• Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    The 8 Worst Places to Park in St. Louis

    It's no secret that St. Louis has car problems. On one hand, many drivers here are schmucks who ignore turning lanes and treat pedestrians like Mario Kart powerups. This summer, however, it's parking infrastructure that's put city officials and Fair St. Louis organizers into a panic. The construc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    The Seven Best Vietnamese Restaurants in St. Louis

    In recent years, a spate of Vietnamese restaurants have popped up, bringing delicious Pho, a spice-filled broth served with noodles, to the masses. And we couldn't be happier. Lemongrass and ginger, rice and noodles, all fresh and remarkably healthy -- here are seven of our favorite spots to grab au ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Catch You On the Thrift Side: Shrewsbury Value Village Closes, Makes Room for Walmart

    Value Village says it's still looking for a new location to replace the Shrewsbury store, which closed Monday to make room for the new Walmart planned for Kenrick Plaza. "Today our hearts are breaking with you," the family-owned thrift chain posted on Facebook. "We hope to find a way back into the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina, Arcelia's: Reviews Slideshow

    This week, I offer a two-fer of new Mexican restaurants -- or, rather, one new and one newly returned. New is Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina (at St. Louis Galleria, South Brentwood Boulevard & Clayton Road, Richmond Heights; 314-863-1150). Newly returned, in a new location, is Arcelia's (1928 South ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Openings & Closings 2012: The Final Reckoning

    Yes, 2012 has been over for a few weeks now. No, we're not done looking back at it just yet. Don't worry. This isn't another Top Ten list. No, what we have here is Gut Check's annual omnibus listing of every restaurant that opened, closed, both opened and closed, relocated or changed its name in 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: Jan. 4-6

    Friday (Jan. 4): Happy Hour @ Vino Nadoz Treat yourself to half price wines, cocktails and local beer on tap, along with bar plates. 4 to 6 p.m. Murder in Maybury @ Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn Enjoy a comedy-mystery dinner over a multi-course meal that includes soup, salad, chicken entree with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: Nov. 30-Dec. 2

    Friday (Nov. 30): Tenth Life Sips and Sweets @ Regional Arts Commission Sample sweets, wine and cocktails over live music, a silent auction, art and most importantly, kittens! Desserts come from Hartford Coffee Company, I Scream Cakes, Kakao, Pint Size Bakery and more. Tickets cost $25 and can be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Report: Whole Foods Market to Open in Central West End [Updated]

    In January, Gut Check passed along the whispers we heard that Whole Foods Market was contemplating a third area location, this one possibly within the City of St. Louis, to join its existing stores in Brentwood (1601 South Brentwood Boulevard; 314-968-7744) and Town & Country (1160 Town and Country ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Whole Foods Market Recalls Ricotta Salata, but Snack on, St. Louis

    First, the bad news: Whole Foods Market has recalled a brand of ricotta salata cheese because of the risk of listeria contamination, the company announced yesterday via the FDA. Forever Cheese Inc., of Long Island, New York, supplied the specific brand, Ricotta Salata Frescolina. (Also: Forever Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    It's A Vote-Off: New Election Ordered for 87th District

    Election results have yet to be certified in the race for state representative in the 87th District. That's the district that saw incumbent Stacey Newman (D-73) and incumbent Susan Carlson (D-64) running against one another because of redistricting. At last (unofficial) count, Newman had a one-vote ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Tidbits: Tower Grove Farmers' Market Fundraiser, Bigger Penzeys

    - Tower Grove Farmers' Market will hold a fundraising dinner at the downtown location of Local Harvest Cafe & Catering (815 Olive Street; 314-241-3196) on Thursday, September 20.

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Nine More St. Louis Soups for National Soup Month

    All month Gut Check has been counting down our favorite St. Louis soups in honor of National Soup Month. If these fifteen standouts still aren't enough to sate your soup appetite, my 100 Favorite St. Louis Dishes features nine soups and stews for you to try. The list is after the jump.

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    Top Ten Dishes 2011 #7: Chengu Spicy Beef at Joy Luck Buffet

    I'm counting down my ten favorite dishes from the restaurants that I reviewed in 2011. The top dish will be revealed on Tuesday, December 27, and look for a slideshow featuring most of the winners on Wednesday, December 28.Jennifer Silverberg​Joy Luck Buffet isn't a new restaurant, but getting tip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Where to Shop for Last-Minute Groceries on Thanksgiving

    ​It's almost certainly happened to you -- likely more than once.You've begun your preparations for Thanksgiving dinner, your relatives are inbound, and you suddenly realize that you're out of milk or butter or, God help you, turkey.OK, we're not sure anyone can help you find a (not-frozen) turkey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Tidbits from St. Louis Bread Co., IHOP, Buffalo Wild Wings

    Courtesy St. Louis Bread Co.Lauren Day shows off her winning sandwich.​It's a very special episode of tidbits featuring chain restaurants...- We told you back in August about the 2011 Great Sandwich Showdown from St. Louis Bread Co. Well, we have a winner: Lauren Day of Marthasville, Missouri, for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Frenzied Shoppers Snap Up New Target Missoni Line -- Merch Gone In 20 Minutes

    ​Did you hear? The iconic Italian knitwear fashion house Missoni is releasing a reasonably-priced collaboration with! have already completely missed it. Sorry.By about 8:20 this morning at the Brentwood Target, twenty minutes after the big-box retailer threw open its doors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Whole Foods Maintains Organic Coffee Integrity, Right Down to the Grinder

    Whole Foods has always led the way in organic integrity, but a visit to its Brentwood location this morning made us question if perhaps Whole Foods thinks some people might be taking it too far. Take a look at the sign posted on the complimentary coffee grinders: Robin WheelerDon't like it? Buy yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Borders' Liquidation Sale: CDs Are Now Only Slightly Overpriced!

    Kelsey Whipple​There's good news and bad news here: Depending on how you feel about the literature giant, the July 18 news that Borders is closing its doors and liquidating all of its merchandise comes with heavy hearts and lighter wallets. Well, we have more news for you: It has been one mont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Running Hot and Cold at Famous Szechuan Pavilion

    Ian FroebThe "House Spicy Noodles" at Famous Szechuan Pavilion​The Place: Famous Szechuan Pavilion (8950 Manchester Road, Brentwood; 314-685-0888), a drive-thru-only noodle hut that opened earlier this year west of the intersection of Manchester and Brentwood Roads.The Lunch: The "House Spicy Nood ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Penthouse Pet Dishes on Peter Kinder: "He Was One of My Best Customers"

    Tammy Chapman, featured in this August 1992 Penthouse spread, says Peter Kinder asked her to move into his condo -- which was paid for by his political campaign.​Tammy Chapman, the former Penthouse Pet photographed earlier this year with Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder at a south-city bar k ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 28, 2011
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    February 2, 2011

    Joy Luck Buffet: Review Slideshow

    Jennifer SilverbergKung pao chicken is probably the best-known dish on Joy Luck Buffet's "authentic" menu.​Skip the buffet, and proceed directly to the Szechuan peppercorns. My review of Joy Luck Buffet is now available online, as is Jennifer Silverberg's slideshow of the Brentwood restaurant.

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Pro-Palestinian Flash Mob Hits St. Louis Best Buy, AT&T

    You've undoubtedly seen the flash mob bursting into the familiar chords of Handel's Messiah at a mall food court. You've probably seen the one singing Do-Re-Mi at a train station. But unless you happened to be shopping at the Best Buy and AT&T stores in suburban Brentwoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Artgasm: This Weekend's Art Openings, September 10 - 12, 2010

    Technology has become so ingrained in daily life we don't even think about it anymore. Keny Marshall is attempting to change that. For the Asynchronous Array, he created small electronic devices from motors and scrap metals that change their interactions when observers are around. Find full details ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Missouri's First Nordstrom Rack Coming to Brentwood

    ​Shop-aholics rejoice. The department store Nordstrom's is planning to open its first discount store Nordstrom Rack in Missouri this fall. Construction of the store, which will occupy the old Circuit City in Brentwood Square, is to get underway this month with the store scheduled to open in Septem ... More >>

  • News

    December 16, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 11.21-12.4

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs.Sounding My Barbaric Gulp: Kelly celebrated Thanksgiving with creamed leeks and a proposal. She shared lots of Thanksgiving favorites, contest ideas of Menu for Hope and her future great-great grandmother-in-law's spinach recipe.Cupcake Projec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    The Dish: Fried Chicken at OB Clark's

    Fried chicken is the Thursday special at the popular Brentwood sports bar OB Clark's (1921 South Brentwood Boulevard). Fried chicken is one of my many weaknesses, so I stopped in today to try it.You want to talk about recession-friendly dining? OB Clark's fried-chicken special gives you three fat pi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 12, 2008
  • Dining

    December 19, 2007

    Yule Tide Latte

    City Coffeehouse & Crêperie
    36 North Brentwood Boulevard, Clayton

  • Calendar

    July 25, 2007
  • Blogs

    March 23, 2007

    Go! 3/23-3/25

    Not totally satisfied with your weekend itinerary? Just check out Go!, our regular feature highlighting everything from rock shows to art openings, from delicious dishes to hidden-gem hangouts. Friday, 3/23 We Want Auction Tonight: Drop by the Sunset Hills Country Club (2525 Highway 157 South, Ed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2007

    Seven Catholic Workers Arrested for Carnahan Sit-In

    Becca Young Jorj Arteaga, civilly disobedient Catholic Worker Last Wednesday night Jorj Arteaga, one of the members of the Catholic Worker community in north St. Louis profiled in the February 1 feature, "Cool to Be Kind," was at Whole Foods to pick up a food donation for the homeless shelter, Kab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2006

    Tom Sullivan Takes on the Post

    Gadfly extraordinaire Tom Sullivan has never been one to shrink from a confrontation. Perhaps most famously, Sullivan, who toils by day at his small ad agency in Clayton, took on the Metropolitan Sewer District. After the years (and years) he spent pointing out waste and mismanagement within the age ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 7, 2005

    Dine Out for Relief

    Area businesses give aid

  • News

    February 16, 2005

    School Ties

    How many city officials send their kids to city schools?

  • Calendar

    November 24, 2004

    Boy Crazy

    For the Vienna Boys' Choir

  • Calendar

    October 20, 2004

    St. Louis in Verse

    Instead of in chorus

  • Calendar

    August 18, 2004

    Budweiser/ MDA Poker Classic

    A good time is in the cards

  • Music

    August 11, 2004

    Sounds Around Town

    Week of August 11, 2004

  • Calendar

    May 12, 2004

    A 'Stache of Evil

    Beware the hair

  • Calendar

    September 3, 2003

    Of Mice & Lions

    Local rodents psych themselves up for the Cheese Hill Downs

  • Calendar

    August 6, 2003

    Classic Rock Clowns

    Cars & Guitars benefits Ronald McDonald House

  • Calendar

    July 23, 2003

    Cradle of Filth

    Gobs of fun at Mighty Mud Mania

  • Calendar

    July 9, 2003

    Six-Degree Burns

    John Guare's dramathink

  • Calendar

    April 30, 2003

    Story Time

    Oldest performing art strikes again

  • Music

    March 26, 2003

    Sounds Around Town

    Week of March 26, 2003

  • Music

    October 23, 2002

    Sounds Around Town

    Week of October 23, 2002

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002

    Best Place to Get Overstuffed

    Luttrell Upholstering Shop

  • News

    May 16, 2001

    Base Motives

    Well-heeled cities and developers keep TIF reform at bay

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