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Eating Out

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    The Best Easter Brunches in St. Louis: 2014

    Easter Sunday is like the mack daddy of all brunches. We we were kids, it was all about the Easter egg hunt. Now it's waffles, bacon and lots of mimosas. It's also a time for many to get together with family, and brunch is an after-church tradition. There are lots of choices for your holiday brunch, ... More >>

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    April 15, 2014

    Oasis Shisha Lounge: An Obscure Hookah Restaurant with Afghan Family Recipes

    Welcome to Hidden Gem, Gut Check's short love letter to restaurants, coffee shops and bars that lie off the beaten path. These places soldier on in relative anonymity, beloved by their regulars, but largely overlooked by the greater populace. Hidden Gem will attempt to rectify these terrible oversig ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Melt's "Violet Beauregarde," A Blueberry Buttermilk Waffle with the Works

    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. "Violet! You're turn ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    How Chef Liz Schuster Interprets Mean Girls as a Five-Course Menu for Tenacious Eats

    Tenacious Eats is the most ephemeral of all pop-up restaurants. There's a completely original menu for just one night -- sometimes two -- and then it's gone forever. Chef Liz Schuster and her team create gourmet five-course dinners that will keep you coming back, even if you can't taste that local r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Dave Bailey Responds to Small Batch Criticism: "I'm Taking Full Responsibility"

    Prolific restaurateur Dave Bailey announced this week that even before his second Rooster location is open, he's working on a new barbecue place. We were a bit surprised at the news -- not only has his vegetarian and whiskey restaurant Small Batch (3001 Locust Street; 314-380-2040) been open for jus ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    The Purple Martin, A New Beet-Loving Bistro Serving North African Cuisine in Fox Park

    Fans of beautiful beets, behold: the Purple Martin (2800 Shenandoah Avenue; 314-898-0011) opened in Fox Park in late March, and true to its namesake, diners will see plenty of purple accenting everything from the restaurant's space to its plates. Located in a residential neighborhood (directly acros ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014
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    April 10, 2014

    Tom Schmidt Talks Transforming Nico Into a Barbecue Restaurant

    There have been a flurry of restaurant announcements this week, and more than a few of them are barbecue related. Tom Schmidt, owner of Franco, is turning his other outpost, Nico (6525 Delmar Boulevard; 314-727-0200) into a barbecue joint this spring. See also: Dave Bailey Announces New Barbecue Re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Happy Hour at Jax Cafe: Burger Bargain and Discounted Drinks in Benton Park

    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.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Family Meal at the Libertine: What Chef Josh Galliano and His Staff Eat Before Service

    In what we hope will become a regular series on Gut Check, "Family Dinner" goes behind the scenes of this most sacred of restaurant rituals -- the before-service staff dinner, or "family meal." This is a chance to see what restaurant chefs, servers, cooks, runners and bussers are eating before the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Planter's House Debuts Happy Hour Menu

    The cocktails at Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-6203) are like works of art. Intellectually curious, we called them. Unfortunately, at upward of $10 apiece, we can't all afford to be curious. Starting today, you can get a selection of drinks and small plates at Planter's House for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    The Dark Room Brings A New Photo-Friendly Bar and Gallery to Grand Center

    On March 14, the Dark Room (615 North Grand Boulevard; 314-531-3416) opened its doors in Grand Center, offering a new refined drinking destination in conjunction with the Kranzberg Arts Center's Ken Kranzberg and the International Photography Hall of Fame. The minimal space features artisinal wines, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Oceano in Chesterfield to Rebrand as Bishop's Post, Serving Upscale Comfort Food

    Oceano Bistro (16125 Chesterfield Parkway West, Chesterfield; 636-536-9404) is completely overhauling its menu, look and concept and will reopen May 9 as Bishop's Post. Oceano, which is also in Clayton, opened the Chesterfield outpost in August 2012. The space was previously Andria's Steakhouse. Ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Three Flags Tavern's New Bar Serves Rustic Comfort Food and Carefully Crafted Cocktails

    At Three Flags Tavern (4940 Southwest Avenue; 314-669-9222), named after Three Flags Day, owners John and Cathy O'Brien draw influence from old world French, Spanish and American cuisine to provide a modern-day comfort food menu alongside a bar brimming with all the proper bottles and accouterments. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Winslow's Home's Drool-Worthy Cake of the Month: Chocolate Cake, Espresso Meringue

    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. Winslow's Home's (72 ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 27, 2014
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    March 27, 2014

    First Look: Seedz Cafe Offers Organic Vegan Food and Drinks in DeMun

    Last month, Seedz Cafe (6344 South Rosebury; 314-725-7333) opened in the DeMun neighborhood with a menu of organic, plant-based food and drinks. The 700-square-foot space contains a kitchen that creates vegan scratch-made food, a seating area for around twenty guests to dine-in and outdoor seating w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Eleven65 Closed Quietly After Five Months in O'Fallon

    Eleven65 (1165 Technology Drive, O'Fallon) opened in O'Fallon in September. Owned by the Sparks family, the fine-dining establishment opened a few months later than planned and had a chef switch up before the big day. It was a "modernistic interpretation of homegrown dishes and an educated service s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Happy Hour at Sandrina's: Try Its "Famous Smoked Gouda Sauce"

    The Place: Sandrina's (5098 Arsenal Street; 314-601-3456) The Hours: Happy Hour is offered Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. -- specials run all night on Tuesday. The Deal: Discounted varied selection of half and full-size appetizers. $1 off draft beers as well as discounted domestic bottles, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Taj Mahal Now Open in the Loop

    Taj Mahal is now open at 567 Mehlville Avenue in University City, in the space vacated by Booster's Cafe in September. The Indian restaurant is owned by veterans of India's Rasoi in the Central West End. See also: Booster's Cafe in the Loop Closed

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    La Patisserie Chouquette's Eclairs: A "French Equivalent of Doughnuts"

    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. From its picture-per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    First Look: The Good Pie Now Serving its Neapolitan-Style Pizzas in the Delmar Loop

    On February 26, the Good Pie (6665 Delmar Boulevard; 314-899-9221) opened in the Delmar Loop, cooking up its Neapolitan-style pizzas in a gleaming blue wood-burning oven. The pies come dotted with char on its crisp crusts and topped with bubbling with fresh mozzerella, if requested. Guests can choos ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 20, 2014
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    March 20, 2014

    Old Bakery Beer Will Be Alton's First Craft Brewery

    The Old Bakery Building has been home to several bakeries over the last century, but in the next year it will transform into a brewery. Husband-and-wife team and Urban Chestnut alums Lauren Pattan and James Rogalsky will open the Old Bakery Beer Company in Alton, Illinois, in 2015. See also: Main & ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Iron Fork 2014: The Menu

    Iron Fork is tomorrow night(!), and we can barely contain ourselves. We hand-picked 39 of the best restaurants in St. Louis, and they'll all be in one place for one night only. Iron Fork will have everything from chicken liver pâté to khao soi noodle soup. Check out the full menu after the jump. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Modesto Tapas Revives Mirasol With Pop-Up Menu

    Brendan Marsden's Modesto Tapas focuses on Spanish cuisine. His old restaurant, Mirasol, wasn't far off, but it highlighted New World flavors. Marsden opened the Loop restaurant in 2004 with his brother; the space has been a Pi Pizzeria since 2008. Modesto opened in 2001 and has outlasted its siblin ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    Happy Hour at Mangia Italiano: Molto Bene Food and Drink Specials

    The Place: Mangia Italiano (3145 South Grand Boulevard; 314-664-8585) The Hours: Happy Hour is offered Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. The Deal: Half-off all appetizers on the menu except for scallops. $3 well cocktails. Additional daily specials follow: $3 margaritas on Mondays, $8 beer fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Three Kings Expands to Des Peres

    Three Kings Public House (6307 Delmar Boulevard; University City; 314-721-3355) is known for its revolving taps and twist on pub fare in the Loop. Owners Derek Deaver, Derek Fleig and Ryan Pinkston announced this week that they'll be opening a second location of the University City favorite in the f ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    Eclipse Restaurant's Spring Menu is Sprung on New Vegetarian Options

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Eclipse Restaurant (6177 Delmar Boulevard; 314-726-2222) Neighborhood: University City Cuisine: New American

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    March 18, 2014

    Review Preview: Nathalie's

    As I child, I loved the story of the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse and would often wonder which life I'd choose: that of the bustling cosmopolitan city or the tranquil countryside. Nathalie Pettus doesn't feel the need to make this choice. The Overlook Farm owner lives out both roles as the propr ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    Three Flags Tavern Gears Up to Open Near the Hill

    The idea looming behind Three Flags Tavern is that a bar doesn't have to sacrifice great food. Owners John and Cathy O'Brien are set to open their neighborhood hangout at 4940 Southwest Avenue on March 25. See also: 21st Amendment Now Open in Former Schnaider Brewery "I wanted to put a bar togethe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: March 14-16

    Mardi Gras is barely cold and we're already on to the next: St. Patrick's Day. Technically it's not until Monday, but we gotta bring home the bacon, so we'll be celebrating on Saturday. Spring is in full swing, too, though it doesn't officially start until March 20. Check out our favorite food-relat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Christy Augustin is Pint Size Bakery's "Punk Rock Grandma"

    I had the good fortune of being seated next to Christy Augustin at Sidney Street Café's ten-year anniversary dinner and quickly developed a bit of a girl-crush on the Pint Size Bakery (3825 Watson Road; 314-645-7142) owner. It was impossible not to. The effervescent Augustin was pontificating about ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    Jax Cafe Adds Dinner Service with Brian Hale's Greatest Hits

    Jax Cafe (2901 Salena Street; 314-449-1995) opened in July in Benton Park, serving breakfast, lunch and brunch on the weekends. The original plan was to keep it at that and fill a niche in the neighborhood, but executive chef Brian Hale tells us that just wasn't working. See also: Jax Cafe Is Rock- ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    Panorama Announces Menu Reboot in Wake of Tepid Reviews, Lost Revenue

    We were less than impressed with Panorama (1 Fine Arts Drive; 314-655-5490), which is a bummer because we love the Saint Louis Art Museum. Others felt the same way, though, and in December the museum ordered an investigation into the lukewarm reviews and oh yeah, losing $5,000 a week. See also: SLA ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    Help Cafe on the Park Come to Maplewood

    Regina Davis wants to bring made-from-scratch savory dishes and tasty desserts to Maplewood. She's already leased a space, and has written the menu. There's one problem: 7310 Manchester Road doesn't have a kitchen. It was previously an interior design firm, and renovations are costly, so Davis turne ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    First Look: Nadoz Cafe Serves Sweets and Savory Eats in Chesterfield

    The Taubman Prestige Outlets opened in Chesterfield last summer, and since then, its food court has slowly filled up with options for hungry shoppers. On February 17, Nadoz Cafe, the Euro-cafe owned by Steven and Kathy Becker, debuted its third location in the outdoor mall with a full menu serving b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    The Full List of Iron Fork 2014 Participants Plus $5 Off Your Ticket

    Iron Fork is just over a week away, and we are looking out for you, loyal Gut Check readers. Not only have we finalized the list of participating restaurants and competing chefs, but we have a special deal for you. See also: The Chefs of Iron Fork 2014: John Perkins, Juniper

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    March 10, 2014

    Five Bistro's Chef Anthony Devoti on His Last Meal and Awesomely Named Hockey Team

    Some would see a nationally acclaimed restaurant as the pinnacle of success and allow themselves to coast. Not Anthony Devoti. The Five Bistro (5100 Daggett Avenue; 314-773-5333) chef and avowed local food champion is pushing himself into new waters with another restaurant -- sort of. The chef, with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    First Look: Burger, INK Leaves a Permanent Mark On Wentzville with the Tattooed Dog

    The colorful Burger, INK food truck -- unmistakable in its rambunctious tattoo-themed glory -- is on sale via Craigslist, but not necessarily because the company has gone out of business. On February 8, chef/owner Josh Lemmon opened the Tattooed Dog (403 Luetkenhaus Boulevard, Wentzville; 636-887-21 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    The Chefs of Iron Fork 2014: John Perkins, Juniper

    Iron Fork 2014 is only a few weeks away, and one of the best parts (besides all that food) is the chef competition. Four local chefs at the top of their game will cook their hearts out live, onstage, with a mystery ingredient. Only one will be declared the winner. Last year, Ed Heath of Cleveland-H ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 6, 2014
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    March 6, 2014

    First Look: India Palace's Second Location Spices Up Downtown

    "You'll want to keep your water glass close. This is really hot," forewarns owner Jesse Nagra of India Palace (711 Olive Street; 314-621-8533) as he sets a silver dish of lamb vindaloo, one of the house specialties, onto the table with a plate of basmati rice. Tender chunks of lamb stew in a steamy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    The Chefs of Iron Fork 2014: Colleen Clawson, Standard Fare

    Iron Fork 2014 is only a few weeks away, and one of the best parts (besides all that food) is the chef competition. Four local chefs at the top of their game will cook their hearts out live, onstage, with a mystery ingredient. Only one will be declared the winner. Last year, Ed Heath of Cleveland- ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    Taj Mahal Replaces Booster's Cafe in the Loop

    Booster's Cafe (567 Melville Avenue, University City) closed unexpectedly in September after six years in business, but it will reopen as Indian restaurant Taj Mahal as soon as it gets its health inspection. See also: Booster's Cafe in the Loop Closed "I always planned to open a restaurant," says ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    Review Preview: Evangeline's Bistro and Music House

    As the street crew sweeps up Soulard from Saturday's festivities and the last float makes its way down Washington Avenue tonight, St. Louis prepares to bid farewell to another Mardi Gras. This year, though, the Dixieland plays on at Evangeline's Bistro and Music House (512 North Euclid Avenue; 314-3 ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    Local Harvest Cafe Offers Downtown a Sumptuous Vegetarian Feast

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Local Harvest Cafe (815 Olive Street; 314-241-3196) Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: Sandwich and salad shop

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    February 28, 2014

    #94: Cafe Natasha's Yogurt Dip

    Gut Check is counting down the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. When it comes to food, I don't do well with change. Sure, I like to try new things, and experiment with exotic ingredients. However, where my favorite, go-to dishes are concerned, I'm less flexible. When Café Natas ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    First Look: Athlete Eats' Guilt-Free Gourmet Health Food on Cherokee Street

    Athlete Eats (2837 Cherokee Street; 314-932-5566) co-owners, husband-and-wife Simon and Angelica Lusky, boast pro food and pro attitudes. Simon Lusky got his start in St. Louis preparing meals as a chef and nutritionist for the Cardinals around two years ago, and the demand grew so much that the cou ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    First Look: Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar Offers Upscale Dining Options in Des Peres

    Earlier this year, Des Peres got its first wine bar: Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar (1131 Colonnade Center; 314-821-5455), and Gut Check stopped in to try it out for lunch. For starters, the wine list offers about fifty red and white varietals by the cup or bottle. After choosing a glass, guests can se ... More >>

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