Chris Hoel

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    The Five Best Restaurants to Die in the Past 12 Months 2012

    Selecting the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we're chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Tidbits: Farmhaus Nose-to-Tail Dinner, Niche Lobster Rolls

    - Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800) has announced a special "Nose-to-Tail" dinner on Tuesday, August 21. Chef de cuisine Andrew Jennrich is putting together the dinner's tasting menu, which will feature locally raised pork. Among the dishes promised by general manager Eric Scholle are pig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Taste By Niche's Ted Kilgore: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Taste by Niche bartender Ted Kilgore. Below is a Q&A with Kilgore, followed by a video of him mixing an El Maestro No. 1 cocktail. Alissa Nelson​The "10,000 ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 30, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    The Ten Most Important St. Louis Restaurant Openings of the Aughts #2: Monarch (2003)

    ​Monarch (2003)Josh Galliano is reason enough to rank Monarch so high: The Louisiana native, sent packing when Katrina devastated New Orleans, is everything you could want in a chef -- creative yet respectful of tradition; ambitious yet humble. Yet he has been the executive chef at Monarch for onl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2008

    Your Weekly St. Louis Food Blog Digest

    A look at what's happening at our favorite St. Louis food blogs... This weekend is the Slow Food Nation gathering in San Francisco. Bill Burge of STL Bites is on his way there, and he checks in with a fantastic post detailing what the organization means to him and why he is approaching the meeting ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 16, 2008
  • Dining

    October 3, 2007

    Three for the Price of One

    Ian offers three for the road home.

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2007

    Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards 2007

    photo: Jennifer Silverberg Hoel gives Monarch a parting gift. The August 31, 2007, issue of Wine Spectator -- in my mailbox this week -- features the mag's annual Restaurant Awards, which this year honor the wine lists of nearly 4,000 restaurants nationwide worldwide. This might be the mos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2007

    Small Plates: Wednesday, 5/30

    I'm moving to a new apartment today, so this will be short and sweet. But it involves free food, so listen closely. On Tuesday, June 5, area Chipotle locations (including the new location at the intersection of Clayton and Forsyth, which opens Thursday) will give you a free burrito, taco or salad i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2007

    Private Drinker

    Ran into The Lou's master sommelier-wannabe Chris Hoel at a wine tasting today and learned that he's no longer tending to Monarch's cave. Hoel put in his notice two weeks ago, after lining up investors for a downtown "speakeasy": a new venture he's modeling after New York's Milk & Honey and San Fra ... More >>

  • News

    April 18, 2007

    The Wine Master

    A St. Louis sommelier strives to be among the best in the world.

  • Dining

    December 27, 2006

    Drinks Of The Year

    7401 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-7175.

    Al Smith's Feasting Fox,
    4200 South Grand Avenue; 314-352-3500.

    7307 Watson Road, Shrewsbury; 314-752-8300.