As a veteran server, I was a party to more conversations about opening a restaurant than I can count. They would usually take place at the end of a particularly arduous shift while folding linens or doing a checkout report and typically involved complaining about one's current employer. Whether thes ... More >>
St. Charles, rejoice: Mike Johnson's Sugarfire Smokehouse (9200 Olive Boulevard, Suite 114, Olivette; 314-997-2301) is coming your way in just a few short months. It's one of the best barbecue joints in a city that has no shortage. As first reported by George Mahe at St. Louis magazine, Sugarfire's ... More >>
St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. View Olive Boulevard Asian Eateries ... More >>
Gut Check has been looking back on the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012, but we're also keeping an eye on the Best of St. Louis 2013 by nominating finalists for our awards this fall. To see hundreds more winners and finalists, suggest your own contenders and download the Riverfront Times Best ... More >>
When Gut Check profiled chef and restaurateur Mike Johnson last summer, he told us he'd just bought "the world's coolest smoker" -- the same smoker used at Pappy's Smokehouse (3106 Olive Street; 314-535-4340) -- and that he planned to study at the home of Georgia barbecue legend Myron Mixon. Last we ... More >>
Carolyn Downs makes traditional desserts as well as "snacks." Bourbon balls have the texture of softened fudge and a very strong bourbon flavor. An adult's dessert. Chess pie, a Southern classic, has a lovely, flaky crust and a pure, eggy sweetness. Another Southern touch: chocolate bread pudding ... More >>
Cyrano's is back -- dessert lovers everywhere, rejoice!
Though 12 North's name is unimaginative, its food is anything but