Lücha (522 North Grand Boulevard; 314-833-9993), a new Mexican (sort of) restaurant, opened October 24 at Grand Center, in the former Kota Wood Fire Grill space. space. Owners Brian Schmitz and Hugo Perez call it "Mexican soul food." See also: Bonefish Grill Now Open in Brentwood
We were sad to report that Siete Luminarias (2818 Cherokee Street) closed in March, but it seems there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Co-owner Luis Garcia tells Gut Check that the excellent Mexican restaurant will reopen on Cherokee during the last week in April. See also: Siete Luminarias on ... More >>
The Place: Gringo (398 North Euclid Avenue; 314-449-1212) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. as well as Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Deal: $3.95 appetizers and discounted draft beers, canned Mexican beers, margaritas, wine and mi cheleda ... More >>
Ken Stringer first started making his own sauces in 2009 because he didn't want to pay $3 a bottle for Tiger Sauce. He grew his own cayenne peppers in pots out back on his deck and made sauce for himself and his friends. "They were like, 'This is really good. This isn't right if you don't sell this, ... More >>
The flavors of Thailand are abundant here in St. Louis, as evidenced by the many restaurants around town that offer regional variations and escalating levels of spice. It's difficult to narrow it down to just one, but here are six of Gut Check's favorite Thai restaurants to get you started. See al ... More >>
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 >>
Within the last few years, St. Louis has been lucky enough to experience an explosion of Mexican cuisine, with new restaurants popping up offering both authentic and modern options. Cherokee Street in particular has gained a well-deserved reputation for serving as the epicenter, but our collective c ... More >>
From the formidable forces behind the successful pizza empire that is St. Louis chain Pi Pizzeria comes a new concept called Gringo (398 North Euclid; 314-449-1212), which opened its doors in the Central West End last week with a full menu of tacos, margaritas and more. See also: - Pi Pizzeria Te ... More >>
- In November of last year, Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800) announced that it would expand its dinner service to Tuesdays to accomodate holiday demand. (The restaurants regular schedule had been lunch Monday through Thursday, dinner Wednesday through Saturday.) Today, the acclaimed res ... More >>
It's been a long road for Steve Gontram. The former owner and chef of Harvest (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-645-3522) has been pining for years to open a St. Louis outpost of 5 Star Burgers (8125 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-720-4350), a business that he and his father found ... More >>
When Gut Check learned yesterday that Subway is test-marketing nachos made with Doritos, we couldn't wait to try them -- in fact, we were so excited that we bought chips, Cheez Whiz and jalapeños to make some for ourselves. Turns out we didn't have to wait. An operative passed along word this mor ... More >>
Where:Boardwalk Café (600 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves; 314-963-0013) When: Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m to 2 p.m. We Tried: Webster Skillet ($6.75) and French Toast ($5.50) The Verdict: From the outset the Boardwalk Cafe in Webster Groves looks small, unassuming; but do not be fooled. Thi ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, October 31. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
Courtesy of Laura Van AlstineA Cardinals-themed hand-painted pie by River City Savories.People call Brian Runge the cheesemonger. When a friend sent him nearly 100 pounds of dehydrated morel mushrooms, he decided to get creative by incorporating them into a cheese spread that became so popula ... More >>
Ian FroebThe "Gringo Star" pizza at twinOak Wood-Fired FareEven before twinOak Wood-Fired Fare (1201 Strassner Drive, Brentwood; 314-644-2772) opened its doors this June, the restaurant had attracted attention for its name -- its original name, that is: Taste Wood-Fired Fare. St. Louis already ha ... More >>
Ettie BernekingRFT staffer Mark Madonna suffers through a ghost pepper wing.Disappointed with our writer's Pearl Cafe spice challenge defeat, Gut Check decided it was time to turn up the heat: The same no-pay writer should try the much-hotter ghost-pepper-wing challenge at Market Pub House (6 ... More >>
Ian FroebSt. Louis Wing Co. (9816 Manchester Road, Rock Hill; 314-962-9464) opened two months ago with a menu featuring chicken wings in sauces both traditional and not (coconut curry, kalamata olive-feta and walnut-herb pesto among them). While I applaud the variation in flavors -- I liked a sim ... More >>
Ian FroebJoey B's pretzel bites with jalapeño cheese dipping sauceJoey B's Food & Drink is now open at 189 Concord Plaza, the shopping center at the southwest corner of the intersection of South Lindbergh Boulevard and Baptist Church Road. This is the third location for Joey B's, part of the ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsThese beets won't kill you. Yet. Beets are so often maligned that it's hard to imagine that they're pickled and processed in 105-ounce cans. Who knew there was such a pickled beet demand? Well, that demand's going to go unmet for a bit. Lakeside Foods Inc. of Manitowoc, Wis ... More >>
Paul BoslandThe new jalapeno variety is medium hot with large fruit.Because the average jalapeno pepper isn't big enough to hold nearly as much cheese as we'd like, the New Mexico State University chile pepper breeding program has genetically engineered the 'NuMex Jalmundo'. It's a hybrid bet ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergThe Italian sandwich at Snarf'sRaise a jar of hot peppers and toast the sandwiches. My review of Snarf's and Pickleman's Gourmet Cafe is now available online. Jennifer Silverberg's slideshow of Snarf's takes you inside the Delmar Loop restaurant.
This week I visit Taqueria el Jalapeño, a six-month-old Mexican joint along St. Charles Rock Road in St. Ann. What I especially love about the taquerias in St. Louis -- besides the food -- is that they are the few restaurants in which an adventurous diner, even one with more than a passing acquaint ... More >>
OK, so it's no Bacon Explosion, but a colleague passed along a link from the barbecue forum the Smoke Ring for something called an Atomic Buffalo Turd.With a name like that, it has to be good, right?Basically, it's a souped-up jalapeño popper, which seems just about right for a Super Bowl snack.You ... More >>
To call a torta a sandwich doesn't do it justice. Meat, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, avocado, jalapeño and sometimes more spilling out from a giant bolillo roll: The Earl of Sandwich never imagined this. And, yes, fries do come with that. How does the torta from La Michoacana, a year-old Mexican r ... More >>
Author and cooking instructor Raghavan Iyer takes an appetizingly broad view of curry, describing it as "any dish that consists of either meat, fish, poultry, legumes, vegetables or fruits, simmered in or covered with a sauce, gravy or other liquid that is redolent with any number of freshly ground ... More >>
Jalapeños are now the leading culprit in the salmonella outbreak. (New York Times) You still won't be able to find a Bud in Cuba, despite InBev's presence in the country. (Reuters) The harrowing tale of an outbreak of ciguatera, a particularly nasty form of food poisoning, on a fishing boat. ... More >>
It just might be able to find its niche in the Grove.
In his exhaustive cookbook-slash-history Thai Food, David Thompson describes the massaman (or mussaman) style of curry as "the most complex, time-consuming Thai curry to make; it is also the most delicious." A Thai mussaman curry is oily and highly seasoned with tamarind and sugar. ...The most comm ... More >>
Ian hastens to tasty Cherokee Street but can only waddle back home.
"Please don't eat me." This crab was a fat Dungeness, sitting in an orange-red sauce studded with whole chiles, bright red and dangerously small. When I turned the crab over to reach its apron — essentially the shell's handy pull-tab — I saw the kitchen had done the work for me. Why ... More >>
Red Moon, 1500 St. Charles Street, 314-436-9700
Steve Gontram's culinary compass points south-of-the-border
Trying for exotic food in a luxurious atmosphere, Mandarin Bay flounders