Cajun and Creole Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2014

    A Look Inside Riverbend Restaurant and Bar's New Expanded Space in Richmond Heights

    As reported by Gut Check in August, restaurant owner Sam Kogos would move his popular New Orleans-style restaurant to the space recently vacated by Harvest. Riverbend Restaurant and Bar (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard; 314-664-8443) opened in Richmond Heights in early November with an expanded menu a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Vote for St. Louis' Most Underrated Cajun/Creole Restaurant

    You guys love New Orleans cuisine more than we thought. We got a lot of feedback in our latest poll, and now it's time to take it to a vote. We tallied up the restaurants mentioned the most and narrowed it down to the top four. You can also write in your own if you think we got it wrong. See also: ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    The Best Food at St. Louis Earth Day

    The St. Louis Earth Day Festival celebrates sustainable products and services available in the St. Louis area -- including food. It's apparently the second-largest Earth Day celebration in the country. The festival covers a huge area of Forest Park (specifically, the Muny grounds), and it can be a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Molly's in Soulard's New Executive Chef to Roll Out Po' Boy Menu May 1

    Molly's in Soulard (816 Geyer Avenue; 314-241-3200) is already known for its Cajun food (fried alligator, anyone?) but new executive chef Bryan Johnson wants to kick things up a notch. An alum of Brasserie by Niche, Broadway Oyster Bar and Central Table Food Hall, Johnson will roll out a new menu Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Critic's Notebook: Louis Armstrong Lives On at Evangeline's

    So about those "famous red beans & rice" on the menu at Evangeline's Bistro and Music House (512 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-3644)... Needless to say, Don Bailey didn't just pull the recipe out of a cookbook. According to the owner, the recipe was gifted to him by a "little, old Southern lady" in ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 6, 2014
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    February 27, 2014

    Sister Cities Cajun and BBQ to Double Size

    Sister Cities Cajun and BBQ (4144 South Grand; 314-875-9653) opened in Dutchtown in June 2013, but they've got a second storefront that lays unused. Owners Travis Parfait and Pamela Melton plan to open the other 1,200 square feet as a bar -- albeit one where you shouldn't feel obligated to "get hamm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Evangeline's Bistro & Music House Offers Blues, Booze and New Orleans Food (Photos)

    On a blustery winter day, our server at Evangeline's Bistro & Music House (512 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-3644) warns us that our appetizer will take fifteen minutes or so, as it's baked to order. Luckily, a couple of fizzy Champagne cocktails from the menu ward off lunchtime hunger pangs. One com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Broadway Oyster Bar's "Fried Alligator" is Straight Outta the Swamp Cajun Cuisine

    On the History Channel, which long ago lost all legitimacy, there's a popular show that revolves around people living in swamps down on the bayou, who then primarily hunt alligators in said swamps. Usually these "swamp people" are colorful characters who speak with nearly indecipherable yet endearin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: August 30 to September 2

    There are festivals abound this weekend -- it is Labor Day, after all! Take advantage of the end of summer and your day off and spend it outside. Or, just use the halfway point between Mardi Gras as an excuse to eat Cajun food. Read on for our food-themed recommendations. See also: Food of the Fest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Sister Cities Cooks Up Cajun Food and Barbecue in Dutchtown [Photos]

    In June, Sister Cities (4144 South Grand; 314-875-9653) opened in the Dutchtown neighborhood. Named in regard to French heritage parallels between St. Louis and New Orleans, business partners Pamela Melton and Travis Parfait serve up a corresponding mashup of Cajun food and home-style Midwest barbec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    J. Gumbo's to Reopen in August on Site of Five-Alarm Fire

    It's been just over a year since a five-alarm fire broke out on Lindell Boulevard and destroyed a Central West End apartment building, as well as Desserts on the Boulevard (3949 Lindell Boulevard) and J. Gumbo's. The Cajun restaurant had only been open three weeks before it was forced to close, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    J. Gumbo's Opens New Location Downtown

    Not quite one year after a fire destroyed the apartment building in which J. Gumbo's had opened its first St. Louis-area location, the fast-casual Cajun-Creole restaurant has returned with a new home downtown. J. Gumbo's debuted yesterday at 312 North Tenth Street. The restaurant's regular hours are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: April 19 to 21

    See also: -Bike to Work Tomorrow, Get Free Coffee and Breakfast On the Way! -Saturday is Webster Groves Herb Society's Annual Herb Sale -Broadway Oyster Bar Invites You to Suck It at Crawfish Fest This Weekend -Celebrate The Sweet Divine's Grand Opening in Soulard Saturday Friday (Apr. 19): Bike ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Broadway Oyster Bar Invites You to Suck It at Crawfish Fest This Weekend

    The mighty mud bug is the star of this month's food festival at Broadway Oyster Bar (736 South Broadway; 314-621-8811), and chef Brad Hagen is pulling out all the stops (and all the crawfish) to make this a feast worthy of the Big Easy. Gut Check spoke with Broadway Oyster Bar's Mary Moramarco to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    The Kitchen Sink's Corn Fritters: One of 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now

    The Gut Check One Hundred is our accounting of the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. These are the best dishes at the newest restaurants and the newest dishes at the best restaurants. These are the 100 dishes that define St. Louis dining in 2013. Our list culminates this fall when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Farmhaus Hosts Second Crawfish Boil This Sunday, March 24

    Last spring Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800) threw its first crawfish boil, and this Sunday, March 24, it's spicing things up with another one. From Noon to 6 p.m. the restaurant will serve a selection of Cajun eats, including boiled crawfish, andouille sausage and several other menu op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    J. Gumbo's to Rise from the Ashes

    J. Gumbo's had been open for only three weeks when a five-alarm fire swept through its building at 3949 Lindell Boulevard in the Central West End. No one was killed or seriously injured in the fire on July 17 of last year, which destroyed multiple floors of apartments as well as J. Gumbo's and the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    10 St. Louis Mardi Gras Food & Drink Specials Worth Their Weight in Beads

    It's that time again folks, that time when it's perfectly acceptable to get day drunk in public while getting as undressed as the 51-degree forecast will allow us. That's right, Mardi Gras is this Saturday, February 9, in Soulard. If the only thing on your Mardi Gras to-do list so far is "party," th ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 31, 2013
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    June 25, 2012

    Tidbits from J. Gumbo's, Land of Smile, Spaghetteria Mamma Mia

    - The fast-casual chain J. Gumbo's will open its first St. Louis location this Wednesday, June 27, at 3949 Lindell Boulevard. As Gut Check reported when we first learned of J. Gumbo's arrival, the chain has locations in six other states. Its menu offers Creole and Cajun fare (gumbo, po' boys, jamb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Tidbits from Louisiana Cafe, J. Gumbo's

    - Louisiana Cafe reopened last week at its new location: 1350 Triad Center Drive in St. Peters. The restaurant's phone number is now 636-922-7249. Louisiana Cafe is open from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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    May 11, 2012

    Tidbits from J. Gumbo's, Pumpernickels

    - Looks like another fast-casual chain is setting up shop in St. Louis: A trusted operative tells Gut Check that J. Gumbo's will open in the Central West End. (We have an exact address, but we're working to confirm it.) J. Gumbo's, which as its name might suggest specializes in Creole and Cajun far ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: March 23-25

    Friday (Mar. 23): Pints for the Planet @ Whole Foods Market - Galleria Swing by the Whole Foods speciality beer department for a happy hour to help out the Whole Planet Foundation. Get a pint of Schlafly Beer in a special glass for $5 for a good cause. 5 to 7 p.m. Savory and Sweet Tasting @ Vom F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Tidbits from Farmhaus, The Island Frozen Yogurt

    - Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800) might be one of the toughest tables to score in St. Louis, but this Sunday, March 25, all you need is $30 to gain access to the acclaimed restaurant's special "Sunday Funday" event. This is an all-you-can-eat-and-drink affair featuring a crawfish boil, ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012
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    March 21, 2012

    Eat Me in St. Louis: Ten Cheap Eats for March Madness Visitors

    Hello, fans of North Carolina, North Carolina State, Kansas and Ohio, and welcome to St. Louis for the -- deep breath -- 2012 NCAA Division One Men's Basketball Championship Midwest Regionals! Whether you're a broke college student, a devoted alumnus or alumna or just a fan, after shelling out the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Soup Countdown #8: Broadway Oyster Bar's Crawfish Bisque

    January is National Soup Month, which makes sense, considering the first month of the year is typically marked with below-freezing temperatures, snow and slush. What's better than a delicious, hot bowl of soup on a chilly day? A delicious, hot bowl of soup that you don't have to make -- that's what. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    Top Ten Dishes 2011 #8: Red Beans and Rice at Riverbend Restaurant & Bar

    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.Ian FroebThe red beans and rice at Riverbend Restaurant & Bar​As is tra ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011
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    September 13, 2011

    Review Preview: Riverbend Restaurant & Bar

    Ian Froeb The red beans and rice at Riverbend Restaurant & Bar​This week I visit Riverbend Restaurant & Bar (701 Utah Street; 314-664-8443), which serves authentic Creole and Cajun cuisine at the southernmost tip of Soulard. If you need confirmation that Riverbend Restaurant & B ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Try Red Beans and Rice at Riverbend Restaurant & Bar

    Ian Froeb​Riverbend Restaurant & Bar (701 Utah Street; 314-664-8443) is a corner restaurant and bar serving Creole cuisine just outside the Anheuser-Busch campus in Soulard. The red beans and rice are available only on Mondays, according to the menu, but on the not-Monday when I dined there, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    #81: Catfish Platter at the Gumbo Shop

    Ettie BernekingThe catfish platter comes with a side of gumbo or jambalaya so prepare to be stuffed.​While our arteries might disagree, here at Gut Check we say there's no such thing as too much fried food. Which is why the catfish platter at the Gumbo Shop (9501 Manchester Road, Webster Grove ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    The Gumbo Shop and Its Family Recipes Passed On To New Owners

    Ettie BernekingThe couple makes everything fresh to order. The giant pots of gumbo and jambalaya start cooking every day around 7 a.m. Even the oysters are flown in fresh every few days. ​After ten months of studying, practicing, tasting and refining, Holli and Jon Rercher have finally taken o ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Mike Ryan of Lola: Recipe for Andouille Corn Dog with Red Beans and Rice

    This is part three of Chrissy Wilmes' Chef's Choice profile of Mike Ryan of Lola. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Ryan, is published here. Chrissy WilmesAndouille sausage corndog with red beans and rice​When does a deep fried carnival staple evolve into an entree? When Mike R ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Mike Ryan of Lola

    This is part one of Chrissy Wilmes' Chef's Choice profile of chef Mike Ryan of Lola. Chrissy Wilmes​Some chefs fall in love with cooking early. Mike Ryan's infatuation came later - the aftershock of what began as an arranged marriage rather than an organic romance. Ryan's father oversaw resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    What Is That? Deciphering Names of Dishes Served at Taste of Soulard

    ​This Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, February 27, the rousing ramp-up (or debauched downward spiral, depending on your perspective) to Mardi Gras continues with the Taste of Soulard, sponsored by Southern Comfort. For $25, patrons receive a booklet of 7 tickets, redeemable from 11 a.m. to 5 ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010
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    August 6, 2008

    Now Open: BC's Kitchen

    Sorry things have been slow around here so far this week. It's not for lack of news. I've spent the last couple of days driving around St. Louis, eating snow cones. Seriously. Anyway, on to clearing out the news backlog: BC's Kitchen, the new restaurant from well-known St. Louis chef Bill Cardwell ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 20, 2006

    Cruise Control

    Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen is the real deal.

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    August 2, 2006

    My Ohm My

    Solid eats, electric atmosphere

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    July 20, 2005

    Stir It Up

    It's hard not to be happy at Caribbean Sun

  • Dining

    September 15, 2004

    Ragin' Cajun

    Looking for cold beer and down-home Cajun classics? Head to Graham's.

  • Dining

    March 31, 2004

    Boy Meets Grill

    Griffins Farmer's Market Cafe could use some time to grow

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    November 28, 2001

    Hall of Flame

    Football Cardinal great Jackie Smith promises diners a hot time at his new West County restaurant

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    June 27, 2001

    OK by You

    Visiting the Crescent City by way of Florissant

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    May 30, 2001

    Hog Heaven

    New Haven's Front Street Grille attracts a clientele ranging from bikers to locals but manages to make them all happy

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    January 24, 2001

    Side Dish

    Local chefs provide their favorite uses for the newly glamorous sausage

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    July 5, 2000

    Summer Better than Others

    The pleasures of warm-weather eating and drinking

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