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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"

2011 Stories by Ian Froeb

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  • Video: A New Food Rule from the FDA

    published Jan 19, 2011

    From the new show based on The Onion, via Eater, an FDA official has some helpful advice (NSFW language, though bleeped): ... More >>

  • La Tejana: Review + Slideshow

    published Jan 19, 2011

    It's a liquor store! It's a taqueria! It's both! My review of La Tejana is now available online. Also be sure to check out Jennifer Silverberg's slideshow of La Tejana.... More >>

  • Claus Schmitz Sells Stake in Prime 1000 Steakhouse

    published Jan 18, 2011

    ​Mosaic owner Claus Schmitz announced this weekend that he has sold his stake in Prime 1000, the upscale steakhouse that opened across the street from Mosaic in November of last year. Schmitz plans ... More >>

  • Celebrate Burns Night at Scottish Arms, Schlafly Tap Room

    published Jan 18, 2011

    ​Tuesday, January 25, is Burns Night, celebrating the birthday of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns. Those who love Burns' poetry and haggis -- or at least one of the two -- can celebrate at both... More >>

  • Starbucks Pitches a Trenta

    published Jan 18, 2011

    ​Once upon a time, there were only two drink sizes at Starbucks: the eight-ounce short and the twelve-ounce tall. Now, of course, tall is the de facto small -- short cups are still around, though St... More >>

  • La Tejana lets its tacos do the talking

    published January 20, 2011

    La Tejana is the least restaurant-like of the many restaurants I've visited, an experience less like dining out than stopping by a friend's... More >>

  • Review Preview: La Tejana

    published Jan 17, 2011

    ​Oh! Look! Another awesome taqueria near the airport! This week I visit La Tejana on North Lindbergh Boulevard. Follow me after the jump for a sneak preview of my review. La Tejana is the least rest... More >>

  • Clayton Restaurant Week January 24-30

    published Jan 17, 2011

    ​Do you like restaurants? Do you like Clayton? Are you patient when it comes to finding a parking spot? Then next week is the week for you!The second annual Clayton Restaurant Week will take place f... More >>

  • Visit Pappy's Smokehouse Today, Help Catch-A-Dream Charity

    published Jan 17, 2011

    ​OK, I realize few of you need another excuse to visit barbecue mecca Pappy's Smokehouse. That said, owner and all-around great guy Mike Emerson called early this morning to say that all of today's ... More >>

  • #31: Smoked Half-Chicken at PM BBQ

    published Jan 14, 2011

    ​The countdown resumes after a month-long holiday break. Allow me to heap a little more praise on PM BBQ in Chesterfield. The beef brisket here is among the best in town, maybe the best, a fine exam... More >>

  • Report: Riddle's to Become Three Kings Public House

    published Jan 14, 2011

    ​Delmar Loop institution Riddle's Penultimate Café & Wine Bar closed its doors for "vacation" in October of last year and never reopened.Once owner KT Ayers confirmed that the Riddle's clo... More >>

  • Restaurant Tidbits from (South) South Grand

    published Jan 14, 2011

    ​Every now and then, a reader asks if there are any updates on the fate of South Grand Gyro Express, which closed in June of last year. (Its gyro is #97 on my list of 100 Favorite St. Louis Dishes.)... More >>

  • Is Jeff Ruby's by Any Other Name Just as Savory?

    published Jan 13, 2011

    ​River City Casino has yet to post information on its website about the new steakhouse, called the Steakhouse, that replaced Jeff Ruby's, which closed in November of last year. I stopped by the casi... More >>

  • Dance of the Water Droplets: A Video of the Leidenfrost Effect

    published Jan 13, 2011

    Sprinkle water over a hot pan, and the droplets seem to roll across the pan's surface. Modernist Cuisine (via Eater) explains why this is so in the introduction to an amazing video of the Leidenf... More >>

  • Kanye West's New Food Lyrics

    published Jan 13, 2011

    ​For several weeks now, Kanye West's new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, has been playing nonstop at Gut Check International Headquarters. So we were excited to discover, via Grub Street, ... More >>

  • Cures for the Common Cold

    published Jan 12, 2011

    ​At some point yesterday evening, a malevolent force took up residence in my head, forcing the immediate evacuation of my sinuses and filling the empty spot where the average person has a brain with... More >>

  • Charlie Gitto's in Chesterfield: Review + Slideshow

    published Jan 12, 2011

    ​Do we need another Charlie Gitto's? Maybe not -- but the issue isn't that simple. My review of the new Chesterfield location of Charlie Gitto's is now available online. Jennifer Silverberg's slides... More >>

  • Are Vending Machine Bans Creating Black Markets?

    published Jan 11, 2011

    ​Hank Cardello, a former food-biz executive (Coca-Cola, General Mills, Cadbury-Schweppes), has posted an op-ed piece on the website of The Atlantic (via Eater) in with an intriguing argument against... More >>

  • The Single Greatest Pre-Snowfall Grocery Store Purchase Ever

    published Jan 11, 2011

    ​Snowpocalypse 2011. Supermarket parking lots packed. Shelves of bread, milk and toilet paper emptied. Shovels at the ready to dig out from A MEASLY THREE OR SO INCHES.At any rate, the mild chaos pr... More >>

  • A Fusion Restaurant's Website Speaks!

    published Jan 11, 2011

    ​A common complaint of many diners is the appalling quality of most restaurants' websites. I could list the many egregious sins of these sites, but McSweeney's has published a satirical -- or is it... More >>

  • Arcelia's in Lafayette Square Closed [Updated]

    published Jan 10, 2011

    ​A tipster tells me that the Lafayette Square Mexican restaurant Arcelia's has closed. A sign on the front door thanks customers for its twenty years of business. Arcelia's first opened in 1990 on S... More >>

  • Charlie Gitto's sticks with the St. Louis Italian basics and nails them

    published January 13, 2011

    Does St. Louis need another Charlie Gitto's? At this midweek lunch hour, the evidence suggests that it does. The four-month-old... More >>

  • Review Preview: Charlie Gitto's

    published Jan 10, 2011

    ​This week I go back to the future. Or something like that. It's the new Chesterfield version of a St. Louis favorite, Charlie Gitto's. Follow me after the jump for a sneak preview of my review. Doe... More >>

  • Restaurant Tidbits from Brasserie by Niche, Franco, Pi

    published Jan 10, 2011

    ​A few notes from the last week:- Brasserie by Niche announced via Twitter this weekend that it will now be open seven days a week.Smart move: By all accounts, Gerard Craft's French restaurant, whic... More >>

  • Doritos Nixes Communion-Themed Ad from Contest

    published Jan 10, 2011

    Oh, these are heady days for a food writer looking for any excuse to use the term transubstantiation. Last week, we told you about an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to the communion wafers at a Cathol... More >>

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