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African and Middle Eastern Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Mangia Italiano Teams Up With Isaiah 58 for Wine Tasting Fundraiser

    Believe it or not, eating honey cayenne chicken wings with creamy basil dip can actually help a local food pantry. Well, at Mangia Italiano (3145 South Grand Boulevard; 314-664-8585) at least. For the second year in a row, Mangia is hosting a silent auction and wine tasting to benefit Isaiah 58, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    The Purple Martin, A New Beet-Loving Bistro Serving North African Cuisine in Fox Park

    Fans of beautiful beets, behold: the Purple Martin (2800 Shenandoah Avenue; 314-898-0011) opened in Fox Park in late March, and true to its namesake, diners will see plenty of purple accenting everything from the restaurant's space to its plates. Located in a residential neighborhood (directly acros ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    #98: M'Lwee at Baida

    Gut Check is counting down the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. When Baida (3191 South Grand Boulevard; 314-932-7950) opened its doors last September, it treated St. Louis to its first taste of Moroccan cuisine. Sure, there are the traditional dishes like couscous and tajines, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    SqWires Restaurant Aims to Be a Vegetarian Home Away from Home

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: SqWires Restaurant (1415 South 18th Street; 314-865-3522) Neighborhood: Lafayette Square Cuisine: American continental

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Review Preview: Baida Moroccan Restaurant

    This week I visit Baida (3191 South Grand Boulevard; 314-932-7950), shockingly, the first Moroccan restaurant in the area. Finally, St. Louisans have a place to go when that insatiable couscous craving hits. Here is a sneak preview of my thoughts -- the full review will be online tomorrow and in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Barrister's: Happy Hour Report Card

    Here at Gut Check International Headquarters, we take happy hour very seriously. Each week, one of our agents covertly visits an establishment, reports her findings and assigns a grade. This week's Happy Hour Report Card -- Barrister's in lovely downtown Clayton. See also: Riley's Pub: Happy Hour R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Save Room for Vegetarian Pizza at PW Pizza

    Destination: PW Pizza (2017 Chouteau Avenue; 314-241-7799) Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: "East Coast Style, Midwestern Ingredients" Overview: Paul and Wendy Hamilton, owners of Eleven Eleven Mississippi and Vin De Set, opened their newest restaurant, PW Pizza (P for Paul, W for Wendy), over two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    10 Most Offensive, Ridiculous "Sad Desk Lunch" Photos

    The mission of Sad Desk Lunch is stated simply on its website: Sad Desk Lunch isn't about how great your lunch is. And it's not about how crappy your lunch is either. It's about the fact you eat your lunch at your desk during your lunch break where you could roam free ....Eating our sad tupperware ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    First Look: Orkeed Restaurant

    Orkeed Restaurant (3191 South Grand; 314-664-3940) opened its doors in south city in the space formerly filled by Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge this past spring. After a facelift to both Al Waha's menu and interior, owner Taif Jassim along with chef Wael Khudair pick up where Al Waha left off a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Review Preview: Layla Lebanese Restaurant

    This week I visit Layla Lebanese Restaurant (4317 Manchester Avenue; 314-535-5500) in Forest Park Southeast's Grove district. A sneak preview of my review after the jump.

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    South Grand Tidbits: JR Crickets, Restaurant California, Sultan Palace, More

    Let us catch up on several months of developments on South Grand Boulevard: - Gut Check told you back in February that the Atlanta-based chain JR Crickets Wings & Things would open its first area location at 3737 South Grand Boulevard, previously the home of Mama Pho Vietnamese Restaurant. The rest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    St. Louis Earth Day Festival Food Preview

    With more live entertainment slated for the St. Louis Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 22, than ever before, this year's celebration is bound to knock St. Louis up to the second largest Earth Day festival in the country -- after all we are world champs, at things both big and small (but mostly bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    The Veggielante Puts Three Kings Public House to the Test

    ​The Veggielante has had it up to here with people bitching that St. Louis restaurants are vegetarian unfriendly. Sure, we'd like to see more restaurants offering more meatless dishes, but there are excellent choices out there if you take the trouble to look for them. We're not here to prosely ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Somebody Sumac Me!

    Welcome to Spice World, in which Gut Check looks at overlooked spices from around the globe, introducing those you probably don't own -- and probably should. History: As summer begins its nosedive into fall, with it go certain plants we won't think of again till springtime, like the itchy trio of p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Tavern of Fine Arts Opens in DeBaliviere Place

    ​Matt Daniels and Aaron Johnson both teach music at St. Louis University. As of August 1, both men are also restaurateurs, as The Tavern of Fine Arts is now open at 313 Belt Avenue in the DeBaliviere Place neighborhood. "We are essentially a wine bar," Daniels tells Gut Check. For now, the Tavern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Guess Where I'm Eating this Falafel Sandwich and Win Baseball Tickets!

    Holly Fann​ Guess where I'm eating this falafel sandwich and win two tickets to the River City Rascals' game of your choice. Rules: To be eligible, you must leave a valid e-mail address in the comment-entry field. One guess per e-mail address. Employees of the restaurant in question and River ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    The Veggielante Puts The Royale to the Test

    ​The Veggielante has had it up to here with people bitching that St. Louis restaurants are vegetarian unfriendly. Sure, we'd like to see more restaurants offering more meatless dishes, but there are excellent choices out there if you take the trouble to look for them. We're not here to prosely ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Guess Where I'm Eating this Hummus and Win Baseball Tickets!

    Chrissy Wilmes​ You can win five tickets to the River City Rascals' game of your choice, and all you have to do is guess where we ate this hummus and pita. Rules: To be eligible, you must leave a valid e-mail address in the comment-entry field. One guess per e-mail address. Employees of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    The Veggielante Puts Barrister's to the Test

    ​The Veggielante has had it up to here with people bitching that St. Louis restaurants are vegetarian unfriendly. Sure, we'd like to see more restaurants offering more meatless dishes, but there are excellent choices out there if you take the trouble to look for them. We're not here to prosely ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Guess Where I'm Eating this Hummus and Win a $25 Gift Certificate to Tee's Golf Grill

    Chrissy Wilmes​You can win a $25 Gift Certificate to Tee's Golf Grill, and all you have to do is tell me where I'm eating this plate of hummus and pita. Rules: To be eligible, you must leave a valid e-mail address in the comment-entry field. One guess per e-mail address. Employees of the re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Bleeding Deacon in Stable Condition

    Kristen KlempertThis bar doesn't actually require a happy hour in order to make you happy. But it'll give you one anyway.​The Joint: The Bleeding Deacon 4123 Chippewa Street; 314-772-1813 The Hours: Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m. The Deal: $3 wells, $3 local drafts (and we're not just talking A-B produc ... More >>

  • News

    November 25, 2010
  • Dining

    September 15, 2010
  • Calendar

    August 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Titli Nihaan Explains How to Be a TV Mega Chef

    America may have Paula Deen, Rachel Ray and Sandra Lee, but it takes a Brit to tell us how to gain such a level of celebrity chef fame. Titli Nihaan found her fame by posting cooking videos on YouTube and her blog, Titli's Busy Kitchen. This weekend she veered beyond her Asian and halal favorites ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 30, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Ian Froeb's 100 Favorite St. Louis Dishes, #77: Falafel at Kabob House

    Ian FroebFalafel at Kabob House​I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious.Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    The Unreal Fall Film Preview

    While dining on goat and fufu at a Nigerian restaurant this weekend, Unreal spotted a preview for a film called Hitler. Immediately, we fell in love and abandoned all plans of downloading an advance copy of New Moon. This is the film to see this year. We dare you to tell us any different.

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    A Table for How Many? at Café Lazeez

    Café Lazeez 14248 Manchester Rd (Suite H), Manchester636-527-5900 Pizza, Burgers, Biryani, and KabobsThe sign outside of Café Lazeez reads, "Pizza, Burgers, Biryani, and Kabobs." This sounded like a place that would please everyone in our large group. My only hesitation in bringing the gang? ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 1, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 27, 2008

    Three for Three: 6.27-6.29

    This weekend Tower Grove Park hosts the annual St. Louis PrideFest. If you plan on attending the event and expect to eat lunch or dinner in the area, know that South Grand is home to many restaurants. Several of these are well-known: City Diner, Mangia, Pho Grand, King and I. However, I'd like to po ... More >>

  • Music

    September 5, 2007

    Mindless Self Indulgence

    7 p.m. Friday, September 7. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.

  • Dining

    November 30, 2005

    Supersize Me

    Aya Sofia is a most delicious way to blow your diet

  • Dining

    March 16, 2005

    The Back Burner

    Restaurant August is a super-fancy bummer

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004

    Best Greek Restaurant

    Olympia Kebob House & Taverna

  • Dining

    August 18, 2004

    Dinarosa Liaisons

    The hits just keep on coming for Philippe Habassi

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003
  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2003
  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Greek Cuisine

    Olympia Kebob House & Taverna

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Sandwiches

    St Louis Bread Co.

  • Dining

    February 21, 2001

    Zum Zum In

    South Grand's newest restaurant promises delicious Subcontinental cuisine and exquisitely personal service

  • Dining

    December 1, 1999

    TOP HAYAT AND TALES

    A new Somali restaurant shines against its industrial-wasteland backdrop

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