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  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    Lücha Mexican Soul Food Opens at Grand Center

    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

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    May 15, 2014
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    April 17, 2014

    Siete Luminarias Will Reopen on Cherokee Street the Last Week in April

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Happy Hour at Gringo: Cold Margaritas, Complimentary Chips and Cheesy Appetizers

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Ken Stringer Launches Kickstarter to Bring His Homemade "Kick-Ass Hot Sauce" to Market

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    The Six Best Thai Restaurants in St. Louis

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Ten Best Mexican Restaurants in St. Louis

    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 >>

  • Dining

    August 8, 2013
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    May 9, 2013

    First Look: Gringo Offers Taco Options Like Al Pastor, Octopus and Grasshopper in the Central West End [Photos]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Tidbits: More Tuesdays for Farmhaus, a 100 for Perennial, Jobs at Tucanos

    - 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    First Look: 5 Star Burgers

    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 >>

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    August 2, 2012
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    June 5, 2012

    Subway's Doritos Nachos Available in St. Louis

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Brunching at Boardwalk Cafe

    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 >>

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    April 5, 2012
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    October 27, 2011


    8 p.m. Monday, October 31. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    River City Savories Offers Homemade Cheese Spreads and Baked Goods

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Looking Past the Name at twinOak Wood-Fired Fare

    Ian FroebThe "Gringo Star" pizza at twinOak Wood-Fired Fare​Even 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Market Pub House's Blazing Wing Challenge: Gut Check Investigates

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    St. Louis Wing Co. Still Taking, Um, Wing

    Ian Froeb​St. 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Joey B's Opens New South County Location

    Ian FroebJoey B's pretzel bites with jalapeño cheese dipping sauce​Joey 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Eat Your Veggies. Just Not These.

    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 >>

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    February 3, 2011
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    January 31, 2011

    Stuff It! Giant Jalapenos Enter the Giant Stuffable Food Market

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Snarf's and Pickleman's Gourmet Cafe: Review Slideshow

    Jennifer SilverbergThe Italian sandwich at Snarf's​Raise 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.

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    June 23, 2010
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    February 23, 2009

    Review Preview: Taqueria el Jalapeño

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Super Bowl Snack Idea: The "Atomic Buffalo Turd"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    The Dish: Torta Milanesa at La Michoacana

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2008

    Indian Food Expert Raghavan Iyer in Town Next Week

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 7.22

    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 >>

  • Dining

    January 30, 2008

    Agave gives Mexican cuisine the white-tablecloth treatment.

    It just might be able to find its niche in the Grove.

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2007

    A Tale of Two Curries

    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 >>

  • Dining

    July 11, 2007

    Cherokee Pastoral

    Ian hastens to tasty Cherokee Street but can only waddle back home.

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    March 22, 2007

    Review Preview: Kim Son Vietnamese Bistro

    "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 >>

  • Dining

    January 12, 2005

    Lychee Cosmo

    Red Moon, 1500 St. Charles Street, 314-436-9700

  • Dining

    April 21, 2004

    Don't Mess with Tejas

    Steve Gontram's culinary compass points south-of-the-border

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    December 19, 2001

    Raw Fish

    Trying for exotic food in a luxurious atmosphere, Mandarin Bay flounders