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    March 28, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: March 28 to 30

    Here we are, at the last weekend of March, and hardly a sign of spring in sight. Temperatures should be fairly reasonable -- no snow, at least -- so get out and chow down. Sample wines made by women, learn to grow fruit trees or check out the scene in Edwardsville. Check out our food-related recomme ... More >>

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    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

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    First Look: Brevan's Patisserie's Family-Friendly Desserts and Sweets in Edwardsville

    "You see that, Papa? It looks nothing like it did this morning!" says Amy Maddox across the room after a near-massacre of the pastry case at Brevan's Patisserie (1009 Century Drive; Edwardsville; 618-307-5772). With an extra hand from her dad every now and then, Amy runs the shop with her husband, p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Want to Be Like Mike Shannon? Order the Chicken and an Ice-Cold Bud

    So often we think of the big sports names behind an eponymous establishment as absentee parents. Sure, they might consult in the beginning stages by spouting off favorite foods or giving an overall vision of the vibe they hope to create, but really, their day-to-day involvement in the place is often ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Pita Pit Now Open in Delmar Loop

    Here is an opening that slipped just under Gut Check's radar, which is embarrassing considering that it happened a very short walk from International Headquarters. Pita Pit has opened its third area location at 6120 Delmar Boulevard on the east side of the Delmar Loop, right next to Tavolo V. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Hop On Over to Two Beer Festivals This Weekend

    It seems that once Spring arrives, it's time to bust out some brews. And we are so down with that. This Saturday, April 27, Global Brew Tap House & Lounge (112 South Buchanan Street Suite 1, Edwardsville; 618-307-5858) will host the Edwardsville Spring Beer Festival and Ferguson Brewing Company (41 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Eric Heath Destroys a Giant Vase and Bans Death Metal in His Kitchen: A Q&A with the Cleveland-Heath Chef

    This is part two of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Eric Heath of Cleveland-Heath. Read part one, a profile of Heath, here. Part three, a recipe from Heath, will be available on Friday. For years Eric Heath and Jenny Cleveland planned to open a restaurant together. But when they found the pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Outernational Toured Mexican Border Towns Before Its EP Release in Edwardsville

    Outernational is a band to which music writers love making comparisons about politically outspoken musicians of yesteryear. Just about all of them stick. Yes, the New York-based rock group agrees with Woody Guthrie about whose land this is, shares the musical eclecticism of Joe Strummer (the Clash) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Michael Collins Quits Edwardsville Police After Charges of Unauthorized Amateur Photography

    Senior Patrol Officer Michael Collins resigned from the Edwardsville Police effective Tuesday, April 10,  just days after being charged with surreptitiously photographing women at a tanning salon. Collins had been on paid suspension since the charges were filed and leaves the force after fiftee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    The Veggielante Visits Grace Manor

    ​The Veggielante has had it up to here with people bitching that St. Louis restaurants are vegetarian unfriendly. Sure, we'd like to see more restaurants offering more meatless dishes, but there are excellent choices out there if you take the trouble to look for them. We're not here to prosely ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Fire Wings at Peel Wood Fired Pizza

    Robin WheelerFire Wings, Peel Wood Fired Pizza in Edwardsville​ Restaurant wings are all too often a disappointment. Soggy-skinned, tossed in ubiquitous bottled orange sauce -- why bother? Add an 800-degree wood-burning oven to the wing equation, and the answer changes. Peel Wood Fired Piz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Jennifer Silverberg​This week, we checked out Bar and previewed some upcoming events to benefit RFT staffer Mark Madonna, who lost his home in a fire. What else did Gut Check do this week? Ian reviewed Three Kings Public House. The Veggielante put PuraVegan to the test. We took in Winne ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 27, 2011
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    January 25, 2011

    Pi Pizza Truck Hits Bureaucratic Bump in Edwardsville

    Last Wednesday, January 19, Restaurant Pi's popular pizza truck toddled over the state line to Illinois to peddle pies in Edwardsville. Alerted on Twitter, east-side Pi fans flocked to the parking lot of Fond restaurant to scarf down their choice of pepperoni, sausage, spinach-mushroom and tomato-b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Metro East Chefs Go Field to Fork on Saturday

    Too many people write off the Metro East as strip clubs, squalor and crime. Beyond the stereotype strife, fields roll with local produce and livestock nurtured by generations of family farmers. There's also a growing culinary scene, populated by chefs who focus on fresh and local food. Southwestern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Poached Escolar with Grilled Blue Prawns and Asparagus at Farmhaus

    Ian Froeb​Welcome to Try This Now, a new feature in which Gut Check writers recommend new dishes, drinks and more that you need to try right now.And when I say right now, I mean right now or at least very soon: Owner and chef Kevin Willmann changes the menu often at Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Street; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Restaurant Roll Call: March 2010 Openings and Closings

    Ian FroebFarmhaus opened in Lindenwood Park this month.​March was a month for much-anticipated openings -- on both ends of the spectrum: Dunkin' Donuts returned to St. Louis, and Kevin Willmann, formerly of Edwardsville's Erato on Main, debuted Farmhaus.As for closings, it was, thankfully, a quiet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    FoodWire: 222 Artisan Bakery Haiti Relief on Saturday, 1.16

    ​Edwardsville's 222 Artisan Bakery (222 North Main Street; website) will donate 10% of proceeds on Saturday, January 16, to earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti. 222 is the home of incredible bread and baked goods as well as Goshen Coffee, which is among the area's best. Do note that 222's listed ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    The Novice Foodie Presses for Better Coffee

    Ah, coffee. I love the comfort of the morning coffee ritual: the first sip, the way a warm mug feels in my hand, the permeating aroma as I get my day going. But woe was the Novice Foodie this past summer when my doctor said I had to cut out caffeine for a while to ensure I wouldn't drop dead at a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    FoodWire: Restaurant Tidbits from Kevin Willmann, Grand Center

    My Christmas gift to you, dear readers? (Besides, of course, the unending cavalcade of joy that is the Year-End Bonanza.) Restaurant news! Yes, our friends around town have reported several tidbits in recent days.George Mahe scores the big scoop at Feast: RFT Best Local Chef 2008 Kevin Willmann is l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    What to Get Your Novice Foodie This Holiday Season

    User "Wikidemo," Wikimedia CommonsMerry Christmas! (Watch your knuckles.)​What to get the novice foodie(s) in your life this holiday season? Here are some gifts that I heartily recommend. These are invaluable tools, well worth the space they take up in my own kitchen because I use them so frequen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    This Week's Tip of the Tongue Newsletter

    Sign up for Tip of the Tongue here.Gut Check not providing enough dining tidbits for you? Consider subscribing to Tip of the Tongue, the Riverfront Times' weekly e-mail dining newsletter.In this week's edition, learn about the new Sunday suppers at Edwardsville's Fond and charity efforts at Stell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    FoodWire: New Sunday Supper at Fond Begins 11.22

    Edwardsville restaurant Fond (106 North Main Street; website) will introduce a new Sunday menu format this Sunday, November 22. From 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. will be Sunday brunch. From 2 until 5 p.m., the restaurant will offer wine and light snacks. Finally, from 5 until 8 p.m. Fond will serve supper fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Trailer Park Head and Tight-Ass Jeans: Another Week in craigslist Missed Connections

    Each week, we scour the local Missed Connections section of Craigslist, in search of the best posts. Here are some that caught our eye recently. / CC BY 2.0​expecting your child - w4m - 35 - (your house)Get off the computer and get in bed...nobody' ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 7, 2009

    Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fond

    A long-delayed visit to an Edwardsville culinary gem.

  • Calendar

    August 26, 2009
  • Music

    April 29, 2009

    Target Market

    9 p.m. Monday, May 4. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 3.7-3.13

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs.St. Louis Eats & Drinks: The Pollacks visit one of my favorite spots, Edwardsville's Erato on Main.Show Me Vegan: Lisa makes ice cubes containing edible flowers.STL Hops: Mike offers advice on how to contact breweries whose beer you want to s ... More >>

  • Music

    October 22, 2008

    Kentucky Knife Fight

    The Wolf Crept, The Children Slept

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2008

    Your Weekly St. Louis Food Blog Digest

    A look at what's happening at our favorite St. Louis food blogs... Iron Stef uses the microwave to make homemade potato chips. Chocolate cupcakes with bourbon and pecan from the Cupcake Project. Food Interviews chats with the founder of the Food and Liquor Project. More after the jump? You betch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2008
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    February 27, 2008

    The Haddonfields

    ...Get a Nightlife
    (Knowhere Records)

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2008

    Your Weekly St. Louis Food Blog Digest A look at what's happening at some of our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Go say hello to the Cupcake Project! Bill leads STL Bites into a new realm of consumer advocacy with a review of Araka's restrooms. A Veggie Venture has a recipe for your Super Bowl party. Karen has a r ... More >>

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    July 20, 2007
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    June 13, 2007

    In This Week's Issue

    photo: Ian Froeb I'm in ur hamper, hiding ur Interwebz. For reasons I couldn't possibly explain without several more years of education, this week's issue is not yet available online. In lieu of a photo from the new issue, I offer a picture of my cat Lilly. But there's a hard copy of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2007

    Review Preview: Erato

    Executive chef Kevin Willmann emerged from the Erato kitchen, a slightly dazed expression on his young, bearded face. It was after nine on Saturday night, and the dining room was packed -- though now, finally, most patrons seemed to be finishing dessert or lingering over a glass of wine. Willmann's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2007
  • Music

    April 11, 2007

    Eight Days a Week

    Fear and loathing in St. Louis: A to Z's week as a woman-about-town.

  • Calendar

    October 18, 2006

    Owl Art

    And other art, and owls

  • Dining

    April 13, 2005


    The Tin Can Tavern & Grille, 3157 Morgan Ford Road; 314-865-3003

  • Calendar

    October 13, 2004

    Art (De)Tour

    Feed your need for artistic treasures -- on the east side

  • Music

    September 29, 2004

    Best Open-Mic Night

    The Stagger Inn...Again

  • News

    November 19, 2003
  • Music

    September 24, 2003

    Best Bluegrass Band

    Cumberland Gap

  • Dining

    June 11, 2003

    Orange Mind-Eraser

    Stagger Inn ... Again, 104 East Vandalia, Edwardsville, Illinois, 618-656-4221

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002

    Best Porches

    Edwardsville, Illinois

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002

    Best Open-Air Market

    Soulard Farmers Market

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002
  • Calendar

    October 17, 2001

    Go EAST

    Cross the river for a taste of culture this weekend

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    October 13, 1999


    EAST Art 99 beckons art-lovers to the Illinois side of the Mississippi

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