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2001 Stories by Melissa Martin

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  • Raw Fish

    published December 19, 2001

    Dining at Mandarin Bay is like watching a figure skater flub her program: Spectators can only look on with chagrin as she becomes what pro skaters... More >>

  • In the Drink

    published December 19, 2001

    How did you react to the events of Sept. 11? Maybe you sent away to the Franklin Mint for one of those Statue of Liberty holographic commemorative... More >>

  • Urban Chic

    published December 5, 2001

    Native St. Louisans and new transplants have spilled much ink lately fretting about how the world sees our city. In my day job, I've admittedly... More >>

  • Head of the Glass

    published December 5, 2001

    Classes are now forming for another grueling semester of oenology at the Wine Merchant's Clayton location (20 S. Hanley Rd.). Here are a few... More >>

  • Warm Comfort

    published November 21, 2001

    I've never been tempted to pocket hard rolls at the Old Country Buffet or filch Equal packets from Starbucks. But Richard Perry's... More >>

  • Now We're Cookin'

    published November 21, 2001

    Richard Perry's Strawberry-Applesauce Bread 31/2 cups cake flour, such as Swan's Down 2 cups sugar 3/4 tablespoon... More >>

  • Living End

    published November 7, 2001

    Ellie Forcella is like a craft project from the pages of Martha Stewart Living: The idea is appealing, but the finished product bears... More >>

  • Mississippi Burning

    published October 24, 2001

    At Redneck Earl's Cowboy Takeout, in San Mateo, Calif., customers who pluck up the courage to try the hot sauce must first sign a liability... More >>

  • Side Dish

    published October 24, 2001

    The Center of Contemporary Arts has added culinary arts to its repertoire. Participants in COCA's new cooking classes range from kindergarteners... More >>

  • Rustic Never Sleeps

    published October 3, 2001

    Members of the eaterati insist that there are appetizer restaurants and there are entrée restaurants. Trattoria Marcella is a specials... More >>

  • Side Dish

    published October 3, 2001

    Any fly lucky enough to have parked himself on the wall last Monday evening at Grenache would have heard tell of such fine things as braised... More >>

  • Dead End

    published September 12, 2001

    Within five minutes of arriving at C. Whittaker's, we were scrambling to secure a last-minute reservation at another restaurant. Why the... More >>

  • Side Dish

    published September 12, 2001

    "You can imagine Evel Knievel propelling his Harley over the display should he ever get it into his head to jump over a lot of cheese," quipped... More >>

  • Beauty Triumphs

    published August 29, 2001

    Once the eager-beaver waitstaff learns to back off, that will be a nearly perfect dining venue," my friend concluded in an e-mail message after we... More >>

  • Safe Landing

    published August 1, 2001

    It's a reviewer's job to help readers decide how to spend their leisure time and money. A classical-music critic might recommend attending a... More >>

  • Brimful of Rajas

    published July 18, 2001

    Indian food has the same deliciously corrupting qualities as sex: The more you get, the more you want. Anecdotal evidence suggests that... More >>

  • Side Dish

    published July 18, 2001

    "[My peeve is] when a guest orders a supersweet drink like a strawberry daiquiri and then demands to have another shot in it because she can't... More >>

  • American Beauty

    published July 4, 2001

    The entrées at Cardwell's in Clayton remind us of Thanksgiving plates laden with tidbits from eight different platters, crocks and... More >>

  • Side Dish

    published July 4, 2001

    Can you polish off a 1-pound steak in a single sitting? A new restaurant survey conducted by the American Institute of Cancer Research reports... More >>

  • Goody Works

    published June 20, 2001

    As my foodcentric comrade and I shambled out of the Goody Goody Diner after having packed away an embarrassingly large breakfast, I asked... More >>

  • Side Dish

    published June 20, 2001

    Can just any ol' hash-slinging café call itself a diner? If not, what makes a diner a diner? The legendary eateries began as all-night... More >>

  • Hog Heaven

    published May 30, 2001

    Welcome Kirkwood HOG," announced a Budweiser banner flapping above the door of Connolly's Front Street Grille. An unbroken line of Harleys... More >>

  • Side Dish

    published May 30, 2001

    "The less communication, the better. Customers aren't coming here to talk to us," declares Paul Cerbie, the dining-room manager at... More >>

  • Cupples Therapy

    published May 16, 2001

    This place has an identity crisis," my friend concluded as we finished our $28 entrées at the elegant Clark Street Grill. "With its name... More >>

  • Side Dish

    published May 16, 2001

    Greenhorn apprentices and inept cooks used to be shunted to the pantry or cold line to make salads from kitchen scraps and leftover specials. In... More >>

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