Al Waha

  • 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

    March 16, 2012

    Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge Closed

    Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge (3191 South Grand Boulevard; 314-664-3940), one of the very, very few restaurants nationwide to feature Bedouin cuisine, has closed. The signage has been removed from its storefront, and while tables and chairs remain inside restaurant, most everything else appears ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Holiday Cocktail Countdown #10: Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge's Hot Spiked Cider

    Like any red-blooded American, Gut Check uses liquid medication to cope with holiday stress. Not only does a good winter cocktail make it possible to tolerate family members, say, inquiring about your procreation plans, it helps keep you warm, too. From now until Christmas, we're calling upon local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    #47: Veggie Breakfast Burrito at the Mud House

    On Cherokee Street hungry diners can find a burrito for any time of day or night, and the Mud House(2101 Cherokee Street; 314-776-6599) has your breakfast needs covered with a veggie breakfast burrito that's almost too big for its plate. A giant flour tortilla is stuffed with black beans, tomato, c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    #48: Lengua Tacos at La Vallesana

    Evan C. Jones​There are many tempting options available at La Vallesana (2801 Cherokee Street; 314-776-4223), but whether you're getting quesadillas, burritos or tortas, there's something on the menu that leaps out to most people as something to avoid: tongue. Offal is something that most Am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    #49: Hummus and Balela Platter at Nosh Bistro

    Bryan Peters​When Nosh Bistro (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-781-4734) closed a few months ago, we sank into a brief, but profound, funk. We'd grown terribly fond of their hummus and balela salad platter, and we didn't want to know a world without it. So you can imagine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    #50: Bread Pudding at Harvest

    Evan C. Jones​How good is the bread pudding at Harvest (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-645-3522)? When Gut Check dropped by to pay homage to this favorite desert, chef de cuisine Brendan Noonan came clean about his consumption. "I've already had four portions of the bread ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    #52: Le Croque Monsieur at LaBonne Bouchée

    Ashley AtkinsLe Croque Monsieur!​LaBonne Bouchée (12344 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur; 314.576-6606) offers the Francophile a wide selection of authentic French cuisine, ranging from le quiche du jour to le vol au vent to petit fours. But Gut Check's favorite way to eat à la française is to devou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    #53: Biscuits and Wild Mushroom Gravy at Blood and Sand

    Blood and SandSweet Potato Biscuits and Wild Mushroom Gravy​When we first heard about the members-only concept at Blood and Sand (1500 St. Charles Sreet.; 314-241-7263), we were a bit skeptical, particularly considering the current economic climate. Sure, bigballers wouldn't have to sweat a 15 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    #56: Brioche French Toast at Half & Half

    Half & Half (8135 Maryland Avenue; 314-725-0719), St. Louis' newest breakfast and brunch eatery, despite being surrounded by breakfast and brunch giants like First Watch, Companion and the City Coffeehouse and Creperie, is becoming a legend in its own right. The menu offers a wide variety of brunch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    #58: Chicken Kabob at Al Waha

    Kristie McClanahan​Chicken and rice is ubiquitous the world over: Stick it in a tortilla and call it a Mexican dish in Chihuahua, or blend it with coconut milk and curry in Chiang Mai and call it Thai. No wonder, though -- chicken and rice is uncomplicated, versatile and, when flawlessly prepa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    South City Cyclists Present: South Grand Delivered

    ​ One of the benefits of living on South Grand is easy access to a host of international cuisines, all a few short minutes from your doorstep. But sometimes, say when you're mired in a losing battle with your Netflix Instant queue, you're just too lazy to hunt and gather sustenance on your own ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 23, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Review Slideshow: Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge

    Jennifer SilverbergRiyad Alwadi, owner of Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge​Cardamom in the coffee, pomegranate in the sauce. My review of Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge (3191 South Grand Boulevard; 314-664-3940) is now available online. And be sure to visit Jennifer Silverberg's slid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Nightclubbing: Petra Cafe and Hookah Lounge, a People-Watching (And Bubble) Mecca on South Grand

    ​ It's a Tuesday night and we almost can't get a table at Petra Cafe and Hookah Lounge. The patio is full, every bar stool is occupied, and there's not a single empty chair inside. Most of the other bars on South Grand are empty; it's too hot to think, let alone drink. The obliging, apologetic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 3.20-3.26

    ​Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Andrew Mark Veety: Andrew convened the Church of Burger for a trip to SweetArt. Rhubarb and Honey: Kimberly made a healthy pizza and addressed food safety. One Hot Stove: Nupur made Chow Chow.