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    October 2, 2014

    Coffee Meets Chocolate at Kakao's New Clayton Location

    On any given weekday at the new Clayton location of Kakao Chocolate (7700 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-726-7974), business-attired professionals wander in to eyeball the wall-to-wall spread of handmade chocolates, candies and assorted treats after lunch at neighboring businesses including Niche and Pastar ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014

    White Box Eatery's New Breakfast, Lunch and Brunch Restaurant in Clayton

    Brunch lovers have a new go-to spot in Clayton with the opening of Whitebox Eatery (176 Carondelet Plaza; 314-862-2802). As reported by Gut Check in July, the concept comes from Modesto Tapas' co-owner Brendan Marsden along with chef John Hoffman (formerly of Oceano), and Jamie Hardesty of Vincent V ... More >>

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    August 29, 2014

    A Look Inside Sauce on the Side's New Second Location in Clayton

    Sauce on the Side (7810 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-833-5426), the homegrown fast-casual calzone shop that former RFT food critic Ian Froeb predicted would someday expand into a chain, opened its second location in Clayton last month. Since establishing its original location two years ago, the restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Kakao Chocolate Clayton is Now Open

    If you're a chocoholic, Clayton just got a little sweeter. The new Kakao Chocolate is now open. It's the third location for the St. Louis chocolatier, which first opened on South Jefferson Avenue in 2008 and later expanded to Maplewood. The new Kakao is located in the Centene building at 7700 Forsyt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    Clayton Protest Over Michael Brown's Killing Stresses Peaceful Solution to Unrest

    Fewer protesters showed up in Clayton Tuesday morning than in Ferguson the previous day, but their collective voice was just as loud. The demonstration began outside the Buzz Westfall Justice Center with civil-rights activist Anthony Shahid using a pair of stuffed dogs and a noose around his neck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Sauce on the Side Now Open in Clayton

    Sauce on the Side's second location at 7810 Forsyth in Clayton is now open. The first calzone eatery opened downtown in August 2012, and owners Brendon Maciariello, Ryan Mangialardo and Daniel Porzel announced the Clayton location this past April. See also: Sauce on the Side's "Costanza" Calzone: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    "Food Truck Sundays" Coming to Shaw Park in Clayton

    The city of Clayton and the St. Louis Food Truck Association have teamed up for yet another delicious food-truck event, this time on Sundays. On the second Sunday of the month in June, July and August, head to Shaw Park (South Brentwood and Forsyth boulevards, Clayton; 314-746-0426) for a mobile mea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Sauce on the Side Announces Second Location

    After almost two years, calzone joint Sauce on the Size (903 Pine Street; 314-241-5667) is expanding to Clayton. There are fourteen iterations of the Sauce on the Side calzone, but now there's room for even more expansion. See also: Sauce on the Side's "Costanza" Calzone: One of 100 St. Louis Dishe ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014
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    November 19, 2013

    Guess Where I'm Eating This Pork Agnolotti and Win $20 to Frida's Deli

    It's time for our weekly guessing game. We had some delicious pork agnolotti the other night. Think you know where it's from? Hint: It's a popular spot in Clayton. See also: UPDATED: Guess Where I'm Eating This Duck Salad and Win $20 to La Tejana

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    October 31, 2013
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    October 23, 2013

    Barrister's: Happy Hour Report Card

    Here at Gut Check International Headquarters, we take happy hour very seriously. Each week, one of our agents covertly visits an establishment, reports her findings and assigns a grade. This week's Happy Hour Report Card -- Barrister's in lovely downtown Clayton. See also: Riley's Pub: Happy Hour R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    The Libertine: Now Serving Lunch

    One of this year's most-buzzed-about restaurants is now open for lunch, as first reported by Feast. The Libertine (7927 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-862-2999) has added an intriguing midday menu that it will serve from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. See also: First Look: The Libertine ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013
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    May 24, 2013

    Seven Great Summer Cocktails Available at St. Louis Bars, Restaurants

    There's a certain kind of understated pleasure that can come from cracking open a twelve-pack in your own back yard as the Cardinals game buzzes in the background. But as we dive headlong into summer, lots of local restaurants and bars are celebrating the warmer temps with carefully curated cocktail ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 2, 2013
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    April 2, 2013

    St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: March 2013

    Relocation was the theme in March, with four St. Louis restaurants announcing their closures to move to new digs. Among them was Adam and Jason Tilford's Clayton excellent Clayton pub and soccer-watching hotspot Barrister's, which is moving to another Clayton location, the former home of Mazara at 7 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Wydown Middle School Students Launch Campaign to Ban Plastic Bags in Clayton

    There are approximately 16,000 residents of Clayton. If each of them throws away eighteen plastic bags a year, they would collectively generate enough oil to drive a car around the equator 17.8 times. Why anybody would want to do that is a complete mystery, but this factoid, generated by a group of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Clayton Butt Groper: Creepiest Composite Sketch Ever?

    Lookout Des Peres serial hugger. You've got competition. Clayton police  are on the lookout for a serial butt groper. The suspect has struck on at least three occasions -- August 25, September 14 and October 6 -- by walking up to women from behind and, uh, squeezing the same. Each time the man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Fake Cop Assault Story a Fake

    So the story that unidentified woman told about being pulled over in Clayton by a man who looked like a police officer, and was then punched in the face and dragged out her car by the guy? Yeah, the woman now says she made it up.Personally, I'm disappointed. I really liked the part of her tale where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Woman Pulled Over and Punched By Man in Uniform in Clayton

    A woman told police she was driving through Clayton at 8 a.m. this morning when what she thought was a police car pulled her over near the intersection of Hanley Road and Polo Drive. The car had flashing lights and a spotlight, and the man who got out was wearing a gray shirt with an oval badge and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: June 1-3

    Friday (June 1): Friday Night Patio Dinner @ Bevo Mill Warm up to summer weather with seasonal entrees prepared weekly using Soulard Farmers' Market goods by owner and executive chef Milan Manjencich every Friday night from now through the fall. Expect plenty of German dishes such as beef schnitzel ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 3, 2012
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    February 13, 2012

    Crushed Red Opens in Clayton

    After a soft opening this weekend, Crushed Red officially debuted today at 8007 Maryland Avenue in Clayton. (The space was formerly home to Blick Art Materials; as you might guess, the renovation has been thorough.) Crushed Red is the latest venture from restaurateur Chris LaRocca (perhaps best kno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: January 27-January 29

    Friday (Jan. 27): Oyster and Crab Leg Festival @ Broadway Oyster Bar Enjoy Gulf oysters at the peak of their sweet goodness in addition to crab legs from Alaska in special dishes such as barbecue adobo oysters, thai sesame oysters, fried crab stuffed oysters and dungeness crab. Friday, January 27 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    The Five Best Places in St. Louis to Have a Cup of Coffee

    ​Today is National Coffee Day. Of course, at Gut Check International Headquarters, every day is coffee day, but if we must dedicate this one gorgeous September Thursday to the beverage that fuels our work, then so be it.Already this week, we honored Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company in the Riverfron ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Food Trucks Organize to Gain Access to Clayton

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    May 31, 2011

    Half & Half Opens for Breakfast and Lunch in Clayton

    ​Half & Half, a new breakfast and lunch spot from The Good Pie owner Mike Randolph, opened this morning at 8135 Maryland Avenue in Clayton. The restaurant held a friends-and-family soft opening this weekend, and a Gut Check operative passed along a copy of the menu.The menu is difficult to enc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Clayton Gets Vito Rancanelli's Mad Tomato

    Robin WheelerMad Tomato in Clayton​ If there's any doubt that Vito Rancanelli, Jr. is using fresh, local food at Mad Tomato, his new venture in Clayton, just spend a few minutes in the dining room at lunchtime. First, a farmer with a young daughter arrives, carrying a case of fresh asparagus. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Mad Tomato Opens in Clayton Tomorrow, May 10

    Ian FroebMad Tomato, a new restaurant in Clayton​Mad Tomato, the new Italian restaurant from chef Vito Racanelli Jr. (Onesto Pizza and Trattoria, the late Big V's Burger Joint), will open its doors at 8000 Carondelet Avenue in Clayton at 11 a.m. tomorrow, May 10.The lunch menu offers pizzas, panin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Byrd Style Lounge Relaunch Tonight

    Mr. Dior himself will not be there, but his work will.​Sometimes, only a $3,000 vintage Christian Dior frock will do. Other times, plunking down a couple sawbucks on a sundress from the '60s will scratch your sartorial itch just fine. And after tonight's super-swank relaunch party at Byrd Style Lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Lawsuit Challenging Clayton Smoking Ban in Public Parks Cites Groucho Marx, Peace Pipes

    Outdoor smoking bans? Groucho would not approve, or would he?​Civil liberties attorney Bevis Schock yesterday followed through with his plan first reported last month by Daily RFT. Schock has filed a federal lawsuit against Clayton, challenging the St. Louis suburb's smoking ban in public parks. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Lawsuit In Works Challenging Clayton Smoking Ban in Public Parks

    Live in Clayton and hate the smoking ban in parks? Call this guy at 314-726-2322.​The 25-page complaint against the city of Clayton is already written and ready to be filed in federal court. All attorney Bevis Schock needs now is a couple more plaintiffs. "I have one person confirmed, but would li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    St. Louis Ritz-Carlton Offers Most Creative Interpretation Yet of Smoking Ban Rules

    The Ritz-Carlton Lyin Lion​The Post-Dispatch reports this morning that the St. Louis Ritz-Carlton has become Clayton's first business ticketed for violating the city's smoking ban that went into effect last July. The pricey hotel received the citation Saturday while hosting its annual Cigar Club p ... More >>

  • News

    November 25, 2010
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    October 4, 2010

    More on Tom and Beth Boggs -- Attorneys Targeted in South City Bombing

    ​Investigators don't know if a bombing Friday of a home near Carondelet Park could be tied to a 2006 murder, though they're not ruling it out. Two pipe bombs blew up shortly after 1 a.m. October 1 outside the home of Tom and Beth Boggs, the husband and wife law partners that operate the Clayton-ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Il Vicino, Sansai in Clayton Shuttered by Fire -- Temporarily

    Il Vicino's Clayton location has been closed since a small fire led to water damage Monday.​ A small fire Monday -- which neighbors say involved a flue in Il Vicino's kitchen -- has temporarily shuttered two Clayton eateries.Sansai and Il Vicino, both located at Central Avenue and Maryland in down ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010
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    September 7, 2010

    UPDATE: Serial Mugger/Pervert Could Be on Loose in U. City, Clayton

    Sketches from University City (left) and Clayton.​Update 9:39 a.m. Clayton police have reportedly arrested the man they believe responsible for the mugging and sexual assault Monday morning. They're now working with Wash. U. and University City police to see if the suspect might also be involved i ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Clayton Approves Draconian Smoking Ban: No Cigarettes in Parks

    Mickey will have to stub out that cig if he wants to play softball at Shaw Park.​We here at Daily RFT have (for the most part) championed the many smoking bans voted in last year by various city councils and voters in St. Louis, Kirkwood, St. Louis County and other municipalities. But the enhanced ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Smoke Up, Clayton. Today's Your Last Day

    Tomorrow's your funeral, cig.​A Clayton smoking ban, passed a year ago, goes into effect tomorrow -- July 1. The law prohibits smoking indoors in all the city's restaurants and bars and 80 percent of its hotel rooms. Less restrictive bans in St. Louis County and St. Louis go into effect in January ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    The wine collection at Araka in Clayton​This week was a busy one for local food and restaurant news. Among the week's events: We reported that the Kirkwood Pi's kitchen manager, Ali Aziz, was hospitalized after an incident at a drive-thru, while Araka's former executive chef, Mark Curren, wa ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010
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    March 31, 2010
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    March 18, 2010

    Five Restaurants Where You Get Great Free Food Along with the Food You Pay For

    Bread and butter go together like chips and salsa. But some local restaurants send out better snacks for free. Unlike the white-tablecloth amuse-bouche, the items below are constants: You get 'em every time you go. We mention them because they are good and they are gratis, ya'll. Enjoy this quick l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    FoodWire: Lampert's Plush Pig Barbeque Moving to Rock Hill?

    I reported last month that Lampert's Plush Pig Barbeque had closed its Clayton location at least temporarily so that asbestos could be removed from its building. Following up today as I put together the list of January openings and closings -- to be posted in a few hours -- I learned from the Plush ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009

    FoodWire: Gourmet to Go Opening Downtown September 21​Caterer Gourmet to Go, which operates retail locations in Clayton and Ladue, will add a third location downtown on Monday, September 21. The new location in the St. Louis Place building (200 North Broadway) will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. This Gourmet ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 7.15

    Clayton makes it official, banning smoking in restaurants as of next summer. (Post-Dispatch)Perhaps not surprisingly, the Las Vegas restaurant boom has come to a screeching halt. (New York Times)This story, if true -- and that's a big if, as these things go -- is probably the grossest thing you'll r ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009
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    June 17, 2009

    Clayton's "Heartbreak Hotel" To Close This August

    claytononthepark.comThe 23-story high-rise in downtown Clayton has been many things in its brief nine-year existence. Clayton on the Park at the corners of Brentwood Boulevard and Bonhomme Avenue, began as a boutique hotel and apartment building catering to the city's well-heeled visitors and ... More >>

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