The nerds were out in full force earlier this month for Wizard World 2014. It's basically the Comic Con of St. Louis. Joss Whedon favorite Nathan Fillion helped a couple get engaged; even William Shatner was here. See also: The Three Best Things About Wizard World 2014 Several celebs have been in ... More >>
BlackFinn American Grille (1147 Saint Louis Galleria; 314-726-5300) at the Galleria has permanently closed. Its website was live Monday morning, but now it's simply a message confirming the closure. All social media accounts have apparently been deleted as well. See also: BlackFinn American Grille: ... More >>
It's an ongoing battle to claim the original St. Louis toasted ravioli. Restaurant Impossible participant Mama Campisi's maintains it is the home of the original t-rav, as does Charlie Gitto's on the Hill. Either way, both legends revolve around the Oldani family. Strike another point for Charlie Gi ... More >>
There are plenty of national chain restaurants in St. Louis, but go to any Midwestern city and you'll find a similar selection. Locally-based chains, however, are unique -- places we can claim as our own, and that usually end up defining (like it or not) St. Louis' culinary identity. Here's a list o ... More >>
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 >>
We hope you're thirsty this weekend. Read on for ways to quench that drinking curiosity with a wine festival, wine walk, beer-lesque, and bloody mary bar. Besides that, plenty of other drinking and dining options await. Read on for our suggestions. Friday (May 10): Rhythm & Ribs @ St. Charles Com ... More >>
Every day is a celebration of food on the Hill, St. Louis' iconic Italian neighborhood. Toasted ravioli was invented there, and there's an Italian eatery on every corner. Dining on the Hill can feel like stepping into your Italian grandmother's kitchen for a taste of the old country. Every square fo ... More >>
Like any good superhero, culinary or otherwise, toasted ravioli has quite the origin story. Actually, it has several origin stories, none of which can be definitively proven or disproven. The most prevalent anecdote is that the St. Louis staple was invented in the 1940s when a chef accidentally dr ... 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. The Hill is the classic St. Louis ... More >>
At the corner of Cherokee Street and Illinois Avenue in a space originally built to be a dairy, a team of thirteen at Midwest Pasta Company rotate to mix, roll out, cut and package 2,600 pounds of fresh pasta per week. Production for local wholesale distribution at the Cherokee Antique Row location ... More >>
Downtown Restaurant Week is underway, but it's not too soon to start planning for the next event: St. Charles has announced its first restaurant week, to be held Monday, September 10, through Sunday, September 16.
We learned last week that Wine Spectator magazine's 2012 awards for restaurant wine lists would promote Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar (1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-449-6700) from its first-tier "Award of Excellence" to the grammatically knotty second-tier "Best of Award of Excellence." ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergA view of Balaban's award-winning wine selection.When we first heard that Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar (1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-449-6700) took home one of Wine Spectator's awards of excellence, we were happy for the restaurant. We still are. Open for just ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergYaron Garcia, executive chef of the new Charlie Gitto's in ChestefieldDo we need another Charlie Gitto's? Maybe not -- but the issue isn't that simple. My review of the new Chesterfield location of Charlie Gitto's is now available online. Jennifer Silverberg's slideshow of Char ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergThe pork "osso buco" at Charlie Gitto'sThis week I go back to the future. Or something like that. It's the new Chesterfield version of a St. Louis favorite, Charlie Gitto's. Follow me after the jump for a sneak preview of my review.
Ian FroebBistro 1130 opened in Town and Country.Ah, September. The weather has been lovely. Football is back, and this year's Rams look to be far less embarrassing than last year's model. The Cardinals...well...um...er...how about that Sam Bradford?As for restaurants, it was a fairly busy month, ... More >>
Image viaWine Spectator has announced its annual Restaurant Awards, honoring exemplary wine lists around the world.(Actually, the magazine might have announced these a few weeks ago. Gut Check's subscription lapsed a year back -- though I do prop up my monitor on a stack of 2008 issues.)This year ... More >>
Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Iron Stef: Stephanie made Peruvi-ish seafood and potatoes. Show Me Vegan: Lisa made red curry chickpeas and broccoli with coconut milk. St. Louis Eats and Drinks: The Pollacks compiled a farmers' market schedule.
www.downtownrestaurantweek.netA friendly reminder that Downtown Restaurant Week 2009 begins next Monday, August 3, and runs through Sunday, August 9. This year, 25 downtown restaurants are offering three-course meals for $25 per person, tax and tip excluded. Downtown Restaurant Week also affords di ... More >>
Blogher, an annual conference for women bloggers, is taking place in Chicago this week. So I chose to pick out some St. Louisans who are attending. Sometimes you can get a unique perspective on an event by reading the tweets of those who attend. I'm fairly sure that this is not a complete list of al ... More >>
www.downtownrestaurantweek.netIt's that time of year again: Downtown Restaurant Week 2009 begins on Monday, August 3, and runs through Sunday, August 9. This year, 25 downtown restaurants are offering three-course meals for $25 per person, tax and tip excluded. Downtown Restaurant Week also affords ... More >>
B-Sides gives you a guided tour of St. Louis through the eyes of Billy Joel, and provides three nifty downloads for the price of one.
A St. Louis sommelier strives to be among the best in the world.
Here comes the neighborhood!
Ivan Tcherepnin settled the score
Week of January 14, 2004
A new book shares the history and the recipes of the Hill
The Pasta House Co.
May Company and the city wish Jack Randall would just go away -- he won't
Jimmy is a big man in a small, strange world.
Pasta House Co.
Craig Heller sees the future of downtown -- and it works
With son Bob at his side, multi-instrumentalist Bill Row continues a lifetime of making music for the people.