Bill Burge

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    It's National Hamburger Month: Celebrate At the Five Best Burger Joints in St. Louis

    May is National Hamburger Month, which means if you need Gut Check, we'll be celebrating this fake 30-day holiday at our favorite burger joints in St. Louis. Though White Castle doesn't make the cut for this list, they do get an honorable mention for not only tipping us off to this four-week burger ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    What Is St. Louis' Most Underrated Burger?

    For several years Bill Burge of STL Bites and StewedSTL kept telling me (and everyone else) that Deaver's Restaurant & Sports Bar (2109 Charbonier Road, Florissant; 314-838-0002) had an underrated burger. As much as it pains me to admit it, Burge usually knows what he's talking about -- especially w ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    The Five Best Burgers in St. Louis

    Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. Though RFT restaurant critic Ian Froeb didn't write every edible item in the issue, our go-to food critic helped nudge us to consensus via various ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Art of Food 2011: A Successful Night For Slow Food Saint Louis

    Bryan PetersSlow Food's Bill Burge​This past Saturday, hungry St. Louisans gathered at the Koken Art Factory (2500 Ohio Avenue, Soulard/Benton Park; 314-776-7600) to sample and celebrate some of our city's best slow food. The event, Art of Food, was organized by Slow Food St. Louis. According ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Slow Down with Feast in the Field

    Claverach Farm & VineyardsClaverach's barn​Tomorrow, tickets go on sale for Slow Food St. Louis' annual Feast in the Field event scheduled for June 26. The event, formerly held at Prairie Grass Farm in New Florence, moves this year to Claverach Farm & Vineyards (570 Lewis Road, Eureka; 636 ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Meet StewedSTL, the New St. Louis Food Podcast

    ​This week saw the debut of StewedSTL, a new podcast about food, drink and restaurants in St. Louis. Its four hosts are active participants in the area's food community: Bill Burge, who writes the food blog STL Bites and contributes to St. Louis Magazine; Kelli Best-Oliver, who wrote the "Novice F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    St. Louis Magazine Food Blog Feast Becomes Relish

    ​I suppose this was inevitable: George Mahe announced today that Feast, the food blog of St. Louis Magazine, will henceforth be known as Relish. There is a new website for Relish and a Twitter account, which you should bookmark and follow respectively because Mahe and his team do a fantastic job r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Twitter Food Fight! Customers and Restaurateurs Hash It Out!

    It always seems to take the Midwest a bit to catch up with the coasts. In San Francisco they had their first Yelp-related smackdown with criminal charges in November. Last week the New York Times published a story about chefs taking to Twitter to air grievances about suppliers, customers, employees, ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    The Novice Foodie Worships at the Church of Burger

    While most former vegetarians cite bacon as their gateway food back into carnivorous behavior, for me, it was the humble hamburger. A burger and fries is the quintessential American meal, and I'm always on the lookout for a burger that leaves me satisfied.So when my friend and fellow food blogger An ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    The Novice Foodie Presses for Better Coffee

    Ah, coffee. I love the comfort of the morning coffee ritual: the first sip, the way a warm mug feels in my hand, the permeating aroma as I get my day going. But woe was the Novice Foodie this past summer when my doctor said I had to cut out caffeine for a while to ensure I wouldn't drop dead at a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    FoodWire: Restaurant Tidibts from Niche, Sugo's

    A few news items for this overhyped snow day: First, Bill Burge reports at STL Bites that Brasserie by Niche (4580 Laclede Avenue; website) is now open for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and for brunch on Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (A sidenote: Gerard Craft recently tweeted that Taste by Nic ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 30, 2009
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    December 28, 2009

    The Ten Most Important St. Louis Restaurant Openings of the Aughts #7: Arthur Clay's (2003)

    ​Arthur Clay's (2003)The only shuttered restaurant (its Maplewood space is now Acero) to make this list, and one I include not out of sentiment -- I never ate there -- but because my many conversations with other observers of our dining scene have revealed that it was a harbinger of what the city ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 7, 2009

    Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fond

    A long-delayed visit to an Edwardsville culinary gem.

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    July 22, 2009

    Reminder: Slow Food St. Louis' Art of Food This Weekend

    Slow Food St. Louis' Art of Food fundraiser, benefiting both the organization and Fair Shares Combined Community Supported Agriculture, is this Saturday, July 25, from 6-10 p.m. at Mad Art Gallery (2727 South 12th Street).Participating restaurants include Niche, Monarch, Sidney Street Cafe, Local H ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 1, 2009
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    June 23, 2009

    Reflections on the Debut of the "Dorm Room" at 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar

    Hedwig von Ebbel, Wikimedia CommonsA who's who of St. Louis food types descended upon 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar (1913 Park Avenue) last night for the inaugural "Dorm Room" dinner.Among those spotted in the crowd -- writing that makes me feel just like Deb Peterson! -- were Gerard Craft and Math ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 17, 2009
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    June 9, 2009

    Slow Food St. Louis Art of Food 2009 July 25

    Slow Food St. Louis has announced this year's edition of its Art of Food fundraiser to benefit both the organization and Fair Shares Combined Community Supported Agriculture. The Art of Food will take place Saturday, July 25, from 6-10 p.m. at Mad Art Gallery (2727 South 12th Street).Participating r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    FoodWire: Michael Pollan in St. Louis Tonight

    Michael Pollan, author of the seminal books The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, is speaking and signing books this evening at St. Louis County Library headquarters (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard). Doors open at 6 p.m., the program begins at 7. On his Twitter feed, STL Bites' Bill Burge r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    Slow Food St. Louis Hosting Free Screening of Food, Inc.

    Slow Food St. Louis co-leader Bill Burge informs me that the organization, in partnership with Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media, is hosting a screening of the documentary Food, Inc. at the Tivoli on Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m.From the official Food, Inc. site:In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    The Return of STL Bites

    After something like a hiatus -- let's call it a fallow period -- Bill Burge is once again posting regularly at his food blog STL Bites. I've gotten to know Bill a little bit over the past couple of years, and if there's a more passionate and knowledgeable observer of our city's food scene, I haven' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2008

    Closing: Blue Water Grill

    Restaurateur Tim Mallett has announced that Blue Water Grill (343 South Kirkwood Road) will close after service on Saturday, November 8, after nearly 20 years in business. Mallett's farewell letter, sent as part of his email newsletter, reads in part: ...we live in some very uncertain economic time ... More >>

  • News

    October 15, 2008
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    August 29, 2008

    Your Weekly St. Louis Food Blog Digest

    A look at what's happening at our favorite St. Louis food blogs... This weekend is the Slow Food Nation gathering in San Francisco. Bill Burge of STL Bites is on his way there, and he checks in with a fantastic post detailing what the organization means to him and why he is approaching the meeting ... More >>

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    January 14, 2008
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    October 24, 2007

    Spice Is Nice

    Ian likes it hot -- way hot.

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    September 24, 2007

    Today's Restaurant Tidbits

    The Post-Dispatch reports that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued Mosaic for allowing two bartenders to be sexually harrassed by a frequent customer. Acclaimed chef Hubert Keller was in town this weekend to talk about the two restaurants he'll be opening at Lumiere Place: An ... More >>

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    September 11, 2007

    More St. Louis Food Blogs

    The official Gut Check blogroll links to several great St. Louis-centric food blogs. Here are two more you should check out: stlbites is the blog of frequent Gut Check commenter Bill Burge. Bill's recent posts include reflections on the return of Wendy's to St. Louis ... More >>

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    September 5, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 9/5

    I wake up every Wednesday knowing that there will be several good stories in the New York Times, which publishes its dining section today. But this morning there's a bonanza of good stuff from all over the place. Those idiots at the Food Network have dumped Mario Batali. That ... More >>

  • News

    August 22, 2007

    Shattered Truths

    Readers offer praise for Ian, help for vets and criticism for the Richardses.