The Place: Jax Cafe (2901 Salena Street; 314-449-1995) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. The Deal: Discounted selection of appetizers, $2 domestic beers and $3 rail drinks.
Meet Frankie MacDonald, a 28-year-old weather guru from Nova Scotia whose YouTube forecasts have become something of an Internet sensation. Earlier this week MacDonald issued a dire message for Missourians: Be prepared for a major winter storm this Sunday, March 2.
Thanksgiving is tomorrow. It's officially crunch time. Here at Gut Check, each of our families have different Turkey Day traditions and recipes that we love. One of the worst best parts of the holiday is spending time with family, and the food really does bring us together. Check out four of our fav ... More >>
It's been a long day, you're tired, it's 100 degrees outside, and you don't feel like whipping up a gourmet dinner -- instead, might we suggest getting out of your stuffy house and going for some Chinese? That's right, Gut Check has once again diligently compiled a helpful guide to our city's finest ... 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 >>
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. One could easily argue that aside fr ... More >>
A second location of Florissant Asian buffet restaurant Hokkaido Steak & Sushi Buffet (660 North US Highway 67, Florissant; 314-921-6666) is currently under construction in Concord Plaza Shopping Center at South Lindbergh Boulevard and Baptist Church Road in south county. Currently butcher paper co ... More >>
Gut Check told you in early April about Noodle House, a Vietnamese and Chinese restaurant opening in the former Arby's building at 3924 South Grand Boulevard, just south of Chippewa Street -- and not far at all from another new Vietnamese joint, St. Louis Pho Restaurant (3863 South Grand Boulevard; ... More >>
As far back as Gut Check can remember [insert your own Proustian madeleine reverie here], we've been smitten with the Chinese chow-down concept of dim sum. Sitting around a table with eight or ten people, pointing at exotic-looking items on the carts that the servers push around, asking, "What's tha ... More >>
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 >>
For a kid in rural central Missouri, Chinese food means one thing: cashew chicken. And not a plate of stir-fried chicken chunks with celery, carrots and cashews. No, it had to be Springfield-style cashew chicken. As in Springfield, Missouri. Of course this isn't Chinese food. It's Chinese-A ... More >>
Ian FroebRed curry at Zen Thai & Japanese CuisineThe Place: Zen Thai & Japanese Cuisine (9250 Watson Road, Crestwood; 314-842-0307), a bustling little restaurant in a homely strip mall.The Deal: Red curry with beef, with a complimentary starter of miso soup and two egg rolls, for $7.49
Welcome to Lunch Bucket List, a recurring feature in which Gut Check checks out the many lunch specials available at restaurants around town. Know a lunch special we should check out? Drop us a line.Ian FroebRoast duck with rice at Royal Chinese BarbecueThe Place: Royal Chinese Barbecue (8406 O ... More >>
Ian FroebThe General Tso's chicken at Shu FengAt some point yesterday evening, a malevolent force took up residence in my head, forcing the immediate evacuation of my sinuses and filling the empty spot where the average person has a brain with helium.When this happens, as it does a few times each ... More >>
Fortune Cookie says: You will get a new Asian restaurant. Jae Yoon, one of the restaurateurs behind the Central West End's Chi, plans to open a second Asian eatery in the same neighborhood.Rather than a sushi-and-sake hotspot like Chi, however, the West End Wok will serve Chinese food, says Nick ... More >>
The New York Times reports that the hot, dry summer is threatening this year's watermelon crop in Hope, Arkansas. Along with being the hometown of Bill Clinton and Mike Huckabee, the small town was also home to the world's largest recorded watermelon -- a 268-pound, 8-ounce beast grown in 2005. Reco ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/mnicolemMerry Christmas from Gut Check! We'll return Monday to wrap up the Year-End Bonanza. In the meantime, Aimee Levitt suggests which restaurants to visit on Christmas itself. -- IanOf all Jewish holidays, Christmas is one of the most pleasant. It's a day free of the pressur ... More >>
The message is appropriate because here we have a shocking development: a new style of fortune cookie.
As Ian posted Wednesday, In Soo has been turned over to new owners.For locals of a certain vintage, In Soo -- formerly known as Shu Feng -- was the quintessential Chinese eat spot in St. Louis. This was, in part, due to sheer demographics. When I was a young lad, there weren't many Chinese restauran ... More >>
A few weeks ago, when news broke of a Chinese street vendor selling steamed buns allegedly made partly out of cardboard, I expressed my dismay at the media's hyperbolic reporting of the story. Using this one incident as an argument in the larger debate about food safety wasn't just shoddy logic -- i ... More >>
The Chiu Chow cuisine of Meng Lei.
Tip o' the Cap is a regular feature showcasing the newest capsule reviews. Check back often to see what's opened recently and what's new at some of your old favorites. You can browse more than 300 capsule reviews here. Royal Chinese Barbecue 8406 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-991-1888. You' ... More >>
You are what you eat: The story of a culture, told through its cuisine.
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Lu Lu Seafood Restaurant
Olive Boulevard between North & South Road and Interstate 170
Lu Lu Seafood Restaurant
Lu Lu offers an embarrassment of riches
In Soo Jung, In Soo
Seasoned Deep-Fried Lobster Tail, Kirk's American Bistro & Restaurant
California Pizza Kitchen
Clayton's newest restaurant offering has its multiple personalities well in order
Crazy Bowls and Wraps
Yes, St. Louis has dim sum. Yes, it's good.
Visiting a St. Louis stronghold of Chinese cuisine