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Awards

  • 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"

2010 Stories by Ian Froeb

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  • Review Preview: Blue Nile Market and Café

    published Nov 01, 2010

    ​This week, I return to one of my favorite dining destinations in St. Louis -- Jeffrey Plaza, a homely strip mall at Olive Boulevard and I-170 -- to try the Ethiopian restaurant Blue Nile Market and... More >>

  • October 2010 Openings and Closings [Updated 2x]

    published Nov 01, 2010

    ​October was a very busy month for restaurant news in St. Louis. Judging by the reaction here and elsewhere, I'd guess the biggest news was the closing of Newstead Tower Public House. (Evan Benn of ... More >>

  • Newstead Tower Public House to Close Saturday, October 30
    FEATURED STORY

    Newstead Tower Public House to Close Saturday, October 30

    published Oct 29, 2010

    Based on the number of page views, Facebook shares, retweets and comments on the news that Newstead Tower Public House is closing, I thought I would bump this post as a reminder that tomorrow, October... More >>

  • This Election Night, The Rent Is Too Damn Pi

    published Oct 29, 2010

    ​It seems like only yesterday that Gut Check was noting its perhaps exhaustive coverage of Pi Pizzeria. But when owner Chris Sommers sends us a graphic as amazing as this, we have no choice but to s... More >>

  • Stephen Colbert on the McRib and Election Day

    published Oct 29, 2010

    On last night's episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert tackled the unlikely intersection of the two biggest news stories of next week: Election Day and the return of the McRib sandwich to ever... More >>

  • Mexican Coca-Cola No Different from U.S. Version?

    published Oct 29, 2010

    ​A story on Time (via Gawker) this morning landed with a virtual thud in the very depths of my soul: Scientists claim to have found no proof that Mexican Coca-Cola, beloved of food snobs and hi... More >>

  • Video: Live Crab Vending Machine

    published Oct 28, 2010

    A colleague found this remarkable report (via NPR) on a vending machine in Nanking, China, that dispenses crabs. Living crabs. They are enclosed in cases and then, according to NPR, kept at a temperat... More >>

  • #41: The "Bucktown" Pizza at Pi Pizzeria

    published Oct 28, 2010

    ​I'm as guilty as anyone of contributing toward the hoopla surrounding Pi. President Obama declaring it his favorite pizza. Chris Sommers and crew cooking in the White House. New locations in St. Lo... More >>

  • Chef Shuffle at Bistro 1130: Marc Felix Gone Before It Opened

    published Oct 27, 2010

    ​Eric Miranne, the owner of Bistro 1130, which opened in September at 1130 Town & Country Crossing Drive, got in touch with me this week to clear up a misunderstanding. In the build-up to Bistro... More >>

  • #42: <i>Pla Song Kruang</i> at Basil Spice Thai Cuisine
    FEATURED STORY

    #42: Pla Song Kruang at Basil Spice Thai Cuisine

    published Oct 27, 2010

    ​One of the challenges of reviewing a restaurant with a lengthy menu, as often happens at Thai, Vietnamese and Indian restaurants, is balancing the reader's curiosity about old favorites (curry, pho... More >>

  • Review + Slideshow: Monarch Southern Bistro

    published Oct 27, 2010

    ​Monarch has given its bar and bistro area a Cajun makeover. My review of Monarch Southern Bistro (7401 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-3995) is now available online. Jennifer Silverberg's slide... More >>

  • Ian Froeb

    Going South: Monarch reinvents itself, yet again

    published October 27, 2010

    Since Monarch opened in 2003, through the tenures of its original executive chef, Brian Hale, and his successor, Josh Galliano, the Maplewood... More >>

  • World's Largest Gummy Worm Prompts the Expected Jokes

    published Oct 26, 2010

    Today in free advertising: It's the self-proclaimed* "World's Largest Gummy Worm" from a company called Vat19. The worm weighs three pounds and boasts 4,000 calories -- though, as you might expect, th... More >>

  • RIP Paul the Psychic Octopus

    published Oct 26, 2010

    Gut Check followed this year's World Cup with unusual fervor, including our "World Cuppage" reports from venues around town, so indulge us as we pay our respects to one of our favorite characters from... More >>

  • Former Gyro House Location Is Now Gyros in the Loop

    published Oct 25, 2010

    ​This certainly won't cause any confusion: Gyros in the Loop has opened at 571 Melville Avenue. This, of course, is the former address of Gyro House, which has relocated to the eastern half of the D... More >>

  • Review Preview: Monarch's Southern Bistro

    published Oct 25, 2010

    ​After closing for several weeks of renovations this summer, the bar and bistro of Monarch (7401 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-3995) feature a new Southern Bistro menu that draws from the Loui... More >>

  • Gut Check Modifies Commenting System

    published Oct 25, 2010

    And now for a brief peek behind the scenes at Gut Check International Headquarters: Beginning today, Gut Check and the other Riverfront Times blogs require readers to complete a "Captcha" field when l... More >>

  • Growlers Pub Closes Creve Coeur Location

    published Oct 25, 2010

    Mike Sweeney had the scoop on STL Hops this morning: Growlers Pub has closed its original location at 763 Old Ballas Road in Creve Coeur. An employee at the Sunset Hills location, which remains open, ... More >>

  • This Hot Dog Cooker is a Wiener

    published Oct 22, 2010

    A colleague passed along this photograph from the depths of the Internet. It pretty much needs no further explanation, just some plump buns. For serving, of course.​... More >>

  • It's the World's Most Transparent Viral Ad for GourmetGiftBaskets.com Largest Cup of Coffee!

    published Oct 22, 2010

    Via Eater comes word of some outfit called GourmetGiftBaskets.com garnering a lot of free advertising* for itself by setting the Guinness world record for the largest cup of coffee.The cup contains 2,... More >>

  • Additional Thoughts on the Closing of An American Place

    published Oct 22, 2010

    ​Tom Finkel already provided a thorough postmortem yesterday on the news that Larry Forgione's An American Place will soon close its doors. To his analysis I'd add only this:In the same Sauce Magazi... More >>

  • Soft-Serve Lamb Neck Dirt Pie? It's the Menu of 2011...Today!

    published Oct 22, 2010

    ​Nation's Restaurant News (via Eater) looks at the hot restaurant trends for 2011, as determined by restaurant-marketing consultancy Andrew Freeman & Co. What will be the trend of next year, acc... More >>

  • Don DeLillo Accepts St. Louis University Literary Award

    published Oct 22, 2010

    ​Don DeLillo hearkened back to his days as a student at Fordham University in New York City as he accepted St. Louis University's annual Literary Award late Thursday afternoon. It was at Fordham, sa... More >>

  • Crunchify This, Bobby Flay

    published Oct 21, 2010

    ​Eater reports that celebrity chef* Bobby Flay has trademarked the words** "Crunchburger" and "crunchify."Fine. Whatever. I certainly have nothing against intellectual property rights, even if the t... More >>

  • #43: Chori Pollo at Mi Ranchito

    published Oct 21, 2010

    ​One benefit to this being a collection of my favorite dishes rather than a ranking of St. Louis' "best" dishes is that it gives me the chance to enrage the Cheez Whiz-averse to lavish some attentio... More >>

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