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  • 2011 - Association of Food Journalists Awards, published November 4, 2010

    "Jeffrey Plaza Jewel"

  • 2011 - Association of Food Journalists Awards, published November 11, 2010

    "Near Beer"

2007 Stories by Ian Froeb

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  • Review Preview: Erato

    published Jun 12, 2007

    Executive chef Kevin Willmann emerged from the Erato kitchen, a slightly dazed expression on his young, bearded face. It was after nine on Saturday night, and the dining room was packed -- though now,... More >>

  • Small Plates: Tuesday, 6/12

    published Jun 12, 2007

    photo: Ian Froeb Finally, fondue. Sorry for the late start this week. Yesterday involved staff meetings. Several hours of them. Speaking of late starts, Simply Fondue has finally opened at... More >>

  • Farewell, Artie

    published Jun 08, 2007

    source: Wrong about armagnac. Right about food. Oh, sure, everyone wants to know whether Tony lives or dies in the final episode of the Sopranos. But we here at Gut Check would be r... More >>

  • Small Plates: Friday, 6/8

    published Jun 08, 2007

    source: The Evil Empire? A quick follow-up to yesterday's Small Plates. Slate's Daniel Gross offers an argument in favor of Whole Foods Market's planned acquisition of ... More >>

  • Beer in the Shower Redux

    published Jun 07, 2007

    photo: You know you want to. I knew I wasn't alone in my love of this occasional guilty pleasure. Reader Morgan Davis writes: I am thrilled that someone has finally validated my l... More >>

  • Small Plates: Thursday, 6/7

    published Jun 07, 2007

    photo: Ian Froeb Nepali cuisine in the Grove This news predates the launch of Gut Check, but I was in the neighborhood last night and snapped this (yes, yes, crappy) photo. So, in case you ... More >>

  • In This Week's Issue

    published Jun 06, 2007

    photo: Jennifer Silverberg Even pigs love Mike Mills' baby-back ribs. My review of 17th Street Bar & Grill is now available online. Click here to read. Also in this week's paper, Malcolm t... More >>

  • 'Cue Ball

    published June 6, 2007

    When you eat at restaurants for a living, it's hard to complain that you haven't had a vacation in a long while. People tend to look at you kind... More >>

  • Review Preview: 17th Street Bar & Grill

    published Jun 05, 2007

    Even before you pull into the parking lot, you'll smell the wood-smoke. And if that doesn't alert you that this place is Pork Valhalla, then the benches out front certainly will. They are in the shape... More >>

  • Small Plates: Monday, 6/4

    published Jun 04, 2007

    photo: Ian Froeb Welcome to whomever you are A sign for a restaurant called Binions ("Your Contemporary Restaurant") has gone up at 5917 Delmar Boulevard. This is the space formerly occupied ... More >>

  • The Week in Gut Check

    published Jun 01, 2007

    Gut Check is very sorry, Mr. RolenIf you haven't checked out Gut Check, the new RFT food blog, during its inaugural week, here's what you've missed: - We had to apologize to Scott Rolen. - We enjoye... More >>

  • The Restorative Powers of Pho

    published Jun 01, 2007

    photo: Ian Froeb Does a body good. It's been a long first week for Gut Check. Your host moved to a new apartment and had to apologize to Scott Rolen -- but at least he enjoyed a cold beer in ... More >>

  • Beer in the Shower

    published May 31, 2007

    photo: Ian Froeb Drink, rinse, repeat. I moved this week. It sucked. But at the end of an arduous few days, I looked forward to rewarding myself with one of the great, small pleasures of thi... More >>

  • Mea Culpa

    published May 31, 2007

    Mea culpa, Scott. Here's an example of the pain-in-the-assitude of a weekly publication schedule: In this week's review of Acero, I wrote that black truffles are as rare as a Scott Rolen b... More >>

  • In This Week's Issue

    published May 30, 2007

    photo: Jennifer Silverberg Even tastier than it looks. My review of Acero is now available online. Click here to read. Also in this week's paper, Randall Roberts tries Lemp Lager at Blueberr... More >>

  • Small Plates: Wednesday, 5/30

    published May 30, 2007

    I'm moving to a new apartment today, so this will be short and sweet. But it involves free food, so listen closely. On Tuesday, June 5, area Chipotle locations (including the new location at the inte... More >>

  • Paradise Lust

    published May 30, 2007

    7266 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-1790. Hours: Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Dinner 5-10 p.m. Mon.- Sat. (Closed Sun.) More >>

  • Review Preview: Acero

    published May 29, 2007

    Our waiter was referring to yours truly, about to do a face-plant in my mushroom ravioli. These delicate morsels, adrift in a sauce of melted, mildly tangy caciotta (a Tuscan cheese made mostly from s... More >>

  • Happy Memorial Day

    published May 28, 2007

    Hope you're having a safe, relaxing holiday. If you still need to go to the store for burgers or steaks, this article from last Wednesday's New York Times may help you avoid a nasty case of sticker sh... More >>

  • Small Plates: Friday, 5/25

    published May 25, 2007

    You're looking at a (crappy) photo of the new Bistro Alexander, which opened last week at 7927 Forsyth in Clayton. (It's the space formerly occupied by Limoncello.) I had a look at the menu. True t... More >>

  • Welcome!

    published May 25, 2007

    Don't let that archive fool you. Gut Check is the brand-spankin' new Riverfront Times food blog. We're here to discuss food and drink in St. Louis: restaurant news and reviews, discussions both seriou... More >>

  • The Turn of a Page

    published May 23, 2007

    If you're like most people, summer reading conjures up one of two images. Either you're lying on a crowded beach, nodding off over a... More >>

  • Naan Better

    published May 23, 2007

    8629 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-991-9999. Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily (Closed Mon.) 8629 Olive Boulevard, University City;... More >>

  • Hearth of Gold

    published May 16, 2007

    1059 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-645-3522. Hours: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 5:30-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 5-9 p.m. Sun. (Closed Mon.) More >>

  • Grand Adventures

    published May 9, 2007

    3210 South Grand Boulevard, 314-772-4442. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. 4101 South Grand Boulevard, 314-752-5539. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.... More >>

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