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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"

2011 Stories by Ian Froeb

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  • South Grand Gyro Express Reopens

    published Feb 23, 2011

    ​South Grand Gyro Express (5622 South Grand Boulevard; 314-481-1033) has reopened after closing "until further notice" last June. Not only has the restaurant returned, so have the original owners, K... More >>

  • #22: The Blueberry Scone at La Dolce Via

    published Feb 23, 2011

    ​How do you know that you're in the hands of a master baker? When the only sweetness that you can taste in your blueberry scone is the natural sugar of the fruit itself, and it is exactly enough.La ... More >>

  • Pizzeria Tivoli: Review + Slideshow

    published Feb 23, 2011

    ​Good pizza in a cozy neighborhood joint. My review of Pizzeria Tivoli (5861 South Kingshighway Boulevard; 314-832-3222) is now available online, as is Jennifer Silverberg's slideshow of the restaur... More >>

  • Sneak a Peek at the Menu of the 1904 Steak House

    Sneak a Peek at the Menu of the 1904 Steak House

    published Feb 22, 2011

    ​River City Casino is gearing up to debut the 1904 Steak House in the space vacated last year by Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse. Gut Check is sending an operative to attend a media preview of the new menu t... More >>

  • David Bailey Plans Kitchen, New Restaurant Downtown
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    David Bailey Plans Kitchen, New Restaurant Downtown

    published Feb 22, 2011

    ​An eagle-eyed reader emailed a few days ago to report that there appeared to be something stirring at the former City Grocers/City Gourmet spot at 920 Olive Street downtown -- and that a sign in th... More >>

  • Pickles Deli Opening Downtown Location

    published Feb 22, 2011

    ​Central West End eatery Pickles Deli (22 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361-3354) will open a second location at 701 Olive Street downtown. This was the longtime home of Teutenberg's, which closed last N... More >>

  • Making Mom Proud: A Visit to Nora's
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    Making Mom Proud: A Visit to Nora's

    published Feb 22, 2011

    ​When you name your restaurant after your mother, as the owner of the Dogtown sandwich shop Nora's (1136 Tamm Avenue; 314-645-2706) has done, you don't leave yourself much margin for error. Screw it... More >>

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    Slice Is Nice: With its brick oven, Pizzeria Tivoli is a welcome addition to Princeton Heights

    published February 24, 2011

    It says something about the number and variety of pizzerias in St. Louis that Pizzeria Tivoli isn't the first place in town where I've... More >>

  • Review Preview: Pizzeria Tivoli

    published Feb 21, 2011

    ​This week I try the wood-fired pizzas at Pizzeria Tivoli (5861 South Kingshighway Boulevard; 314-832-3222). It says something about the number and range of pizzerias in St. Louis that Pizzeria Tivo... More >>

  • "The People's Best New Chef" Voting Update

    published Feb 21, 2011

    ​You have until Monday, March 1, to cast your vote in Food & Wine magazine's "The People's Best New Chef" competition -- and St. Louis' three competitors need your vote! As of 11 a.m. this morni... More >>

  • 1111 Mississippi, Vin de Set Owners to Open Pizza Joint

    published Feb 21, 2011

    ​Paul and Wendy Hamilton, the husband-and-wife owners of the ever-popular 1111 Mississippi and Vin de Set, will open a new pizza restaurant called PW Pizza, the couple announced late last week. (Sau... More >>

  • Five Alive! Five New Concepts for Pujols 5 If Albert Leaves

    published Feb 18, 2011

    ​Of course, the big news in St. Louis this week was that the Cardinals and Albert Pujols couldn't come to terms on a new contract before El Hombre's spring training deadline. As you might have heard... More >>

  • El Pollo Loco Closes Only St. Louis Location

    published Feb 18, 2011

    ​Following up on a post on the Post Dispatch's "Eat at Joe's" message board, Gut Check can confirm that the only St. Louis area location of the fast-food chain El Pollo Loco (4103 South Lemay Ferry ... More >>

  • Bogart's Smokehouse Opens Today

    published Feb 18, 2011

    ​It might not be strong enough to overwhelm the beer brewing down on Pestalozzi, but there is a powerful whiff of woodsmoke emanating from Soulard today: Bogart's Smokehouse, the long-awaited siblin... More >>

  • Three St. Louis Chefs and a Sommelier Are James Beard Award Semifinalists [Updated]
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    Three St. Louis Chefs and a Sommelier Are James Beard Award Semifinalists [Updated]

    published Feb 17, 2011

    ​The James Beard Foundation this morning announced the semifinalists for its annual awards (link PDF). Gerard Craft of Niche, Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Café and Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus ... More >>

  • Mangia Italiano to Reopen Next Week [Updated]

    published Feb 17, 2011

    ​Just spoke with James Bonsanti, one of the new owners of Mangia Italiano (3145 South Grand Boulevard; 314-664-8585). He confirms that the south city mainstay, which closed for renovations at the be... More >>

  • Back for the Burger at the Tavern Kitchen & Bar
    FEATURED STORY

    Back for the Burger at the Tavern Kitchen & Bar

    published Feb 17, 2011

    ​One of the trickier aspects of reviewing a restaurant is deciding, over the course of several visits, what to order. I want to get a sense of the chef's range, of course. I usually succumb to a cou... More >>

  • How to Handle a Negative Yelp Review

    published Feb 17, 2011

    The rise of "amateur" review sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon has led to numerous tales of chefs and other business owners reacting to criticisms with outrage and even lawsuits.The well-mannered restaur... More >>

  • Central Café and Bakery: Review + Slideshow

    published Feb 16, 2011

    ​Chicken, shawarma and freshly baked pita bread. My review of Central Café and Bakery (331 North Euclid Avenue; 314-875-0657) is now available online. You should also check out Jennifer Silverberg'... More >>

  • #23: <i>Gang Kua Ped Yang</i> at Addie's Thai House
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    #23: Gang Kua Ped Yang at Addie's Thai House

    published Feb 16, 2011

    ​Gang kua ped yang is a red curry with roasted duck meat. You can't see the duck meat in this photograph. Trust me, though, it's there, five or six thick hunks of tender, flavorful meat, part of one... More >>

  • Video: Cookie Monster vs. the Keebler Elves

    published Feb 15, 2011

    Here, to take your mind off whatever drudge work is currently occupying your attention, is last night's edition of Robot Chicken from Adult Swim in which Cookie Monster visits the home of the Keebler ... More >>

  • Food & Wine Nominates Three St. Louis Chefs as "The People's Best" [Updated 2x]

    published Feb 15, 2011

    ​Do you think St. Louis' best chefs deserve more national attention? Well, the power to bring them that acclaim is now in your hands.Anthony Devoti of Five Bistro, Josh Galliano of Monarch and Kevin... More >>

  • Review Preview: Central Café and Bakery

    published Feb 15, 2011

    This week I visit Central Café & Bakery, a Lebanese restaurant that opened in the Central West End late last year:When the rotisserie chicken is ready, the temptation to forgo fork and knife and ... More >>

  • Poll-oh Boy! A Visit to Amigo Joe's Chicken

    published Feb 15, 2011

    ​It was sometime last summer when I first noticed the sign along Hampton Avenue advertising Amigo Joe's "American Fried Chicken" restaurant. Now, you rarely see "American" added to the name of a fri... More >>

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    Central Café offers a menu of Lebanese staples — but, oh, the chicken!

    published February 17, 2011

    What the menu of the new Lebanese restaurant Central Café and Bakery calls "rotisserie chicken" isn't the ubiquitous pirouetting... More >>

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