Annie Gunn

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    OpenTable Diners Name the Best Overall Restaurants in St. Louis

    OpenTable is technically a reservation service, but the company is able to cull a lot of data from its diners based on their habits and experiences. Apparently, there is a list of the diner-picked ten best restaurants in St. Louis. There are also subcategories for things like best ambience, best ser ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: September 5 to 7

    It's the first weekend in September, meaning two of our favorite events are finally here: Art Outside and the St. Louis Art Fair. It's also time for LouFest, and all three festivals have plenty of yummy local food for you to nosh while you're there. It's also Morgan Street Brewery's nineteenth birth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Annie Gunn's, Balaban's, Truffles and More Win Wine Spectator Awards

    Every year, Wine Spectator gives out restaurant awards for wine lists at eateries around the country. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award at the top. See also: Best Wine List (Price Be Damned) 2013: Elaia Sommelier Andrey Ivanov's Fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    The Best Food Events This Weekend: July 11 to 13

    It's the middle of summer in St. Louis, and it's only going to get hotter. And we don't just mean the food scene! (We'll be here all week.) Hit up this month's Food Truck Friday, or the annual celebration of Bastille Day in historic Maplewood. Or hey, eat some elk! Check out our food-related recomme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: April 25 to 27

    Get outside this weekend with the St. Louis Earth Day Festival or the Edwardsville Beer Festival. Grow your own delicious herbs with the help of the Webster Groves Herb Society or learn about chemical-free makeup at Local Harvest Cafe. We know, Netflix is tempting, but there are so many cool events ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: November 1 to 3

    There are plenty of events this weekend to cure that Halloween hangover. Support local charities or enjoy the last Clayton Farmers' Market of the season. Continue for our food-related recommendations after the jump. See also: The Libertine Goes Gatsby for Halloween

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: October 25 to 27

    It's Halloween! Sort of. Since All Hallows' Eve falls on a Thursday, lots of places are celebrating this weekend. We're not complaining -- we'll celebrate all next week if they let us. So get your costume ready for the many spook-tastic contests. Read on for our food-related recommendations. See al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Hits St. Louis

    The James Beard Foundation is kind of a big deal. The annual awards go to chefs across the country that are the best-of-the-best, and even being named a finalist is pretty prestigious. Gerard Craft (from Niche, Pastaria, Taste and Brasserie, but you knew that) lost out to Colby Garrelts of Bluestem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Annie Gunn's Special Cherry Menu You Don't Want to Miss

    Happy National Rainier Cherry Day! Ok, so it's not like you had this holiday on your calendar, but maybe you should. One restaurant in each of the 50 states has paired with the Northwest Cherry Growers to create special dishes with Rainier cherries, and the Missouri pick is our own Annie Gunn's (168 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Annie Gunn's "Just Around the Corner": Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion

    For this week's cocktail quest, we headed far, far away from Gut Check International HQ, west to Chesterfield's steak and seafood mecca Annie Gunn's (16806 Chesterfield Airport Road; 636-532-7684). Click here for past Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestions Primarily known for its award-winning 700-plus-bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Being Happy While You Cook and Learning to Love Bourbon: A Q&A with Joseph Hemp V of Robust

    This is part two. of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Joseph Hemp V of Robust. Read part one, a profile of Hemp, here. Part three, a recipe from Hemp, will be available Monday. As a kid, Joseph Hemp V would stand on a step stool next to the stove to help make Sunday breakfast, his family's brea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    First Look: Empire Deli & Pizza Serves East Coast Style Slices and Sandwiches Downtown [Photos]

    It's pizza. What more do ya need? How's about a freshly baked New York-style pie with crisp yet delicate crust, buckling under the weight of premium toppings and oozing with hot cheese? We realize we're angering the grammar gods in saying this, but don't nobody not like pizza. For those who want eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Andrew Jennrich of Farmhaus Sees St. Louis on the Precipice of National Recognition

    This is part one of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Andrew Jennrich of Farmhaus. Part two, a Q&A, will be available Thursday. Part three, a recipe from Jennrich, will be published on Friday. For many years, the migration went like this: Talented young St. Louis cooks, eager to make their bones ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: March 29 to 31

    At Iron Fork, we hope you ate all of the foods. Keep up the chowin' momentum this weekend. Get a French lunch prepared for you at the Kitchen Conservatory on Friday, pair wine with bocce thanks to Randall's on Saturday and choose from a wide variety of Easter brunch options on Sunday. Follow the bun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Bocce Club Hosts Easter Wine and Bocce Event

    Easter egg hunts were fun when we were kids, but we're grown-ups now. Time for a more mature way to celebrate the Easter holiday. Like wine. And bocce. On Saturday, March 30, Italia-America Bocce Club (2210 Marconi Avenue; 314-773-5574) and Randall's Wine and Spirits (14201 Manchester Road, Ballwi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Andrew Ladlie Finds the Beating Heart of the Tiny Kitchen at Sassy JAC's

    This is part one of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Andrew Ladlie of Sassy JAC's. Part two, a Q & A with Ladlie, will appear Wednesday. Part three, a recipe from Ladlie, will be available Thursday. When I reviewed the southern-fried Soulard joint Sassy JAC's (1730 South Eighth Street; 314-93 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Gut Check's Valentine's Day Reservation Guide: Two Days Out Edition

    Have you still not made your dinner plans for Valentine's Day yet? Are you worried that there are no tables for two available at any of your favorite romantic spots in St. Louis? Did you ignore the one-week-out edition of this very post? Reluctantly, with a stern lecture on the vices of procrastina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Bestsellers: For Valentine's Day, Read About the Marriage From Hell

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending February 3, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books and Subterranean Books. If disappointment in the dream of romance has turned your heart into a black, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Gut Check's Valentine's Day Reservation Guide: One Week Out Edition

    Have you made your dinner plans for Valentine's Day yet? Are you worried that there are no tables for two available at any of your favorite romantic spots in St. Louis? Never fear! With one week remaining until the Big Night, Gut Check has once again done the heavy lifting for you. We've searched O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: July 27-29

    Friday (July 27): Crab Festival @ Broadway Oyster Bar A variety of crab including soft-shell, Dungeness, Washington and blue make a special appearance along with a weekend-long live music schedule. Admission is free. Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28. Intro to American Whiskey @ The Wine Merc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Wine Spectator 2012 Awards Promotes One, Omits Three St. Louis Restaurants

    We learned last week that Wine Spectator magazine's 2012 awards for restaurant wine lists would promote Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar (1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-449-6700) from its first-tier "Award of Excellence" to the grammatically knotty second-tier "Best of Award of Excellence." ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 12, 2012
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    March 14, 2012

    Ten Best Irish Dishes in St. Louis: Potato Soup at Annie Gunn's

    When one thinks of typical Irish fare, rustic russet potatoes often comes to mind. These simple, unassuming spuds have held their place in Irish history through famines, starvation and immigration. Lucky for us, many Irish immigrants brought recipes from their native land, and thus an Irish food rev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Your Valentine's Day Reservation Guide: Two Weeks Out Edition

    Holy crap, you guys! Valentine's Day is two weeks from tomorrow. As a general rule, one of the few days of the year when you won't see Gut Check gracing a table at your fine establishment is Valentine's Day. However, we understand that many of you do want to enjoy a romantic meal with your loved ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Cards' Comeback Opens Up Some Prime Tables

    Laura MillerThese seats could be yours!​Want to score last-minute reservations at a popular restaurant on a Friday evening? Usually, barring someone else's last-minute change of plans, you're out of luck.Tonight, unsurprisingly, that might not be the case.The Cardinals' dramatic victory last night ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 8.29 - 9.4

    ​Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Cupcake Project: Stef made chocolate banana baklava cupcakes. Relish: Katie wrote about Annie Gunn's new foie gras-infused cocktail. Iron Stef: Stef got a new camera and shared some of her favorite recent food photos.

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Balaban's -- Along With 3,700 Other Restaurants -- Wins 2011 Wine Spectator Award

    Jennifer SilverbergA view of Balaban's award-winning wine selection.​When we first heard that Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar (1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-449-6700) took home one of Wine Spectator's awards of excellence, we were happy for the restaurant. We still are. Open for just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    St. Louis Chefs Shut Out of James Beard Award Finalists, Feast Magazine Nominated

    ​The James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for its 2011 awards this afternoon. St. Louis boasted three semifinalists in the category of "Best Chef: Midwest" -- Gerard Craft of Niche, Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Café and Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus -- but none of the three were named fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Three St. Louis Chefs and a Sommelier Are James Beard Award Semifinalists [Updated]

    ​The James Beard Foundation this morning announced the semifinalists for its annual awards (link PDF). Gerard Craft of Niche, Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Café and Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus are among the semifinalists in the category "Best Chef: Midwest."In addition, Glenn Bardgett, the wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    The Knives Have It: Local Chefs and Their Favorite Tools

    co.designMore gadgets than a Williams-Sonoma outlet store. (Click pic for humongous version.)​ Got gadgets? Pop Chart Lab does, and they've put 100 of them on a poster. But are all of them beloved? Can you find any local chefs who give names to their chinoise, or keep their clam knife in hand ... More >>

  • News

    October 6, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Wine Spectator Hands Out 2010 Restaurant Awards

    Image via​Wine Spectator has announced its annual Restaurant Awards, honoring exemplary wine lists around the world.(Actually, the magazine might have announced these a few weeks ago. Gut Check's subscription lapsed a year back -- though I do prop up my monitor on a stack of 2008 issues.)This year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Review Preview: Mojo Tapas Restaurant & Bar

    Jennifer Silverberg​Another week, another visit to South Grand. This week, I review Mojo Tapas Restaurant & Bar, which opened a few months ago in the old Erato Wine Bar/Parkside Lounge space at 3117 South Grand Boulevard. Follow me after the jump for a sneak preview of my review.

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Lou Rook III of Annie Gunn's, Part 2

    This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Lou Rook III of Annie Gunn's. To read part one, click here. Part three, a recipe from Chef Rook, will be available soon. Robin WheelerChef Lou Rook III in the Annie Gunn's kitchen with Samantha Beard.​Every other year chef Lou R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    ​This week, two St. Louis breweries had us all abuzz. O'Fallon Brewery's new O'Fallon Hemp Hop Rye hit the store shelves, and Dave Nelson hit the bottle in the name of research. Schlafly Beer, meanwhile, launched the Schlafly Beer App for smart phones. Be sure to check out Robin Wheeler ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Lou Rook III of Annie Gunn's, Part 1

    This is part one of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Lou Rook III of Annie Gunn's. Part two will be published tomorrow. Part three, a recipe from Chef Rook, will appear on Friday. This week, shallow flood water saturated a field on the north side of Highway 40 in Chesterfield, a reminde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Mojo Tapas Restaurant & Bar Now Open on South Grand

    Ian Froeb​Now open at 3117 South Grand Boulevard is Mojo Tapas Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant is headed by Eric Erhard, who has done time at such notable local restsaurants as Annie Gunn's and Harvest.Erhard's menu (available on the restaurant's website) is expansive. The tapas section alone ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    FoodWire: Fire Destroys Home of Annie Gunn's Owners

    Joe Bonwich has the unfortunate news at Off the Menu: Annie Gunn's and Smokehouse Market owners Thom and Jane Sehnert lost their house to a fire on Tuesday. Thankfully, there were no injuries.

  • Calendar

    July 23, 2008

    Muse, Thy Name Is Dinner

    Come be inspired

  • Dining

    March 5, 2008

    Lists Naughty, Lists Nice

    Ian can recommend James Beard nominees Annie Gunn's, Atlas and Niche. But Missouri caviar? Not so much.

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2007

    Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards 2007

    photo: Jennifer Silverberg Hoel gives Monarch a parting gift. The August 31, 2007, issue of Wine Spectator -- in my mailbox this week -- features the mag's annual Restaurant Awards, which this year honor the wine lists of nearly 4,000 restaurants nationwide worldwide. This might be the mos ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 26, 2005

    Are You Experienced?

    Foodies and oenephiles, rejoice -- your good taste will benefit the St. Louis Rep

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004

    Best Steak House

    Annie Gunn's

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Bloody Marys


  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001
  • Dining

    December 27, 2000

    Let Them Eat Y2Cake

    Dining out at the end of the millennium

  • Dining

    September 6, 2000

    Smoking Gunn

    Annie Gunn's aims to please

  • Dining

    December 29, 1999

    Eat Drink Man Woman

    Taking some time to let 1999's dinners digest

  • Dining

    November 24, 1999


    What makes a restaurant the "best," according to the Post-Dispatch advertising department

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