense is traumatic in itself, but losing the sense of smell also means Clark has lost his sense of taste.

Sound Bites: A Closer Look At The Modern Butcher

Oct 10, 2014
Andrew Jennrich, left, is the head butcher at The Butchery, Truffles Restaurant's new meat market. Brandon Benanck, right, is Truffles' executive chef.
Meera Nagarajan / Courtesy of Sauce Magazine

Butcher shops are changing. Whole-animal butcher shops, using local farm-raised animals, are popping up in St. Louis. In this month's Sound Bites segment on "Cityscape," we talked to local butchers about the benefits of the new trend.

Guests

Sound Bites: St. Louis Sommeliers Debunk Wine Myths

Sep 12, 2014
Wine glasses
Slack12 via Flickr

It turns out wine may not be as highfalutin as many believe.

Wine has only been part of American culture for the last 30 years, sommelier Patricia Wamhoff said, while in Europe it’s part of everyday consumption. More people are looking at wine as a hobby, sommelier Andrey Ivanov said. “It’s very accessible nowadays.”

So we put these experts to the test:

Do you look down at a $5 bottle of wine?

Ligaya Figueras

St. Louis currently boasts about 15 Vietnamese restaurants, but that wasn't the case when Qui Tran’s family opened Mai Lee, one of St. Louis' first Vietnamese restaurants, in 1985. On this month’s Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, we talked about the Vietnamese dining scene with Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine, and Qui Tran of Mai Lee.

Where Are The Best Places To Eat Brunch In St. Louis?

Jun 13, 2014
Carmen Troesser/Sauce Magazine

It’s not breakfast. It’s not lunch. Somehow it’s both and all the more delicious for it. No one knows for sure when brunch first began, but the first record of the word in print comes from an 1895 article in a British magazine called Hunter’s Weekly. Some link the origins of brunch to the upper-crust British tradition of hunter’s luncheons. Others say it comes from the Catholic practice of fasting until after mass.  From Great Britain, brunch made its way to the United States .

Michelle Volansky / Sauce Magazine

In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter spoke with the magazine’s executive editor Ligaya Figueras and art director Meera Nagarajan about what is up-and-coming in the St. Louis food scene.

Among the highlights of the conversation were what restaurants have good patios, what’s new at the Loop, and two barbecue restaurants set to open soon. Also covered were hit lists of restaurants that focus on being healthy and places that are kid friendly.

St. Louis Public Radio / Kelsey Proud

In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter spoke with the magazine’s executive editor Ligaya Figueras and two local chefs whose work takes them outside of the restaurant: nutrition specialist for the St. Louis Cardinals Simon Lusky and SSM DePaul Health Center sous chef Kore Wilbert. Lusky also is co-owner Athlete Eats, a small business that started out cooking for pro athletes in the off-season and now includes a restaurant on Cherokee Street.

Sound Bites: Recipe For A Successful Restaurant

Mar 14, 2014
Jonathan Gayman.

In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter spoke with the magazine’s executive editor Ligaya Figueras and local restaurateurs Chris Sommers and Mike Randolph about finding a good recipe for a successful restaurant.

Michelle Volansky / Courtesy Sauce Magazine

In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter discussed the production and sale of local foods in St. Louis with Sauce Magazine executive editor Ligaya Figueras, Fair Shares CCSA co-founder Sara Hale and Fields Foods co-founder Jeffrey Randol.

Sound Bites: Ones To Watch 2014

Jan 17, 2014
Carmen Troesser

In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, managing editor Julie Cohen gave an overview of the six up-and-comers the publication chose for its annual “Ones to Watch” feature.

Sound Bites: Best St. Louis Food & Drink Of 2013

Dec 27, 2013
(Courtesy: Catherine Klene, Sauce Magazine)

In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, executive editor Ligaya Figueras and food critics Michael Renner and Matt Berkley reviewed the standout St. Louis restaurants and bars of 2013.

Michael Renner writes “New and Notable” for Sauce, and Matt Berkley writes “Nightlife.” They maintain anonymity in order to accurately review the experience an average customer might have.

New Venues

Sound Bites: Thanksgiving Edition

Nov 22, 2013
(via Flickr / terren in Virginia)

In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter discussed the ins and outs of cooking the Thanksgiving meal with Five Bistro owner/chef Anthony Devoti, his mother Bonnie Devoti and Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine.

Sound Bites: Restaurants In The Loop

Oct 11, 2013
Carmen Troesser / (Courtesy Sauce Magazine)

In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter discussed the ongoing growth of the restaurant scene in the Delmar Loop with Joe Edwards, the owner of Blueberry Hill and other Loop landmarks, Ryan Pinkston, co-owner of newcomer Three Kings Public House and Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine.

Michelle Volansky / (Courtesy Sauce Magazine)

In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter discussed new restaurants and bars opening up in St. Louis with Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine. Every month the magazine makes up a "hit list" of new venues the editors recommend visiting.

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Who needs cookbooks when you can look up recipes online? The answer, perhaps, is people who care about more than just finding a recipe.

In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, substitute host Jim Althoff received recommendations for summer food reads from Executive Director Ligaya Figueras and Arts Director Meera Nagarajan of Sauce Magazine.

Sound Bites: Summer Drinks

Jul 19, 2013
Greg Rannells, Sauce Magazine

In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter sampled a few summer drinks with Cory King, Ted Kilgore and Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine.

Courtesy Sauce Magazine

About seven years ago, a group of four men decided to form a competitive barbecuing team, the Missouri Shark Fisherman’s Club.

In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine we explore the world of competitive barbecuing with teammates Matt Riordan and Robin Brown.  Host Steve Potter also talks with Julie Cohen, managing editor of Sauce Magazine and the author of a feature story about the Club.

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