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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Evan C. JonesThere 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 >>
Bryan PetersWhen 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 >>
Evan C. JonesHow 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 >>
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 >>
Blood and SandSweet Potato Biscuits and Wild Mushroom GravyWhen 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 >>
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 >>
Kristie McClanahanChicken 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 >>
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 >>
Jennifer SilverbergRiyad Alwadi, owner of Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah LoungeCardamom 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 >>
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 >>
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