Brian Hardesty

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    July 10, 2014

    10 Places to Take (and Impress) Your Visiting Foodie

    Many have said that St. Louisans have an inferiority complex about our fair city, but there's nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to the culinary clout in our kitchens. St. Louis is increasingly being recognized nationally for its chefs and burgeoning restaurant scene. What better way to help ... More >>

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    July 3, 2014

    10 St. Louis Restaurants Growing Their Own Food

    Cooking with produce, meat and dairy from local farms and growers is a growing trend across the country, but there are several restaurants in St. Louis that are taking this a step further. Gut Check spoke with ten local restaurants that are actually growing their own produce, cooking seasonally, sav ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    The 10 Most Beautiful Bars in St. Louis

    Sometimes you just need a drink. And need a drink somewhere beautiful. We at Gut Check are not immune to the romanticism that comes from a beautifully appointed bar, so we've decided to share our most favorite, immersive spots with you. From whimsical to merely gorgeous, here are t ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    10 Must-Try New Summer Cocktails

    Cocktail season is here and bartenders throughout St. Louis have sweetened their menus with flavors of the summer. Gut Check has the perfect cocktail list to pair with sun-filled days and steamy nights.

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    May 6, 2014

    Brian Hardesty Talks the Magic of Element's Two-Tiered Patio

    Our readers spoke, and we listened. Last week we put up a poll asking about the most underrated patio in St. Louis and the result was... See also: Your Pick for St. Louis' Best Fish Fry Is...

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    March 18, 2014

    The Chefs of Iron Fork 2014: Brian Coltrain, Element

    Iron Fork 2014 is only days away, and one of the best parts (besides all that food) is the chef competition. Four local chefs at the top of their game will cook their hearts out live, onstage, with a mystery ingredient. Only one will be declared the winner. Last year, Ed Heath of Cleveland-Heath to ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: February 14 to 16

    Yay, Valentine's Day! Or, boo, Valentine's Day! If you're celebrating with your significant other, enjoy a candlelit dinner or howl with the wolves. Looking ahead to Mardi Gras? Watch some of the best chefs in St. Louis cook up some Cajun food, or help celebrate the city's 250th birthday. Check out ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    #97: Pork Belly at Element

    Gut Check is counting down the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. Start with a drink at Element's (1419 Carroll Street; 314-241-1674) third floor lounge, and you'd think that your night has peaked. After all, what could be better than gazing out of the windows at a sweeping view o ... More >>

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    January 28, 2014

    Review Preview: Bud's Smokehouse & Grill

    Bud Starr, the man who vowed that he would never open another restaurant, is at it again. This time, he gets into the barbecue business with Bud's Smokehouse & Grill (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard; 314-781-2345) -- at our count, the seventh concept to open in the restaurant space adjacent to the 34- ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    Chef Brian Hardesty's Guiltiest Pleasure and Most Hated Ingredient

    When you've worked in some of St. Louis' most venerable kitchens -- Monarch, Harvest, Terrene -- such as chef Brian Hardesty has, you could be excused for sticking with what you know. After all, if you're privy to a winning formula, why not take the easy route and open a place that replicates past s ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013
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    December 4, 2013

    Review Preview: Element Has Four Cooks in the Kitchen and the Food is Divine

    This week, restaurant critic Cheryl Baehr reviewed Element in Lafayette Square. Here are some extra tidbits she picked up during her visits. Read the full review of Element here. Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the soup, right? Brian Hardesty doesn't think so. Hardesty, executive chef of Elem ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    First Look: Element's Lounge Sets its Sights on Lunch and the St. Louis Skyline (Photos)

    Element (1419 Carroll Street; 314-241-1674) opened on August 23 in Lafayette Square, occupying the top two floors of a rehabilitated power plant building. Its second floor restaurant seats 74, serving small and large plates designed by a team of chefs led by executive chef (and Guerilla Street Food ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    Ten Best Hot and Spicy Foods in St. Louis

    Cravers of capsaicin rejoice: Today is National Hot and Spicy Food Day. This celebration of fiery foods is the perfect excuse to sample St. Louis' contribution to the category. So that all levels of spice connoisseurs can participate in the fun, the list includes a broad range of spice levels. While ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012
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    December 20, 2012

    Top Ten Dishes 2012 #1: The "Flying Pig" at Guerrilla Street Food

    I'm counting down the top ten dishes from the new restaurants that I reviewed in 2012. Read the complete series to date. #1: The "Flying Pig" from Guerrilla Street Food (@GuerrillaStreet;; 314-529-1328)

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    April 5, 2012
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    February 10, 2012

    Bud Starr Closes Root After Three Weeks

    Root (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-781-2345) announced via Twitter this morning that it was closed, effective immediately, only three weeks after it opened. via Twitter​Chef Brian Hardesty tells Gut Check that he was at the restaurant, placing his produce order, when h ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    First Look: Root Features Old-School American Cuisine

    Mabel SuenCreamed lobster with brandy and fried bread.​Envision a warm, open hearth with a pot of stew or suckling pig roasting. This was the image that chef Brian Hardesty imagined while dreaming up his concept for Root (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-781-2345), the spac ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    January 2012 Openings & Closings

    The new year began right where the old one ended, with plenty of openings and not many closures. Notable openings included two of Gut Check's most anticipated restaurants of 2012 (that we know of): Root, Brian Hardesty's look at historical American cuisine, and Medianoche, the contemporary Mexican ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Root to Open Friday, January 20

    Gut Check declared Root to be one of our most anticipated restaurants of 2012. We don't have to anticipate much longer. Root announced this weekend that it will open on Friday, January 20, for dinner. Root replaces Nosh in the space adjacent to Starrs at 1135 South Big Boulevard in Richmond Heights ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012
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    December 30, 2011

    The Five Most Anticipated New St. Louis Restaurants of 2012

    ​To be frank: This was an odd list to compile. If 2012 continues the trend begun in 2011, St. Louis will welcome many new restaurants over the next twelve months, so singling out only five of them as the "most anticipated" seems silly. What's more, many of the restaurants that will open in the new ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    Guerrilla Road Warriors: St. Louis Food Truck to Hit the Highway

    Sometimes we go on vacation for the food. And sometimes, the food goes on vacation. #embedly_twitter_34691851{background:url( #131516; padding:20px;} #embedly_twitter_34691851 p{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 0px 12px;marg ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    Food Trucks Donate to Occupy St. Louis Protesters

    Photo courtesy of Brian Villa​Recently Mother Jones writer Tom Philpott advised "foodies" to join the Occupy Wall Street movement, since the corporate food industry is a part of the Wall Street greed being protested. For two St. Louis small food businesses, they were already there. But when ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    2009 in Review: May

    ​​It was the month of Kristen! My colleague Kristen Hinman won three prestigious journalism awards for her stellar feature about Missouri hog farmer Russ Kremer, "The Pope of Pork": a James Beard Foundation award, an Associaton of Alternative Newsweeklies award and an Association of Food Journal ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009