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Eating Out

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Riverbend Restaurant & Bar to Take Over Former Harvest Space

    A few months ago Riverbend Restaurant & Bar (701 Utah Street; 314-664-8443) owner Sam Kogos lamented to us about his tiny, fourteen-by-fourteen kitchen and his off-the-beaten path location near Cherokee Street. "It's not an easy location to find. I'm not sitting in the Loop or the Central West End - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    The 10 Best Seafood Restaurants in St. Louis

    With exceptional seafood options like this, it's hard to believe St. Louis is hundreds of miles from the sea. These ten restaurants offer land-locked seafood lovers the variety of fresh and flavorful dishes one often associates with coastal towns just steps away from an ocean full of fish. No need t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Happy Hour at Square One Brewery: Beer, Spirits and Snacks in Lafayette Square

    The Place: Square One Brewery (1727 Park Avenue; 314-231-2537) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. The Deal: A selection of $4.95 appetizers. $1 off beers and mixed drinks.

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Watch St. Louis Chefs Compete on the "Next Great Baker" Finale Tonight

    Two St. Louis pastry chefs will be competing on the season four finale of TLC's Next Great Baker tonight. Al Watson and Lia Weber work at the Wedding Wonderful Cakeshop and Hendel's Restaurant, respectively. They're battling three other teams for the chance at $100,000 and the opportunity to bake at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Tick Tock Tavern and Steve's Hot Dogs' New Partnership Debuts in South City

    Last night hot dog fanatics of all ages rejoiced for the anticipated opening of the second location of Steve's Hot Dogs (3457 Magnolia Avenue). The restaurant, owned by local musician Steve Ewing, made its debut with partners and adjoining neighbors Tick Tock Tavern (3459 Magnolia Avenue), a bar tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: August 15 to 17

    Despite the roller coaster that has been this week, you can still get out and about this weekend. Patronize your favorite restaurants on North Florissant Road, or escape to the country with Chaumette Vineyards and Baetje Farms. Keep calm and eat on -- check out our food-related recommendations after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Kevin Nashan Brings the Coast to Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.

    Kevin Nashan's highly anticipated restaurant, the Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. (1831 Sidney Street; 314-772-8858), opened last night in Benton Park with just a few hours' notice. The place was still lively, though, with Nashan himself dismantling crabs in the kitchen window and servers flitting aro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Chef Chat: Lauren "Lulu" Loomis Is Bursting with Pure Joy

    Though Lauren "Lulu" Loomis wishes she had the ability to teleport herself around the world, she's already logged quite a few miles. In fact, it was while she was in New Zealand, working on an organic farm with her husband Robert Tucker, that the idea for Lulu's Local Eatery (3201 South Grand Boulev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: August 8 to 10

    Rain, rain go away. Seriously, go away. Don't let this weekend's weather dampen your spirits. Party like it's 1929 or preview Mike Randolph's upcoming Mexican restaurant. Stay dry if you can -- fingers crossed the rain doesn't affect this month's Food Truck Friday. Check out our food-related recomme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Panorama Launches New Menu and Cocktail Program

    Panorama (1 Fine Arts Drive; 314-721-0072), the new(ish) restaurant at the Saint Louis Art Museum made waves in May when it snagged chef Ivy Magruder from Gamlin Restaurant Group. He debuted his new menu and cocktail program at Panorama on Tuesday. See also: Chef Ivy Magruder on Whiskey, the Next B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Pizzeria Mia's Pies Are More Jersey Shore than Amalfi Coast -- and That's Just Fine: Review

    Pizzeria Mia (4501 Maryland Avenue) Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Sat. "I keep forgetting we're in St. Louis," my friend said as she bit into a slice of Pizzeria Mia's pepperoni pie. "Everything about this place -- the food, the furnishings, it's like I'm home." The home to which she refers isn't Na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    #72: Broasted Chicken at Frank & Helen's Pizzeria

    Frank & Helen's Pizzeria (8111 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-997-0666) is a St. Louis institution. The University City eatery has been serving diners its signature thin crust pizza, "charcoal steaks" (you have to love that sign out front) and Italian specialties since opening in 1956. On any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    The Fountain on Locust's "Banana Bourbon": A Sundae with a Shot of Booze

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. Did you know that Ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Zagat Gives St. Louis Some Love with Must-Visit List

    International food guidebook Zagat has really been giving St. Louis some love lately. A few weeks ago it named the new restaurant Spare No Rib as one of the fifteen hottest barbecue joints in the country. Now Zagat has released a guide to the hottest restaurants and bars in our fair city. It's prett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Local Harvest to Eliminate Breakfast and Lunch Service

    After months of struggling, Local Harvest (3137 Morganford Road; 314-772-8815) isn't closing down, but it will no longer offer breakfast or lunch. Dinner service was eliminated earlier this year. The grocery and bakery will still sell prepared foods like salads, wraps and sandwiches to go. Luckily, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Siam Aims to Be a Place to Eat, Drink and Be Bear-y: Review

    Siam (4121 Manchester Avenue; 314-533-7426) Hours: 4 p.m.-3 a.m. Wed.-Sat., 1 p.m.-3 a.m. Sun. (Closed Mon. and Tues.) It was an early Friday night at Siam, and the place was filled with its usual suspects: young professionals bidding farewell to the week over martinis, a gaggle of beautiful people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Joe Edwards Readies 24-Hour Peacock Diner

    The first phase of the new Washington University housing and diner project on Delmar Boulevard is set to open August 11, but the 24-hour Peacock Diner will take a little bit longer. The latest Joe Edwards project is in the last building to be completed, so it will probably open in late September. We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    612 Kitchen & Cocktails Now Open in Kirkwood

    612 Kitchen & Cocktails (612 West Woodbine, Kirkwood; 314-965-2003) is now open in Kirkwood in the former Graham's Grill space. After the beloved Cajun restaurant closed in December, owner Dan Graham's kids Devin and Alison began transforming the place into a 1920s-inspired speakeasy. See also: 61 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    9 More Local Food-Related Instagrams You Should Be Following

    Instagram was practically created for food. There are even some chefs creating dishes specifically to look good on the photo-sharing site -- it's essentially free advertising. There are tons of active foodies in St. Louis on Instagram, both creators and consumers of delicious dishes. We rounded up e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Ben Poremba's Old Standard and the Dining District Take Shape

    Chef Ben Poremba already has a lot on his plate: Elaia, Olio, La Patisserie Chouquette. Now he's adding not one but two more high-profile projects to the list. His hotly anticipated fried chicken restaurant now has a name (Old Standard) and a big chef (Chris DiMercurio). He's also opening the Dining ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    BaiKu Sushi Lounge Opening in Midtown This Fall

    The Hotel Ignacio (3411 Olive Street; 314-977-4411) already houses the MOTO Museum and Triumph Grill and it's about to get a sushi lounge. BaiKu Sushi Lounge (3407 Olive Street; 314-977-4411) is opening this fall from the owner of Triumph, City Diner, Alumni and Dooley's and the former owner of Miso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Mango Celebrates Peruvian Independence Day with Special Menu This Weekend

    Mango Peruvian Cuisine (1101 Lucas Avenue; 314-621-9993) is celebrating 193 years of Peruvian independence from Spain with a three-day fete. Owner and chef Jorge Calvo created a special three-course dinner menu that will be offered Saturday, July 26, through Monday, July 28. "This event for the C ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014
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    July 24, 2014

    Plank Road Pizza Now Open in Cottleville

    Plank Road Pizza (5212 Highway N, Cottleville; 636-477-6155) is now open in Cottleville in St. Charles. It's one of several new restaurants out west, including Rack House Winery and Se7en Cupcakes and Martinis. An 1841 home -- the oldest still standing in Cottleville -- houses the restaurant. See a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    The 5 Best Menus at Downtown Restaurant Week 2014

    If you haven't been downtown in a while for anything other than a ball game, here's your chance. Downtown Restaurant Week celebrates all the food the neighborhood has to offer. From August 11 to 17, 25 downtown restaurants are offering three courses (sometimes more) for just $25. It's pretty impossi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: July 18 to 20

    There are several outdoor events this weekend, so you can enjoy this unseasonably pleasant weather. Don't miss Schlafly's annual mussel fest, or check out the latest Handmade Happy Hour downtown. Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump. See also: The Precinct Prepares for Police H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    The Precinct Prepares for Police Headquarters to Open Next Door

    Jim Edmonds and Mark Winfield rebranded their downtown steak house as a police-themed restaurant called the Precinct (1900 Locust Avenue; 314-588-8899) last year to coincide with their new neighbors, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department's new headquarters, moving in. Not everything went as p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Juniper Adds Happy Hour and a New Menu

    Owner and executive chef John Perkins announced this week that Juniper (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-329-7696) is adding a happy hour and implementing one of its biggest menu changes to date. The menu usually rotates every couple weeks, and Juniper has always had craft cocktails, but Perkins aims to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Lulu's Local Eatery Puts Down Roots and Flourishes on South Grand: Review

    Since 2012 Lauren "Lulu" Loomis and her husband, Robert Tucker, have built a loyal following of herbivores and omnivores alike with their vegan food truck, Lulu's Local Eatery. This May they built on that success by opening a brick-and-mortar, fast-casual restaurant of the same name. The new Lulu's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Happy Hour at SqWires: Ideal Summertime Sipping, Snacking and Relaxing

    The Place: SqWires (1415 South 18th Street; 314-865-3522) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. The Deal: From 4 to 6 p.m., half-price appetizers are available. Bar prices run the duration of happy hour, featuring $3.75 local craft beers, $2 domestic bottles, $4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    White Box Eatery Nears Opening in Clayton

    Modesto Tapas (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8272) co-owner Brendan Marsden announced a new venture back in May: a breakfast and lunch restaurant called White Box Eatery at 176 Carondelet Plaza in Clayton. Renovations are wrapping up, permits granted and Marsden is eyeing an opening during the second we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Milque Toast Bar to Bring Gourmet Toast to McKinley Heights

    Toast is one of the simplest dishes. It's one step away from a plain slice of bread, but somehow it's the perfect vehicle for so many delicious things: melt-in-your-mouth butter, peach compote, avocado, Nutella. Chef Colleen Clawson is taking it up a notch with her upcoming cafe Milque Toast Bar at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Vinnie's Pinwheel Baklava: A Lighter Take on the Traditional Greek Favorite

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. If you type the name ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Chef Chat: Hamishe Bahrami is Cafe Natasha's Persian Cowgirl

    For 30 years, Hamishe Bahrami has been serving St. Louis her homemade Persian cuisine at Café Natasha (3200 South Grand Boulevard; 314-771-3411) -- a run that's virtually unheard of in the restaurant industry. When Bahrami and her husband Behshid started the restaurant (originally as a lunch counte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    A Look Inside Siam STL, New Nightclub Serving Pan-Asian Fusion in the Grove

    On June 14, Siam STL (4121 Manchester Avenue; 314-533-7426) held its grand opening, filling a void left by the closure of Novak's Bar & Grill -- arguably one of the Grove's best gay bars and nightlife destinations. The new concept for the neighborhood's longstanding hotspot is one-part lounge and da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    10 Places to Take (and Impress) Your Visiting Foodie

    Many have said that St. Louisans have an inferiority complex about our fair city, but there's nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to the culinary clout in our kitchens. St. Louis is increasingly being recognized nationally for its chefs and burgeoning restaurant scene. What better way to help ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Bishop's Post Serves "Classic Comfort" Food - But for Whom?: Review

    Following the dissolution of his business partnership with Amer Abouwardah, the owner of Oceano Bistro in Clayton, Ben Bishop Jr. sought to transform the Chesterfield location of the upscale seafood spot into a more laid-back, meat-and-potatoes eatery. The result is Bishop's Post (16125 Chesterfield ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Happy Hour at Layla: Hummus, Falafel Fries and Chile-Sauce-Infused Appetizers

    The Place: Layla (4317 Manchester Avenue; 314-553-9252) The Hours: Happy hour is offered daily from 4 to 7 p.m. The Deal: $3 select appetizers, $3 featured drafts, $3 well drinks, $5 wine by the glass.

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Chef Chat: Scott Davis, Chef de Cuisine at Three Flags Tavern, Makes the Leap from BK to STL

    Scott Davis, chef de cuisine at Three Flags Tavern (4940 Southwest Avenue; 314-669-9222), may have come in after the menu was already written, but that doesn't keep him from putting his personal stamp on the place. "Chef [John O'Brien] and I have a really collaborative relationship," Davis says. "He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    10 St. Louis Restaurants Growing Their Own Food

    Cooking with produce, meat and dairy from local farms and growers is a growing trend across the country, but there are several restaurants in St. Louis that are taking this a step further. Gut Check spoke with ten local restaurants that are actually growing their own produce, cooking seasonally, sav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Layla Debuts New Menu Focusing on Burgers and Shawarma

    Jason Sparks bought Layla (4317 Manchester Avenue; 314-553-9252) in September 2013 when it was strictly a Lebanese restaurant. Now, he's finally turning it into a spot that matches the vibe of the Grove, the up-and-coming, eclectic neighborhood it's a part of. Sparks added burgers and made the resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Salt Smoke's New Texas-Style Barbecue and Bourbon Menu in the Delmar Loop

    Frequenters of the Delmar Loop undoubtedly have already noticed the change in the atmosphere lately. The unmistakable smell of smoky barbecue now permeates the air in the area, and it's all thanks to restaurateur Tom Schmidt and his brand new concept, Salt Smoke (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Happy Hour at Five Star Burgers: Sliders and Appetizers for $2 or Less a Pop

    The Place: Five Star Burgers (8125 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-720-4350) The Hours: Happy hour is available daily from 4 to 6 p.m. The Deal: Sliders and appetizers that range from $1.50 to $2. Half-priced regular drafts and $3.50 house wines by the glass.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Bocci Bar Still Struggles with Its Identity: Review

    Restaurateur Frank Schmitz owns two places just a block from one another in Clayton. While BARcelona Tapas restaurant hustles and bustles, the other, Bocci Wine Bar, has floundered as a moderately upscale Italian bistro. Schmitz decided to temporarily shutter Bocci for remodeling and retooled it as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Great Location Introduces the Porknado to Wentzville

    Move over, Sharknado: Here comes the Porknado. No, it's not another terrible made-for-TV movie starring Tara Reid. It's the star offering at the new Great Location (799 Mall Parkway, Wentzville; 636-856-8500). There are five levels of Porknado, one for each level of tornado in the Midwest. See also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    612 Kitchen and Cocktails to Take Over Former Graham's Grill Space

    Kirkwood mainstay Graham's Grill & Bayou Bar (612 West Woodbine, Kirkwood) closed December 31, but as we reported earlier this year, owner Dan Graham has retired and his kids are relaunching a new concept in the space. Graham's son Devin tells us the new 612 Kitchen and Cocktails will be a 1920s-ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    What Do St. Louis Restaurant Workers Really Make?

    Recently, we here at Gut Check found ourselves pondering a simple question: How much do restaurant workers in St. Louis really make? Just about everyone seems to agree that the St. Louis restaurant scene is booming, and surely that has made a handful of restaurateurs and chefs some very decent mone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Happy Hour at Central Table Food Hall: A Separate Menu to Segue From Lunch to Dinner

    The Place: Central Table Food Hall (23 South Euclid Avenue; 314-932-5595) The Hours: Happy hour is offered from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Deal: Discounted small plates and pizzas. A selection of ten American craft beers, house vodka or gin martinis, well drinks, mimosas and bloody mar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Russell's on Macklind's Coconut Cake, A Divine Classic Dessert By the Slice

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. Chef Russell Ping of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Lulu's Local Eatery's New Restaurant Prepares Plant-Based Fare on South Grand

    Lulu's Local Eatery (3201 South Grand Boulevard) first rolled out its sustainable eats in 2012 with a woodprint-embellished food truck complete with a rooftop garden. On May 19 the from-scratch fast-casual concept officially expanded with a brick-and-mortar storefront in south city. There, visitors ... More >>

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